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Publication numberUS20070039093 A1
Publication typeApplication
Application numberUS 11/208,173
Publication dateFeb 22, 2007
Filing dateAug 22, 2005
Priority dateAug 22, 2005
Also published asUS7174576
Publication number11208173, 208173, US 2007/0039093 A1, US 2007/039093 A1, US 20070039093 A1, US 20070039093A1, US 2007039093 A1, US 2007039093A1, US-A1-20070039093, US-A1-2007039093, US2007/0039093A1, US2007/039093A1, US20070039093 A1, US20070039093A1, US2007039093 A1, US2007039093A1
InventorsJohn Tedrick
Original AssigneeJohn Tedrick
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Spa cover with internal reinforcement
US 20070039093 A1
Abstract
Improvement in spa cover design to increase the weight carrying capacity of the cover by using internal reinforcements.
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1. A reinforced cover half for a spa tub comprising: a foam core; parallel grooves in a bottom face of said foam core; reinforcing members aligned in said grooves; and an end cap over an end face of said foam core; said foam core, end cap and reinforcing members being encased in a flexible material cover; said foam core and said reinforcing members being sized to extend from one wall of the spa tub to the center of the spa tub with said reinforcing members resting at one end on the wall of the spa tub and at another end on a bottom flange of said end cap.
2. A reinforced cover half for a spa tub comprising: a foam core; parallel holes through a width of said foam core; reinforcing members disposed in said holes; and an end cap over an end face of said foam core; said foam core, end cap and reinforcing members being encased in a flexible material cover; said foam core and said reinforcing members being sized to extend from one wall of the spa tub to the center of the spa tub with said reinforcing members resting at one end on the wall of the spa tub and at another end on a bottom flange of said end cap.
3. A reinforced cover half for a spa tub comprising: a foam core; aligned pairs of parallel grooves in opposite sides of a bottom face of said foam core; drop center reinforcing members having opposite ends disposed in opposite grooves; and an end cap over an end face of said foam core; said foam core, end cap and reinforcing members being encased in a flexible material cover; said foam core and said reinforcing members being sized to extend from one wall of the spa tub to the center of the spa tub with said reinforcing members resting at one said opposite end on the wall of the spa tub and at another said opposite end on a bottom flange of said end cap.
Description
BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION

1. Field of the invention

This invention relates to the design and construction of spa covers and the reinforcement thereof. The use of spas has become widespread, and most spas are equipped with covers which when closed prevents debris, rain and the like from contaminating the tub water. The cover further serves to retain heat within the tub.

To facilitate customer handling and storage the cover is made in two sections, half and half, and joined by a flexible flap, thus each half can be reinforced separately.

Some spa owners have expressed an interest in reinforced covers for various reasons. Spa owners who live in cold climates would like a stronger cover to support the heavy snow pack. Some spa owners want a stronger cover to prevent a collapse if an uninvited guest should climb atop of the spa cover.

Many types of spa covers have been designed and manufactured in recent years. Also, many more large spas are now being sold, which require larger covers. This has resulted in problems with covers sagging in the middle after a few years use.

Many owners have bought cover lifters to help raise and remove the spa covers. Thus, adding a few pounds of reinforcement to the cover would not be a burden to the lifter system, and would help keep the cover from sagging.

2. Description of Related Art

I have searched many patents under 4/498,580,584. I did not find any references to structural reinforcing members. The search included: Zell U.S. Pat. No. 6,886,187, Minnick U.S. Pat. No. 6,618,868, Bussey U.S. Pat. No. 6,385,791, Ziebert U.S. Pat. No. 6,112,340, Gray U.S. Pat. No. 6,374,433, Brown U.S. Pat. No. 6,047,415, Pucci U.S. Pat. No. 5,974,600, Pesterfield U.S. Pat. No. 5,783,019, Aragona U.S. Pat. No. 4,246,663, Wendt U.S. Pat. No. 4,236,259.

DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

FIG. (1) is a side view of the spa cover showing a cross section taken through one reinforcing member.

FIG. (2) is a top view of the spa cover showing layout of the grooves.

FIG. (3) is a cross section of the spa cover showing reinforcing members installed in the grooves.

FIG. (4) is a cross section of the spa cover showing the reinforcing members installed in the drilled holes.

FIG. (5) is a side view of the straight reinforcing member.

FIG. (6) is a side view of the drop center reinforcing member.

DESCRIPTION OF THE INVENTION

A new design of a spa cover, Variation I. We start with a foam core (41) and cut to size for an individual spa. Next we make the end cap (43), using sheet metal we cut to length and break each edge to form a channel. Then we select the size reinforcing member (42) we need and cut to length. We then use a router to groove (44) the foam core to accept the reinforcing members (42). We then assemble the above parts and slip the flexible cover over the assembly to hold everything in place.

In variation II of this design we bore holes (45) through the foam core and insert the reinforcing members (42).

In variation III of this design we use reinforcing members with a drop center (FIG. 6). The foam core is then routed only enough to accord fitting the reinforcing members in place. This also provides an opportunity to place additional cross brace reinforcing material such as rods, tubes, strips, plates of metal, plastic or other material between the foam core and the reinforcing members.

Classifications
U.S. Classification4/498
International ClassificationE04H4/00
Cooperative ClassificationE04H4/08
European ClassificationE04H4/08
Legal Events
DateCodeEventDescription
Apr 5, 2011FPExpired due to failure to pay maintenance fee
Effective date: 20110213
Feb 13, 2011LAPSLapse for failure to pay maintenance fees
Sep 20, 2010REMIMaintenance fee reminder mailed