Picket Patents (Class 256/22)
  • Patent number: 10294674
    Abstract: A rail connector includes a base and an outwardly extending projection rotatably connected with the base. The base has a flat lower portion and an upper portion which contains an opening that is parallel to the base lower portion. The projection includes upper and lower ends, the lower end being arranged in the base opening and the upper end having a threaded outer surface and extending outwardly from the base. The base is connected with a rail and the projection is connected with a baluster. The projection is rotatable relative to the base and allows the baluster to pivot to a desired angle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Inventor: James J. Guo
  • Patent number: 10287776
    Abstract: The railing extends between and is secured to posts or other substantially vertical surfaces so as to function as a hand rail. It includes an elongated extruded structural core member which has a left vertical wall and a right vertical wall spaced therefrom. A horizontal wall extends between the vertical walls forming a substantially H-shaped cross-section with an open top and an open bottom. A block is secured to an end of the structural member and is adapted to attach the member to a vertical surface. The block has the ability to be secured to the structural member in a plurality of different orientations to thereby allow the structural member to be attached to the vertical surface in a plurality of different angles relative thereto. Top and bottom finishing caps close the top and bottom of the structural member. Each of the right and left walls includes opposing slots for holding elongated decorative sheet material so that the appearance of the railing can be changed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Inventor: Joseph Dilio
  • Patent number: 9957729
    Abstract: A wood support protection device for protecting wood supports from water damage includes a tube that defines an interior space. The tube has a top and a bottom. The top is open. The top is complementary to a lower end of a wood support. A plurality of rods is coupled to and extends substantially perpendicularly between opposing sides of the tube. A plurality of slots is positioned in the tube adjacent to the bottom. The top is configured to insert the lower end of the wood support into the interior space. The rods are configured to retain the wooden support above the bottom of the tube. The slots are positioned in the tube such that the slots are configured to drain water from the interior space. The wood support is protected from damage and rot caused by exposure of the lower end of the wood support to water.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Inventors: David Beck, Margaret A. Beck
  • Patent number: 9908207
    Abstract: A railing assembly may include a first railing portion including a first aperture, a second railing portion including a second aperture, a first in-rail connector disposed in the first railing portion, and a second in-rail connector disposed in the second railing portion. A baluster may extend through the first aperture and may be connected to the first in-rail connector The baluster may extend through the second aperture and may be connected to the second in-rail connector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Inventor: Russell H. Springborn
  • Patent number: 9896848
    Abstract: A temporary guardrail for an unprotected staircase is assembled and installed using prefabricated sections. One section is a safety section that includes an adjustable length upper railing, with a pair of balusters respectively hinged to each end of the upper railing. Another section is a support section having an adjustable length lower railing that is engaged between the balusters of the safety section and which, when assembled with the safety section, is oriented parallel to the upper railing. The safety and support sections are then stiffened to account for an incline angle ? that is defined by the staircase. Also included are structures which can be engaged with the temporary guardrail to stabilize it on the staircase.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Inventor: Michael A. Tontz
  • Patent number: 9873068
    Abstract: A cover arrangement is provided for a launder channel of a clarifier tank. The clarifier tank has an arcuate outer circumferential wall and a weir wall, with the launder channel disposed between the walls. The cover arrangement has a single mounting section configured to be coupled to the arcuate outer circumferential wall and a plurality of cover sections, each of which are coupled to the same single mounting section at different locations. The cover sections are configured to extend from the arcuate outer circumferential wall inwards towards the center of the clarifier tank covering the launder channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2018
    Assignee: NEFCO SYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventor: Earle Schaller
  • Patent number: 9822547
    Abstract: A rail system that may be comprised of various components such as an upper rail, support rail, bottom rail, squash blocks, balusters, post covers, and ancillary components, such as post skirts and caps. In one exemplary embodiment, the rail system may be uniquely designed to accommodate perpendicular and angled installations (e.g., both in the horizontal and vertical planes). Furthermore, in another exemplary embodiment, the rail system may be easily assembled such that the support hardware is substantially hidden from view after installation, thereby enhancing the appearance of the railing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Inventors: Paul M. Bizzarri, Chip Herr, John M. Previte, Kevin T. Burt, William G. Taylor, Matthew T. Fenneman, Jeffrey R. Burr, Timothy C. Rothwell
  • Patent number: 9739065
    Abstract: A railing attachment clip to couple a guardrail to a rail topper, the clip including left and right portions with respective surfaces contoured to match the guardrail and the rail topper, and a central portion laterally coupled to the left and right portion. The central portion separates the left and right portions by a fixed distance. The matching contoured surfaces determine a position of the railing attachment clip on the guardrail, and determine a position of the rail topper on the railing attachment clip. In some embodiments, the central portion is removed after the railing attachment clip is attached to the guardrail, but before the rail topper is attached to the railing attachment clip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 22, 2017
    Assignee: BARRETTE OUTDOOR LIVING, INC.
