Connection Patents (Class 256/65.01)
  • Patent number: 9947250
    Abstract: A stanchion capable of providing prompted information comprises a post and a prompt device disposed in the post. The prompt device senses the queuing state and outputs the prompted information corresponding to the queuing state. Hence, the stanchion offers information favorable for the queue such as waiting time and other helpful functions available for being applied to prompt people in the queue as well in addition to partitioning the moving line of the queue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: UNION PRECISION HARDWARE CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Yao Ming Yang, Yuan Hsien Chien, Ping-Kun Lin
  • Patent number: 9512955
    Abstract: A tripod for supporting video/photographic equipment comprises: a spider (2) on which are articulated a plurality of legs (3); a column (5) engaged in the spider and slidable in a first direction (X) between a retracted position, in which a supporting surface of the photographic equipment is close to the spider, and an extended position, in which the supporting surface (7) is remote from the spider; and an auxiliary positioning element (10) associated with the spider and comprising a seat (12) provided to house the column (5) in engaged manner in such a way as to be able to slide in a second direction (Y), which differs from the first direction (X). The seat (12) is provided on a sleeve (11) engaged in the spider (2) in such a way as to be able to slide in the first direction (X), between a non-operational position in which the seat (12) is concealed inside the spider and an operating position in which the seat (12) projects out from the spider to permit the column to slide in the second direction (Y).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2016
    Assignee: LINO MANFROTTO + CO. S.P.A.
    Inventor: Andrea Mendo
  • Patent number: 9127474
    Abstract: A railing system for mounting a panel or series of panels to form a railing. The railing system is comprised of the following base components: a shoe, which may be secured to the floor, having a slot for receiving a glass panel, a sleeve that holds the glass panel within the shoe, an arm that is adjustable to provide the force necessary to hold the glass panel in the desired position, and at least one set screw that adjusts the arm and holds the arm in place, in turn bracing the glass panel in the desired position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2015
    Assignee: VIVA RAILINGS, LLC
    Inventor: Murtuza Tinwala
  • Patent number: 9004423
    Abstract: A fence post platform attachment device fits on top of a T-post has a top platform portion that allows objects such as birdhouses, signs, sprinklers, lockboxes, etc. to be secured to the T-post. A cross-shaped body portion is formed by bending a sheet of steel into a hollow cross shape and welding it to the top platform portion. A series of holes are disposed along the corners of the top platform portion to allow a user to attach the desired object. Fasteners such as bolts securely hold the selected objet to the top platform portion thereby securing it to the T-post fence post.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Inventor: Charles Aldrich
  • Publication number: 20150041744
    Abstract: A support foot (10) for a vertical member (48) of a safety rail system includes an upper body section (14) which defines an upper surface region of the support foot and a lower body section (15) which defines a lower surface region, the two bodies having at least in part a substantially common outer periphery and each body section having extending there through a plurality of location formations (25) for supporting one or more vertical members (48) of the safety rail system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 19, 2013
    Publication date: February 12, 2015
    Applicant: KEE SAFETY LIMITED
    Inventor: Philip Maurice Higgs
  • Publication number: 20150021532
    Abstract: A barrier fence assembly (100) having a barrier fence body (102) has a portion thereof positioned below ground surface (110) and includes a series of barrier stakes (114) to facilitate prevention of traverse of animals across a desired boundary. The barrier stakes (114) are received through upper and lower apertures (150, 152) of a horizontal support brace (140). The horizontal support brace (140) includes horizontally disposed apertures (136, 138) through which flexible wire ties (160) can be received and releasably coupled to an adjacent wire mesh fence (104).
