US Pat. No. 9,170,082

TAPE MEASURE HOLDER

Ty-Flot, Inc., Mancheste...

1. A tape measure holder comprising:
a holder body having a first side panel with a first upper end portion, a second side panel with a second upper end portion,
a bottom panel, a first top portion extending from the first upper end portion, a second top portion extending from the second
upper end portion and defining a lanyard slot therethrough, a forward-edge portion and a rearward-edge portion, the holder
body defining a U-shape with the first side panel spaced apart from and substantially parallel to the second side panel, and
the bottom panel extending between a bottom end portion of the first side panel and a bottom end portion of the second side
panel;

a lanyard ring connected to or integrally-formed with the first top portion and positioned on the first top portion for insertion
into the lanyard slot of the second top portion;

a back end panel extending between the rearward-edge portion of the first side panel and the rearward-edge portion of the
second side panel; and

a front strap extending between the forward-edge portion of the first side panel and the forward-edge portion of the second
side panel and positioned adjacent to but spaced a predefined distance from the bottom panel;

wherein the holder body is sized and configured to receive a tape measure in a snug manner with the first top portion overlapping
the second top portion; and

wherein the second top portion is sized and configured to wrap over a top of the tape measure and overlap the first top portion
with the lanyard ring extending through the lanyard slot in the second to portion to interlock the first to portion to the
second top portion and enable connection to a lanyard.

US Pat. No. 9,480,327

DROP-PREVENTION APPARATUS FOR A ROLLED PRODUCT

Ty-Flot, Inc., Mancheste...

1. A lanyard apparatus for a rolled product, the lanyard assembly comprising:
a flexible strap having a first strap end portion with a first strap end, a second strap end portion with a second strap end,
and a body portion extending between the first strap end portion and the second strap end portion, wherein the first strap
end is secured to the body portion at an attachment point, thereby defining a first loop; and

a hollow tubular member installed over the body portion between the second strap end and the attachment point, wherein the
second strap end portion extends from the hollow tubular member and has an opening sized to permit passage of the first loop
therethrough to thereby define an openable second loop;

wherein the first loop is sized to permit passage of the second strap end portion and the hollow tubular member therethrough;
and

wherein the hollow tubular member comprises:
a first arm with a lower first arm portion and an upper first arm portion, the upper first arm portion having an open end;
a second arm spaced apart from the first arm and having a lower second arm portion and an upper second arm portion;
a transverse part extending transversely between and connecting the lower first arm portion and the lower second arm portion;
and

an upper transverse portion extending transversely from the upper second arm portion and aligned with the transverse part,
the upper transverse portion having an upper transverse portion open end.

US Pat. No. 9,254,032

DROP-PREVENTION POUCH FOR CORDLESS POWER TOOLS

Ty-Flot, Inc., Mancheste...

1. A method of tethering a power tool having a battery pack comprising:
providing a battery pack pouch that defines a compartment sized to receive the battery back of a cordless power tool, the
battery pack pouch having a pouch opening convertible between a smaller opening size and a larger opening size, and having
a retaining cord with a first portion extending through a flexible conduit attached along the pouch opening and with a second
portion extending out of the flexible conduit;

converting the pouch opening to the larger opening size;
installing the battery pack pouch over the battery pack of the cordless power tool with a portion of the cordless power tool
extending through the pouch opening;

converting the pouch opening to the smaller opening size, thereby retaining the battery pack in the compartment;
extending the retaining cord in a closed loop around the portion of the cordless power tool extending through the pouch opening;
tightening the retaining cord against the portion of the cordless power tool extending through the pouch opening; and
connecting the second portion of the retaining cord to a tether;
wherein the retaining cord is configured to tighten around the tool and retain the pouch with the tool when the retaining
cord is subjected to a pulling force, thereby preventing the battery pack from decoupling from the cordless power tool.

US Pat. No. 9,232,849

TOOL LANYARD WRIST CUFF

Ty-Flot, Inc., Mancheste...

1. A safety wrist cuff for connecting to a tool lanyard and for being secured to a range of wrist sizes, the safety wrist
cuff comprising:
a fixed, closed loop band having a fixed size formed by folding a strap onto itself with a first end portion of the strap
being fixedly attached to an attachment point on a middle portion of the strap, wherein the safety wrist cuff is configured
to be adjustably secured to a range of wrist sizes by wrapping around a wrist in a manner that folds the fixed, closed loop
band upon itself;

an adjustment tab extending from the attachment point of the fixed, closed loop band and having a tab inside surface, a tab
outside surface, and a distal end portion;

a releasable fastener having a first fastener part and a second fastener part, wherein the first fastener part is fixedly
attached to an outside surface of the fixed, closed loop band and the second fastener part is fixedly attached to the tab
inside surface of the distal end portion, and

wherein the first fastener part is positioned along the outside surface of the fixed, closed loop band to require the fixed,
closed loop band to fold on itself when the second fastener part engages the first fastener part with the adjustment tab wrapped
along the fixed, closed loop band; and

a lanyard connector secured to the distal end portion of the adjustment tab, wherein the adjustment tab is configured to separate
from the fixed, closed loop band by opening the releasable fastener when the lanyard connector is subjected to an adequate
pulling force, thereby releasing the fixed, closed loop band from being folded upon itself, loosening the safety wrist cuff
around the wrist of a user, and facilitating the safety wrist cuff disengaging from the user's wrist.

