Patents Examined by John E. Murtagh
  • Patent number: 5207043
    Abstract: A masonry connector for connecting a structural steel stud and an external wythe of masonry units through interposed insulation is provided. The connector includes a substantially "L"-shaped clip, a high profile threaded screw, a first washer, and a tie wire. The "L"-shaped clip has a vertical arm for connection to the structural steel stud and a horizontal arm extending outwardly from the structural steel stud substantially at right angles to the vertical arm. The vertical arm has a first opening for insertion of the high profile threaded screw. The horizontal arm has a second opening, outwardly of the insulation when the insulation is installed for insertion of a tie wire. The high profile threaded screw is inserted through the first opening in the vertical arm of the clip and drilled through the structural steel stud. The first washer is mounted on the horizontal arm outwardly of the insulation for securing the insulation against the structural steel stud.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 1988
    Date of Patent: May 4, 1993
    Inventors: Brian P. McGee, Frank Rocca
  • Patent number: 5161339
    Abstract: Trim piece for trench duct which can be used where the floor covering is tile or carpet. There are three outwardly extending flanges. In the tile mode, one flange is used as a tile separator and the other flanges are used respectively to support the trench cover and an edge of the floor tile. In the carpet mode, the trim is turned so the tile separator flange is inactive wile the other flange respectively support the edge of the floor tile and the trench cover. In the tile mode, the edge of the floor tile has vertical support so the breakage is avoided. This is attained by that the trim flange supporting the edge is in turn supported by the trench and by concrete.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 1991
    Date of Patent: November 10, 1992
    Inventor: John P. Penczak
  • Patent number: 5140789
    Abstract: A segmented underlay is disclosed for use in installing a title floor of a shower. The underlay comprises a set of identical planar, rigid members which when laid side-by-side in a circuitous fashion form an underlay having a continuous surface which slopes substantially uniformly from the perimeter of the underlay to the center of the underlay.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 1989
    Date of Patent: August 25, 1992
    Inventor: Lonnie C. De Gooyer
  • Patent number: 5140794
    Abstract: A forming system for a hardenable material is provided having a form unit including a pair of wall panels arranged in a predetermined upright spaced relation and a skeletal grid assembly disposed therebetween. The skeletal grid assembly includes locking means for interconnecting with a grid assembly of a second form unit of like construction and disposed in side by side relation therewith.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 1990
    Date of Patent: August 25, 1992
    Assignee: Foam Form Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Brian J. Miller
  • Patent number: 5138807
    Abstract: A floor panel having a substantially planar upper tread surface comprises a cast grating havingfirst and second pairs of substantially planar, external sidewalls with upper side edges of the sidewalls approximately coinciding with the upper tread surface;a plurality of substantially planar ribs extending from the first pair of opposite sidewalls across the frame, and being spaced apart from each other;a plurality of substantially planar cross ribs extending from the second pair of opposite sidewalls across the frame, and further being spaced apart from each other and forming common intersections with the ribs;wherein the ribs and cross ribs form subdomains between intersections of the respective ribs and cross ribs, the ribs and cross ribs contained within one of said subdomains being left out to form an opening through the floor panel which is larger in size than other openings representing smaller subdomains within the floor panel, said larger opening including a perimeter notch formed at an upper edge of t
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 1990
    Date of Patent: August 18, 1992
    Assignee: Daw Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Terry L. Daw, David F. Procter
  • Patent number: 5125204
    Abstract: A snap-in-place mounting arrangement for securely attaching generally flat panels to a support structure such as a wall or a roof includes an attachment strip having a pair of compressible, resilient gaskets for securely engaging adjacent edges of a pair of panels. The attachment strip is affixed to the support structure by screws, nails or an adhesive and includes first and second outer tabs and a center tab disposed therebetween. The center tab includes an arrowhead-shaped tip which is adapted to engage and retain the first and second gaskets respectively inserted between the center tab and the first and second outer tabs. Angled edge portions of a pair of panels are each adapted for insertion between and engagement by a respective gasket and the center tab for attaching the panels to the support structure via the attachment strip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 1990
    Date of Patent: June 30, 1992
    Inventor: William H. Porter
  • Patent number: 5125196
    Abstract: A dock seal header to be secured over a doorway in a loading dock. The header includes a panel or sheet of flexible material having an upper edge which is secured to the dock above the doorway. The header extends down to partially enclose the upper end of the doorway. A plurality of horizontal slabs or bars of a compressible material, such as foam plastic, are mounted in vertically spaced relation to the panel. A cable and pulley system is attached to the lower edge of the panel. The panel can be pulled up to a generally curved configuration through the cable system and is adapted to drape against the top of a truck parked in front of the loading dock. The side edges of the header panel are connected to the header pad cover by releasable fasteners, such as a hook and loop arrangement. As the panel is pulled upwardly, the fasteners will release and as the panel lowers, the fasteners will automatically re-engage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 1991
    Date of Patent: June 30, 1992
    Assignee: Kelley Company Inc.
