Bracket Inside Rail Patents (Class 256/65.08)
  • Patent number: 10107323
    Abstract: A fastener assembly for securing two components to one another. The fastener assembly includes a barrel or pin that has a radially extending hole in the barrel. The pin also has a reduced diametrical portion on at least one end to form a shoulder and possibly on both ends. The pin is inserted into a hole formed into a hollow or sandwich component. The shoulder engages against a wall on the component to orient and secure the pin in the hole. A threaded fastener is then inserted transversely through the two components to engage in the radially extending hole. The threaded fastener is then rotated to secure the two components to one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Inventor: Marty Williams
  • Patent number: 9982698
    Abstract: The present invention is provided with a lock fixing mechanism with quick assembly and disassembly, with a position lock block coupled to a position lock bar, the position lock block is contacted with the side surface of the position lock bar, by rotating, the position lock block squeezes the position lock bar. Under the action of the pressure, the spring connected to the position lock block deforms that the position lock bar moves towards the deforming direction of the spring, therefore the position lock bar is locked between the position lock block. The entire device doesn't need additional components nor need professional to operate that it has well applicability. The present invention further provides with a booth applied with the lock fixing mechanism with quick assembly and disassembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Inventor: Hongze Li
  • Patent number: 9617735
    Abstract: A secondary handrail for mounting below a conventional handrail to enable smaller individuals, such as children, to use it while ascending or descending stairs. The secondary handrail includes a mounting bracket defined by a rigid bracket body, a rail attachment member, a plurality of fastener docks, and a spindle depression as well as a rail member, and extension sleeves. In operation, a plurality of mounting brackets are mounted sequentially under a conventional handrail through an attachment to the wall or a spindle, with a plurality rail members extending between each mounting bracket. In this regard, the mounting bracket provides for the mounting of the secondary handrail below the conventional staircase and fastening the secondary handrail to a wall or spindle and the rail member provides a mounted rail for assisting an individual in ascending or descending the stairs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2017
    Inventors: Matthew Jozwiak, Marc Egleston
  • Patent number: 9322536
    Abstract: A support tube assembly for use in mounting traffic signals and other traffic control devices. The tube has a standard 1.9 inch outer diameter with a wider three-quarter inch access slot and a larger internal volume to accommodate five-eighth inch conductors. The support tube assembly may include a secondary mounting assembly for attaching a second traffic control device. The secondary mounting assembly includes a mounting strip that fits inside the access slot and a mounting plate that attaches to the strip. Each edge of the access slot has a contoured profile that mates with the corresponding side on the mounting strip so, when the secondary mounting assembly is attached to the tube, the edges of the access slot are gripped between the back of the mounting plate and the inner mounting strip. A cut-to-fit vinyl closure strip is included to enclose the exposed sections of the access slot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2016
    Assignee: PELCO PRODUCTS, INC.
    Inventors: Stephen P. Parduhn, Kennith E. George, Derric K. Drake
  • Patent number: 9309690
    Abstract: A fence includes a plurality of posts, and fence panels having rails which extend across the plurality of posts, and are secured thereto. Jambs may be formed onto the fence system, and one or more gates may be hung to the jambs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2016
    Assignee: Betafence USA LLC
    Inventor: John F. Payne
  • Patent number: 8973904
    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: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Inventors: William P McCann, Michael J. McCann
  • Patent number: 8770553
    Abstract: A fence rail and picket assembly includes a retainer for joining a picket upright to a fence rail. The retainer includes a forward portion including locking heads and a tongue portion. A picket upright formed of sheet material including rear flanges and defining a retainer cavity for receiving the forward portion of the retainer therein. The picket upright includes apertures along rear flanges for receiving the retainer heads there through. A fence rail receives the tongue portion of the retainer there on for operably securing the tongue to the rail.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2014
    Inventor: Anton Van Es
  • Patent number: 8561360
    Abstract: A sound barrier wall suitable for new installations and for retrofitting existing sound barrier walls includes a plurality of vertically extending posts and a plurality of wall sections disposed between pairs of the posts. The posts may have generally I-shaped cross sections with oppositely disposed channels defined by flanges on opposite sides of the posts. The sound barrier may further include post covers coupled with the respective posts. The post covers may have lip portions that are received over the flanges of the posts. The wall sections are received within the respective channels and may contact at least one of the lip portions of the post covers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2013
    Inventor: Maxwell H. Corbin, Jr.
