Behold the RocknRouter!

July 14, 2011


RocknRouter is essentially the union of a locating device (aka stud sensor) with a drywall router. The locating sensor is capable of detecting different types of objects hidden behind various kinds of covering material, especially drywall. By incorporating a sensor into the router, the user can detect light fixtures and outlet/switch boxes, and then, with the same tool perform the required cutout. This will allow the user to first locate the blind item behind the ceiling or wall without measuring and then use that information to easily and accurately make the cutout.

The benefits of our innovation include the fact that the user no longer has the tedious requirements of taking manual measurements, remembering them or jotting them down, and then accurately transferring them to the drywall. Additionally, the user no longer has to keep tabs on the whereabouts of either a tape measure or marking device. All of which leads to substantial savings of time and materials, allowing the tool to pay for itself many times over.

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As an example of how RocknRouter would be used, cutouts for ceiling fixtures would be done as follows:

1) The operator places the surface of the sensor (see 124 in Figures 1 & 2) flush to the drywall. Then, by pulling the trigger (or pushing a button) to its first position, the sensor is activated. An audible signal will first indicate that the sensor has calibrated a baseline density of the drywall without anything behind it.

2) By moving the sensor across the drywall toward the light fixture, the sensor’s audible signal will again sound at the point it picks up the denser material from the lead edge of the light fixture.

3) Continuing in the same direction, the sensor again falls silent once it’s over the center of the fixture. Sliding it further in the same direction, it then picks up the trailing edge of the fixture with an audible signal.

4) Reversing direction until the sensor falls silent again, the operator knows that the sensor is positioned over the interior of the fixture. If he chooses, he may gain total confidence by sliding the tool in any direction, testing (with audible signals) that he is indeed inside the center of the fixture.

5) When the operator is sure of the target location, he simply marks the spot by rocking the sensor/router toward the drywall as a small protruding point off the end of the sensor (see 126 in Figures 1 & 2) marks the target location.

6) Pulling the trigger (or pushing the button) further to its second position, the router activates and is ready to cut through the drywall at the marked location. From this point the cutout is made in the usual fashion.

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