Patents Examined by Aimee E. McTigue
  • Patent number: 5740637
    Abstract: A cremation niche for holding the cremated remains of a deceased living being. The cremation niche includes a precast concrete block preferably having a size and consistency of a conventional cast building block. A cavity within the concrete block with access thereinto through an opening in the front upright surface of the concrete block provides access into the cavity for placing the cremated remains therein. A front face block matches the dimensions of the front surface of the concrete block and is connectable thereto by fasteners. A seal between the face block and the front face of the concrete block seals the cavity and protects the cremated remains. A separate molded plastic liner fitted into the cavity further enhances a hermetic seal within the cavity. Spacer tabs formed into one horizontal surface and one end surface of the concrete block enhance ease of building a wall of the filled and sealed niches with precise spacing between niches.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 1996
    Date of Patent: April 21, 1998
    Inventor: William L. Snow
  • Patent number: 5711114
    Abstract: The rooftop snow retention assembly includes at least one upstanding projection connected integrally to a top surface of a roof. An elongated upper wall portion of the projection cooperates with a snow guard positioned adjacent to the projection. The snow guard includes an upright wall member to engage the snow or ice and a base member bonded to the top surface, wherein the base member substantially abuts the upper wall portion to help resist the snow guard from moving downwardly. A pair of leg members extend downwardly from the base member on either side of the projection to further brace the snow guard against shear forces applied by the accumulated snow or ice.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 1995
    Date of Patent: January 27, 1998
    Inventor: George B. Mueller
  • Patent number: 5706624
    Abstract: A building system comprised of panelized, modified rhombic triacontahedral structures further comprised of panels continuously connected along their edges by connectors whose profiles allow panels to snap and slide together into strong, insulated buildings and unfasten for easy disassembly and re-use as temporary housing, storage, emergency shelter, work-camp and vacation homes. Vertical walls allow structures to be nested or mated together and allow use of standard doors, windows and fixtures. The connector is formed from extruded or cast plastic or aluminum, or formed steel. Carbon fiber or Dupont Kevlar.TM. reinforced resin may be used for specialized uses. The connector allows the use of a variety of standard manufacture laminated panels. The basic structure is comprised of ten identical wall panels and ten almost-identical roof panels joined by use of 35, 144.degree. edge connectors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 1994
    Date of Patent: January 13, 1998
    Inventor: Eric B. Lipson
  • Patent number: 5706613
    Abstract: A walk-in child playhouse having pivotally attached seating surfaces. In one embodiment, the walk-in child playhouse comprises an enclosed rotomolded plastic structure having walls, a roof, and at least one chair or seat member pivotally attached to the playhouse. In another embodiment, the walk-in child playhouse has a garden party theme in which the roof has a canopy portion overhanging the rear of the house. Under the canopy are two chairs or seat members pivotally connected the rear wall and the roof via a pair of continuous bosses, the rear wall also having a substantially horizontally extending table disposed between the chairs and under the canopy. In another embodiment, the playhouse comprises a series of double-walled hollow parts that are interconnected by a unique snap interlock system. In yet another embodiment, the playhouse comprises a lateral connection member for joining various wall panels at a lower portion thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 1995
    Date of Patent: January 13, 1998
    Assignee: Fisher-Price, Inc.
    Inventors: Raymond J. Drake, Jr., Miriam Kelley
  • Patent number: 5704176
    Abstract: An improved wall coping system including a coping member and underlying support member anchored to a wall. The wall coping support member is secured to the wall and extends beneath the coping member for support of the coping member along its length.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 1996
    Date of Patent: January 6, 1998
    Assignee: Crown Partnership
    Inventor: Percy Greenberg
  • Patent number: 5699642
    Abstract: A harness system used with steel reinforcement bars or rods to hold them at a desired orientation during and after concrete is poured. The system has two substantially identical harnesses each with its own strap section and a one direction end clasp. A common spacer joins the harnesses together and orients them with respect to each other in different directions. Preferably, the harnesses and spacer are made of a moisture proof plastic material. Two steel reinforcement bars may be oriented in a desired direction--it could be parallel or at right angles to each other--and an appropriate harness system used to hold them in place as concrete is poured over them. One strap of one harness goes around a bar and is put in through its clasp end to a tightened position to hold the bar.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 1996
    Date of Patent: December 23, 1997
    Inventor: Charles Joseph McDevitt, Jr.
