Crown molding member having planar portion, intermediate portion, and mounting flange

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As used to trim a corner where a wall and a ceiling meet, a crown molding member has a planar portion, an intermediate portion, and a mounting flange. The planar portion is attached to the ceiling, in a first mode, or to the wall, in a second mode. The intermediate portion may have a coved, stepped, or curved profile. When applied to the mounting flange, drywall-finishing material, so-called “mud” in trade parlance, is pressed through apertures in the mounting flange, against the wall, in the first mode, or against the ceiling, in the second mode.

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Description

CROSS-REFERENCE TO RELATED APPLICATION

This application is a continuation of U.S. patent application Ser. No. 10/774,798, which was filed on Feb. 9, 2004, and which was published on Sep. 8, 2005, as United States Patent Application No. US 2005/0193664 A1.

TECHNICAL FIELD OF THE INVENTION

This invention pertains to a crown molding member, of a type used to trim an interior corner defined where a wall and a ceiling meet. This invention contemplates that the crown molding member has a mounting flange, to which drywall-finishing material, so-called “mud” in trade parlance, is applicable.

BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION

A crown molding member of the type noted above is exemplified in U.S. Pat. Nos. 6,477,818 B1 and No. 6,643,990 B2, which disclose that an upper, horizontal, “alignment” portion of the crown molding member is attached adhesively to a ceiling panel, via a tape coated on both sides with an adhesive, that a back edge of the upper, horizontal, “alignment” portion abuts a wall panel but is not attached to the wall panel, and that a lower edge of an angled face of the crown molding member abuts the wall panel but is not attached to the wall panel.

SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION

This invention provides a crown molding member, which is useful to trim a corner defined where a vertical wall and a horizontal ceiling meet and which is installable in two modes. Broadly, the crown molding member has a pair of spaced, planar, mounting flanges extending normal to each other, one said flange to extend along the horizontal ceiling and the other flange to extend along the vertical wall, when the crown molding member is installed.

Preferably, one said flange extends toward the corner, when the crown molding is installed. Preferably, moreover, one said flange extends toward the corner and the other flange extends away from the corner, when the crown molding is installed. Preferably, said one flange extending toward the corner extends from the intermediate portion to proximal the corner, when the crown molding member is installed.

Preferably, the flange extending along the horizontal ceiling is attached to the horizontal ceiling, when the crown molding member is installed. Preferably, the flange extending along the vertical wall is attached to the vertical wall, when the crown molding member is installed. Preferably, moreover, the flange extending along the horizontal ceiling is attached to the horizontal ceiling and the flange extending along the vertical wall is attached to the vertical wall, when the crown molding member is installed.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

FIG. 1 is an isometric view of a crown molding member embodying this invention. As illustrated in FIG. 1, the crown molding member has an arbitrary length, which is exemplary, not limiting.

FIG. 2 is a sectional view taken along line 2-2 of FIG. 1, in a direction indicated by arrows, and showing the crown molding member, as installed in a first implementation of the first mode, so as to trim an interior corner where a wall and a ceiling meet.

FIG. 3, on a larger scale, is a detail taken where indicated in FIG. 2.

FIG. 4 is a sectional view, which is taken similarly, and which shows the crown molding member, as installed in a second mode, so as to trim an interior corner where a wall and a ceiling meet.

FIG. 5 is a sectional view, which is taken similarly, and which shows the crown molding member, as installed in a second implementation of the first mode, so as to trim an interior corner where a wall and a ceiling meet. FIG. 6, on a larger scale, is a detail taken where indicated in FIG. 5.

FIG. 7 is a sectional view, which is taken similarly, and which shows the crown molding member, as installed in a third implementation of the first mode, so as to trim an interior corner where a wall and a ceiling meet.

FIG. 8 is a sectional view, which is taken similarly, and which shows the crown molding member, as installed in a third implementation of the first mode, so as to trim an interior corner where a wall and a ceiling meet.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE ILLUSTRATED EMBODIMENTS

As illustrated in FIG. 1, a crown molding member 10 embodying this invention has a planar portion 20, which has a distal edge 22 and a proximal edge 24, an intermediate portion 30, which has a distal edge 32 adjoining the distal edge 22 of the planar portion 20 and which has a proximal edge 34, which is spaced from the distal edge 32 of the intermediate portion 30, a mounting flange 40 having an adjoining edge 42 adjoining the distal edge 34 of the intermediate portion 30, an additional flange 50 having an adjoining edge 54 adjoining the proximal edge 24 of the planar portion 20, and a flexible fin 60 projecting from the intermediate portion 30, near the distal edge 32 of the planar portion 30.

