US Patent No. 10,919,553

TOILET LIFT APPARATUS


Patent No. 10,919,553
Issue Date February 16, 2021
Title Toilet Lift Apparatus
Inventorship Elva Blevins, Gresham, OR (US)
Irmgard Blevins, Gresham, OR (US)

Claim of US Patent No. 10,919,553

1. A toilet lift apparatus comprising:a base having a left side and a right side, the left side being slidably engageable with the right side;
an attachment bar coupled to the base, the attachment bar comprising a left attachment bar and a right attachment bar, the left attachment bar being coupled to the left side of the base and the right attachment bar being coupled to the right side of the base;
a pair of supports coupled to the base, the pair of supports comprising a left support coupled to the left side of the base and a right support coupled to the right side of the base;
a cantilever coupled to the pair of supports, the cantilever comprising a left arm pivotably coupled to the left support and a right arm pivotably coupled to the right support, each of the left arm and the right arm having a lift end and a handle end, the lift end being configured to selectively engage with a toilet, the cantilever pivoting on the pair of supports to lift and alternatively lower the toilet, the cantilever having a rest position and an alternate lifted position;
a ratchet assembly coupled to the cantilever, the ratchet assembly being coupled to the handle end of each of the left arm and the right arm, the ratchet assembly pulling in, or alternatively pushing out, each of the left arm and the right arm, the ratchet assembly thus moving a left half of the toilet lift apparatus comprising the left side of the base, the left attachment bar, the left support, and the left arm of the cantilever and a right half of the toilet lift apparatus comprising the right side of the base, the right attachment bar, the right support, and the right arm of the cantilever from an open position to an alternate closed position; and
a latch bar coupled to the ratchet assembly, the latch bar extending down past the attachment bar and having a plurality of hooks, each of the plurality of hooks being selectively engageable with the attachment bar to secure the cantilever in the lifted position
the ratchet assembly further comprising:
a ratchet mechanism, the ratchet mechanism having a fixed half, a ratchet half, and a pair of sleeves, the fixed half being coupled to the latch bar;
a lever coupled to the ratchet mechanism, the lever having a lever arm coupled to the ratchet half and a lever pad coupled to the lever arm, the lever pad providing a place for a user to operate the ratchet mechanism; and
a pair of threaded extensions coupled to the ratchet mechanism, the pair of threaded extensions being coupled within the pair of sleeves, the pair of threaded extensions rotating as the lever arm is manipulated, the pair of threaded extensions being coupled within the handle end of each of the left arm and the right arm of the cantilever.