Abstract: One sheet section edge is bent to form two edge portions making a U shape with the sheet. The second sheet section has the adjacent edge bent to form two portions which lie adjacent the two edge portions of the first sheet section, a third portion formed by a 180.degree. bend and an additional bend to engage the inside of the U.
Abstract: Hollow, generally rectilinear structures having a top, a bottom, sides and ends can be constructed so as to be capable of being manipulated between a "normal" or unfolded type configuration and a collapsed or folded configuration in which the ends extend generally parallel to and beneath the top and in which the sides are folded so as to be located next to the ends generally between the bottom and the top. Such a structure includes hinges connecting the ends to the top so that they can be pivoted so as to lie generally parallel to the top. Such a structure also includes a frame or frame-type elements forming a part of the top and extending adjacent to the ends when the ends are folded into such a collapsed position.
Abstract: A garage assembly for two-wheeled vehicles, the assembly comprising a rotatable circular frame, a plurality of housings connected to the frame, each housing including a floor portion having a back edge and a front edge, the length of the back edge being less than the length of the front edge, a back wall upstanding from the back edge, side walls upstanding from side edges of the floor portion, a front wall hingedly connected to the front edge, and a top portion shaped complementarily to the floor portion and hingedly connected to an upper edge of one of the side walls, the front wall and the top portion being movable between positions in which the housing is open and positions in which the housing is closed.
Abstract: A greenhouse structure composed of at least five intersected ring members providing a dome-shaped configuration over which a flexible cover is fitted. A particular manner of ring member intersection is employed to make the structure self-supporting. The flexible cover is provided with an arcuate closeable opening for access into the structure.
Abstract: The invention is a building structure of material which uses a water-activated binder, such as cement-mortar or concrete, and of a form having one thickness dimension much smaller than the other two dimensions perpendicular thereto. The structure includes a substrate sheet extending along a surface substantially perpendicular to the thickness dimension and a layer of the water activated binder material having a multiplicity of short metal wire reinforcing elements distributed therein.
Abstract: Composite members for foundation, floor and roof systems in structures, including multistory structures, the roof assembly of which includes a ceiling and roof member, between which members is sandwiched an expanded foam material; the floor and alternative foundation assembly of which includes base, intermediate, and top members, each having expanded foam material sandwiched therebetween; and a foundation assembly comprising a sub-floor member and a channel member having expanded foam material sprayed or poured thereon, which foundation assembly is adapted to rest on a suitable fill such as sand or fill soil.
Abstract: The system is preferably for use in building construction where concrete floors can be poured in place. The components of the system comprise parallel arranged joists preferably each constructed from three pieces to form an I-beam joist, bracing channels extending orthogonally between adjacent joists and mated at their respective ends with the joists, means for securing and bracing channels in place relative to the joists, and corrugated metal decking extending in separate sections between adjacent joists and over the bracing channels. Concrete is poured over the metal decking and interlocks with the top end of each joist to form a structurally securely supported, poured-in-place concrete floor.
Abstract: An evaporator including a side plate formed with a number of openings each having rigidly secured therein the upper end portion of one of a number of U-shaped refrigerant tubes, a cover plate attached to the upper surface of the side plate and formed, by recessing its inner surface, with a plurality of bend sections each intercommunicating the upper end portions of the two tubes of the adjacent U-shaped refrigerant tubes forming a set, a distributor section for supplying a suitable refrigerant to refrigerant passages provided by the U-shaped tubes and the bend sections, a manifold section for collecting the refrigerant from the refrigerant passages and discharging same therefrom, and an expansion valve section extending between the distributor section and the manifold section in a manner to intercommunicate the two sections, and an expansion valve assembly mounted in the expansion valve section.
October 27, 1977
Date of Patent:
April 17, 1979
Toshiki Iijima, Reijiro Takahashi, Tosikazu Ito
Abstract: In a building construction having adjacent wall panel sections which are joined together at an exterior angle exceeding 180 degrees, an improved means is provided for supporting and joining the wall sections. A metallic channel member forms a portion of the joining edge of each wall section. Each channel member has one side wall which is bent inwardly towards its base section, and this inwardly bent side wall is secured underneath the exterior panel member so that the base section of the channel member in cooperation with the joining edge of the exterior panel member forms a substantially continuous joining surface.
Abstract: A fascia board support comprises an angled piece of metal having a generally horizontal flange and a depending panel. A slit is provided in the panel which permits the horizontal flange to be bent and the central portion of the panel to overlap. In use, the support is placed on the exposed, squared end of a rafter. The flange is bent to provide a vertical part of the end of the rafter. The central portions of the panel become overlapped. The support is nailed to the rafter through holes in the overlapping portions. An index on the support permits the flange to be accurately bent for use with roofs of various pitches. The vertical part of the flange receives the fascia board, as by nailing.
Abstract: An insulated log building structure comprising two parallel, vertically extending log walls having an insulative layer of foam plastic disposed therebetween. Each of the walls are formed of horizontally extending logs mounted vertically upon one another in a tongue and groove relationship. A layer of fiberglass insulation may be disposed between the tongues and grooves of contacting logs to insulatively seal the joints. Vertically extending tie rods within vertically aligned apertures of the logs making up the walls hold the two log walls in parallel alignment.
