Rail To Post Patents (Class 256/65.02)
  • Patent number: 10053881
    Abstract: Improved aisle rail systems and methods for use in conjunction with telescopic or retractable seating systems. A handle portion is at an upper end of a post. A short arm having a roller extends radially from a lower extent of the post. The post is rotationally mounted to a deck of a bleacher system by a support socket. Interaction of the roller with a step mounted on an underlying deck resulting from relative motion of the deck on which the aisle rail system is mounted and the underlying deck results in rotation of the post and associated handle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2018
    Assignee: HUSSEY SEATING COMPANY
    Inventors: Kerry D. Briggs, Jonathan Yau
  • Patent number: 9784011
    Abstract: A picket for a railing system comprises an elongated body with one or more walls and first and second ends. The first and second ends engage the top and bottom rails, respectively, of the railing system. The picket also comprises one or more cutouts formed along one or more of the walls. Each of the cutouts engages one of the plurality of spacers. The cutouts are proximal to the first and second ends of the pickets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 10, 2017
    Assignee: Peak Innovations Inc.
    Inventor: Simon Walker
  • Publication number: 20150102277
    Abstract: A baluster connector having a base and retaining member can be used to mount a baluster to a rail installed on both a horizontal and a sloped surface. The base can rotate relative to the retaining member to a first position to mount the baluster to a horizontal rail and to a second position to mount the baluster to an angled rail.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 15, 2014
    Publication date: April 16, 2015
    Inventor: Daniel Milanowski
  • Publication number: 20150097151
    Abstract: Fittings can be configured to mechanically couple a rod to a post. In certain embodiments, rods and posts are joined to form railing systems. Fittings can include a first threaded end coupled to a second end. The second end can include a compliant member configured to provide an interference fit between the fitting and the rod.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 4, 2013
    Publication date: April 9, 2015
    Applicant: AGS Stainless, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Toglia, Angelo Toglia, Gary Giffin, Dale Cavanaugh, Jason Gregson
  • Patent number: 8998175
    Abstract: A railing assembly that, in one embodiment, includes a first rail, a second rail, and a post that are coupled with a rail crossover assembly. The rail crossover assembly may include a first end with a first flange configured to be received in a cavity of the first rail, a second end with a second flange configured to be received in a cavity of the second rail, and a post coupling member configured to be received in a cavity of the post. The first end, the second end and the third end of the rail crossover assembly are oriented so the post is substantially orthogonal with respect to the first rail and the second rail.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: Digger Specialities, Inc.
    Inventor: Loren R. Graber
  • Publication number: 20150041745
    Abstract: A post configured for use as a vertical member in a railing system comprising a post member for mounting to a base surface. The post member defines an elongated opening configured to receive a panel therein.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 7, 2014
    Publication date: February 12, 2015
    Inventor: Patrick M. Webster
  • Publication number: 20150014620
    Abstract: An end section for a rail which is engageable with a post having a slot. The end section is so arranged that in one orientation the end section is releasable from a slot of the post, and when rotated to a second orientation, the end section is in a locked position and cannot be released from the slot of the post. The end section may be fastened, or otherwise attached to a rail and used in a demountable enclosure or support structure having at least two posts. Each post of the demountable enclosure or support structure has at least one slot for receiving a rail and the at least one rail is releasably mountable between an adjacent pair of the posts. The end section of the rail is engageable in a slot provided in one of the adjacent posts, and each slot is complementary, at least in part, to the end section of a rail. Each rail, when mounted to an adjacent post, is moveable between a locked position and an unlocked position by rotation of the respective rail.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 15, 2014
    Publication date: January 15, 2015
    Inventor: Glen Raymond Holmes
  • Patent number: 8870163
    Abstract: A bracket system for connecting a structural member to an upright member includes a bracket having an attachment portion configured to be operatively attached to a vertical or side surface of the structural member and a cup portion integral with the attachment portion. The cup portion includes a base portion and an interior perimeter surface configured to receive the upright member in an installed position such that the exterior perimeter surface of the upright member is proximate to the interior perimeter surface of the cup portion and the upright member is supported in an orientation which is substantially perpendicular and parallel to the structural member. The bracket may include an adjustable member received through a bracket opening and adjustable to retain the upright member in or allow removal of the upright member from the bracket. The upright member may include a reinforcing face plate interfacing with the adjustable member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Inventor: John E. Regan