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 16, 2013
    Publication date: January 22, 2015
    Inventors: KATRINA SMITH, MISTY NEWTON
  • Publication number: 20150001455
    Abstract: The present invention is to disclose a handrail device adapted for a playard frame, and the handrail device includes a handrail, a connecting component, and an engaging structure for detachably connecting the handrail and the connecting component. The handrail is detachably connected to the connecting component and is assembled easily. Hence, it is beneficial to decrease a size of a package for packing the handrail device before being assembled, and the handrail device can be transported or stored easily.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 5, 2013
    Publication date: January 1, 2015
    Inventor: Ying-Zhong Chen
  • Patent number: 8899555
    Abstract: A barrier is formed from at least one elongate rail and at least one vertical upright member. The elongate rail includes a web and a pair of opposed side walls which extend from the web to define a rail channel. Each upright member includes an aperture formed therein. In one implementation, a pin extending from a clip is inserted into the aperture, and the upright member, with the clip, is at least partially situated within the rail channel, wherein the clip is welded to an inside surface of the rail channel. In another implementation, a pin is inserted through the aperture, and the upright member, with the pin, is at least partially situated within the rail channel, wherein opposed ends of the pin are welded to an inside surface of the opposed side walls of the rail channel. The pin and aperture form a pivot point allowing the upright member to rotate with respect to the elongate rail. In a fence implementation, this allows the barrier to be racked in order to follow undulating terrain.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Assignee: Fortress Iron, LP
    Inventor: Matthew Carlyle Sherstad
  • Publication number: 20140332745
    Abstract: A system and method of fastening a railing member against an anchored horizontal rim beam of a deck, stairway or balcony. The system typically includes a series of upright railing members in combination with a plurality of securing members. The securing member can be a clench bolt, a clench strap (formed or welded), or clench brackets. The securing member is able to secure and/or fasten the railing member and the rim beam together without creating holes in the substance of the rim beam or other deck material, so that rotting, splintering or other type of erosion of the deck material over time is minimized. The railing attachment system and method can be used on wood, fiber, synthetic, steel or concrete decks, for either newly constructed or repair of pre-existing decks, balconies or stairways.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 10, 2013
    Publication date: November 13, 2014
    Inventor: Attilio MARCONI
  • Patent number: 8882083
    Abstract: A guardrail for protecting persons against accidentally falling out of open floors. The guardrail has a number of constructional elements and connectors for assembling a coherent guardrail. The connectors include at least one first connector which has a longitudinal shape and is formed with at least one longitudinal extending slot, and at least one second connector having a first connector part to be connected to the at least one constructional element and a second connector part to connect the first connector part to the at least one first connector while engaging the at least one longitudinal extending slot of that connector. The guardrail has a stable, inexpensive and simple structure which quickly and easily can be assembled to a coherent guardrail and be disassembled. The guardrail can be fitted too to the width and height required of the guardrail for a specific opening of a given open floor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Assignee: Lasse Ramskov Holding ApS
    Inventor: Lasse Fomsgaard Ramskov
  • Publication number: 20140306171
    Abstract: A barrier structure for defining an outdoor space is provided. The barrier structure comprises a plurality of posts, a plurality of bottom rails, a plurality of top rails, and a plurality of pickets. The plurality of pickets comprises artificial foliage that is securable to the plurality of bottom rails and extends through the plurality of top rails. The artificial foliage typically resembles tapered evergreen trees.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 14, 2014
    Publication date: October 16, 2014
    Inventor: David B. Wilhelm
  • Publication number: 20140264219
    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: Application
    Filed: March 12, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Inventors: William P. McCann, Michael J. McCann
  • Publication number: 20140217346
    Abstract: A support for a railing of a roof hatch having a coaming has an angle body with a first elongate member and a second elongate members that is perpendicular to the first elongate member. First and second brackets extend inward from the first and second elongate members, respectively. Each bracket has a coaming-receiving portion that is sized and shaped to directly engage the inner surface, upper surface and outer surface of the hatch coaming, and a flashing covering portion that is sized and shaped to receive the flashing. The bracket engages the coaming such that the angle body is supported laterally adjacent to the flashing of the coaming. One or more post supports connected to and extending outward from angle body.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 4, 2014
    Publication date: August 7, 2014
    Inventors: Steve CULLEN, Mark WILLIAMS, Phil ROY
  • Publication number: 20140110653
    Abstract: A fence attachment that may resemble a miniature fence. The fence attachment may attach to an existing fence and may reduce the space between the pickets of the existing fence. The fence attachment may include at least one rail and a plurality of pickets attached to the at least one rail. The plurality of pickets of the fence attachment may be oriented in between the pickets of the existing fence and the fence attachment may be attached to the existing fence.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 3, 2013
    Publication date: April 24, 2014
    Inventor: Joe DeSouza
  • Patent number: 8650741
    Abstract: Various embodiments of an invention regarding universal fence gates are described including a specially shaped fence gate connector that may act as an elbow and/or a T-member, a universal fence gate kit with parts for assembling a universal fence gate including a specially shaped fence gate connector, a universal fence gate assembled using a specially shaped fence gate connector, and methods for assembling fence gates using a uniquely shaped fence gate connector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2014
    Assignee: Barrette Outdoor Living, Inc.
