Picket Patents (Class 256/34)
  • Patent number: 10290238
    Abstract: A sign clip for a chain link fence includes a planar surface having a front surface and a back surface, the planar surface defining therethrough at least two holes of different diameters, wherein the planar surface loops back over the front surface on a first end and forms a first channel extending from the front surface, and wherein the planar surface loops perpendicular to the planar surface on a second end and forms a second channel extending perpendicular from the back surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2019
    Assignee: SmartSign LLC
    Inventors: John Mitchell, Blair Brewster, Jeff Boser
  • Patent number: 8864109
    Abstract: A fence panel includes a sheet (12, 52) of mesh material with a first side (16) and an opposed second side (20) and, secured at least to the first side, a plurality of elongate reinforcing members (14, 18). The elongate reinforcing members (14, 18) are spaced from one another and are made from or include a material which has a hardness which is greater than the hardness of the material from which the sheet (12) is made.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignee: Birmingham Barbed Tape Ltd.
    Inventor: Ian Dundonld Cochrane
  • Publication number: 20140145133
    Abstract: The present application provides a fence slat. The fence slat may include a substantially solid body, a locking portion positioned on the substantially solid body, and a wing anchored in the substantially solid body and extending therefrom. The substantially solid body may have a flattened shape.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 27, 2012
    Publication date: May 29, 2014
    Applicant: THE LOXCREEN COMPANY, INC.
    Inventor: Howard McClure
  • Publication number: 20140027694
    Abstract: A winged slat for a chain link fence having a front, a back, a first side, and a second side. A first wing or fin, which is not flexible and resilient, extends along and, in a substantially straight line, outward from any location other than a corner of the first side of the elongate body. A second wing or fin extends along and, in a substantially straight line, outward from any location other than a corner of the second side of the elongate body. Preferably the wings or fins extend the full length of the elongate body. The wings can be attached at any location to the side of the elongate body and can be at any angles to such sides. Furthermore, the two angles need not be the same.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 27, 2013
    Publication date: January 30, 2014
    Inventor: Patrick R. Hoggan
  • 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
  • Publication number: 20110240940
    Abstract: A fence slat is provided that can be inserted in the channels of a wire mesh fence. The body of the slat defines, in a cross-section cut perpendicular to the long axis of the slat, a substantially hourglass shape having a central narrowed portion between a pair of wider portions. The slat body includes front and back walls and side edges with an internal cavity within. The front and back walls have concave outer surfaces and the edges may be rounded or squared. One or more ribs within the internal cavity of the slat body interconnect the front wall and the back wall. The hourglass shape provides a narrower central portion for the slat body as compared to the width at the edges and the ribs, when positioned in or nearer the central portion are narrower than the width at the edges. The wider edges provide sufficient width to be held frictionally within the wire mesh channel, while the narrower ribs require less material than would be necessary for a uniform width.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 6, 2010
    Publication date: October 6, 2011
    Inventor: Patrick E. KOHLS
  • Publication number: 20110062404
    Abstract: A wire-mesh security fence panel and security fence is provided. In at least on example the fence panel includes: a first set of substantially parallel wires, each wire having a first and a second end; a second set of substantially parallel wires, the second set of wires being welded across the first set on one picket-wire side of the first set; a cross-wire-side connection strip welded across the first end of the first set on the picket-wire side of the first set; and an opposite side connection strip welded across the second end of the first set on the opposite side of the picket-wire side. In one such example each connection strip has an outside edge and each outside edge is equally spaced from the end of the wires to which the strip is welded.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 14, 2010
    Publication date: March 17, 2011
    Applicant: C.E. Shepherd Company, L.P.
