Braced Patents (Class 256/31)
  • Patent number: 10053887
    Abstract: Protective barriers for protecting assets (e.g., electrical power transformers and other substation components). The protective barrier may include a lower portion and an upper portion. The lower portion may include first and second laterally spaced A-frame structures having a first protective member assembly extending between aligned legs of the respective A-frame structures on one side thereof. The first protective member assembly may include a first plurality of substantially horizontally extending protective members oriented at an angle relative to a horizontal plane. The first and second A-frame structures may have a second protective member assembly extending between aligned legs of the respective A-frame structures on an opposing side thereof. The upper portion may comprise a third protective member assembly. Methods of making a protective barrier are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Inventors: Henry Shiu-Hung Chu, Michael Paul Bakas, Todd L. Johnson, James Wade Schondel
  • Patent number: 9987821
    Abstract: A foam structure includes: a first core material and a second core material that are obtained by splitting a foam body at a linear groove part, the groove part being formed in the foam body for fitting with a reinforcing material, and the reinforcing material into which the first core material and the second core material are respectively fitted from one side and the other side of the reinforcing material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: KYORAKU CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Tatsuya Fukuda, Tadatoshi Tanji, Yoshihiro Yamasaki
  • Patent number: 9788531
    Abstract: A migration barrier includes a first barrier wall and a second barrier wall wherein at least one of the first and second barrier walls together provide a stable base structure that maintains the barrier assembly in an upright, standing position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Inventor: John Kokenge
  • Patent number: 9119381
    Abstract: The poultry migration fence system includes at least one fence panel rigidly attached to at least one side of a U-shaped open archway. At least one selectively pivotal support rail is mounted to the bottom of the fence panel. The archway allows the fence system to be easily installed by sliding the open end of the archway over a suspended feed/water pipe. The pivotal support rail can be pivoted to a support position where the support rail extends orthogonal to the fence panel in order to provide a stable base for maintaining the upright position of the fence panel, and to a storage position parallel to the extension of the fence panel. A swiveling gate is pivotally attached to one of the legs of the archway so that the gap at the open end can be selectively closed, thereby preventing poultry from crossing towards the other side of the fence panel. Both solid and wire fence panels are provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 1, 2015
    Inventor: Paul J. Gingerich
  • Publication number: 20140203232
    Abstract: A retrofit panel for attachment to a land barrier comprising a base, where the base includes a front face and a back face; a set of reinforced edges surrounding the base, where the set reinforced edges include a pair of side edges, a top edge and a bottom edge; a plurality of attachment means to fasten the set of reinforced edges to the land barrier; and a veneer on the front face of the base, where the veneer has the appearance of a land barrier. The retrofit panel provides the appearance of a fence or brick wall once aligned next to each other along the entire barrier.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 20, 2014
    Publication date: July 24, 2014
    Inventors: Herbert Crawford, Blanca Crawford
  • Publication number: 20140191174
    Abstract: A removable safety barrier for a construction site pit, in which piles support the sides of the pit, and having a plurality of upright barrier posts at spaced intervals, supported on the piles, the barrier posts extending below grade level around the edge of the construction pit and also above grade level; a plurality of retention panels, shaped to fit between adjacent posts; personal barrier supports secured to the barrier posts above grade level; and personal barrier members supported in the supports, extending substantially transversely between the upright barrier posts, and the retention panels being located below grade level extending between the barrier posts.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 10, 2013
    Publication date: July 10, 2014
    Inventors: Paul Luke Ditta, Vito Ditta, Joseph Ditta
  • Publication number: 20140191175
    Abstract: A railing system providing an aesthetically pleasing appearance and unobstructed view and having a plurality of railing posts defining planar side walls and fastening bases, clamp fastening openings formed from side wall to side wall through the posts, clamp units secured on opposite sides of the posts, by fastenings passing through the clamp fastening openings, and, glass panels supported by the clamp units between the posts.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 10, 2013
    Publication date: July 10, 2014
    Inventor: Maurizio Bertato
  • Publication number: 20140054529
    Abstract: A ballast weight is provided for a base for supporting tubular fencing poles on spigots. The ballast weight is in the form of a removable slab of molded plastics which in its underside has groove portions to receive frame members of the base. The end of the slab lies over a central transverse member of the frame and has a recess to accommodate the spigots. A pair of identical slabs can be used, one each side of the central transverse member of the frame.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 23, 2013
    Publication date: February 27, 2014
    Applicant: Oxford Plastic Systems Limited
    Inventor: Christopher James Whiteley
  • Publication number: 20130284996
    Abstract: An anchoring panel for a sport wall system with a front side facing an interior of the sport wall system, a back side, a flange extending from and rigidly fixed to the back side, a top side, a bottom side, and a first and second end wall is provided. Each of the first and second end walls include interlocking elements for interlocking with a first or second end of another panel in the sport wall system, the interlocking elements comprising at least a male knob extending towards the bottom side of the anchoring panel and configured to be insertable into a panel recess of the another panel in the sport wall system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 28, 2013
