Patents Examined by Alfred C. Perham
  • Patent number: 4856245
    Abstract: A support plate for tiles comprises a rectangular metal plate formed with a plurality of tile support pieces projecting out of the metal plate. The end portions of tile support pieces are bent to form flanges which are adapted to fit into a groove or grooves provided in a tile.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 1984
    Date of Patent: August 15, 1989
    Inventor: Yoshinori Osawa
  • Patent number: 4799348
    Abstract: Pin point foundations are formed, the ground is flattened and levelled at the level of these foundations, peripheral recoverable shuttering is disposed on the ground and continuous rows of non recoverable shuttering defining the ribs are disposed at the center. The rows of shuttering are spaced apart by baryte cardboard elements providing sealing and insulation. On the upper face of the non recoverable shuttering are disposed means for spacing the trellis work reinforcing the floor. Then the concrete is poured by pumping and, after drying out the floor, only the peripheral shuttering is recovered.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 1986
    Date of Patent: January 24, 1989
    Inventors: Max Brami, Pierre Mazarguil
  • Patent number: 4794742
    Abstract: A multi-conic shell and a process of creating multi-conic shells from flat materials which are bent and thereby forced into the configuration of continuous regions from oppositely oriented, tangential cones to create variably configured building structures and variably configured lightweight structural panels. The process of creating multi-conic shells from connecting cone segments corresponding to a theoretical array of regular (opening downward) and inverted (opening upward) cones provides an unlimited number of variations for the design of building structures and the design of structural panels. Such multi-conic structures achieve excellent strength to weight ratios by distributing loads into tension and corresponding tetrahedron structures which propogate throughout the shell.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 1986
    Date of Patent: January 3, 1989
    Inventor: Charles E. Henderson
  • Patent number: 4776140
    Abstract: An anchor for supporting guy wires for transmission towers and other structures. The anchor includes a cradle or base skid which supports a plurality of modular deadweight bodies which may interlock to increase the overall stability of the anchor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 1986
    Date of Patent: October 11, 1988
    Assignee: San Diego Gas and Electric
    Inventors: James H. Wight, William J Rose, Ronald G. Unkefer
  • Patent number: 4773195
    Abstract: A method and related apparatus for forming a sluiceway adjacent a wall and cement floor includes a sluiceway form made from a generally rectangular sheet of biodegradable material having a number of generally parallel fold lines to define a plurality of contiguous sluiceway panels disposed inwardly of opposite marginal portions of the sheet which are folded into face-to-face relation with each other to form an elongated sluiceway form having a body portion defined by the sluiceway panels and a tab defined by the marginal portions projecting from the body portion and extending along the entire length of the body portion. The sluiceway is formed by positioning the sluiceway form adjacent the wall with at least a part of the body portion below the level of the grade and the free edge of the tab extending in a generally parallel relation to the grade level. The tab is secured to the wall and the concrete floor is poured with the sluiceway form in position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 1986
    Date of Patent: September 27, 1988
    Inventor: Harvey Waller
  • Patent number: 4756429
    Abstract: A data carousel stand for accessible storage of data-holding materials is disclosed, having a base, a hollow vertical central hub for adjustably supporting a hollow vertical newel. One or more data carousels is rotatively mounted on the newel, each carousel comprising a plurality of radial arms in vertically adjustable offset stacked array. Each arm has a slidable upwardly extending bracket on each side which cooperate to hold data-containing materials therebetween.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 1986
    Date of Patent: July 12, 1988
    Assignee: Liberty Diversified Industries
    Inventors: Marcus S. Lehman, Carl J. Schoberg, Daniel C. Johnson
  • Patent number: 4750301
    Abstract: The use of a bifurcated joint to attach a conveniently sized metal flange to a flexible bellows material has been widely used, for example, in the manufacture of a building construction expansion joint cover. The known bifurcated joint is formed by clamping and engaging a marginal edge of the bellows material between opposed folded portions of the metal flashing. It has been found that the attaching force provided by this joint can be enhanced by providing teeth or protrusions in a portion of the metal bifurcated joint. Preferably a punch is used to upset teeth from one surface of the joint, preferably a corrugated portion of the joint, and then bend the thus toothed and corrugated portion into clamping engagement with the marginal edge of the bellows. The toothed hole clampingly engages the bellows material without piercing it and prevents pull out, both prior to curing of the adhesive bond as well as thereafter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 1986
