Patents Examined by Donald G. Kelly
  • Patent number: 4631882
    Abstract: A molding strip assembly comprising linear edge pieces adapted to form a structure for holding the edge of a flexible material. The edge pieces may be configured in a framework so that the material covers a desired support surface. One edge piece is a molding strip that has a mounting base and upwardly extending connecting wall and a raised support wall in spaced parallel relation to the base. A lip extends upwardly from the base, spaced from the connecting wall, and a retaining wall extends upwardly from the base between the lip and the connecting wall, and, with the connecting wall, forms a narrow groove. A mating locking member defines a moveable profile that is received by the molding element and has a top wall, a first, downwardly depending side wall that is positioned in the groove to trap the material edge therein, and a second downwardly depending side wall that has a locking structure configured to engage the lip of the molding element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 1985
    Date of Patent: December 30, 1986
    Inventor: R. Gregg Sease
  • Patent number: 4594821
    Abstract: A skylight and roof assembly with at least a portion of the skylight adapted to be pivoted by a drive mechanism between open and closed positions with respect to an opening in the roof. At least one hinge is connected to the movable portion of the skylight and the fixed portion of the assembly to permit the pivotal movement. The hinge includes a first leg adapted to be mounted on the movble portion of the skylight in fixed position. The hinge includes a second leg adapted to be mounted on the non-movable portion of the skylight and roof assembly. A flange extends from the second leg and mating surfaces are on the first leg and the flange adapted to receive a coupling pin for pivotally interengaging the first and second leg with the first leg spaced from the second leg by the flange therebetween so that the movable portion of the skylight can be pivoted in a desired manner between the open and closed position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 1985
    Date of Patent: June 17, 1986
    Inventors: Paul E. Bechtold, Stephen K. Bechtold
  • Patent number: 4592178
    Abstract: This invention relates to an improved ground anchor. It comprises a drill bit, an anchor head to which a plurality of swingable arms are pivoted, a double thread nut, a connecting rod with an enlarged rear end, and a socket from which a plurality of steel rods extend rearwardly. It greatly facilitates the work of ground anchorage of a surface structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 1985
    Date of Patent: June 3, 1986
    Inventor: Hsi H. Lu
  • Patent number: 4589242
    Abstract: This invention provides a one-piece joining element of extruded material suitable for joining floor or similar sections together comprising a main body having opposed top and bottom surfaces, the body having a first side having an upper wall section and a spaced apart lower wall section, a first chamber in the body adapted to receive a portion of a sealing member and an opening extending between the upper and lower wall sections of the first side. The opening is in communication with the first chamber and a second side in generally opposed relationship to the first side, the body having a second retention chamber adapted to receive a joinder member in engaging relationship therewith, the second side having an opening therein in communication with the second retention chamber, the opening forming a restricted mouth with the second chamber.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 1984
    Date of Patent: May 20, 1986
    Assignee: Z-Tech Enterprises Inc.
    Inventors: Raoul M. Moulinie, Guy Gagne
  • Patent number: 4586697
    Abstract: A balustrade construction formed from extruded components of such materials as aluminum and its alloys. Said construction having balusters disposed between pairs of spaced apart channel section members with the balusters comprised of a square-section and having a pair of slots cut into one side of the section for engagement with engaging elements of the channel section member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 1984
    Date of Patent: May 6, 1986
    Inventor: Isolde Tornya
  • Patent number: 4584804
    Abstract: A joiner for joining mullions to transoms in a curtain wall includes a U-shaped gasket receiving an outer transom surface and a table for slidably supporting an extended end of the transom. A slider element abuts the transom end to prevent outward movement thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 1983
    Date of Patent: April 29, 1986
    Assignee: Tajima Junzo Seisakusho, Ltd.