    Publication date: October 31, 2013
    Inventor: Chris Guertin
  • Publication number: 20130168626
    Abstract: A system for substantially enclosing the periphery of a building top with a netting system which is easily and efficiently movable or reconfigurable during the building construction process comprises a lightweight netting system for extending above a completed work area or floor, a strong lightweight structural support system for the netting, wherein the structural support system is vertically adjustable via slidable engagement with brackets attached to the floors which are already completed, provides enhanced safety for workers and for pedestrians below by preventing passage of workers or debris through the netting and enhances efficiency of construction by providing an easily reconfigurable, inexpensive and lightweight system for providing such enhanced safety.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 4, 2012
    Publication date: July 4, 2013
    Inventor: Lawrence Blinn
  • Publication number: 20130153843
    Abstract: A sectional fence wherein each section is stand-alone and designed to be assembled and/or disassembled without tools and packaged individually such that each section can be stored and transported as a unit without the need for auxiliary equipment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 19, 2012
    Publication date: June 20, 2013
    Inventor: Eddie Leach
  • Patent number: 8387955
    Abstract: A fencing system operable to define a barrier relative to a foundation. The fencing system includes a mount that is operable to be supported by the foundation. The mount includes an upright portion configured to extend from the foundation. The fencing system also includes a first barrier member having a lower bracket that receives the upright portion such that the mount supports the first barrier member generally upright. The fencing system also includes a second barrier member having an upper bracket that receives the upright portion such that the mount supports the second barrier member generally upright and such that the upper bracket substantially overlaps the lower bracket to limit movement of the first barrier member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2013
    Assignee: Highway Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: James A. Ptacek, Steven D. Larson
  • Patent number: 8246012
    Abstract: A construction site fence, or barrier foot plate base unit or foot cover attachment for separating the barrier from traffic and to guide traffic. The base unit attaches a traffic delineator thereon top of the base unit. Also, the base unit may include a pad that is tapered away from the construction site barrier panel foot, creating a gentle sloping ramp, including a combination of the sloping ramp and the delineator mount.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2012
    Inventor: Tony L. Pasqualini
  • Publication number: 20120091412
    Abstract: A security barrier system includes a security barrier unit including a first panel group, a second panel group, a connecting member for connecting the first panel group and the second panel group. The first and second panel groups are disposed substantially in parallel and face each other. Each of the first and second panel groups includes one or more sub-panel groups, each of which includes barrier panels arranged in line, intermediate members each disposed between adjacent barrier panels, rope tubes and ropes. Each barrier panel has a front face, a rear face and side faces and has channels passing through from one side face to another side face. The rope tubes are disposed in the channels, respectively, so that the rope tubes pass through the barrier panels and the intermediate members. The barrier panels and the intermediate members are connected by the ropes disposed in the rope tubes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 14, 2011
    Publication date: April 19, 2012
    Inventor: Justin BISHOP
  • Patent number: 8070136
    Abstract: A unitary stackable fence module having end assemblies and span members is provided for forming a perimeter fence having an inwardly inclined profile. A right angle end support has vertical and horizontal members and an angle arm, spaced from and attached to a side edge of the vertical and horizontal members adjacent the span members. The unique arrangement permits a plurality of fence modules to be stacked for transport or storage. Loops formed on the vertical members permit pivotal pinning of fence modules together to form perimeter fences of any polygonal shape.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2011
    Inventor: Michael J Alberts
  • Publication number: 20110163287
    Abstract: The present invention is a strong, rigid, safety barricade system that is made of a material that is either corrugated or solid and can be assembled around a work or dangerous site to prevent or deter entry thereto and avoid resulting injury or interference with work. The safety barricade system consists of interlocking panels that attach to each other by sliding two, slotted, rigid flaps on the lateral end of one panel into the two slots that form the rigid flaps of another panel, and such panels are attached to an existing structure by use of a U-shaped rod that connects to a panel on one side and, by a suction cup, to the existing structure on the other. After interconnection, the panels are locked in place using a U-shaped interconnecting rod and an irreversible plastic “tie.” The barricade system is lightweight, easy to assemble and portable.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 4, 2010
    Publication date: July 7, 2011
    Inventor: Samuel Joseph Massameno
  • Publication number: 20110031458
    Abstract: A stackable barrier including a generally planar fence portion and a plurality of generally identical supports, supporting the generally planar fence portion, each of the generally identical supports including a generally triangular main planar portion and a pair of oppositely directed side portions which extend in respective planes angled with respect to main planar portion, each of the plurality of generally identical supports being arranged with respect to the generally planar fence portion such that planes of the main planar portion of at least two of the generally identical supports are not mutually parallel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 10, 2009
    Publication date: February 10, 2011
    Applicant: YEHUDA FENCES LTD.
