Patents Examined by Price C. Faw, Jr.
  • 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: 4439173
    Abstract: A lagging face for a drum-type pulley comprising a plurality of separate segments having an inner rigid shell conforming to the surface of the pulley. A facing is bonded to the outer surface of the shell and the shell is welded to the drum. The shell overhangs the edges of the pulley to provide surface for welding and is selected having a diameter and an inner arcuate dimension slightly less than that of the drum to which it is to be applied to insure a tight fit. Another aspect of the present invention provides a method for truing a crown drum comprising placing truing rings over the existing drum prior to relagging.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 1981
    Date of Patent: March 27, 1984
    Inventor: Peter Fokos
  • Patent number: 4435931
    Abstract: A guy wire protector device is provided including a pair of semi-conical shaped body members each having a side surface of mating contour, a channel formed in at least one of the side surfaces and extending the length thereof for accommodating a length of guy wire positioned therein, the channel having a contour to grippingly engage the guy wire and prevent relative movement therebetween, and means to attach the body members and to hold them together with the guy wire extending along the channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 1981
    Date of Patent: March 13, 1984
    Inventor: James A. Newbanks
  • Patent number: 4425929
    Abstract: A collapsible structure useful for such applications as a portable garage, greenhouse, camping or camouflage covering comprises a pair of hub members detachably connected to one another by hub connector and a plurality of spring-steel joist members pivotally mounted in the hubs and serving to support a stretched skin thereover. The structure is held stably in either open or closed position by the combination of a Landau-type locking mechanism and a sheathed spring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 1981
    Date of Patent: January 17, 1984
    Inventor: Horst E. Von Mosshaim
  • Patent number: 4417431
    Abstract: A clip for retaining sheet metal roofing or siding panels on a structure, while providing for thermal expansion and contraction of the panels, is made from a single piece of sheet metal. The metal is cut and bent so as to form a base portion having panel supporting embossments, and an upright portion which has panel retaining bulbous projections adjacent the top edge. Preferably there is an even number of these bulbous projections and they alternate projecting to opposite sides of the upright portion. Most preferably, the clip is made of stainless steel when it is intended for use with aluminum panels. The clip is adapted to have its base portion affixed to a building structure and its upright portion enclosed within the seam joint between two adjacent metal roofing or siding sheets which are formed over the bulbous projections of the clip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 1980
    Date of Patent: November 29, 1983
    Assignee: Zip-Rib, Inc.
    Inventors: Alfred D. Commins, Frederick T. Kindelvich
  • Patent number: 4413452
    Abstract: A building system formed from a plurality of building panels of triangular shape which are continuously attached on all sides to the earth or other triangular panels thereby defining a rigid panel structure of regular geometric form. Preferably, each panel is formed from two panel sections wherein each section is formed by cutting a stock piece of rigid material, having a known or predetermined length to width dimensional ratio, along its diagonal to form two right triangular panel sections. The dimensions of each triangular panel are equal and in a preferred embodiment, the ratio of the base to the perpendicular height is unity, wherein the panel sections are formed from a stock piece of material having a length to width dimensional ratio of two to one.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 1981
    Date of Patent: November 8, 1983
    Inventor: Don G. Wilkinson
  • Patent number: 4412407
    Abstract: For anchoring the lower end of a support post for a guard rail at the edge of a concrete floor or stairway in a building under construction, a helical wire nut is positioned inward from a perimeter board of the form for the floor or stairway. A vertical bolt having its lower end threadedly received in the nut is supported by an angle bracket mounted on the perimeter board of the form.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 1981
    Date of Patent: November 1, 1983
    Assignees: Samuel T. Melfi, Anna J. Melfi, Nicholas J. Melfi
    Inventors: Samuel T. Melfi, Nicholas J. Melfi
  • Patent number: 4410157
    Abstract: A photography stand system is disclosed assembled from elongate support members into either a tripod or framework structure. The elongate support members form the legs of the camera tripod, each assembled to a tripod platform by mating engagement of fittings into tracks formed in the elongated support members in order to be height positionable. Cameras and various photographic accessories may be mounted to the platform and secured to any adjusted position along the length of each of the support members by coupling fittings including T-bolts fit within the tracks in each of the tripod legs. The support members may also be assembled in end-to-end relationship by a coupling element secured in each end of the support members, and erected into a framework with the camera and various accessories similarly positionable along the length of any of the support members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 1980