US Pat. No. 9,169,900

SHACKLE ASSEMBLY WITH PIN AND RETAINING RING

Ty-Flot, Inc., Mancheste...

1. A shackle assembly comprising:
a unitary rigid body defining an open region, the body comprising:
a first side member with a first side aperture extending transversely therethrough;
a second side member spaced apart from the first side member and having a second side aperture extending transversely at least
partially through the second side member, the second side aperture positioned opposite the first side aperture and axially
aligned with the first side aperture; and

at least one end portion extending between and connecting the first side member and the second side member;
wherein at least one of the first side aperture and the second side aperture includes an annular recess;
a pin having a central longitudinal axis and comprising:
a first end portion received in the first side aperture;
a second end portion received in the second side aperture; and
a pin body extending between the first end portion and the second end portion along the central longitudinal axis;
wherein at least one of the first end portion and the second end portion defines an annular groove corresponding to the annular
recess; and

at least one annular retaining ring with a pair of open ends, the at least one annular retaining ring seated in the annular
groove and extending radially into the corresponding annular recess, thereby preventing the pin from being removed from the
body.

US Pat. No. 9,155,376

TOOL LANYARD WRIST CUFF

Ty-Flot, Inc., Mancheste...

1. A tool lanyard wrist cuff comprising:
a fixed closed loop band having a first fastener part of a releasable fastener fixedly attached to a loop outside surface
of the closed loop band;

an adjustment tab extending from the closed loop band and having a tab inside surface, a tab outside surface, a distal end
portion, and a second fastener part of the releasable fastener fixedly attached to the tab inside surface of the distal end
portion, wherein the second fastener part is configured for releasable engagement with the first fastener part when the adjustment
tab is folded with the tab inside surface against the loop outside surface to position the second fastener part in engagement
with the first fastener part;

a breakaway lanyard connector strap fixedly connected at a first end to the adjustment tab and releasably connected adjacent
a second end to the fixed closed loop band by a connector strap releasable fastener, wherein a first connector fastener part
of the connector strap releasable fastener is fixedly attached to the breakaway lanyard connector strap and a second connector
fastener part of the connector strap releasable fastener is fixedly attached to the closed loop band; and

a lanyard connector secured to the breakaway lanyard connector strap.

US Pat. No. 9,801,457

TOOL COLLET FOR SECURING A HAND TOOL TO A TOOL LANYARD

Ty-Flot, Inc., Mancheste...

1. A method of creating a shear across a fastener for a tool collet being attached to a hand tool, the method comprising:
providing a tool collet for creating a lanyard attachment point on a hand tool, the tool collet comprising:
a collet body having:
a first body side,
a second body side,
a peripheral body surface extending between the first body side and the second body side,
a collet through opening, and
an opening surface,
wherein the collet body being divided into a first body component and a second body component, and wherein each of the first
body component and the second body component are adapted to be fixedly attached to each other, such that the through opening
is formed by the first body component and the second body component, and

wherein at least one of the first body component and the second body component has a first radial through aperture with a
threaded portion, the first radial through aperture extending from the peripheral body surface radially inward to the collet
through opening, and wherein the first radial through aperture has an axis which is angularly offset to and intersects with
a plane,

wherein the plane transversely bisects the peripheral body surface of the first body component and the second body component
of the collet body;

one or more fastening members that extends between the first body component and the second body component within a fastener
opening wherein the one or more fastening members are adapted to securely fix the first body component to the second body
component;

providing a setscrew within the first radial through aperture;
inserting a portion of a hand tool into the collet through opening;
securing the first body component to the second body component using the one or more fastening members; and
tightening the setscrew against the portion of the hand tool sufficient to cause the first body component and the second body
component to slide in opposite directions transversely relative to the portion of the hand tool thereby creating a shear between
the one more fastening members and the fastener opening.

US Pat. No. 9,339,100

LANYARD ATTACHMENT ASSEMBLY

Ty-Flot, Inc., Mancheste...