    Inventors: Michael Matthew DeSalle, Christopher Michael Schneider, Wayne Elbert Dixon, Randall Lewis Reed
  • Patent number: 9637932
    Abstract: A railing and baluster plug system that facilitates installation of balusters at a plurality of angular orientations, such as installations for level railing and installations for non-level or angled railings such as for stairs. The baluster plugs are configured to cooperate with the balusters and include both a level mounting surface and an angled mounting surface for alternatively mounting the balusters in a level or an angled orientation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2017
    Assignee: BARRETTE OUTDOOR LIVING, INC.
    Inventors: Christopher Michael Schneider, Michael Matthew DeSalle, Wayne E. Dixon
  • Patent number: 9611650
    Abstract: A rail system that may be comprised of various components such as an upper rail, support rail, bottom rail, squash blocks, balusters, post covers, and ancillary components, such as post skirts and caps. In one exemplary embodiment, the rail system may be uniquely designed to accommodate perpendicular and angled installations (e.g., both in the horizontal and vertical planes). Furthermore, in another exemplary embodiment, the rail system may be easily assembled such that the support hardware is substantially hidden from view after installation, thereby enhancing the appearance of the railing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2017
    Assignee: CPG International LLC
    Inventors: Paul M. Bizzarri, Chip Herr, John M. Previte, Kevin T. Burt, William G. Taylor, Matthew T. Fenneman, Jeffrey R. Burr, Timothy C. Rothwell
  • Patent number: 9574353
    Abstract: A baluster is provided. The baluster includes a body portion. A width of an end portion of the body portion is less than a width of a central portion of the body portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: INTEX MILLWORKS SOLUTIONS, LLC
    Inventor: Joseph F. Umosella
  • Patent number: 9574370
    Abstract: A modular privacy fence, which includes a stringer having two rails, wherein at least the first rail comprises a plurality of fence picket dividers that protrude in a perpendicular direction from the first rail. The modular privacy fence also includes a fastener attached to the end of the stringer, wherein the fastener is arranged to secure the stringer to a fence post, and a bottom rail with a trough. In some embodiments, the second rail may also include a separate plurality of fence picket dividers that protrude from the second rail in a direction perpendicular to the second rail and parallel to the first plurality of fence picket dividers. In such arrangements, the first plurality of fence picket dividers is offset from the second plurality of fence picket dividers in a direction parallel to the first rail.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Inventor: Kelly Presti
  • Patent number: 9482028
    Abstract: A railing assembly may include a first railing portion including a first channel and a second channel. The railing assembly may include a first retaining element disposed at least partially in the first channel. A second retaining element may be disposed at least partially in the second channel. A baluster may be disposed at least partially in the first railing portion. The first retaining element and the second retaining element may be configured to retain the baluster relative to the first railing portion. The railing assembly may include a second railing portion, and the baluster may be disposed at least partially in the second railing portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2016
