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Title:
TOOL AND METHOD FOR TRANSFER OF TUBES
Document Type and Number:
WIPO Patent Application WO/2010/074642
Kind Code:
A1
Abstract:
The present invention relates to lead-through tool for pipes, comprising a tool body (1) having a rear end (15) provided with a means (16) for interaction with a rotary machine, preferably a handheld drilling machine, and a front end (17) at which there is provided either an adapter mechanism (18) for coupling to a removable implement (2) or an implement (19) integrated with said end (17), preferably in the form of a drill steel, wherein said tool body (1) is provided with holding means (13), at a position between said front (17) and rear (15) end, said holding means (13) being adapted to be able to hold a pipe (3) which is slipped onto said tool body (1) over said rear end (15) until interacting with said holding means (13).

Inventors:
SANDELIUS, Nils (Fjällgatan 4, Åmål, S-662 34, SE)
Application Number:
SE2009/051486
Publication Date:
July 01, 2010
Filing Date:
December 22, 2009
Export Citation:
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Assignee:
SANDELIUS, Nils (Fjällgatan 4, Åmål, S-662 34, SE)
International Classes:
F16L15/00; B23B51/08; H02G3/22
Foreign References:
US7131790B12006-11-07
US5149231A1992-09-22
US5529443A1996-06-25
US5888035A1999-03-30
US20070201963A12007-08-30
US20040013483A12004-01-22
FR2666040A11992-02-28
US20070201963A12007-08-30
Other References:
See also references of EP 2379925A4
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
HYNELL PATENTTJÄNST AB (Patron Carls väg 2, Uddeholm, S-683 40, SE)
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Claims:
CLAIMS

1. A lead-through tool for pipes, comprising a tool body (1) having a rear end (15) provided with a means (16) for interaction with a rotary machine, preferably a handheld drilling machine, and a front end (17) at which there is provided either an adapter mechanism (18) for coupling to a removable implement (2) or an implement (19) integrated with said end (17), preferably in the form of a drill steel, characterized in that said tool body (1) is provided with holding means (13), at a position between said front (17) and rear (15) end, said holding means (13) being adapted to be able to hold a pipe (3) which is slipped onto said tool body (1) over said rear end (15) until interacting with said holding means

(13).

2. The lead-through tool for pipes according to claim 1, characterized in that said tool body (1), in connection with said front end (17), exhibits a front portion (10) having a gradually increasing diameter in a direction rearward, that the maximum diameter of said front portion (10) exceeds the maximum cross-sectional dimension of said holding means (13), and that there is an axial gap between the position of said maximum diameter and the position of said holding means (13).

3. The lead-through tool for pipes according to claim 1 or 2, characterized in that a shoulder (11) is provided, creating a transition from said maximum diameter to an intermediate portion (12) having a smaller diameter, and that said intermediate portion (12) extends to said holding means (13), and that said intermediate portion (12), in connection with said holding means (13), exhibits a smaller diameter than said maximum cross-sectional dimension of the holding means (13).

4. The lead-through tool for pipes according to any one of the preceding claims, characterized in that said holding means (13) is arranged at an axial distance from said rear end (15).

5. The lead-through tool for pipes according to any one of the preceding claims, characterized in that an additional holding means (13p) is arranged at the tool body (1), between said first holding means (13) and said rear end (15), wherein said additional holding means (13p) exhibits a smaller maximum cross- sectional extension than said first holding means (13).

6. A method for lead-through of pipes through walls, comprising the steps of using a tool body (1) for passing a pipe (3), or a conduit, through a hole (50, 60) disposed in a wall (5, 6, 7) or the like, characterized in that said tool body (1 ), at a rear end (15), is provided with a means (16) for interaction with a rotary machine, preferably a handheld machine, and that its front end (17) is provided with either an adapter mechanism (18) for coupling to a removable implement (2) or an implement (19) integrated with said end, that said tool body (1) is provided with holding means (13), at a position between said front end and rear end, providing a pipe (3) which is slipped onto said tool body over said rear end (15) until interacting with said holding means (13), and displacing said tool body (1), together with the pipe (3), through said hole (50, 60).