    Date of Patent: October 18, 1983
    Inventors: Carmel S. Monti, Arthur Eisenkramer, Carl Yurdin
  • Patent number: 4408369
    Abstract: A mounting assembly for use in movably suspending a folding closure from a curved track. The mounting assembly has a wheel assembly for running on the track and a connecting member for connecting the wheel assembly to the closure. The wheel assembly is rotatable about the connecting member, and means are provided for limiting the rotational movement of the wheel assembly about the connecting member to prevent the wheel assemblies from turning sideways in the curved track while traversing it.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 1981
    Date of Patent: October 11, 1983
    Inventor: Henri M. R. Labelle
  • Patent number: 4406099
    Abstract: A unitized floor panel is formed having at least one row comprising a plurality of unattached wooden tiles assembled in generally abutting relation. A layer of pressure sensitive adhesive covers at least a portion of the upper surface of the tiles and is in turn covered by a flexible and removeable support and protective sheet which covers the adhesive and tiles. The adhesive bond formed between the sheet and the adhesive is stronger than the bond formed between the adhesive and the tile so that the sheet and adhesive can be easily stripped from each panel when desired. The wooden tiles can either be finished or unfinished and can be formed from acrylic wood tiles arranged in parquet fashion. The cover sheet is preferably formed from either transparent plastic film or paper having a printed design corresponding to the design and arrangement of the tiles onto which it is positioned. The sheet can include perforations to control cure rate of the sub-flooring adhesive onto which the panels are placed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 1980
    Date of Patent: September 27, 1983
    Inventor: Lawrence G. Barrett
  • Patent number: 4398377
    Abstract: A structural member having an elongated body shell, which may be fiberglass, and a pair of caps engaging the ends of the shell. A plurality of bands extend through the shell connecting the caps and pulling them toward each other, thus rigidifying the member and securing the caps. At one end of the member, the bands are secured to the corresponding end cap by a distribution member that engages a pull member. The distribution member can pivot on the pull member to at least partially equalize tension on the bands. A tensioning member engages the pull member so that tension can be applied. At a predetermined tension, a drive piece connected to the tensioning member breaks away. Contact between the interior surface of the shell and the side edges of the bands can cause the shell to resist collapse.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 1981
    Date of Patent: August 16, 1983
    Inventor: Byron A. Romig, Jr.
  • Patent number: 4397126
    Abstract: An energy-conserving roof structure for use in construction of low-slope roofs comprising two layers of permeable insulation and a layer of non-permeable insulation sandwiched between a pair of water vapor impermeable layers. The non-permeable insulation layer is placed to provide channels through which water will flow to roof drains. Closeable vents are provided adjacent the roof drains for venting water and water vapor. When the vents are closed the water vapor impermeable layers form a water vapor impermeable envelope around the insulation layers. Auxiliary vents are provided for venting the insulation layers to the ambient atmosphere at locations remote from the roof drains. By opening the vents when low-humidity conditions are present and closing the vents when high-humidity conditions are present moisture in the insulation layer is kept to a minimum, thereby maintaining the insulation layers at their highest thermal efficiency.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 1980
    Date of Patent: August 9, 1983
    Inventor: Nyal E. Nelson
  • Patent number: 4389824
    Abstract: A window and door trim which can be used with siding placed against the walls of a house, and includes elongated L-shaped panels which fit around the casing. The shorter leg of the panels are disposable on the inside face of the casing with the longer legs of the panels being disposable on the front face of the casing and overlying the siding. In order to facilitate holding of the L-shaped panels, a facing strip can be attached to the inside face of the casing with the facing strip including a receiving slot for receiving and tightly holding the shorter leg of the panel. The distal edges of the longer leg of the panels can include a double folded over hem which provides a slight pressure against the siding. A method for applying the window and door trim is described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 1980
    Date of Patent: June 28, 1983
    Inventor: Carl Anderson
  • Patent number: 4388786
    Abstract: Construction means for wall and/or roof structures, e.g. for exhibitions etc. has a stanchion profile section (10) with protruding webs (11) forming mortise-shaped pockets (12) and wall and/or roof supports (13, 14) each provided with a turnbuckle (15) consisting of three fixing elements (16, 17, 18) insertable into three adjacent pockets (12) of the stanchion (10), the fixing elements being urged towards each other by transverse tensioning means such as a screw (24) to grip the intervening webs (11) and simultaneously to urge the outer pair of fixing elements (16, 17) against the inner wall (71) of a support box (72) housing the turnbuckle (15).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 1981
