Door And Window Patents (Class 33/194)
  • Patent number: 10844617
    Abstract: A support brace having two complementary sections that are matingly received in the opposite sides of the opening of a window frame to be installed in a poured concrete wall. The two complementary brace sections are secured together to form a bracing structure that is matingly received in the interior opening of a window frame. The width of the support brace is adjustable at a number of selected widths to accommodate window frames of selected widths. Both the inside section of the brace and the outside section of the brace have slotted plates that overlap each other so they can be pinned together to hold the two sections of the support brace at a predetermined and adjustable distance apart corresponding to the width of the window frame being installed. The support brace has both tie slots bars for receiving concrete form ties used with metal forms, and fastener brackets for attachments to wooden forms by nails and screws.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: MONARCH MATERIALS GROUP, INC.
    Inventors: Ahmad Ahmad, Roelof Jan Siepel
  • Patent number: 10645363
    Abstract: A method for an image-based measurement of a scene using a handheld apparatus, including a recording of at least one first image and one second image of the scene by at least one camera of the apparatus, a photogrammetric evaluating of the first and the second image, and a graphic outputting of an image representation of the scene on a display unit, characterized by an automatically proceeding edge measurement functionality, as part of which, in each case without user intervention, edges in the scene are identified utilizing at least one image of the scene, edge lengths of the identified edges are ascertained based on the photogrammetrically evaluated images, and the ascertained edge lengths are displayed in the image representation of the scene.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Assignee: LEICA GEOSYSTEMS AG
    Inventors: Elmar Vincent Van Der Zwan, Tobias Heller, Siegfried Wiltsche
  • Patent number: 10149559
    Abstract: A device for hanging an object on a wall includes a crossbar, a knuckle, an arm, and an end cap. The crossbar includes a track extending between two opposing ends of the crossbar. The knuckle is slidably coupled to the crossbar such that the knuckle is slidable in a first direction. The knuckle includes a projection that has a pair of parallel sides. The arm has a marking pin that projects generally perpendicular from a forward surface of the arm. The arm is coupled to the crossbar via the knuckle such that the arm is slidable along the pair of parallel sides of the projection in a second direction. The end cap is coupled to one of the two opposing ends of the crossbar. The end cap includes an “L” bracket that provides an engagement surface for engaging a corner of a second object previously hung on the wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2018
    Assignee: Crescent Creative Products, LLC
    Inventor: Michael A. Marks
  • Patent number: 10145126
    Abstract: A tool for use during installation of a pre-hung door. The tool includes a base and at least one orientation indicator, such as a bubble level, mounted to the base. The tool also includes at least one spacer extending from the base. The at least one spacer may be positioned between an edge of a door panel and a respective adjacent portion of a door frame. The tool may also include at least one tongue extending from the base in a direction opposite the at least one spacer. The at least one tongue may be positioned between a weather strip and a face of the door frame so that the tool can remain in place when the door panel is open relative to the door frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: Endura Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Tomasz Jaskiewicz, Michael K. Mitchell
  • Patent number: 10101142
    Abstract: The object of the invention is a method in the installation of an elevator, said elevator being provided with an elevator car traveling in a controlled manner along guide rails in an elevator hoistway, for determining the disposal location of the hoistway components to be disposed in the elevator hoistway and/or the landing doors of the elevator. The disposal location of the hoistway components and/or of the landing doors of the elevator is determined in relation to the guide rails of the elevator car by copying the disposal location at different heights in the elevator hoistway mechanically by means of a tool, in which tool the disposal locations according to plan of the hoistway components are arranged to remain fixed for essentially at least the whole period of the aforementioned determination of the disposal locations of the hoistway components of the elevator hoistway and/or of the landing doors of the elevator. The object of the invention is also a tool to be used in the method.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: KONE CORPORATION
    Inventors: Osmo Bjorni, Petri Niemi, Tomi Kapanen, Petri Pukkila
  • Patent number: 9981374
