For Ropelike Structure Patents (Class 135/120.4)
  • Patent number: 9770640
    Abstract: A net deployment system is adapted to deploying a net around a desired area having a wall adjacent to a floor. The net deployment system has a first swing arm, pivotally attached to the wall and further attached to the wall with a first support cable. A second swing arm is pivotally attached to the wall and further attached to the wall with a second support cable. A plurality of net support cables join the first swing arm and the second swing arm. A net storage bag is attached to the first swing arm with a first frame cable. A second frame cable is attached to the first frame cable and further attached to the wall between the first frame cable and the second frame cable. A net is housed in the bag and connected to the plurality of set support cables. Pulling the first swing arm away from the wall by rotating the second swing arm lowers the net storage bag toward the floor and deploys the net.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2017
    Inventor: Donald Reed Kurz
  • Patent number: 9010049
    Abstract: A water-tight, rigid plastic, domed, sphero-cylindrical protective cap is configured to be removably fitted over the convex head of a steel tent stake. The protective cap defines a sphero-cylindrical interior compartment that has a substantially flat circular base with an axial aperture. The protective cap is bilaterally hinged so that the interior compartment can be opened and the axial aperture bifurcated so as to accept the stake head for insertion through the base and enclosure within the interior compartment when the cap is closed. The bilaterally hinged structure of the cap enables it to be easily attached and removed from the tent stake, so that it can be taken off and replaced when the tent is being moved. This avoids a major problem of non-removable stake caps, which become deformed when the stakes are pulled up and hammered back into the ground.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: Argo Bag and Box, Inc.
    Inventor: Joel Redman
  • Patent number: 8973594
    Abstract: Described is tent peg that provides easy storage and transport to reduce the likelihood of the tent peg being lost. The tent peg comprises a shaft having and a head comprising a body having an arm extending therefrom. The arm comprises a first aperture adjacent to the body and a second aperture located between the first aperture and a distal end of the arm. The first aperture is formed to receive a shaft of a first further tent peg in an opposite orientation. Additionally, the second aperture is formed to receive a shaft of a second further tent peg in the same orientation as the tent beg. Further, the shaft of the second further tent peg is receivable in a first aperture of the first further tent peg. Therefore, multiple tent pegs can be interconnected with each tent peg in the opposite orientation to the adjacent tent pegs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Inventors: Kirsty Burgess, Edward Joseph Khoury
  • Patent number: 8807495
    Abstract: A load-absorbing device introduces load forces such as cable forces or tensioning forces of sheet-shaped structures into supporting structures (10). At least one load-absorbing part (36, 40) can be anchored on the supporting structure (10) via a bearing element (24). The load-absorbing part (36, 40) has a transmission body (36) forming a convexly shaped transmission surface guided on the bearing element (24) on a carrier surface formed from surface parts adapted to the convexity of the transmission surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Assignee: Carl Stahl GmbH
    Inventor: Michael Kiefer
  • Patent number: 8800582
    Abstract: Storable exterior lift cover systems, apparatus, devices, methods, etc. are configured to be used with a lift device or the like (such as an exterior lift that raises, transports, stores and lowers mobility devices like scooters, power chairs and the like) mounted to a motor vehicle using a trailer hitch or the like. A covering apparatus has a foldable frame that can be unfolded to allow a pliable cover to extend over the lift platform and any cargo. Retraction of the cover and folding of the frame compactly configures and stores the cover apparatus, for example between the lift platform and a motor vehicle to which the lift is secured. Embodiments of the storable exterior lift cover permit easy deployment and storage of a cover that can be reliably transported externally in its deployed or stored configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Assignee: Bruno Independent Living Aids, Inc.