    Inventor: G. Maury Shepherd
  • 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
  • Publication number: 20110017966
    Abstract: Privacy Systems for a Fence comprise a plurality of elongates privacy inserts positioned in at least one locking member comprising a plurality of locking tabs. In one embodiment, 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: Application
    Filed: June 11, 2010
    Publication date: January 27, 2011
    Inventors: Don A. Meglino, Christine Meglino
  • Publication number: 20100237307
    Abstract: Exemplary embodiments include a solar and non-solar fence slat designs for use in a modular fence system. The fence slat comprises an elongated slat body having a front side wall, a back side wall, bottom side wall, top side wall, right side wall and left side wall. The slat first and second fasteners coupled to right and left sides of the elongated slat body and being configured to couple or interlock with adjacent slats. The slat also includes at least one chain-link interface coupler coupled to the back side wall to connect to at least one horizontal cross-bar of a chain-link fence. In an embodiment, the fence slat has a solar panel integrated therewith.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 20, 2009
    Publication date: September 23, 2010
    Inventors: Mark Milburn, John W. Coombes
  • Publication number: 20100148140
    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: Application
    Filed: December 17, 2008
    Publication date: June 17, 2010
    Inventor: Jim Pearson
  • Publication number: 20100012910
    Abstract: A barrier provided by a plurality of wires, spaced apart one from the other and crossing between spaced apart elongate members, at least one of the wires having a bulbous end, and a first of the elongate members having an aperture either in or attached thereto, through which, in one position, the bulbous end of the wire is adapted to pass through, and in a second barrier providing position, is intercepted against withdrawal there from.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 23, 2007
    Publication date: January 21, 2010
    Inventor: Donald Stewart Napier
  • Patent number: 7641179
    Abstract: The security of an ordinary fence can be improved by using intersecting inserts that extend between posts of the fence. The inserts can be inserted in channels that are formed by the woven wire of the fence fabric. Intersections of the inserts can be used to securely couple two intersecting inserts to each other by any suitable means such as welding, bolting, riveting, gluing, and the like. The inserts can be securely coupled to the posts either directly (for example, by using a bracket attached to a post) and/or indirectly by using, for example, a tensioning rod that is coupled to a post. The inserts can also be securely coupled to a support rail that spans the distance between two posts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2010
    Inventor: Jean R. Sherrard
  • Publication number: 20090121206
    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: Application
    Filed: August 12, 2008
    Publication date: May 14, 2009
    Inventor: Rosario Esposito
  • Publication number: 20090057638
    Abstract: A plastic or composite slat with wooden appearance, to be inserted into chain link fences, having three or more longitudinal projections on at least one face of the slat. A majority of the projections on a face of the slat having projections are the same color as the slat, and a minority of the projections on such a face have a color different from that of the slat. The slat and a majority of the projections on each face are extruded; the minority of the projections on each face are either co-extruded from an extrudable material having a color different from the color of the slat or are painted with a color different from the color of the slat. Optionally, the longitudinal projections can be replaced with longitudinal depressions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 1, 2007
    Publication date: March 5, 2009
    Inventor: Patrick R. Hoggan
  • Patent number: 7475868
    Abstract: A high security fence which includes strengthening cables. The cables extend internally within the aligned rails of the fence, and through cable passageways formed in the posts which support the fence rails. The cables are anchored adjacent each end by a substrate. Anchors are installed on each end of the cable to resist pullout of the cable from the substrate, which may be a concrete-filled bollard post installed in a buried concrete deadman.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2009
    Inventor: Edward L. Gibbs
  • Patent number: 7441751
    Abstract: A high security fence which includes strengthening cables. The cables extend internally within the aligned rails of the fence, and through cable passageways formed in the posts which support the fence rails. The cables are anchored adjacent each end by a substrate. Anchors are installed on each end of the cable to resist pullout of the cable from the substrate, which may be a concrete-filled bollard post installed in a buried concrete deadman.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2008
    Inventor: Edward L. Gibbs
  • Patent number: 7237766
    Abstract: Retaining device for use with two elongated slats longitudinally located in a chain linked fence. Each slat has first and second slat surfaces and first and second slat edges, and has a notch located in a portion of a slat end. The notch extends transversally from the first to the second slat edge. The device includes a cap having a first panel connected to an intermediate panel. A guide rail connects to the first panel. The guide rail has first and second spaced apart longitudinal stop ends located inwardly away from respective first and second panel side edges for cooperation with notches of respective slats. The guide rail is slidably and longitudinally engageable by the notches in generally opposed directions along restricted paths of travel from one of the stop ends toward the other one of the stop ends to retain the notches thereon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2003