    Abstract: A jig assembly for marking a cabinet with hole positions that are needed to install hardware. The jig assembly utilizes a reference plate. At least one matrix of holes is formed through the reference plate. The holes are used to make markings at different positions and distances. The holes are preferably identified with scale indicia that provide visual indications as to the positions of each of the holes. Arms are attached to the reference plate with pivot connections. Marking holes are disposed through the arms. The arms can rotate and extend from the reference plate in opposite directions. A top plate is positioned across the top edge of the reference plate. The top plate creates a guide. A side plate is positioned across a side edge of the reference plate. The side plate creates a second guide that intersects the top plate at a perpendicular.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Inventor: Krystian Hinz
  • Patent number: 9874444
    Abstract: A method in a computer system for estimating an area of an object comprises the step of placing a scaling object adjacent a first side of the object. A first digital image of the object first side and the scaling device is taken. The scaling device is then placed adjacent the second side of the object, and a second digital image of the object second side and the scaling device is taken. The first image is converted into a first pixel grid and the second image is converted into a second pixel grid. An input device is used to mark respectively on the first and second pixels grids the endpoints of the scaling device along with endpoints of the first and second sides. Numerical values for a height and a width of the scaling device are entered using the input device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2018
    Assignee: Salestimate, LLC
    Inventors: Michael Lee Eichenberg, Kevin O'Rourke
  • Patent number: 9670675
    Abstract: The invention pertains to the field of construction of buildings and structures. The invention relates to alignment guides for constructing building components, namely walls, ceilings and floors to be used in buildings and structures. This invention also relates to kits of specific alignment guides and methods of using alignment guides.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2017
    Inventor: Brian Doyle
  • Patent number: 9650229
    Abstract: An elevator shaft door sill installation apparatus includes first and second assembly jig parts mounted at gage guide rails and a laser arranged at one of the parts for aligning the sill in the vertical direction. The alignment of the sill in the horizontal direction is undertaken with a line set including at least two lines, a first line having a first run extending from the first part to a first sill corner and from there by a second run to the second part, and a second line extending from the second part to a second sill corner. If the lines are tightened and a marking between the first and second runs is at the first corner of the sill, the sill is aligned in the horizontal direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2017
    Assignee: Inventio AG
    Inventors: Karl Erny, Hans Kocher
  • Patent number: 9501840
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, an information processing apparatus includes an interface and a control part. The interface receives an image which is transmitted from a first terminal and in which a person and an object as a reference of magnitude of one pixel are photographed. The control part calculates a size of clothes suitable for the person based on the image and a magnitude of the object in the image, and transmits information relating to the clothes with this size to the first terminal through the interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2016
    Assignee: TOSHIBA TEC KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Kiyoshi Iwaki
  • Patent number: 9091085
    Abstract: A portable doorframe installation jig is disclosed, adapted to allow a construction worker to readily install a new doorframe plum, level, and in plane. It also may be used as a brace to retain doorframe position during installation of framing and/or drywall. It may also be used as a reinspection tool after installation of drywall. The door jig further serves the purpose of stabilizing the doorframe, in some embodiments, during construction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2015
    Inventor: Don C. Hokanson
  • Patent number: 9073203
    Abstract: A hand-holdable marking tool comprising a housing, a plate-like reference piece locatable against a surrounding frame; and a marking implement having a marking point movable to a pre-determined distance away from the reference piece. The hand-holdable marking tool may be a hand-holdable door marking tool (2) used against a door frame. The invention further provides a method of marking a door in comparison with a corresponding door frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2015
    Inventor: Brendan Joseph O'Hare
  • Publication number: 20150113817
    Abstract: A magnetically mounted template for identifying the optimum installation location for a door hardware device. The template has a working element that engages a cooperating door hardware device, for example, a working latch that engages a bolt. The template is particularly suitable for installing electrically operable door hardware devices, such as electric strikes, which require wiring as well as mechanical attachment to a door frame or door.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 1, 2014
