Patents Examined by Kathryn L. Ford
  • Patent number: 4452027
    Abstract: A panel clip for holding the side paneling of a rail car in place having a central channel-shaped portion the side walls of which at their extremities are bent laterally outwardly in opposite directions to provide coplanar flange portions. An integral tab is bent up from each flange portion at a right angle to the plane thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 1981
    Date of Patent: June 5, 1984
    Assignee: Whitehead & Kales Company
    Inventor: Rajendra K. Desai
  • Patent number: 4450617
    Abstract: A system for fabricating a prefabricated home module utilizing a truss floor system with integral duct work. The module is assembled on carriers which run along a pair of tracks. A plurality of carriers can be connected to form a train which is moved from one construction station to the next. The module and mating deck components are transported to a home site and installed. The system relates to the construction of a home or building, and to modules therefor which are easily assembled, produced under factory, quality controlled conditions, and are inexpensively made.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 1981
    Date of Patent: May 29, 1984
    Assignee: The Dillon Company
    Inventor: Thomas J. Dillon
  • Patent number: 4446662
    Abstract: A telescopic boom especially for deploying a solar array on a spacecraft comprises, instead of the usual compressed gas extender means or the known threaded rod and nut combination, a flexible member extending in the longitudinal direction of the boom and movable in that direction to pick up and extend the tubular boom sections one after another in sequence. The member may be an endless sprocket chain driven by an electric motor and entrained around a wheel mounted at a forward end of a pillar which extends inside the boom to a position near the outer end of the unextended boom, the chain having regularly spaced increased thickness link-plates for engaging matching abutment surfaces of the tubular sections to extend them. As one section comes to its fully extended position, it shifts the next to a position in which it too will be engaged by the chain.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 1981
    Date of Patent: May 8, 1984
    Assignee: British Aerospace Public Limited Company
    Inventor: Martin E. Humphries
  • Patent number: 4446663
    Abstract: A readily removable and replaceable acoustical pad for an interior space dividing system of the type having horizontal and vertical frames forming generally rectangular pad receiving windows with the upper horizontal frame member of each window having a depending flange or flanges forming a tongue, each pad having an upwardly opening central groove along the top edge adapted to mate with the tongue whereby the pad may be inserted in the window by first mating the groove with the tongue and then pivoting the pad to a vertical position into a snug fit in the window. The pad is preferably foam and fabric covered to deform along the bottom, vertical and groove spaced top edges to obtain the snug fit, and includes a frame, the upper element of which forms a V-shape groove. A metal septum is centrally positioned in the frame with fiberglass pads on each side, within the frame. Options include one half size foam covers with tack boards either directly fabric covered or with a one quarter size foam cover option.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 1981
    Date of Patent: May 8, 1984
    Assignee: Hauserman Ltd.
    Inventors: William S. Stumpf, Gary R. Ludwig
  • Patent number: 4445306
    Abstract: A system for mechanically attaching a flexible waterproof membrane to an underlying roof structure including an elongated fastening bar which is placed above the membrane and fastened to the roofing structure with fasteners, such as screws or nails, which are driven through the bar from the top thereof through the underlying membrane and into the roof structure, and an elongated waterproof strip having (a) a central region sandwiched beneath the bottom of the bar and the membrane, and through which the fastening screws or nails also pass, and (b) marginal regions which wrap upwardly around the bar and overlap each other above the bar and the heads of the fasteners, providing a waterproof seal for the bar with a double thickness layer of strip material above the fastener heads.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 1982
    Date of Patent: May 1, 1984
    Assignee: Carlisle Corporation
    Inventor: Roy F. Schauffele
  • Patent number: 4443983