  • Publication number: 20130264532
    Abstract: An improved fence assembly and method of manufacture and assembly of a fence that does not require fasteners. The fence assembly and method includes a retaining element that does not use fasteners and allows the vertical posts of the fence to rotate with respect to the horizontal rails of the fence, so that the fence can be installed on an uneven surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 5, 2012
    Publication date: October 10, 2013
    Inventor: Robert Sherman Goodman
  • Patent number: 8505880
    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: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2013
    Assignee: Origin Point Brands, LLC
    Inventor: Duane Langenwalter
  • Patent number: 8398058
    Abstract: A universal handrail support bracket is disclosed in which a bracket is configured to be mounted to a handrail or banister and the bracket has an annular ring attached thereto. The annular ring has a concave interior surface and a convex exterior surface. A curved nut and a cap have surfaces which mate with respectively the inner and outer surfaces of the annular ring. The curved nut and the cap are positioned respectively inside and upon the annular ring such that they may both freely rotate and pivot. A fastener such as a screw passes through both the curved nut and the cap and into a fixed substantially vertical surface such that the bracket may be attached to the fixed substantially vertical surface at any desired pitch angle, yaw angle, and roll angle for attaching a rail to a vertical surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2013
    Assignee: AZEK Building Products, Inc.
    Inventor: Michael Dotsey
  • Patent number: 8376321
    Abstract: A rail system has a baluster swing bracket configured to attach a baluster to the underside of a railing. This bracket has a flat body attached to the baluster and a flange offset from the flat body and attached to the railing, creating a gap between the railing and the baluster. This gap enables the baluster to be positioned close to the vertical surface to which the end of the railing is attached because a portion of the fastener connecting the railing to the vertical surface may be within the gap. The flange may be loosened or disconnected from the railing without removing the baluster swing bracket from the baluster. Disconnecting the flange allows the baluster to rotate or swing under the railing. Loosening the flange allows the baluster to rotate outward from the railing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2013
    Assignee: AZEK Building Products, Inc.
    Inventor: Michael Dotsey
  • Patent number: 8353500
    Abstract: A pre-manufactured fence system is constructed of horizontal rails, posts that form a fence field surface or and area and pickets or panels that complete the field. The posts and rails are hollow extruded members of polymer or metal material that are interconnected by bracket members that fit within bracket compartments of the rails. Bracket bar members are connected with the bracket members and are received within key-ways of the posts to properly position the rails with respect to the posts. The extruded components perform fence component positioning and establish pre-determined dimensioning and locations of the accompanying parts and pieces of the complete fence system and provide for component attachment that is not visible when the fence installation is completed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2013
    Inventors: Herbert L. Walpole, Loren R. Hill, Joel W. Bolin
  • 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
  • Patent number: 8167274
    Abstract: A corner assembly and manufacturing method comprising two cap rail components each having a channel and at least one receiver within the channel, the components connected or bonded to form a corner fitting having an angle and having a first end and a second end such that the first cap rail component channel and the second cap rail component channel form an angled channel within the corner fitting. At least one pin is disposed in a portion of the receiver within the first cap rail component channel, and at least one pin is disposed in a portion of the receiver within the second cap rail component channel. The assembly also may include a bracket disposed within the channels of the corner fitting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2012
    Assignee: C. R. Laurence Company, Inc.
    Inventors: Donald E. Friese, Ray Bowie
  • Publication number: 20110198552
    Abstract: A hidden rail fastener connection system utilizes open-ended top and bottom rail supports, each support having a bottom floor and upstanding side walls. An open-ended channel extends the length of each side wall and two or more open-ended channels extend the length of each bottom floor. Specially designed brackets are secured to the ends of the rail supports. The brackets have a set of openings aligned with the ends of the channels for the insertion of fasteners through the openings and into the channels and another set of openings for the insertion of fasteners into the vertical structures to which the rail and baluster system is to be attached. Top and bottom rail members are provided to enclose the rail supports and cover all fasteners.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 16, 2010
    Publication date: August 18, 2011
    Inventor: Joseph F. Umosella, III
  • Patent number: 7992841
    Abstract: A combination of a rail, an upright, and a slide connector for attaching the rail to the upright includes a first connector part including a mounting arm secured to an underside surface of the rail adjacent one end thereof and a tongue depending generally downwardly from the mounting arm, and a second connector part including a mounting base secured to a side surface of the upright and a generally planar engagement body extending laterally outwardly from the mounting base. The engagement body has a slot therein for receiving the tongue when the rail is translated along an engagement axis from a disengaged position in which the first and second parts are generally free to move relative to each other to an engaged position in which the first and second parts are substantially inhibited from moving relative to each other, thereby attaching the rail to the upright.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 24, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2011
    Assignee: Alpa Lumber Inc.
