Rail To Post Patents (Class 256/65.02)
  • Patent number: 7048259
    Abstract: A rail bracket mounting system, including a bracket that is attached to a post. The bracket is formed to support the notching of a rail. The end of a rail is then nested into the bracket, and is supported by the bracket. The rail is then secured to the bracket by fasteners such as screws, and a cover may then be placed over the bracket, housing the securing fasteners. The rail may be hollow or solid. A hollow rail may be reinforced along its entire length by the insertion of one or more reinforcing members through a hollow portion of the rail.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2006
    Assignee: Kroy Building Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Randy R. Quaintance, Ronald R. West
  • Patent number: 7032890
    Abstract: The present invention is a thin profile prefabricated reinforced plastic fence. A preferred embodiment of the fence comprises a top rail having a bottom side with a plurality of picket apertures and a bottom rail having a top side with a plurality of member apertures. The bottom rail preferably contains a horizontal strengthening member and supports the top rail by way of vertical pickets. Each picket sheaths a strengthening member that is slideable inside the picket. The top of each picket is inserted into the picket apertures of the top rail and the strengthening member extends from the bottom of each picket into the member aperture of the bottom rail. The bottom of each picket rests upon the top side of the bottom rail. The fence ends have a first post and second post to which the top and bottom rails are fastened.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2006
    Inventor: John Svalbe
  • Patent number: 7021607
    Abstract: A fence construction system comprises a clip attached securely to a picket of a fence. The picket is inserted in a hole of a rail and the clip secures the picket to the rail, without field welding.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2002
    Date of Patent: April 4, 2006
    Inventor: James Alexander
  • Patent number: 7007978
    Abstract: A portable lightweight grind rail assembly formed of a tube supported on a multiplicity of spaced apart tube supports, each tube support having a base, a tube receiving surface and tube receiving mechanism which retains a portion of the tube on the tube receiving surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2004
    Date of Patent: March 7, 2006
    Inventor: Erik Purdom
  • Patent number: 6994326
    Abstract: A fence with hollow posts and rails uses a flexible plug that is placed in insect entry path blocking position by sliding the plug into a fence rail in a direction that is perpendicular to the longitudinal axis of the plug. A friction fit between shoulders on the plug and a rib and ledge inside of the rail is attained by the relative spacing of the shoulders to the spacing of the rib and ledge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 20, 2004
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2006
    Assignee: Tyson Fence Co., Inc.
    Inventor: James M. Tyson
  • Patent number: 6986505
    Abstract: A fence rail clip for attaching a fence rail to a vertical fence post is disclosed. The rail clip has a bracket with a raised central area flanked by two lower lateral areas and a rail connector that, vertically or horizontally, slidingly engages the central area of the bracket. The lateral areas define locations for connecting the bracket to a vertical post. The rail connector has a rail receiving receptacle into which an end of a rail may be inserted. The bracket may include indicia for determining the correct position of attachment of the rail connector to the bracket. When the position of the rail connector is altered by sliding the rail connector relative to the bracket, the angle of the rail receiving receptacle is altered, thereby changing the angle at which a rail may be attached to the post.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2002
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2006
    Inventor: Robert E. Platt
  • Patent number: 6964410
    Abstract: An ornamental guardrail system that has an improved base assembly, which allows water and debris to escape from the deck surface. The system uses a mounting arrangement that supports the glass panels above the surface of the deck without using full-height posts. This mounting arrangement makes a structural glass railing useful in many types of construction projects that require the surface water to sheet flow under the railing system, or to achieve a certain visual style.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2002
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2005
    Inventor: Tracy C. Hansen
  • Patent number: 6938882
    Abstract: An apparatus for internally framing a vinyl gate suitable for use with vinyl fencing provides completely hidden structures formed of sheet metal and assembled for greater strength and rigidity. Beams may be formed as channels from sheet metal, which may be placed together, with open edges of the channel juxtaposed and positioned within each other, in order to provide fully closed perimeters for beams. Various types of corner ties are provided to support loads and squareness required between vertical and horizontal members of the frame. In various embodiments, vinyl sleeves may be placed over various beams before or after the beams have been fully assembled, as appropriate, possible, or required. In certain embodiments, the entire systems of gate framing may be shipped in a long format appearing primarily as linearly-extending, channel-shaped stock. Likewise sheathing can ship as long stock.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2002