  • Patent number: 5689930
    Abstract: A method of modifying a glazing panel having a box section, wherein the box section has walls of relatively transmissive material and such walls include a first pair of opposed walls, the method comprising the first step of forming a longitudinally-extending sheet of material selected from the group consisting of a heat reflective material, a heat absorbent material and a heat absorbent and reflective material to have a major web portion and a longitudinal fold defining a side portion having a free edge remote from the fold, the second step involving folding the side portion to extend substantially at right angles to the web portion and inserting the so-folded length in the box section so that the major web portion extends between the pair of opposed inner walls of the box, and the free edge of the side portion remote from the fold contacts with another inner wall of the box.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 1995
    Date of Patent: November 25, 1997
    Inventor: David John Anderson
  • Patent number: 5687534
    Abstract: A modular flooring system for stables is made up of a plurality of modules that each include a frame element (1) and an insertion element (30). Each frame element (1) is equipped with supporting profiles (6,7) intended for the support of the insertion element (30), which is placed in the frame element when in use. The insertion elements can be easily replaced in accordance with the type of animals expected to be walking thereon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 1995
    Date of Patent: November 18, 1997
    Assignee: Ikadan System A/S
    Inventors: Bjarne Kongsgaard, Knud Haargaard, Thomas Olsen
  • Patent number: 5687524
    Abstract: This invention relates to repairing the water leakage problem of panel joints in an exterior building surface. In addition, this method may also be used to project new panel joints. A long lasting effective repair method is provided by using two extruded component parts assembled in the field to cover up the existing panel joints such that a number of P.E. Cavities and air links are created to form P.E. Seals around the existing panel joints such that elements such as exterior water can no longer reach the leaking joints. Since P.E. Seals can tolerate a significant degree of imperfection without causing the water infiltration problem, the effectiveness of the repair work can be expected to last for a long time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 1995
    Date of Patent: November 18, 1997
    Inventor: Raymond M. L. Ting
  • Patent number: 5685117
    Abstract: A shingle system comprising a fastening strip and a plurality of shingles. The fastening strip includes a top flange portion and a fastener portion. A gasket is located along a bottom surface of the fastening portion. The plurality of shingles each include top and bottom edges and opposing side edges. The bottom edge includes an underturned flange for engaging the top flange portion of the fastening strip. Overturned or underturned flanges are provided on the side edges to connect adjacent shingles along the sides. In a further embodiment, the shingles comprise first and second shingle configurations where the first shingle configuration includes side edges that are tapered and either overturned or underturned, and where the second shingle configuration includes side edges having an opposite taper to the first shingle configuration as well as an opposite flange. In a further embodiment, the shingle system further comprises a roof cap including tailing and leading edges and opposing side edges.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 1995
    Date of Patent: November 11, 1997
    Inventor: Joseph R. Nicholson
  • Patent number: 5682713
    Abstract: A bracket used to secure a window frame to a roof. The bracket has a rectangular geometry, a means of securing the bracket to the roof and a means of rotating the body along the planar axis of the bottom of a frame. The bracket has a first orientation where the long edges are parallel with the frame, and a second orientation where the short edges are parallel with the frame. The bracket is rotatable with a plurality of orientations between the first orientation and the second orientation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 1996
    Date of Patent: November 4, 1997
    Assignee: Andersen Corporation
    Inventor: David J. Weiss
  • Patent number: 5678357
    Abstract: An apparatus and method of attaching reversibly an inflatable three dimensional graphic to the exterior surface of an inflatable wall of an inflatable toy. The wall surface includes means for reversibly attaching the graphic in a leak tight manner while providing a method for fluid communication between the wall and the graphic so that the graphic can be inflated simultaneously with the wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 1996
    Date of Patent: October 21, 1997
    Inventors: Jesse Rubio, Guy W. Rochefort
  • Patent number: 5673523
    Abstract: An improved wall coping system including a coping member and underlying support member anchored to a wall. The wall coping support member is secured to the wall and extends beneath the coping member for support of the coping member along its length.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 1994
    Date of Patent: October 7, 1997
    Assignee: Crown Partnership
    Inventor: Percy Greenberg
  • Patent number: 5673524
    Abstract: Modular building panels having central insulating cores and protected by bonded sheet material are joined in a roof, wall, or other building system by way of an interlock feature that also provides a deep water drainage channel. This interlock feature utilizes an outwardly facing channel formed of the end of one of the bonded sheets which is mated with an inwardly extending locking member formed of the opposite end an identical bonding sheet from an adjacent panel. The inwardly extended locking member is inserted into the outwardly facing channel and rides over a camming surface which locks the inwardly extending locking member into the outwardly facing channel. Once two adjacent panels are joined together, the interlock feature forms a deep water drainage channel to catch and carry water and moisture that penetrates seams between the panels due to imperfections of caulking seal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 1996
    Date of Patent: October 7, 1997
    Assignee: Alumet Building Products, Inc.
