Patents Examined by Aimee E. McTigue
  • Patent number: 5658096
    Abstract: The embankment element serves to stabilize a slope. A box element has at least one lateral cultivation surface which is provided with a material layer which promotes the growth of plants. The factory-produced embankment element may be brought to the building site, if need be in an already cultivated state. It comprises a prismatic body (10) having at leat one self-supporting side wall (2). The further side walls (3, 4) are formed by a load-bearing single-piece mat (8) which is provided with through-passages (7) and also encloses the self-supporting side wall (2). The self-supporting side wall (2) and the other side walls (3, 4) enclose, with the interposition of said mat (6), a core (9) consisting of a humus-like composition. The end parts of the mat (8) are connected to one another and may be suspended on a bearing element (12).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 1995
    Date of Patent: August 19, 1997
    Assignee: Sytec Bausystm AG
    Inventor: Hans Rudolf Von Kanel
  • Patent number: 5655348
    Abstract: A door clip for mounting a door rail to a door stile has a base and pair of rail support arms extending perpendicularly from the base. Each arm defines a generally planar surface portion which contacts the interior surfaces of the side walls of the door rail. Fasteners extend through bores in the base and secure to a mounting plate positioned in the door stile. Each rail support arm defines a longitudinally oriented channel. Rail mounting fasteners extend through the door rail and into the channels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 1996
    Date of Patent: August 12, 1997
    Assignee: The Stanley Works
    Inventor: Bruce D. Paradise
  • Patent number: 5653081
    Abstract: A method for providing a roof structure having a plurality of purlins spaced apart from one another in a parallel arrangement the purlins having top portions is disclosed. A carriage is providing upon which is mounted a roll of support sheet. A first section of the roof structure comprising purlins, a support sheet, insulation material, and hard roofing material is completed. An insulation support sheet having side edges which enable the support sheet to be laid on adjacent purlins is then provided. The side edges are aligned with the top portions of adjacent purlins so that the support sheet can depend from the adjacent purlins. The carriage is moved along the length of the purlins and away from the first section of the roof structure, in which the movement of the carriage pays out the support sheet in a pleated condition having a first width so that the edges of the support sheet are aligned with the top portions of adjacent purlins and the support sheet depends from adjacent purlins.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 1996
    Date of Patent: August 5, 1997
    Assignee: Owens-Corning Fiberglas Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Dennis K. Wenrick, Robert J. Alderman, James E. Taylor, Ernest J. Plant
  • Patent number: 5651224
    Abstract: An architectural molding assembly is comprised of straight molding pieces having a decorative outer surface and a channel in the rear surface thereof. A wall attaching plate is slidingly secured in the channel and has a slot or an aperture therein to engage with a fastener which is secured to a wall. The fastener may be in the form of a screw or a clamp having a projecting finger. When the attaching plates are engaged by the fasteners they are urged against the wall and maintained there under tension. No nail is inserted in the molding and molding connecting pieces and accordingly the assembly can be easily dismantled and remounted when desired.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 1995
    Date of Patent: July 29, 1997
    Assignee: Clips 2000 Inc.