    Inventor: Shlomo BEN SIMON
  • Patent number: 7862010
    Abstract: A barrier is disclosed which includes a connected pair of upstanding and equidistantly spaced first and second walls which together define a channel having a bottom and an open top. Dirt or rock fill (or fill of any other non-vegetative material) is poured into or otherwise placed in the channel between the walls to cover the bottom of the channel and at least partially fill the channel. The area of the channel containing the fill may be lined with geo-textile material to help contain the fill.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2011
    Inventor: Jorge Antonio Saura Sotillos
  • Publication number: 20100295007
    Abstract: The present invention relates to safety barriers, and in particular, for use around the perimeter of building floors during construction of a building. In one form, the present invention provides a safety barrier module for use in erecting a fenced-off zone around the perimeter of a building floor during construction of a building, the safety barrier module including: a barrier panel for inhibiting the passage of workers or objects from the building floor to the ground below; and at least one counterweighted footing block for receiving a support post connected to the barrier panel, the footing block arranged to rest on the building floor and to counteract loads and forces on the barrier panel to support the barrier panel in a substantially upright position relative to the building floor; wherein the barrier panel is geometrically shaped to extend from a predetermined height down to substantially the building floor level.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 24, 2008
    Publication date: November 25, 2010
    Inventor: John Clement Preston
  • Publication number: 20100224848
    Abstract: There is disclosed garden fence apparatus and a method of constructing it. The garden fence apparatus may include a garden fence assembly having a plurality of fence sections and a gate section adapted to be joined together to provide an enclosure for a protected garden area. Each fence section may include a bottom transverse support member having a plurality of openings and a plurality of rods inserted through the openings to anchor the fence section to the ground and create a barrier in the ground to prohibit creatures such as rabbits and other animals from burrowing under the fence sections and gaining access to or leaving the protected garden area. The transverse support member may also be in the form of an independent barrier strip for existing fences. The garden fence apparatus may further include an upper level enclosure fixedly fastened to the fence and gate sections to prevent or at least discourage unwanted creatures from reaching over or jumping over the fence sections into the protected area.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 31, 2009
    Publication date: September 9, 2010
    Inventors: Lisa R. Singer, Steven A. Singer
  • Publication number: 20100219390
    Abstract: A barrier system includes at least first and second reinforced concrete posts, each concrete post including at least one conduit formed therethrough having first and second ends and a strain relief sector formed therein at the first end of the conduit. At least one tension cable extends between the posts. The tension cable extends through the conduit of each post and has a cable end secured to the post at the second end of each post's conduit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 22, 2010
    Publication date: September 2, 2010
    Inventors: Michael Lester O'BANION, William Alan GEORGE
  • Publication number: 20100207088
    Abstract: This invention relates to a support base for a fencing panel, comprising: a base portion 12 arranged to be located on the ground; and at least one support portion 20, 30 coupled to the base portion 12 and arranged to be coupled to the fencing panel. The support portion 20, 30 is moveable with respect to the base portion 12 between a stored position and a raised position in which it is capable of being coupled to the fencing panel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 17, 2010
    Publication date: August 19, 2010
    Inventor: Mark Bowman
  • Patent number: 7681368
    Abstract: A composite wall panel for exterior walls of a structure includes a polymeric foam core having a C-stud framing system embedded therein and an exterior and/or interior facing formed of a reinforced concrete bonded to the core surface and mechanically attached to the studs thereby providing increased strength, insulation and resistance to environmental conditions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2010
