Work Holder For Positioning Elements Of Building In Installed Location Patents (Class 269/904)
  • Patent number: 8549816
    Abstract: A panel installation support apparatus versatile and convenient for temporary attachment of the panel to a frame member includes an adjustable support surface for accommodating various panel thicknesses, a sloped surface to support the leading edge of the panel when positioning in place, and an alignment support shelf to properly align an edge of the panel with the joist or stud while supporting the edge of the panel. An accessory block may be used when standing a panel against a wall or when hanging drywall on sloped ceilings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2013
    Inventor: James F. Roberts
  • Patent number: 8176648
    Abstract: A construction bracket to aid in framing steel stud walls.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2012
    Inventor: Bret Bradley
  • Patent number: 7866642
    Abstract: A modular universal holding fixture and corresponding methods, accommodating a wide range of workpiece contours, geometries, sizes, and configurations. The fixture may include a fiducial base, a registration frame, and a bridge module. Fixable to a fiducial (reference) location, the fiducial base may be attached in alignment to the registration frame. The bridge module may have a central cavity and guide tracks on top, exterior, and interior support surfaces. The bridge module transversely engages the registration frame for longitudinal movement to a registration position, and supports a tooling for transverse movement. The bridge module may repositionably constrain the tooling at an indexed position. The bridge module may be configured to engage multiple types of tooling and additional tooling headers, supports, and side actuators. A tooling may be passive linear actuators positioned by a N/C operated gantry engaged with the registration frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2011
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventor: Steven J. McAllister
  • Patent number: 7343658
    Abstract: In a method of reinforcing an existing concrete electric pole having an annular side wall, an inner hollow portion provided therein and an opening portion formed to a position of the annular side wall to be penetrated therethrough, at least one of a predetermined amount of mortar, a predetermined amount of sand and a predetermined amount of gravel is injected into the inner hollow portion of the electric pole through the opening portion. A reinforcing member for reinforcing the electric pole is injected into the inner hollow portion of the electric pole through the opening portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2008
    Assignee: NTT Infrastructure Network Corporation
    Inventors: Hiroyasu Minayoshi, Masato Ushiroyama, Hitoshi Shoji
  • Patent number: 7275333
    Abstract: A siding tool is used to position overlapping siding planks. The tool has an elongated member with a hook on an upper end that fits over an upper edge of a first plank. A support is carried by the elongated member for supporting the lower edge of a second plank that overlaps the first plank. The elongated member and the hook are upwardly movable from the engaged position. The hook is rotatable to a disengaged position once moved above the upper edge of the first plank. The disengaged position allows the tool to be withdrawn by pulling downward.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2007
    Inventor: David H. Neuroth
  • Patent number: 7168181
    Abstract: The present invention comprises a hand tool for the installation of elongated horizontally overlapping siding on a vertical framework.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2007
    Inventor: Norman J. Walchak
  • Patent number: 7134253
    Abstract: Siding installation apparatuses and methods for engaging a first siding piece and supporting a second siding piece are disclosed herein. In one embodiment, the apparatus includes a support member having a support surface to support the second siding piece, an engagement member projecting from the support member, and a securing assembly coupled to the support member to releasably restrict the support member from moving relative to the first siding piece. The engagement member is configured to engage the bottom portion of the first siding piece by contacting the back surface. It is emphasized that this Abstract is provided to comply with the rules requiring an abstract. It is submitted with the understanding that it will not be used to interpret or limit the scope or meaning of the claims. 37 C.F.R. ยง 1.72(b).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2003
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2006
    Assignee: Shear Tech, Inc.