1. A lanyard attachment assembly for a hand tool comprising:
a strap made of a flexible material and defining a closed loop wherein the closed loop is flattened and defines an elongated
first strap portion aligned with and opposing an elongated second strap portion, and wherein the elongated first strap portion
is fixedly secured to the elongated second strap portion at one or more strap connection point to define a primary opening
and one or more secondary opening through the closed loop between the elongated first strap portion and elongated second strap
portion; and

a tubing having a predefined length, an inside surface and an outside surface, the inside surface defining a passageway through
the tubing, the tubing being changeable between an expanded state and a relaxed state, wherein when a hand tool is installed
in the passageway, an elasticity of the tubing causes the tubing to snugly engage the hand tool;

wherein the first strap portion along the primary opening passes through the passageway of the tubing, thereby linking the
tubular sleeve to the strap; and wherein the secondary opening is adapted to connect to an end of a lanyard.

US Pat. No. 9,775,427

TOOL COLLET FOR SECURING A HAND TOOL TO A TOOL LANYARD

Ty-Flot, Inc., Mancheste...

1. A tool collet for creating a lanyard attachment point on a hand tool, the tool collet comprising:
a collet body having a first body side, a second body side, a peripheral body surface between the first body side and the
second body side, a collet through opening with an opening surface, the collet through opening extending through the collet
body transversely from the first body side to the second body side, and an annular groove in one of the first body side, the
second body side or the peripheral body surface of the collet body, the collet body being divided radially relative to the
collet through opening and defining a first body component and a second body component fixedly attached to the first body
component and wherein the through opening is formed by the first body component and the second body component;

a lanyard ring having an annular end disposed and captured within the annular groove wherein the lanyard ring freely slides
along the annular groove; and

one or more fastening members that extends between the first body component and the second body component wherein the one
or more fastening members are adapted to securely fix the first body component to the second body component.

US Pat. No. 9,526,322

TOOL HOLDER WITH CYLINDRICAL HOLDER BODY

Ty-Flot, Inc., Mancheste...

1. A tool holder comprising:
a holder body having a generally cylindrical sidewall extending along a central longitudinal axis between an open first end
and a partially-closed second end defining an end aperture extending axially therethrough, the holder body having an inside
surface with an inner diameter and an outside surface with an outer diameter;

a flange member joined as a single unitary structure with the holder body at the partially-closed second end and having the
end aperture extending therethrough, wherein the flange member has a flange neck portion with a flange neck outer diameter
smaller than the outer diameter of the holder body and a flange rim portion with a flange rim outer diameter larger than the
flange neck outer diameter, wherein the flange neck portion and the flange rim portion each extend radially outward from the
through-opening, and wherein the flange neck portion is positioned axially between the flange rim portion and the partially-closed
second end of the holder body; and

a reinforcing member installed on the flange neck portion;
wherein the holder body is made of a resilient, pliable material and constructed to receive and frictionally engage a non-working
end of a tool inserted into the holder body through the open first end.

US Pat. No. 9,486,058

TOOL VEST

Ty-Flot, Inc., Mancheste...

1. A modular tool storage garment comprising:
a wearable upper-body garment with a garment front panel and a garment rear panel; and
a plurality of first webbings secured to the garment front panel in a substantially parallel relation, each of the plurality
of first webbings defining at least one passageway between the webbing and the front panel, wherein each of the at least one
passageway is generally perpendicular to the webbing;

a garment tether pocket secured to an inside surface of the front panel, the garment tether pocket sized and configured to
house a retractor body, wherein the garment front panel defines a garment tether opening in communication with a compartment
defined by the garment tether pocket;

a retractor disposed in the garment tether pocket and having a retractor tether cord extending from the retractor and through
the front panel via the garment tether opening; and at least one tool holder comprising: a holder body defining a tool compartment
with a holder opening, a holder back surface extending along a holder longitudinal axis, and a holder bottom surface; a first
strap having a first strap proximal end portion, a first strap body portion, and a first strap distal end portion, wherein
the first strap proximal end portion is secured to the holder back surface adjacent the holder opening and the first strap
body portion extends longitudinally along the holder back surface to the first strap distal end portion; a second strap having
a second strap proximal end portion, a second strap body portion, and a second strap distal end portion, wherein the second
strap proximal end portion is secured to the holder back surface adjacent the holder opening and the second strap body portion
extends longitudinally along the holder back surface to the second strap distal end portion; a connector first portion secured
to each of the first strap distal end portion and the second strap distal end portion; and a connector second portion for
each connector first portion, wherein each connector second portion is secured to a bottom end portion of the tool holder
and configured to mate with and engage the connector first portion to secure the respective first strap distal end portion
or second strap distal end portion to the tool holder; wherein the first strap proximal end portion and the second strap proximal
end portion have a common point of attachment on the holder back surface that is positioned adjacent the holder opening, and
wherein the first strap distal end portion is spaced apart from the second strap distal end portion.

US Pat. No. 9,730,496

LANYARD END CONNECTOR

Ty-Flot, Inc., Mancheste...