    Inventors: Gabriel Petta, Rolf J. Ohrstrom
  • Publication number: 20110073824
    Abstract: A connector for attaching a hollow baluster to a hollow rail in an extruded railing system includes two sections. A plug portion is adapted to be received in an end of the hollow baluster. A projection is adapted to be received in an aperture formed through a wall of the hollow rail. The projection may include a resilient tab configured to engage an interior surface of the hollow rail when received therein. In one embodiment, the plug portion and projection have axes that are not collinear and form an included angle. An outer taper of the plug portion allows for installation in stairway railing systems having ramp angles that deviate from the nominal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 27, 2010
    Publication date: March 31, 2011
    Inventors: Rick A. Lappin, Douglas Mancosh, Francis E. Loftus, Jim Fattori
  • Publication number: 20110001105
    Abstract: A hidden-fastener fence is disclosed, which features wavelike seizing surfaces on the opposite inner walls of horizontal tubes of the fence. And wavelike embedding verges are set up at both sides of horizontal plate of a fixing bar to fit in the seizing surfaces of the horizontal tube. Accordingly, the joining of the embedding verges at the both sides of the horizontal plate of the fixing bar and the seizing surfaces of the corresponding inner walls of the horizontal tube would prop the bottom opening of the horizontal tube outward, which considerably boosts the structural strength of the bottom opening of the horizontal tube, and the wavelike seizing surfaces on the inner walls of the horizontal tube further fortifies the rigidity of the horizontal tube.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 2, 2009
    Publication date: January 6, 2011
    Inventor: Chong-Yi Lo
  • Patent number: 7707794
    Abstract: A structure and a method for producing the structure wherein the structure comprises a framework of purlins supported by clips and plates and upright cylindrical members to form a structure of a fence, wall or a structure and the method comprises supporting the purlins between cylindrical members by the use of clips and plates to produce a structure which may include a slanted or peaked roof and may include windows and doors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2010
    Inventor: Harvey W. Lacey, Jr.
  • Publication number: 20100078614
    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: September 29, 2009
    Publication date: April 1, 2010
    Inventor: Loren R. Graber
  • Patent number: 7677535
    Abstract: A railing has its posts and rails intersected with each other and fixed stably together by connecting plates hidden inside the rails. The connecting plate has a wing formed at a preset position between every two posts. The wing has a hole at its center. Each of the rails has a long space defined by three walls of its inverted U-shape, a rectangular opening bored in its top side for being correspondingly inserted by the post, and a female-threaded tube extended downward from an upper inner wall for corresponding to a hole of a wing of the connecting plate so that a screw can be inserted from under the hole to threadably engage with the female-threaded tube to keep the rails fixed with the connecting plates. The railing is thus assembled stably by means of the connecting plates and the screws that are hidden inside the rails, obtaining an aesthetic appearance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2010
    Inventor: Chong-Yi Lo
  • Patent number: 7641180
    Abstract: A rail and supported panel assembly having first and second rail portions, each portion having a constant cross section defining an elongate recessed channel on an underside. Also included are a panel supported at a top edge, a post for supporting the rail portions, and a rail-to-post connection assembly located between the post and the rails. The connection assembly has a pair of partially overlapping arms movable with respect to each other about a pivot to accommodate a range of first and second rail portion alignment angles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2010
    Assignee: BALU PTY Ltd.