7. The method according to claim 6, characterized in that said tube (3) is clamped to said holding means (13).

8. The method according to claim 6 or 7, characterized in that said tube (3) is attached by being threaded to holding means (13).

Description:
TOOL AND METHOD FOR TRANSFER OF TUBES

TECHNICAL FIELD The present invention relates to a method and a tool for lead-through of pipes, comprising a tool body having a rear end provided with a means for interaction with a rotary machine, preferably a handheld drilling machine, and a front end at which there is provided either an adapter mechanism for coupling to a removable implement or an implement integrated with said end, preferably in the form of a drill steel.

BACKGROUND

Electricians, plumbers, and others often get problems after making holes in a wall/floor etc., with being able to pass a cable after a pipe through the drilled hole. One frequently occurring reason for this is that walls, floors, as a rule contain e.g. insulation chips, plastic, tar paper or other similar things preventing an easy lead-through. Another reason might be that the hole is drilled through two walls arranged at a distance from each other and that the cavity between these walls is large. The problem implies that waste of time frequently occurs when pipes or cables are to be passed through walls or the like.

BRIEF SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION

It is an object of the invention to eliminate or at least minimize the above-mentioned problem, which is achieved by means of a lead-through tool for pipes, comprising a tool body having a rear end provided with a means for interaction with a rotary machine, preferably a handheld drilling machine, and a front end at which there is provided either an adapter mechanism for coupling to a removable implement or an implement integrated with said end, preferably in the form of a drill steel, wherein said tool body is provided with holding means, at a position between said front and rear end, said holding means being adapted to be able to hold a pipe which is slipped onto said tool body over said rear end until interacting with said holding means.

Thanks to the invention, the lead-through of required pipes and/or conduits can be achieved in a simple and time effective manner in connection with the making of holes.

Advantageous aspects according the invention are evident from the attached dependent claims, and also from the following description.

RECORD COPY-TRANSLATION

(Rule 12,4) GENERAL DESCRIPTION OF THE FIGURES

In the following, the invention will be described in greater detail with reference to the attached figures, in which: Fig. 1 shows a side view of a first embodiment of a tool according to the invention; Fig. 2 shows a second embodiment with different alternative fixing means; Fig. 3 shows a third embodiment with further alternative fixing means; Fig. 4 shows a side view of a fourth embodiment of a tool body according to the invention, as seen from the side through a penetrated wall section.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION

The basic principle of the invention (which is most clearly evident from Fig. 4) is that a pipe 3 (or two pipes 3, 4) is fixed to the lead-through tool 1 according to the invention, while a drill steel 19 being integrated with the front portion 17 of the tool body 1 is still inside a hole 50, 60, which has been formed by the drill steel 19. In this case a hole 50, 60 through a wall 5, 6, 7, consisting of two walls 6, 7 arranged spaced apart with an insulating material 7 in between them. A rear pipe 4 is first brought to attachment (by thread attachment) around a rear fixing device 13p, which is arranged at a rear cylindrical portion having a relatively small diameter. Then, an outer pipe 3 is fixed around the main fixing means 13, which is arranged at an intermediate cylindrical portion having a larger diameter than the rear portion. Thereupon, the pipes 3, 4 can easily be passed through the holes 60, 50 in the wall, by pulling at the drill steel 19, at the portion penetrating out from the holes 50, 60. Alternatively, the pipe/pipes 3,4 is/are fixed to the tool 1 before it is brought through the finished hole/holes 50, 60.