    Inventors: Jonathan Edwards, Scott Fladgard, Joe Gaidjiergis, Randy L. Jennings
  • Patent number: 7112026
    Abstract: A device for lifting and supporting a cabinet during installation thereof and including elongated support legs and elongated dowels connected to the support legs for preventing the movement of the support legs and for maintaining the device at a substantially stable positioned during operating conditions. Side panels are secured to the upper end of the support legs for defining a cavity therebetween, and a moveable section is disposed substantially medially of the side panels. There is a pulley mechanism for selectively lifting the movable section in a substantially vertical direction between raised and lowered positions that is disposed within the cavity and is anchored to the moveable section and the side panels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2004
    Date of Patent: September 26, 2006
    Inventor: Roy E. Foster
  • Patent number: 6871846
    Abstract: A body has a support surface for temporarily supporting a siding, trim, or other construction piece that is to be installed on a building wall. A suction cup is controllable to temporarily adhere by suction the support device to the building wall. An extendible spacer is used to accurately position the support device on the building wall. Notches in the body receive the ends of a tape measure or chalk line for accurately sizing and positioning the construction pieces. The support device can be used with existing compressors, vacuum pumps, or other suction-inducing devices. A venturi tube in the body generates the suction when an air compressor is used. A method of installing the siding, trim, or other construction pieces is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2003
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2005
    Inventor: Keith R. Antill
  • Patent number: 6863270
    Abstract: An adjustable positioning apparatus for either cabinet, workpieces or construction panels. Methods of use are disclosed. The apparatus can be used to hold and make adjustments to work-piece in precisely the facilitating position to be permanently affixed to the wall studs or ceiling joists. The adjustability of the apparatus enables one to support and position work pieces in their permanent positions at different elevations and can be quickly removed and readjusted for other elevations and different construction procedures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2003
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2005
    Inventor: Jack Churchill Bartley, Jr.
  • Patent number: 6820868
    Abstract: An apparatus for temporarily suspending or supporting a fascia board during the installation thereof, along the eaves or the end of a rafter tail of a frame of a roof structure is described, wherein the device includes a U-shaped bucket (16) for supporting or suspending the fascia board. The U-shaped bucket is engaged in cooperating with a swivel bracket (10) and a rafter tail clamp saddle (4) for attachment to the end of the rafter tail, respectively, to the frame of the roof structure. The apparatus provides an improved method of installing a fascia board, wherein, one person can install the fascia board for the completion of the roof structure thereof. The apparatus can be easily removed and applied to another section of the roof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2002
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2004
    Inventor: Reginald W. Reymus
  • Patent number: 6814334
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for restraining movement of insulation during construction of a metal frame building. The apparatus having a plate with an opening, a hook member received by the opening, and a restraint holder. The hook member engages a girt to hold the apparatus in position. A restraint member extends from the holder to reduce movement of insulation, generally draped from an upper portion of a building frame, caused by wind prior to attachment of siding on a metal frame building.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2000
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2004
    Inventor: Richard E. Whitehead
  • Patent number: 6743296
    Abstract: A wafer lifter for self-centering a wafer onto a wafer pedestal situated in a physical vapor deposition chamber and a method for self-centering a wafer onto the wafer pedestal are described. The wafer lifter is constructed by a lifter body of annular shape, at least four support fingers emanating upwardly from the wafer lifter body and are spaced-apart from each other, and a platform on a tip portion of each of the at least four support fingers defined by a slanted surface from a vertical plane of an outside surface of the support finger. The platform, when supporting a wafer thereon, leaves substantially no gap between the slanted surface and an outer periphery of the wafer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2001
    Date of Patent: June 1, 2004
    Assignee: Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., Ltd
    Inventor: Chung-En Kao
  • Patent number: 6719282
    Abstract: A jig assembly for use in installing drawer slides at specified locations of first and second sides of a cabinet, the cabinet also including at least a bottom extending in interconnecting fashion with the first and second sides. The jig assembly includes first and second substantially elongated supports, each exhibiting at least one lengthwise extending slot and a substantially flattened end surface. The first and second supports also include secondary slide support surfaces defined at each of opposite extending edges thereof. A scissor mechanism includes first and second pairs of elongated and pivotally interconnecting members. Associated ends of the elongated members interconnect within slots extending within the first and second supports in vertically displaceable and adjustable fashion and so that the end support surfaces are arrayed in oppositely facing and extensible fashion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2002
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2004
    Inventor: Richard A. Frank
  • Patent number: 6691992
