Threaded Adjusting Or Locking Member Patents (Class 248/354.3)
  • Patent number: 10524467
    Abstract: Tree stand assemblies and methods of use are provided herein. An example assembly or device includes a tree stand seat assembly having a seat portion and a back support portion; a foot stand assembly; a main brace member coupling the seat portion to the foot stand assembly; a first anchor extending from the main brace member; and a second anchor coupled with a linear track disposed on an underside of the foot stand assembly, the second anchor capable of translating along the linear track.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 2018
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Inventor: Matthew A Garis
  • Patent number: 10400413
    Abstract: A pile head for a screw pile having a top end and a longitudinal axis is provided. The pile head comprises a mounting portion engaging the pile and an extendable portion movably mounted to the mounting portion. The extendable portion is movable relative to the mounting portion, along the longitudinal axis. A first fastening means is used to removably fasten the mounting portion of the pile head to the top end of the pile and preventing unwanted movement of the pile head relative to the pile, along the longitudinal axis. A screw pile, a removable helical member and a body extension for a screw pile are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2019
    Assignee: GOLIATHTECH INC.
    Inventors: Julian L. Reusing, Predrag Pudar
  • Patent number: 10344489
    Abstract: An uplift-resisting assembly, connected to a top of a tubular member of a height adjustable structural column, acts to transfer load, particularly uplift loads imposed on the structure to which the column supports, therethrough and into the tubular member. The housing of the assembly is connected to the tubular member, which is connected to a base such as a footing. A threaded rod extends through the housing and into the tubular member. A top plate, connectable to a structure above is attached to the top of the threaded rod. An adjustment nut, threaded onto the threaded rod for adjusting the height of the column is sandwiched between the top of the housing and the top of the tubular member. The adjustment nut bears on the tubular member in compression and bears on the top of the housing during uplift, the uplift being transferred via the housing into the tubular member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: WESTERN SULFUR REMELTERS LTD.
    Inventors: Devon Koss, Tony Fisher, Mohsen Nejati, Michel Boucher, Gary Wade, Valerie Koss
  • Patent number: 10288213
    Abstract: The load dock leveler prop is configured for use with a loading dock. The loading dock is further defined with a dock plate. The load dock leveler prop is a prop used to prop the dock plate when the dock plate is bridging a gap between the loading dock and a trailer. The load dock leveler prop is a vertically adjustable jack structure. The load dock leveler prop comprises a dock head, a stanchion and a pedestal. The dock head mechanically supports the inferior side of the dock plate by forming a load path between the dock plate and the stanchion. The stanchion is a supporting shaft that forms a load path between the dock head and the pedestal. The cant between the dock head and the stanchion is adjustable. The pedestal is a foundational structure that forms a load path between the stanchion and a supporting surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Inventor: Barry Harper
  • Patent number: 10041254
    Abstract: In one aspect of a tile and support structure, a support structure may be engaged with a top portion of a pedestal. The support structure may be formed with a generally vertical spine having at least one rail extending outward from a distal end thereof. The spine and rail(s) may be configured to secure one or more tiles, which tiles may be formed with a groove on at least one edge thereof, and wherein one or more rails may be positioned within the groove.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: MBRICO, LLC
    Inventors: Mark A. McManus, Jason McManus, Nicholas McManus
  • Patent number: 9974198
    Abstract: An electronic equipment enclosure comprises a frame structure formed from a plurality of support posts and at least partially enclosed by a plurality of panels. The panels include at least side, top and back panels defining an enclosure having a top, a bottom and a rear thereof. The top panel includes an opening there through that is rectangular in shape. The equipment enclosure further comprises an exhaust air duct extending upward from the top panel of the enclosure. The exhaust air duct is rectangular in cross-section and is disposed in surrounding relation to, and in fluid communication with, the top panel opening. The exhaust air duct is adapted to segregate hot air being exhausted from the enclosure from cool air entering the enclosure, thereby improving thermal management of the enclosure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: Chatsworth Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard Evans Lewis, II, Dennis W. Vanlith