The intermediate portion 30 may have a coved, curved, or stepped profile or an arbitrary profile. A step 44 is defined where the adjoining edge 42 of the mounting flange 40 adjoins the proximal edge 34 of the intermediate portion 30. The mounting flange 40 has an array of apertures 46, such as circular holes, which are illustrated, or such as elongate slots. The flexible fin 60 is co-extruded with the other portions of the crown molding member 10.

Preferably, except for the flexible fin 60 and except for a so-called “living” hinge, if provided, as discussed below, the crown molding member 10 is extruded so as to have a substantially uniform thickness of approximately 0.060 inch to approximately 0.070 inch, except as discussed below. Preferably, the flexible fin 60 and the other portions of the crown molding member are co-extruded, the flexible fin 60 being extruded from a comparatively softer, more flexible, polymeric material, such as polyvinyl chloride having a hardness of Durometer 92 Shore A and the other portions of the crown molding member 10 being extruded from a comparatively harder, less flexible, polymeric material, such as polyvinyl chloride having a hardness of Durometer Shore 82 D.

As illustrated in FIG. 2, the crown molding member 10 is installed in a first mode, so as to trim an interior corner where a wall 100 and a horizontal ceiling 200 meet. The vertical wall 100 and the horizontal ceiling 200 are defined by drywall panels having gypsum cores and having paper faces. Thus, the planar portion 20 extends horizontally, beneath and along the horizontal ceiling 200, to which the planar portion 20 is attached. In a preferred implementation via an adhesive means 70, such as a sprayed adhesive or a double-faced, adhesive tape. Trim-Tex 847™ Spray Adhesive, which is available commercially from Trim-Tex, Inc. of Lincolnwood, Ill., is a preferred means.

As illustrated in FIG. 2, the proximal edge 24 of the planar portion 20 is proximal to the vertical wall 100. Also, the additional flange extends along the vertical wall, toward the mounting flange. Also, the mounting flange 40 extends downwardly, along the vertical wall 100, away from the horizontal ceiling 200. Moreover, the additional flange 50 extends downwardly, beside and along the vertical wall 100, toward the mounting flange 40. Moreover, the flexible fin 60 bears upwardly against the horizontal ceiling 200, so as to close a pocket 62 formed where the distal edge 32 of the intermediate portion 30 adjoins the distal edge 22 of the planar portion 20.

Furthermore, this contemplates that, when the crown molding member 10 is installed in the first mode when drywall-finishing material 80, the mounting flange 40 is attached to the vertical wall 100 via mechanical fasteners 80, such as wire staples with diverging legs, one such staple being shown. Moreover, when drywall-finishing material 90, so-called “mud” in trade parlance, is applied to the mounting flange 40, some of the applied material 90 can be then pressed through at least some of the apertures 46, against the vertical wall 100. The step 44 facilitates spreading of such material 90 with a drywall-finishing blade.

As illustrated in FIG. 4, the crown molding member 10 is installed in a second mode, so as to trim the interior corner where the vertical wall 100 and the horizontal ceiling 200 meet. Thus, the planar portion 20 extends downwardly, beside and along the horizontal wall 100, to which the planar portion 20 is attached via the adhesive means 70. Also, the proximal edge 24 of the planar portion 20 is proximal to the wall 100. Moreover, the additional flange 50 extends downwardly, beside and along the vertical wall 100, toward the mounting flange 40. Moreover, the flexible fin 60 bears laterally against the vertical wall 100, so as to close a pocket 62 formed where the distal edge 32 of the intermediate portion 30 adjoins the distal edge 22 of the planar portion 20.

