US Patent No: 6,453,484

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Fixture assembly for spas, tubs and pools and a method of installation

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Abstract

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A spa fixture assembly includes a resilient grommet and a fixture. The grommet has a lip, an inner surface, and an outer surface. The fixture may, by way of example, be a skim filter, a speaker system, a water jet assembly, a light fixture, and a suction fitting. The grommet and fixture are non-circular in cross-section. The grommet is inserted in a hole drilled in a tub wall until the lip of the grommet seats flush with the tub wall. The fixture is inserted into the grommet until the lip of the fixture abuts the lip of the grommet. With this design and method of installation no back grinding is required of the drilled hole and no other sealant, such as a gasket, caulking, or o-ring, is required for installation. The entire installation may be completed by one person.

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Patent Owner(s)

Patent OwnerAddressTotal Patents
PRECISION DESIGN CONCEPTS, LLCWOODBRIDGE, CT7

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Inventor(s)

Inventor Name Address # of filed Patents Total Citations
Pinciaro, John 451 Moose Hill Rd., Monroe, CT 06468 11 109

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FRANZ KALDEWEI GMBH & CO. (2)
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JACUZZI INC. (2)
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4,592,100 Air control valve 17 1984
 
PRECISION DESIGN CONCEPTS, LLC (2)
5,850,640 Hydrotherapy jet and fixtures for spa tubs and pools and a method of installation 10 1996
6,094,754 Hydrotherapy jet valve fixtures for spa tubs and pools and method of installation 4 1998
 
B & S PLASTICS, INC. DBA WATERWAY PLASTICS (1)
5,353,447 Rotating hydrotherapy jet with adjustable offset outlet nozzle 26 1994
 
BALBOA WATER GROUP, INC. (1)
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CONCRETE PIPE & PRODUCTS CORP. (1)
4,429,886 Flexible pipe gasket 13 1982
 
EATON CORPORATION (1)
4,475,578 Tire valve assembly 14 1982
 
G-G DISTRIBUTION AND DEVELOPMENT CO., INC. (1)
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GENERAL MOTORS CORPORATION (1)
5,466,016 Solderless filler neck joint 35 1994
 
H.H.D. & B. INVESTMENTS, A CA CORP. (1)
4,858,255 Hydrotherapy apparatus having preheated air agitation feature 13 1987
 
HI-LEX CORPORATION (1)
5,806,139 Grommet assembly 28 1996
 
Hydr-O-Dynamic Systems, Inc. (1)
5,076,500 Nozzle jet cartridge assembly for whirlpool baths 14 1989
 
HYDRABATH, INC. (1)
4,359,790 Suction outlet assembly for whirlpool baths and the like 38 1980
 
HYDRABATHS, INC. (1)
5,217,292 Whirlpool bath suction assembly having replaceable tub light therein 21 1992
 
Injection Plastics Manufacturing Company, Inc. (1)
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LUMENYTE CORPORATION (1)
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NEW DIMENSION ONE SPAS, INC. (1)
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NITTO KOHKI CO., LTD. (1)
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PACCAR INC (1)
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PENTAIR POOL PRODUCTS, INC. (1)
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Quality Pool Supply Co. (1)
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SANIJET CORPORATION (1)
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SEA DI FILIPPONI A. & C.-S.N.C. (1)
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TIVOLI INDUSTRIES, INC. (1)
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TOTO LTD. (1)
5,245,714 Whirlpool bath provided with hot water blow-off control 17 1989
 
YAZAKI CORPORATION (1)
6,088,874 Grommet 26 1998
 
Other [Check patent profile for assignment information] (7)
4,419,775 Whirlpool bath 16 1981
4,420,846 Spa system 37 1982
4,460,519 Hydrotherapy jet unit 18 1983
4,553,299 Method for installing a whirlpool bath on an in-place bathtub 4 1983
4,581,781 Method for installing whirlpool bath apparatus 11 1984
D318900 Hydrotherapy nozzle 12 1988
5,045,978 Underwater lighting fixture 25 1990

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Patent Info (Count) # Cites Year
 
S.C. JOHNSON & SON, INC. (8)
D558914 Light object 0 2006
7,458,698 Decorative light system 3 2006
7,410,269 Decorative light system 9 2006
D558913 Combination light object and base 0 2006
D572860 Light object 5 2007
D571946 Light object 0 2007
D565784 Light object 2 2007
D581092 Base for a light object 2 2008
 
APOLLO INDUSTRIAL CO., LTD. (3)
D645945 Filter support pipe for bubble generator 0 2010
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D638133 Cylinder body for bubble generator 1 2010
 
C.G. Air Systèmes Inc. (1)
7,681,258 Accessory anchoring device for washing/bathing tub 0 2005
 
CALIFORNIA POOLS (1)
D698032 Spa and pool housing component 0 2012
 
FRAM GROUP IP LLC (1)
8,435,405 Oil filter with tapping plate and sealing grommet 0 2009
 
GUANGZHOU RISING DRAGON ELECTRONICS & PLASTICS TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD. (1)
8,458,825 Spa jet with screw in jet barrel 1 2008
 
MASCO CORPORATION OF INDIANA (1)
7,090,225 Water-proof seal for a towel bar which penetrates a tub surround portion 2 2003
 
SANIJET CORPORATION (1)
7,784,119 Access to components of whirlpool bath and air bubbler tub systems 0 2004
 
Other [Check patent profile for assignment information] (3)
D493509 Sanitizer dispenser 0 2002
7,146,659 Hydromassage antimicrobial whirlpool bathtub 1 2005
8,181,735 Aquatic loudspeaker having a diaphragm 0 2006