    Inventor: Edward Rubio
  • Publication number: 20090321698
    Abstract: In certain embodiments, a fence system includes a support member and a rail attached to the support member such that the rail extends across the support member. The fence system further includes a first panel and a second panel each comprising a primary panel portion having a first edge and a second edge. A first flange is located along at least a portion of the first edge of the primary panel portion, and a second flange is located along at least a portion of the second edge of the primary panel portion. The first and second panels are secured to the rail such that the second edge of the primary panel portion of the first panel is adjacent to the first edge of the primary panel portion of the second panel. The second flange of the first panel is matingly coupled to the first flange of the second panel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 30, 2009
    Publication date: December 31, 2009
    Applicant: Payne Fence Products, LLC
    Inventor: John F. Payne
  • Publication number: 20090194754
    Abstract: A gate post stiffener being formed in the shape of a C. The C-shaped stiffener may extend the entire length of the gate post. The open side allows for easy insertion of rails. The C-shape provides two consecutive sides for the attachment of two-sided hardware, providing a strong connection between the post, the C-shaped gate post stiffener, and hardware, which is critical to the integrity of the post.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 4, 2009
    Publication date: August 6, 2009
    Inventor: E. Erik Timothy
  • Publication number: 20090194753
    Abstract: Disclosed is a fence post with selectively covered, molded channels for use in modular fences. The post includes at least one longitudinally-extending channel that is covered by the exterior surface of a side of the fence post in such a way that channel is not visible from the exterior of the fence post until the covering portion of the fence post is cut away, in whole or in part, to make the channel accessible. The channel cover may be removed, in whole or in part, to allow longitudinal ends of pickets to be slid into the channel, either horizontally or vertically according to the selected portion of the channel cover that is removed. In this way, one fence post design may be used to stably support pickets connected on any of the sides of the post while leaving the other sides smooth in external appearance.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 2, 2009
    Publication date: August 6, 2009
    Inventor: Justin D. Stucker
  • Patent number: 7540471
    Abstract: A hoarding comprising wall elements and one or more wall supports, in which each wall support comprises a trough and a post, in which the trough is substantially rectangular in shape and has a first end and a second end, and in which in use the post is disposed substantially vertically at the first end of the trough, in which in use the post carries the wall elements, in which the trough is disposed behind the wall elements in use and is arranged perpendicular to the wall elements, and in which the trough carries ballast in use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2009
    Inventor: Richard Hall
  • Publication number: 20090095946
    Abstract: A silt fence with configurable barrier sections. The silt fence comprises a plurality of posts mounted on or in the ground, a fence panel, an apron panel, and a plurality of configurable barrier sections. The fence panel is secured in a vertical position to the posts and has a fence toe adapted to be buried in the ground. The apron panel is attached to the fence panel and extends from the fence panel to rest on the ground. An apron toe is also adapted to be buried in the ground to prevent erosion. Each of the plurality of configurable barrier sections has a panel edge and an apron edge, with the panel edge attachable to the fence panel perpendicular to the length of the fence panel and the apron edge attachable to the apron panel perpendicular to the length of the apron panel. The configurable barrier sections may be flexible or removable, and may be positioned in a barrier position or a cleaning position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 10, 2008
    Publication date: April 16, 2009
    Applicant: The Charles Machine Works, Inc.