    Abstract: The invention relates to a means for fastening a frame to a wall stud. In order to avoid the use of wooden studs between the frame (7) and the steel stud (6) there is arranged in those locations in the steel stud (5) where the frame (7) is fastened to the stud by means of a screw (13) a stud piece (14) whose web through which the screw (13) is passed is provided with a reinforcing plate (15) which together with the web provides a sufficiently thick wall for a stable securing of the screw (13).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 1982
    Date of Patent: April 24, 1984
    Inventor: Tore Karlstrom
  • Patent number: 4442638
    Abstract: A shelf bracket is disclosed which is adapted to be attached to a rectangular pole structure. The bracket is comprised of a pair of spaced parallel arms having inner and outer ends which are adapted to embrace the side of the pole upon which the bracket is mounted. A fixed cross member extends laterally between the arms and is adapted to engage the forward or outer face of the pole. A fastening means detachably extends between said arms at the inner ends thereof. A pair of sockets is mounted on the outer side of each arm and is adapted to receive the ends of a stringer member for purposes of supporting a shelf surface. The upper ends of the sockets terminate in the plane of the upper portions of the arms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 1982
    Date of Patent: April 17, 1984
    Inventor: Luke C. Hamilton
  • Patent number: 4442648
    Abstract: Disclosed is a generally rectangular prefabricated concrete panel having a pair of edge defining members along each lateral edge with a maximum distance at the upper and lower extents of the panel, but with a concrete body portion having substantially parallel lateral edges with a width less than the minimum distance between the edge defining members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 1981
    Date of Patent: April 17, 1984
    Inventor: Chester A. Reece
  • Patent number: 4441293
    Abstract: A construction panel comprises a non-combustible fire-resisting board e.g. of fibre-reinforced cement or calcium silicate binder, faced on one or both of its major faces with a metal facing. A "floating floor" for marine use is formed by joining the panels in edgewise abutting relationship. The joint is suitably formed by providing each panel with edge grooves placing the panels in edgewise abutting relationship, inserting a spline into the edge grooves of adjacent abutting panels and driving a staple into the abutting panels such that the limbs of the staple are deflected upon contacting the spline. The assembly of panels is suitably supported on a mass of mineral wool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 1982
    Date of Patent: April 10, 1984
    Assignee: Cape Boards & Panels Limited
    Inventors: George McQueen, Victor E. Barrable
  • Patent number: 4441299
    Abstract: An improved metallic security bar system of the type used for windows or patio doors, for improving appearance and feel and for retarding condensation and rust includes an easily installed wooden covering over the metal parts; channel-shaped wooden members are slid laterally on frame sides and tops and bottoms, and rod-holding bars, and covered with wood plates, and the rods are covered by tubular wooden members of sufficient cross-sectional size at the ends to conceal the rod-receiving slots.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 1982
    Date of Patent: April 10, 1984
    Inventor: Richard C. Gries
  • Patent number: 4438604
    Abstract: System for decoration of interior walls consisting of a panel to be located adjacent a structural wall, a plurality of first brackets mounted on the structural wall, and a plurality of second brackets mounted on the rear surface of the panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 1981
    Date of Patent: March 27, 1984
    Inventors: Lawrence E. McGourty, Jr., Gabriel Audette, Jean M. Audette
  • Patent number: 4438603
    Abstract: Modular seating units (100) made from rotationally molded plastic which mount to a gradine (G) and join laterally, forming bench seating. Each seating unit (100) comprises two plastic pedestals, either of end configuration (12) or intermediate configuration (14), or a combination thereof, mounted by bracket means (24, 34) to a gradine (G) such as may be found in a stadium, and a plastic bench section (10), supported in a generally horizontal orientation between each pair of pedestals. The seat sections are spanned by reinforcing bars (32) which mount into channels (30) on the underside of the seat sections (10). Each seating unit (100) may include an independently mounted backrest unit (200), which comprises two mounting brackets (44) affixed to a gradine (G), or to reinforcing bars (32), supporting a rotationally molded plastic backrest section (38), by being affixed to a reinforcing bar (52) which mounts into a channel (50) in the back side of the backrest section (38).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 1982
    Date of Patent: March 27, 1984
    Inventor: Martin J. Durkan, Jr.