Abstract: An acoustical panel formed of a core of sound-attenuating material having a front and a back surface. The edges of the core are resin-hardened for rigidification. The core is covered by a fabric stretched over its front surface adhered to the hardened edges and to the back surface. A board cover is fixed on the back surface over the core and the ends of the fabric.In other versions of the invention, the core is reinforced by having its edges encased in a frame to which it is secured by the resin. The fabric is stretched over the frame and core thereby forming an air gap between the fabric and the core which improves the acoustical efficiency of the panel and masks the outline of the frame. High-impact-resistant channel members of different shapes constitute the frame.
Abstract: In an articulated boom having a platform and comprised of upper and lower booms respectively, there are hydraulic actuators controlling the movements of the upper and lower booms. Control means are necessary in association with the lower boom to control its rate of movement, slowing such rate of movement as the lower boom approaches its retracted, or full rest, position. A position responsive valve permits unimpeded fluid pressure access to the actuator for lowering the lower boom at its regular rate until the lower boom reaches a critical angle as it approaches horizontal position, at which time the valve prevents further fluid access to its associated hydraulic actuator. Thereafter, a position responsive valve and a pressure reducing valve reduce the rate of descent of the lower boom until the lower boom is fully retracted to its rest position.
Abstract: A multi-dwelling structure is disclosed in which dwellings are arranged on terraces. The structure may be constructed on steep hill sides, or a hill may be built up from earth brought to the site. Preferably, one of the walls of the dwellings is formed of rigid upright panels with pliable reinforcing members secured to the panels and extending rearwardly into the earth to consolidate the earth particles. In the alternative, one of the walls of the dwellings may be formed of concrete cast in situ. The arrangement of the dwellings in the structure provides privacy and extensive areas for growing plants and trees.
Abstract: Building construction from modules of inverted U shape a full story high with a span of 10 to 30 feet and a depth of 2 to 6 feet. The modules may be monolithic such as of reenforced concrete or plastic foam, or may be of light weight hollow metal construction, assembled together with partitions and end panels. Cast modules can be cast between thin previously formed sheets held by framework to form casting mold, the sheets becoming surfaces of the module.
Abstract: A bracket for mounting an electrical outlet box on vertical metal studs in a building or the like structure. The bracket including a channel shaped sheet metal element adapted to be clamped on and affixed to the vertical metal stud. The clamping element, including a pair of arms spaced apart by means of a web and one of said arms, is doubled back or lapped on itself and spotwelded or otherwise affixed to the arm. Welded or otherwise affixed to the doubled back portion of the arm laterally extends a member provided with an opening therein beyond which extends a solid portion. The opening receives a standard electrical plaster or dry wall ring with is joined to a standard electrical outlet box by screws. The dry wall ring is provided with open-ended slots therein through which the screws extend and are threaded into the outlet box, the position of the outlet box relative to the dry wall ring being adjustable by merely sliding the screws out of the open-ended slots in the dry wall ring.
Abstract: According to the present invention, a slatted floor system comprises a plurality of elongated, spaced, generally parallel slats. Each slat has a top, load-carrying surface with spaced apart, opposite outer edges; a bottom surface substantially parallel to the top surface; and a pair of side surfaces integral with the top surface and the bottom surface. The side surfaces are joined with the top surface along lines recessed from the outer edges of the top surface. The side surfaces further taper toward each other in first portions, adjacent the top surface, then extend substantially parallel to each other and vertically relative to the bottom surface in second portions, thereby forming with the top and bottom surfaces a generally Y-shaped, enclosed main compartment.
Abstract: A semi-dome-shaped structure has a foundation and a plurality of load-bearing structural elements each of which extends upwardly from the base and meets at a common vertex suspended above the base. Each structural element has a longitudinal centerline that lies approximately within intersecting great circle planes whose line of intersection is perpendicular to the base. A top covering extends over the structural elements from the vertex of the structural elements to a small semi-circle intermediate the vertex and the base. A plurality of side panels extend from the top covering to the base to provide an enclosure. The front of the structure can have an enormous picture window and a balcony.
Abstract: A bar support for supporting a plurality of longitudinally extending reinforcing bars and a transversely extending reinforcing bar includes a cross rod which is positioned beneath the transversely extending reinforcing bar and extends along the bar in parallel relationship, and a plurality of bar support chair means which are laterally spaced along the cross rod. Each of the bar support chair means includes a first member having a first vertical leg portion extending above and displaced from the cross rod and a second member having a second vertical leg portion extending above and laterally displaced from the cross rod on the opposite side of the cross rod from the first leg portion. Longitudinally extending reinforcing bars are held between the leg portions transversely to the cross rod, and the transversely extending reinforcing bar is held between the leg portions parallel to the cross rod.
Abstract: Detachable panels for use in construction of rectangular enclosures such as grain bins. The side edges of each panel are provided with mounting frames adapted to be easily secured to adjoining panels. The bottom edge of the panel is provided with a channel member to provide lateral support for the panel, and with a pair of flat connector portions that extend downwardly therefrom so that the top edge of a similar panel can be inserted between them and secured to them.