    Inventors: David R. Bazzell, David A. Rorabaugh, Edward L. McCombs, Kelvin P. Self
  • Patent number: 7503372
    Abstract: A roof worker protective netting apparatus includes a plurality of posts. A plurality of upper loops is provided. Each of the upper loops is attached to one of the posts and adjacent to a respective top end of the posts. A flexible mesh panel has a top edge, a bottom edge, a first side edge and a second side edge. Each of a plurality of upper hooks is attached to the panel and is positioned adjacent to the top edge of the panel. The upper hooks are each removably couplable to one of the upper loops. Each of a plurality of straps is attached to the panel and positioned adjacent to the bottom edge. Fasteners are extendable through the straps and into a roof to removably secure the straps to the roof when the panel is positioned adjacent to and extends upwardly from a lower edge of the roof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2009
    Inventor: Chris J. Jones
  • Publication number: 20090032791
    Abstract: A barrier is disclosed which includes a connected pair of upstanding and equidistantly spaced first and second walls which together define a channel having a bottom and an open top. Dirt or rock fill (or fill of any other non-vegetative material) is poured into or otherwise placed in the channel between the walls to cover the bottom of the channel and at least partially fill the channel. The area of the channel containing the fill may be lined with geo-textile material to help contain the fill.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 24, 2008
    Publication date: February 5, 2009
    Inventor: Jorge Antonio Saura Sotillos
  • Publication number: 20080308780
    Abstract: A security fence system provides one or more lengths of fence and/or one or more gates, at least one of which includes at least one generally horizontal cable, and preferably earth anchors that secure the at least one cable to the ground. The security fence and/or gates preferably include one or more of the following features: little or no concrete; strong and damage-resistant fence panels that allow authorities to see fairly well through the fence; resistance to prying or otherwise tearing the fence panel away from the posts; resistance to vehicles ramming the fence; or manual and/or automatic gates that are resistant to vehicles ramming the gate(s) and that cooperate with the cable system of the preferred fence. Cables approaching the gate, from the fence, may meet and be secured to each other at a location along the gate. Alternatively, automatically-locking gates may include a hook and loop system that engages only when a ramming vehicle pushes and/or bends the gate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 9, 2008
    Publication date: December 18, 2008
  • Publication number: 20080135821
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a temporary safety barrier system, which comprises a plurality of posts, a plurality of mesh panels, and a plurality of mesh panel holders. Each mesh panel holder is mountable on a respective post of said plurality of posts, and comprises a post coupler and first and second mesh panel supports, which are attached in common to the post coupler. The post coupler is movable along the post when mounted thereon, and has a locking member for releasably locking the post coupler in a holding position at the post. The second mesh panel support encircles the post in the mounted state. Each mesh panel support has a support hook for receiving a mesh wire of one or more mesh panels. The temporary safety system is arranged to enable inclination of a mesh panel during said height adjustment, thereby facilitating the height adjustment while the mesh panels remain mounted.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 17, 2006
    Publication date: June 12, 2008
    Applicant: Combisafe International AB
    Inventor: Joakim Svedberg
  • Patent number: 7334778
    Abstract: A unitary stackable fence module having end assemblies and span members is provided for forming a perimeter fence having an inwardly inclined profile. A right angle end support has vertical and horizontal members and an angle arm, spaced from and attached to a side edge of the vertical and horizontal members adjacent the span members. The unique arrangement permits a plurality of fence modules to be stacked for transport or storage. Loops formed on the vertical members permit pivotal pinning of fence modules together to form perimeter fences of any polygonal shape.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2004
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2008
    Assignee: 747379 Alberta Ltd.
    Inventor: Michael J. Alberts
  • Patent number: 7303358
    Abstract: A reconfigurable barrier system (10) includes a plurality of support units (100) spaced one from the other, with each support unit (100) having at least one engagement section (110) defining an elongate channel (112). System (10) further includes at least one retention unit (200) that is substantially impervious to liquid, and is supported to extend between a pair of support units (100). Each retention unit (200) is formed with a pair of opposed engagement portions (212) which slidably engage respective ones of the support unit channels (112). Each retention unit (200) is also formed with a seal portion (220) that extends along a longitudinal edge of at least an intermediate portion (214) between the engagement portions (212). A barrier section (15) is defined by each pair of support units (100) and the at least one retention unit (200) supported thereby.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2007
    Inventor: Charles L. Fuller
  • Patent number: 7172176
    Abstract: A modular crowd control barrier that is collapsible includes a rounded top rail and a rearward projecting horizontal boss with a bore and axel. The axel of one barrier connects to the respective bore of an adjacent barrier. A hinged gate with a latch and catch may pivotally connect adjacent barriers to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2007
    Assignee: All Access Staging and Productions, Inc.