    Inventor: David Adderton
  • Patent number: 7621510
    Abstract: A barrier, such as fence panel, is formed from a plurality of channel-shaped rails and plurality of upright members. Each upright member traverses the rail channels of the rails forming the barrier and is mechanically connected to the rail, such that the upright member is selectively tiltable with respect to the rail within an angular adjustment range. The mechanical connection between rail and upright member may be formed by a weld, such as a resistance weld, by a permanent adhesive, or with a fastener such as bolt or screw. A tab that extends from the rail web may be used to connect a rail to an upright member. The tab may depend from a bracket installed within the rail channel, or may be cut out and bent into the channel from the web. The tab is rotatable about an axis situated at or adjacent the web.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2009
    Inventors: Edward L. Gibbs, Fred L. Givens, Gary W. Vonnahme
  • Publication number: 20090226246
    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: Application
    Filed: March 7, 2008
    Publication date: September 10, 2009
    Inventors: Krystal J. Piper, Robert Sonnabend
  • Patent number: 7543802
    Abstract: A rail for a railing system includes a proximal member extending lengthwise of the rail and securable to ends of balusters; a cover member extending lengthwise of the rail and disposed adjacent the proximal member; and a reinforcement member disposed between the proximal member and the cover member. The reinforcement member includes a first attachment element coupled to a first one of the proximal and cover members, and the other one of the proximal and cover members is coupled to at least one of the reinforcement member and the first one of the proximal and cover members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2009
    Assignee: Alpa Lumber Inc.
    Inventors: Gabriel Petta, Rolf J. Ohrstrom
  • Patent number: 7540472
    Abstract: Modular railing and ramp systems having adjustable fittings to allow a multitude of rail configurations utilizing a series of mechanical connections.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2009
    Assignee: Suncor Stainless, Inc.
    Inventors: Roman F. Striebel, James J. Storrer
  • Patent number: 7448820
    Abstract: The internal tube connector assembly removeably secures hollow or solid tubes together having any desired angle there-between and comprises a receiving tube and an extending tube, each having a substantially continuous inside and outside surface. The receiving tube has a greater inner perimeter than an outer perimeter of the extending tube. A securing member having a centrally oriented fastener receiving aperture slidingly extends through apertures in the sidewall of the extending tube. A receiver having an outer surface coincident in shape with the inside surface of the receiving tube, and optionally having a receiving indentation, has a centrally oriented fastener aperture. A fastener removeably extends through the fastener opening in the sidewall of the receiving tube and into the fastener aperture in the receiver, and cooperates with the securing member to removeably secure the receiving tube with the extending tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2008
    Inventor: Eric B. Faber
  • Patent number: 7396002
    Abstract: A bracket is formed from a channel-shaped lower section adapted for attachment to the post, and a channel-shaped upper section pivotably joined to the lower section at its upper end. The bracket is used in fence assembly to connect the end of a channel-shaped rail and a post. The upper section may be pivoted with respect to the lower section, as required to align the upper section with the terrain upon which the rail and post are to be installed. The upper section and lower sections of the bracket cooperate to define a pair of spaced pockets adapted to receive the spaced side walls of a rail. Engagement of the side walls of the upper section of the bracket with internally projecting longitudinal ridges in the rail channel interfere with lifting of the rail from the bracket. Externally projecting tabs on the side walls of the upper section interfere with longitudinal withdrawal of the rail from the bracket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2008
    Inventor: Edward L. Gibbs
  • Patent number: 7384025
    Abstract: A screw hiding device for combining lateral tubes with upright tubes includes a position strip to match with each lateral tube. Each position strip has an upright wall to contact with each upright tube and fixed together with a screw. Each lateral tube has an upper wall and two side walls forming a lengthwise opening therebetween. Each of the two sides has a lower support ridge and an upper stopper on an inner wall, with the distance between each upper stopper and each lower support ridge being equal to the height of the upright wall of the position strip. Each position strip is fixed on an outer surface of each upright tube with a screw and in the space between the upper stopper and the lower support ridge, with each lateral tube hiding each screw and each position strip to beautify a fence formed by the lateral and the upright tubes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2008
    Inventor: Chong-Yi Lo
  • Patent number: 7216855
    Abstract: A fence rail mounting clip for connecting a hollow fence rail to a vertical post. The mounting clip includes a base that is selectively interlockable with a bracket. The bracket has a front surface with a peripheral wall extending normal to and outwardly therefrom to define a fence rail receptacle for receiving an end of the rail therein. A rail support extends normal to and outwardly from the front surface of the bracket from a position within the rail receptacle. The rail support is separated from the peripheral wall by a gap. The rail support terminates in an outermost edge which lies further from the front surface of the bracket than does the outermost edge of the peripheral wall. When the rail is received in the rail receptacle, the walls of the rail are received within the gap between the rail support and peripheral wall and are wedged therebetween, and the rail support extends into the bore of the hollow rail.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2007
    Inventor: Robert E. Platt
  • Patent number: 7178791
    Abstract: A hinge assembly is described which can be assembled by snapping together moldable half-cap pieces about the end of a baluster pierced through by a hole. The baluster turns about spindles formed by the half-caps. The half-caps may be fixed together by press-fit mating surfaces and may be placed within a mating groove defined by a hand rail or shoe rail. The half-cap pieces and the hole are not readily apparent in a finished staircase containing the hinge assembly. The hinge assembly successfully employs pin top balusters, as well as rectangular balusters. Alternatively, a hinge assembly is described which can be inserted into the bore of an end-bored bluster, fastened to the inside of the bore, and pivotally attached to a flange suitable for attachment to a rail. The hinge assembly requires no external modification to the normally exposed surfaces of the baluster. The flange includes an H-shaped foot which may be concealed in a groove defined by a hand rail or a shoe rail.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2002
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2007
    Assignee: Coffman Stairs, LLC.