    Abstract: A tool for positioning and installing paneling sections, such as drywall sections, on underlying walls. The tool is initially secured to a wall, and comprises a vertical surface parallel to the wall and a downwardly angled surface. These surfaces, together with the wall, form a gap, which accommodates and temporarily holds a paneling section in place and therefore allows for easy installation and/or repositioning of the paneling. The downwardly angled surface forces the paneling section against the wall. The tool also may include a mounting surface with screw slots, these screw slots being capable of engaging and disengaging the screw to permit easy removal of the tool following use. A second angled surface may be positioned so as to guide the paneling into the gap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2002
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2004
    Inventor: Timothy Mungo
  • Patent number: 6604326
    Abstract: A holder comprising a rigid base bar having a pin end and a stabilizing end; a rigid stabilizing bar having a base end and an opposite end, with the base end of the rigid stabilizing bar being rigidly attached to the stabilizing end of the rigid base bar, and extending perpendicular to the rigid base bar; two nails being each having a head end and a pointed end, with the head end of the each nail being rigidly attached to separate points along the rigid stabilizing bar, and with the pointed end of the each nail being extended perpendicular to the rigid stabilizing bar and parallel with the rigid base bar and toward the perpendicular direction of the rigid base bar; and the rigid base bar having a bore through it in a direction parallel with the length of the rigid stabilizing bar.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2002
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2003
    Inventor: James Cooper Noble
  • Patent number: 6598855
    Abstract: A lift apparatus includes a base frame having a pair of ground engaging caster assemblies and an upwardly extending center post, and a pair of folding legs each having an inner end pivotally connected to the base frame and an outer end with a roller attached thereto, the casters and the rollers permitting the lift apparatus to roll across the ground surface. A parallelogram linkage includes a portion of the center post and is attached to vehicle support arms. An actuator is connected between the linkage and the base frame. A pumping handle and a power unit are connected to the actuator for selectively activating the actuator to selectively raise and lower the vehicle support arms between a lowered position for engaging and disengaging from a vehicle and a fully raised position a predetermined distance above the ground on which the base frame rests. The legs and the support arms can be moved to a compact storage position when not in use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2002
    Date of Patent: July 29, 2003
    Assignee: Ultimate Lift, Inc.
    Inventors: Peter A Petrone, Lawrence E. Meyer
  • Patent number: 6581921
    Abstract: The present invention is a cabinet installation device that is simple in design so as to provide for an apparatus that is not only user friendly, but is successful in operation for achieving the desired results. Enabling such an apparatus, the present invention comprises a base that maintains and houses a support, lifting and lowering assembly. Extending upwardly from the base is a guide assembly. The guide aids during the lifting and lowering process. An access extends through the guide to provide access for the operation of the support and lifting assembly, known as the operational assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2002
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2003
    Inventor: Thomas Griggs
  • Patent number: 6536752
    Abstract: A stud clamp is provided that attaches across a first stud providing a stationary brace for a second perpendicular stud to be connected to the first, thereby facilitating the toe-nailing process. The stud clamp is adjustable to fit variety of stud widths and has a clamping mechanism for securely clamping the device to the first stud.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2000
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2003
    Inventor: Louie Gatanas
  • Patent number: 6532642
    Abstract: A silicon carbide rail for use as a support in an apparatus for holding semiconductor wafers is made by forming a first series of parallel slots or grooves into the front side of a graphite plate usually without piercing the back side of the plate, converting the slotted graphite plate into a slotted silicon carbide plate, and forming a second series of parallel slots into the back side of the slotted silicon carbide plate such that each slot on the back side connects with a corresponding slot on the front side. The width of each back side slot is less than that of the corresponding front side slot, thereby forming rail teeth having a ledge running along their to top surfaces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2000
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2003
    Assignee: Union Oil Company of California
    Inventor: Larry S. Wingo
  • Patent number: 6527265
    Abstract: A portable apparatus for supporting and maintaining fascia in proper position during installation upon the exterior of a building, such as a residential dwelling. A forked member is temporarily attached to the eave of the building. A cross member is connected to the forked member. The vertical position of the cross member, relative to the forked member, is adjustable and temporarily fixable. A support member, upon which the fascia rests and is supported, is connectable to the cross member. The horizontal position of the support member, relative to the cross member, is adjustable and temporarily fixable. By selectively adjusting the horizontal position of the support member, and by selectively adjusting the vertical position of the cross member to which the support member is connected, the position of the support member, and thus the fascia, is precisely adjustable in two dimensions. The apparatus thus permits the fascia to be held in proper place while the user permanently installs the fascia to the building.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2002
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2003
    Inventor: Clinton Goodding
  • Patent number: 6513286