  • Patent number: 9926711
    Abstract: A G-hook for the mutual releasable connection of two prop portions of a telescopic construction prop has a pin and a hoop. The pin and the hoop are different, separate parts which are rotationally rigidly connected to one another, meaning the pin cannot rotate relative to the hoop because they are rigidly fixed to one another. The pin has a force introduction portion with a surface which is curved regionally and a force removal portion which is diametrically opposite the force introduction portion and whose surface is formed substantially planar.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Assignee: PERI GMBH
    Inventors: Wilfried Haeberle, Rudolf Specht
  • Patent number: 9855068
    Abstract: A system for magnetically suspending tissue includes a grasper placement tool, a tissue grasper, a magnetic coupling element, and a tether which secures the magnetic coupling element to the tissue grasper. The grasper placement tool is used to simultaneously introduce both the tissue grasper and the magnetic coupling element to a body cavity. The grasper then releases the magnetic coupling element and engages a target tissue structure. The tissue grasper is then detached from the placement tool and a conventional laparoscopic or other grasper is used to engage the magnetic coupling element to an external magnet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: Mohammadreza Rohaninejad
    Inventor: Mohammadreza Rohaninejad
  • Patent number: 9816644
    Abstract: A support assembly is provided which is engageable to an as-used position in contact with opposing sidewalls of an air duct to stiffen and increase structural support. The device is engageable between parallel and non parallel sidewalls of ducts through the provision of a support member with pivoting ends configured to engage with the opposing sidewalls. The pivoting ends are in a reverse threaded engagement with opposing ends of the support member whereby rotating the support member will change the length of the assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Inventors: Paul Tarpy, Broc Kelly, Drew Miles, II
  • Patent number: 9752605
    Abstract: A load release means for a telescopic prop, the load release means comprising: an inner member with at least one threaded portion; a striking collar with threaded internal bore configured to threadedly engage with the threaded portion of the inner member through a thread interface; and, locking means to releasably secure said striking collar on said inner member, whereby, in use, when an applied load V acts directly on the thread interface, the component force S of the applied load V provides most or all of the striking torque such that when the locking means is released little to no external torque is required to be applied to the striking collar to strike the striking collar.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Assignee: Brand Energy & Infrastructure Services LTD
    Inventor: Demetrios Georgiou Papadopoulos
  • Patent number: 9719257
    Abstract: A composite assembly includes a series of elongated layers joined lengthwise thereof. At least two of the elongated layers each have an upper elongated portion and a lower elongated portion secured together in an end-to-end relationship at a joint therebetween by a connector arrangement. The upper elongated portion is constructed of a wood material, and the lower elongated portion is constructed of a non-wood material. The lower elongated portion may have a reinforcing rod therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2017
    Assignee: Jack Walters & Sons, Corp.
    Inventors: Fredrick R. Gilbert, Daniel Pederson, Andrew Pritzl, Caynen Klessig
  • Patent number: 9709216
    Abstract: A safety device for securing a television or similar household item against tipping or rocking. The safety device has a pair of base units and a pair of locking arms. The base units are secured to the television and a nearby wall by adhesive or other reliable methods. The locking arms are each secured to one of the base units but a connection lug that permits pivoting movement. The locking arms are secured together by L-shaped studs, adjustment slots, and locking pins. The locking arms are rigid so as to prevent unwanted movement of the television.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Inventor: Spencer Zing
  • Patent number: 9701285
    Abstract: A stabilizing jack includes a base frame and a slide frame and a leg connected to the base frame and to the slide frame. The leg may be selectively extended into contact with a mating surface and retracted from the extended position. Locking pins disposed on either of the base frame and the slide frame may selectively engage with pin-receiving apertures on the other of the base frame and the slide frame when the leg is placed in the extended position and disengaged from the apertures when the leg is retracted from the extended position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2017
    Assignee: LIPPERT COMPONENTS, INC.