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2005
    Assignee: Vinyl Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: John L. Hadfield, Sr., Robert H. Calton
  • Patent number: 6913249
    Abstract: A fence which includes upper and lower horizontal rails with boards extending between the rails. The rails are formed into separable half parts which are connectable together about the boards. The half parts include opposing ribs which separate the boards.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2001
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2005
    Inventor: Jean-Michel Lerdu
  • Patent number: 6905109
    Abstract: Plastic fences where rails are inserted into holes in hollow posts are effectively stiffened by inserting into the hollow post a stiffening device which grips the rails extending into the post, and which is stabilized against movement so as to prevent angular deflection of the rails with the posts in a plane orthogonal to the longitudinal axis of the post.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2003
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2005
    Inventor: Richard E. Mills
  • Patent number: 6893008
    Abstract: A fence rail bracket system. The bracket system may include a bracket with an open end for receiving a fence rail, a retention clip for attaching the rail to the bracket, and a cap for covering the open end of the bracket. The bracket may attach to a wall or post and the fence rail may be slid into the open end of the bracket. The retention clip may attach the bracket to the fence rail and prevent the rail from sliding out of the bracket. The cap may be removably attached to the bracket to conceal the hardware used in the system for a more aesthetically pleasing look.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2005
    Assignee: Kroy Building Products, Inc.
    Inventor: John T. Forbis
  • Patent number: 6874767
    Abstract: A high security palisade fence is formed from a plurality of vertical posts, each of which is characterized by a pair of flange sections which are joined by an intermediate flat web section having a double-walled structure. One or more cable passageways are formed in each post. Each adjacent pair of posts is interconnected by a plurality of parallel rails. Each rail is formed with an internal tray, within which a strengthening cable may extend. Vertical pickets are attached to the rails. The pickets are preferably characterized by a W-shaped profile, and preferably include longitudinal strengthening ribs. Each picket has a flat attachment surface in which a plurality of subsurface recesses are formed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2002
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2005
    Inventor: Edward L. Gibbs
  • Patent number: 6874766
    Abstract: A deck railing section comprises synthetic posts held spaced from one another by top and bottom rail members. Each of the rail members has a multiple piece construction including first and second interlocking synthetic rail pieces and a metallic reinforcing insert. The insert has holes at post attachment locations along the insert. Each post has screw ports to opposite ends of the post. Rail members are secured to the posts by threaded attachment members passing through the holes in the inserts and into the screw ports of the posts. The first rail pieces are trapped between the posts and the inserts. The second rail pieces lock onto the first rail pieces hiding the reinforcing inserts internally of the rail members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2002
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2005
    Assignee: Royal Group Technologies Limited
    Inventor: Tony Curatolo
  • Patent number: 6866253
    Abstract: A rail (100, 100?) is formed with ends (102, 104) configured so that they can be placed together and mounted to the post (P) of a fencing system. A breakaway feature (122, 124, 126) permits the rail to break free of the post (P) when a threshold level of force is applied to the rail. Two adapters (200) can be attached to a stock rail (R) to form a breakaway rail.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2004
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2005
    Inventor: Joel S. Hopper
  • Patent number: 6866251
    Abstract: A fencing system includes an anchor that is insertable into the ground and a pole having an end that is mounted over the anchor such that the pole is supported by the anchor. A fastener is located on the pole and is used to secure fencing material to the pole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2002
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2005
    Inventor: Lars Rosaen
  • Patent number: 6863265
    Abstract: A security cover is used in conjunction with a visually pleasing picket fence barrier. The security cover, having a C-shaped cross section, restricts access to bolts used to couple each picket to top and bottom support beams and thereby prevents tampering with the fence.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2003
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2005