  • Patent number: 8844084
    Abstract: A hand rail to post connector assembly for use with a modular ramp. The assembly includes a post cap configured for mounting to a post, a saddle that is received by a slot in the post cap, and a rail insert that is secured to the saddle. The post cap includes a support surface configured to support a hand rail, and the post cap substantially constrains the saddle from moving vertically. The rail insert has a clamping surface that engages an inner surface of the hand rail for clamping the hand rail between it and the saddle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Assignee: Prairie View Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Richard Allen
  • Publication number: 20140246639
    Abstract: A baluster structure of handrail includes a steel-bar threaded central post, which is circumferentially enclosed by a plastic jacket and a plastic decorative portion. The steel-bar threaded central post has top and bottom respectively forming first and second joint sections. The second joint section is mounted to a stairway and the first joint section is mounted to an underside of the handrail to form a baluster. The threads of the upper and lower sections and the thread-free middle section of the steel-bar threaded central post are enclosed by the integrally formed plastic jacket and plastic decorative portion, whereby the plastic jacket and the plastic decorative portion are rotatably fixed. The baluster is mounted to the stairway to support a handrail. The baluster is of greater strength, does not deform and bend, is safe and corrosion resistant, has an extended life span, and is environmentally conservative.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 27, 2013
    Publication date: September 4, 2014
    Inventor: JIA HAO LEE
  • Patent number: 8720866
    Abstract: A barrier is formed from a plurality of posts and a plurality of rails. Each post has an I-shaped cross section, with a pair of double-walled flanges separated by a single-walled web. Each rail is a channel-shaped member having an intermediate portion and opposed end portions. Each end portion has a rounded convex edge. The intermediate portion includes a flat section to which pickets or a fencing fabric may be attached. Each end portion also includes a flat section, which is recessed relative to the flat section of the intermediate portion. A rail is connected to a post by inserting the rail's end portion into the channel-shaped region of the post. The flat section of the rail's end portion engages the planar inner side of one of the post's flanges. Fasteners are inserted into aligned openings in the flange and the flat section to connect the rail to the post. When assembled, the post flanges and the flat section of the intermediate portion of the rail are coplanar.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Assignee: Ameristar Perimeter Security USA Inc.
    Inventor: Edward L. Gibbs
  • 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
  • Patent number: 8646735
    Abstract: Described in certain embodiments are mounting systems that employ one or more T-posts to support useful implements such as birdhouses, signs, fencing, banners, and the like. Additional disclosed embodiments relate to unique post- or wall-mount systems for such implements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2014
    Inventor: Seldon Bradley
  • Publication number: 20140008596
    Abstract: A railing support post with threaded holes or receivers for receiving threaded hardware, such as might be used for tensioned cable railing. A decorative sleeve or post cover may be used to at least partially enclose the railing support post. The railing support post may be manufactured, for example, by providing an elongated member of a prescribed length, drilling a plurality of holes spaced along the length of the elongated member, and tapping the plurality of holes to form a plurality of threaded receivers. The threaded receivers are configured to receiver rail fittings or other fittings.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 3, 2013
    Publication date: January 9, 2014
    Inventor: Joel Duane Herman
  • 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
  • Patent number: 8596618
    Abstract: A fence-frame-to-post connector comprises two separate members joined by one or more fasteners separate from the members. One member is attached to the fence frame with additional fasteners separate from those used to join the two members and also separate from the connector. One of the fasteners that joins the two members of the connector can be a hinge that is preferably made by a key tab and key slot combination in which the key pivots in the keyhole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2013
    Assignee: Simpson Strong-Tie Company, Inc.
