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Apparatus and Method for Remotely Sealing a Damaged Pipe

Abstract: 

A remote pipe sealing system comprising an insertion tool and a seal apparatus for providing sealing to a damaged pipe. The sealing apparatus includes a cover member and a tool attachment member. The insertion tool includes a guide member and a handle having an outer tube and an inner shaft slidably positioned within the outer tube. The guide member is slidably associated with the outer tube. Additionally, the insertion tool includes a member for releasably attaching the tool attachment member to the inner shaft of the handle. The releasable attachment member enables releasable controlled positioning of the cover member within the outer tube of the handle. The invention further includes a method for remotely repairing damaged pipes.

Patent Number: 
5,920,976
Date Of Issue: 
07/13/1999
Inventors: 

Stephen Cecil Grigory;Jesse Abergo Villarreal;Jeffrey Gene Wright;Donald Wade Johnson