1. A lanyard end connector comprising:
a connector body having a first body end with an enclosed opening adapted for receiving a lanyard end, a second body end having
an attachment structure, a central portion defining a connector body frame that delineates a connector body chamber having
at least one side window opening, and at least one lanyard tab connected to the connector body frame and adapted for rotatable
movement into and away from the at least one side window opening, the at least one lanyard tab having an inside surface facing
the connector body chamber wherein the inside surface has a gripping structure adapted to interface with and capture the lanyard
end within the connector body chamber of the connector body frame, the connector body chamber communicating with the opening
in the first body end; and

a connector holder having a holder body with a first holder end, a second holder end and a circumferential holder body wall,
the circumferential holder body wall defining a holder body chamber, a first end opening and a second end opening opposite
to the first end opening wherein the connector body is disposed within the holder body chamber with the first body end extending
from the first end opening and the second body end extending from the second end opening.

US Pat. No. 9,402,457

LANYARD ATTACHMENT ASSEMBLY

Ty-Flot, Inc., Mancheste...

1. A method of tethering a hand tool comprising:
providing a tubular sleeve with an inside surface and an outside surface, the inside surface defining a passageway through
the tubular sleeve, the tubular sleeve being changeable between a larger, expanded state and a smaller, relaxed state, wherein
when installed on a hand tool an elasticity of the tubular sleeve in the smaller, relaxed state is adapted to provide a snug
fit with the hand tool;

providing a strap made of a flexible material and having a body portion, a first end portion and a second end portion, the
first end portion defining a first closed loop with an opening therethrough and the second end portion with a second closed
loop adapted to connect to an end of a lanyard;

providing a hand tool to be tethered;
aligning the body portion of the strap along a portion of the hand tool to be tethered;
inserting the hand tool to be tethered and aligned body portion of the strap into the tubular sleeve in the larger, expanded
state;

positioning the portion of the hand tool and the body portion of the strap in the passageway through the tubular sleeve;
causing the tubular sleeve to change to the smaller, relaxed state, thereby providing the snug fit with the portion of the
hand tool; and

coupling the second closed loop of the second end portion with the first closed loop of the first end portion, thereby defining
a strap closed loop linked to the tubular sleeve.

US Pat. No. 9,167,884

ATTACHMENT SYSTEM FOR HAND-HELD TOOLS

Ty-Flot, Inc., Mancheste...

1. An attachment system for hand-held tools comprising:
a housing with a proximal housing end portion, a distal housing end portion, and a peripheral wall defining an open central
region within the housing, the peripheral wall having a first slot and a second slot spaced from the first slot, each with
a predefined slot width and extending through the peripheral wall to the open central region, wherein the first slot and the
second slot each has a proximal slot end and a distal slot end, the proximal slot end having a proximal slot end width that
is greater than the predefined slot width;

a rotating member disposed in the open central region and configured to rotate about the central longitudinal axis between
a first position and a second position, the rotating member having a sloping surface and a catch surface where both extend
transversely from the rotating member and wherein the sloping surface is aligned with one of the first slot and the second
slot;

a clip member having a clip body with a housing-side surface and a clip protrusion having a neck portion and a head portion
wherein the clip protrusion extends transversely away from the housing-side surface, the clip protrusion adapted to be slidably
received in and retained by one of the first slot and the second slot wherein the clip protrusion engages the sloping surface
of the rotating member to move the rotating member to either the first position or the second position and to either retain
the clip protrusion within or to release the clip protrusion from the housing;

wherein the clip protrusion moving distally in the first slot a sufficient distance causes the rotating member to rotate in
a first direction about the central longitudinal axis and causes the catch surface to rotate beneath the clip protrusion to
retain the first clip member in engagement with the housing assembly.

US Pat. No. 9,791,102

LANYARD SLIDER WITH IMPLEMENT HOLDERS

TY-FLOT

1. A lanyard slider comprising:
a plate-like slider body having a principal top surface, a principal bottom surface, a first side portion, a second side portion,
a front surface, and a back surface, wherein the front surface and the back surface extend vertically between the principal
top surface and the principal bottom surface which are substantially planar, parallel, and opposite one another;

the plate-like slider body defining a longitudinal bore located between the principal bottom surface and the principal top
surface and extending through the slider body from the front surface to the back surface;

a first implement holder contiguous with and extending from the slider body, the implement holder having a first holder sidewall
and a second holder sidewall extending in opposed and spaced apart relation to one another, wherein the first holder sidewall
and the second holder sidewall define therebetween an elongated implement passageway having an axis aligned generally parallel
to an axis of the longitudinal bore;

a second implement holder contiguous with the slider body, the second implement holder having a first holder sidewall and
a second holder sidewall extending in opposed and spaced apart relation to one another, wherein the first holder sidewall
and the second holder sidewall define therebetween a second elongated implement passageway having an axis aligned generally
parallel to the axis of the longitudinal bore and the axis of the first implement holder; and

the first implement holder and the second implement holder being spaced apart from one another, such that at least a portion
of the principal top surface extends between the second holder sidewall of the first implement holder and the first holder
sidewall of the second implement holder.