    Inventors: Michael J. Fiwek, Jeffrey K. Albrecht, Christopher S. Greer
  • Patent number: 9631335
    Abstract: A pile head for a screw pile having a top end and a longitudinal axis is provided. The pile head comprises a mounting portion engaging the pile and an extendable portion movably mounted to the mounting portion. The extendable portion is movable relative to the mounting portion, along the longitudinal axis. A first fastening means is used to removably fasten the mounting portion of the pile head to the top end of the pile and preventing unwanted movement of the pile head relative to the pile, along the longitudinal axis. A screw pile, a removable helical member and a body extension for a screw pile are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Assignee: GOLIATHTECH INC.
    Inventors: Julian L. Reusing, Predrag Pudar
  • Patent number: 9587401
    Abstract: A bar joist reinforcement apparatus may include a base assembly adapted to be connected to a lower portion of a bar joist, a top assembly adapted to be connected to a top portion of the bar joist, and an adjustable coupling assembly connected between the base assembly and the top assembly for adjusting the distance separating the base and top assemblies. The apparatus may be used to reinforce a bar joist by inserting the apparatus in between upper and lower portions of a bar joist, adjusting the apparatus so the top and base assemblies come into contact with, press against, and/or brace the upper and lower portions of the bar joist, and connecting the apparatus to the bar joist using bolts and conventional tools instead of welding.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2017
    Inventor: Jason Rickman Benton
  • Patent number: 9556581
    Abstract: Pile cap connectors are attached to pipe piles and are secured to an existing building so that the existing building is supported by an array of the deeply driven pipe piles which serve as the foundation for the building. Alternative pile cap connectors are length adjustable to span the distance between the top of the drill driven pipe piles and the underside of the lifted existing building. The pile cap connectors are an integral part of a method using low-overhead equipment to construct a deep piling foundation for an existing building where the method involves lifting the existing building to a predetermined elevation above grade and positioning cribbing stacks to support the existing building at the predetermined elevation above grade. The cribbing stacks are spaced from each other enabling low-overhead equipment to maneuver underneath the elevated building to drill drive the pipe piles at designated locations to provide optimal support for the building.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2017
    Inventors: Glen G. Hale, Tim D. Ferguson
  • Patent number: 9476525
    Abstract: A support assembly is provided which is engageable to an as-used position in contact with opposing sidewalls of an air duct to stiffen and increase structural support. The device is engageable between parallel and non parallel sidewalls of ducts through the provision of a support member with pivoting ends configured to engage with the opposing sidewalls. The pivoting ends are in a reverse threaded engagement with opposing ends of the support member whereby rotating the support member will change the length of the assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 25, 2016
    Inventors: Paul Tarpy, Broc Kelly, Drew Miles, II
  • Patent number: 9441366
    Abstract: Joist subframe systems including vertically arranged support members each having adjustable height securing members coupled with the support member in a fixed position and horizontally arranged elongate frame members configured to support one or more overlying surface members and shown and described. Each of the elongate frame members including an elongate body with at least one horizontal wall and one or more support member attachment mechanisms configured to couple one of the support members to the elongate body. In some examples, the adjustable height securing members are selectively tightenable and loosenable to the support members for adjustable coupling to the support member and to releasably fix a position of the support member to one of the plurality of elongate frame members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2016
    Inventor: Jeremy James Anseth
  • Patent number: 9416541
    Abstract: A method for supporting one or more fixtures on a membrane-covered roof comprises steps of (a) forming one or more brackets coated each on at least one surface with a material compatible for heat welding to roofing membrane, (b) cutting a piece of roofing membrane, separate from the membrane of the membrane-covered roof, the cut piece of roofing membrane having a length and width substantially greater than dimensions of the one or more brackets, (c) joining the one or more brackets by heat welding to the cut piece of roofing membrane, leaving substantial overhanging projection of the cut piece of roofing membrane from the one or more bracket in every direction from the one or more brackets, and (d) heat welding the cut piece of roofing membrane to the membrane of the membrane-covered roof, thereby securing the one or more brackets to the membrane-covered roof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2016
    Assignee: Renewable Elements, LLC
    Inventor: William Edwin Shevlin
  • Patent number: 9347693