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2007
    Assignees: General Plastiques Extrusion
    Inventor: Gerald Lemay
  • Patent number: 7165760
    Abstract: A retaining-locking system for chain link fence slats includes specially notched fence slat elements having a pointed upper or lower end. The slat elements are sized and shaped to be interwoven between consecutive links of a chain link fence. A retaining-locking strip is formed of resilient material, and has an inner surface and an outer surface and at least one securing protrusion. The securing protrusion is sized and shaped to fit slidably within the notch. The protrusion is located on the outer surface of the strip. When the slat elements are interwoven into between consecutive links of a chain link fence with each of the notches aligned with one another, the retaining-locking strip inserted between the slat elements and the links, with the securing protrusion disposed within the slats, the strip will urge the slats toward the links, thereby retaining the slats within the chain link fence.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2003
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2007
    Inventor: Paul Campbell
  • Patent number: 6966547
    Abstract: A fence slat. The fence slat may include a longitudinal body. The longitudinal body may include a first side with a first sidewall positioned thereon and a second side with a second sidewall positioned thereon. The sidewalls may include a locking portion positioned thereon. The sidewalls may be curved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2003
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2005
    Assignee: The Loxcreen Company, Inc.
    Inventor: Alan C. Colliander
  • Patent number: 6634623
    Abstract: Disclosed is a privacy slat for insertion into the channels of a chain link fence that engages the knuckles of the fence wire by providing an elongated body member having a pair of longitudinal fins along the outside edges thereof in which at least one notch is provided in at least one of the fins for engagement with a knuckle of the fence. The fence slats of the present invention also utilize a pair of longitudinal fins having a unique angled configuration that substantially fills the fence channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2001
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2003
    Inventor: Ralph Torres
  • Publication number: 20020113232
    Abstract: Disclosed is a chain link privacy slat that is inserted into the channels of the fence and which securely engages the knuckles of the fence wire by providing an elongated body member having a pair of longitudinal fins along the outside edges thereof in which at least one notch is provided in at least one of the fins for engagement with a knuckle of the fence. The fence slats of the present invention also utilize a pair of fins having a unique angled configuration that allows them to provide maximum privacy when identical slats are installed in parallel adjacent to one another.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 22, 2001
    Publication date: August 22, 2002
    Inventor: Ralph Torres
  • Patent number: 6279858
    Abstract: A wire netting, preferably used as a gravel screen or for protecting a soil surface layer is woven from corrosion-resistant wires and either fitted on the soil surface or secured in an almost upright position on a slope or something similar. The wires in the wire netting are manufactured from heavy-duty steel, which has a nominal strength in the region of 1000 to 2200 N/mm2 and steel wire may be used for this for stranded wires or spring steel wire. The wire netting is manufactured from rectangular, diagonal netting and it has a three-dimensional, mattress-like structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 1999
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2001
    Assignee: Fatzer AG
    Inventor: Bernhard Eicher
  • Patent number: 6182947
    Abstract: Privacy inserts for chain link fences comprising at least two portions which are movably connected by a connecting portion so that at least one portion is movable from a first position where it does not overlap another portion to a second position where at least two portions of the fence insert overlap. Also disclosed are methods of inserting these fence inserts into a chain link fence comprising the step of moving at least one portion from a non-overlapping position relative to another portion to a position where the portions overlap prior to inserting the fence insert into a fence.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 1997
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2001
    Inventor: Don A. Meglino
  • Patent number: 6164628
    Abstract: A slat for use in chain link fences is provided. The slat generally includes an elongated, imperforate body member and at least first and second fins extending laterally and proximally relative to and from the body member. The first and second fins of the slat may be configured and oriented to extend into knuckles of a chain link fence such that end portions of the first and second slats are pinched or frictionally engaged within the knuckles of a chain link fence, which locks or secures each slat within a corresponding channel of a chain link fence. The slat may further include third and fourth fins which extend laterally and distally relative to the body member for engaging portions of the wire mesh fencing fabric to inhibit rotational movement of the slats within corresponding channels of the chain link fence.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 1998
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2000
    Assignee: A&B Plastics, Inc.