    Inventors: Krystal J. Piper, Robert Sonnabend
  • Publication number: 20140030028
    Abstract: A frame rail assembly for a boat dock structure includes a frame rail member and a removable resilient rub-rail member. The frame rail member includes a first side configured for securing the frame rail member to a side of the boat dock structure; a second side opposing the first side; a first channel extending along a length of the frame rail member; and a second channel below the first channel, the second channel extending along the length of the frame rail member. An interlocking frame rail system for boat dock structures includes a first frame rail member, a second frame rail member, and an upper connector member extending along at least a portion of a length of the first frame rail member and at least a portion of the length of a second frame rail member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 3, 2013
    Publication date: January 30, 2014
    Inventor: Steven Edward DeMay
  • Publication number: 20140021424
    Abstract: A guardrail for protecting persons against accidentally falling out of open floors. The guardrail has a number of constructional elements and connectors for assembling a coherent guardrail. The connectors include at least one first connector which has a longitudinal shape and is formed with at least one longitudinal extending slot, and at least one second connector having a first connector part to be connected to the at least one constructional element and a second connector part to connect the first connector part to the at least one first connector while engaging the at least one longitudinal extending slot of that connector. The guardrail has a stable, inexpensive and simple structure which quickly and easily can be assembled to a coherent guardrail and be disassembled. The guardrail can be fitted too to the width and height required of the guardrail for a specific opening of a given open floor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 10, 2012
    Publication date: January 23, 2014
    Applicant: Lasse Ramskov Holding ApS
    Inventor: Lasse Fomsgaard Ramskov
  • Patent number: 8615964
    Abstract: An improved mounting structure for the posts of hand rail systems including a mounting arm member positioned within a sleeve monolithically formed within the inner chamber of the post. The sleeve includes a slit that allows for the outflow of water, thereby limiting corrosion and degrading of the post and mounting structure. A series of nubbed projections create grooves within the surface of the sleeve, to secure the mounting arm into the sleeve in a strong manner. A secure fit limits the amount of liquid trapped within the sleeve reducing corrosion. The mounting arm has smaller dimensions, reducing the chances that the arm comes into contact with support rods embedded within the concrete during installation. By avoiding contact with the support rods, concrete spalling is dramatically reduced, adding to the lifetime of the rail system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2013
    Assignee: Poma & Sons, Inc.
    Inventors: Frank Poma, Jason F. Poma
  • Publication number: 20130328004
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for attaching balusters for a stair, balcony, deck, landing or the like providing an adjustable connection of a baluster to a rail and a base surface. The apparatus includes a ball adapter and a socket. The ball adapter is joined with the socket and mounted on a stair surface. The ball adapter and its mounting to the socket provides for limited adjustable movement of the adapter with respect to the socket and the stair surface. The ball adapter provides for the attachment of a baluster to the adapter. The adjustable connection of this apparatus can be used to attach to a rail or to a base of a stair, balcony, deck, landing or the like. The ball adapter and socket can be used to produce modular prefabricated baluster systems that can be adjusted for any slope or level rail and baluster installation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 28, 2013
    Publication date: December 12, 2013
    Applicant: Quick Baluster Installation LLC
    Inventor: Richard P. Truckner
  • Publication number: 20130320282
    Abstract: The invention provides an easy to assemble railing assembly used for residential and commercial purposes. The railing assembly includes a plurality of locking components, a plurality of upright members and a plurality of locking pins. A locking component includes a plurality of wedge shaped locking slots. An upright member is configured to receive the locking component therewithin. The locking pin of the plurality of locking pins has each end connected to one or more wedge shaped locking slots of the plurality of wedge shaped locking slots.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 4, 2013
    Publication date: December 5, 2013
    Inventors: Michael Blain Wentworth, Sean Dunn Wentworth
  • Publication number: 20130292622
    Abstract: Support rails, support rail systems, and related methods. In one example, a support rail system includes a support rail and a coupling device. The coupling device can releasably secure the support rail to a fixed structure and can include a first portion secured relative to the support rail, a second portion secured relative to the fixed structure, and engaging structure configured to secure the first portion to the second portion. In another example, a method of installing a support rail includes providing a support rail system including a support rail and a coupling device. The coupling device includes a first portion fixed relative to the support rail and a second portion. The method can also include securing the second portion relative to a fixed structure and securing the first portion relative to the second portion via engaging structure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 3, 2013
    Publication date: November 7, 2013
    Applicant: Helping Handrails, Inc.