US Pat. No. 9,883,735

HAND TOOL WITH LANYARD ATTACHMENT LOOP

TY-FLOT, INC, Manchester...

1. A hand tool with a lanyard attachment point, the hand tool comprising:
a hand tool having a hand tool body and a working side connected to and extending along a portion of the hand tool body wherein
at least a portion of the working side has a straight edge, a pin receiving recess in the hand tool body, wherein the pin
receiving recess extends parallel to and is spaced from the straight edge, and the hand tool having a first channel that extends
into the working side transverse to the straight edge, wherein the first channel intersects the pin receiving recess;

a lanyard loop having an elongated, rigid loop body with a lanyard attaching loop end, and a tool attaching end opposite the
lanyard attaching loop end, the tool attaching end having a through opening transverse to the elongated, rigid loop body,
wherein the tool attaching end is disposed in the first channel and the through opening of the tool attaching end aligns with
the pin receiving recess; and

an anchor pin disposed in the pin receiving recess and extending through the through opening of the tool attaching end of
the lanyard loop, the lanyard loop being rotatably retained by the anchor pin, wherein in any rotated position, the lanyard
loop defines a closed loop capable of retaining a lanyard.

US Pat. No. 9,757,847

RATCHET WRENCH WITH A LOCKING RELEASE ASSEMBLY

Ty-Flot, Inc., Mancheste...

1. A socket release assembly for a ratchet drive or ratchet wrench, the assembly comprising:
a ratchet gear housing having a gear housing open end, a gear housing closed end having a closed end opening, and a housing
internal space between the gear housing open end and the gear housing closed end, the closed end opening in fluid communication
with the housing internal space;

a ratchet head having an upper head portion, an upper head open end, a lower head portion having a substantially square-shaped
cross-section, a lower head open end, and an internal head space extending between the upper head open end and the lower head
open end, the upper head portion disposed in the gear housing open end and fixedly attached within the housing internal space,
the lower head portion having a ball bearing opening adjacent to and spaced from the lower head open end and extending through
a side of the lower head portion, the ball bearing opening in fluid communication with the internal head space;

a push button having a first push button portion with a first button end, a second push button portion with a second button
end, an internal channel extending longitudinally between the first button end and the second button end, and a button slot
extending transversely through the first push button portion adjacent the second push button portion;

a channel lock having a channel lock body, a channel lock top surface, a channel lock bottom surface, a first channel lock
side, a second channel lock side, a channel lock slot extending between the first channel lock side and the second channel
lock side, the channel lock slot extending angularly from the channel lock bottom surface a predefined distance towards the
channel lock top surface, and an elongated lock body through slot extending between the channel lock top surface, the channel
lock bottom surface, the first channel lock side, the second channel lock side, and containing the lock body through slot,
the channel lock slidably disposed within the button slot between a push button locking position and a push button unlocking
position;

a ball lock having a ball lock body with a push button engaging end, a ball lock bottom end, a lock body flange extending
transversely from a ball lock outer surface of the ball lock body adjacent to and spaced from the push button engaging end,
a body side portion that extends longitudinally from the ball lock bottom end a predefined distance along the ball lock body
defining a ball bearing locking notch and a ball bearing releasing notch, and a ball lock internal space having a lower space
portion and an upper space portion, the ball lock being slidably disposed within the internal head space;

a ball bearing disposed within the internal head space between the body side portion and the lower head portion with the ball
bearing opening; and

a release pin having an upper pin portion, a lower pin portion, and a release pin flange extending transversely between the
upper pin portion and the lower pin portion, the release pin slidably disposed within the ball lock internal space and extending
from the ball lock bottom end through the channel lock body and into the first button portion of the push button, the release
pin having a pin dowel extending transversely from the upper pin portion and disposed within the channel slot of the channel
lock to cause the channel lock to slide within the button slot between the push button locking position and the push button
unlocking position when the release pin is slidably moved within the ball lock.

US Pat. No. 9,649,762

TOOL HOLDER WITH TABS AND/OR SUCTION CUPS

Ty-Flot, Inc., Mancheste...

1. A tool holder comprising:
a sleeve member having a generally cylindrical sidewall with an open end and a closed end and made of a flexible and resilient
material, wherein the sleeve member is adapted to receive a non-working end of a hand tool inserted into the open end along
a central longitudinal axis;

a tether connector coupled to the closed end of the sleeve member; and
at least one feature made of a flexible and resilient material selected from the group consisting of (i) at least one tab
having a body portion connected to the open end of the generally cylindrical sidewall and extending to a foot portion connected
to the body portion, wherein the tab extends away from both the open end and the closed end of the sidewall in a direction
generally parallel to the central longitudinal axis, and (ii) at least one suction cup on an inside surface of the sidewall.