    Assignee: Safeguards Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Haim Perry, Bruce Cochrane
  • Patent number: 6851660
    Abstract: A landscape timber anchoring system uses a series of posts that each having openings that receive an end of a landscape timber. Pairs of posts are located in spaced apart fashion and the ends of the timbers are received within respective openings on the posts. Additional openings can be located above the initial openings to receive additional timbers in stacked fashion. Further openings can be disposed on the posts in an orientation that is different relative to the orientation of the first openings to receive an end of additional timbers with the opposing end of such timbers received within appropriate openings located on additional posts. Planks can be received within slits located on the posts in lieu of or in addition to the timbers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2002
    Date of Patent: February 8, 2005
    Inventor: Michael Thomas Cravatt
  • Patent number: 6840194
    Abstract: A round pen and the method of constructing the same which comprises the steps of selecting a plurality of vertical round tubular steel posts, a plurality of horizontal rails of tubular steel and a plurality of cables of sufficient length to traverse the distance from the first end post around the intermediate posts and back to the second end post, each intermediate post having a series of eyes welded thereon, fitting the cables through all of the eyes on the intermediate posts and attaching an end of each cable to the first end post, attaching an opposite end of each cable to the second end post through a spring, inserting an end of a horizontal rail into an opening in the first end post and then adjusting the opposite end of the rail into an opening in the next adjacent intermediate post, continuing to insert horizontal rails in all of the intermediate posts until the rails are in abutting relation in all of the intermediate posts, inserting the ends of a horizontal rail in an opening in the second end post
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2003
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2005
    Assignee: Ranchers Pipe & Steel Corporation
    Inventor: Warren F. Young
  • Patent number: 6830236
    Abstract: An upright post has a socket for receiving a device at the end of a retractable strap. The device is wedge shaped at the free end of the strap. A releasable locking tab secures the device in the socket. A recess provided in the socket cooperates with the tab to prevent inadvertent release of the fitting from the socket. An actuator button is provided to manually release the locking tab from the recess.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2003
    Date of Patent: December 14, 2004
    Inventor: Ricardo Augusto de Lorenzo
  • Publication number: 20040245513
    Abstract: A handrail jointer which is most suitable to install a handrail easily at a placing site even on a slope which is bent and has a complicated shape having a varying inclination. The handrail jointer 1 comprises the post connector 10 connected to the post 5, the handrail holders 31, 32 having the handrail holding portions 31a, 32a holding the handrail members 7, and the elbow body 20 attached to the post connector 10 and having the fitting portions 23, 24 for fitting the handrail holders 31, 32. These handrail holders 31, 32 are rotatably attached at certain angles to the fitting portions 23, 24 so that the handrail holders 31, 32 can rotate in a neck roll exercise manner on the fitting portions 23, 24.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 19, 2004
    Publication date: December 9, 2004
    Inventor: Shuhei Izumi
  • Patent number: 6827336
    Abstract: A concrete fencing system uses a pair of end posts to support a pair of rails, which support a plurality of panels. The end posts and rails have rectangular cross-sections. Each end post has a blind hole and a notch, and each rail has a longitudinal slot. One section of the fencing system is constructed by setting a pair of the end posts in the ground. A lower rail is mounted between the lower ends of the end posts in their blind holes with its slot facing upward. An upper rail is mounted between the upper ends of the end posts in their notches with its slot facing downward. A set of the panels are placed between the end posts and seated in the slots of the rails to form a wall. No additional mechanical fasteners are required to join any of these components.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2002
    Date of Patent: December 7, 2004
    Inventor: Byung Sun Hwang
  • Patent number: 6802496
    Abstract: Bracket system for assembling a fence that includes posts and rails, wherein the bracket system includes a post bracket including a first projecting portion and a second projecting portion. The post bracket is securable to a post. The first projecting portion extends in one direction and the second projecting portion extends a different direction. A first rail bracket includes a first end securable to the first projecting portion and a second end that is securable a rail. A second rail bracket includes a first end securable to the second projecting portion and a second end that is securable another rail. The post bracket has an internal opening whose size and shape generally corresponds to a size and shape of the post. Each of the first and second rail brackets is configured to lengthen or shorten a respective rail upon movement of the post bracket relative to the post. Prior to being secured thereto, the post bracket can slide up and down relative to the post.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2002