    Inventor: Roger L. Waite
  • Patent number: 8573566
    Abstract: A freestanding fence supported on x-shaped posts or x-posts that sit on top of the ground. Two tubes are welded together at approximately a 55 degree angle to form each x-post. The legs of the x-posts are provided with adjustable length feet and with receivers for holding electrical or non-electrical fence wires. Universal joints secure horizontal members between adjacent x-posts. The universal joints secure to a pair of ears proved on each leg of the x-posts. An adjustable height footed vertical support member can be installed on each horizontal member approximately midway between the adjacent x-posts. The fence is constructed of easily transported and assembled pieces that can be disassembled, moved, and then reassembled as often as needed. Once assembled, the fence is strong and stable and can be used to mount various types of equipment such as lighting, security, camera, motion detection, solar panels, radio frequency identification devices, etc.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2013
    Assignee: ArdenX LLC
    Inventor: Dennis Arden
  • Patent number: 8511648
    Abstract: A fence system includes a first extruded lineal extending lengthwise along a first longitudinal axis. The first lineal has a sidewall with at least a first slot in the sidewall and the first slot extends generally perpendicular to the longitudinal axis. The fence system also includes a second extruded lineal extending lengthwise along a second longitudinal axis. The second extruded lineal includes at least a corresponding first attachment leg extending outward from the second extruded lineal and parallel to the second longitudinal axis. The first attachment leg is integrally extruded with the second extruded lineal and is received in the first slot to secure together the first and second extruded lineals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2013
    Assignee: Vision Extrusions Limited
    Inventors: Peter McCarthy, Vic De Zen, Rolf J. Ohrstrom
  • Patent number: 8480061
    Abstract: A fencing system comprises a T-post, an upper sleeve, a lower sleeve, and a bracket. Both the upper sleeve and the lower sleeve encircle respective portions of the T-post. The sleeves are designed such that passing bolts through the sleeves cooperates with the lugs on the T-post in a manner that restricts the motion of the sleeves along the longitudinal axis of the T-post. The bracket, in turn, defines an upper mounting arm and a lower mounting arm. Capturing the upper mounting arm between the T-post and the upper sleeve and capturing the lower mounting arm between the lower sleeve and the T-post acts as an effective means by which to fixate the bracket to the T-post.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2013
    Inventor: Thomas L. Graves
  • Publication number: 20130155679
    Abstract: A handrail system (10) is disclosed having an elongated handrail rod (11) coupled to handrail mounts (12) that are adapted to be mounted to a support surface. The handrail system also includes accessory devices (13) coupled to the elongated handrail. The elongated handrail rod includes a casing (16) and an internal frame (17) to form a channel (22). The accessory device includes a mounting flange (43) configured to mate with the handrail rod and an accessory holder (44). The mounting flange includes an elongated neck (45) extending to a curved top portion (46) configured to overlay the top of the handrail. The mounting flange also includes a locking member (47) configured to be received within the channel of the handrail rod.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 20, 2012
    Publication date: June 20, 2013
    Applicant: QUINN DESIGN, LLC
    Inventor: Matthew J. Quinn
  • Publication number: 20130153844
    Abstract: A connector joins two handrail ends to each other at a user selectable angle. This is accomplished by forming the connector to support attachment to the handrail ends while providing a pivoting joint between a first coupling member (configured to mount to one handrail end) and a second coupling member (configured to mount to another handrail end). The pivoting joint is provided by a selectively tightenable ball and socket joint. The selective tightening operation is supported by a pivotally mounted threaded interconnect shaft. The shaft passes through a slot opening formed in the first coupling member at the ball portion of the ball and socket joint and is threadedly received in a threaded opening formed in the second coupling member at the socket portion of the ball and socket joint.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 12, 2012
    Publication date: June 20, 2013
    Applicant: Fortress Iron, LP
    Inventor: Fortress Iron, LP
  • Publication number: 20130126811
    Abstract: A railing connector for mounting a railing to a post, the railing connector comprising a sleeve for receiving an end of the railing, and a flange extending from the sleeve for attachment to the post.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 19, 2012
    Publication date: May 23, 2013
    Applicant: FLANGE, INC.
    Inventor: Flange, Inc.