    Inventor: Ralph W. Moody
  • Patent number: 5123225
    Abstract: A panel assembly includes a resiliently deflectable panel and a plurality of retainer clips. The panel includes a relatively thick rectangular base section and a relatively thin rectangular lip section which extends outwardly from the periphery of the base section. The retainer clips are connected with the base section and cooperate with the lip section of the panel to engage a support structure to hold the panel in place. To mount the panel in the support structure, the panel is resiliently flexed. The panel is then released and its natural resilience causes a retainer clip to engage the support structure to hold the panel against movement relative to the support structure. A disengagement tool may advantageously be inserted between the panel and the support structure to apply force against the retainer clip and to resiliently flex the panel to disengage the retainer clip from the support structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 1990
    Date of Patent: June 23, 1992
    Inventor: John P. Goodworth
  • Patent number: 5123211
    Abstract: A door assembly includes a door having an aperture therein and a window frame mounted in the aperture. A glazing member is mounted in the frame which has recesses formed about the glazing member. A trim panel dimensioned to overlie the glazing member has opposed ends seated in opposed recesses of the frame, and a filler strip has an engagement portion seated in another one of the recesses and a retainer portion extending outwardly of the recess.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 1991
    Date of Patent: June 23, 1992
    Assignee: The Stanley Works
    Inventors: Larry J. Schlicht, David K. Wegner
  • Patent number: 5119598
    Abstract: A method of constructing a top slab to provide a containment roof over a nuclear-power generating building, in particular, a method for utilizing overhead spaces bounded by a wall of the containment building and a shielding wall of the pressure vessel building, wherein the sequential steps involve; erecting a plurality of paired support columns on tops of the wall and of the shielding wall; building upper structural components across said paired support columns; installing a slab liner equipped with slab anchors beneath said lower structural components by suitable joining means; constucting a reinforcing network above said lower structural components; encasing said lower structural components and said reinforcing network; and pouring concrete over the slab liner to a suitable depth.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 1990
    Date of Patent: June 9, 1992
    Assignees: Hitachi Ltd., Shimizu Construction Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Akinori Tajiri, Tadao Suzuki, Kouichi Ushiroda, Hideyasu Furukawa, Yasuyoshi Shimazaki, Kenji Sekiguchi, Keiji Nakanishi, Masami Hosoda
  • Patent number: 5119608
    Abstract: There is described a multi-pane glazing unit, having top and bottom edges and two side edges. The glazing unit includes two parallel glazing sheets enclosing a vertical cavity. A convective-flow barrier is position adjacent to and extending substantially along the bottom edge of the glazing unit within the cavity. In operation, cold-side convective flow is prevented by the barrier from directly reaching a bottom region of the warm-side glazing sheet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 1990
    Date of Patent: June 9, 1992
    Assignee: Lauren Manufacturing Company
    Inventors: Michael Glover, John Wright, Gerhard Reichart
  • Patent number: 5117593
    Abstract: An underground silo for storing emergency supplies includes a cylindrical body portion having a closed bottom and side walls and an open top with a flange around the top, a convex cover configured for mating with said open top and having a flange for mating with the flange of the body portion, and a hatch in the cover for accessing stored supplies. The body portion are preferably made of seamless woven fiberglass. The cover includes a lip extending downwardly from the flange for encircling the flange of the body portion. A sealant is provided between the flanges of the cover and body portion to facilitate a fluid tight seal. By placing the silo underground the lives of emergency supplies are extending due to thermal insulation of the underground location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 1991
    Date of Patent: June 2, 1992
    Assignee: The Board of Trustees of the Leland Stanford Junior University
    Inventor: Barbara H. Tiernan
  • Patent number: 5117594
    Abstract: In an openable roof apparatus for a space, a stationary support structure is arranged about the space. A movable roof structure is supported by the stationary support structure and is movable with respect thereto. The movable roof structure having a first movable roof section and a second swing roof section. The second swing roof section is movable angularly about the central axis of the space with respect to the first movable roof section and is capable of being overlapped therewith. A guide arrangement is arranged on the stationary support structure and extends perpendicularly to a central axis of the space. The first movable roof section and the second swing roof section, which are overlapped with each other, are movable along the guide arrangement toward and away from the space.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 1990
    Date of Patent: June 2, 1992
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Jukogyo Kabushiki Kaisha Shimizu Construction Co.