    Inventor: Jefrey A. Hoggan
  • Patent number: 6126146
    Abstract: Fence planks mounted on a supporting existing chain link fence. Each plank two or more rear spaced tapered mounting blocks with predrilled center holes. After inserting the tapered portion of the mounting block into the space between links, the simulated wood planks are placed on the opposite or outside of the supporting chain link fence. Holes are then drilled through the mounting blocks into the in-place plank until visible from the plank's exposed outer front surface. Next, a screw is screwed through the plank's exposed hole into the mount block to hold the plank to the chain link support fence. Planks are held to existing fence poles by drilling and then screwing them directly into the pole without rear mounting blocks. An enlarged rear tapered mounting block portion engages the fence's links to retain the planks to the chain link fence. The plank's may be made of wood or a molded plastic material which simulates the appearance of wooden plank's in grain, shape and color.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 1997
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2000
    Inventor: Steve W. Melton
  • Patent number: 6068243
    Abstract: A slat for use in chain link fences is provided. The slat generally comprises an elongate, imperforate body member and first and second fins extending from the body member to provide privacy and to lock the slat within a channel of a chain link fence. The first and second fins include portions which are configured and oriented to extend laterally relative to the body member toward fins of adjacently positioned slats to provide privacy. Further, the first and second fins are configured and oriented to extend into knuckles of a chain link fence, to wedge into the knuckles to secure the slats within the channels of the chain link fence. The body member is configured to provide a spring or resiliency to provide the adjustable-width and self-locking capabilities of the slat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 1998
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2000
    Assignee: A & B Plastics, Inc.
    Inventor: Jefrey A. Hoggan
  • Patent number: 5899442
    Abstract: Privacy fence inserts for chain link fences and assemblies comprising a chain link fence and a plurality of fence inserts wherein portions of the fence inserts comprise an inner core and an outer layer comprising a material which is different from said outer layer. One preferred embodiment comprises a central tubular portion and lateral wing members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 1996
    Date of Patent: May 4, 1999
    Inventors: Don A. Meglino, James V. Meglino
  • Patent number: 5806839
    Abstract: Privacy slats for chain link fences and a system comprising a chain link fence and a plurality of slats wherein portions of slats which are positioned substantially parallel are disposed in overlapping arrangement. One embodiment comprises a plurality of slats having a central, substantially tubular section with opposing wings positioned in an offset manner such that the wing on one side of the central tubular portion is disposed more forwardly of the wing on the opposing side of the central tubular portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 1997
    Date of Patent: September 15, 1998
    Inventor: Don A. Meglino
  • Patent number: 5799929
    Abstract: Fence slats for chain link fences and assemblies in which the fence slat comprises an elongate body having a pair of stops extending outwardly from the slat which form a passageway therebetween and which when such slat is slated in a channel of a chain link fence at least a portion of a link is positionable in said passageway to prevent movement of the slat from the chain link fence. In one embodiment the one of the stops is tapered to readily allow the slat to be inserted in a channel of a chain link fence and lock thereto in a snap-fit manner. In another embodiment the stops are a pair of raised circularly-shaped raised tabs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 1996
    Date of Patent: September 1, 1998
    Inventors: Don A. Meglino, James V. Meglino
  • Patent number: 5794922
    Abstract: A two-piece fence slat for chain link fences and assemblies in which the fence slat comprises a hollow elongated body and an insertable locking member. The elongated body has a sidewall with at least one aperture extending therethrough. The insertable locking member is receivable in the elongated body and includes at least one stop dimensioned to extend through the aperture. Another embodiment comprises a hollow body member with at least one, integrally formed stop.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 1997
    Date of Patent: August 18, 1998
    Inventors: Don A. Meglino, James V. Meglino
  • Patent number: 5775676
    Abstract: A slat for use in chain link fences is provided. The slat generally includes an elongated, imperforate body member and first and second fins extending from the body member to provide privacy and to lock the slat within a channel of a chain link fence. The first and second fins include end legs which are configured and oriented to extend proximally and distally, respectively, relative to the body member toward fins of adjacently positioned slats to provide privacy. Further, the first and second fins are configured and oriented to extend into knuckles of a chain link fence, to wedge into the knuckles to secure the slats within the channels of the chain link fence. The fins may also include strands on the end legs which are capable of wrapping about the knuckles to lock the slats within the channels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 1997
    Date of Patent: July 7, 1998
    Assignee: Plastics Resources, Inc.