    Inventors: Adam C. Hooper, Timothy J. Dexter, Andrew A. Bayer
  • Patent number: 8757187
    Abstract: A load-absorbing device initiates load forces such as cable forces or tensioning forces of sheet-shaped structures into supporting structures (10). At least one bearing element (24, 80) is anchored on supporting structure (10). A tie rod (40) of a load-absorbing part (36, 40) is connected to the bearing element. A connection device (50) for tension members (16; 98) cooperates with the tie bar (40). The connection device (50) has at least one connection wing (66) projecting laterally from the longitudinal axis (A) and forming at least one connection point (69a) offset with respect to the longitudinal axis (A).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2014
    Assignee: Carl Stahl GmbH
    Inventor: Michael Kiefer
  • Patent number: 8733380
    Abstract: A garage car cover apparatus attachable to a ceiling of a garage including a flexible fabric car cover configured to drapingly cover a vehicle. A power unit attaches to the ceiling and to a lifting shaft having a plurality of spaced sheaves. Attaching points on the cover each connect to one end of a flexible line. A plurality of ceiling pulleys are each connectable to the ceiling directly above one of the attaching points when the cover is draped over the vehicle, each flexible line connected at one end to one sheave, a mid-portion of each line supported on one pulley. The cover is raised or lowered vertically from, and drapingly onto the vehicle by operation of the power unit. An alternate embodiment utilizes an existing power unit of an overhead garage door opener to facilitate automatic deployment and retraction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2014
    Inventors: Thomas W. Roberts, Frank Brunckhorst
  • Patent number: 8720461
    Abstract: A collapsible portable shelter including at least a first strut and a second strut, each strut being resiliently flexible, a panel formed of a flexible material coupled with the first strut and the second strut, and an anchoring member for anchoring the panel relative to a surface. The first strut is received along a first side of the panel and the second strut is received along a second side of the panel, the second side opposing the first side. The first strut and the second strut each has a portion extending beyond a third side of the panel. A portion of each of the first strut and second strut is to be received in the surface to resist lateral movement of said part received in the ground. The orientation of the panel with respect to the surface can be readily varied by adjusting the anchoring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Inventor: John Alexander Nichols
  • Patent number: 8714174
    Abstract: A method of applying weights to the legs of instant pop-up canopies and the like is disclosed. The weights help prevent uplift under windy conditions. Each weight case is comprised of two half-round hollow cases. The case halves are joined by hinges on one edge and latches on the opposite edge. Each case half has a full length inner V-groove, which when closed, create a throughbore for the canopy legs. Each case half top is fitted with a filler hole and cap. The hollow cases can be filled with a variety of weight material. The weighted case is wrapped around the lower leg of the canopy and latched shut to secure the weight around the canopy leg. The weight case rests on the flanged footplate of each leg. Four to six weight cases are required for each application.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2014
    Inventor: Daniel Anthony DeSousa
  • Patent number: 8684019
    Abstract: A cordlock of a mobility cane is provided including a body having a length greater than the inner diameter, a width less than the inner diameter, a depth less than the inner diameter, and a body opening extending through the depth and sized to accommodate the cord but to prevent passage of the widened portion. The depth of the body sized to accommodate the cord between the body and the inner wall when the cordlock is inserted in the cane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2014
    Assignee: Ambutech Inc.
    Inventors: Gordon Hudek, Christopher Schwill
  • Patent number: 8650725
    Abstract: A system and method are provided for constructing an intermediate securement point for a flexible panel. A stopper unit having at least one retention portion disposed over an engagement portion is provided with the retention portion extending radially beyond the engagement portion. A clip unit detachably coupled to the stopper unit to capture the flexible panel therebetween includes a collar portion defining an engagement channel configured to receive the engagement portion of the stopper unit. The collar portion terminates at first and second opposed ends spaced across a mouth of the engagement channel. An intermediate portion of the flexible panel may then be wrapped over the retention portion of the stopper unit to be gathered and releasably captured about the engagement portion by the clip unit coupled thereto. A flexible tie member may be coupled to the clip unit for releasably anchoring the clip unit to a support fixture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2014
    Inventor: Jonathan E. Cooper
  • Patent number: 8616328
    Abstract: A tensegrity apparatus having multiple tensegrity units for the transmission of solitary waves with adjustable profiles into a material or structure, and the detection of such waves from a material or structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2013
    Assignee: California Institute of Technology
    Inventors: Chiara Daraio, Fernando Fraternali
  • Patent number: 8572901
    Abstract: Compost cover tie-down systems for securing a compost cover using a perimeter element, struts and lashes are disclosed, wherein the lashes apply force to the struts which thereby apply a force to the perimeter element to aid in securing a compost cover. Configurations of struts for use with compost cover tie-down systems are also disclosed, which include perimeter engagement portions and lash engagement portions. Multiple configurations of the systems, struts, and lashes as well as methods of using the same are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2013
    Inventor: Thomas A. Holstrom
  • Patent number: 8424549
    Abstract: A tent pole anchor apparatus that includes a barrel member and a cover disposed on the barrel member. The barrel member and cover together form an internal chamber that is filled with water so as to provide a significant weight for anchoring the barrel member. The barrel member has at least one drain to enable liquid to be removed from the barrel member. At least one of the barrel member and cover has a passage for receiving an adjustment strap that interconnects the barrel member with the tent pole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2013
    Assignee: Giffy Tent Barrels, Inc.
