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

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United States of America Patent

PATENT NO 6453484
SERIAL NO

09627761

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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
PRECISON DESIGN CONCEPTS, LLCWOODBRIDGE, CT3

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Inventor(s)

Inventor Name Address # of filed Patents Total Citations
Pinciaro, John Woodbridge, CT 10 124

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Patent Info (Count) # Cites Year
 
YAZAKI CORPORATION (1)
* 6088874 Grommet 28 1998
 
Other [Check patent profile for assignment information] (7)
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4420846 Spa system 38 1982
4460519 Hydrotherapy jet unit 20 1983
4553299 Method for installing a whirlpool bath on an in-place bathtub 7 1983
4581781 Method for installing whirlpool bath apparatus 11 1984
D318900 Hydrotherapy nozzle 12 1988
5045978 Underwater lighting fixture 28 1990
 
HYDRABATH, INC. (1)
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G-G DISTRIBUTION AND DEVELOPMENT CO., INC. (1)
5014372 Self-rotating spa jet assembly 47 1989
 
Hydr-O-Dynamic Systems, Inc. (1)
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JACUZZI INC. (1)
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TIVOLI INDUSTRIES, INC. (1)
4544996 Underwater lighting system with grounded return line 16 1984
 
HI-LEX CORPORATION (1)
* 5806139 Grommet assembly 35 1996
 
LUMENYTE CORPORATION (1)
4782430 Light conduit illumination system for underwater lighting 51 1986
 
TOTO LTD. (1)
5245714 Whirlpool bath provided with hot water blow-off control 22 1989
 
EATON CORPORATION (1)
4475578 Tire valve assembly 14 1982
 
Hydrabaths, Inc. (1)
5217292 Whirlpool bath suction assembly having replaceable tub light therein 24 1992
 
NEW DIMENSION ONE SPAS, INC. (1)
5495627 Combination adjustable jet valve 27 1993
 
Injection Plastics Manufacturing Company, Inc. (1)
5029879 Seal for pipe to wall junctions 21 1990
 
Concrete Pipe & Products Corp. (1)
4429886 Flexible pipe gasket 16 1982
 
SEA DI FILIPPONI A. & C.-S.N.C. (1)
5265286 Whirlpool jet 14 1992
 
SANIJET CORPORATON (1)
4853987 Unitized hydrotherapy jet and pump assembly 56 1987
 
Quality Pool Supply Co. (1)
4613169 Spa fitting sealing system 21 1984
 
H.H.D. & B. INVESTMENTS, A CA CORP. (1)
4858255 Hydrotherapy apparatus having preheated air agitation feature 13 1987
 
NITTO KOHKI CO., LTD. (1)
5058220 Jet nozzle apparatus 13 1989
 
B & S Plastics, Inc. (1)
5353447 Rotating hydrotherapy jet with adjustable offset outlet nozzle 26 1994
 
HENKIN-LABY, LLC (3)
4715071 Hydrotherapy massage method and apparatus 19 1987
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4982459 Adjustable air and water entrainment hydrotherapy jet assembly 18 1988
 
GENERAL MOTORS CORPORATION (1)
5466016 Solderless filler neck joint 37 1994
 
FRANZ KALDEWEI GMBH & CO. (2)
5056168 Whirlpool bathtub 23 1990
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PACCAR INC (1)
* 5453579 Combination grommet and water trap 24 1991
 
PRECISON DESIGN CONCEPTS, LLC (2)
5850640 Hydrotherapy jet and fixtures for spa tubs and pools and a method of installation 11 1996
6094754 Hydrotherapy jet valve fixtures for spa tubs and pools and method of installation 5 1998
 
BALBOA WATER GROUP, INC. (1)
5291621 Spa jet assembly 45 1992
 
PENTAIR POOL PRODUCTS, INC. (1)
5207499 Integral light and liquid circulation fitting 117 1991
* Cited By Examiner

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* 8181735 Aquatic loudspeaker having a diaphragm 0 2006
* 2009/0003,643 Aquatic Loudspeaker Having a Diaphragm 1 2006
 
SANIJET CORPORATON (2)
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KOHLER CO. (2)
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C.G. Air Systemes Inc. (2)
* 7681258 Accessory anchoring device for washing/bathing tub 0 2005
* 2005/0193,486 Accessory anchoring device for washing/bathing tub 1 2005
 
B & S Plastics, Inc. (1)
* 2006/0253,971 Double seal gasket 4 2006
 
S.C. JOHNSON & SON, INC. (8)
D558914 Light object 0 2006
7458698 Decorative light system 5 2006
7410269 Decorative light system 15 2006
D558913 Combination light object and base 0 2006
D572860 Light object 5 2007
D571946 Light object 3 2007
D565784 Light object 5 2007
D581092 Base for a light object 4 2008
 
APOLLO INDUSTRIAL CO., LTD. (3)
D645945 Filter support pipe for bubble generator 1 2010
D645566 Air piston for bubble generator 1 2010
D638133 Cylinder body for bubble generator 1 2010
 
GUANGZHOU RISING DRAGON ELECTRONICS & PLASTICS TECHNOLOGY CO., LTD. (2)
* 8458825 Spa jet with screw in jet barrel 3 2008
* 2009/0133,188 SPA JET WITH SCREW IN JET BARREL 7 2008
 
CALIFORNIA POOLS (1)
D698032 Spa and pool housing component 1 2012
 
DELTA FAUCET COMPANY (2)
7090225 Water-proof seal for a towel bar which penetrates a tub surround portion 2 2003
* 2004/0244,104 Water-proof seal for a towel bar which penetrates a tub surround portion 1 2003
 
FRAM GROUP IP LLC (2)
* 8435405 Oil filter with tapping plate and sealing grommet 0 2009
* 2010/0155,316 SEALING GROMMET FOR FLUID FILTERS 1 2009
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