    Inventor: Russell H. Springborn
  • Patent number: 9435134
    Abstract: A self-raking fence panel (1) comprises a pair of invert, U-shaped rails (30), each having a horizontal central wall (32) with apertures (37) for receiving a plurality of pales (10), a pair of outer side walls (33), and rigid or resilient, integral internal return walls (34, 134) defining downwardly diverging ramped surfaces (40, 135) and a pair of recesses (42, 136) adjacent each aperture. The pales are provided with spring biased pins (20) which are compressed by the ramped surfaces (40, 135) as the pale is pushed up through the respective aperture (37) until the pins lock in the recesses (42, 136). Alternatively, the pales may have rigid pins (26, 143) which urge the return walls (34, 134) outwardly as the pale is raised until the pins enter the recesses. The fence may be supplied as a kit of parts and assembled on site by fixing the rails (30) to the posts (2, 2?), setting the posts in the ground, and then populating the rails with the pales.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2016
    Assignee: CRH FENCING & SECURITY GROUP (UK) LTD
    Inventor: Roger Walmsley
  • Patent number: 9416545
    Abstract: A post mount includes a base configured for attachment to a ramp door of a vehicle and a paddle pivotally connected to the base. The base and paddle cooperate to receive a shaft and flange of a post. The paddle may be pivoted and flexed with respect to the base to allow release of the post from the post mount.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2016
    Assignee: LIPPERT COMPONENTS, INC.
    Inventor: Jon Nelson
  • Patent number: 9234368
    Abstract: An assembled fence includes a transverse bar, a vertical bar and a clip, wherein the clip is an elastic non-metal clip. Due to the installation of the elastic non-metal clip, all fence parts, including the clip, can be assembled in the assembly site; the clip which does not need to be assembled in the vertical bar in advance will not be damaged and is free from a problem of scratching other parts such as the vertical bar in a transportation process; and the non-metal clip is low in cost.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2016
    Inventor: Alan Qing-Lin Zhu
  • Patent number: 9228372
    Abstract: A fence system having upright posts and transverse fence rails, formed of hollow rectangular tubular construction and having internal ribs formed within the hollow interior; a plurality of angular mounting brackets defining a transverse insertion portion and an upright attachment portion, and wherein the transverse insertion portions are adapted to make a frictional fit within the interior of said hollow tubular rails, and a plurality of fastening holes in said attachment portions, whereby the same may be secured to a fence post.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2016
    Inventor: Maurizio C. Bertato
  • Patent number: 9151075
    Abstract: A fencing/railing assembly adapted to be positioned between a pair of posts and mounted thereto includes a plurality of pickets, a plurality of rails extending transverse to the pickets, and one or more pivoting, sliding connectors for connecting a picket to a rail, with the sliding, pivotal connection concealed by the rail. The connector is slidably mounted to the rail and is pivotally connected to the picket. In one embodiment, an elongated connector strip is concealed by the rail and spans multiple pickets. In another embodiment, the assembly includes a plurality of shorter connectors, one for each picket/rail connection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2015
    Assignee: BARRETTE OUTDOOR LIVING, INC.