Fig.l shows that the body 1 is substantially cylindrical. In a direction rearward from its front end 17 it is provided with a curved conical (ball-shaped) portion 10, to then exhibit an abruptly reduced diameter in the form of a shoulder 11. The shoulder 11 contributes the advantage of being able to serve as a stop for the pipe 3 and the conical front portion 10, with the advantage that a simple penetration is achieved. A cylindrical portion 12 follows when continuing in the rearward direction of the tool body 1. Thereupon, there follows one/a number of holding means 13a in the form of a kind of barbs, which suitably exhibit end surfaces oppositely directed to the first shoulder 11. The holding means 13 has a smaller cross-sectional dimension than the first shoulder 11 , but a larger maximum cross-sectional dimension than the diameter of the intermediate portion 12. In connection with the holding means 13 and in a direction toward the rear end 15, there is an additional cylindrical portion 14, extending all the way to the rear end 15, where a rod-shaped means 16 is arranged in a centered way for interaction with a suitable machine, for example a handheld drilling machine/screw driver (not shown).

At the front end 17 of the tool 1, there is arranged an adapter device, preferably in the form of a recess having a non-round cross-sectional shape (e.g. hexagonal) for rotationally fixed attachment of a suitable work implement 2, which in a known way is provided with a correspondingly designed rod-shaped body 21, and at the front end 22 of which the required implement, e.g. a drill steel 22, 23, is arranged. In such an embodiment, there is advantageously used some kind of locking means in interaction between the rod 21 and the hole 18, so that the implement 2 can be subjected to a pulling force while it is ensured that the tool body 1 is brought along. Alternatively, the tool body 1 can either itself, or by means of an integrated implement 19, be made sufficiently long in order to reach through most holes.

Figs. 2 and 3 show some of several conceivable, functional variants of what is shown in Fig. 1. In Fig. 2, the front portion 10 is bevelled and terminated by a knurled portion which simplifies the assembly process if the "threading principle" is used for fixing into the pipe 3. Fig. 3, instead, shows that the front portion also can be made "linearly conical".

Furthermore, in fig. 3, several different embodiments of the fixing means 13 are shown, wherein, briefly:

13B indicates a "shoulder" which completely encloses part of the cylinder portion 12; 13C indicates one or several threads which enclose part of the cylinder portion 12; 13D indicates a tapered thread;

13E indicates a cylindrical thread;

13F indicates a number of oblong "bosses";

13 G indicates a number of oblong "bosses", which are applied as a thread;

13H indicates a symmetrical collar; 131 indicates a number of round "bosses";

13 J indicates a number of "bosses", which are "straight cut", oppositely directed to the shoulder 11 , with a first row, having a relatively large radial cross-sectional dimension, and a second row, axially displaced away from the shoulder (with respect to the first row), said second row having a smaller radial cross-section than the first row, wherein both rows are arranged at a cylindrical portion having the same diameter. In a corresponding way, an additional number of modifications which are possible for providing a holding means 13 are evident from Fig. 3, wherein:

13K indicates a number of "resilient hooks", with the "barbs" oppositely directed to the shoulder 11 and angled inward toward the body 1 ; 13L indicates a number of "resilient hooks", where the "barbs" are oppositely directed to the shoulder 11 but angled outward from the body 1 ; 13M indicates a further variant having a number of resilient hooks with barbs.

Figs. 13N and 130 are two of several conceivable modifications for fixing e.g. cables for lead-through, if there is no need for any protecting cover for the cable/cables in the cavity, wherein:

Fig. 13N indicates a "wood-screw shaped" portion fitted in the area of the shoulder 11; Fig. 130 indicates resilient locking legs, projecting inward and obliquely rearward.

Fig. 4 shows a drill steel 19, which is integrated with the body 1. In this embodiment, the holding means 13 is a combination of 13A and 13 C, which is a solution suited for e.g. plumbers, who sometimes want to "insert one pipe into another" through walls/floors etc., wherein the outer pipe 3 then serves as a "signal pipe" if the liquid- carrying "inner hose" 4 should start to leak.

The invention is not limited by what has been described hereinabove, but can be varied within the scope of the following claims. For instance, it is appreciated that many different combinations of embodiments of the holding means 13 can be used, for example, in order to obtain a more reliable fixing of the pipe, wherein two or several holding means thus can be arranged in connection with each other axially. Furthermore, it is appreciated that the implement 2, 19 which is used in the invention can be varied broadly for adaptation to different kinds of needs/situations.