    Date of Patent: June 14, 1988
    Assignee: Manville Corporation
    Inventor: Dean E. Croxford
  • Patent number: 4750302
    Abstract: An insulated glass skylight assembly is provided that is adapted to be mounted to cover an opening in a roof structure. The assembly includes a box-like liner adapted to be mounted adjacent the edge of an opening in a roof structure around the periphery thereof, to surround the opening and to form a wall extending upward from the roof structure. A swinging window unit is provided which includes an insulated glass insert, an inner supporting frame, and an outer encasing frame. The insulated glass insert is of a predetermined size and shape to substantially conform to the opening in the roof structure, and the inner supporting frame is adapted to engage and seat on the liner and to support the glass insert. The outer supporting frame is adapted to be coupled to the inner supporting frame and capture the glass insert therebetween.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 1986
    Date of Patent: June 14, 1988
    Inventor: Stephen K. Bechtold
  • Patent number: 4748914
    Abstract: A security screen having two rams to operate the screen which are located against the panel of the screen, the rams being connected at one of their ends substantially symmetrically relating to the center of the screen at or adjacent the top thereof and, at their other ends, substantially symmetrically relative to the screen to a structure beneath or beside the screen, the connections being such as to permit at least a degree of rotation of the rams relative to the panel and the structure, the arrangement being such that, as the rams are extended, the outward component of forces of the rams are substantially equal and opposite, the resultant being an upward component which can drive the screen upwardly rapidly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 1985
    Date of Patent: June 7, 1988
    Assignee: Saftell Pty. Limited
    Inventor: Michael J. Cardinal
  • Patent number: 4747571
    Abstract: This invention relates to adjustable seats and components therefor including mechanisms for assisting in their adjustability and a hand-operated lever employed for both adjusting the inclination and height of the seat cushion above the base of the seat and positioning and moving the seat longitudinally.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 1986
    Date of Patent: May 31, 1988
    Assignee: Magna International Inc.
    Inventors: Alfred Hessler, Andrzej Bartczak
  • Patent number: 4747243
    Abstract: A portable collapsible porch is provided for use with campers, camping trailers and the like which includes a foldable platform structure and collapsible legs, stairway and protective rail structure, thereby requiring minimal space for storage and transportation, and further includes adjustable legs to facilitate use in uneven terrain.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 1987
    Date of Patent: May 31, 1988
    Inventor: Kenneth L. Anstead
  • Patent number: 4745724
    Abstract: An open web structural support member such as a truss is described whose length may be adjusted in predetermined increments and which employs an incremental adjustment means for adjusting the effective length of the end web in order to compensate for adjustment in the length of the truss to maintain a rigid and stable truss. An apertured chord plate is attached to the upper chord member by a pin placed in a selected one of the adjustment holes in such chord plate for adjusting the length of the truss. The chord plate is connected to a mounting bracket at the end of the upper chord member. The incremental adjustment means for the web includes an adjustable link means connected to an end web member to form an end web assembly of adjustable length attached between the mounting bracket and the lower chord member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 1987
    Date of Patent: May 24, 1988
    Assignee: Trus Joist Corporation
    Inventor: William R. Reetz
  • Patent number: 4746114
    Abstract: An adjustable seat assembly for exercising apparatus which may embody a hand-held weight frame, a movable weight supporting frame, a leg exercise unit or other exercise device. The seat assembly has an elongate seat mounted on a base for endwise adjustment relative to the base to accommodate the seat to various exercise devices. The seat has a seat portion, a back portion, and means including an arcuate support extending between the back portion and base and movable endwise relative to the base of pivotally adjusting the back portion relative to the seat portion to a range of angular positions between an upright position and a downwardly inclined position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 1986
    Date of Patent: May 24, 1988
    Assignee: Bollinger Industries
    Inventor: Sherman P. Grider
  • Patent number: 4746112