    Inventor: Daniel M. Gray
  • Publication number: 20130299761
    Abstract: An apparatus comprising at least one trapezoidal post and at least one attachment device is provided. The trapezoidal post has a wide edge, an opposing narrow edge, and two opposing inclined edges connecting the wide edge and narrow edge. The attachment device includes a recessed portion corresponding to the shape of the wide edge of the trapezoidal post and forms at least two opposing arm sections with inclined edges corresponding to the inclined edges of the trapezoidal post. The attachment device is configured to secure to a position on the trapezoidal post by sliding the attachment device along the wide edge of the trapezoidal post to the position and engaging the opposing arm sections with the inclined edges of the trapezoidal post when a force is exerted against the attachment device and the trapezoidal post. The attachment device is further configured to couple to one or more railing components.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 12, 2013
    Publication date: November 14, 2013
    Applicant: Staging Concepts Acqusitions, LL c
    Inventors: Zach Heiling, Christoper J. Altringer, Jonathan M. Chase
  • Publication number: 20130292623
    Abstract: A metal baluster is provided which has first and second metal segments, where each of these metal segments comprises a first end and a second end. The first ends of the first metal segments include extension portions from mating engagement with one another and the second end of each metal segment is adapted for attachment to the underside of an elongated handrail or to a tread or floor. The second end of each of the metal segments further comprises an ornamental portion which is proximate the elongated handrail or the tread or the floor. Connection apparatuses provided for securing the engagement of the extension portions of the first metal segment and the second metal segment. A balustrade is also provided which comprises a plurality of balusters as described above.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 4, 2013
    Publication date: November 7, 2013
    Inventor: Eric J. Grandich
  • Publication number: 20130240816
    Abstract: An edge protection system including spaced counterweights each having a connecting bracket on one side thereof. Cantilever arms each have vertical legs on opposite ends, with one leg pivotally secured to the counterweights and the other leg secured to hubs. The vertical legs may selectively support the cantilever arm at a height sufficient to allow workers to walk upright beneath the arm. Wedges connect ledger ends to connecting wheels on hub vertical posts, and secure a stiffener to the wheel and ledger sections. Counterweights have a U-shaped bracket and a plurality of weight blocks. The blocks are selectively stacked on the bracket with one upright leg extending through weight block center openings and the other upright leg in side slots of the blocks. A trolley has a carrying connector for connecting to a connector of the one upright leg on top of the counterweight for transporting the counterweight.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Publication date: September 19, 2013
    Applicant: HONEYWELL INTERNATIONAL INC.
    Inventors: Joakim Svedberg, Patrick Holmbom
  • Publication number: 20130240817
    Abstract: A guardrail support comprising a base having a first side with attachment holes suitable for attachment to a surface beneath the base using one or more fasteners at a penetrating angle, and a second side one or more attachment holes suitable for attachment to the surface beneath the base using one or more fasteners at a penetrating angle, a post extending vertically from the base, a support member extending at an angle from the first side of the base to the post, where an upper portion of the post is positioned at a distance of between 48 inches and 60 inches from the base, and wherein when the base of the guardrail support is attached to the surface beneath the base, the guardrail support will withstand a 200 pound outward or downward force applied to the upper portion of the post.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 16, 2012
    Publication date: September 19, 2013
    Applicant: ADJUSTABLE FORMS, INC.
    Inventor: Eric Lindquist
  • 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
  • Publication number: 20130207063
    Abstract: The protection kit comprises at least one post comprising at least one side opening, at least one rail, and at least one sleeve comprising at least one deformable tab. The sleeve is operable to receive a rail within its interior and to enter a side opening with deformation of at least one tab. Preferably, at least one opening is fitted with a tooth and the tab is deformable elastically and comprises an opening to receive the tooth. The insertion of a sleeve into the opening of the post causes the tab to deform until the tooth is located in the opening of the tab and the insertion of the rail into the interior of the sleeve restrains the tab.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 20, 2011
    Publication date: August 15, 2013
    Applicant: CITYNOX
    Inventors: Jonathan Russier, Brice Martigné
  • Publication number: 20130207064
    Abstract: A combination of a rail and a baluster with the 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. In addition to the rail, also termed a lower rail, there is preferably a second rail, also termed an upper rail or hand rail.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 28, 2013
    Publication date: August 15, 2013
    Inventor: Patrick R. Hoggan
  • Publication number: 20130207062
    Abstract: A connection system for a hand rail installation has particular applicability in connection with installing a hand rail unit comprising a top rail, a bottom rail and a plurality of balustrades to a pair of mounting posts. The ends of the top rail and the bottom rail are secured to the mounting posts by brackets. In some embodiments, the brackets have a flange-like sleeves and a recess defined by side rails which are engaged by the mounting clips. One support mounting clip employs three outwardly biased retention tabs which engage with a bracket installed over the end of the upper rail. Various top rail and bottom rail bracket configurations are disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 17, 2012
    Publication date: August 15, 2013
    Inventors: Mark Joseph Guthrie, Peter J. Shadwell
  • Patent number: 8490287
    Abstract: A spacer apparatus of the invention is attached to a fence post to occupy a space between the fence post and a nearby structure. The subject fence end spacer apparatus includes space occupying members, and fence attachment members are connected to the space occupying members, for attaching the space occupying members to the fence post. The space occupying members fills the space between the fence post and a nearby structure. The space occupying members can include horizontal members connected to the fence attachment members and can include vertical members connected to the horizontal members. Together, the horizontal members and the vertical members provide a space-occupying fence portion. The fence attachment means can include first and second fence attachment members for contacting first and second portions of the fence post. The method of using the fence end spacer apparatus to removably fill the space between the fence post and the nearby structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 23, 2013