    Abstract: A tool for hanging fascia board includes three parts. A first part consists of a t-bar having two pieces attached perpendicularly together and designed to be removably mounted on the end of a rafter board with the flat elongated member lying against a side wall of the rafter and with a portion of the second perpendicular member overlying the top of the rafter and removably affixed to it through the use of nails driven through openings in the second perpendicular member. A support hanger is pivotably mounted to the t-bar and has a slot sized and configured to slidably receive a fascia board. A depth adjuster is mounted on the support hanger and may be reciprocated and fixed in a desired position to adjust the depth of the slot of the support hanger. Thus, the depth of the slot may be adjusted to facilitate attachment of fascia boards of varying dimensions such as, for example, 2×4, 2×6, 2×8, 2×10, and 2×12.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2001
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2003
    Inventor: Brian J. Vierra
  • Publication number: 20020189194
    Abstract: An apparatus which is used for temporarily supporting a fascia board during the installation process and includes at least one adjustable bracket which allows any sized fascia board to be easily mounted at variable angles choice.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 15, 2001
    Publication date: December 19, 2002
    Inventors: Cathy D. Santa Cruz, Gary Potter
  • Patent number: 6381908
    Abstract: A device for setting studs includes a rigid face plate that has a fixed length and includes a lower surface, a front edge, a rear edge, and opposite side edges; a rigid bar member extending from the face plate lower surface so as to have a rear surface perpendicular to the face plate lower surface. The face plate has first and second square inside corners formed in its rear edge for squarely aligning and setting studs a desired distance apart between centers and restricting movement thereof during fastening to a sill plate or similar structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2000
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2002
    Inventor: Jerry A. Fisher
  • Patent number: 6378191
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a door jack formed of a lever arm having a first end formed as a foot pedal and a second end connected by a hinge or universal joint to a doorholder. In between the two ends of the lever arm a pivotal piece acting is located on the underside of the lever arm. When a workperson places his foot on the foot pedal and thus presses down the door holder in which the door 14 is contained lifts upward causing the door to be lifted vertically to any desired height. By moving the pedal in the horizontal plane, e.g. parallel to the floor the door will move in the horizontal plane in the opposite direction of the direction of the foot pedal due to the articulating member, e.g. the hinge or the universal joint. This causes the door to aligned in place.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 1999
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2002
    Inventor: James County
  • Patent number: 6370836
    Abstract: An apparatus for compressing floor boards, the apparatus comprising a first plate including a first edge gripping device for gripping an edge of a first floor board, and a compression biasing device such as a coil spring or bungee cord mounted on the first plate. A second plate includes a second edge gripping device for gripping an edge of a second floor board, and a strap clamp. A compression strap is joined at its proximal end with the biasing device and extends, in parallel juxtaposition to the first and second floor boards, for terminating, and removably engaging the strap clamp, such that the biasing device causes the first and second plates to draw the first and second floor boards, as well as any intermediate boards, into compression.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2000
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2002
    Inventor: Dalen Eugene Gunn
  • Patent number: 6364303
    Abstract: The present invention provides a simple tool capable of temporarily holding wallboard sections in of a variety of orientations while allowing final positional adjustment and permanent fastening. This capability allows the user reduce the number of tools required to do a variety of jobs. In one configuration the present tool has at least three support surfaces, a first offset from second and a third extending perpendicularly from the first second. The first and second surfaces are mutually offset such that when the first is mounted to a wall structure, the second support surface is appropriately spaced to receive and retain the edge of a section of sheathing. Guide surfaces are provided at the leading edge of each support surface to guide the sheathing edge into the space defined by an installed tool support surface and the wall structure. In one configuration a mounting plate is secured to the tool body to allow the tool to rotate when the mounting plate is rigidly mounted to a wall structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 9, 2001
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2002
    Inventor: Ido H. Gustavson
  • Publication number: 20010045079
    Abstract: A wall panel lifting system used for forming multistory walls. The system includes a vertical wall panel lifting frame, a wall panel trolley frame and a wall panel. The wall panel lifting frame includes a plurality of vertical legs connected together using leg couplings, cross braces and angled lifting frame braces and a pair of vertical jacks. The lifting frame also includes a cable winch with a cable and pulleys. One end of the cable is attached to the trolley frame for lifting the trolley frame and attached wall panel as the building of the block or brick wall proceeds upwardly. The trolley frame is rides on wheels up and down inside a vertical groove in a front of the vertical legs of the lifting frame. The trolley frame includes a pair of vertical channel members. The channel members include a rear “U” shaped channel and a front “U” shaped channel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 2, 2001
    Publication date: November 29, 2001
    Applicant: Gage Brick Block Form, Inc.