    Inventor: Erik Eastland
  • Patent number: 6783116
    Abstract: A highway guardrail system is provided with an end terminal assembly mounted on a pair of support posts. Portions of the guardrail are attached to the support posts, the end terminal assembly preferably includes a kinetic energy absorbing assembly that dissipates energy from an impacting vehicle. An angle strut having a generally L-shaped cross section may be attached to the first support post and the second support post.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2001
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2004
    Assignee: TRN Business Trust
    Inventor: James R. Albritton
  • Patent number: 6772998
    Abstract: A fence panel comprised of sections which can be simply attached together without the need for any separate fasteners, connectors or the like. The fence panel has a reversible rail and tear out strips.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2001
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2004
    Inventor: Ronald William Bebendorf
  • Patent number: 6588979
    Abstract: A flood fence wherein a plurality of deflectors or sections are placed end to end and into the soil in upright positions. The sections have a saw tooth bottom edge and downwardly extending uprights that engage within a soil substrate to thereby protect the soil on one side of the fence from water flow against the other side. The areas of joining between adjacent sections also include a support and secondary barriers to minimize seepage therepast as well as to assure that the sections remain engaged.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2002
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2003
    Inventor: Peter Pasij
  • Patent number: 6478287
    Abstract: A fence panel is constructed from extruded hollow polyvinyl plastic boards. The boards are arranged with vertical end boards and filler boards between the end boards. Three horizontal rails each have a board on each side of the vertical boards with a horizontal filler board between the top rail boards to seal off the upper ends of the vertical boards. All of the boards are secured together with a plastic adhesive without the use of any mechanical fasteners.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2001
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2002
    Assignee: U.S. Fence, LLC
    Inventor: Joseph DeSouza
  • Patent number: 6443655
    Abstract: A flood barrier unit is provided for a flood barrier system. Each unit has three pillars attached to pillar footings implanted in the surrounding ground surface. For each pillar a concrete brace member footing is provided for the support of brace members compressively positioned between the pillar tops and the brace member footings. A turnbuckle connects two portions of each brace member, and when properly manipulated, will force the brace member ends into holes in the pillar footings and brace member footings. Barrier panels with tongue-and-groove top and bottom edges form a wall when attached to the pillars using a brace plate and bolts. A water-resistant vapor barrier, with a weighted bottom portion, is draped over the top of the barrier panels for fastening between the pillars and panels using a hook-and-loop fastener and the barrier panel bolts. Alternate embodiments include differing arrangements and numbers of the brace members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2001
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2002
    Inventor: Robert Bennett
  • Patent number: 6345809
    Abstract: A fence panel comprising of sections which can be simply attached together without the need for any separate fasteners, concrete and the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2000
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2002
    Inventor: Ronald William Bebendorf
  • Patent number: 6264172
    Abstract: An electric fence is disclosed for keeping selected small animals out of an enclosed area. The electric fence has an electrically conductive screen, a plurality of support members for supporting the screen, at least one electrically conductive element positioned adjacent to the screen on a side of the screen opposite the enclosed area, the electrically conductive element mounted to the fence by a plurality of mounting elements, the electrically conductive element being operably couplable to an electric charge generator, and the screen being electrically grounded. The electric fence may be mounted adjacent to a perimeter fence by a distance greater than the distance the selected animal can jump.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 1998
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2001
    Assignee: Ontario Hydro
    Inventors: Allan James Ball, James Richard Aiken
  • Patent number: 6142704
    Abstract: A wave barrier for protecting users and their possessions at a beach location close to the water from becoming wet from waves crashing into their location. The wave barrier includes a flexible wall sheet with a plurality of spaced apart elongate poles coupled thereto. The lower ends of the poles are downwardly extended from a bottom edge of the wall sheet. The proximal edge of a ground sheet is coupled to the wall sheet along the bottom edge of the wall sheet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 1998
    Date of Patent: November 7, 2000
    Inventor: Jon Coyne
  • Patent number: 6123321
    Abstract: A modular fence unit provides a rigid frame supporting flexible and resilient sheet plastic that is stretched over and secured to the frame to create a visually open, yet resilient barrier. Each modular unit is provided with a connector for joining together one or more juxtaposed modular units or for attachment to an available stationary fixture such as a wall. The connectors may permit junctions between units in freely selectable angled relationships. Connections may be hinged, while others may provide a releasable latch, allowing a modular unit to serve as an access gate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 1998
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2000
    Inventor: David Miller
  • Patent number: 6095503
    Abstract: A dasher board system for providing a surrounding barrier for the playing surface of a hockey rink. The dasher board system includes lower dasher board sections and extended continuous transparent upper shielding elements. The lower dasher board sections are formed by pultrusion. This gives the dasher board sections a high concentration of fiberglass and a high strength-to-weight ratio. This enables the sections to be made in longer lengths and reduces assembly time. The dasher board sections include horizontal ribs formed therein during the pultrusion process. A mounting system includes supports that are mounted to the horizontal ribs to stabilize the dasher board sections. Curved dasher board sections are formed by cutting the horizontal ribs and flexing the dasher board sections in the regions of the cuts. The transparent upper shielding is formed from by unrolling an elongated length of relatively thin polycarbonate material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 1998
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2000
    Assignee: Burley's Rink Supply, Inc.