    Abstract: An exercise rowing machine is disclosed which includes a stationary seat and a rocker assembly. A handle grip coupled to a sprocket assembly drives a flywheel mounted with the rockers assembly. Fins attached to the flywheel provide braking.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 1986
    Date of Patent: May 24, 1988
    Inventor: James E. Fayal
  • Patent number: 4744190
    Abstract: The spacing retainer contains spacer elements comprising a multiple number of interconnected angle elements and locking elements. The locking elements are lockingly connected with a first structural steel fabric by means of locking parts at their free ends. A second structural steel fabric is held at a spacing from the first structural steel fabric by means of the series-arranged and side-by-side arranged spacer elements. The spacer elements comprise struts for their reinforcement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 1986
    Date of Patent: May 17, 1988
    Inventors: Paul Couwenbergs, Andreas Holterhus
  • Patent number: 4744185
    Abstract: Thermally insulating panels are formed at opposite sides with finishing edge strips about which sheet metal facings of the panels engage, the strips having ribs and grooves to allow mortise and tenon interconnection of the panels. A fold between a groove and a rib of the respective panel receives a metal insert which provides structural support and interengaging flanges of the insert, which preferably is composed of high density PVC, can interlock for effective sealing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 1986
    Date of Patent: May 17, 1988
    Assignee: Philippe Lamberet
    Inventors: Philippe Lamberet, Georges Robin
  • Patent number: 4744183
    Abstract: A lid opener apparatus is provided for use with a relatively large storage bin, and comprises a handle and structure for mounting and supporting the handle at a convenient height for manipulation by an operator. The mounting and support structure includes a first elongate link which has one end thereof pivotally mounted to the handle and the other end thereof pivotally mounted at a fixed location relative to the bin. A first elongate rod-like member is pivotally mounted to the same end of the link which receives the handle and extends upwardly to an area adjacent the top of the bin. A second rod-like member is pivotally coupled at one end thereof to the lid and extends outwardly to an area adjacent the uppermost end of the first rod-like member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 1987
    Date of Patent: May 17, 1988
    Assignee: CTB, Inc.
    Inventor: Joseph A. Kruger
  • Patent number: 4742661
    Abstract: A metal end fitting for structurally interconnecting a crossarm brace to a crossarm and utility pole includes an extruded metal body having a dovetail recess for receiving an end portion of an enlongated wooden brace. The brace is inserted into the recess of the fitting and a bight portion of the recess abuts an end face of the wooden member. A pair of spaced apart legs integrally joining the bight portion are formed to taper toward one another to directly engage tapered dovetailed surfaces provided on opposite sides of the wooden member. A generally similar metal end fitting is mounted on an opposite end of the wooden brace. Each end fitting includes a tang integrally joining the bight portion and adapted to be secured to the crossarm or the utility pole with a single elongated fastener.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 1986
    Date of Patent: May 10, 1988
    Assignee: Joslyn Corporation
    Inventor: Frederick W. Burtelson
  • Patent number: 4742660
    Abstract: A highly sound insulating clay tile for the construction of floors has an outer substantially parallelepiped shape with symmetrical, laterally projecting portions for the support of each tile by reinforced concrete floor beams. Each tile comprises a peripheral wall having a substantially uniform thickness. Extending from this peripheral wall toward the inside of the tile are a plurality of very short vertical and horizontal partitions. The plurality of horizontal and vertical partitions are combined with other horizontal and obliquely inclined partitions for defining two main longitudinal cavities having a polygonal or circular cross section. The main cavities are symmetrically positioned with respect to a vertical center plane, and the cross-sectional area of the main cavities comprises a major portion of the cross-sectional area of each tile.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 1986
    Date of Patent: May 10, 1988
    Inventor: Giuseppe Vadala'
  • Patent number: 4742654
    Abstract: A protective cap of inverted channel shape for placement on beams to protect same from moisture. A lengthwise extending recess in the cap upper surface receives a pliable sealant having a surface which is in pressurized contact with a beam supported structural member. A seal is thus provided about fasteners driven through the cap. Diverging side walls of the cap discharge moisture away from the beam sides.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 1987
    Date of Patent: May 10, 1988
    Inventor: John D. Cole