    Inventors: Gordon Duffy, Jason Duffy
  • Patent number: 9121193
    Abstract: Described is a fencing ornament that is easily installed and removable. A fencing ornament to be secured to a fence structure includes first and second parallel elongate members and a cross member. The fencing ornament comprises a body portion having first, second, third, and fourth side members, and ornamentation within the body portion. Resilient first and second locking members are received in first and second recesses in the third side member adjacent ends thereof. A lug is provided on the fourth side member. Protrusions provided on each of the first and second locking members are moveable by compressing the locking member such that the lug is received in a hole in the cross member and the protrusions are received in a holes in the elongate members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2015
    Assignee: U-Clik Barriers Pty Ltd
    Inventors: Darren Hayter, Edward Joseph Khoury
  • Publication number: 20150076434
    Abstract: A fence structure comprising a plurality of posts, a lower guide base having a plurality of openings located at predefined distances for receiving the lower portion of each post, wherein the lower portion of the posts and the lower guide base are embedded in concrete.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 18, 2014
    Publication date: March 19, 2015
    Inventors: Jose Guadalupe GARZA MONTEMAYOR, Jorge Eugenio GARZA MONTEMAYOR
  • Patent number: 8973904
    Abstract: A fence assembly is provided having a plurality of posts, a plurality of elongated rails, with each rail having a hollow interior and a front face including an elongated channel extending into the hollow interior, a plurality of fence slats, and a plurality of brackets, with each bracket formed to retain at least one fence slat. The brackets include engagement ends positioned on an extension member formed on the bracket body. The engagement ends are inserted into the channel and the interior hollow of the rails to secure the brackets to the rails. The brackets are secured to the rail and create a retaining slot for receiving at least one fence slat and to support the fence slat on the rail. The rail is attached to one or more posts to form, along with the plurality of brackets and fence slats, a fencing section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Inventors: William P McCann, Michael J. McCann
  • Publication number: 20140252290
    Abstract: A fully welded fence panel is disclosed that comprises a plurality of vertical pickets and a pair of horizontal metal rails. The top and bottom portions of the pickets are pressed in a mechanical or hydraulic press to create flattened surfaces and welded to the rails. The flattened surfaces may either be oriented parallel to the lengthwise direction of the metal rails to facilitate welding, or the flattened surfaces may be oriented perpendicular to the lengthwise direction of the metal rails to both facilitate welding and enable the fence panel to be racked when used as a railing. Indentations are pressed into opposite sides of the flattened surfaces at the same location and are perpendicular to the lengthwise direction of the picket to further enable the fence panel to be racked. The railing is therefore adjustable at a customer's site to change the angle between the pickets and rails and avoid the need for perfect angle measurements prior to manufacture.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 5, 2013
    Publication date: September 11, 2014
    Inventor: James A. Lachenberg
  • Patent number: 8523150
    Abstract: A barrier, such as fence panel, is formed from a plurality of channel-shaped rails and plurality of upright members. Each upright member traverses the rail channels of the rails forming the barrier and is mechanically connected to the rail, such that the upright member is selectively tiltable with respect to the rail within an angular adjustment range. The mechanical connection between rail and upright member may be formed by a weld, such as a resistance weld, by a permanent adhesive, or with a fastener such as bolt or screw. A tab that extends from the rail web may be used to connect a rail to an upright member. The tab may depend from a bracket installed within the rail channel, or may be cut out and bent into the channel from the web. The tab is rotatable about an axis situated at or adjacent the web.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2004
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2013
    Inventors: Edward L. Gibbs, Fred L. Givens, Gary W. Vonnahme
  • Patent number: 8413965
    Abstract: A fencing/railing assembly adapted to be positioned between a pair of posts and mounted thereto. The assembly includes a plurality of pickets, a plurality of rails extending transverse to the pickets, and one or more pivoting, sliding connectors for connecting a picket to a rail, with the sliding, pivotal connection concealed by the rail. The connector is slidably mounted to the rail and is pivotally connected to the picket. The sliding, pivotal connection allows the pickets to be oriented at greater angles relative to the rails (i.e. it allows the assembly to rack to a greater degree, thereby allowing the fencing/raining to following more-steeply changing terrain or contours). In one embodiment, an elongated connector strip is concealed by the rail and spans multiple pickets. In another embodiment, the assembly includes a plurality of shorter connectors, one for each picket/rail connection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2013
    Assignee: Barrette Outdoor Living, Inc.
