Thursday, June 25, 2020

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Welcome to our favorite site Inventors Paradise
I'm Tom Kershaw, the Inventor In Paradise

We're all about the business of product pursuit.

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Want some free inventor help?
Here you'll find videos, hints, tricks and horrors-
all about inventing - developing - marketing.
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We're here to help. Enjoy!

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Car Socks


We  posted a 1997 Jaguar XK8 for sale -  at CarGurus.com by filling forms and sending 5 photos and a brief description. The ad is free for 30 days.
 But before the ad is posted - we had to comply with a unique security measure.  To assure we really did have such a car, they wanted another photo of the car - with a pair of socks placed on the hood of the car.

Okay, here's the security photo...but the socks don't go with the car.


Sunday, November 13, 2016

Some Results

So, the office may be a bit messy....it's served us well for 26 years...here are some results of hard work (Intellectual Properties) for inventions by someone called the "Inventor in Paradise".

Work Area

Okay, This home office may appear a little messy (so others say). But, it's great to have multiple computers and monitors  - for producing inventor videos, searching the web, the USPTO ... and doing some day trading. Some efforts can offer immediate gratification....others take longer.

Friday, October 28, 2016

A Great (crazy) Idea


You never know when a Great Idea might appear.  Fortunately a handy cell phone camera can quickly capture amazing ideas.
A pool maintenance guy pulled in one day.  During casual conversation, he bragged about his pick-up truck having over 200,000 miles....and the a/c still worked perfectly. 

But, his door handle was busted... and he improvised by adapting  several zip-ties.
Yup...always keep a camera handy...for great (and crazy) ideas!


Monday, October 24, 2016

Tree Roots


26 years ago we planted a small oak tree.  Now it's too big.  And once again, it interrupted our supply of irrigation water that sprays the lawn.
We dug a trench to discover tree roots  had again encircled and stretched two PVC pipes... until their fittings failed.   We relocated the lines and kept one root as a reminder to ... beware of Mother Nature
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Monday, October 3, 2016

Weed Whacker

Sometimes a weed whacker just doesn't want to start. Why?
Today I pulled and pulled the cord. Yes, I pumped the primer bulb several times. No luck!  So, I took a closer look at the gas bottle and discovered the fuel lines seemed decomposed....soft....sticky...and collapsed. Random pieces of the gas line were resting in the fuel tank (see photos).  How can this happen?
The hardware store had new lines for replacement...and couldn't explain the rotting gas line.
Later, I installed the new fuel lines, and cleaned the carburetor with solvent and an air blast.  I added fresh gas, pumped the primer and yanked the cord a couple times  Eureka!  The darn whacker was ready for work.
My takeaway is this; if your weed whacker won't start....inspect the gas lines very closely.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Washing Machine Problem


My wife bought a new top-loaded washing machine. And she had a problem. When loading laundry, the washer lid hits the above cabinet and often slams down without warning.
To fix it, I reshaped an "S" hook  - using a vise and pliers to twist the hooks at 90 degrees to each other (and opened each hook a bit). One hook slips over the cabinet handle. The other hook is opened more - to capture the lip of the lid.  The hook was painted black and a rubber tip was added to avoid scratching the lid.  The "s" hook now hangs from the cabinet door to quickly secure the washing machine lid from falling shut.  
My wife is pleased.  Wow! That's enough reward for this inventor.


Monday, September 19, 2016

Pressure Washer Attachment


Last time our teen-aged  nephew  visited, he  helped to  clean  our paver block driveway with a  gas  powered pressure washer -  with only  the normal pistol gripped,  extended spray head wand.  Holding the wand, and continually swinging it back and forth ,, well that  proved to be tiring.  Our arms were sore from resisting the pressure, and the spray head nozzle often wandered...to  scatter dirt and debris.  
This year we bought the pictured attachment  from Home Depot.  so I could do the job alone.  It snaps onto standard wands, replacing the nozzle ...and sweeps easily (like a vacuum cleaner).  The rotating nozzles stays close to the surface  and  overspray is contained by the housing. 

Trust me...the job was far quicker and easier with this amazing surface cleaner attachment. It cost less than feeding a teen-ager.  Yes!  What a great idea!

Sunday, July 5, 2015

A New Sceen Background

Many, like me, yearn to clean up their computer desktop view. My laptop screen quickly attracts too many icons. Such clutter causes problems. So some icons were tossed and I substituted a great background photo. Yup, My android phone camera took another nice picture....a beautiful Florida cloud.
It allows lots of blue sky for icons...and possibly relaxes me a bit. Here's a screenshot.
I know....it's still busy...but easy on the eyes....a good idea!

 

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Moving Forward

We've been pre-occupied lately.  Changes in the wind!  First, We've sold some assets of Ballback Inc.  Assets included several sporting goods products - and rights to respective intellectual properties (such as the popular trademark "BALLBACK"). We have changed our corporate name from "Ballback Inc" to "616corp" (filed at Florida Dept. of Corporations) and are now creating changes to web sites. It all takes time. You'll notice we've already created a new header above (something fresh).   It's a photo of Ft. Myers beach, taken with my android Tracfone.   More news in a bit...      

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Another Fiverr Voice Challenge

I've used Fiverr.com for 52 seperate gigs so far. The gigs are performed by random folks who offer to do just about anything for increments of $5.  I keep a record of each gig; noting the response, value and worthiness for future reference on each gigster. I just received another voice-over from a preferred gigster.
You may enjoy comparing two renditions of this video. On the original video take, it's my voice. The second is a Fiverr voice-over. You judge the comparison....comment.   Be nice!
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Friday, January 31, 2014

"Drop Stop" Success



As reported at the January Edison Inventors Association meeting, I purchased a “Drop Stop” after viewing the invention in an amazing infomercial. Many folks originally saw the clever gadget seeking funding on the popular “Shark Tank” show.  Two inventors presented the simple, soft tube-like device. It fits and fills the gap between a car seat and the center console. It stops stuff from falling through...out of reach. As usual, simple is better. 
Lori Greiner (the queen of QVC, an inventor and a shark) invested in the product. She helped the Drop Stop discover huge success – already on “Oprah” , “The View” and in Walmart. Plus, the infomercial that took my attention (and money) has been rated as one of the best ever.  You can find it- and more about this amazing success story (it can happen to you) by visiting www.buydropstop.com



Thursday, January 16, 2014

E.I.A. first 2014 meeting


Happy New Year!
At The first 2014 meeting of the Edison Inventors Association: 
Members and guests learned a lot from notable members.

To start the evening…Phyllis Davis introduced a program called “Inventors Challenge Training – 30 Days from Concept to Licensing” that sparked inventor interest - to adapt a rapid timeline for product development. 
After Joe Gross reviewed our current agenda of business news, he welcomed several members (see the collage) to share updates, success and advice regarding the challenges of the invention/marketing process.  (We apologize - photos of inventors Barry Chapman and Ken Boyce are missing…our thanks to them as well).

Thursday, December 5, 2013

The Super Scraper-Stripper

All the details of our "Barnacle Stripper" hand tool are available at Edison Nation under the "insider" program. It invites interested parties (manufacturers/distributors) to review our products.

Today we added information regarding a name change to the "Super Scraper-Stripper" to reflect the many uses of this great tool.

So let's not limit this tool to the removal of barnacles. The Super Scraper-Stripper handles lots of dirty jobs. Remember the t.v. show Dirty Jobs with Mike Rowe. He scraped, stripped and cleaned all kinds of nasty things - like sewers, chicken coops, caves of dung droppings and other places you and I would avoid. However, this video shows how our scraper tool helps with a more common event... pool renovation.
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