    Inventor: Ross Nichols
  • Patent number: 6322062
    Abstract: A cabinet installation lifting system and its method of use are disclosed. The cabinet installation lifting system has a base section, a lifting mechanism attached to the base section, and at least one platform attached to the top part of the lifting mechanism. A second, upper platform section may be removably attached to the first platform section by means of at least one removable extension. When different sized cabinets are installed, different sized removable extensions are selected for the appropriate overall height of the cabinet installation lifting system. Installation of wall cabinets is performed by installing a base cabinet, placing the cabinet installation lifting system on the base cabinet, placing the wall cabinet to be installed on the cabinet installation lifting system, lifting the wall cabinet to the desired height, securing the wall cabinet, and removing the cabinet installation lifting system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 1999
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2001
    Inventors: Edwin L. Conn, Tommy M. McDowell
  • Patent number: 6305091
    Abstract: Double end and single end jig apparatus is disclosed having a channel and guide edges for marking window/door trim held in the channel, for subsequent miter cut of corners for mounting the trim around window/door opening, and a set back or margin between the window/door opening and the trim.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2000
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2001
    Inventor: Arvel D. Tegels
  • Patent number: 6264184
    Abstract: A combined door carrier and hanging device for transporting and hanging a door panel is provided. The combined device is generally defined by an elongated carrier structure having a first end and a second end, and includes a wheel supporting chassis to which a pair of beams are mounted and spaced apart to define an elongated slot. The chassis further supports a plurality of floor engaging foot members at the second end, a vise mechanism at the second end, and an axle having a plurality of floor engaging wheels at the first end. More specifically, the elongated slot is adapted to closely receive a door panel across its thickness, wherein one of the pair of beams is rigidly attached the chassis at the first end, but is free to flex at the second end to facilitate clamping of a door panel in the slot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 1999
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2001
    Inventors: David Armstrong, Michael Armstrong
  • Patent number: 6238159
    Abstract: A cabinet installation device includes cabinet support blocks slidably arranged on a pair of rails for providing controlled movement in either direction in the horizontal plane. The support blocks and the rails are supported on a rectangular piston that is vertically controlled by means of a hydraulic jack.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2000
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2001
    Inventor: Steve Pappas
  • Patent number: 6233838
    Abstract: A portable cartridge loading apparatus for holding, locating, and individually dispensing electrical junction boxes. The apparatus includes a positioning apparatus for locating the loader on a predetermined building element or stud. The apparatus has devices to locate each junction box in a predetermined depth and height location on each wall, at least two different height locations. The different height installation of each junction box is achieved without setting any other location device, other than repositioning the loading device in a second attitude on the building element or stud.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 1998
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2001
    Inventors: Robert L. Falwell, Edward J. Kramer, George H. Banker, Donald L. Masho, Ira G. Goltz
  • Patent number: 6233899
    Abstract: A method for installing tongue-and-groove material comprises the steps of: a) placing a piece of tongue-and-groove material on an installation surface adjacent to a previously installed piece of tongue-and-groove material and/or a border member; b) pivotably securing a lever having a thrust portion and a lever end to the installation surface so that rotating the lever urges the piece of tongue-and-groove material against the previously installed piece and/or the border member; c) rotating the lever, thereby urging the piece of tongue-and-groove material against the previously installed piece and/or the border member; d) securing the piece of tongue-and-groove material to the previously installed piece, the border member, and/or the installation surface; and e) removing the lever from the installation surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 1999
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2001
    Inventors: Richard D. Mellert, David N. Nystrom
  • Patent number: 6233900
    Abstract: A partition clamping device for holding partitions, such as cubical partition walls, in place with one another when assembling the partitions during installation. The partition clamping device includes first and second clamp members each comprising a cross brace and a spaced apart first and second side braces coupled to the cross brace. A threaded rod is threadingly extended through a first of the side braces towards the second side brace. A plate is coupled to an inner end of the threaded rod. The cross braces of the clamp members each have a bore therethrough through which an elongate pole is extended.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 1999
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2001
    Inventor: Larnell Gill
  • Patent number: 6217015
    Abstract: A glass block installation tool for preventing glass block from falling out of a window frame during installation. The glass block installation tool includes an elongate tubular sleeve. An elongate arm member has a first flange coupled to one end thereof that is adapted for engaging a window sill. The other end of the first arm member is telescopically inserted in the sleeve. The sleeve is positionable along the arm member. An adjustment member has a second flange extending from an outer end thereof and adapted for engaging a window sill. The adjustment member is threaded from a second end thereof towards the second flange. The second end of the adjustment member is slidably insertable in the sleeve opposite the arm member. A nut threadably engages the adjustment member and is positioned between the sleeve and the second flange.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 1999
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2001
    Inventor: Paul Kulla
  • Patent number: 6209280