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Applicant: Trine Access Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: William Schildwachter, James S. Lee, Ferdinand E. Orbeta
  • Publication number: 20150096179
    Abstract: A cabinet jig device may include first and second crossbars, each crossbar having opposing first and second ends, a first leg extending between the first ends of the first and second crossbars, and a second leg extending between the second ends of the first and second crossbars. The cabinet jig device may include first and second adjustable fasteners for coupling the first leg respectively to the first ends of the first and second crossbars, third and fourth adjustable fasteners for coupling the second leg respectively to the second ends of the first and second crossbars, and first and second adjustable striking pins coupled to the second crossbar between the first and second ends thereof.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 7, 2013
    Publication date: April 9, 2015
    Inventor: Brooks COURTNEY
  • Patent number: 8997360
    Abstract: An alignment device allows hinges from an old door being replaced to be transferred to a new door in the corresponding position to ensure that the new door is properly aligned in the door frame. The tool has an elongate channel that is placed next to the door in the height direction. A stopper aligns a comparable tool with a top edge of the door having its hinges removed. Brackets secure the channel to the door and ensure that the channel is parallel to the door. Once the tool is fixed relative to the door, the hinges can be attached to the channel. After the hinges are attached to the channel, they are removed from the existing door. The tool can now use to install hinges on a new door at a remote time or place from the hinges.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Inventor: Tommy E. Hall
  • Patent number: 8910389
    Abstract: A door leveling apparatus is configured for assisting in the cutting of a lower edge of a door to match a base angle of a base of a door frame. In the exemplary embodiment, a housing is removably engagable with a hinge of each of the door and door frame and provides a pivotally engaged leveling arm configured for selectively pivoting away from the housing toward the base of the door frame. A laser assembly is pivotally engaged with a distal end of the leveling arm and comprises a laser housing capable of selectively emitting a laser beam and an angle adjustment knob configured for selectively retaining the laser housing at a desired laser angle that matches the base angle. The apparatus may then be removably engaged with the hinge of the door so that the laser beam may project the line on which the door is to be cut.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2014
    Inventors: Andrew Joseph Kamar, Timothy James Grimmond
  • Patent number: 8893394
    Abstract: A carpentry guide tool for ensuring precise and accurate measurements with regard to offsets and reveals commonly used in carpentry, particularly in the context of trim and molding around a door or window, is now disclosed. More specifically, the now disclosed carpentry tool is capable of use simultaneously in two orthogonal directions for the accurate measurement of reveals in the corner of a framed threshold and is designed for both ease of use and ease of manufacture. The now disclosed carpentry tool is of fixed dimension and static manufacture, mitigating the possibility that human error yields inconsistencies in measurement. The preferred embodiment is two concentric square prisms of differing sizes wherein every edge of one prism is congruent and parallel to an edge of the second prism, creating a reveal defined by the size differential between the two prisms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Inventor: Simon P. Parkin
  • Patent number: 8832949
    Abstract: Apparatuses and methods are provided for squaring, positioning, and leveling a door frame. The apparatus comprises a generally rectangular body, at least two magnets, and at least one leveling device. The method generally comprises positioning the apparatus of the invention in the center of where a doorway will be placed, contacting the vertical sides of the door frame with the apparatus such that each of the magnets on the apparatus is in magnetic contact with a vertical side of the door frame, and using the apparatus to correctly square, level, and set the door frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Assignee: Allen Innovations, LLC
    Inventors: Brian C. Allen, James S. Ketcham
  • Publication number: 20140237938
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for easily assembling a simulated divided light window grid is provided. A window gauge having at least one grasping means is provided to quickly assemble the simulated divided light window grid. The simulated divided light window grids are assembled by horizontally and vertically interconnecting the plurality of rigid muntin bars spaced apart using the window gauges. After completing the assembly the window gauges can be easily removed by holding the grasping means on the window gauges.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 24, 2013