  • Publication number: 20130126270
    Abstract: An advanced guard rail connectable between two respective end frames to create an access tower, the advanced guard rail comprising: a frame; and a hook provided at each respective corner of the frame, each hook configured to receive a rung of a respective end frame therein, wherein the distances between the upper hook centres and the lower hook centres are dissimilar, to add additional stiffness to the access tower in use.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 17, 2011
    Publication date: May 23, 2013
    Applicant: YOUNGMAN GROUP LIMITED
    Inventor: John Sydney Charles Darby
  • Patent number: 8408523
    Abstract: A baluster with beveled end having, near one or both ends of the baluster, the perimeter of the baluster proceed increasingly more inward as such end of the baluster is approached. There is some indentation at all points along the perimeter, although such indentation need not necessarily be uniform.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2004
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2013
    Inventor: Patrick R. Hoggan
  • Publication number: 20130062585
    Abstract: A portable safety rail system includes one or more railings inserted into one or more stackable rail bases. Each rail base can include a plurality of apertures for receiving end rail posts of railings through a raised hub defining an open region between the bottom of the hub and the surface on which the rail base rests. Each end rail post can have a stop flange that engages an upper surface of hub when inserted therein and an aperture through the end portion that extends into the open region beneath the hub for receiving a pin to lock the post while allowing rotation of the post. System can also include toe boards that are attached to railings with a mount having an aperture through which railings are extended, allowing the toe boards to also be rotated to be aligned with railings.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 12, 2012
    Publication date: March 14, 2013
    Applicant: SAFETY RAIL COMPANY, LLC
    Inventor: Bradley E. DEERING
  • Publication number: 20130056697
    Abstract: A fence rail includes a detachable fastener cover that covers and conceals a fastener chamber. Through the use of a knuckle and a catch fastening system, moisture is prevented from entering the fastener chamber. The fastener chamber allows for securing pickets to the rail using a means for fastening as close to the top of the rail as possible thereby allowing for significant racking of the fence.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 1, 2012
    Publication date: March 7, 2013
    Inventor: Gary W. Ash
  • Publication number: 20130032772
    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: Application
    Filed: October 4, 2012
    Publication date: February 7, 2013
    Inventors: Gordon DUFFY, Jason DUFFY
  • Patent number: 8317164
    Abstract: A fence rail includes a detachable fastener cover that covers and conceals a fastener chamber. Through the use of a knuckle and a catch fastening system, moisture is prevented from entering the fastener chamber. The fastener chamber allows for securing pickets to the rail using a means for fastening as close to the top of the rail as possible thereby allowing for significant racking of the fence.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2012
    Inventor: Gary W Ash
  • Publication number: 20120267594
    Abstract: A safety rail attached to a baluster, suitable for attachment to a roof jack and/or which works in conjunction with a quick connect roof clip.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 1, 2012
    Publication date: October 25, 2012
    Inventor: Scott Fontaine
  • 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: 8282083
    Abstract: A corrosion resistant railing insert including a stainless steel upper body for insertion into a railing post and including channels for liquid drainage from the railing post, an elongated stainless steel mounting arm protruding from the upper body. The mounting arm has a smaller cross-sectional area than the upper body, which are integrally associated as a unitary device. The upper body is secured within a railing post while the mounting aim is inserted into a complimentary aperture or sleeve formed in a concrete substrate and secured therein with an adhesive.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2012
    Assignee: Poma & Sons, Inc.