    Inventors: Jason Duffy, Gordan Duffy
  • Patent number: 8403303
    Abstract: In certain embodiments, a fence system includes a rail having a first surface having one or more apertures. The rail also includes second and third surfaces opposing one another, the first, second, and third surfaces of the rail forming a channel. The second surface and the third surface of the rail have first and second lips, respectively, the first and second lips extending into the channel. The fence system section also includes one or more pickets inserted through corresponding apertures of the first surface of the rail. Each picket has a first connection region located substantially in the channel formed by the first, second, and third surfaces of the rail such that the first connection region is substantially prevented from passing through the corresponding aperture in the first surface of the rail or between the opening defined by the first and second lips of the rail.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 26, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2013
    Assignee: Betafence USA LLC
    Inventors: John F. Payne, Robert W. Newman, Donald G. Keilers
  • Patent number: 8376321
    Abstract: A rail system has a baluster swing bracket configured to attach a baluster to the underside of a railing. This bracket has a flat body attached to the baluster and a flange offset from the flat body and attached to the railing, creating a gap between the railing and the baluster. This gap enables the baluster to be positioned close to the vertical surface to which the end of the railing is attached because a portion of the fastener connecting the railing to the vertical surface may be within the gap. The flange may be loosened or disconnected from the railing without removing the baluster swing bracket from the baluster. Disconnecting the flange allows the baluster to rotate or swing under the railing. Loosening the flange allows the baluster to rotate outward from the railing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2013
    Assignee: AZEK Building Products, Inc.
    Inventor: Michael Dotsey
  • Patent number: 8366078
    Abstract: Privacy systems for a fence include a plurality of elongated privacy inserts positioned in at least one locking member having a plurality of locking tabs. The locking member is laterally inserted into the bottom of a chain link fence perpendicular to the privacy inserts. Apertures near the bottom edges of the front and rear sides of the privacy inserts engage the locking tabs thereby retaining the privacy inserts in alignment in the chain link fence. The locking tabs on front and rear support walls of the locking member are preferably laterally offset from each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2013
    Assignee: Pexco LLC
    Inventor: Christine Meglino
  • Patent number: 8356801
    Abstract: A fence panel, a method of erecting the same, and a corresponding fence panel kit having a plurality of pickets and a plurality of multi-element rails. The rails include anchor strips that are pivotally pre-attached to the plurality of pickets, resulting in a subassembly that can be folded to an initial compact, folded configuration of the pickets and anchor strips. The subassembly can be unfolded, allowing elongate picket positioning strips to be mounted onto the pickets and the anchor strips. Locking strips are then mounted onto the anchor strips, securing the picket positioning strips in place and completing the assembly of the multi-element rail.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 22, 2013
    Inventors: Keith Howard, Joe DeSouza
  • Patent number: 8348242
    Abstract: A plurality of similarly configured coupling component assemblies is provided. Each assembly includes a first coil spring and a second coil spring. Each coil spring is positioned in a hole. Each coil spring has an interior end of a reduced diameter with a fastener attaching the spring to the hole. Each coil spring has an exterior end extending a short distance outside of the hole. The exterior ends of adjacent opposing coil springs are adapted to interlock and join associated components of the system when rotated with respect to each other about a common axis of rotation. The coupling components also include a cylindrical rod with opposed ends within the opposing coil springs. Each rod has an axial length greater than the length of each coil spring and less than the axial length of two holes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Inventor: Roger Rock
  • Publication number: 20120286224
    Abstract: A fencing/railing assembly adapted to be positioned between a pair of posts and mounted thereto. The assembly includes a plurality of elongate pickets and one or more rails extending transverse to the pickets. The pickets each have at least one protrusion formed or positioned thereon. The rails have an elongate channel formed on an inside portion thereof for cooperating with the protrusion. The rails further include picket openings formed in an upper portion thereof for receiving pickets therethrough. The picket openings are sized and adapted to be slipped over the pickets and securely held in place by engagement of the protrusions with the channels formed on the inside portion of the rails. The channels and the protrusions form a connection between the pickets and the rails.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 1, 2011
    Publication date: November 15, 2012
    Inventors: Gordon DUFFY, John Robert WITLIN
  • Patent number: 8286948
    Abstract: The railing system comprises at least one elongated rail having a plurality of spaced-apart openings. It also has a plurality of elongated pickets having opposite ends, each picket having at least one end provided with at least two spaced-apart retaining tabs initially extending lengthwise and configured to be inserted through a corresponding one of the openings of the rail. The tabs of the pickets are outwardly bendable to rigidly connect the pickets to the rail. This type of connection can be quickly achieved and lowers the manufacturing costs of railing systems.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2012
    Assignee: Williams Interlocking Systems Inc.