    Publication date: August 28, 2014
    Inventor: Steven L. Reeder
  • Patent number: 8720073
    Abstract: A multi-purpose door tool is designed specifically for door installation and repair. The door tool has a general “L” shape incorporating a plurality of level-indicating devices as well as measuring indicia, reference information, wedges, and lifting devices. It is also relatively small and can be produced inexpensively while remaining relatively durable and robust. The door tool can be used on a door and/or door frame to make them square and plumb; lift, wedge, and space them; check vertical and horizontal positioning and leveling; and determine appropriate measurements, locations, setbacks, etc. for door-related hardware. All of these tasks can now be accomplished with a single door tool instead of the plethora of tools formerly required to carry out all of these tasks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Inventor: Maurice Gordon
  • Patent number: 8677636
    Abstract: In one embodiment, a tool for door installation is described herein including a top part configured to fit onto a top edge of a door using a compression fit and comprising a shim portion having a first shim thickness and a hinge side part configured to fit onto an edge of the door using a compression fit, the hinge side part comprising a shim portion having a second shim thickness. The tool further includes a strike side part configured to fit onto an edge of the door using a compression fit, the strike side part comprising a shim portion having a third shim thickness. The tool also includes a level device attached to one of the parts of the tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2014
    Assignee: JenTra LLC
    Inventor: Travis Kelley
  • Publication number: 20130333296
    Abstract: An adjustable template for defining outer peripheral dimensions of a door comprises first and second side elements (5,6), each of which comprises an outer telescoping member (8) and an inner telescoping member (9). The first and second side elements (5,6) are coupled together by upper and lower linkage mechanisms (10,11) so that the first and second side elements (5,6) are operable between an inoperable state illustrated in FIG. 1 and an operable state illustrated in FIGS. 2 and 3 whereby the first and second side elements (5,6) define the width dimensions of the opening in which the door is to be located from the top of the opening to the bottom of the opening. The inner telescoping members (9) are urged outwardly of the outer telescoping members (8) so that the first and second side elements (5,6) extend from the saddle or floor of the opening of the door to the upper edge of the opening of the doorway.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 6, 2011
    Publication date: December 19, 2013
    Inventors: Declan Anthony Lyons, Patrick Gerard Farrelly, John Joseph McCormack
  • Publication number: 20130239419
    Abstract: A carpentry guide tool for ensuring precise and accurate measurements with regard to offsets and reveals commonly used in carpentry, particularly in the context of trim and molding around a door or window, is now disclosed. More specifically, the now disclosed carpentry tool is capable of use simultaneously in two orthogonal directions for the accurate measurement of reveals in the corner of a framed threshold and is designed for both ease of use and ease of manufacture. The now disclosed carpentry tool is of fixed dimension and static manufacture, mitigating the possibility that human error yields inconsistencies in measurement. The preferred embodiment is two concentric square prisms of differing sizes wherein every edge of one prism is congruent and parallel to an edge of the second prism, creating a reveal defined by the size differential between the two prisms.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 19, 2012
    Publication date: September 19, 2013
    Inventor: SIMON P. PARKIN
  • Patent number: 8443523
    Abstract: A door lock locator configured to attach to a door having a latch edge and to locate the door lock in relation to a strike plate. The door lock locator includes an edge wall having an edge hole locator, a first wall extending from the edge wall and including a bore hole locator, a second wall extending from the edge wall and cooperating with the first wall to attach the door lock locator to the door. The door lock locator also includes a strike plate locator coupled to one of the edge wall, the first wall, and the second wall. The strike plate locator has a protrusion that selectively engages the strike plate to locate the edge hole locator and the bore hole locator.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2013
    Assignee: Techtronic Power Tools Technology Limited
    Inventors: Chin Hung Lam, Tsz Kin Wong, Guo Hua Liang, Yu Xia, James E. Pangerc
  • Patent number: 8418375
