Bill Murtagh

Mortar Mixing Hoe

Furniture engineer Bill Murtagh of Hickory, N.C., has had one of the longest journeys to invention success of all the featured Everyday Edisons inventors. His late father John Murtagh, a retired master sergeant and Vietnam veteran, actually developed the idea for the improved cement mixing tool. In December of 2004, however, John lost his battle with cancer before he could see his patented design on store shelves.

Bill took it upon himself to fulfill his father’s dying wish and brought the mortar mixing hoe to the Charlotte, N.C., Everyday Edisons casting call for review. The judges immediately recognized the invention’s merit as a simple, yet ingenious solution for easing the strenuous job of mortar mixing.

Today, the Murtagh™ is well on its way to revolutionizing the worldwide construction industry.