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2004
    Inventor: John Preta
  • Patent number: 6767005
    Abstract: A fencing system which includes a plurality of pales (20), one or more substantially horizontal rails (10), the rails including a substantially flat surface against which the pales are set, and the pales including a tubular cross section comprising a tubular wall a part of which is provided with holes (28) through which a bolt (15) or the like is passed to secure the pales. The cross section of the pale has a shape which is elongate in the direction of the rail. Further, the section includes a generally convex surface facing away from the rail. The section also includes a generally concave or re-entrant surface, so that the fastening means may engage with this surface and be concealed by this surface when the pale is regarded from side of the pale opposite to the concave surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2002
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2004
    Assignee: CRH Fencing Limited
    Inventor: Roger Tipple
  • Patent number: 6755394
    Abstract: A modular fence system. The system includes fence planks designed for insertion into open channels of upper and lower fence rails. The fence rails are supported in a horizontal orientation between intermittent fence posts, with the open channels facing toward a vertical direction and with the fence planks extending vertically between the rails and into the channels. The planks preferably include resilient protrusions at their upper ends. The protrusions of the planks are designed to fit into internal passages formed in the open channels of the upper fence rail, into engagement with ledges defining the passages, to inhibit inadvertent removal of the planks from the upper rail. The fence rails can also be used in a different way and in a different position, in which the open channels face toward a horizontal direction, with an elongate cap coupled to the rail to cover the open channel. Plank members are coupled to the cap such that the cap resides between the plank members and the rail.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2002
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2004
    Assignee: Kroy Building Products, Inc.
    Inventors: John T. Forbis, Randy Quaintance, Ronald R. West
  • Patent number: 6739583
    Abstract: A picket fence panel comprising at least two post members aligned substantially vertical and spaced apart is disclosed. A plurality of pickets are aligned substantially vertical to the post members. Each of the pickets have an upper end, a lower end, an upper bore located proximate to the upper end and a lower bore located proximate to the lower end. An upper c-shaped rail and a lower c-shaped rail is also provided. Each rail is aligned and mounted between the post members and has a plurality of paired openings to accept the plurality of pickets. A corresponding plurality of aperture openings are located along each of the upper and lower c-shaped rail. Each aperture has at least two flaps hingedly deposed thereon. First and second rod members extend substantially over the length of the upper and lower c-shaped rail and engage the plurality of pickets and the aperture openings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2004
    Inventor: David Allen Ryon
  • Publication number: 20040056241
    Abstract: A hidden connector system (10) for railing constructions including a basic railing unit (11) including an elongated hollow tubular railing member (20), the interior surface of which is provided with a generally C-shaped central core element (21) that is supported within the interior of the railing member (20) by a pair of opposed struts (22) (22) wherein, the exterior surface of the railing member (20) may be provided with opposed elongated channels (23) and/or opposed cylindrical recesses (25) that are offset by 90° from the opposed struts (22) (22) and wherein a plurality of railing members (20) (20′) etc. may be connected to one another by conventional fasteners (50) alone or in combination with diverse connector members (60) (70) and (80).
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 23, 2002
    Publication date: March 25, 2004
    Inventor: Everette D. Calverley
  • Patent number: 6702259
    Abstract: A guard rail system fabricated from standard-sized components, preferably extruded, comprises balusters fastened to a lower rail and to an upper retainer at fixed intervals. The balusters are provided with central bores for receiving fasteners such as screws through predrilled holes in the upper retainer and lower rail. A hand rail is slip-fitted over the upper retainer in locking relation, to provide integrated guard rail sections. Guard rail sections so assembled are fastened to end posts, preferably using mounting brackets having a flanged arm which nests in grooves or recesses in the upper retainer and lower rail to provide a safe, secure and aesthetically appealing guard rail.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2001
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2004
    Assignee: Compos-A-Tron Research & Development Inc.