    Inventor: Jefrey A. Hoggan
  • Patent number: 5687957
    Abstract: A slat apparatus for use with a chain link fence for providing privacy, wind protection and/or decoration includes a plurality of slat members for positioning in slat receiving channels formed by linking wires of the fence. Each slat member includes a substantially rigid elongated hollow body member having curved side members, at least a pair of curved longitudinal ribs therein and a pair of flexible and resilient wing portions positioned on opposite sides thereof. The ribs in the rigid elongated body member prevents crimping of the fence slat when installed in a chain link fence.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 1996
    Date of Patent: November 18, 1997
    Assignee: Tri-Seal International, Inc.
    Inventor: Harvey Finkelstein
  • Patent number: 5651533
    Abstract: A cap for mounting at one extremity of a pair of tubular slats that extend through openings of a chain link fence formed of interconnected wires defining an open lattice work. The cap comprises a top part and two integral leg portions which are so dimensioned as to be insertable into the open ends of the slats and to be secured in these slats.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 1996
    Date of Patent: July 29, 1997
    Inventor: Serge Ling
  • Patent number: 5584468
    Abstract: Privacy fence inserts for chain link fences and assemblies comprising a chain link fence and a plurality of fence inserts wherein portions of the fence inserts comprise an inner core and an outer layer comprising a material which is different from the outer layer. One preferred embodiment comprises a central tubular portion and lateral wing members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 1996
    Date of Patent: December 17, 1996
    Inventors: Don A. Meglino, James V. Meglino
  • Patent number: 5482256
    Abstract: A slat system, to be mounted on a chain link fence, comprises an elongate slat-retaining member woven through the links of the chain link fence and a plurality of slats. The slats are also woven through the chain links generally parallel to each other but at a predetermined angle to the elongate slat-retaining member. Each slat has one end formed with an arrow-shaped extension to be inserted in a longitudinal groove made in the center of a V-shaped wall of the slat-retaining member. The arrow-shaped extensions of the slats and the slotted wall of the slat-retaining member interlock each other to grip the slats and the slat-retaining member to each other and thereby prevent the slats from moving longitudinally on the chain link fence.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 1994
    Date of Patent: January 9, 1996
    Inventor: Levis Caron
  • Patent number: 5465941
    Abstract: A fence slat locking system includes elongated plastic slats weaved between consecutive links in a chain link fence. Each slat has a wall that is curved at the lateral sides. The bottom end of the slat is notched on opposite lateral sides defining a set of slat ears. A rail is weaved horizontally between the links of the chain link fence and attached with the bottom end of each slat. By inserting the bottom end of the slat vertically downward into a rail slot, the slat ears start to flatten moving the curved tips laterally away from the central longitudinal axis of the slat. Inserting the slat further vertically downward into the rail channel allow the slat ears to snap back into their original curved cross-sectional profile allowing the curved tips of the slat ears to snap back underneath a retaining section in the rail. The "snap back" action automatically locks the fence slat into the rail.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 1993
    Date of Patent: November 14, 1995
    Inventor: Joshua B. Abbott
  • Patent number: 5458319
    Abstract: A flat retainer device has elongated fingers on the left and right sides thereof, said fingers running opposite a side wall of the central portion of the retainer. A slot is formed between each of the fingers and the central portion, the fingers and the main body portion forming a locking hook structure. A protuberance is formed on the lower portion of each side of the central portions opposite each finger, these protuberances closing off most of the opening to the slot on the free end of the fingers. The left and right hand sides of the device are mirror images of each other and have the same structural characteristics. The top and bottom ends of the central portion of the device have indentations formed therein. An elongated groove is formed in the slat, the length of this groove being designed to receive the central portion of the retainer member with the indentations thereof abutting against the end walls of the groove in a force fit relationship.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 1993
    Date of Patent: October 17, 1995
    Inventor: Dana J. Mackay
  • Patent number: 5395092
    Abstract: Chain link fencing having a plurality of elongate picket members comprising elongate slats that lie in diagonal valleys of the chain link fencing. Elongate, U-shaped channels lie along the respective sides of each elongate slat. The channels fit over and cover a row or ridge of knuckles formed along the side of each of the respective valleys of the chain link fencing. The pickets cover essentially the entire side of the chain link fence and leave no spaces or openings between pickets. The system thus provides complete privacy. Engagement members are associated with the channels to secure the channel members and thus the pickets to respective rows or ridges of knuckles on the chain link fencing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 1993