    Inventor: J. Lynn Gailey
  • Patent number: 5671575
    Abstract: An improved flooring assembly includes a determined number of foundation elements, flooring elements, decorative strip seats and decorative strips. The foundation elements are provided with side and vertical grooves as well as vertical strips. The front sides are provided with face blocks, face grooves and auxiliary grooves. The flooring elements facing the foundation elements are provided with corresponding face grooves, face blocks and auxiliary blocks. The sides thereof are provided with positioning grooves and blocks. The foundation elements may be joined in a transverse or longitudinal manner to cover the floor area. The flooring elements are laid on the foundation elements. The decorative strip seats together with the decorative strips are fitted to the periphery.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 1996
    Date of Patent: September 30, 1997
    Inventor: Chang-Pen Wu
  • Patent number: 5664397
    Abstract: A sandwich plate has a pair of relatively dense, stiff, thin, and generally parallel longitudinally extending skins, and a less dense core body having a pair of generally parallel faces bonded to the skins and formed with longitudinal and transverse cavities connected together in a Z-shape and forming central longitudinally extending tongues.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 1996
    Date of Patent: September 9, 1997
    Assignee: Krauss-Maffei Verkehrstechnik GmbH
    Inventor: Rudiger Holz
  • Patent number: 5664751
    Abstract: An article holder comprises a base, a bracket, a collar, and a cover. The base has a disk, a plurality of hollow posts and a fence disposed on the disk. A threaded socket is disposed on a center of the base. A threaded through hole is formed in the threaded socket. A plurality of slots are formed on the base. The bracket has an annular seat and a hollow mount disposed on two opposite ends of the bracket. A crossbar is disposed on the annular seat. A round hole is formed on a center of the crossbar. The annular seat is disposed on the disk to surround the fence. A collar is disposed on the annular seat. A cover is disposed on the collar. A threaded recess hole is formed on the cover. A plurality of studs fasten the disk on a wall via the corresponding slots. A bolt passes through the round hole and the threaded through hole. The threaded recess hole engages with a distal end of the bolt.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 1996
    Date of Patent: September 9, 1997
    Inventor: Chun-Min Lan
  • Patent number: 5661939
    Abstract: A plastic siding panel which includes an upper connector, a medial main portion, and a lower connector. The connectors are complementary in shape so that they interlock with other siding panels of like construction. At least one of the connectors include a strip of high strength material for rigidifying the siding panel. The siding panels are fabricated by extruding a monolithic, substantially planar sheet composed of three different materials. Two of the materials are formed as layers which extend over the entire sheet. The third material is a high strength material adapted to rigidify the siding panel. After extrusion, the sheet is formed into a siding panel having a main portion, an upper connection and a lower connection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 1995
    Date of Patent: September 2, 1997
    Assignee: Associated Materials Incorporated
    Inventors: Mark Lawrence Coulis, Jack Thomas Mowery
  • Patent number: 5661942
    Abstract: A modular connector system for tubular structural members includes a variety of connector members, each having a connection wall for connection to a tubular structural member and a mating wall for connection to another connector member. The connection walls include cylindrical mounting collars and segments of cylinders. The mating walls include connector tabs and circular end walls. Each mating wall includes a peg disk relief, a fastener bore, and an array of peg recesses spaced about the bore. The connector members are secured together in sets of two, three, four, five or six by positioning a peg disk between the mating walls of the connector members to be connected together and passing a fastener through the connector members and the peg disk or disks. Each peg disk includes a peg disk plate having a fastener bore and an array of pegs spaced about the bore. The connector members are used to connect the tubular members to form various configurations of temporary shelter structures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 1995
    Date of Patent: September 2, 1997
    Inventor: Norwin Palmer
  • Patent number: 5660021
    Abstract: An improved security door is provided that is a composite of multiple layers. The layers include a first hard layer, a second hard layer, a reinforcing layer disposed between and connecting the first and second hard layers, and a carbonizing layer provided adjacent the reinforcing layer. Other layers, either singularly or in combination, can be included to make the security door further resistant to penetration by various tools. The other layers can include a clogging layer, a mobile layer, a resilient layer, and further reinforcement layers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 1995
    Date of Patent: August 26, 1997
    Assignee: Trussbilt, Inc.
    Inventors: Steven F. Wolgamot, George A. Cooper