    Abstract: A supporting assembly for a solar cell lamination includes a frame member, a column member, and an adapter member. The frame member includes a first flange, a second flange, and a first wall. The second flange is substantially parallel with the first flange. The first flange, the second flange and the first wall cooperate to define a space for accommodating the solar cell lamination. The column member is used for supporting the frame member, in which the column member has an end surface facing the frame member. The end surface has a proximal half portion and a distal half portion respectively proximal and distal to a central axis of the frame member, and a location of a vertical projection of the first wall on the end surface falls on the distal half portion. The adapter member is used for connecting the column member and the frame member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2016
    Assignee: AU OPTRONICS CORPORATION
    Inventors: Hao-Hung Kuan, Tung-I Yen, Ren-Wei Huang
  • Patent number: 8998159
    Abstract: A locking device for preventing unauthorized retraction of a telescopic prop is made up of an adjustable clamp which can be fitted round the outer circumference of the prop together with a fastener for tightening the clamp, such as a nut and bolt with anti-tamper heads and a shield to prevent access to the head with a gripping instrument. The device can be placed around the outer circumference of an extended prop adjacent to the collar such that once the clamp is tightened the collar is sandwiched between the locking device and the pin. Alternatively the device can be placed around the outer circumference of the inner tube of the prop adjacent to and abutting the end of the outer tube of the prop in order to prevent unauthorized retraction of the prop.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Inventor: John Henry Pearson
  • Patent number: 8925267
    Abstract: In a system for stabilizing a wall, especially a masonry wall (10), movement away from the wall of a rigid member (30) is prevented by a thrust rod (70) that is anchored to joists associated with the wall. The thrust rod acts on an unsecured upper end (32) of the rigid member and is adjustably received in a thrust bracket (60) affixed directly or indirectly to the joists. A warning collar (80) placed on the upper end is retained in place by the thrust rod, which normally bears against the upper end through an aperture in the warning collar. If the upper end retreats away from the thrust rod towards the wall by more than a predetermined distance, the warning collar slides down the rigid member, triggering a signal means (90).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Inventor: Patrick C. Kirby
  • Patent number: 8851800
    Abstract: A piering system includes a heave plate attached to a foundation and supported by a pier. A downward facing socket is permanently attached to the heave plate. The socket receives the top end of a heavy stud of a coupling assembly, the bottom end of the stud is screwed into a captive nut of a shim-block. A nut is welded to the stud leaving about ½ inch of the stud protruding upwards for insertion into the socket. The nut may be turned to adjust the height of the stud. The shim-block and coupling assembly are supported by a head plate which is supported by the pier. The head plate includes a wide table for supporting a pair of jacks on opposite sides of a house jack facilitating installation of the system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Inventor: Steven Patton
  • Patent number: 8851305
    Abstract: A tension rod mechanism for a tension rod having a first outer shaft with a second inner shaft slideable therein has a unidirectional slip-lock configured to be received in the first outer shaft for rotational movement therewith and unidirectional slidable axial movement relative thereto. A threaded shaft is fixedly connected to the unidirectional slip-lock. A collar is threadingly engaged with the threaded shaft and configured to be fixedly received in the second inner shaft for movement therewith. When the unidirectional slip-lock is in the first outer shaft and the collar is fixedly received in the second inner shaft, slidable axial movement of the unidirectional slip-lock relative to the first outer shaft may occur only in an expansion direction A rotation of the first outer shaft relative to the second inner shaft increases the axial distance between the unidirectional slip-lock and the collar.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Assignee: Zenith Products Corporation
    Inventor: Kaveh Didehvar
  • Publication number: 20140291073
    Abstract: An adjustable bracket for a tree stand having a mounting plate and a first bracket member and a second bracket member. The mounting plate has a mounting plate locking ring. A threaded shaft which terminates in a brace is extended through the mounting plate locking ring. The mounting plate is connected to the tree stand by the first bracket member and the second bracket member. When the tree stand is positioned in a tree the threaded shaft is rotated through the mounting plate locking ring until the brace engages the tree. In this way the tree stand is stabilizing and adjusted.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 13, 2014
    Publication date: October 2, 2014
    Inventor: Derrick R. Holman
  • Publication number: 20140238385
    Abstract: Solutions for leveling the surface of cookware are disclosed. In one embodiment, at least one detachable adjustable leg makes contact with the stove surface to tilt the cooking surface to make it level. The pressure on the stove surface can be increased or decreased, thereby increasing the tilt until the cooking surface is level. In another embodiment, at least one detachable adjustable leg is weighted at one end and the weighted end extends outward to make the cooking surface level. In yet another embodiment, the cookware comes with at least one adjustable leg permanently attached. In all cases, multiple adjustable legs can be used to increase the stability and accuracy. In another embodiment, adjustable legs protrude from the top or bottom surface of a grate that typically covers a flame on gas stove surface. In another embodiment, shims are placed underneath a grate to change the tilt of the top surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 21, 2014
