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Title:
A SPATIAL CONTROL DEVICE
Document Type and Number:
WIPO Patent Application WO/2018/020484
Kind Code:
A1
Abstract:
A device (1) for controlling the movement of a hand-held tool used in the prepping and or painting of a ceiling comprises a ceiling attachment means (3); a swivel tube connection; a retracting device (4); and a quick release tool attachment means (3); wherein the device is mounted on the top of a spring-loaded pole (10).

Inventors:
WALSH, Paul (21 Eyre Square, Galway, IE)
Application Number:
IB2017/054666
Publication Date:
February 01, 2018
Filing Date:
July 31, 2017
Export Citation:
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Assignee:
WALSH, Paul (21 Eyre Square, Galway, IE)
International Classes:
E04F21/02; B05C17/02; B25H1/00
Foreign References:
DE10222077C12003-10-02
EP1428972A22004-06-16
DE9005779U11991-03-28
US5322397A1994-06-21
Other References:
None
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
KOSTON, Suzanne (Annagor, Bellewstownvia Drogheda County Meath, Bellewstown, IE)
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Claims:
Claims

A device for controlling the movement of a hand-held tool used in the prepping and or painting of a ceiling comprising; a ceiling attachment means;

a swivel tube connection;

a retracting device; and

a quick release tool attachment means; wherein the device is mounted on the top of a pole.

A device as claimed in claim 1 wherein the device is mounted on the top of a spring-loaded pole.

A device as claimed in claim 1 or 2 wherein the ceiling attachment means comprises an inner tubular section comprising a closed end comprising a flat flange section and an open receiving end.

A device as claimed in claim 3 wherein the inner tubular section comprises a tapered core for receiving the end of a spring-loaded pole of various diameter.

A device as claimed in claim 3 wherein the flat flange section comprises a soft surface.

A device as claimed in any preceding claim wherein the swivel tube connection comprises an outer swivel tube section comprising a flange on one longitudinal side attachable to the retracting device.

7. A device as claimed in claim 6 wherein the outer swivel tube section rotates 360° on the inner tubular section of the ceiling attachment means.

8. A device as claimed in any preceding claim wherein the retracting device comprises a housing enclosing a centre gear shaft, a spool section comprising a spool back plate and cover plate, a clock spring within the spool and a length of cable extending from the spool.

9. A device as claimed in claim 8 wherein the clock spring is attached to the spool.

10. A device as claimed in claim 8 or 9 wherein the clock spring is held in place by the centre gear shaft.

11. A device as claimed in any of claims 8 to 10 wherein one end of the cable is connected to the spool and the other end is connected to the quick release tool attachment means.

12. A device as claimed in any of claims 8 to 11 wherein the housing of the retracting device comprises an elongated opening or slot.

13. A device as claimed in claim 12 wherein the cable extends out from the elongated opening or slot in the retracting device and is detachably connected to the quick release tool attachment means.

14. A device as claimed in any preceding claim wherein the quick release tool attachment means comprises an outer female section, an inner male section, a spring and spring clip and a hand tool receiving opening.

15. A device as claimed in claim 14 wherein a hand tool is detachably engaged with the quick release tool attachment means.

16. A device as claimed in claim 15 wherein the clock spring through the cable applies pressure on the operating head of the hand tool to the ceiling. 17. A device as claimed in any preceding claim manufactured from a strong durable material selected from any one or more of plastic, zinc or aluminium.

Description:
"A Spatial Control Device"

The invention relates to a spatial control device that helps to control the movement of hand-held tools used in the preparation of a ceiling prior to painting and or when roller painting a ceiling.

The preparation and painting of ceilings is a strenuous and awkward job as one has to work for significant periods of time with hand-held tools held above the head. Holding tools for any length of time in the preparation of ceilings for painting or even roller painting a ceiling can be very tiring. It is very easy to lose control of the operating head of the tool.

There is a need for a device which makes the job of prepping and painting a ceiling easier and less awkward to carry out.

Statements of Invention

According to the invention there is provided a device for controlling the movement of a hand-held tool used in the prepping and or painting of a ceiling comprising;

a ceiling attachment means;

a swivel tube connection;

a retracting device; and

a quick release tool attachment means; wherein the device is mounted on the top of a pole.