    Inventors: Howard G. Goldsmith, Richard N. St. Jean
  • Publication number: 20120186620
    Abstract: Compost cover tie-down systems for securing a compost cover using a perimeter element, struts and lashes are disclosed, wherein the lashes apply force to the struts which thereby apply a force to the perimeter element to aid in securing a compost cover. Configurations of struts for use with compost cover tie-down systems are also disclosed, which include perimeter engagement portions and lash engagement portions. Multiple configurations of the systems, struts, and lashes as well as methods of using the same are also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 21, 2011
    Publication date: July 26, 2012
    Inventor: Thomas A. Holstrom
  • Patent number: 8051866
    Abstract: The present application relates to a covering apparatus for covering an outdoor area comprising a screen (1) that can be operated between a retracted and an extended configuration, the screen having a leading portion (2) and a trailing portion (4), the trailing portion (4) being connected to a first support (5, 6), the apparatus further comprising a plurality of longitudinal flexible elements (11, 12) extending from the first support (5, 6) to respective second supports (9, 10), and the leading portion (2) of the screen (1) being supported by the longitudinal flexible elements (11, 12) as the screen (1) is operated from the retracted to the extended configuration, wherein the leading portion (2) of the screen (1) is moveably mounted to the longitudinal flexible elements (11, 12) such that the leading portion (2) moves with respect to the longitudinal flexible elements (11, 12) during operation between retracted and extended positions, and wherein at least one clamping system is provided on the leading portion
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2011
    Inventor: Daniel Cutler
  • Patent number: 7841356
    Abstract: A tent shelter of the type that is erected by at least one arch pole and has multiple fabric walls that intersect to form substantially vertical corners when the shelter is erected. At each corner a strut-and-guy line support structure is provided for supporting and tensioning the fabric walls. Each strut structure includes two strut legs, each leg being integrated with a respective wall of a particular corner. The bottom ends of the strut legs are spread apart in the erected state of the shelter but are interconnected by a flexible strap. The top ends of each set of legs converge to form an inverted V shape. A guy line arrangement tensions each of the corners. The tent body can further be strengthened against severe weather by additional arch poles removably secured to the fabric body in an X configuration crossing the center arch and passing over the corners.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2010
    Inventor: Henry C. Shires
  • Patent number: 7578307
    Abstract: A lightweight, deployable, portable shelter is described. The portable shelter may be a tent. The tent can be used indoors as well as outdoors. The structure of the portable shelter is determined by compression elements and tensile members such that the compression elements do not touch. The forces acting on each component of the structure are axially-loaded, thereby taking advantage of the characteristics of the compression elements and tensile members to provide a tent with improved strength.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2009
    Inventors: Dana Macy Ung, Robert E. Skelton, Jean-Paul Pinuad
  • Patent number: 7575010
    Abstract: A tent frame comprising support frames having side support and roof support members. Spans of the support frames are adjustable perpendicular to a ridge line of the tent frame without substituting structural members of different length. The tent frame is laterally adjusted by adding or removing support frames or by altering the distance between individual support frames. The tent frame is adaptable on uneven terrain and is capable of following irregular ground contour without delay in erection or changes in length and details in the structural members. A canopy can be provided overtop of the tent frame, or on the inside of the tent frame so that adjustments to the span do not require adjustment to the canopy size. The canopy is removably attached to the frame to cover the whole area or only partially cover the area under the tent, or can be removed fully.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2009
    Inventor: Andrew A. Rottmann
  • Patent number: 7406977
    Abstract: The present invention is an improved tensioned canopy shelter of the type used by backpackers. The canopy of the new shelter has a lower rear support and a higher front pole support with a horizontal ridge strut. The ridge strut spreads the forward end of the canopy's ridgeline into a catenary-tensioned panel, with dual catenary curves running from the ends of the ridge strut to the rear end of the canopy. The horizontal ridge strut can be supported by a single central upright pole, or it can alternately be supported at its ends by spaced upright poles for even greater stability and easier entry and exit through the front of the shelter, for example using two trekking-type poles. In the preferred form the ridge strut is provided with pole connections to allow either the single- or double-pole options. In a further preferred form, the ridge strut is removably held in a sleeve in such a manner that it may either be left in place or removed when the shelter is rolled up for storage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2008
    Inventor: Henry C. Shires
  • Patent number: 7353833