    Inventor: Robert Brabant
  • Patent number: 5647181
    Abstract: The invention provides the peripheral edge portions of rigid sheet-like panels with locking edges arranged for mating, snap-fit locking engagement by panel connector members, whereby a plurality of panels may be connected together to form building structures such as doll houses, children's play houses, utility sheds and the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 1994
    Date of Patent: July 15, 1997
    Inventor: Larry David Hunts
  • Patent number: 5644894
    Abstract: A multi-sheet glazing unit has a pair of outer sheets spaced from one another and secured to a spacer frame. The spacer frame has a generally U-shaped cross section and raised portions on its base to define a recess. Peripheral and marginal edge portions of an intermediate sheet are positioned in the recess and held in position by the recess spaced from the outer sheets. A method of forming the unit is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 1994
    Date of Patent: July 8, 1997
    Assignee: PPG Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Joseph E. Hudson
  • Patent number: 5640817
    Abstract: A modular wall system (8) is provided for constructing ornamental, privacy and acoustical type walls having exterior surfaces of stucco and other decorative material. The system (8) features polymer spacers (14) and vertical metal sleeves (16) onto which are glued opposing pairs of substantially rectangular polymer panels (12). Spacers (14) and/or sleeves (16) that are present at the ends of some modules (10) extend out from between the pairs of panels (12) to allow adjacent modules (10) to be interlocked. A wall may be rapidly constructed since fabrication of the wall is almost entirely complete prior to transportation to the intended site, the only on-site construction being to dig footing holes (40) and pour concrete into the sleeves (16) to simultaneously form concrete footings (42) and concrete support columns (44). The slidably interlocking nature of the individual modules (10) makes the system (8) especially resistant to damage from earth movement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 1995
    Date of Patent: June 24, 1997
    Inventor: Pieter R. Bos
  • Patent number: 5636490
    Abstract: A roof system and the method of producing same using rolls of material to provide continuous tiers or rows of roof covering over wood panels avoiding vertical roof seams. Plastic is first placed over the wood panels and then a metal cover such as aluminum or copper is applied. The wood panels are affixed to the structure beneath both the plastic strip and the metal cover. Each tier overlaps the upper edge of next lower tier. At the peak of the roof, a cap is provided with abutting wood members secured to the structure covered by a plastic sheet and with a metal member over the plastic sheet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 1996
    Date of Patent: June 10, 1997
    Inventor: Richard Stocksieker
  • Patent number: 5634313
    Abstract: The invention relates to a cylindrical, refractory, hollow brick having tapered wall surfaces in the corner region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 1995
    Date of Patent: June 3, 1997
    Assignee: Veitsch-Radex Aktiengesellschaft fur Feuerfeste Erzeugnisse
    Inventor: Gerd Mogling
  • Patent number: 5630301
    Abstract: An anchorage assembly for post-tensioning a tendon in a pre-stressed concrete structure, comprises an anchor having a bore for receiving the tendon, the bore comprising a first bore portion which is convergent inwardly of the anchor and a second bore portion. Wedges are in wedging engagement between the first bore portion and the tendon to retain the tendon, and a seal is engaged between the second bore portion and the tendon, the seal having a wedge-shaped cross-section and being compressed by a wedging action between and into sealing engagement with the second bore portion and the tendon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 1995
    Date of Patent: May 20, 1997
    Assignee: Harris P/T, A Division of Harris Steel Limited
    Inventor: Lyle D. Sieg
  • Patent number: 5628152
    Abstract: A manhole cover and frame assembly includes an outer frame having a support surface and a side wall that extends upward from the support surface and has a recessed portion. An inner frame is supportable on the support surface. The inner frame has a protrusion extending from the outer peripheral surface. The inner frame also includes an adjustable joint for adjusting the inner frame in its peripheral dimensions to expand to engage the protrusion with the recessed portion, thereby preventing upward movement of the inner frame, and to contract to remove the protrusion from the recessed portion. The inner frame also includes a cover support surface. A manhole cover is supportable on the cover support surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 1995
    Date of Patent: May 13, 1997
    Inventor: Harold M. Bowman
  • Patent number: 5625992
    Abstract: A corner piece is used with siding trim. At corners where strips of siding trim meet, the trim may be square cut and a corner piece inserted between the two square cut ends to finish the corner without using a miter or butt joint. The corner piece has a facing block that fits between the ends of two adjacent trim strips and two connector strips that project from two sides of the facing block to engage in the channels of the two trim strips. The coupling strips are preferably designed to snap fit into the trim strips.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 1995
    Date of Patent: May 6, 1997
    Inventors: Howard Strick, Robert Bedard
  • Patent number: 5623805
    Abstract: A seaming device for connecting building panels in a continuous seam along adjacent side edges of two building panels in the construction of a building or like structure which is particularly suited for seaming panels with both curved and straight portions. The seaming device includes an intermediate set of rollers capable of moving vertically and thereby allowing the seamer to seam panels having both straight portions and curved portions. By allowing the intermediate rollers to move vertically, the seaming apparatus of the present invention "walks" along the panel much more easily and avoids causing damage to the paint of the panel. The vertical movement of the intermediate rollers permits the seamer to adjust to changes in the panel from straight to curved and curved to straight.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 1995