    Publication date: August 28, 2014
    Inventors: Mark T. Smith, Matthew T. Maggio
  • Patent number: 8769893
    Abstract: A twist lock portable building footing preferably includes a block anchor device, a threaded adjustment shaft, a pocket projection device and a cast concrete block. The block anchor device preferably includes a threaded tube, a plurality of rebar projections. The pocket projection device preferably includes a support base, an H-shaped spherical roller bearing and a twist lock projection. The support base includes a base threaded tube. The block anchor device is cast in the cast concrete block. One end of the threaded adjustment shaft is threaded into the threaded tube and the other end is threaded into the base threaded tube. The block anchor device is cast in the cast concrete block. The twist lock portable building footings are positioned, such that projection members of the twist locks may be inserted into grappler pockets of a cargo container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2014
    Assignee: Kwikspace Guam
    Inventors: Peter E. Gill, Peter E. Gill, III
  • Patent number: 8757576
    Abstract: The invention relates to a floral arrangement device (100) comprising at least one ring of circularly arranged leaves (120) with a free-standing upper region (121) and a lower region (122), by means of which they are joined to form a stable unit via a support device. According to the invention, detachably fixed variations of a basic layout are enabled in that each leave (120) is connected in the region of its lower end (122) to a pivoting arm (110) which is pivotably mounted to a hinge (131, 151), wherein the angle of said pivoting arm can be adjusted with respect to the horizontal by means of an adjustment device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2014
    Assignee: Stilvoll Design und Manufaktur U.G.
    Inventor: Björn Kersting
  • Publication number: 20130319795
    Abstract: The invention is an extendible lateral support arm to span between a building structure and a structure adjacent. The extendible arm has at least two elongate arm members that are coupled together in a manner to be able to displace relative each other. The first arm defines a first end of said extendible arm. The second arm defines a second end of the extendible arm. The distance between the first and second end is able to be varied. The first end presents a first head that can engage to the building structure. The second end present a second head that can be secured to the structure adjacent.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 30, 2013
    Publication date: December 5, 2013
    Inventor: Yu Shing SO
  • Patent number: 8579242
    Abstract: An elevating mechanism for a projection apparatus includes a bottom cover, a resetting element having a first elastic member, a sliding mount, a screw stud sleeve, a screw stud, and a second elastic member. The sliding mount is disposed on a first side of the bottom cover and leans against the resetting element, and the sliding mount has an opening, at least one slot and a thread structure. The screw stud sleeve has a plurality of engaging teeth engaging within the slot. The screw stud has a thread structure and the thread structure of the screw stud meshes with the thread structure of the sliding mount.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2013
    Assignee: Coretronic Corporation
    Inventors: Chien-Chang Huang, Fan-Chieh Chang
  • Patent number: 8528274
    Abstract: A pedestal (10) for an access floor assembly (34) has a stand portion and a head portion. The stand portion has a base plate (12) for resting upon a sub-floor, and a metal stem (14) extending upwardly therefrom. The head portion has a platform (16) for receiving thereon an edge region of one or more panels that define the surface of the access floor, a threaded metal shaft (18) extending downwardly therefrom, and a nut (38) which screwably engages the threaded metal shaft. The pedestal (10) is characterised in that it includes a flexible member (40) having noise attenuation and vibration dampening properties adapted to fit longitudinally between overlapping portions of the metal stem (14) and the metal shaft (18) and further adapted to lock the position of the nut (38) on the threaded metal shaft (18).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2013
    Inventor: Petar Zlatar
  • Patent number: 8448317
    Abstract: A brake adjuster for adjusting the working clearance of the shoes of an automotive drum brake. The adjuster has three co-axial elements, a first end element having a head portion for engagement with a first brake shoe and a threaded stem portion, an intermediate element in threaded engagement with the first end element, and a second end element having a head portion for engagement with a second brake shoe and a stem portion slideably connected with the intermediate element and free to rotate relative thereto. A reaction member is mounted on the intermediate element, and a toothed ring gear rotates with the intermediate element and is axially located between the second end element and the reaction member. A leaf spring acts between the second end element and the reaction member for pushing the second end element away from the intermediate element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2013
    Assignee: Automotive Products Italia (SV) s.r.l.