    Inventor: Luc Williams
  • Patent number: 8276887
    Abstract: A building element (10) is formed from sheet material having opposite major surfaces (11, 12) that extend between longitudinal edges (13, 14). Margins of the sheet adjacent the longitudinal edges are turned out of a mid-plane of the sheet to form opposite profiled sections (15 and 16). The major surfaces (11, 12) of the building element have different surface characteristics, and one profiled section has one of the major surfaces as its outer surface, and the other profiled section has the other major surface as its outer surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2012
    Assignee: Gram Engineering Pty. Ltd.
    Inventor: Ronald Leslie Mann
  • Patent number: 8267380
    Abstract: A retractable fence apparatus which comprises a housings. The housing has a bottom wall, a top wall with a longitudinal slot, a rear wall, a front wall and a pair of side walls. The housing is installed within the ground with the top wall level with the top of the ground. A of lift mechanism is provided. The lift mechanism is installed onto the bottom wall within the housing. A barrier assemblies are also provided. The barrier assembly is installed within the housing of the lift mechanism. A mechanism is for operating lift mechanism, wherein a the barrier assembly can be raised up and lowered down through the longitudinal slot in the top wall of the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2012
    Inventor: Stephanie Dormeville
  • Patent number: 8177195
    Abstract: Interlocking clips are provided to assemble structures without the need for conventional fasteners. Structures such as fences, which may be assembled in situ, include the cooperating clips designed to provide a controlled amount of “play” between the pickets and rails of the fence to enable adjustment when racking the fences to accommodate sloping terrain. The clips are provided to interlock rails to cross members. The clips are preferably formed of a single sheet of a springy metallic material. The clips may be advantageously used to couple other types of apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2012
    Assignee: Delair Group, LLC.
    Inventors: Frederick Schall, Christopher Tromley, James Jarozynski
  • Patent number: 8167276
    Abstract: A fence system including a fence post and a rail inserted into and supported by the fence post. The rail being an elongated member having a channel or U-shaped cross section defined by a web member and parallel leg members attached to the web member. The rail is inserted into an aperture located in a sidewall of the post. The aperture having a shape or configuration that is substantially the same as the cross-sectional shape of the rail. Accordingly, any gaps between the opening or aperture in the post and the rail, once the rail is inserted into the post, are minimized.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2012
    Assignee: Royal Aluminum & Steel, Inc.
    Inventor: Rosario Esposito
  • Patent number: 8113489
    Abstract: A railing system for decks and stairs has identical top and bottom metal extruded rails with upright spindles extended between the rails. Anchor balls secured to the rails with fasteners hold the spindles in assembled relation with the rails. The anchor balls have continuous circumferential ribs located in a force fit relationship with inside surfaces of the spindles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2012
    Inventor: Willard J. Harder
  • Patent number: 8104744
    Abstract: A panel including a plurality of first members disposed in a first direction, at least some of the first members defining a first part of a passageway, at least one second member disposed in a second direction and defining a second part of the passageway, the second member having a plurality of openings for at least partially receiving a first member, and at least one elongate locking member, adapted to pass through the passageway, and substantially in alignment with the first member or the second member to lock the first member relative to the second member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2012
    Inventor: Alan Brownbill
  • Patent number: 8083214
    Abstract: A fastener is configured to affix a first article such as a picket to a second article such as a rail to form a railing or balustrade. The fastener includes a first engaging surface having a maximum diameter configured to engage an interior surface of an opening in the first article and a mating surface configured to mate with the second article. The first engaging surface can have shape selected from cylindrical, ellipsoidal, conical, elliptic conical frustum, pyramidal frustum, and ball and other shapes having cross-sections of rectangular, pentagonal, hexagonal, octagonal and other regular polygons having at least four sides such that good engagement is obtained and the fastener is hidden from view in the assembled railing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2011
    Assignee: Elk Premium Building Products, Inc.