    Date of Patent: March 7, 1995
    Inventors: Gerald J. McLaughlan, Robert G. Cluff
  • Patent number: 5275380
    Abstract: An improved slat to be inserted through and attached to a chain link fence to provide privacy, security, and protection from particulate matter and sound. Slats of this improved type are positioned vertically, side-by-side along the fence. The slat is formed of longitudinal ribs giving it a corrugated nature. This gives strength and dimension to the slat. Raised retaining tabs are formed on a slat rib on one side of the slat. The retaining tabs are formed of unitary raises. A length of a chain link fence interlocks into a groove formed between the two unitary raises to secure the slat to the fence. In a preferred embodiment, the vanity slat apparatus is formed of PVC.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 1992
    Date of Patent: January 4, 1994
    Inventor: James B. Barsby
  • Patent number: 5234199
    Abstract: In a chain link fence having a plurality of elongate slats woven through the links of the chain link fabric, an improved system for retaining and locking the slats in the chain link fabric comprises (1) an elongate rail woven between consecutive links of the chain link fence such that the rail lies adjacent to mutually respective, aligned, first ends of the elongate slats, and (2) engagement members formed integrally with the mutually respective first ends of the elongate slats, with the engagement members including interlocking means which make interlocking engagement with the elongate rail when the respective first end of the elongate slat is abutted against the elongate rail.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 1989
    Date of Patent: August 10, 1993
    Inventor: Robert G. Cluff
  • Patent number: 5184801
    Abstract: Slat apparatus for use with a chain link fence for providing privacy, wind protection and/or decoration, including a plurality of slat members for positioning in slat receiving channels formed by the linking wires of the fence such that substantially no space remains between adjacent slats. Each slat member includes a substantially rigid elongated body member and a pair of flexible and resilient wing portions positioned on opposite sides thereof. The combined width of the wing portions is approximately equal to or greater than the width of the body member to enable easy installation of the slats and to provide complete privacy in a neat and uniform manner. The slat apparatus preferably is formed by co-extrusion of a substantially rigid plastic material for the body member and a flexible and resilient plastic material for the wing portions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 1992
    Date of Patent: February 9, 1993
    Assignee: Tri-Seal International, Inc.
    Inventor: Harvey Finkelstein
  • Patent number: 5165664
    Abstract: In a chain link fence having a plurality of elongate slats woven through the links of the chain link fabric, an improved system for retaining and locking the slats in the chain link fabric comprises (1) an elongate rail woven between consecutive links of the chain link fence such that the rail lies adjacent to mutually respective, aligned, first ends of the elongate slats, and (2) engagement members formed integrally with the mutually respective first ends of the elongate slats, with the engagement members comprising a pair of separate, distinct, spaced apart barbs positioned adjacent to the respective side edges of the slat. The barbs make interlocking engagement with the elongate rail when the respective first end of the elongate slat is abutted against the elongate rail.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 1990
    Date of Patent: November 24, 1992
    Inventor: Robert G. Cluff
  • Patent number: 5131630
    Abstract: A drift fence for retaining drifting snow and sand, and to be used as a barrier for people and animal control is disclosed. The drift fence is provided with tubular slats held together by parallel cords or cables and spaced apart by a plurality of retainers. Each retainer has an H-shape to receive tubular slats between the parallel legs and is held to the slats by the parallel cord or cables.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 1991
    Date of Patent: July 21, 1992
    Inventor: Merle W. Nash
  • Patent number: 5106058
    Abstract: Slat apparatus for a chain link fence, comprising a plurality of substantially parallel slats extending through the fence wires. Each slat has laterally extending wing portions positioned closely adjacent to the wing portions of adjoining slats to provide privacy by leaving only small spaces between the slats. The slats have apertures extending laterally therethrough rearwardly of the wing portions. The slat apertures are laterally aligned and a flexible belt extends through the apertures to retain the slats in parallel relation on the fence. The wing portions are of less thickness than the slats.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 1991
    Date of Patent: April 21, 1992
    Assignee: Tri-Seal International, Inc.