Furthermore, this invention contemplates that, when the crown molding member 10 is installed in the second mode, the mounting flange 40 is attached to the horizontal ceiling 200 via mechanical fasteners 80, such as wire staples with diverging legs, one such staple being shown. Moreover, when drywall-finishing material 90, so-called “mud” in trade parlance, is applied to the mounting flange 40, some of the applied material 90 can be then pressed through at least some of the apertures 46, against the horizontal ceiling 200. The step 44 facilitates spreading of such material 90 with a drywall-finishing blade.

As illustrated in FIG. 5, the crown molding member 10 is installed in the first mode, in a second implementation differing from other implementations of the first mode, as discussed herein, in that the planar portion 20 is attached to the horizontal ceiling 200 via mechanical fasteners 80, such as wire staples with diverging legs, one such staple being shown. As illustrated in FIG. 7, the crown molding member 10 is installed in the first mode, in a third implementation differing from other implementations of the first mode, as discussed herein, in that the additional flange 50 is attached to the vertical wall 100 via mechanical fasteners 80, such as wire staples with diverging legs, one such staple being shown. As illustrated in FIG. 7, the additional flange 50 is lengthened so as to accommodate such fasteners 80. In the second or third implementation of the second mode, the planar portion 20 may be also attached adhesively to the horizontal ceiling 200, as described above.

As illustrated in FIGS. 5, 6, and 7, so as to facilitate flexing of the crown molding member 10 for entry of a fastener-driving tool, the crown molding member 10 is thinner, as compared to the generally uniform thickness discussed above, so as to form a so-called “living” hinge 12 where the distal edge 32 of the intermediate portion 30 adjoins the distal edge 22 of the planar portion 20. As illustrated in a broken line in FIG. 6, a caulk bead 14 may be optionally applied along crown molding member 10, where the so-called “living” hinge 12 is formed, so as to adhere to the horizontal ceiling 200, after the crown molding member 10 has been installed in the second or third implementation of the second mode.

As illustrated in FIG. 8, the crown molding member 10 is installed in the first mode, in a fourth implementation differing from other implementations of the first mode, as discussed herein, in that a caulk bead 14 is applied along the crown molding member 10, where the distal edge 32 of the intermediate portion 30 adjoins the distal edge 22 of the planar portion 20, so as to adhere to the horizontal ceiling 200, after the crown molding member 10 has been installed. In the fourth implementation of the second mode, the planar portion 20 may be also attached adhesively to the horizontal ceiling 200, as described above.

As illustrated in the drawings and described herein, the first mode in its various implementations is differentiated from the second mode because of the rotational orientation of the crown molding member 10 relative to an imaginary axis, which is parallel to the vertical wall 100 and to the horizontal ceiling 200.

Claims

1. A crown molding member, which is useful to trim a corner defined where a vertical wall and a horizontal ceiling meet, the crown molding member having a pair of spaced, planar, mounting flanges extending normal to each other, one said flange to extend along the horizontal ceiling and the other flange to extend along the vertical wall, when the crown molding member is installed.

2. The crown molding member of claim 1, wherein one said flange extends toward the corner, when the crown molding is installed.

3. The crown molding member of claim 2, wherein the other flange extends away from the corner, when the crown molding is installed.

4. The crown molding member of claim 2, wherein said one flange extending toward the corner extends from an intermediate portion to proximal the corner, when the crown molding member is installed.

5. The crown molding member of claim 3, wherein said one flange extending toward the corner extends from an intermediate portion to proximal the corner, when the crown molding member is installed.

6. The crown molding member of any one of claims 1 through 5, wherein the flange extending along the horizontal ceiling is attached to the horizontal ceiling, when the crown molding member is installed.

7. The crown molding member of any one of claims 1 through 5, wherein the flange extending along the vertical wall is attached to the vertical wall, when the crown molding member is installed.

8. The crown molding member of any one of claims 1 through 5, wherein the flange extending along the horizontal ceiling is attached to the horizontal ceiling and the flange extending along the vertical wall is attached to the vertical wall, when the crown molding member is installed.

Patent History

Publication number: 20070022685
Type: Application
Filed: Sep 29, 2006
Publication Date: Feb 1, 2007
Applicant:
Inventors: Joseph Koenig (Glenview, IL), Mark Budzik (Niles, IL)
Application Number: 11/540,081

Classifications

Current U.S. Class: 52/288.100
International Classification: E04B 2/00 (20060101);