    Abstract: A door hanging tool includes a horizontal member having at least one bubble vial for the determination of the angle of a surface with respect to the horizontal member and, a vertical member having at least one bubble vial for indicating the inclination of the surface with respect to the vertical member. The horizontal member further defines anchor slots for receiving an anchor means for releasably attaching the tool to the existing pre-drilled hole for lockset from the door manufacturer, such that the user can view the bubble vial of the vertical member for indicating the vertical inclination of the door with respect to the vertical member, and can view the bubble vial of the horizontal member to determine the angle of the door with respect to the horizontal member, and can adjust the door accordingly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2013
    Inventor: Dennis P. Zadnik
  • Patent number: 8312634
    Abstract: A positioner and method of use thereof, wherein the positioner is comprised of a positioner first and second side. A flap having a flap first and second side may be hingedly mounted to the positioner. Both the positioner first and second sides and flap first and second sides may be fashioned with grids, wherein an aperture may be positioned at each node of each grid, and wherein one indicator corresponds to each apertures. The positioner may be used to easily and accurately position markings adjacent window frames, sills, or other structures having right angles thereon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2012
    Inventor: James D. Forsyth
  • Publication number: 20120286632
    Abstract: In certain embodiments of the present disclosure, a leveling assembly for an appliance door is described. The leveling assembly causes vertical movement of a decorative door panel relative to an appliance door.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 10, 2011
    Publication date: November 15, 2012
    Applicant: GENERAL ELECTRIC COMPANY
    Inventors: Mark Wayne Wilson, Cory J. Tafoya, Matthew Keith Sease
  • Publication number: 20120255186
    Abstract: Apparatuses and methods are provided for squaring, positioning, and leveling a door frame. The apparatus comprises a generally rectangular body, at least two magnets, and at least one leveling device. The method generally comprises positioning the apparatus of the invention in the center of where a doorway will be placed, contacting the vertical sides of the door frame with the apparatus such that each of the magnets on the apparatus is in magnetic contact with a vertical side of the door frame, and using the apparatus to correctly square, level, and set the door frame.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 2, 2012
    Publication date: October 11, 2012
    Applicant: ALLEN INNOVATIONS, LLC
    Inventors: Brian C. Allen, James S. Ketcham
  • Patent number: 8251356
    Abstract: Tool having a body and at least one jamb-securing finger can be used to install a pre-hung door. The body can be removably attached to a building component about a door opening such as a 2×4, with the finger(s) for holding a jamb component of the pre-hung door. The tool may be intrinsically adjustable. A kit may include the tool, a fastener and/or a spacer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2012
    Inventor: Jerry E. Eschenburg
  • Patent number: 8225521
    Abstract: A tape system for obtaining accurate construction layouts featuring an elongated strand with an adhesive disposed on the bottom surface, the strand is flexible to allow movement between a rolled configuration and an elongated configuration; a center line disposed in a middle of the strand running from the first end to the second end of the strand; a plurality of center markers disposed along the strand spaced a certain distance apart, the center line divides each center marker into a top portion and a bottom portion, wherein both the top portion and the bottom portion of each center marker is labeled with a first letter, a second letter, a third letter, and a fourth letter; and perforations disposed in each center marker, the perforations being perpendicular to the center line and extending from the first edge of the strand to the second edge of the strand.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2012
    Inventor: Darrell R. Mooney
  • Patent number: 8117758
    Abstract: A scribe tool includes a three-dimensional, polygonal block having two opposing ends with a plurality of planar, non-orthogonal surfaces formed therebetween. A bore extends from one of the ends to another and is offset from the block's central, longitudinal axis. Each planar surface is spaced a discrete distance from the central axis that corresponds to one of a plurality of conventional measurements. The tool allows a craftsman to form a trim line along an architectural item that conforms to surface irregularities on an adjacent wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2012
    Inventor: Marty Crochet
  • Publication number: 20120017452
