Patent Number: 6,308,422

Title: Method and tool for repairing seams in sheet materials

Abstract: A method and tool for repairing worn seams in sheet materials, such as linoleum or vinyl floor coverings, is disclosed. The tool is a specially constructed, double bladed utility knife. The tool has dual cutting blades that are rigidly secured to the tool for precision cutting. The blades are set at a slightly divergent angle relative to one another, and the distance between the blades is adjustable. The tool may be used to repair a damaged seam in a floor covering as follows. First, the blades are set to span the widest portion of the damaged portion of the seam. Cutting pressure is applied and the tool is drawn along the seam to remove the damaged portion. The blades are then adjusted to a slightly wider-apart position, and the tool is used in a similar manner to cut a repair piece from a matching piece of material. The repair piece is then adhered to the floor and will fit snugly between the adjoining pieces of material to accomplish a perfect repair of the seam.

Inventors: MacDonald; Lea (Tichborne, CA)

Assignee: Orcon Corporation

International Classification: B26B 5/00 (20060101); B26B 3/04 (20060101); B26B 3/00 (20060101); B26B 003/00 ()

Expiration Date: 10/30/2018