    Inventor: Kazuo Tajima
  • Patent number: 4583341
    Abstract: Modular interlocking paving elements of uniform configuration are provided each in the form of a substantially right angular body bounded peripherally by two outer sides meeting at an outer angle apex, two inner sides meeting at an inner angle apex and two front sides each extending between respective ends of an inner side and an outer side, with dummy joint gaps formed in and extending across the top side of the body each from the inner angle apex to a midpoint of one of the outer sides. The inner sides, front sides, half sections of outer sides and dummy gaps are of substantially the same length, and each has longitudinal portions thereof projecting outside and/or recessed inside a straight base line between the ends thereof, so that the top side of each element appears to be composed of three four-sided elemental units disposed side by side and two or more of the elements will interlock laterally yet present the same surface appearance in any of a variety of side-by-side orientations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 1982
    Date of Patent: April 22, 1986
    Assignee: F. von Langsdorff Bauverfahren GmbH
    Inventors: Gunter Barth, Fritz von Langsdorff
  • Patent number: 4583333
    Abstract: A room addition type of construction for attachment to the outside wall of a building. The wall has an opening for access to the interior of the building. A foundation is provided adjacent the wall and an upright frame assembly is mounted on the foundation. The frame includes side wall frames, an outer wall frame, and a roof frame. A plurality of structurally independent panel members are securely mounted in each of the frame portions with a substantial portion of the panels comprising window units having glazing panels therein. The panel members cooperate with the frame assembly for providing load bearing support for the structure. The frame assembly is secured to the building and a weather seal is provided between the room structure assembly and the building. The panels are secured to each other and to the frame assembly and weather seals are provided between the panels and between the panels and the frame assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 1982
    Date of Patent: April 22, 1986
    Assignee: Rolscreen Company
    Inventor: Mearl Minter
  • Patent number: 4580386
    Abstract: The invention provides a slot in the runner and lugs on a clip to allow sliding contact between the runner and the clip. This allows for expansion of the runner during a fire condition. The clip is fastened to the vertical web of an adjacent runner to fasten the runner structures together. Normally, a clip is provided on each end of one runner structure and it is mounted between two rigidly positioned other runner structures and the runner with the clips is capable of expansion and contraction under fire conditions without buckling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 1981
    Date of Patent: April 8, 1986
    Assignee: Armstrong World Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: John M. Hemphill, Ernest B. Nute, Jr., Daniel C. Ziegler
  • Patent number: 4580384
    Abstract: A corrugated sheet roof panel has one longitudinal edge formation and one marginal strip of the panel which has a width less than the pitch distance between adjacent corrugations where the edge formation includes a female receptive bead. The opposite longitudinal edge formation of the panel includes a second marginal strip of the panel where the formation includes an inverted U-shaped male bead. The male bead of one panel is adapted to be snapped into the female bead of an adjacent panel to lock adjacent panels together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 1983
    Date of Patent: April 8, 1986
    Assignee: Hunter Douglas International N.V.
    Inventor: Kelvin B. Hutcheson
  • Patent number: 4578912
    Abstract: A foundation for cellarless houses comprises a foundation wall (6) whose underside is disposed on a level below the ground surface (4) surrounding the house (1) and serves to support the house and, together with a bearing floor structure (5), also to define a bottom space (12) in the area above the ground on which the house is erected. The floor structure (5) has a lower portion which is air permeable in order, via the floor structure, to permit supplying air of substantially room temperature to said bottom space (12) from which the air is thereafter evacuated. According to the invention, said lower portion exclusively consists of a thin air-permeable web (11), and a heat insulating layer (21) for the foundation is placed directly on the ground (20) underneath the floor structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 1984
    Date of Patent: April 1, 1986
    Assignee: Profoment Utvecklings AB
    Inventor: Roger Ericsson
  • Patent number: 4579303
    Abstract: "Gutter Jack" is a mechanical device which is temporarily attached to the facia board at the end of the roof to support and to adjust the slope of the rain gutter during the installation. A gutter jack is generally used at each end of the rain gutter to be installed or at an intermediate position as required. The gutter jack includes a base mounting plate which is temporarily attached to the facia board and an adjustable Z-Bar bracket which supports the rain gutter and sets the slope. The Z-Bar bracket is easily adjusted and locked in position by loosening and re-tightening wing nuts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 1984
    Date of Patent: April 1, 1986
    Inventor: William M. Midlik
  • Patent number: 4578911
    Abstract: A cantilevered mast drilling rig is disclosed in which the erection operation for elevating the cantilevered mast and the drill rig floor to the elevated operating positions is a single step procedure. Both the cantilevered mast and the drill rig floor are completed on the ground prior to the elevating operation. The drill rig floor is pinned to the cantilevered mast so that, in response to actuation of the drawworks, the mast and drill rig floor are elevated to their operating positions as a single unit in a single operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 1984
    Date of Patent: April 1, 1986
    Assignee: Branham Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Tom T. Hashimoto
  • Patent number: 4578921
    Abstract: This invention relates to an elevated liquid storage tank and a method of constructing same. An upright, hollow, cylindrical concrete shaft is constructed having a closed upper end portion forming a tank support floor. An upper, outer ledge is formed around the periphery of the shaft adjacent to the tank support floor; and a central, upright access tube is mounted in the tank support floor. An annular, steel tank wall is fabricated around the base of the shaft and hoisted to the top of the shaft using a plurality of jacks. The tank wall includes a lower annular ring beam and the space between the ring beam and the shaft upper end portion is filled with reinforced concrete to connect and retain the tank in position. Roof plates extend between the access tube and the tank wall to close the storage tank roof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 1985
    Date of Patent: April 1, 1986
    Inventors: Laurence G. Cazaly, Douglas Lamon
  • Patent number: 4578909
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to an insulated building construction which includes panels having interior and exterior skins with an insulating core therebetween. Additionally, the bearing posts between panels have interior and exterior support members with an insulating layer therebetween. A mechanism for maintaining a thermal barrier around corners as well as between walls and roof is disclosed. All panels have standardized passageways which mate with one another to provide an efficient way of routing electrical wiring. A building in accordance with this invention may be constructed to be completely surrounded by appropriate insulating material thereby minimizing "thermal shorts".