    Inventor: Giovanni Fra
  • Patent number: 8297011
    Abstract: An apparatus for securing a protective panel over a window includes at least one telescoping retainer bar that is tightly fixed within a window frame, adjacent the panel. Spring-biased locking buttons removably seat within one or more longitudinally-disposed apertures to fix the retainer bar at a desired length. At each end of the bar is a resilient pad that firmly engages one of two opposing sides of a window or door frame. One of the pads is movable relative to the bar to further tighten the bar within the frame once the telescoping bar has been extended as far as possible. The pad at the opposing end includes a biasing means for further anchoring the bar within the frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2012
    Inventors: Leonard Charles Quick, Gaetano Dominick Paternostro, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8297004
    Abstract: A method and device for supporting a structure above a fixed surface. The device can include a support pedestal whose height is adjustable through a range of heights without a substantial gap in the obtainable heights.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2012
    Assignee: United Construction Products
    Inventors: Stephen J. Knight, III, William E. Kugler
  • Patent number: 8256175
    Abstract: A stud for enabling a construction surface to be raised with respect to the ground, said stud comprising at least a first and second element, said first element comprising a first body mounted on a base intended to be placed on said ground, said second element comprising a second body, each of the bodies being provided with a screw thread for mutually engaging one in the other, thus forming an internal body and an external body, said external body being provided with an orifice giving access to the screw thread of the internal body, said stud also comprising a locking member arranged to lock the movement of the first body with respect to the second body in a plurality of positions, the locking member comprising first and second segments, said first segment being designed to pass through said orifice and be inserted between two successive grooves of the screw thread on the internal body, said second segment being designed to pass through said orifice and be interposed in a space provided in an internal wall of
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2012
    Assignee: Buzon Pedestal International S.A.
    Inventor: Claude Buzon
  • Publication number: 20120186913
    Abstract: An adjustable bracket for a tree stand having a mounting plate and a first bracket member and a second bracket member. The mounting plate has a mounting plate locking ring. A threaded shaft which terminates in a brace is extended through the mounting plate locking ring. The mounting plate is connected to the tree stand by the first bracket member and the second bracket member. When the tree stand is positioned in a tree the threaded shaft is rotated through the mounting plate locking ring until the brace engages the tree. In this way the tree stand is stabilizing and adjusted.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 20, 2012
    Publication date: July 26, 2012
    Inventor: Derrick R. Holman
  • Patent number: 8206063
    Abstract: A piering system includes a heave plate attached to a foundation and supported by a pier. A downward facing socket is permanently attached to the heave plate. The socket receives the top end of a heavy stud of a coupling assembly, the bottom end of the stud is screwed into a captive nut of a shim-block. A nut is welded to the stud leaving about ½ inch of the stud protruding upwards for insertion into the socket. The nut may be turned to adjust the height of the stud. The shim-block and coupling assembly are supported by a head plate which is supported by the pier. The head plate includes a wide table for supporting a pair of jacks on opposite sides of a house jack facilitating installation of the system. The cooperation of the ball and socket helps to prevent “off-set loads” which otherwise may break the piering system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2012
    Inventor: Steven Patton
  • Patent number: 8156694
    Abstract: A method and device for supporting a structure above a fixed surface. The device can include a support pedestal whose height is adjustable through a range of heights without a substantial gap in the obtainable heights. In one embodiment, the support pedestal can include a base member, a support member and a coupling member operatively connecting the base member and the support member. The coupling member can include first and second cylindrical walls, whereby an outer wall of the coupling member bears directly on an outer wall of the base member. Locking members can be utilized to operatively attach the coupling member to at least one of the base member or the support member. The locking members can function to increase the structural stability of support pedestal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2012
    Assignee: United Construction Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Stephen J. Knight, III, William E. Kugler
  • Patent number: 8052110