    Inventors: Hiroki Muramoto, Shuji Okuda, Kenichi Sugizaki, Toshihiko Hirama, Hajime Nakajima
  • Patent number: 5118060
    Abstract: An adjustable support bracket assembly is described for supporting a building wallpanel or other heavy article on a vertical support structure, e.g. a column. The assembly includes a pivot pin which is fixed to the vertical support structure, e.g. welded to an inner edge face of a column with a portion of the pin projecting laterally beyond an edge of the column. A substantially horizontal support member is pivotally supported at the inner end thereof on the pivot pin and has a load bearing portion extending outwardly beyond the outer edge of the vertical support structure. This horizontal support member also includes a pivot arm portion projecting upwardly or downwardly from the horizontal portion and having a threaded hole in the pivot are portion remote from the horizontal portion. A threaded bolt is mounted in the threaded hole of the pivot arm and this bolt is adapted to engage the vertical support structure, e.g.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 1990
    Date of Patent: June 2, 1992
    Inventor: John R. Spronken
  • Patent number: 5115601
    Abstract: The present invention presents a movable sky light assembly used on a opening of a roof comprising a fixed frame, a wing frame with a lighting member supported on the fixed frame, said fixed frame being equipped with a driving device to operate said wing frame capable of opening and closing by connecting members for the frames. The fixed frame is provided with a detecting device for rainfall and the detecting device comprises a detecting sensor and its protecting means, and the sky light is constructed so as, when the wing frame is open, the detecting sensor of the detecting device is in the working posture and, when the wing frame is closed, the detecting sensor is protected by the protecting means. As the sky light is used also for ventilation, the connecting members of the frames are formed as a operating member of the wing frame and various aspects of the rain detecting device to close the wing frame in the rain is disclosed in relation to the operating member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 1989
    Date of Patent: May 26, 1992
    Assignee: Sanwa Shutter Corporation
    Inventors: Kenji Yamaguchi, Kenji Hosoyama, Fumitoshi Okazaki, Daisuke Hozumi
  • Patent number: 5115607
    Abstract: A method of storing an enclosed entombment casket in the chamber of an above-ground burial crypt is provided wherein a compact, lightweight casket enclosure made from a thermoplastic resinous material which is impervious to gases and liquids and which is chemically resistant to the highly corrosive liquids used in the embalming process, notably formaldehyde, is first placed into the crypt chamber and positioned so that it will be completely contained inside the chamber with an open end located close to but spaced from the entrance opening of the chamber. The enclosed entombment casket is then inserted into the casket enclosure through its open end which is then closed and sealed by a gas and liquid impermeable cover made from the same thermoplastic resinous material. The cover is provided with a generally U-shaped sealing channel disposed around its outer periphery which is adapted to receive in an abutting relationship the peripheral edges of the casket enclosure which surround the open end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 1991
    Date of Patent: May 26, 1992
    Assignee: Norwalk Vault Company of Bridgeport, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard W. Pirozzoli, Robert J. Pirozzoli, Alexander P. Pirozzoli
  • Patent number: 5116064
    Abstract: A target assembly utilizes a post that is so supported on a base as to enable it to maintain positions deflected from its normally upright orientation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 1990
    Date of Patent: May 26, 1992
    Inventor: Joshua Corlett
  • Patent number: 5115602
    Abstract: The invention relates to an insulating and structural masonry block comprising a sealed envelope of parallelepipic shape in which layers of light, dry aggregate are superposed, separated by a geotextile band placed in accordion like layers. Within the envelope is drawn a pressure lower than ambient pressure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 1990
    Date of Patent: May 26, 1992
    Assignee: Etat Francais, represente par le: Laboratoire Central Des Ponts et Chaussees
    Inventor: Francois de Larrard
  • Patent number: 5115605
    Abstract: A unitary framing assembly for use in framing an aperture in a wall or a roof, ordinarily a window aperture, has important features which enable its easy installation and yet which provide a superior weather seal. These features include the rout in the outer edge of the molding of the window unit, an intrinsically L-shaped or F-shaped polymeric preformed weather/nailing flange (preferably molded or vacuum formed) which is positioned within or adjacent said rout, prelocated nail marks, centering lines on the uppermost surface of the jamb for centering the window unit during installation, and associated interior trim pieces with incorporated stop structures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 1990
    Date of Patent: May 26, 1992
    Assignee: Glenn Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Dennis Butler
  • Patent number: 5115614
    Abstract: A composite cored masonry unit with a moisture collection void that has a waterproof material that coats the surface of the portion of said unit adjacent to said void with the masonry unit having a base with a sloped top surface and flat bottom surface and with a weep hole located so as to drain moisture from the moisture collection void.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 1991
    Date of Patent: May 26, 1992
    Inventor: David S. McGrath