Moldings Patents (Class 16/7)
  • Patent number: 11015301
    Abstract: A fastening system comprises a fastening mechanism having a transition member and a ramp member. The transition member has a lower planar element, and an upper planar element, and a central portion disposed therebetween. The ramp member has a lower planar component, a first upper planar component, a forwardly angled component disposed between the lower planar component and the first upper planar component, and a backwardly angled component extending outwardly from the first upper planar component. The ramp member upper planar component is disposed above the transition member upper planar element, and the transition member lower planar element is at least partially disposed above the ramp member lower planar member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2021
    Assignee: CH3 SOLUTIONS, LLC
    Inventors: Ron Bennett, Steve White, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10550526
    Abstract: A fastening system comprises a fastening mechanism having a transition member and a ramp member. The transition member has a lower planar element, and an upper planar element, and a central portion disposed therebetween. The ramp member has a lower planar component, a first upper planar component, a forwardly angled component disposed between the lower planar component and the first upper planar component, and a backwardly angled component extending outwardly from the first upper planar component. The ramp member upper planar component is disposed above the transition member upper planar element, and the transition member lower planar element is at least partially disposed above the ramp member lower planar member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignee: CH3 SOLUTIONS, LLC
    Inventors: Ron Bennett, Steve White, Jr.
  • Patent number: 10391946
    Abstract: A roof rack kit includes at least a first and a second load carrying bar attachable to a vehicle and adapted to extend across the roof of the vehicle. The roof rack kit further includes a first load strip with a first height protruding vertically from the outer periphery of the first load carrying bar and a second load strip having a second height protruding vertically from the outer periphery of the second load carrying bar. The first height of the first load strip is different from the second height of the second load strip, so as to compensate for a height difference between the first and the second load carrying bar when the first and the second load carrying bars are mounted on the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: Thule Sweden AB
    Inventors: Mikael Sandberg, Wilhelm Larsson, Tobias Rydholm
  • Patent number: 9850662
    Abstract: An expansion joint seal includes a central portion having at least one central chamber disposed around a centerline, a first flange portion extending outwardly from the centerline and a second flange portion extending outwardly from the centerline in a direction opposite the first flange portion. When installed on the structure, the first flange portion is attachable to a first substrate of the structure and the second flange portion is attachable to a second substrate of the structure such that the central portion is disposed within and seals a gap formed between the first substrate and the second substrate of the structure. Movement of one or both of the first substrate and the second substrate causes a response in the central portion to maintain the seal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2017
    Assignee: EMSEAL JOINT SYSTEMS LTD.
    Inventor: Lester Hensley
  • Patent number: 8931162
    Abstract: A three piece fastener is provided for attaching two layers, e.g. a floor mat for a vehicle to a floor carpet which may then stabilize the mat relative to the carpeting. The three components may connect together through a combination of mechanical connections to provide a relatively simple and cost effective solution to floor mat retention.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2015
    Assignees: International Automotive Components Group North America, Inc., Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Orlando A. Gonzalez, Greg Conley, Loretta T. Clemons, Bryn Davies, Michelle L. Schneider, Colleen M. Maraffino
  • Patent number: 8844231
    Abstract: A shim device and method of using the same are described in which the shim device includes a horizontal flange, a vertical web and a ledge web. The vertical web of the shim device includes a bottom end, a middle portion and a top end in which the bottom of the vertical web is attached to the horizontal flange such that the vertical web is aligned substantially perpendicular to the horizontal flange. The ledge web of the shim device is attached to the middle portion of the vertical web such that the ledge web is aligned substantially perpendicular to the vertical web and aligned substantially parallel to the horizontal flange. The method of using the same includes the steps of steps of applying, mounting and finishing the leveled floor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Inventors: Richard W. Urban, Jr., Steven E. Urban
  • Patent number: 8418426