Most preferably the device is mounted on the top of a spring-loaded pole.

In one embodiment of the invention the ceiling attachment means comprises an inner tubular section comprising a closed end comprising a flat flange section and an open receiving end. Preferably the inner tubular section comprises a tapered core for receiving the end of a spring-loaded pole of various diameter. Most preferably the flat flange section comprises a soft surface. In one embodiment of the invention the swivel tube connection comprises an outer swivel tube section comprising a flange on one longitudinal side attachable to the retracting device. Preferably the outer swivel tube section rotates 360° on the inner tubular section of the ceiling attachment means.

In one embodiment of the invention the retracting device comprises a housing enclosing a centre gear shaft, a spool section comprising a spool back plate and cover plate, a clock spring within the spool and a length of cable extending from the spool. Preferably the clock spring is attached to the spool and the clock spring is held in place by the centre gear shaft.

In one embodiment of the invention one end of the cable is connected to the spool and the other end is connected to the quick release tool attachment means. In another embodiment of the invention the housing of the retracting device comprises an elongated opening or slot. Preferably the cable extends out from the elongated opening or slot in the retracting device and is detachably connected to the quick release tool attachment means. In one embodiment of the invention the quick release tool attachment means comprises an outer female section, an inner male section, a spring and spring clip and a hand tool receiving opening. Preferably a hand tool is detachably engaged with the quick release tool attachment means. Most preferably the clock spring through the cable applies pressure on the operating head of the hand tool to the ceiling.

In one embodiment of the invention the device of the invention is manufactured from a strong durable material selected from any one or more of plastic, zinc or aluminium.

Brief Description of the Drawings

The invention will be more clearly understood from the following description thereof with reference to the accompanying drawings in which:

Fig. 1 is a perspective view of the device according to the invention; Fig. 2 is a partial cross-sectional view of the device of Fig. 1;

Fig. 3 is a further partial cross- sectional view of the device according to the invention;

Fig. 4 are views of individual elements (a) spool back plate, cover plate and centre gear shaft, (b) cable and (c) outer swivel tube section, which assembled make up the device according to the invention; and

Fig. 5 are views of individual elements (a) ceiling attachment, (b) clock spring, (c) quick release attachment means and (d) front and back outer housing or casing, which assembled make up the device according to the invention;

Detailed description

The present invention provides a spatial control device which helps control the operating head of a hand-held tool used in the prepping and or painting of a ceiling. Such tools include paint rollers, scrapers or sanding tools. The device of the present invention provides relief for the user as the device assists with the pressure required on a users arms to operate and control hand-held tools above ones head in the cleaning and or painting of a ceiling. The device of the present invention makes it easier to clean, scrape and paint a ceiling.

The operating head of a paint roller, scraper or sanding tool is attached to the device of the invention by means of a quick release spring loader connection. The quick release spring loader connection is connected to a cable which in turn is connected to a spool controlled by a clock spring within the device. As the operating head of the paint roller, sander or scraper tool is pushed away from the device the cable travels with the operating head. The clock spring in the device, through the cable, helps to apply pressure on the operating head of the tool onto the ceiling. When the pressure on the operating head is released the clock spring rotates the spool which in turn returns the cable to the device bringing the tool with it. The device is able to pivot or rotate 360° in either direction and follow the movement of the operating head of a tool across a ceiling area. The device also allows the attached operating head of the tool to be brought to the floor to re-charge with paint, apply new sanding paper etc.

As shown in the drawings the device 1 of the invention comprises a ceiling attachment means 2, a tool attachment means 3 and a retracting device 4. The device 1 is mounted on the top of a spring-loaded pole 5. A spring 5a in pole 5 ensures that the top of the pole 5 is pushed against the ceiling and the base of the pole is pushed against the ground to hold the pole securely in position. The pole 5 is extendable for different ceiling heights.

The ceiling attachment means 2 is detachably mounted to the top of the pole 5. The ceiling attachment means 2 is designed to fit on the top of any standard pole. The ceiling attachment means 2 comprises a tubular section 6 having a closed end comprising a flat flange section 7 and an open receiving end. The inner wall of the tubular section 6 is tapered or cone shaped to cater for poles of varying diameter.