    Abstract: A covering structure with soil anchors is disclosed. The covering structure includes multiple support poles, a canopy provided on the support poles and multiple generally arcuate soil anchors attached to the canopy. Each soil anchor can be used to dig or burrow an anchor hole in sand or other loose soil in which the soil anchor is subsequently buried to anchor the canopy on the support poles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2008
    Inventor: Nanette Palmer
  • Patent number: 7228867
    Abstract: A tent pole bracket for use with a tent having a pole, which may comprise a body having a first end and a second end and a first side and a second side, the body including a wall defining an elongate cavity for receiving a tent pole, the cavity being open on the first end and open on the first side, and the body having a slot for receiving a strap, and methods of use thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2007
    Assignee: Blue Sky Designs, Inc.
    Inventors: Dianne M. Goodwin, Sherry M. Rovig, Kevin B. Kinney
  • Patent number: 7082954
    Abstract: A tent stake with a handle attached by a swivel, a flat area for pounding the stake into the ground, and multiple holes drilled into the shaft, so that ropes or tie down strings may be secured into the ground when a tent is secured.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2006
    Inventors: Roger Flanery, Irene Flanery
  • Patent number: 7004183
    Abstract: A shelter structure is disclosed having a substantially dome-shaped frame comprising a plurality of flexible resilient poles maintained under tension in substantially arcuate shape. The poles are arranged in intersecting relationship and form a plurality of pole crossings. Opposite ends of the poles terminate in a common plane such as the ground or a base. The pole arrangement creates a plurality of adjacent four-sided openings having pole crossings as vertices and sections of poles as sides. A plurality of tension harnesses interconnect diagonal vertices of adjacent openings, thereby providing strength and rigidity to the structure. The frame defines an interior volume and a membrane or covering is connected to the frame to substantially shelter the interior volume.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2001
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2006
    Inventor: Robert E. Gillis
  • Patent number: 6994099
    Abstract: A shelter having an internal frame comprised of a roof supported by legs. A canopy covers the roof of the frame to provide protection from the elements. The canopy is taughtly held onto the frame by cords which pass through sleeves in the front and back of the canopy and attach to the corner legs of the frame. To tension the canopy onto the frame, the corner legs are twisted to tension the cords and, in turn, the canopy. Upon tensioning the canopy, the corner legs are locked in the rotated position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2002
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2006
    Assignee: OPAC, LLC
    Inventor: Brian L. Goldwitz
  • Patent number: 6966324
    Abstract: A cleat comprising a body comprising a first portion and that defines a web cutout and a tent pole cutout, and a second portion that defines a guy rope cutout, and the body comprising a bend where the first portion and the second portion meet. The cleat is made of steel or other non-cast metal, and can withstand loading imposed by humans and ratchets without failing. In an embodiment, the first portion comprises a rectangular shape and the second portion comprises a trapezoidal shape, and the first portion and the second portion meet at a bend. The cleat further comprises a web wrapping portion formed adjacent to the web cutout, and a clip is provided. The clip is received in the web cutout and fitted about the web wrapping portion, the clip for preventing a canopy web of a tent from wearing out when the cleat is attached to the canopy web.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2003
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2005
    Inventor: Anthony L. Guido
  • Patent number: 6964277
    Abstract: A beach umbrella provides an elongated support shaft having a pointed distal end inserted into a soft surface, and a proximal folding canopy positioned below an upper terminal end of the support shaft. The folding canopy provides a fabric panel stretched over a plurality of ribs engaged with the support shaft and extending radially from it to form a downwardly convex external surface. A flexible strap is attached over the upper terminal end of the support shaft and an opposing eyelet engaged with the tip of one of the ribs of the umbrella. A securing line is fixed at a distal end to a stake driven into the surface so the line forms a downwardly divergent angle with the support shaft. The flexible strap lies in contact with the external surface of the fabric panel and is joined at its upper end with the strap. Strap and line are arranged to point upwind to counter wind forces so that the umbrella cannot be blown over.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2003
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2005
    Inventor: Michael John Naber
  • Patent number: 6868640
    Abstract: A plurality of compression members are arranged to provide a shape. Each compression member has a first end, a second end and a body. At least one of the compression members has a body which is generally non-congruous with a straight line between its first and second ends. At least one tensile member is coupled to at least two compression members. At least one removable ligature can be coupled to at least two compression members, such that the structure is collapsible. At least one surface can be coupled to at least one compression member, forming at least one curved surface of a toroid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2003
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2005
    Assignee: Tom Barber Design, Inc.