    Abstract: A door threshold may include upper and lower members for sandwiching carpet and/or carpet padding therebetween. The threshold may, in certain example embodiments, grip the carpet in order to prevent it from being pulled out from between the upper and lower threshold members. Thus, in certain example instances, the need for tacks (or carpet tack strip(s)) proximate the threshold can be reduced and/or eliminated. In certain example embodiments of this invention, the threshold structure may include a locating bracket that is provided proximate the door frame for frame alignment and security purposes, and/or one or more pans located under the threshold for locating and/or securing purposes. Levelers, shims and/or the like may be used in certain example embodiments in order to compensate for non-level flooring proximate the door.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2013
    Inventor: Robert Rissone
  • Patent number: 8101024
    Abstract: Disclosed is a method for removing minerals from a cellulosic biomass. For example, the biomass may be prewashed with an acid solution and rinsed with water to remove minerals prior to acid saccharification. The removal of minerals may reduce overall acid requirements, and decrease pretreatment costs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2012
    Assignee: The Trustees of Dartmouth College
    Inventors: Charles E. Wyman, Todd A. Lloyd
  • Patent number: 7681372
    Abstract: A door threshold may include upper and lower members for sandwiching carpet and/or carpet padding therebetween. The threshold may, in certain example embodiments, grip the carpet in order to prevent it from being pulled out from between the upper and lower threshold members. Thus, in certain example instances, the need for tacks (or carpet tack strip(s)) proximate the threshold can be reduced and/or eliminated. In certain example embodiments of this invention, the threshold structure may include a locating bracket that is provided proximate the door frame for frame alignment and security purposes, and/or one or more pans located under the threshold for locating and/or securing purposes. Levelers, shims and/or the like may be used in certain example embodiments in order to compensate for non-level flooring proximate the door.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2010
    Inventor: Robert Rissone
  • Patent number: 7540067
    Abstract: A fastener for fixing an edge portion of a resilient material to a surface comprising a base element fixed in use to a surface, and a removable clip element, in which the clip element is provided with a first part of engagement means, and the base element is provided with a second part of engagement means, in which in use a resilient material is disposed adjacent the base element such that when the first part and the second part of the engagement means are aligned for engagement in use a portion of the clip element extends over an edge portion of the resilient material, in which in use said portion of the clip element is applied to said edge portion of the resilient material with a compression force, in which said compression force is required in order to engage said engagement means, and in which once the engagement means is engaged the compression force is removed and an extension force applied by the resilient material to said portion of the clip element forces said engagement means into engagement, in whi
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2009
    Assignee: Minsell Services Limited
    Inventors: Benjamin Colbourne, Keith Colbourne, Peter Bailey
  • Patent number: 7174682
    Abstract: A transition support for flooring extending between a floor area of a high height and a floor area of a low height, said support being in the shape of a wedge which is generally unnoticeable by persons walking across the support and which does not jostle wheeled vehicles crossing the support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2002
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2007
    Assignee: Johnsonite Inc.
    Inventor: Frank Pelosi, Jr.
  • Patent number: 6708367
    Abstract: A fabric gripper for securing a fabric or covering to a surface comprises an elongate body and a plurality of upwardly protruding barbs on the upper surface of the body. The gripper is formed as one piece and can either be manufactured from a single thermoplastic material or else the body and barbs can be manufactured of first and second thermoplastic materials, respectively, where the second material is harder than the first material. Where the gripper is to be made of first and second materials, a method of manufacture is provided where the second material is injection molded into channels in the body to form the barbs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2001
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2004
    Assignee: Long Port Investments Limited
    Inventor: Charles Billson
  • Patent number: 6662518
    Abstract: The present invention provides a device for transitioning between a first floor covering and a second floor covering wherein the transition device includes an elongated core and a covering. The elongated core has a top, a bottom, opposing sides and opposing ends. The covering is attached to the elongated core and covers the top and opposing sides of the elongated core. The present invention also provides method for manufacturing the transition device. In addition, the present invention provides a system having an elongated core and a covering as described above. A first floor covering is attached to the floor and abuts one side of the transition device. Similarly, a second floor covering is attached to the floor and abuts the other side of the transition device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2002
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2003
    Assignee: Arbor Contract Carpet, Inc.