The flat flange section 7 has a soft surface covering such as a rubber pad 8 or the like. The rubber pad 8 is pushed against the ceiling by the spring-loaded pole 5 thereby holding and securing the device 1 in position. The rubber covering prevents the device

I slipping on the ceiling or causing any damage to the ceiling. The covering may be attached to the flange 7 by any suitable means and is replaceable when worn out or damaged.

An outer swivel tube section 10 fits over the tubular section 6 and is held in position by a spring clip 9. The spring clip 9 allows the outer tube section 10 to rotate 360° in any direction on the tubular section 6. The outer swivel tube section 10 has a side flange

I I which is detachably attached to the retracting device 4. The side flange 11 has openings 11a for receiving screws to attach the side flange 11 and the swivel tube section 10 to the retracting device 4. Any suitable means of attachment may be used.

The retracting device 4 is substantially circular in shape. It comprises an outer casing or housing having a front 12 and back section 13. The front 12 and back section 13 are fitted together by screws or any other suitable connection means. The outer casing has openings which correspond with the openings 11a on the side flange 11 for attaching the swivel tube section 10 to the retracting device 4. The outer swivel tube section 10 allows the retracting device 4 to rotate 360° in any direction on the tubular section 6 on top of a pole.

Contained within the housing is a spool comprising a back plate 15 and a spool cover plate 16 and a centre shaft gear 14. Within the spool is a clock spring 18. The spool may contain more than one spring. The outside 19 of the clock spring 18 is connected to the spool back plate 15. The inside 20 of the clock spring 18 is anchored to the centre shaft gear 14. The gear 14 which is part of the centre shaft can't rotate in the housing. The outer casing or housing rotates around the centre shaft gear 14. The centre shaft gear 14 is held within the front 12 and back section 13 of the housing by a square hole 21. The square hole 21 prevents the centre shaft gear 14 from turning.

A length of cable 22 is attached to the spool back plate 15 which is controlled by the clock spring 18. The other end of the cable 22 is attached to the quick release spring loaded connection 3 which is detachably attached to the operating head of a tool. The retracting device housing 4 has an opening or slot 25 between the front 12 and back section 13 where the cable 22 extends from the retracting device 4 and connects with the quick release spring loader connection 3. The opening or slot 25 allows the cable 22 to fully extend and the operating head of the tool connected to the quick release spring loader connection 3 to be brought to the floor to be recharged with paint or to apply new sanding material or scraper. The opening or slot 25 also prevents wear to the device or the cable when extending the cable fully.

One end of the cable 22 has a fixing stud 27 which connects to the spool back plate 15. The other end of the cable 22 near to where it is attached to the quick release device 3 has an end stop 28 which prevents the cable 22 going into the retracting device housing completely. As the cable 22 leaves the housing the spool rotates and the clock spring 18 tightens. When the pressure on the attached tool is released the clock spring 18 through the spool returns the cable 22 to the housing of the retracting device 4. The clock spring 18 allows for the smooth movement of the operating head of the tool away from the device 1 and the return of the tool smoothly when pressure on the operating head of the tool by the user is released. The quick release device comprises an outer female section 40 and an inner male section 41. The male section 41 has a spring 42 and spring clip. The male section 41 fits within the female section 40 and the spring 42 is compressed by pressing the end of the male section 31 which causes the spring clip to move into position and hold the spring 42 in a compressed position. A pin (not shown) such as a cotter pin passes through a slot in the female 40 and male section 41 securing the spring clip. The cable 22 passes through a hole in the base of the spring clip and is tied to secure the cable to the tool attachment means 3.

The outer female section 40 and the inner male section 41 each have a receiving opening or indent 45 along one side edge to receive and secure the handle of a paint roller/scraper/sander. When the male section is engaged with the female section the receiving openings 45 are aligned. Once the handle of a paint roller/scraper/sander is placed within the receiving opening or indent 45 the male section is released by pressing the end of the section 41 which releases the spring causing receiving opening 45 to close which in turn applies pressure to secure the handle of the tool.

The device 1 of the invention is made from durable yet lightweight materials. The tubular section, outer swivel tube section and the retracting housing and the female and male section of the quick release device may be manufactured from any one or more of a plastics material, zinc or aluminium.

The invention is not limited to the embodiments hereinbefore described, with reference to the accompanying drawings, which may be varied in construction and detail.