    Abstract: A telescopically adjustable support brace includes a first member and a second member operably moveable with respect to the first member in a telescopic manner. The first and second members are adapted to be positioned across two objects for maintaining a fixed distance therebetween. A quick-clamping device includes a collar moveably engaged in the first member and a quick-release device for selectively clutching the collar to the second member. When the collar is clutched to the second member, the second member is adapted to be moved with respect to the first member by the collar. Further, an adjusting device is operable to move the collar with respect to the first member, and the collar is thereafter adapted to move the second member with respect to the first member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2011
    Inventor: Dennis H. Wang
  • Patent number: 8025071
    Abstract: Bases are disclosed that comprise a projecting portion designed to receive over it the hollow end of a pole or other elongate member, which may form part of a structure such as a pavilion or umbrella. The projecting portion of the base comprises wedges that move in response to the end of the pole moving over the projecting portion and in so moving, the wedges increase the effective cross section of the projecting portion to engage the inner surface of the end of the pole and to thereby stabilize the structure on a support surface, such as the ground. Braces are also disclosed that pull together adjacent poles of a pavilion to make the structure more rigid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2011
    Inventor: Oliver Joen-an Ma
  • Patent number: 8016257
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a trailer safety stand for temporarily supporting a conventional trailer having a landing gear, wherein the stand comprises a pedestal having a top for engaging the underside of the nose portion of a trailer and a bottom for engaging the ground; means for adjusting the height of the pedestal; a locking device for fixing the height of the pedestal; and means for actuating and de-actuating the locking device. In one embodiment of the present invention, the means for actuating and de-actuating the locking device is a lever that is pivotally connected to the pedestal at a first point along the lever and connected to the locking device at a second point along the lever. When a force is applied away from the pedestal at a third point along the lever, the locking device is actuated and the height of the pedestal is fixed. When a force is applied toward the pedestal at the third point along the lever, the locking device is de-actuated and the height of the pedestal is adjustable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2011
    Inventor: Joseph J. Di Biase
  • Patent number: 8001733
    Abstract: A post adjustable in length as required. The post can be adjusted at any time during and after construction. The post can be used as an extension of a column which requires adjustment in length. The post can be used as a jack. The post is capable of withstanding compression, tension, and dynamic loading. The post can be used to provide support to beams and girders in a house frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2011
    Inventor: Min Chen
  • Patent number: 7921612
    Abstract: A method and device for supporting a structure above a fixed surface. The device can include a support pedestal whose height is adjustable through a range of heights without a substantial gap in the obtainable heights.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2011
    Assignee: United Construction Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Stephen J. Knight, III, William E. Kugler
  • Patent number: 7780128
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a system for leveling relative to a basis surface. The system includes an object having a first side confronting the basis surface and a second side opposite of the first side, a rod positioned to extend beyond the first side of the object to space the object from the basis surface and beyond a second side of the object to provide access to the rod, and first and second couplers to couple the rod and the object. Each of the first and second couplers includes a respective threaded hole threadably engaged with the rod to a position in which respective surfaces of the first and second couplers are in contact with, and rotationally stationary with respect to, the first and second sides of the object, respectively, such that rotation of the rod translates into translational displacement of the first and second couplers and the object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2010
    Inventor: Martin C. Walsberg
  • Patent number: 7744054
    Abstract: A device to aid the unloading of support elements, the support elements comprising a lower shaft and an upper shaft telescopically coupled to each other. The device includes annular first and second bodies coaxially couplable with each other. Each annular body is provided with a through-hole that allow the upper shaft to extend through the through holes. The upper shaft is also supported by the first annular body using a transversely extending member. The second annular body rests on the lower shaft. An intermediate unloading wedge is positioned between the first and the second annular bodies coupled together, and is able to slide transversally with respect thereto. The sliding of the unloading wedge causes the first annular body and the second annular body to come together or move apart in the longitudinal direction and, therefore, reduce or increase, respectively, the total length of the support element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2010
    Assignee: Inveral, S.A.