    Abstract: A jig for aiding in securing a fascia board on the downwardly extended ends of a row of eaves of a frame of a building being constructed including a U shaped member and an angle bracket with an angle bracket with one leg swivelly attached to an end of one leg of the U shaped member. Two jigs are used for temporarily supporting the board across the ends of the row of eaves permitting that the board be nailed to the ends of the eaves. The jig is preferably made of resiliently flexible polycarbonate so that the jig can be twisted when required to enable aligning of the board in a required direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 1998
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2001
    Inventors: Ray F. Bruce, Stephen Bruce, Noah D. Bruce
  • Patent number: 6199849
    Abstract: A device for momentarily mounting a sliding door to a B column of a vehicle body. This device allows to mount the sliding door to the vehicle body during manufacture of the vehicle such that it may be pivoted—similar to a pivotal vehicle door—between opening and closing positions so as to provide for easy access to the vehicle body and sliding door. The device comprises a securing mechanism for removably securing the device to the B column, a holding mechanism for removably holding the sliding door at the device, and pivot member for pivotally connecting said securing mechanism and the holding mechanism. The device is a structural unit which may be mounted and dismounted to and from the vehicle body in a very simple manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 1998
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2001
    Assignee: Chrysler Corporation
    Inventors: Kurt Lebwohl, Gerhard Spanner
  • Patent number: 6161824
    Abstract: A tool useful in the installation of wallboard, especially on ceilings, having two surfaces at a substantially right angle to each other, or a single surface, with means for attachment of said tool in appropriate locations as a means of providing temporary support for wallboard during installation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 1998
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2000
    Inventor: Ido H. Gustavson
  • Patent number: 6155547
    Abstract: A stud clamp is provided that attaches across a first stud providing a stationary brace for a second perpendicular stud to be connected to the first, thereby facilitating the toe-nailing process. The stud clamp is adjustable to fit variety of stud widths and has a clamping mechanism for securely clamping the device to the first stud.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 1999
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2000
    Inventor: Louie Gatanas
  • Patent number: 6131361
    Abstract: A combination clamp and support bracket for transient support of sheet goods during their alignment and fastening to underlying support structures, like joists and studs. The bracket has either one L-shaped longitudinal end, or at least one offset longitudinal end, or, in an alternate configuration, a pair of one L-shaped longitudinal end and the other an offset longitiudinal end. A pattern of bore holes and key slot perforations are arrayed along the bracket longitudinal axis and provide temporarily tacked pivot points and/or ledges for subjacent support of the sheet goods during placements of an abutting edge and permanent fastening. The brackets are handily displaced and ready for reuse in placement of subsequent sheet goods, like dry wall installation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 1999
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2000
    Inventor: James T. Murphy
  • Patent number: 6126156
    Abstract: The present invention is a tool that quickly and accurately places joist hangers on headers to prepare the headers for the installation of joists. The tool has a lower flange which includes a transverse slot. An upper flange on the tool has two recesses spaced apart along a forward face of the upper flange. The recesses and the transverse slot cooperate to engage and constrain the joist hanger during installation. The tool also includes a handle member with a grip portion located remotely from the main body of the tool. The handle member allows an installer to position and install the joist hanger without exposing his hand to the area of installation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 1998
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2000
    Inventor: Philip Brodeur
  • Patent number: 6112475
    Abstract: A knee brace bracket for use in a knee bracing system for tilt-up panel constructions. The knee brace bracket includes front and rear face members defining circular structures for extending around a main pipe brace which extends between a panel and a floor slab. The knee brace bracket is rigidly connected to a knee brace extending to a connection point on the panel. The knee brace bracket includes a plurality of rollers engaged with the main pipe brace whereby the main pipe brace is permitted to rotate within the knee brace bracket to permit a screw adjustment for the length of the main pipe brace.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 1999
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2000
    Assignee: Dayton Superior Corporation
    Inventor: Robert E. Truitt
  • Patent number: 6092271
    Abstract: A tool for aligning a striker with a latch for a door on a motor vehicle includes a base member and a tool locating member positioned perpendicular to an end of the base member. The tool also includes a tool holding mechanism positioned on a front face of the tool locating member for holding the alignment tool onto the vehicle, and a striker locating arm extending outwardly from another end of the base member. The alignment tool further includes a striker lead-in at one end of the striker locating arm for positioning the striker relative to the latch, and a cross member extending between another end of the striker locating arm and the base member for receiving the latch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 1997
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2000
    Assignee: Chrysler Corporation
    Inventors: Zlatko B. Stojkovic, Thomas Weber, Don Johnson, John D. Dredge, Larry M. Storinsky, Jim Neubacher, Scott Featherston, Brad DiTomaso
  • Patent number: 6085432
    Abstract: The invention relates to a device for positioning an upright with a desired orientation in order to mount thereon a superstructure such as a post of a pylon. The device is characterized by a frame, and a rotation mechanism connected to the frame for rotation in a plane round a standing axis, wherein the rotation mechanism comprises coupling means for coupling the upright thereto at the desired angle of inclination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 1997
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2000
    Assignee: Ingenieursbureau Oranjewoud B.V.