  • Patent number: 4437286
    Abstract: A modular wall panel fastener assembly is provided having a helical penetrating member attached to a mounting base with a annular recess. A grommet member is designed to interface with the penetrating member and to be mounted within the cavity for securing objects to compressible wall panels in a modern office environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 1982
    Date of Patent: March 20, 1984
    Assignee: Pleion Corporation
    Inventor: Paul R. Maguire
  • Patent number: 4437280
    Abstract: One of a pair of panels to be joined together is provided with a longitudinally extending panel support groove cut parallel to an edge of the panel, and a connector mounting slot is cut from the edge of the panel inward, perpendicularly crossing said groove, terminating a spaced distance inwardly of the groove. The second of the pair of panels incorporates a bore arranged to be a spaced distance above, and aligned with said mounting slot when the panels are in position to be joined together. A panel has a connector body mounted on a base slidably engaging said mounting slot, and a locking pin on the connector body is arranged to intercept the bore in the other panel, thereby releasably securing the second panel to the first panel by means of the connector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 1981
    Date of Patent: March 20, 1984
    Inventor: David L. Collier
  • Patent number: 4435940
    Abstract: A light weight metal building truss preferably constructed of 20 gauge steel wherein there are a pair of top chord members and a bottom chord member. The top chord members and bottom chord members are united together at their respective ends forming a triangle. Extending between the top and bottom chord members are supports which are united therewith.The top chord sections in cross section are generally hat shaped being an inverted U with flanges projected from the end of each leg of the U to effect stability of the completed truss.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 1982
    Date of Patent: March 13, 1984
    Assignee: Angeles Metal Trim Co.
    Inventors: Jeanne A. Davenport, Robert L. Campbell, James F. Gallaway
  • Patent number: 4434595
    Abstract: A building structure is disclosed which comprises a central core with a plurality of habitable areas extending radially outwardly therefrom in the manner of spokes of a wheel. Glassed-in walls extend between the spokes to provide a plurality of climate-controlled atria. Facades on the sides of the spokes adjoining the atria also have glassed-in walls providing a view of both the atria and the outdoors from within the habitable areas. The horizontal section of the building may be circular, oblong or polygonal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 1982
    Date of Patent: March 6, 1984
    Inventor: Jean de Brabant
  • Patent number: 4433512
    Abstract: A new reinforced gutter-hanger supporting bar designed to be incorporated with the conventional spike and tube gutter hanger and installed on any eaves-hung metal gutter. The supporting bar creates the novel LOCK-IN preferred embodiment of the invention, which LOCKS-IN the spike. This greatly improves the performance of the spike and tube hanger by permanently correcting the serious fault of these hangers--loosened and often lost spikes--as no other device known to the art does. No changes are made in the existing spike and tube hangers.This new supporting bar is an inexpensive stamping, preferably fabricated from heavy sheet metal. Basically a one-piece metal strip it is shaped into three contiguous, yet different appearing sections.First, a short flat end section of an embodiment of the invention which comprises two transverse, appropriately spaced deep score marks and two 3.degree. bends, coinciding with an superimposed upon the score marks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 1982
    Date of Patent: February 28, 1984
    Inventor: Harry E. Schoener
  • Patent number: 4430837
    Abstract: A fastening arrangement for multiple sections of structural flooring and the like having contiguous corners (10a, 10b, 10c, 10d). The corner end of each section is grooved to present a sector (13) of a cylinder which when combined present a cylindrical bore at the junction of the section corners (10). At least the upper surface of each corner (10) has formed therein a dovetailed recess (15) which widens away from the corner junction point. A flat locking key washer member (17, 22) having dovetailed tabs (20) is fitted into the recesses (15, 15') maintains the contiguous corners (10) in place and a bolt (21) passing through a central aperture (18) of member (17) and to the cylindrical bore presented at the corners (10) may be employed to secure the assembly to a supporting structure (11).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 1981
    Date of Patent: February 14, 1984
    Assignee: Bell Telephone Laboratories, Incorporated
    Inventor: Bernard Kirschenbaum
  • Patent number: 4429508
    Abstract: A device for anchoring a metal roof to a metal building composed of an upper part which is secured to the metal roof and slidably engaged with a lower part which is secured to the metal building.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 1981
    Date of Patent: February 7, 1984
    Inventor: Charlie B. Sizemore
  • Patent number: 4429506
    Abstract: An interlocking block has a specially configured interlocking block element having accurately positioned surfaces which are inclined to provide a guiding and seating action and an accurate position stop for an adjacent block that is interengaged with the interlocking block element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 1982
    Date of Patent: February 7, 1984
    Inventor: Eugene R. Henderson