    Inventors: Robert B. Barter, Ruby G. Barter
  • Publication number: 20130128591
    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. The baluster includes an accessory port that is electrically connected to an electrical cord in a channel of the first baluster connector.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 9, 2012
    Publication date: May 23, 2013
    Inventor: Rick Bennette
  • Patent number: 8429805
    Abstract: A picket or panel railing and method of fabrication of the railing from a kit of parts includes U-shaped channels having inserts fixed in the channels, with holes pre-formed in the insert for insertion of pickets. Vertical pickets interconnect the upper channel and a lower channel and opposite ends of the pickets fit through the holes formed in the inserts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2013
    Inventor: Willard B. Adkins
  • Patent number: 8382070
    Abstract: A barrier is formed from a plurality of posts and a plurality of rails. Each post has an I-shaped cross section, with a pair of double-walled flanges separated by a single-walled web. Each rail is a channel-shaped member having an intermediate portion and opposed end portions. Each end portion has a rounded convex edge. The intermediate portion includes a flat section to which pickets or a fencing fabric may be attached. Each end portion also includes a flat section, which is recessed relative to the flat section of the intermediate portion. A rail is connected to a post by inserting the rail's end portion into the channel-shaped region of the post. The flat section of the rail's end portion engages the planar inner side of one of the post's flanges. Fasteners are inserted into aligned openings in the flange and the flat section to connect the rail to the post. When assembled, the post flanges and the flat section of the intermediate portion of the rail are coplanar.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2013
    Inventor: Edward L. Gibbs
  • Publication number: 20130032773
    Abstract: The safety barrier is provided for delimiting two adjacent areas from one another on an open floor surface. The safety barrier includes a plurality of spaced-apart posts. Each post has a bottom portion releasibly connectable to the floor surface and has a vertically-extending upper portion. The safety barrier also includes at least one interconnecting segment located above the floor surface and transversally extending across a corresponding intervening space between each two successive ones of the spaced-apart posts. In use, when one of the posts and/or one of the interconnecting segments is/are subjected to an impact with a moving object, the connection between the impacted post and the floor surface and/or the connection between the impacted post and any interconnecting segment connected thereto and/or the connection between the impacted interconnecting segment and any one of the posts to which it is connected can be temporally discontinued.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 26, 2012
    Publication date: February 7, 2013
    Applicant: 9172-9863 QUÉBEC INC.
    Inventor: Gaetan JETTE
  • Publication number: 20130020546
    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: July 27, 2012
    Publication date: January 24, 2013
    Inventor: Richard P. Truckner
  • Patent number: 8348242
    Abstract: A plurality of similarly configured coupling component assemblies is provided. Each assembly includes a first coil spring and a second coil spring. Each coil spring is positioned in a hole. Each coil spring has an interior end of a reduced diameter with a fastener attaching the spring to the hole. Each coil spring has an exterior end extending a short distance outside of the hole. The exterior ends of adjacent opposing coil springs are adapted to interlock and join associated components of the system when rotated with respect to each other about a common axis of rotation. The coupling components also include a cylindrical rod with opposed ends within the opposing coil springs. Each rod has an axial length greater than the length of each coil spring and less than the axial length of two holes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Inventor: Roger Rock
  • Patent number: 8317162
    Abstract: A road rail comprises tubular posts (1; 20) to be anchored in the ground and a rail profile (2; 21) to be attached to the posts. The rail profile has a substantially closed cross-section but is open downwards for lowering onto the posts. The rail profile is supported on each post by a support member (5; 24) carried by lower edges of opposed cutouts (4; 23) in the post. At least one locking member (7; 26) inside the rail profile provides locking between the post and the rail profile by engagement on one hand with the rail profile and on the other hand with an upper edge of each post cutout (4; 23) by a locking tongue (10; 27) of the locking member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2012
    Assignee: AB Varmforzinkning
    Inventor: Anders Welandson
  • Patent number: 8256164
    Abstract: A safety hatch and safety railing assembly in unitary form which incorporates the fabrication of a roof or deck scuttle with safety guard rails as required by the Occupation Safety Hazards Act (OSHA) around the roof or deck opening of a building. The safety hatch or safety hatch and safety railing assembly of the present invention preferably employs safety railing mounting bracket components that are welded to hatch flashing or to bracket hanger members and are designed to receive and provide for safe and efficient mounting of vertical posts and rails of a safety railing assembly around a roof or deck access opening. The safety hatch and safety railing assembly provides an improved base flashing that additionally functions to hold the roofing membrane to the scuttle curb.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2012
    Inventor: Joseph Cuccurullo
  • Publication number: 20120211714
    Abstract: A fence system and method of manufacturing a fence includes a fence post and a rail inserted into and supported by the fence post. The rail is inserted into an aperture located in a sidewall of the post, the aperture having a shape that is substantially the same as the cross-sectional shape of the rail. Gaps between the opening in the post and the rail, once the rail is inserted into the post, are minimized so as to prevent insects from gaining access to the inside of the post.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 30, 2012
    Publication date: August 23, 2012
    Inventor: Rosario Esposito
  • Patent number: 8220781
    Abstract: A fence-frame-to-post connector comprises two separate members joined by one or more fasteners separate from the members. One member is attached to the fence frame with additional fasteners separate from those used to join the two members and also separate from the connector. One of the fasteners that joins the two members of the connector can be a hinge that is preferably made by a key tab and key slot combination in which the key pivots in the keyhole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2012
    Assignee: Simpson Strong-Tie Company, Inc.