    Inventor: Paul H. Devereux
  • Patent number: 6627290
    Abstract: Seam strips are provided in a textile covering for a floor, wall or ceiling which are exposed and afford an aesthetic surface treatment. The seam strips comprise inverted T-shaped strips with an upstanding web terminating in a margin short of the pile height and a pair of flanges projecting laterally from each of the lower opposite sides of the web. The flanges have holes for securing, by way of screws or nails, the strips to the underlying floor, wall or ceiling. The adjacent edges of the textile covering are secured to the upper surfaces of the flanges. The textile coverings preferably have the backstitches of tufts and portions of the primary backing forming an exposed surface which, together with the exposed margin of the strips, form an aesthetically pleasing surface treatment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2001
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2003
    Assignee: Burlington Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Gregory B. Wittlinger, Robert H. Drake, Jr., Edward L. Herrin, Rita A. Godfrey
  • Patent number: 6550192
    Abstract: Molding systems are described that include molding strips releasibly insertable into a mounting strip or track. The molding systems act as a transition between tile, both with and without backerboard support, and a floor or various floor coverings, including carpet, or wood flooring. Other molding systems are used to form a transition between tile, with or without backerboard and door threshold plates. In another embodiment, a molding system is provided for covering an edging strip used to secure the edge of a carpet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2001
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2003
    Inventors: Richard C. Nelson, Roger C. Jones
  • Patent number: 6550205
    Abstract: A cover apparatus (1) for flooring seam gaps comprises a mounting profile (2) and a cover strip (3), with the mounting profile (2) which can be fastened to the base (U) by way of a bridge element (5) along the seam gaps (F) or the like comprising at least one leg element (6) which projects upwardly from the bridge element (5) and can be joined together in a clamping manner with the cover strip (3). In order to enable the perfect insertion of the cover apparatus even in the case of a curved progress of the seam gap, a cover strip (3) is provided which consists of a flectionally yielding material and can be bent about axes parallel to the direction of insertion, which cover strip is associated as a mounting profile (2) made of deflection-resistant material with a profile rail (4) which is subdivided by transversally extending indentations (8) into sections (9) which can be mutually swiveled about axes (A) which are parallel to the direction of insertion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2000
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2003
    Inventor: Franz Neuhofer, Jr.
  • Patent number: 5960600
    Abstract: A system for attaching carpet to a wall. This system uses a lightweight form body to support a strip of carpet. The form body is curved and the carpet is curled over the form. The form body can have a number of different profiles, depending on the look desired and the material being used. The form body is attached to the floor or the wall using common fasteners. Two special mitered corner pieces are included-one for an inside corner and one for an outside corner. To fit a corner, the length is measured and a straight cut is made across the corner piece. The mitered end that has been removed can be turned to fit against the factory made miter end to complete the corner. To facilitate installation, a special tool is included that is marked in feet. A 45.degree. miter is included in the center of the tool to score the carpet for miters. A second 45.degree. arm is included to make outside cuts as needed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 1995
    Date of Patent: October 5, 1999
    Inventor: John A. Monaco
  • Patent number: 5938269
    Abstract: A floor covering assembly and method for use in an interior compartment of an automotive vehicle includes a floor covering having a sill trim attached thereto. The floor covering assembly is prefabricated, thus it forms a unitary, modular assembly which may be easily installed in the interior of the vehicle in a timely and efficient manner. The floor covering assembly includes a sill trim having a U-shaped channel which accepts a leading edge of the floor covering. The floor covering is then wrapped around at least one surface of the sill trim and secured thereto by a suitable adhesive. A staple or other fastening mechanism may also be used to further secure the floor covering to the sill trim.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 1996
    Date of Patent: August 17, 1999
    Assignee: DaimlerChrysler Corporation
    Inventor: Paul J. Sauve
  • Patent number: 5766726