    Abstract: A door lock locator configured to attach to a door having a latch edge and to locate the door lock in relation to a strike plate. The door lock locator includes an edge wall having an edge hole locator, a first wall extending from the edge wall and including a bore hole locator, a second wall extending from the edge wall and cooperating with the first wall to attach the door lock locator to the door. The door lock locator also includes a strike plate locator coupled to one of the edge wall, the first wall, and the second wall. The strike plate locator has a protrusion that selectively engages the strike plate to locate the edge hole locator and the bore hole locator.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 27, 2011
    Publication date: January 26, 2012
    Inventors: Chin Hung Lam, Tsz Kin Wong, Guo Hua Liang, Yu Xia, James E. Pangerc
  • Patent number: 8096056
    Abstract: A trim installation square device is provided for facilitating measurement, cutting and installation of trim around a door or window opening. The device includes a base member, and extension member extendably coupled to the base member, and a locking assembly for holding the base member and extension member in place. The base member and the extension member are positioned relative to each other such that a base member first edge is parallel to an extension member first edge and a base member second edge is parallel to an extension member second edge forming two spaced right angles. A ruler is coupled to one of the base member and the extension member. The ruler is positioned for measuring a transverse distance between the base member first edge and the extension member first edge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2012
    Inventor: Randale C. Murdock
  • Publication number: 20110185583
    Abstract: Described herein is a multipurpose tool used for marking a substrate. The tool includes at least first and second generally planar layers. The first layer includes first and second edges for guiding a marking device, and third and fourth edges for abutting a first surface of the substrate. The second layer may be formed on a major surface of the first layer, the second layer having fifth and sixth edges for abutting a second surface of the substrate. The first and second edges may extend beyond the fifth and sixth edges by a first predetermined lateral distance. In addition, the first and second edges may form a curved corner, while the fifth and sixth edges may form a corresponding curved corner.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 26, 2011
    Publication date: August 4, 2011
    Inventors: Glenn C. HARDEE, Prasad GOLLAPALLI
  • Patent number: 7849607
    Abstract: An adjustable measuring gauge has at least two sized and shaped operatively associated members made of a durable material. The lower member has an upper side and a first elongated and square side edge with a plurality of measurements beginning at zero marked at the upper surface. At least one upper member is slidably and adjustably connected to the lower member and has a second elongated square side edge disposed in assembled position on adjustable movement of the upper and lower member to uncover and reveal the desired measurement marked on the lower member. Elongated aligned slots and threaded pegs are provided to achieve unidirectional movement for an accurate measurement. A clamping assembly is provided to both hold the operative associated members so the adjustable measuring gauge can be reused for another measurement; further, a non-skid fabric on at least the upper member to facilitate use and handling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 14, 2010
    Assignee: Tru-Reveal LLC
    Inventor: Peter H. Alvarez
  • Patent number: 7793421
    Abstract: Disclosed is a method and apparatus for drawing an instrument across a curve in a surface for constructing an arch. The apparatus comprises a base member having a pivot and a plurality of first indicators and a slidable member having a plurality of second indicators. The slidable member is slidably positionable on the base member. The method comprises pivotably securing the base member to a surface, selecting one of the plurality of first indicators corresponding to the chord height and selecting one of the plurality of second indicators representing the chord height and length of the arch to be scribed. The method further comprises aligning the first and second selected indicators, and rotating the apparatus about the pivot hole so as to draw across an instrument located at a distal end of the slidable member across an arc so as to define the arch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 5, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2010
    Inventor: Derek Hardy
  • Patent number: 7743516
    Abstract: A trim installation tool, attachable to the jamb of a window or door, which aids in the installation of trim. The tool provides for the marking of a consistent reveal around a door or window when installing trim. The tool also provides a surface which may be used to provide support to the end of a tape measure when performing measurements. Additionally, the tool may provide support for the trim being installed around the door or window.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2010
    Inventor: Michael F. Gross
  • Patent number: 7743517
