US 10,215,316 B2
Fitting securement ring for threaded connector
Shawn D. Bush, Orlando, FL (US)
Assigned to SDB IP Holdings, LLC, Oviedo, FL (US)
Filed by SDB IP Holdings, LLC, Oviedo, FL (US)
Filed on Apr. 2, 2015, as Appl. No. 14/677,301.
Claims priority of provisional application 61/975,400, filed on Apr. 4, 2014.
Prior Publication US 2015/0285415 A1, Oct. 8, 2015
Int. Cl. F16L 19/12 (2006.01); F16L 15/00 (2006.01); F16L 19/00 (2006.01); F16L 25/10 (2006.01)
CPC F16L 19/12 (2013.01) [F16L 15/009 (2013.01); F16L 19/005 (2013.01); F16L 25/10 (2013.01)] 19 Claims
OG exemplary drawing
 
1. A plumbing connector comprising:
a fitting having a first end and a second end and having external threads on at least the first end;
a tube having a first end and a second end, the first end of the tube inserted into the first end of the fitting;
an annular gasket coaxial with and surrounding an outer diameter of the tube and adjacent the first end of the fitting;
a compression ring coaxial with and surrounding the outer diameter of the tube and adjacent the gasket, the compression ring having an inner edge and an outer edge; and
a lock ring coaxial with and surrounding the outer diameter of the tube and adjacent the compression ring, the lock ring having an inner edge and an outer edge;
a nut coaxial with and surrounding an outer diameter of the tube and having internal threads adapted to engage the external threads of the fitting, the nut adapted to contain the gasket, compression ring, and lock ring upon threading of the nut onto the fitting via the internal threads of the nut and the external threads of the fitting,
wherein, upon threading of the nut onto the fitting via the internal threads of the nut and the external threads of the fitting and tightening of the nut, the gasket is compressed, the inner edge of the lock ring bitingly engages the outer diameter of the tube, the gasket forms a seal with at least the first end of the fitting, the outer diameter of the tube, and the outer edge of the lock ring, and contact between the compression ring and the lock ring deforms the lock ring pushing the inner edge of the lock ring into a biting engagement with the outer diameter of the tube and the outer edge of the lock ring into a sealing engagement with the gasket, and the compression ring is spaced apart from the tube.