    Date of Patent: April 29, 1997
    Assignee: M.I.C. Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Frederick Morello
  • Patent number: 5622013
    Abstract: A multipurpose arena with a suspended roof and an interior which can be adjusted to accommodate events requiring different space arrangements. The roof is made of sections suspended between opposed supporting pylons and assumes a catenary shape. Rail-mounted, motor-driven, stands can be shifted from place to place depending on the event or events being catered. Partitions divide the arena into separate private compartments wherein separate events can be held simultaneously in each compartment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 1995
    Date of Patent: April 22, 1997
    Assignee: Kajima Corporation
    Inventors: Shigeru Ban, Masaru Ozaki, Arata Yoshida, Masahiro Hanyu, Takeshi Miyazaki, Seiichi Muramatsu, Haruji Tsubota, Naoya Sasaki
  • Patent number: 5622010
    Abstract: A panel tray display system for improving storage capabilities beyond that of standard shelving has at least one tray support panel with vertically spaced lip troughs extending substantially continuously across the panel. The display system also has trays of a standardized, modular length that is chosen to allow a user to arrange two or more trays in a substantially side-to-side relationship on the display system. Each tray has a hanger member, a tray shelf and upturned front and side retaining rails. The hanger members are engaged in lip troughs so that the trays hang from the support panel. The trays may be repositioned vertically and horizontally on the panel as desired. The predetermined modular length of the trays is shorter than the length of traditional shelving and allows the user to maximize available storage space by adjusting the vertical distances between vertically adjacent short trays. The trays are thin, on the order of 1/16 inch, to further increase available storage space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 1995
    Date of Patent: April 22, 1997
    Inventor: Karl F. Weber
  • Patent number: 5617699
    Abstract: A spacer stock and/or spacer frame having a pair of spaced outer legs joined by a base has a strengthening member integral with the base or an insert between the legs to reduce the degree of torsional twist of the spacer stock and/or spacer frame. In one embodiment during the forming of the spacer stock a "T" shaped member is formed integral with the base to reduce the degree of torsional twist.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 1995
    Date of Patent: April 8, 1997
    Assignee: PPG Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Albert E. Thompson, Jr.
  • Patent number: 5618018
    Abstract: A container holding assembly (10, 10') for a vehicle includes a housing (12, 12') having an elongated vertical opening (14, 14') therein. A support member (16, 16') is movable into and out of the opening (14, 14'). The support frame (16, 16') includes a U-shaped frame (18, 18') supporting a rotatable container holder (22, 22'). The container holder (22, 22') pivots between a retracted position within the housing (12, 12') with the container holder (22, 22') planar with the U-shaped frame (18, 18' ) and an extend position with the container holder (22 22') transverse to the frame (18, 18').
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 1995
    Date of Patent: April 8, 1997
    Assignee: Manchester Plastics
    Inventor: Grzegorz H. Baniak
  • Patent number: 5617686
    Abstract: A insulating foamed polymer wall panel comprising a sheet of foamed polymer having sizable dimensions to form a substantial part of a wall when assembled. Adjacent wall panels are coupled using splines which, together with the side edges of the panels, form the sidewalls of a cement channel between the panels. The panel has connecting slots for receiving the splines and a plurality of edges, each top and side edge having a longitudinally extending groove to accommodate the fill of cement therein. The grooves provide tongue-and-groove connections between the cement post and adjacent wall panels once the cement has set, thus locking the latter into place.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 1995
    Date of Patent: April 8, 1997
    Inventor: Daniel P. Gallagher, Jr.
  • Patent number: 5615524
    Abstract: A masthead and spreader bird roosting guard having unique prongs consisting of copper tacks having elongated cut sharp points combined with a self adhesive strip on a metal strip for providing a continuous guard device directed to maritime use on a masthead members including mastheads and spreaders.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 1995
    Date of Patent: April 1, 1997
    Inventor: Edward A. Costa, Sr.
  • Patent number: 5615490
    Abstract: A device for locating the position of a receptacle in a wall which is covered during the construction process. The receptacle locating device includes a guide module, such as a plate-shaped body with an interior opening conforming to the configuration of a receptacle, for indicating the receptacle. The receptacle locating device also includes an attachment module for connecting the guide module to a portion of a mounting apparatus, such as a leg of a squaring tool. When another portion of the mounting apparatus, such as the other leg of the squaring tool, is held against a second wall, such as the floor, that intersects the first wall, the receptacle locating device attached to the mounting apparatus can be aligned with the receptacle and later used to pinpoint the location of the receptacle after the receptacle is subsequently covered.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 1995
    Date of Patent: April 1, 1997
    Inventor: Richard A. Burchell