    Abstract: A guide preferably of small size preferably two and a half inches square is disclosed for establishing reveal on doors and window frames during molding installation without having to do measuring and marking. In one embodiment two square blocks making up the guide are fixedly attached to each other and a different guide is used for different molding reveals. In another preferred embodiment of the present invention, the position of the two blocks relative to each other is adjustable such that one block moves along the other block only along a diagonal providing a simple single adjustment which provides the same amount of reveal on two orthogonal sides of the guide.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2010
    Inventor: Jason Burgese
  • Patent number: 7730623
    Abstract: A frame jamb marker includes a sliding panel for sliding on the side surface of the frame and a guiding panel perpendicularly extended from the sliding panel for sliding on the marking surface of the frame, wherein the guiding panel has a top stepping edge and a bottom stepping edge to define a top marking point and a bottom marking point at stepping corners at the top and bottom stepping edges respectively. The user is able to point a marker tool on the marking surface at one of the top and bottom marking points. When the sliding panel is slid on the side surface to drive the guiding panel sliding on the marking surface, the marker tool is guided to slidably mark on the marking surface to make a straight marking line thereon so as to precisely form the marking line parallel to the common edge of the frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2010
    Inventor: Chin-Hsiung Lien
  • Patent number: 7730622
    Abstract: An apparatus and method provide for measurement at various positions over an extent of an uneven structural surface, and preparation of spacers, cut to appropriate thicknesses based upon such measurements, such that when affixed to the respective measurement locations, outer facing surfaces of the spacers are collectively coplanar. A method of aligning a surface includes defining a reference plane in a fixed condition relative to the structural surface, and determining a differential distance between the structural surface and the reference plane at various locations along an extend of the particular structural surface. Using these measurements, indexed according to location, spacers are cut to a thickness based upon the respective differential distances at corresponding locations, which, when mounted to the structural surface at these recorded locations, results in alignment of outwardly facing surfaces with a common plane. Advantageously, at least a portion of the processes is automated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2010
    Inventor: Kerry McCauley
  • Patent number: 7644502
    Abstract: An indicating apparatus includes a base arranged to contact a first surface of an opening in a wall and a second surface of the opening in the wall, the base being rotationally stable when contacting the first and second surfaces of the opening, and an indicating member coupled to the base, the indicating member having a first portion arranged to indicate a first line along the wall when the base contacts the surfaces of the opening, and a second portion arranged to indicate a second line along the wall when the base contacts the first and second surfaces of the opening, the first line being parallel to the first surface, the second line being parallel to the second surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2010
    Inventor: Bruce Albert Arne
  • Publication number: 20090313838
    Abstract: A trim installation tool, attachable to the jamb of a window or door, which aids in the installation of trim. The tool provides for the marking of a consistent reveal around a door or window when installing trim. The tool also provides a surface which may be used to provide support to the end of a tape measure when performing measurements. Additionally, the tool may provide support for the trim being installed around the door or window.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 23, 2008
    Publication date: December 24, 2009
    Inventor: Michael F. Gross
  • Patent number: 7610684
    Abstract: The invention regards monitoring the functional position of a hinge through a non contacting sensor, in particular working with a magnetic field, comprising a rotation position generator and a sensor unit, measuring over an angular range, wherein the rotation position generator, in particular the magnet on the one hand, and the sensor unit with the sensor element on the other hand, are opposing each other at a distance, and are rotationally fixed on the one hand to one of the pivoting parts of the hinge, and on the other hand to one of the non moving parts of the hinge, or of the component carrying the hinge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2009
    Assignee: ASM Automation Sensorik Messtechnik GmbH
    Inventor: Klaus Manfred Steinich
  • Patent number: 7591073