    Inventor: Harvey Finkelstein
  • Patent number: 5056761
    Abstract: Plastic slats interwoven for privacy and wind protection in the wire mesh body of a chain link fence that are angled at 45 degrees and held against inadvertent removal by either slats or a ribbon inserted horizontally, rather than at a crossing 45 degree angle according to prior art practice, so that the user has the option of using only one horizontal holding slat or ribbon means.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 1991
    Date of Patent: October 15, 1991
    Inventors: Don Meglino, James V. Meglino
  • Patent number: 5007619
    Abstract: A chain link fence assembly is provided. This assembly includes a chain link wire fencing, a bottom horizontal channel, and a top horizontal channel. The assembly also includes a plurality of slats, which have lock tabs at the bottom ends thereof. The bottom channel has a web, which has a plurality of spaced cutouts, that receive the respective lock tabs. Each slat, which can be a vertical slat or a diagonal slat, has a central tubular portion, a left edge fin portion and a right edge fin portion. The lock tab, which is an extension of the slat tubular portion, has opposite edge recesses, which receive the opposite edges of its cutout, and has opposite projections, which hook behind the opposite edges of its cutout.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 1989
    Date of Patent: April 16, 1991
    Inventor: Aldo Sibeni
  • Patent number: 4995591
    Abstract: In a chain link fencing employing slats inserted vertically through adjacent links into an open channel which is inserted horizontally through the lowermost or uppermost course of links, a means of locking the slats to the channel to prevent easy removal of the slats from the fencing. Each slat is manufactured with a notch near one end thereof, and the channel is manufactured with a continuous barb along each free edge, one of which will engage the notch on the slat when the slat is inserted perpendicularly into the channel. For ease of assembly, the end of each slat nearest the notch is beveled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 1989
    Date of Patent: February 26, 1991
    Inventors: William D. Humphrey, Harold Rothenberger
  • Patent number: RE35208
    Abstract: Slat apparatus for a chain link fence, comprising a plurality of substantially parallel slats extending through the fence wires. Each slat has laterally extending wing portions positioned closely adjacent to the wing portions of adjoining slats to provide privacy by leaving only small spaces between the slats. The slats have apertures extending laterally therethrough rearwardly of the wing portions. The slat apertures are laterally aligned and a flexible belt extends through the apertures to retain the slats in parallel relation on the fence. The wing portions are of less thickness than the slats.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 1994
    Date of Patent: April 16, 1996
    Assignee: Tri-Seal International, Inc.
    Inventor: Harvey Finkelstein
  • Patent number: RE36085
    Abstract: Chain link fencing having a plurality of elongate picket members comprising elongate slats that lie in diagonal valleys of the chain link fencing. Elongate, U-shaped channels lie along the respective sides of each elongate slat. The channels fit over and cover a row or ridge of knuckles formed along the side of each of the respective valleys of the chain link fencing. The pickets cover essentially the entire side of the chain link fence and leave no spaces or openings between pickets. The system thus provides complete privacy. Engagement members are associated with the channels to secure the channel members and thus the pickets to respective rows or ridges of knuckles on the chain link fencing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 1995
    Date of Patent: February 9, 1999
    Inventors: Gerald J. McLaughlan, Robert G. Cluff