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 1982
    Date of Patent: April 1, 1986
    Assignee: Enercept, Inc.
    Inventors: Harold B. Henley, Kenneth L. Norberg, John P. Devine
  • Patent number: 4578916
    Abstract: The element comprises a socket and a bar slidingly insertable into the opening of the socket. Disposed around and spaced from both the socket and the bar are at least two closed loops each, of generally rectangular shape and made from reinforcing rods. The loops are secured to the socket and the bar, respectively, in one case by welding, in another case by means of a holder. Because they are symmetrically spaced from the socket and the bar, they ensure good distribution of pressure within the concrete.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 1984
    Date of Patent: April 1, 1986
    Assignee: Peter Fankhauser
    Inventor: Heinz Witschi
  • Patent number: 4577447
    Abstract: A building block to be used in the construction of houses, buildings, gargages, sheds and the like, which is constructed of expanded, polystyrene beads. The building block is to be arranged with other similar building blocks in a vertically orientated, horizontally staggered relationship. Each building block is constructed of two parts which are adhesively secured together in a facing relationship. Each building block includes a pair of vertically aligned openings. When the building block is in the assembled, stacked relationship with other similar building blocks, there are a series of horizontally aligned openings to permit the conducting of rigid reinforcing rods between the blocks. Each building block includes within its upper surface and lower surface interlocking structure which is to interlock with other similar blocks when located in the stacked relationship.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 1983
    Date of Patent: March 25, 1986
    Inventor: William E. Doran
  • Patent number: 4577448
    Abstract: A floor, useful for ice or roller skating, including a planar surface made up of a plurality of panels and including locating devices positioned over and under adjacent panels to restrict relative movement between the panels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 1982
    Date of Patent: March 25, 1986
    Assignee: The British Picker Company, Ltd.
    Inventor: David Howorth
  • Patent number: 4575983
    Abstract: A sliding clip for a floating standing seam roof for allowing buckling of the roof panels to relieve excessive thermal expansion. The relative arrangement of the stops which limit the motion of the upper clip portion in respect of the lower clip portion is asymmetrical to allow a greater amplitude of motion of the upper clip portion toward the fixed ends of the roof panels caused by contraction than is permitted toward the floating ends of the roof panels caused by expansion. This prevents destruction of the clips or of the fasteners for the fixed ends. It also prevents rupture of the panels themselves at their fixed ends.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 1985
    Date of Patent: March 18, 1986
    Assignee: Nucor Corporation
    Inventors: Hamilton Lott, Jr., Lynn E. Strock
  • Patent number: 4575984
    Abstract: A construction element for constructing a supporting floor or the like consists of a slab made of reinforced concrete. The side walls of the slab are provided with protection profiles connected with each other. Two series of aligned, alternating projections and complementary recesses are lying above each other on each side wall of the slab, wherein the projections of one of the series are staggered with respect to the projections of the other series in such a manner that the recesses of one of the series lie above respectively below the projections of the other series. The projections of the lower series lie at a distance from the lower surface of the slab. As the construction elements forming a supporting floor are connected with each other by the interlocking projections and recesses of the adjacent side walls, the load of a construction element is distributed over the adjacent construction elements so that each construction element can take up a very high load.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 1983
    Date of Patent: March 18, 1986
    Assignee: IMEX AG
    Inventor: Gijsbert Versteeg