US Pat. No. 9,629,446

TOOL POUCH WITH RETRACTORS

Ty-Flot, Inc., Mancheste...

1. A tool holder comprising:
a pouch enclosing a closable pouch compartment between a holder front panel and a holder back panel, wherein the pouch compartment
is configured to retain one or more hand tools accessible through a primary access along a top portion of the pouch, the pouch
defining one or more outer tether openings from the pouch compartment to outside of the pouch;

a releasable closure installed along the top portion between the holder front panel and the holder back panel and operable
between an open position and a closed position to selectively open and close the primary access to the closable pouch compartment;

at least one retractor pocket on the pouch, the retractor pocket having a primary pocket opening to the outside and at least
one inner tether opening to an inside of the pouch compartment;

one or more retractable tether assembly disposed in the at least one retractor pocket, each of the one or more retractable
tether assembly having a retractor body and a retractable tether with a distal tether end defining an end opening, wherein
the retractable tether extends from the retractor body into the pouch compartment via the at least one inner tether opening;
and

a closed loop connector attached through the end opening on the distal tether end, wherein the closed loop connector is configured
to be selectively decoupled from the distal tether end, and wherein the closed loop connector is larger than the at least
one inner tether opening and the one or more outer tether openings;

wherein each of the at least one inner tether opening and each of the one or more outer tether openings are sized to permit
passage of the retractable tether and prevent passage of the closed loop connector, and wherein each retractable tether may
be selectively configured to extend through one of the one or more outer tether openings and attach to a hand tool located
outside of the pouch when the releasable closure closes the primary access to the pouch compartment;

wherein the pouch is configured to store at least one hand tool in the closable pouch compartment with the at least one hand
tool attached to the retractable tether when the releasable closure is in the closed position, and to permit removal of the
at least one hand tool through the top portion of the pouch with the at least one hand tool attached to the retractable tether
when the releasable closure is in the open position.

US Pat. No. 9,822,964

LIGHTING APPARATUS FOR A TOOL CARRIER

Ty-FLOT, INC.

1. A combination of a tool carrier and a lighting apparatus for the tool carrier comprising:
a tool carrier having a floor and a sidewall extending upwardly from the horizontal floor to a carrier mouth;
a conduit made of a translucent or transparent material and defining a conduit path between a first conduit end and a second
conduit end, wherein the conduit has a conduit path sized and shaped to extend along an inside perimeter of or across the
floor of the tool carrier;

a plurality of light sources disposed in the conduit and distributed along the conduit path; and
a power source retained by the tool carrier and electrically coupled to the plurality of light sources.

US Pat. No. 9,635,925

DROP-PREVENTION APPARATUS FOR A ROLLED PRODUCT

Ty-Flot, Inc., Mancheste...

1. A drop-prevention lanyard for a rolled product, the drop-prevention lanyard comprising:
a flexible strap having a first strap end portion with a first strap end, a second strap end portion with a second strap end,
and a body portion between the first strap end portion and the second strap end portion, wherein the first strap end portion
is fixedly attached to the body portion at an attachment point, thereby defining a first loop at a first lanyard end;

a connector attached to the flexible strap and operable between an open connector position and a closed connector position,
wherein the connector is releasably connected between the second strap end and the body portion, thereby defining a second
lanyard end with an openable second loop; and

a tubular member installed over the second strap end portion and positioned between the attachment point and the second strap
end, wherein the tubular member has a first arm, a second arm spaced apart from the first arm, and a transverse arm extending
between and connecting the first arm and the second arm;

wherein the connector attached to the flexible strap is attached to the second strap end, and wherein the drop-prevention
lanyard further comprises a second connector attached to the body portion of the flexible strap and positioned between the
tubular member and the first loop, wherein the second connector attached to the body portion is constructed to connect to
the connector attached to the second strap end.

US Pat. No. 10,036,416

SWIVEL CONNECTOR ASSEMBLY

Ty-Flot, Inc., Mancheste...