    Inventor: Daniel M. Gray
  • Patent number: 8167275
    Abstract: A rail system that may be comprised of various components such as an upper rail, support rail, bottom rail, squash blocks, balusters, post covers, and ancillary components, such as post skirts and caps. In one exemplary embodiment, the rail system may be uniquely designed to accommodate perpendicular and angled installations (e.g., both in the horizontal and vertical planes). Furthermore, in another exemplary embodiment, the rail system may be easily assembled such that the support hardware is substantially hidden from view after installation, thereby enhancing the appearance of the railing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2012
    Assignee: The Crane Group Companies Limited
    Inventors: Paul M. Bizzarri, Chip Herr, John M. Previte, Kevin T. Burt, William G. Taylor, Matthew T. Fenneman, Jeffrey R. Burr, Timothy C. Rothwell
  • Publication number: 20120032130
    Abstract: A railing assembly that, in one embodiment, includes a first rail, a second rail, and a post that are coupled with a rail crossover assembly. The rail crossover assembly may include a first end with a first flange configured to be received in a cavity of the first rail, a second end with a second flange configured to be received in a cavity of the second rail, and a post coupling member configured to be received in a cavity of the post. The first end, the second end and the third end of the rail crossover assembly are oriented so the post is substantially orthogonal with respect to the first rail and the second rail.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 17, 2011
    Publication date: February 9, 2012
    Applicant: DIGGER SPECIALTIES, INC.
    Inventor: Loren R. Graber
  • 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: 20120018692
    Abstract: Apparatus and method of assembling a fence system. A fence post comprises an inner structural post and an outer post. The inner structural post includes a base flange for attaching the inner structural post to a surface. A lower insert block is inserted over the inner structural post and in contact with the base flange. The outer post comprises upper and lower apertures. Horizontal rail supports are inserted through the upper and lower apertures. The horizontal rail supports are locked in place by locking devices. Horizontal rails are inserted over the horizontal rail supports to create a fence system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 21, 2010
    Publication date: January 26, 2012
    Inventor: Duane Langenwalter
  • Publication number: 20110292214
    Abstract: A modular fence has at least one post member having a hollow interior section. At least one rail having a hollow interior section is provided. The rail is coupled to the post so the hollow interior section of the post member is in communication with the hollow interior section of the rail. A holding device may be formed on a bottom section of the post member to position the modular fence in an upright position. A plurality of openings is formed in the post member and the rail. Wiring is positioned in the interior section of the post and the interior section of the rail. Connectors are attached to the wiring. Security equipment is attached to the wiring via the connectors, wherein the security equipment is attached to at least one of the post member or rail through one of the plurality of openings.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 26, 2010
    Publication date: December 1, 2011
    Inventor: Morgan Plaster
  • Publication number: 20110277403
    Abstract: A handrail construction, such as for a bridge or stairway, includes a tubular handrail element, the cross section of which is defined by a closed tube wall which encloses an internal cavity, and also a series of supports fastened to the handrail element. At least one counterpiece is located in the interior of the handrail element. Each support is fastened to a counterpiece via a fastening element which protrudes through the tube wall of the handrail element. The handrail element includes a thermosetting material.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 12, 2010
    Publication date: November 17, 2011
    Applicant: FIBERCORE IP B.V.