    Inventors: John M. Gray, Jr., David J. Wynne
  • Patent number: 7168688
    Abstract: A fence section has upper and lower brackets that mount to one side of a post. Each bracket has a pair of rail mounting plates extending from opposite side edges of a post mounting plate. Upper and lower rails extend between the upper and lower mounting brackets. Each of the rails has a pair of sidewalls and an offset skirt extending from a base section, defining an elongated slot. The rails have ends that slide over and receive the rail mounting plates of the brackets. A panel has upper and lower edges that fit in the slot of the upper and lower rails.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2007
    Assignee: The Burly Corporation
    Inventor: David R. Davenport
  • Patent number: 7090201
    Abstract: A fencing system is provided that is constructed from durable polymer components that are sufficiently rigid and durable while providing an integrated modular assembly that is easy to assembly and well suited to a do-it-yourself marketplace. In particular, the modular fence is an integrated system of interfitting vinyl components and a unique polycarbonate or ABS clip for interconnection thereof. The fence includes vertical posts with horizontal members extending therebetween. The horizontal members include grooves therein to support fence panels in the form of web panels. The horizontal members are connected to the vertical members utilizing a novel and uniquely configured connector element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2006
    Assignee: Simplicity Products, LLC
    Inventor: John J. Brucker
  • 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: 6948704
    Abstract: A bracket assembly for attaching rails of multiple configurations to a support structure. The bracket assembly may include a base piece having a plate with a pair of flanges extending substantially perpendicularly therefrom. An insert may be configured to fit between the flanges and within the rail to provide support to the rail. A pin may be inserted through openings in the flanges, the insert, and the rail to attach the rail to the insert and the base piece. A cover may be placed over the base piece to provide a pleasing appearance to the bracket assembly. A single sized base piece, insert, and pin may be used to connect rails of different sizes and shapes to the support structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2003
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2005
    Assignee: Kroy Building Products, Inc.
    Inventors: John T. Forbis, Randy R. Quaintance
  • Patent number: 6935623
    Abstract: The present invention is a fence assembly comprising fence segments and connectors. Each fence segment may be secured to another fence segment by a connector. The present invention may use in-line connectors, living hinge connectors, male/female hinged connectors, and/or end caps. The connectors may be adapted to fit into the hollow channel rails by a friction fit, press fit, adhesion, or any other suitable connecting means.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2005
    Assignee: Crane Plastics Company LLC
    Inventors: James Christopher Cook, Paul R. Pelfrey
  • 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: 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
  • Publication number: 20040164287
    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: Application
    Filed: February 25, 2003
    Publication date: August 26, 2004
    Inventor: John Svalbe
  • Patent number: 6719278
    Abstract: A composite handrail system comprises a plurality of upright posts. A plurality of composite rails extends between adjacent upright posts at two points on the adjacent upright posts, the composite rails each having an internal reinforcing element, friction fitted into a composite channel extending longitudinally inside each composite rail, and a composite cover friction fitted over each composite channel. A plurality of composite sleeve-spindles extends between the composite rails, and a plurality of connectors couples the composite rails to the composite sleeve-spindles. The connectors are adapted to be mounted to the composite rails, and are adapted to receive and friction fit to the composite sleeve-spindles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2001
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2004
    Assignee: Brite Manufacturing Inc.
