Mud bucket system

  • US 8,839,853 B1
  • Filed: 10/22/2010
  • Issued: 09/23/2014
  • Est. Priority Date: 10/22/2009
  • Status: Active Grant
First Claim
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1. A mud bucket for enveloping the ends of first and second pipes and collecting fluid drained therefrom, said first and second pipes having an outer diameter, said mud bucket comprising:

  • first and second enclosure components, each having an outer surface, a length having opposing first and second side edges and first and second ends, said first and second enclosure components joined via a pivotal connection along their length so as to be positionable from an enclosed position wherein opposing side edges of said first and second components engage to form an enclosure having a width, to an open position formed to allow the passage of said ends of said first and second pipes therethrough;

    a support frame having a length supporting said first and second enclosure components;

    said support frame having first and second support extensions emanating therefrom forming an enclosure receiving area therebetween to receive said width of said enclosure;

    a linear actuator having first and second ends forming a length therebetween, said first end of said linear actuator engaging said support frame, said second end of said linear actuator engaging said pivotal connection joining said first and second enclosure components;

    wherein, upon said linear actuator retracting, said first and second enclosure components are received by said enclosure receiving area so as to urge said enclosure components to pivot from an open position, with said second end of said linear actuator having extended to occupy said enclosure receiving area, to a closed position, wherein said side edges of said first and second components engage one another to form an enclosure occupying said enclosure receiving area, with said second end of said linear actuator having retracted from said enclosure receiving area.

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