    Inventor: Jim Pratt
  • Patent number: 6698726
    Abstract: A fence rail clip for attaching a fence rail to a vertical fence post is disclosed. The rail clip has a bracket and a rail connector. The bracket may be secured to the vertical post. The rail connector has a rail receiving receptacle into which an end of a rail may be inserted and the connector is adapted to slidingly engage the bracket. When the position of the rail connector is altered by sliding the rail connector along the bracket, the angle of the rail receiving receptacle is altered, thereby changing the angle at which a rail may be attached to the post.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2002
    Date of Patent: March 2, 2004
    Inventor: Robert E. Platt
  • Publication number: 20040036064
    Abstract: A fence assembly including a post and interconnecting rails. The post includes an interior chamber structure defined by numerous compartments, an exterior wall structure and a plurality of inwardly projecting rail-receiving channels. The rail-receiving channels at least partially define the geometry of the interior chamber structure. The assembly may be made of extruded plastic material such that the post, rails and additional components, such as channel inserts, are generally hollow along their respective elongate dimensions. Each of the components within the assembly may be cut to user-defined lengths. The purpose of the abstract is to enable the United States Patent and Trademark Office and the public generally to determine from a cursory inspection the nature and gist of the technical disclosure, and is not to be used for interpreting the scope of the claims.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 21, 2003
    Publication date: February 26, 2004
    Inventors: Kyozaburo Takagi, Gordon Dodson, Marcus Roble, Kazuhiko Kise
  • Publication number: 20040025452
    Abstract: A baluster retaining member for connecting an end of a baluster to an opening in a rail of a railing system includes a rail section dimensioned to fit within the opening and a baluster section dimensioned to be secured to an end of the baluster. The rail and baluster sections are oriented with respect to one another at a predetermined angle so that when the baluster is connected to the rail by the member and the rail is positioned for use adjacent a stairway at an angle from the horizontal, the baluster is oriented vertically.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 12, 2002
    Publication date: February 12, 2004
    Inventor: Frederick Bruce McLean
  • Patent number: 6688046
    Abstract: A safety rail assembly for an access hatch with a hatch frame which defines an opening; extends around at least a part of the hatch frame and includes guard members interconnection members which extend around the hatch frame, and support members for supporting the guard members at a position elevated above the hatch frame, where each interconnection member has a spacer member secured therto between the ends thereof, and each spacer member has a body portion by which the spacer member is secured to an interconnection member and a head portion for bearing firmly against an outwardly facing surface of the hatch frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2002
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2004
    Assignee: Kee International Products Inc.
    Inventor: Simon Perkins
  • Patent number: 6679480
    Abstract: A wire fastening device and a wire extending structure capable of extending a wire with an appropriate tension between support. The wire fastening device includes a case, a cap bolt and a pulling cylinder. The case has a wire engaging portion at one end thereof and a female thread formed on an inner circumference thereof. The cap bolt is inserted into the pulling cylinder with the head abutted with the pulling cylinder and has a male thread formed on an outer circumference thereof. The pulling cylinder is held on the cap bolt rotatably and the case, with one end of the wire engaged therewith, is screwed on the pulling cylinder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2000
    Date of Patent: January 20, 2004
    Assignees: Joint Center Co., Ltd., Ultima Co., Ltd., Shoei Kogyo Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Choei Hara, Takayuki Aoshika, Kenichi Masabayashi
  • Patent number: 6666625
    Abstract: A support post for use in the construction of a retaining wall comprises a single, rigid plate member, the bottom portion of which is pointed so that the plate member can be readily driven into the ground a distance sufficient to ensure minimal movement of the plate member. The upper portion of the plate member has at least one aperture (and preferably several pairs of apertures) in it, through which a bolt, screw or nail may be passed to hold a wall member (for example, a plank) firmly against the plate member. If the plate member is roll formed from steel sheet, it will normally have ridges or folds to improve its stiffness. A spike may extend below the plate member, and a rod may extend upwardly from the top of the plate member and be fitted with a support for a wire, cable, hose or a fence post. A support post for use at corners of a retaining wall has two half-plate members welded to a steel rod with an included angle of up to 90°.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2002
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2003
    Inventor: Scott Anthony Thornton