1. A swivel connector assembly for providing a swiveling and rotating attachment point to either a hand tool or a tool holder for a hand tool, the connector assembly comprising:a pin member having a pin head, and a pin shaft extending longitudinally from a shaft proximal end to a pin tip at a shaft distal end wherein the shaft proximal end is connected to the pin head and wherein the pin shaft has a shaft diameter smaller than the pin head;
a connector having a connector body portion having a first body end and a second body end, a first arm connected to the first body end and having a free first arm end, and a second arm connected to the second body end and having a free second arm end wherein the first arm end and the second arm end extend toward each other forming a gap between the first arm end and the second arm end, and wherein the connector body portion, the first arm and the second arm define a partially-closed loop with the gap between the first arm end and the second arm end; and
a collar member having an annular body with a top surface, a bottom surface, a circumferential portion between the top surface and the bottom surface, the annular body defining
(1) a central aperture extending axially through the annular body between the top surface and the bottom surface, the central aperture sized to rotatably receive the pin shaft and permit free rotation of the collar member about the pin shaft,
(2) a first radial aperture extending transversely through the circumferential portion into the annular body towards the central aperture, and
(3) a second radial aperture extending transversely through the circumferential portion into the annular body towards the central aperture, the second radial aperture being coaxially aligned with the first radial aperture, wherein the first arm and the second arm of the connector are disposed within the first radial aperture and the second radial aperture, respectively, whereby the first radial aperture and the second radial aperture permit rotation of the connector about the first arm and the second arm, and
a disc member with a central disc aperture disposed between the collar member and the pin head with the pin shaft extending through the central disc aperture;
wherein the pin member extends through the central aperture of the collar member to connect the hand tool or the tool holder for the hand tool to the connector assembly and to thereby retain the connector in coupling engagement to the collar member while permitting free rotation of the collar member about the pin member.

US Pat. No. 9,986,815

DROP-PREVENTION TOOL HARNESS FOR PISTOL-GRIP HAND TOOLS

Ty-Flot, Inc., Mancheste...

1. A method of tethering a pistol-grip hand tool comprising:providing a pistol-grip hand tool having a tool body with a top surface, a gear housing on a forward end of the tool body, and a hand grip extending transversely down from the tool body;
providing a tool harness for drop prevention comprising:
a sleeve member sized and constructed to be installed around the gear housing of the pistol-grip hand tool;
a tool body strap defining a flattened closed loop that extends around a wall of the sleeve member, the tool body strap extending to a rearward end portion spaced apart from the sleeve member; and
a handle strap fixedly attached to the rearward end portion of the tool body strap and having a first handle strap portion extending down from a first side of the tool body strap to a first handle strap end portion defining a first closed loop and having a second handle strap portion extending down from a second side of the tool body strap to a second handle strap end portion defining a second closed loop, wherein the first closed loop is sized to permit passage therethrough by the second handle strap end portion;
installing the sleeve member around the gear housing of the pistol-grip hand tool;
aligning the tool body strap to extend rearwardly from the sleeve member along the tool body;
positioning the handle strap to extend over the top surface of the tool body with the first handle strap portion extending down along a first side of the hand grip of the pistol-grip hand tool and the second handle strap extending down along an opposite second side of the hand grip of the pistol-grip hand tool; and
inserting the second handle strap end portion through the first closed loop on the first handle strap end portion.

US Pat. No. 9,968,180

DROP PREVENTION APPARATUS AND SYSTEM FOR HAND TOOLS

Ty-Flot, Inc., Mancheste...

1. A drop prevention apparatus and system for hand tools, the apparatus and system comprising:a drop prevention anchor comprising:
an anchor body having a proximal body end portion, a middle body portion and a distal body end portion;
a leader aperture disposed completely through the anchor body in the proximal body end portion, the leader aperture sized to permit secure attachment of an anchor securing leader therethrough;
a first tool aperture disposed completely through the anchor body in the middle body portion, the first tool aperture sized to permit secure attachment of one of a lanyard connector of a hand tool lanyard or a tool securing connector of a hand tool pouch/tool belt to the first tool aperture; and
a second tool aperture disposed completely through the anchor body in the distal body end portion, the second tool aperture sized to permit secure attachment of the other of the lanyard connector or the tool securing connector to the second tool aperture; and an anchor securing leader having a structure where the structure is one of (a) an anchor leader body comprising a distal leader end, a proximal leader end securely connected to the leader aperture, and a leader middle portion wherein the anchor leader body has a predefined length sufficient to permit binding of at least the leader middle portion to a hand tool, or (b) an anchor leader body forming a closed loop that includes a primary opening and a secondary opening with a sleeve passing through the primary opening and a portion of the anchor leader body of the secondary opening passing through the leader aperture, or (c) an anchor leader body forming a single closed loop with only a primary opening with a sleeve passing therethrough and a portion of the anchor leader body passing through the leader aperture.

US Pat. No. 9,833,893

DROP-PREVENTION POUCH FOR CORDLESS POWER TOOLS

Ty-FLOT, INC.