    Inventor: Geoffrey T. Barber
  • Publication number: 20040211453
    Abstract: A cleat comprising a body comprising a first portion and that defines a web cutout and a tent pole cutout, and a second portion that defines a guy rope cutout, and the body comprising a bend where the first portion and the second portion meet. The cleat is made of steel or other non-cast metal, and can withstand loading imposed by humans and ratchets without failing. In an embodiment, the first portion comprises a rectangular shape and the second portion comprises a trapezoidal shape, and the first portion and the second portion meet at a bend. The cleat further comprises a web wrapping portion formed adjacent to the web cutout, and a clip is provided. The clip is received in the web cutout and fitted about the web wrapping portion, the clip for preventing a canopy web of a tent from wearing out when the cleat is attached to the canopy web.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 22, 2003
    Publication date: October 28, 2004
    Inventor: Anthony L. Guido
  • Patent number: 6799593
    Abstract: The present invention is a transportable weather shield having a sheet, first and second supports, first and second tensioners, and first and second stakes. The first support has an upper portion that is connected to a first end of the sheet and a generally arcuate-shaped lower portion. The first tensioner is connected to the first end of the sheet and to the first stake. The second support has an upper portion that is connected to the second end of the sheet and a generally arcuate-shaped lower portion. The second tensioner is connected to the second end of the sheet and to the second stake. The weather shield, upon erection, is compliant. A position of the sheet is adjustable by an angular displacement of the first and second supports.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2001
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2004
    Inventor: Albert Kendro, Jr.
  • Patent number: 6725872
    Abstract: A stake assembly includes a spike having a first end and a second end defining a longitudinal axis of the stake assembly. A flange is connected at the second end of the spike and extends laterally therefrom and defines the upper end of the substantially inflexible portion of the stake assembly. A resilient fastening member is connected to the spike, extends upwardly therefrom and is resilient in both lateral and longitudinal directions. A controlling member is connected to the spike, extends upwardly and is connected to the second end of the resilient fastening member. A tether or leash may be fastened to the second end of the resilient fastening member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2002
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2004
    Inventors: Gary R. Kindell, Sharon D. Kindell
  • Patent number: 6571815
    Abstract: A sun shield uses a canopy that has a plurality of first openings located around its outer periphery and a second centrally located opening. A plurality of first balloons are tethered to the first openings while a second balloon is tethered to a plurality of third openings located about the second opening. Tethers are connected between the first openings and anchors secured to the ground. Clips can be used to secure two canopies together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2001
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2003
    Inventor: Jimmy Hill
  • Patent number: 6564817
    Abstract: In a tent assembly that includes a tent frame and a canopy, an anchoring device is used to secure the canopy on the tent frame, and includes a retaining unit, an anchor seat and an anchor block. The retaining unit includes an adjustable retaining sleeve to be sleeved on a tent pole of the tent frame, and a retention adjusting member for loosening and tightening the retaining sleeve on the tent pole for height adjustment. The anchor seat is connected to the retaining sleeve and is formed with a rope hole that permits a pull rope on the canopy to extend therethrough. The anchor block is connected to the pull rope, and is disposed below and is limited from moving upward by the anchor seat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2001
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2003
    Assignee: Shin Yeh Enterprise Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Chuen-Jong Tseng
  • Publication number: 20030089390