    Inventor: Johannes Hendricus Alphonsus Peeters
  • Publication number: 20110248229
    Abstract: A fence post (1) which is adapted to release from a substrate surface in the event of rising water or flood. A plurality of fence post(s) may be used to form a fence (FIG. 8). Each fence post (1) includes an engaging means (7) at a first end thereof, which is adapted to release from a substrate surface in the event of rising water or flood, and, a retaining means (5) at a second end thereof to retain the post near its pre-released position, such that the fence posts may be easily re-installed after the flood has passed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 10, 2009
    Publication date: October 13, 2011
    Applicant: JUSTOY PTY LIMITED
    Inventor: Robert Ian Hedley
  • Publication number: 20110204308
    Abstract: A railing and method of manufacturing the railing provide for a guard rail having an upper and lower railing and pickets extending between the upper and lower railing joined to posts such that a rib extends from a surface of one or both of the railings bites into an end of the pickets preventing chattering.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 22, 2011
    Publication date: August 25, 2011
    Inventors: Willard Adkins, Fredrich M. Hilpert
  • Publication number: 20110147687
    Abstract: There is provided an extendable baluster assembly for use with a handrail, the extendable baluster assembly comprising a baluster comprising an inner member and an outer member circumscribing a portion of the inner member in a telescopic relation, the outer member being fixable to the inner member; and a railing connector having a tubular body defining a cavity for receiving a top end of the baluster. There is also provided an extendable baluster assembly for use with a handrail, the extendable baluster assembly comprising a telescopic baluster; a ground connector adapted to be attached to a ground surface; a railing connector adapted to be attached to a handrail; and rotational joints between the baluster and the railing connector, and between the baluster and the ground connector, whereby the baluster is rotatable.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 27, 2010
    Publication date: June 23, 2011
    Inventor: JEAN SGARIGLIA
  • Publication number: 20110147688
    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: November 19, 2010
    Publication date: June 23, 2011
    Inventor: Rosario Esposito
  • Publication number: 20110133146
    Abstract: A balustrade (10) and a method of manufacturing it are provided. The balustrade (10) has a number of upright posts (24) that are anchored in a substrate and has rails (42,44) that extend between the posts (24). The rails (42,44) are attached to the posts (24) with attachment formations (34,46), by way of a press fit, so that the balustrade (10) can be assembled without any welding on site.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 24, 2009
    Publication date: June 9, 2011
    Applicant: Jose Teixeira Mao-Cheia
    Inventors: Jose Teixeira Mao-Cheia, Fredrick Edward Basson
  • 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: 20110100287
    Abstract: A telescoping boat railing including a rod having a first end with a fastener and a second end that telescopes relative to an opening in a hollow top rail of a boat. The top rail is supported horizontally by one of a plurality of vertical support members of a railing for the boat, which railing defines an opening for accessing the boat. Across the railing opening from the fastener is a receptacle formed co-linearly with the fastener and extending from a horizontal portion of the top of the railing. The rod is pulled out of the opening in the top rail in the direction of the receptacle and is removably attached by connecting the fastener and the receptacle. To return the rod to its nested position, the fastener is disconnected from the receptacle, and the rod is telescoped back into its nesting position in the hollow of the top rail.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 6, 2010
    Publication date: May 5, 2011
    Inventor: Nathan David Povich
  • Patent number: 7934699
    Abstract: A fence system having a post and a bracket. The post preferably has at least one longitudinal channel extending a length of the post, the channel being narrower at an opening of the channel than at an interior of the channel. The bracket preferably has an engagement member slidingly engaged with the channel of the post, and a rail receptacle housing adapted to support a rail. A method of assembling a fence comprising the steps of providing a post, inserting an end of a rail into a rail receptacle housing of a bracket, sliding an engagement member of the bracket into engagement with a dovetail-shaped channel extending the length of the post, and attaching the bracket to the post at a desired position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2011
    Assignee: Westech Building Products, Inc.
    Inventors: William R. Zell, John-Paul Braaten
  • Publication number: 20110089390
    Abstract: Provided is a post assembly configured for use with a lighted handrail, wherein the post assembly includes a post body sized to house a driver or other operational components associated with the lighting components disposed within the lighted handrail. In this regard, such components may be disposed in relatively close proximity to the lighted handrail, making the overall assembly safer, more energy efficient. Furthermore, by disposing the components within the post body, such components may be more easily accessed for routine maintenance and repair.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 11, 2010
    Publication date: April 21, 2011
    Inventor: Thomas F. Steinkraus