Sump draining apparatus having easily replaceable sensor and mount therefor

  • US 7,500,835 B2
  • Filed: 05/02/2004
  • Issued: 03/10/2009
  • Est. Priority Date: 12/12/2002
  • Status: Expired due to Fees
First Claim
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1. A sump draining apparatus, comprising:

  • (a) a housing having first and second end portions, with the first end portion being adapted for engagement with a fluid conduit for conveying fluid away from the housing, with the second end portion having an inlet for drawing fluid into the housing, with the housing having an axial direction;

    (b) a pump in the housing for pumping fluid from the inlet to the fluid conduit and away from the housing;

    (c) a motor in the housing and in communication with the pump to drive the pump;

    (d) a sensor for sensing a condition and being in communication with the motor whereby the motor may turn on and off in response to a sensed condition;

    (e) a sensor mount for the sensor, with the sensor mount engaged with the second end portion of the housing, with the sensor mount being receptacle shaped for cradling the sensor therein and supporting the sensor removably with respect to the housing;

    (f) a cord for the sensor, with the cord running from outside the housing to inside the housing to the sensor, with the cord comprising a vent and an electrical lead; and

    (g) a cord restraint engaged with the first end of the housing, with the cord restraint being releasably engaged with the cord such that a portion of the cord can be loosened relative to the cord restraint for permitting the sensor to be disengaged relative to the second end portion of the housing and such that said portion of the cord can be tightened relative to the cord restraint when the sensor mount and sensor are engaged with the second end portion of the housing.

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