  • Publication number: 20030213947
    Abstract: A fence assembly including a post and interconnecting rails. The post includes an interior chamber structure defined by numerous compartments, an exterior wall structure and a plurality of inwardly projecting rail-receiving channels. The rail-receiving channels at least partially define the geometry of the interior chamber structure. The assembly may be made of extruded plastic material such that the post, rails and additional components, such as channel inserts, are generally hollow along their respective elongate dimensions. Each of the components within the assembly may be cut to user-defined lengths. The purpose of the abstract is to enable the United States Patent and Trademark Office and the public generally to determine from a cursory inspection the nature and gist of the technical disclosure, and is not to be used for interpreting the scope of the claims.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 21, 2003
    Publication date: November 20, 2003
    Inventors: Kyozaburo Takagi, Gordon Charles Dodson, Kazuhiko Kise
  • Publication number: 20030167701
    Abstract: A modular and dismantleable porch apparatus including a deck frame for supporting decking material, a handrail assembly attached about the circumference of the deck frame, an modular step assembly attached to the deck frame, and a modular handrail assembly attached to the step assembly. The deck frame is constructed of a plurality of support members having swedged ends that interlock to form a rectangular body. The step assembly is constructed of step frame members that may be added as needed to add additional steps. The handrail assembly also provides a modular design using handrail segments with swedged ends in which additional rail segments may be added to accommodate the length of the completed step assembly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 20, 2002
    Publication date: September 11, 2003
    Inventor: Rolland Wayne Rich
  • Publication number: 20030127639
    Abstract: A picket fence panel comprising at least two post members aligned substantially vertical and spaced apart is disclosed. A plurality of pickets are aligned substantially vertical to the post members. Each of the pickets have an upper end, a lower end, an upper bore located proximate to the upper end and a lower bore located proximate to the lower end. An upper c-shaped rail and a lower c-shaped rail is also provided. Each rail is aligned and mounted between the post members and has a plurality of paired openings to accept the plurality of pickets. A corresponding plurality of aperture openings are located along each of the upper and lower c-shaped rail. Each aperture has at least two flaps hingedly deposed thereon. First and second rod members extend substantially over the length of the upper and lower c-shaped rail and engage the plurality of pickets and the aperture openings.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 5, 2002
    Publication date: July 10, 2003
    Inventor: David Allen Ryon
  • Patent number: 6585234
    Abstract: A fence rail holder for connection to conventional metal fence posts having a generally T-shaped cross section is provided which allows PVC fence rails to be connected to metal fence posts. The fence rail holder detachably mounts on a fence post using at least one clip which attaches to the T-shaped fence post. Openings at opposite side surfaces of the fence rail holder receive and support the fence rails. The fencing system allows the addition of a very visible, white PVC or other rail to a conventional barbed wire or wire mesh fence. The fencing system also includes wire support members which allow electric wire or other wire to be easily connected to a PVC fence.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2001
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2003
    Inventor: Joseph J. Berto
  • Patent number: 6568658
    Abstract: A connector for use in assembling railings. The connector includes a cylindrical shank for slip fit receipt inside a hollow section of a railing component. The shank has at least one groove having an abutment portion, a seating area, and a tapered portion. An O-ring with an outside diameter larger than the shank and larger than the inside diameter of the railing is set into the seating area of each tapered groove. Proximal movement of the railing component onto the shank of the connector during initial mounting presses the O-rings against the abutment portions and compresses them into the grooves. Subsequent distal movement of the railing component causes the O-rings to ride up the tapered portions of the grooves due to the friction with the inner surface of the railing component being mounted on the shank. The O-rings subsequently wedge between the outside surface of the shank and the inside surface of the railing component locking together the railing component and the connector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2000
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2003
    Assignee: CraneVeyor Corporation
    Inventor: Gary F. Strome
  • Publication number: 20030085395