    Abstract: A resilient, semi-rigid molding strip for installation along an edge of a linoleum floor surface, particularly suited to installations where the edge follows a curved contour. The molding strip is formed from extruded semi-rigid vinyl. There is a horizontal top flange and a vertical web having an angled nailing surface along its lower edge. The nailing surface correctly aligns the fasteners, and the web section is drawn downwardly during installation so that the top flange is resiliently biased against the linoleum surface. The characteristics of the semi-rigid material permit the strip to be bent in the horizontal plane without buckling the top flange or footing section of the web.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 1997
    Date of Patent: June 16, 1998
    Inventor: Toni P. Bannister
  • Patent number: 5192599
    Abstract: A structure for fixing a carpet on a vehicular floor panel includes an elongate retainer for retaining the carpet on the floor panel, and a covering member for covering a front end portion of the carpet and a front end portion of the retainer. The retainer is detachably fixed to the floor panel and located below the carpet to be concealed by the carpet. The front end portion of the carpet and the front end portion of the retainer are sewn together with the covering member, such that the carpet is secured at its front end portion thereof to the retainer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 1991
    Date of Patent: March 9, 1993
    Assignee: Ikeda Bussan Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Manabu Sakamoto
  • Patent number: 4913576
    Abstract: A molding bracket for covering a seam formed by two end-to-end panels, subject to thermal expansion and contraction. The bracket comprises a longitudinally extending division bar, two pairs of flanges extending in opposite directions from the division bar to define opposed channels for receiving the ends of the panels between the pair of channels. Stop bead means on the inside of at least one of the flanges of each pair extend into the channels for engaging the panels inserted therein, thus allowing the panels to be inserted far enough into the channels to cover the ends of the panels and while allowing the panels to move past the stop bead means upon thermal expansion of the panels to prevent buckling thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 1989
    Date of Patent: April 3, 1990
    Assignee: Dyrotech Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Bowie L. Grant, Jr.
  • Patent number: 4875250
    Abstract: A clamp for fastening a carpet onto a floor, comprising two members spaced from each other in a vertical plane and including one claw directed upwards for one member and downwards for the other member to allow the insertion and catching of two sides of a carpet onto the clamp before the clamp is clipped onto a flange-like edge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 1988
    Date of Patent: October 24, 1989
    Assignees: Automobiles Peugeot, Automobiles Citroen
    Inventor: Rene Chaintreuil
  • Patent number: 4759096
    Abstract: The present invention is a carpet fastener for securing an edge of an expanse of carpet against a vertical surface having a face board secured thereto. The fastener includes a carpet retaining portion and a face board engaging portion. During installation, the face board engaging portion is inserted into a gap formed between the floor surface and the underside of the face board. Protrusions on the face board engaging portion rigidly secure the fastener so that nails or glue are not required.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 1987
    Date of Patent: July 26, 1988
    Inventor: Marvin Dorris
  • Patent number: 4730432
    Abstract: The invention concerns a molding track for the installation of carpet molding trim. It possesses an asymmetrical two-lipped profile, one lip of which is fastened to the wall. The molding trim is fastened flush with the floor to the other lip, led upward around this lip, which is elastically prestressed in the direction of the wall, and clamped firmly. Electrical wiring can be installed subsequently in the hollow spaces provided for this purose. The profile can be manufactured of recycled material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 1987
    Date of Patent: March 15, 1988
    Assignee: Raumausstattung Willi Schafer
    Inventors: Willi Schafer, Gunther Sepp
  • Patent number: 4653138
    Abstract: A plurality of special metal clips is used to secure a wooden, carpet securing strip to a floor, and to retain a conventional threshold insert over the strip and the edge of any carpeting that is secured to the strip. Each clip has an upright, generally U-shaped section which extends along one side of the wooden strip (the side remote from the carpet), and which registers longitudinally with the other U-shaped sections of the remaining clips. These registering U-shaped sections of the clips are adapted to accommodate and frictionally to house the mounting rib of a conventional, elongate threshold insert, which is thus fastened by its rib to the clips so as to be held thereby in covering relation with the strip and the adjacent edge of the installed carpet, thereby to prevent accidental tripping over the carpet edge and any consequent damage thereto.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 1985
    Date of Patent: March 31, 1987
    Inventor: William E. Carder
  • Patent number: 4561146