    Inventors: David DeRogatis, Kevin Connor
  • Patent number: 8033530
    Abstract: A stair rail assembly for easy and rapid installation. The assembly includes a baluster, baluster shoe, and a rail. The baluster shoe comprises an anchor and a base having an opening extending through the anchor and base. The base fits flush against a rail and the anchor fits within a baluster to connect the baluster to the rail. The anchor contains flexible walls which expand upon insertion of a screw to frictionally engage the baluster.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 11, 2011
    Assignee: Nationwide Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: E. Erik Timothy
  • Patent number: 7980534
    Abstract: A barrier, such as fence panel, is formed from a plurality of channel-shaped rails and plurality of upright members. Each upright member traverses the rail channels of the rails forming the barrier and is mechanically connected to the rail, such that the upright member is selectively tiltable with respect to the rail within an angular adjustment range. The mechanical connection between rail and upright member may be formed by a weld, such as a resistance weld, by a permanent adhesive, or with a fastener such as bolt or screw. A tab that extends from the rail web may be used to connect a rail to an upright member. The tab may depend from a bracket installed within the rail channel, or may be cut out and bent into the channel from the web. The tab is rotatable about an axis situated at or adjacent the web.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2011
    Inventors: Edward L. Gibbs, Fred L. Givens, Gary W. Vonnahme
  • Publication number: 20110155982
    Abstract: A fencing/railing assembly adapted to be positioned between a pair of posts and mounted thereto. The assembly includes a plurality of elongate pickets and one or more rails extending transverse to the pickets. The pickets each have at least one protrusion formed or positioned thereon. The rails have an elongate channel formed on an inside portion thereof for cooperating with the protrusion. The rails further include picket openings formed in an upper portion thereof for receiving pickets therethrough. The picket openings are sized and adapted to be slipped over the pickets and securely held in place by engagement of the protrusions with the channels formed on the inside portion of the rails. The channels and the protrusions form a connection between the pickets and the rails.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 31, 2009
    Publication date: June 30, 2011
    Inventors: Gordon DUFFY, Jason DUFFY
  • Publication number: 20110109025
    Abstract: A simple and cost-effective vibration-reduction system, adapted for easy application to and/or retrofit of essentially any picket-style railing, wherein each of a plurality of support members is positioned along a wire, wherein each support member is frictionally secured to a picket, and wherein each support member is adapted to allow for tensioned adjustment of the wire relative thereto, such that the wire may be adjustably positioned across the picket span to relate the pickets at a desired tension, effectively decreasing picket vibration and realized decibels without impacting the structural integrity of the pickets and with minimal impact on view, thereby maximizing functionality and aesthetic appearance.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 9, 2009
    Publication date: May 12, 2011
    Inventor: Kim Sechler
  • Patent number: 7896318
    Abstract: A barrier, such as fence panel, is formed from a plurality of channel-shaped rails and plurality of upright members. Each upright member traverses the rail channels of the rails forming the barrier and is mechanically connected to the rail, such that the upright member is selectively tiltable with respect to the rail within an angular adjustment range. The mechanical connection between rail and upright member may be formed by a weld, such as a resistance weld, by a permanent adhesive, or with a fastener such as bolt or screw. A tab that extends from the rail web may be used to connect a rail to an upright member. The tab may depend from a bracket installed within the rail channel, or may be cut out and bent into the channel from the web. The tab is rotatable about an axis situated at or adjacent the web.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2011
    Inventors: Edward L. Gibbs, Fred L. Givens, Gary W. Vonnahme
  • Publication number: 20110042637
    Abstract: A fence panel, a method of erecting the same, and a corresponding fence panel kit having a plurality of pickets and a plurality of multi-element rails. The rails include anchor strips that are pivotally pre-attached to the plurality of pickets, resulting in a subassembly that can be folded to an initial compact, folded configuration of the pickets and anchor strips. The subassembly can be unfolded, allowing elongate picket positioning strips to be mounted onto the pickets and the anchor strips. Locking strips are then mounted onto the anchor strips, securing the picket positioning strips in place and completing the assembly of the multi-element rail.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 21, 2009
    Publication date: February 24, 2011
    Inventors: Keith HOWARD, Joe DESOUZA
  • Patent number: 7878487
    Abstract: A chain link fence slat system comprising a plurality of slats and a channel. Each slat is elongated and has a longitudinal dimension with a first and a second end, a width dimension and a thickness dimension less than the width dimension. Each slat further has at least a first and a second notch formed near the first end of the slat, each of the notches being formed on opposite sides of the width dimension and extending across the width dimension and partly through the thickness dimension. The first notch is positioned at a first vertical height and the second notch is positioned at a second vertical height with the second vertical height being greater than the first vertical height. The channel receives one end of each slat. The channel has inner surfaces including a base portion, a first opposing wall and a second opposing wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2011
    Assignee: Extruders Unlimited, Inc.