    Inventor: Frank Poma
  • Publication number: 20120235104
    Abstract: A safety bar end cap includes a member having an exterior surface including a first recess formed therein, the first recess sized to receive an end of a safety bar therein and defining a first depth measured from the exterior surface, the exterior surface further including a second recess formed therein, the second recess extending across the first recess and defining a second depth measured from the exterior surface that is greater than the first depth of the first recess.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 16, 2012
    Publication date: September 20, 2012
    Inventors: Lorin Armstrong, Dwight Greer
  • Publication number: 20120175579
    Abstract: A customizable decorative fencing system. A plurality of stakes, configured to be driven into the ground at selected positions, have projecting portions projecting above the ground. Posts have cavities in lower distal ends thereof. Any stake projecting portion is configured to slide into any post cavity, and be frictionally, removably, interchangeably retained therein. Fence components, including base units, gate units, and end units, include post collars, and hinge collars, respectively, through which any post can slide. Removability and interchangeability of posts with respect to fence components, and removability and interchangeability of posts with respect to stakes, provides for an infinite number of possible fence configurations.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 16, 2012
    Publication date: July 12, 2012
    Applicant: Origin Point Brands, LLC
    Inventor: Duane Langenwalter
  • Patent number: 8210504
    Abstract: A bracket for attaching a fence rail end to a fence post, the bracket having two upstanding sidewalls spaced for receiving the fence rail end therebetween and a rear wall connecting and extending between the two sidewalls. The rear wall is secured to the fence post. A bottom wall is provided between the two sidewalls and defines a support surface for supporting the rail end. One of these sidewalls is hinged to the rear wall for hinging this hinged sidewall outwardly to receive a fence rail end into the bracket from the side. Apertures are provided in the sidewall for securing it to the fence rail after it is received in the bracket with fasteners. The bottom wall which supports the rail end is securable to the rear wall whereby the bracket is adaptable to selectively provide either a left hand bracket or a right hand bracket. A unitary fence rail assembly may thus be installed from the front or side as opposed to having to lower and raise the entire panel for the full height of the fence.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2012
    Inventor: Anthony J. Skornickel
  • Patent number: 8104734
    Abstract: An improved fence post mounting device is disclosed for supporting accessory articles upon a hollow fence post. The device comprises a cap member sized to fit over and upon the open top of the hollow fence post as a cover therefor, an elongated shaft member attached to the inside of the cap member and extending lengthwise therefrom to engage the chamber of the post, and support means coupled to the top of the cap member for holding or hanging the decorative accessories. In one preferred embodiment, the shaft member is fabricated having a pair of flanges formed on opposite sides of an intermediate web to provide a substantially “H” transverse cross section designed to fit closely within the chamber of a rectangular fence post while the full length of the shaft member is able to penetrate the post a sufficient length to allow a sealed fit of the cap member with the top of the post.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2012
    Inventor: Brian K. Stover
  • Publication number: 20110278525
    Abstract: A palisade security fencing assembly 10 with a plurality of spaced upright posts 12, with cross bars 16A, B and C extending therebetween. A plurality of pale members 18 are mounted to the cross bars 16A, B and C. The pale members 18 are profiled to define a recess facing the cross bars 16A, B and C. The pale members 18 are mounted to the cross bars 16A, B, C by rivet arrangements 36, with a front end 38 of the rivet arrangements 36 located in the recess, and a rear end 40 of the rivet arrangement 36 on the rear side of the cross bar 16A, B and C, thereby substantially preventing unauthorised access to the rivet arrangements 36.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 15, 2010
    Publication date: November 17, 2011
    Applicant: BARKERS ENGINEERING LIMITED
    Inventor: Gerald Dale
  • Publication number: 20110253964
    Abstract: A baluster mounting system includes removably locking a baluster between oppositely disposed upper and lower surfaces. A first rail connector is fixed relative to either an upper or lower surface. A second rail connector is fixed relative to either the upper or lower surface which is opposite the first rail connector. A baluster is removably locked between the first and second rail connectors. The first rail connector is configured to slidably receive an end of the baluster and the second rail connector is configured to laterally receive an opposite end of the baluster. A locking sleeve is slidable along a portion of the baluster and configured for locking engagement with the second rail connector.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 19, 2010
    Publication date: October 20, 2011
    Applicant: CREATIVE INDUSTRIES, LLC
    Inventor: Richard G. Bennette
  • Publication number: 20110248232
    Abstract: In one embodiment, the invention is a universal baluster connector. In one embodiment, a connector for use in securing a baluster to a railing includes a body having a first end and a second end and a stem coupled to the first end of the body, the stem being expandable in a radial direction. Expansion of the stem allows the connector to be used to secure a baluster to a railing of substantially any thickness.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 9, 2010
    Publication date: October 13, 2011
    Inventor: STEVEN J. LEARY
  • Publication number: 20110233499