    Abstract: A plastic fastener for pushing axially onto a headed or threaded stud has a hollow shank, part of the wall of which is constituted by a flexible resilient finger. The finger has a deep step for latching under the head of the T-stud and opposite it is a window in the wall of the shank, the floor of the window forming a corresponding step to latch under the other side of the stud shoulder.The fastener provides greater resistance to pull-off than has usually been found in fasteners having closed ended hollow shanks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 1983
    Date of Patent: December 31, 1985
    Assignee: USM Corporation
    Inventor: Harald Schaty
  • Patent number: 4532671
    Abstract: A structure for attaching carpeting to a vehicle body comprises a carpet support member fixedly supported between an upper edge of a side sill panel and a floor panel. The support member has a sawtooth-edged cutout along one edge at a point opposite a pillar defined by a pillar inner member and a pillar outer member, these members being fixed to the side sill panel, and a pillar casing, the lower end of which has a substantially trapezoidal shape and which is mounted on the pillar so as to compress the floor carpet against the deformable sawteeth of the carpet support member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 1983
    Date of Patent: August 6, 1985
    Assignee: Nissan Motor Company, Limited
    Inventor: Toshio Endo
  • Patent number: 4478017
    Abstract: Disclosed is a flooring protection system for use around windows, doors or other opening in a wall. The flooring protection system includes a barrier piece which is securely attached to the floor to retain liquid leakage within a confined area. A cover piece is adapted to interengage with the barrier piece and to provide a means for supporting and securing a floor covering thereon. The flooring protection system has a configuration which hides mounting fasteners from view and provides a threshold which protects the edges of floor covering materials.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 1983
    Date of Patent: October 23, 1984
    Inventors: William R. Brown, Baxter Brown
  • Patent number: 4187656
    Abstract: A tacking rail for retaining the border-edge zone of a sheet material under tension. The longitudinal tacking rail has a flat bottom bearing surface and is wedge-shaped in cross-section at one side. A pair of parallel wall members extend oppositely from the wedge in cross-section and define a tensioning groove therebetween which extends substantially along the entire length of the tacking rail. The border-edge zone of the sheet material is adapted to be inserted and wedged into the tensioning groove by means of an auxiliary tool so that it can be retained under tension therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 1978
    Date of Patent: February 12, 1980
    Inventor: Hermann Lutz
  • Patent number: 4054700
    Abstract: A carpet fitting, such as a cover strip, threshold guard, edging piece, threshold strip or joining strip of which, in use, a surface is exposed to view. Such exposed surface is coated with flock by electrostatic deposition. Further surface areas may be so coated. The flock may be selected to blend with the carpet and the flock coating assists in preventing persons from slipping on the fitting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 1975
    Date of Patent: October 18, 1977
    Assignee: Cobra Metals Limited
    Inventor: Michael Francis Anthony Cooper
  • Patent number: 4054698
    Abstract: Carpet binding tape for providing the edge portion of floor covering with a uniform edge and including a body of adhesive material for adhesively securing the edge molding to the edge portion of the floor covering. The carpet binding tape prevents unraveling and fraying of the carpet and may be of flexible material thereby permitting the carpet to be rolled up without removal of the carpet binding tape.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 1975
    Date of Patent: October 18, 1977
    Inventor: Joseph J. Hamrah
  • Patent number: 4037640
    Abstract: This tapestry holder assembly for mounting tapestry on supporting surface comprises slide bar at least one pressure plate removably engaging the slide bar so that the tapestry is clamped between the pressure plate and the slide bar, a retainer assembly for attaching assembly to the supporting structure, and slide bar stabilizer to provide support for the pressure plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 26, 1974
    Date of Patent: July 26, 1977
    Inventor: Michael James Hubbard
  • Patent number: 4009505
    Abstract: There is disclosed an adapter and anchoring means combination for securing floor coverings into position on floors or the like. The adapter comprises a longitudinal strip for attachment to a reverse surface of the covering or carpet and a locking projection formed integrally with and extending along a longitudinal edge of the strip. The anchoring means is in the form of plinth or baseboard and has an elongate channel and a slit communicating coextensively with the channel. The locking projection protrudes from an edge of the carpet and is retained in locked relation to the channel when the adapter is attached to the carpet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 1976
    Date of Patent: March 1, 1977
    Assignee: Yoshida Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Ikuo Takamatsu