    Date of Patent: June 21, 1983
    Inventor: Kurt Gassler
  • Patent number: 4387542
    Abstract: An integrated window and wall system for buildings, particularly industrial and commercial buildings, comprising ladder-like horizontally extending outer and inner metal members which clamp onto the bottom and top portions of insulating wall panels, and clamp onto window glazing units mounted in the openings of said ladder-like members. Extending across both longitudinal sides of the ladder-like metal members are substantially horizontal gutter and reinforcing flanges for draining water from the upper wall panels and from the lower edge of the window glazing units. The water drains through sponge-like baffles and through weep holes spaced along the outer longitudinal members. The exposed inner metal members are thermally isolated from the outer metal members. Glazing beads are provided for adjustably clamping between said outer and inner metal members, either single or double pane glass windows.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 1980
    Date of Patent: June 14, 1983
    Assignee: Cyclops Corporation
    Inventor: David M. Wehr
  • Patent number: 4385475
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is an improved combination of a hollow member and a backing member to be inserted therein. Another member such as a hinge is secured to the hollow member by machine screws which extend through the hinge and the wall of the hollow member and are tightened in threaded holes in the backing member. The hollow member is provided with an inwardly extending pawl and the backing member is adapted to be placed in a desired position in the hollow member by engagement with the pawl. When a plurality of backing members are to be placed in the hollow member, a plurality of pawls are formed in the hollow member so that they are laterally offset from each other with respect to the longitudinal direction of the hollow member and a void portion is formed in each backing member so that the pawls above the intended pawl do not interfere with the backing member as it is inserted in the hollow member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 1980
    Date of Patent: May 31, 1983
    Assignee: Yoshida Kogyo K. K.
    Inventor: Kenichi Nakamura
  • Patent number: 4381630
    Abstract: A foundation vent structure is positioned upon the footing of a building below the lowermost row of concrete blocks of the basement wall and extends below the concrete floor of the basement. The vent structure is formed of a plastic material, preferably in strips, and is shaped to define alternate tunnels and channels having openings therein. The vent structure intercommunicates the openings in the hollow, concrete blocks with the drain area located along the marginal area below the basement wall to permit moisture to be vented into this drain area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 1980
    Date of Patent: May 3, 1983
    Inventor: John H. Koester
  • Patent number: 4380139
    Abstract: An anchoring apparatus for mobile homes comprising a pair of fluke members rotatably and slidably mounted on a pin. Each of the fluke members is constructed of a top plate and a pair of support arms secured to the top plate. Each support arm defines a slot into which the pin is positioned so that upon rotation of the fluke members the support arms of each fluke member abut against the top plate of the other fluke member to prevent further movement of the fluke members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 1980
    Date of Patent: April 19, 1983
    Inventor: Ronald Mitchell
  • Patent number: 4378663
    Abstract: A prefabricated structural panel for use in constructing the walls and/or roof of a building, which comprises two laterally spaced, longitudinal rails, preferably of pressure-treated wood, each of which has a lengthwise extending channel formed in the side facing the other rail, the channel preferably having sides that converge toward the bottom; and each rail also having narrow slots formed therein along the top edges of the channel sides. Each of the longitudinal rails has a stepped configuration on the side opposite the channel, which interlock with a companionate stepped configuration of the rail on the next-adjacent panel. A plurality of ribs extends perpendicularly between the rails, and their ends are shaped to fit snugly down into the channels. On opposite sides of the ribs are panels of sheet material such as plywood, plastic laminate, sheet metal, fiberglass reinforced plastic and the like, the edges of which fit snugly into the slots.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 1980
    Date of Patent: April 5, 1983
    Inventor: Gordon A. Audet
  • Patent number: RE31368
    Abstract: A floor system for grain bins or the like in which freestanding support legs are positively connected without mechanical fasteners to interlocking, channel-shaped floor members so as to substantially prevent lateral and vertical relative movement between the floor members and the supports legs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 1980
    Date of Patent: September 6, 1983
    Assignee: Grain Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Mark A. Trumper