    Abstract: A steel pole for a rectangular dome-shaped tent is disclosed wherein a plurality of unit rods 1 are made of an elastic steel pipe with a certain thickness. One end portion of each of the unit rods is press-formed into an insert part 1a for being inserted into an insert hollow 1b of another unit rod 1, the insert part having a proper length and a proper diameter. The unit rods consist of straight rods 1A and bent rods 1B, the bent rod 1B being bent at a certain angle to support a corner portion between the tent ceiling and the tent wall. Each steel pole consists of a plurality of the unit rods 1 in the form of a straight rod 1A or a bent rod 1B, and the rods 1 are arranged in a number and in an order suitable to pitch a dome-shaped tent. A flexible and elastic string s passes through the unit rods thus arranged for forming an arched pole. Two arched poles A and B are installed on the ground, the top portion of the arched poles crossing each other for pitching a rectangular dome-shaped tent 2.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 15, 2001
    Publication date: May 15, 2003
    Inventor: Chun Sik Seo
  • Publication number: 20030034061
    Abstract: A frame tent having a triangular-shaped perimeter frame, a flexible canopy attached to said perimeter frame, three corner posts to support the perimeter frame at corners thereof, three cables each having one end attached to an upper end of an associated one of said corner posts and a free end attached to a common junction element, and a flying pole supported at one end by said common junction element and connected at another end to an interior surface of said canopy.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 15, 2001
    Publication date: February 20, 2003
    Inventor: Gery Warner
  • Publication number: 20030000563
    Abstract: A structure comprising at least three essentially rigid legs, each having a top end, and a bottom end, with at least two connecting elements fitted on each leg and at least three elongate braces each having a first end and a second end and being fitted with at least four anchoring sites. Each brace is connected with two adjacent legs, and at least one of the anchoring sites is directly coupled with a respective connecting element of one adjacent leg, and at least one other of the anchoring sites is coupled via a tensioning member to another respective connecting element of the other adjacent leg.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 13, 2001
    Publication date: January 2, 2003
    Inventor: Arieh Kuperman
  • Patent number: 6367495
    Abstract: The canopy structure of the present invention includes a generally rigid internal frame structure comprised of light-weight metal tubes and a pliable, waterproof covering such as nylon or other functionally similar fabric. The canopy covering further includes a series of grommet reinforced securing points which are each adapted to receive a tie-down or securing cord. These securing cords are formed of a loop of elastic or shock cord material which is attached to a ball-shaped stopper. Threaded into the edges of the canopy end panels are a pair of elastic bolt cords which also incorporate ball-shaped stoppers at both ends. The canopy covering is stretched taughtly across the top of the frame structure and attached to individual horizontal frame members using the elastic securing cords. Grommets located along the sides of the covering are attached to individual vertical frame members using both the elastic securing cords and an associated securing or locking tab.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2000
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2002
    Inventors: Billy R. Powell, Toney A. Powell, David R. Powell
  • Patent number: 6354317
    Abstract: A device to stabilize a tent of the type having a fabric cover and a plurality of poles under tension. The device is characterized as having two rods connected to one another at a connector. The connector is provided with a channel approximating the size of the circular cross-section of the poles. The device is further provided with means to maintain the connector at a fixed position on the tent pole as well as means to maintain the spacing between the rods regardless of the climatic conditions being encountered.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2000
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2002
    Inventor: Jek Kun Lah
  • Patent number: 6334455
    Abstract: A tent tie-down device for allowing the user to quickly tie down one's tent to the ground. The tent tie-down device includes a flexible line having a first end portion and a second end portion; and also includes a bead member having a open ends and a bore extending therethrough and being adapted to receive the first end portion of the flexible line with the bead member being attached to the first end portion of the flexible line; and further includes a stake member having a shaft portion and a head portion which is removably attached to the second end portion of the flexible line.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2000
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2002
    Inventor: Mario Nunez, Sr.