    Inventors: Albert Van der Sluis, Yme Poortvliet
  • Patent number: 6079182
    Abstract: The present invention provides a floor board compressing apparatus and method of use for compressing and tightening a plurality of abutting floor boards. The apparatus has a reel rotationally engaged in a reel housing. An inextensible and flexible tape coiled on and attached to the reel extends to a first hook which attaches to the first end of the boards to be compressed. A second hook is pivotally attached to the reel housing and attaches to the opposing end of the floor boards. A handle which is pivotally engaged to the reel is used to turn the reel within the reel housing so as to draw the first hook toward the second hook. The reel housing preferably includes a plurality of holes and the handle provides a locking peg. After winding in all of the flexible tape by turning the handle, the handle is then rocked on its pivot for engaging and disengaging the locking peg with any one of the locking holes. After the tape has been tightened and locked into place, the reel housing is pushed laterally.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 1997
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2000
    Inventor: Jack Richard Ellenberger
  • Patent number: 6055789
    Abstract: An improved conduit has a cross sectional profile which generally provides an elongate support structure having at least one anchoring structure extending from the support structure to engage any groove on a base board structure to enable the conduit to be "snapped" into a place of consistent support. Generally, the conduit will be pushed down directly against the support structure to enable the support structure to either become anchored or to flex against and secure the engagement of the anchoring structure. A variety of embodiments take advantage of the widest variety of corner configurations in order to provide the widest applicability of the conduit. A tool is disclosed to facilitate installation of the conduit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 1998
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2000
    Inventor: Harry I. Zimmerman
  • Patent number: 6047520
    Abstract: The Tile Holder, Spacer, and Setter; and Table is an apparatus used for tiling floors. The apparatus holds tiles, spaces them adjacent tiles, and sets them to a consistent depth. The apparatus allows the user to stand erect without putting stress on their knees and back throughout. The invention also includes a table that is to be used along with the apparatus. The table makes adding adhesive to floor tiles easier and cleaner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 1998
    Date of Patent: April 11, 2000
    Inventor: Abelardo Caraballo
  • Patent number: 6010299
    Abstract: A device for lifting and positioning building materials at different heights and angles. For example, positioning a sheet of drywall or plywood to be fastened to a ceiling or wall, or subsequently a container of materials such as drywall joint compound for finishing the fastened sheets. The lifting and positioning device comprises a platform assembly upon which to place material to be lifted and positioned. The platform assembly can be pivoted and fixed at any desired angle between horizontal and vertical (0 to 90 degrees) by an indexing arrangement. The platform assembly is pivotally connected to lift arm links. The lift arm links are pivotally connected to a lift arm assembly. The lift arm assembly is pivotally connected to a mast support assembly. The lift arm links, lift arm assembly and mast support assembly form a parallelogram. The platform assembly is raised and lowered by a floor jack placed upon a jack support platform.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 1998
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2000
    Inventor: Ronald M. Jesswein
  • Patent number: 5979887
    Abstract: A device for installing drywall or other sheet materials on a ceiling where access to the joists is limited by an existing ceiling or vapor barrier. The device aligns with the leading edge of an installed sheet, braces against the floor, and provides a support ledge for the trailing edge of a new sheet as it is installed. A clearance gap in the device allows it to be removed while leaving a flush seam between the two sheets. The same device serves to support the leading edge of the new sheet as it is raised into position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 1997
    Date of Patent: November 9, 1999
    Inventor: Dean P. Hassman