1. In combination, a drop-prevention pouch and a cordless power tool with a battery pack, the combination comprising:
a cordless power tool comprising:
a tool body with a handle and a battery pack receptacle; and
a battery pack releasably attachable to the battery pack receptacle and defining a battery pack perimeter; and
a drop-prevention pouch comprising:
a pouch floor;
a pouch sidewall extending transversely from the pouch floor and having a sidewall rim portion defining a pouch opening with
a pouch opening perimeter, wherein the pouch floor and the pouch sidewall define a chamber sized to receive the battery pack
where the pouch floor and the pouch sidewall are adjacent the battery pack when the battery back is attached to the cordless
power tool;

a flexible conduit extending along the sidewall rim portion; and
a drawstring extending through the flexible conduit and capable of restricting the pouch opening perimeter to be smaller than
a battery pack perimeter of the battery pack, thereby preventing the drop-prevention pouch from being removed from the battery
pack when the battery pack is attached to the cordless power tool.

US Pat. No. 10,081,096

METHOD OF TETHERING A TOOL

Ty-Flot, Inc., Mancheste...

1. A tool-tethering method comprising:providing a tool to be tethered, the tool having a longitudinal portion with a substantially consistent cross-sectional size along its length;
installing a base layer along the longitudinal portion of the tool to be tethered, the base layer directly and frictionally engaging the longitudinal portion of the tool to be tethered;
providing a connector strap comprising a length of flexible webbing secured to a closed-loop connector, the length of flexible webbing having a body portion, a front surface, and a back surface and defining a first catch and a second catch on the front surface;
positioning the connector strap with the body portion axially aligned with the longitudinal portion of the tool and with the back surface of the connector strap disposed in direct contact with the base layer, such that the base layer is disposed between the back surface of the connector strap and the longitudinal portion of the tool to be tethered; and
installing an overwrap layer over the body portion of the connector strap and a corresponding region of the longitudinal portion of the tool having the base layer;
wherein the step of installing the base layer further comprises:
forming a first built-up region by wrapping a tape a plurality of overlapping wraps adjacent the first catch; and
forming a second built-up region by wrapping the tape a plurality of overlapping wraps adjacent the second catch.

US Pat. No. 10,165,845

TOOL PACK SYSTEM WITH REMOVABLE TOOL PANELS

Ty-Flot, Inc., Mancheste...

1. A backpack system adapted for carrying hand tools comprising:a backpack having a front, a back, a first side, a second side, a top portion, and a bottom portion, the backpack comprising:
a base having a bottom panel on the bottom portion of the backpack, a front base, a rear base, and a sidewall extending along at least part of a perimeter of the bottom panel and extending upward from the bottom panel;
a first shell portion secured to the rear base and defining a back panel configured to abut an user's back;
a second shell portion secured to the front base and aligned with and opposing the first shell portion;
a releasable closure connected between the first shell portion and the second portion, wherein the backpack is operable between an open position and a closed position and in the closed position defines and encloses a main storage compartment;
a pair of shoulder straps each attached to and extending between the base and the top portion of the backpack;
a rigid floor spaced vertically above the bottom panel and having a front floor margin connected along the front base and extending upward to a rear floor margin connected to and extending across the back panel;
at least one tool panel with one or more tool receivers each constructed to retain a hand tool, the at least one tool panel having a tool panel side portion and a tool panel lower end portion, wherein the at least one tool panel is sized to be disposed within the main storage compartment;
a panel-retaining structure with a first retaining portion on the tool panel lower end portion and a second retaining portion secured to the rigid floor, wherein the first retaining portion and the second retaining portion releasably interlock to retain the at least one tool panel in the main storage compartment; and
a tether extending between a first end portion and a second end portion with closed-loop connector, wherein the first end portion is secured to the base and the tether is secured to and extends upward along the back panel of the first shell and exits from a tether opening on one of the pair of shoulder straps.

US Pat. No. 10,166,671

DROP-PREVENTION POUCH FOR CORDLESS POWER TOOLS

Ty-Flot, Inc., Mancheste...

1. A drop-prevention pouch for a cordless power tool having a battery pack that defines a battery pack perimeter, the drop-prevention pouch comprising:a pouch floor;
a pouch sidewall extending transversely from the pouch floor, the pouch sidewall having a sidewall rim portion defining a pouch opening with a pouch opening perimeter, wherein the pouch floor and the pouch sidewall define a chamber sized to receive the battery pack where the pouch floor and the pouch sidewall are adjacent the battery pack when the battery back is attached to the cordless power tool;
a flexible channel conduit extending along and being formed by the sidewall rim portion; and
a drawstring extending through the flexible conduit, such that a portion of the drawstring extends at least partially within the flexible conduit, and a second portion of the drawstring extends at least partially out of the flexible conduit, and the drawstring capable of restricting the pouch opening perimeter to be smaller than a battery pack perimeter, thereby preventing the drop-prevention pouch from being removed from the battery pack when the battery pack is attached to the cordless power tool; and
wherein the pouch sidewall defines a window opening aligned to permit the user to view a feature on the battery pack.