    Inventor: Bob Bryan
  • Publication number: 20040041142
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a panel fence connector (10) for mutually securing two hollow poles of a fence panel in a desired configuration. The connector (10) comprises a first pole-receiving region (12) for receiving a first pole and a second pole-receiving region (16) adapted to be received within a second pole. The first pole-receiving region (12) is moveable between a clamping configuration and a non-clamping configuration and the second pole-receiving region is moveable from a first position to a second position. The pole-receiving regions (12, 14) are arranged such that in use, positioning of the second pole onto the second pole-receiving region (14) causes the second pole-receiving region (14) to move into its second position, which movement causes the first pole-receiving region (12) to move from its non-clamping configuration into its clamping configuration (FIG. 2).
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 11, 2003
    Publication date: March 4, 2004
    Inventors: John Morgan, Mark Edward Bowman
  • 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
  • Publication number: 20030222257
    Abstract: A fence post and rail assembly with concealed strengthening bars in a fence system unit is disclosed. The strengthening bar is a single unit that has two opposing paling slots for receiving a paling. The strengthening bars are disposed within the top rail, the center rail and the bottom rail so that the strengthening bar straddles the paling on either side of the post. The strengthening bars will project an equal distance past the sides of the post in a fence panel unit so that a top rail, center rails and a bottom rail can be attached to build the next fence panel unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 4, 2002
    Publication date: December 4, 2003
    Inventor: Ronald William Bebendorf
  • Patent number: 6648304
    Abstract: A modular fence assembly including a pair of vertical posts positioned at suitable distance and adapted to be secured to a suitable support surface. At least one horizontal upper and lower rails extend between and secured to the vertical posts. The horizontal upper rail has a plurality of vertical apertures which are substantially aligned with a plurality of vertical apertures on the horizontal lower rail. A plurality of pickets are respectively inserted through the vertical apertures of the upper rail and through aligned vertical apertures of the lower rail. Each picket has at least two transverse locking slotted apertures for respectively receiving a H-shaped locking clip to secure the picket to the rail and preventing vertical movement of the pickets with respect to the rails.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2002
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2003
    Assignee: XCEL Distribution, Inc.
    Inventor: Alan Qing Zhu
  • Publication number: 20030201432
    Abstract: A modular railing comprises a picket that may be coupled with a rail quickly and easily to allow a person to construct a railing quickly and easily. The railing comprises a rail having an interior chamber, a picket including a slot that is disposed in the interior chamber of the rail, and a locking element operable to couple the picket with the rail by causing at least one arm to protrude from the slot and positioning the arm such that the arm extends from the slot into the interior chamber. When extended into the interior chamber, the arm prevents the picket from leaving the rail's interior chamber by contacting a wall of the rail.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 25, 2003
    Publication date: October 30, 2003
    Inventor: Jeff Norman
  • Patent number: 6523807
    Abstract: A fencing system and method of manufacturing and installing a fencing system specifically designed to give the appearance of a traditional shadow box or privacy fence, wherein the system uses preformed non-corrosive, structurally sound corrugated panels, posts, posts mounts, channel mounts, and clips that mate and are securable using conventional fasteners.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2001
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2003
    Assignee: ARC Specialties, Inc.
    Inventor: Anthony R. Calverley
  • Patent number: 6508458
    Abstract: A rail has an axially extending undercut groove of a uniform generally “C” shape in cross section and is supported by supports attached to the rail in spaced-apart relation. Each support includes a bracket and a lock member attached to the bracket for rotation and against displacement of the lock member relative to the bracket member. The lock member includes a locking cam portion, which is received in the undercut groove and has a size and shape such that it can enter the undercut groove when it is in an unlocked rotational position relative to the undercut groove and such that it frictionally engages walls of the undercut groove in a locked rotational position relative to the undercut groove and thereby retains the rail against displacement relative to a structure that supports the rail.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2001
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2003
    Assignee: Construction Specialities, Inc.
    Inventors: Gary F. Bartlett, James G. Fenstermacher
  • Patent number: 6491286
    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: May 24, 2000
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2002
    Assignee: Vinyl Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: John L. Hadfield, Sr., Robert H. Calton