    Inventor: Jim Pearson
  • Patent number: 7857292
    Abstract: A fence system including a fence post and a rail inserted into and supported by the fence post. The rail being an elongated member having a channel or U-shaped cross section defined by a web member and parallel leg members attached to the web member. The rail is inserted into an aperture located in a sidewall of the post. The aperture having a shape or configuration that is substantially the same as the cross-sectional shape of the rail. Accordingly, any gaps between the opening or aperture in the post and the rail, once the rail is inserted into the post, are minimized.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 28, 2010
    Inventor: Rosario Esposito
  • Publication number: 20100276653
    Abstract: An integrally formed rail for use with a fence panel. The rail is formed to define a top platform, first and second side walls, and a bottom platform. The side walls extend from the top platform and past the bottom platform. The top platform and the bottom platform define the boundaries of a rail channel. The top platform and the bottom platform define picket openings. The rail is formed by extruding the platforms and side walls from an extrudable material such as aluminum. The picket openings can be formed by inserting a mandrel in the rail channel and stamping the openings. Fence pickets are inserted through the picket openings to construct the fence panel. A retaining rod is inserted in the rail channel and through openings in the pickets to retain the pickets in the panel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 30, 2009
    Publication date: November 4, 2010
    Inventor: Edward L. Gibbs
  • Patent number: 7819390
    Abstract: A clip used to attach vertical and horizontal members of a fencing assembly is provided. The clip includes three resilient legs and enables fencing assemblies to be constructed on site without the use of screws or welding. Configurations for vertical and horizontal members of a fencing assembly that can be used in conjunction with the clip. Methods of assembly are provided as well.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 26, 2010
    Inventors: Aaron Godwin, Bruce Schwartz
  • Publication number: 20100264388
    Abstract: A fencing assembly is adapted to be positioned between a pair of posts and mounted to the posts. The fencing assembly includes a plurality of pickets and a plurality of rails extending transverse to the pickets. Optionally, sliding covers are provided for concealing the connection between the pickets and the rails.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 17, 2009
    Publication date: October 21, 2010
    Inventors: Gordon DUFFY, Jason DUFFY
  • Patent number: 7762533
    Abstract: A fastener is configured to affix a first article such as a picket to a second article such as a rail to form a railing or balustrade. The fastener includes a first engaging surface having a maximum diameter configured to engage an interior surface of an opening in the first article and a mating surface configured to mate with the second article. The first engaging surface can have shape selected from cylindrical, ellipsoidal, conical, elliptic conical frustum, pyramidal frustum, and ball and other shapes having cross-sections of rectangular, pentagonal, hexagonal, octagonal and other regular polygons having at least four sides such that good engagement is obtained and the fastener is hidden from view in the assembled railing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2010
    Assignee: Elk Premium Building Products, Inc.
    Inventors: David DeRogatis, Kevin Connor