    Inventors: John S. Burley, Michael R. Moncilovich, John Charles Hicks, Jr.
  • Patent number: 6086051
    Abstract: A portable structure is provided including a plurality of wall sections each having a front face, a rear face, and a periphery formed therebetween. The periphery is defined by a horizontally oriented linear top and bottom edge and a pair of vertically oriented linear side edges. Each top edge has an elongated slot formed therein along an entire length thereof and in communication with the side edges. Further included is a plurality of interconnects adapted to be removably situated within the slots of adjacent wall sections to maintain the lateral relationship thereof. The interconnects include planar interconnects and angled interconnects.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 1998
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2000
    Inventors: John S. Wiebe, Dave A. Unger
  • Patent number: 5996973
    Abstract: A fence gate support device which in its broad embodiment comprises a pair of first and second post members which, when driven into the ground and clamped together with upper and lower clamp bars, provide a lateral stabilizing first unit for a gate adapted to hang on gate hinge pins affixed to the clamp bars. A fence line stabilizing second unit is provided and has a third post member having a connector on one end and having its other end adapted to be driven into the ground at a distance of several feet from the first unit generally along the fence line and then bent to an angle appropriate to slide the connector over the top of one of the first or second post members. A locking mechanism is provided on the connector and on the third post member such that the connector cannot slide any substantial distance on the third post member when the locking mechanism is engaged.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 1997
    Date of Patent: December 7, 1999
    Inventor: Houston T. Campbell
  • Patent number: 5944114
    Abstract: Devices for constraining wildfires are disclosed. The first device is a free-standing hollow structure which contains at least one lower intake duct, a vertical duct, and an upper outlet duct. This device contains curved chambers which may have baffles. This device also provides an open container for the delivery of water to the fire in the form of steam. A second device is a free-standing structure which is anchored to the ground by lines attached to spikes and supporting legs. The upper portion of the device is curved toward the fire so as to direct the fire back upon itself. There is an arcuate baffle at approximately the midpoint of the device which serves to break up the heat wave. A third device is similar to the second device in design, but is made of folding sections for ease of storage and transportation. A fourth device comprises a fire-resistant sheet which may be draped over trees or structures or may be put on the ground to form a barrier to the fire.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 1998
    Date of Patent: August 31, 1999
    Inventor: Brent L. Farley
  • Patent number: 5911411
    Abstract: A strainer/stay combination for use in fencing, includes a strainer having one end to be inserted into the ground; a unitary, one-piece prop member connected to the strainer, the prop member having first and second opposite ends, with the first end connectable with the strainer; a thrust member locatable on or in the ground, the thrust member including an upper surface and a channel which is open at the upper surface, the channel having a non-linear portion, and the channel receiving the second end of the prop member at an acute angle to the ground; an adjustable elongated tensioning member for connecting the thrust member to the strainer, the tensioning member having a first end with a non-linear portion which is received, located and held in the non-linear portion of the channel and a hook at the first end such that the second end of the prop member engages with the hook to hold the first end of the tensioning member in the channel, and a second threaded end which penetrates the strainer; and a nut engaging
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 1997
    Date of Patent: June 15, 1999
    Inventors: Trevor Krause, Anthony John Baillieu
  • Patent number: 5899171
    Abstract: A portable corral panel is disclosed and which has a supporting leg structure pivotally secured to one side thereof with the supporting leg structure being pivotally movable from a stored position adjacent the panel member to an outwardly extending supporting position. An anchor plate is secured to the supporting leg structure to enable an anchor pin to be inserted therethrough into the ground to further stabilize the panel member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 1997
    Date of Patent: May 4, 1999
    Inventor: Randy L. Abrahamson