    Abstract: A modular railing including a plurality of upright posts and a plurality of hand rails extending between adjacent ones of the upright posts is described. The handrails each include a plastic outer shell. A plurality of lower rails extend between the adjacent ones of the upright posts. At least one of the handrails or lower rails is positioned at an oblique angle relative to the post. A plurality of spindles extend between the handrails and the lower rails. At least one bowed connector couples the at least one obliquely oriented rail to at least one upright post. The bowed connector includes a bracketed end for mounting to a post and an angled end for receiving an end portion of the at least one obliquely oriented rail.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 19, 2002
    Publication date: May 8, 2003
    Inventor: Arthur A. Gardner
  • Patent number: 6536745
    Abstract: A fencing unit that can be utilized as a bracing member for a T-post type fence. The fence unit includes a front face member having front and back surfaces, a leg member rigidly affixed to the back surface and substantially perpendicular to the front face member so that the juncture of the front face member and the leg member substantially forms a “T” shaped cross-section; and engaging means for engaging the fence unit with a portion of another T-post. Another aspect of the present invention is a braced T-post fence assembly wherein the fencing unit is used as a bracing member between two spaced apart T-posts. A method for forming a braced fence assemblage or arrangement is also provided by inserting bracing member between two substantially vertical T-posts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2001
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2003
    Inventor: Harold Dean Roark
  • Patent number: 6517280
    Abstract: A tower for preventing people and equipment from entering a restricted area, the security tower including a vertical post connected to a base, the post being constructed from a rigid material, the post having at least one hollow channel therethrough for receiving a flexible elongated barrier material, the post having at least one pair of shoulders extending horizontally from the sides of the post, and each of the pair of shoulders having a pin extending vertically upward therefrom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2001
    Date of Patent: February 11, 2003
    Inventor: Ricky S. Carter
  • Patent number: 6508457
    Abstract: A vinyl fence post mount includes a base, a first support member and a second support member. The first support member is bent along a length thereof to form two first legs which are at an obtuse angle to each other. The second support member is bent along a length thereof to form two second legs which are at an obtuse angle to each other. The lengthwise edges of each leg are preferably bent toward each other. A first bent edge of the first support member is attached to a second bent edge of the second support member. The bottom ends of the support members are attached to the base. At least two mounting holes are formed outside the cross sectional perimeter of the support members. Preferably, each mounting hole is formed substantially in-line with a leg of one of the support members. In a second embodiment, the legs of each support member are bent substantially perpendicular to each other and the lengthwise edges of each leg are not bent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2001
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2003
    Assignee: Modern Fence Technologies
    Inventors: Mark J. Knudson, Benjamin J. Paprocki, David M. Raschka
  • Patent number: 6481697
    Abstract: A modular railing system supports a plurality of rails in vertically-spaced configuration. The railing system includes a plurality of baluster units arranged between rail sets to support the rails. The baluster units include a plurality of rail supports grouped into double barrel support pairs or single barrel support pairs. The baluster units may include a short section of kick rail, and longer sections of kick rail may extend between adjacent baluster units. Also, additional rails may be joined to the modular railing system using baluster extensions or extender bars. A stair rail adjuster may be used, particularly when railing staircases, to permit adjustment of the relative vertical height of one end of a rail. To attach rails and balusters to stair treads, a finished-stair-tread adapter may be used.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2000
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2002
    Inventor: Alexander Brown
  • Patent number: 6467756
    Abstract: A support for a hollow post of the type used to support horizontal rails for railing or fencing systems, and having a hollow, constant cross-section, the support comprising a rigid support member, such as a steel pipe, having upper and lower end portions, the lower end portion adapted to be fixed in vertical position while the upper end portion extends within the hollow post. At least one spacer, preferably extruded from plastic material or aluminum, has a tubular portion with an inner bore sized to snugly receive the rigid support member, and has longitudinal protrusions, for example ribs, ribs projecting outwardly from the tubular portion and suitable for firm engagement within internal cavity of the post. The ribs provide clear spaces between the post wall and the tubular portion which are suitable for receiving end portions of the rails when inserted into apertures formed in side walls of the post.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2000
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2002
    Assignee: Western Profiles Limited
    Inventor: Glenn R. Elsasser