    Inventor: Pedro Xammar Bove
  • Patent number: 7730839
    Abstract: An article and a process are provided for reducing the shear stress on an interface of a structural member in intimate contact with a compressive load. The article is in the form of a wedge that is forcibly placed against the sidewall of one end or both ends of the structural member. The wedge may take the form of a ring that can be placed on the inside or outside surface of a hollow cylindrical structural member. The process of forcibly placing a wedge against the sidewall at one or both ends of the structural member produces a transverse compressive stress upon the sidewall. The transverse compressive stress upon the sidewall attenuates the tendency of said sidewall to deflect when the structural member is subjected to a compressive load. A reduction in the deflection of the sidewall reduces the shear stress generated proximal to the interface of the structural member in intimate contact with a compressive load and increases the structural member load bearing capacity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2010
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Army
    Inventors: James M. Bender, James M. Sands, Robert B. Dooley
  • Patent number: 7726093
    Abstract: A wall support and reinforcing apparatus that applies a constant force on a structural support member, such as a steel I-beam, that is adjacent the wall. The apparatus includes a bias that is interposed between the building, or a bracket mounted to the building, and the structural member. Thus, the bias force is applied to straighten the wall at all times, thereby having the straightening effect and keeping the structural member from being displaced laterally due to complete release of all forces to the structural member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2010
    Assignee: Nationwide Reinforcing Ltd.
    Inventors: Steven E. Morton, Robert R. Thompson
  • Patent number: 7694921
    Abstract: Two- and four-columned stands for holding vehicles aloft during dismantling include A-frame style structures having no raised horizontal cross members. The stands have improved stability and safety for dismantlers and equipment operators in the work area and provide clear access to vehicle components. Preferred stands permit adjustment to the width of the stand at the top. Distance along the length of four-columned stands can be varied to accommodate vehicles of differing lengths, or height of the stand can be adjusted. Four-columned stands include a pair of two-columned stands, each of which is wider at its ground-level base than at the top, and two horizontal ground-level links that connect the two-columned stands at their bases. Preferably a top platform of each two-columned stand includes two horizontal sliding T-beam assemblies that contact portions of a mounted vehicle and also permit width adjustment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2010
    Inventor: Donald D. Williams
  • Publication number: 20100084533
    Abstract: A toggle device for attachment to a form-engaging assembly securable about the upper end of a concrete form. The toggle device can toggle between two different configurations. One configuration is suitable for attachment directly to a brace, and the other configuration is suitable for attachment to a nail plate on a brace. In one embodiment, the toggle device comprises a base plate to which an elongate first member is rigidly affixed. An elongate second member is connected to the first member by a sliding pivot connection. The sliding pivot connection is such that the second member can be moved from one position in which it is parallel to and overlapping with the first member, to another position in which it is generally perpendicular to the first member, to yet another position in which it is oblique to the first member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 2, 2008
    Publication date: April 8, 2010
    Inventors: Daniel F. Dunmire, Pete D. Gioldasis, Charles W. Lounsbury, JR.
  • Patent number: 7681367
    Abstract: A wall support and reinforcing apparatus that applies a constant force on a structural support member, such as a steel I-beam, that is adjacent the wall. The apparatus includes a bias that is interposed between the building, or a bracket mounted to the building, and the structural member. Thus, the bias force is applied to straighten the wall at all times, thereby having the straightening effect and keeping the structural member from being displaced laterally due to complete release of all forces to the structural member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2010
    Assignee: Nationwide Reinforcing, Ltd.
    Inventors: Steven E. Morton, Robert R. Thompson