    Abstract: A device and method for determining compliance with building construction codes comprises a block of material with a plurality of planar measuring surfaces separated by appropriate distances that are representative of a maximum or minimum gap space between a door and an adjacent structure, as permitted by industry standards. The appropriate measuring surfaces are inserted in the gap opening between the door and adjacent structure to be tested and quickly and easily indicate whether the gap meets building construction codes. The device functions as one tool to quickly check compliance of all gap openings related to door installations without hindrance from door installation hardware.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2009
    Assignee: PL2, LLC
    Inventors: Walter M. Eckles, Thomas E. Cheatham, Brent A. Eckles, Keith E. Pardoe
  • Publication number: 20090216485
    Abstract: A system for monitoring an angle of a door is provided comprising: an angle measuring device for measuring an angle of a door and transmitting a signal representing the measured angle; a computer for receiving from the angle measuring device the signal representing the measured angle; and computer software for determining and at least one of displaying and recording the measured angle based on the signal received by the computer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 22, 2008
    Publication date: August 27, 2009
    Applicant: THE BOEING COMPANY
    Inventor: BECKY LOU SMITH
  • Patent number: 7543388
    Abstract: Some embodiments of the present invention provide a simple convenient way to mark reveal widths with excellent accuracy. In some aspects, the invention provides a tool for marking reveal widths. The tool includes a base and positioning means for contacting first and second jambs of a door or window. The tool also includes guiding means for guiding a writing instrument. The guiding means can guide the writing instrument on and generally parallel to the first jamb at a first lateral distance from where the positioning means contacts the first jamb. The guiding means can also guide the writing instrument on and generally parallel to the second jamb at a second lateral distance from where the positioning means contacts the second jamb. In this embodiment, the first lateral distance is a first reveal width and the second lateral distance is a second reveal width.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2009
    Assignee: Northern Building Solutions, Inc.
    Inventors: Joseph W. Christensen, Dale D. Johnson
  • Patent number: 7513049
    Abstract: A marking tool comprising bottom, base and top polyhedral shaped portions integrally joined such that the top and bottom portions are skewed with respect to each other and the base, such that a plurality of selected spaced distances are defined between adjacent walls of the top and bottom portions relative to walls of the base portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2009
    Inventor: Gary E. Williams
  • Patent number: 7509746
    Abstract: An adjustable marking and measuring tool including a locating block and a guide block is provided. The locating block includes a pair of abutments for locating the tool in the corner of a jamb. The guide block includes a miter guide line edge for locating a guide line for longitudinally locating a piece of trim. The guide block includes a reveal guide line edge for marking the offset of the trim from an opening defined by the jamb. The position of the guide block relative to the locating block is adjustable for adjusting the amount of reveal identified by the tool. The tool may further include an engagement portion for engaging a mitered end of a trim piece. Further, the tool may include an upstanding abutment member to locate the guide block relative to a piece of trim for marking a miter line across the trim piece.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2009
    Assignee: Nomis LLC
    Inventors: Damian A. Kozina, Edward D. Adkins
  • Publication number: 20090071020
    Abstract: An adjustable marking and measuring tool including a locating block and a guide block is provided. The locating block includes a pair of abutments for locating the tool in the corner of a jamb. The guide block includes a miter guide line edge for locating a guide line for longitudinally locating a piece of trim. The guide block includes a reveal guide line edge for marking the offset of the trim from an opening defined by the jamb. The position of the guide block relative to the locating block is adjustable for adjusting the amount of reveal identified by the tool. The tool may further include an engagement portion for engaging a mitered end of a trim piece. Further, the tool may include an upstanding abutment member to locate the guide block relative to a piece of trim for marking a miter line across the trim piece.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 13, 2007
    Publication date: March 19, 2009
    Applicant: Nomis LLC
    Inventors: Damian A. Kozina, Edward D. Adkins
  • Patent number: 7467471
    Abstract: The present invention relates to novel woodworking tool. This tool allows for precise measurements of square ends; square/mitered end combination, and mitered ends. Additionally, this tool can scribe arcs and circles and square up cabinets and other structures. This simple to operate tool will ensure proper measurements for difficult inside and outside dimensions critical for fine woodworking and cabinetry.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2008
    Inventor: John Norman Sutter