    Abstract: An improved fence assembly is comprised of a plurality of pickets, an inner rail and an outer rail. The pickets are vertically oriented and attached to the inner rail. The inner rail has an upper locking seat, a lower locking seat and a recess between the seats. The fasteners attaching the inner rail to the pickets have their heads entirely enclosed within the recess. The outer rail snap fits over the inner rail. The outer rail is securely attached to the inner rail, but it may slide along the inner rail. The outer rail has an upper locking tang, a lower locking tang and a tensioning wall. These components slidingly interlock with the inner rail locking seats to provide a fence assembly wherein the outer rail is slidingly attached to the inner rail and the fasteners securing the inner rail to the pickets are hidden.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 23, 2010
    Publication date: September 29, 2011
    Inventor: William H. Stinson
  • Publication number: 20110233498
    Abstract: An improved railing assembly is comprised of a plurality of pickets, a top rail, an inner rail and a bottom rail. The inner rail is pivotally attached to the pickets with fasteners. The fasteners are hidden from view by the top rail. Stiffeners project from the top rail and from the bottom rail. The stiffeners each either interface with another stiffener or a seat on the inner rail to provide rigidity to the assembly. The bottom of the railing assembly is substantially covered by the bottom rail. The angle between the pickets and the top rail is adjustable such that the pickets may be vertically oriented, while the top rail is parallel to a sloped terrain upon which the railing assembly is installed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 23, 2010
    Publication date: September 29, 2011
    Inventor: William H. Stinson
  • Publication number: 20110203215
    Abstract: A platform system includes a platform frame having a header defining a first channel. Decking is mounted to the platform frame. A post is attached to a mounting member, which defines a second channel. The mounting member and the header form an interlock coupling where a portion of the mounting member resides in the first channel and a portion of the header resides in the second channel. A locking pin is positioned within a recess that is partially defined by the header and that is partially defined by the mounting member to limit movement of the mounting member relative to the header.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 25, 2010
    Publication date: August 25, 2011
    Inventor: Steve V. McNamee
  • Patent number: 7963367
    Abstract: A toeboard system includes toeboards of a cross section and an end configuration to assist in defining a locking corner connection of two toeboards at a scaffold upright. The system includes a toeboard clamp securable to a scaffold upright with projecting latch fingers for engaging two overlapped partially nested toeboards or two toeboards forming a generally perpendicular corner connection. A latch finger of the toeboard clamp engages a slot or port in the toeboards adjacent an end thereof to positively maintain toeboards in a perpendicular connection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2011
    Assignee: Brand Services, LLC
    Inventor: Stephen Wilson
  • Publication number: 20110121249
    Abstract: A railing system is disclosed having spacers for spacing apart railing pickets, and a rail which engages the spacers and secures the railing pickets. The spacers are made up of a planar top member, side members extending from longitudinal edges of the top member, and wings extending outwardly from a central position of the side members. The rail comprises a substantially elongated planar member and first and second substantially parallel elongated side-walls perpendicularly connected to the planar member. The side-walls each comprise first and second groove members, which are spaced apart to form grooves running substantially parallel to the elongated planar member. The grooves are adapted to receive the plurality of spacers such that the wings of the spacers abut against the first and second groove members when the spacers are assembled in the railing system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 1, 2011
    Publication date: May 26, 2011
    Inventor: Simon WALKER
  • Publication number: 20110095254
    Abstract: A modular fence device includes a plurality of spaced-apart rods connected between upper and lower beams, a plurality of upper spacers each disposed between top ends of two adjacent ones of the rods, and a plurality of lower spacers each disposed between bottom ends of the two adjacent ones of the rods. Each of the upper and lower beams includes a rail member defining a groove and having two opposite longitudinal rail walls, two spacer retainers extending longitudinally on the respective longitudinal rail walls, and two rail tracks extending above the spacer retainers. The top and bottom ends of each rod respectively extend into the grooves in the rail members of the upper and lower beams, and have a pair of slide protrusions projecting transversely and oppositely therefrom and engaging respectively and slidably the rail tracks of the rail members of the upper and lower beams.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 27, 2009
    Publication date: April 28, 2011
    Inventor: Min-Ju Chung
  • Publication number: 20110073823
    Abstract: A kit and a connector are provided for constructing a fence or barrier. The kit can include upper and lower rails formed with bar-connecting holes distributed along their lengths. First and second bar sections together with the rails can be used to form a fence panel. The first bar sections are mounted between and connect the upper and lower rails and extend between aligned pairs of holes in the upper and lower rails. The second bar sections are connectable to the tops of the first bar sections and each is mountable on the upper rail so as to extend upwardly from one of the holes in this rail. Upper connecting mechanisms join the first bar sections to the second bar sections. Lower connecting mechanisms join the first bar sections to the lower rail at the holes formed therein.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 23, 2010
    Publication date: March 31, 2011
    Applicant: STUDIO MILAN DESIGN BUILD, INC.
    Inventor: Milan Mitrovic