Removable Prop Or Brace Combined With Structure Component Patents (Class 52/127.2)
  • Patent number: 10774554
    Abstract: A swimming pool consisting of a plurality of panels that withstands water pressure in both a concave and convex configuration to create any freeform shape or size. Each panel consists of an adhered wall of skinning of metal or plastic over expanded polystyrene or expanded urethane foam. The density of the foam is adjusted as necessary to increase the strength of the wall based on static loading of water when swimming pool is assembled as a whole and fully filled with water.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2020
    Assignee: Trojan Leisure Products, LLC
    Inventors: Charles M. Foster, David A. Steele, Collin J. Sirco
  • Patent number: 10710856
    Abstract: A lattice type transmission tower leveling device for leveling a transmission tower with respect to a ground surface. The tower leveling device includes a series of side supports positioned at first and second sides of the transmission tower. The leveling device also includes a support beam that is secured to a third side of a transmission tower that is leaning and a second support beam that is secured to a fourth side of the transmission tower opposite the third side. The device further includes a series of brace members that are interconnected to form a lattice brace structure. The lattice brace structure is coupled to the upright members of the transmission tower. The tower leveling device also includes a lift beam secured to the side supports of the tower and a series of hydraulic cylinders that extend from the lift beam to the first support beam.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: AMPJACK INDUSTRIES LTD.
    Inventors: Luke J. Chaput, Nathan Stahl
  • Patent number: 10260268
    Abstract: A bracing system for a door having a height, a width, a periphery and adjacent surrounding structure. The bracing system includes a first anchor positioned adjacent the periphery and fixed to the surrounding structure. The bracing system also includes an anchor surface positioned on the surrounding structure adjacent the periphery substantially opposite of the first anchor. The bracing system further includes a beam fixed to the first anchor and having a distal end configured to be engaged with the anchor surface. The bracing system still further includes an actuator drivingly engaged to the beam. The actuator and the beam are configured such that activation of the actuator causes movement of the distal end with respect to the anchor surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2019
    Assignee: State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company
    Inventor: Ryan Whitlock
  • Patent number: 10208473
    Abstract: A portable shed system for securing motorized equipment therein includes a top wall and a perimeter wall that is attached to and extends downwardly therefrom defining a receiving space. The perimeter wall includes a back wall, a front wall and two lateral walls. The front wall comprises a door opening with a front door hingedly coupled thereon and positionable in a closed position covering or an open position exposing the receiving space. A plurality of eyelets is attached to the perimeter wall. A plurality of stakes, each of the eyelets has one of the stakes extending therethrough and into a ground surface securing the housing thereon. A plurality of couplers is positioned inside said housing. A plurality of tethers each is attached to one of the couplers on one end and attached to a motorized device positioned within the receiving space on the other end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Inventor: Scott Meyer
  • Patent number: 9480436
    Abstract: A novel probe housing assembly comprises a body, a cap, and a retainer. The retainer is adapted to releasably engage the body and the cap wherein, a second edge of the cap abuts a first edge of the body, and a third threaded portion of the retainer engages, by five complete revolutions, a second threaded portion of the cap, and a third threaded portion of the retainer engages, by five complete revolutions, the first threaded portion of the body whereby the cap is releasably secured to the body by the retainer thus achieving an EX-D compliant seal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2016
    Assignee: ATG R&D LIMITED
    Inventors: Chris Orritt, Richard Joshi
  • Patent number: 8997410
    Abstract: A seam stabilizer for maintaining standing seam roof panels on module during installation, the seam stabilizer having profile members that provide pressing force on the standing seam for maintaining and aligning the horizontal and vertical shape of the standing seam formed at interconnected upstanding corrugations along the length of adjacent panels; a pressing mechanism moves the profile members into pressing engagement with the standing seam during installation. Further, a module set gauge extends between the profile members to fit over the opposing upstanding edge of the adjacent panel and secure same on module as the edge is secured to the underlying support members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: Building Research Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard G. Starks, Jr., Ralph L. Herren
  • Publication number: 20150089886
    Abstract: A panel lifting device can have a panel lift body and a base. The panel lift body can comprise a plurality of extension arms, each being selectively engaged perpendicular to a main support member. A material stabilizer can be selectively attached to each extension arm, and can be selectively positionable between a stored position and a working position. The panel lift body can comprise a support member attachment that selectively attaches the panel lift body to a supporting member. The support member attachment can be pivotally coupled to a first end of the panel lift body, so the panel lift body can be pivoted up and down. The base can be pivotally coupled to a second end of the panel lift body, such that the base may be pivoted to an opened and closed position. The base may comprise a first and a second leg member that are selectively extendable.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 27, 2013
    Publication date: April 2, 2015
    Inventors: David E. Kurtz, Katherine P. Kurtz
  • Patent number: 8991777
    Abstract: A post stabilization apparatus and method of operation for setting a post within a post hole formed in the ground. The post stabilization apparatus includes one or more braces to support the post, each of said braces having a first end adapted for being driven into the ground; each of the one or more braces having a bracket assembly pivotally secured adjacent to a second end of thereof; and each bracket assembly having a magnet to removably attach the bracket assembly to the post.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Inventor: Gabriel Madril
  • Patent number: 8966860
    Abstract: A wall lifting, transport and positioning device for use with a wall section upon a worksite surface. The wall section has a top plate with a lower top plate side and a bottom plate with a lower bottom plate side. The device includes a wheeled hand cart housing, a support frame, a pair of roller pins, and a lifting actuator. Each of the roller pins including an outer cylindrical element configured to rotate relative to the support frame with the top plate being positioned in contact with the outer cylindrical element for translation of the wall section in a direction along the top plate. The lifting actuator is sized and configured to translate the roller pins upward relative to the wheeled hand cart housing with the outer cylindrical elements being positionable in contact with the lower top plate side. A method of positioning a wall section is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Inventors: Fred E. Hovenier, Fred J. Hovenier
  • Patent number: 8935890
    Abstract: The present invention disclosed an apparatus for reverse rectification, relating to the field of civil engineering technology. The apparatus for reverse rectification comprises two sets of steel plate hooks, which are reversely arranged and respectively fixed on the building and the skewed large-scale structure that needs to be rectified, and a jack which is horizontally placed on the steel plate hooks. The steel plate hooks, which are driven by the jack, push the skewed structure towards the existed building, whereby the skewed structure and the existed building can be spliced correctly. This present invention has more advantages, e.g. simple structure and convenient operability, which can improve the construction efficiency and reduce the construction costs. Therefore it can be widely used in the field of civil engineering technology. Further, the present invention also discloses a method for reverse rectification by using the apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 20, 2015
    Assignees: Guangzhou DI•ER Construction Engineering Co., Ltd., Guangzhou Construction Engineering Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Zhenying Chen, Long Wang, Junyue Gao, Mingqiu Yao, Shaobin Tang, Han Huang, Jingwen Hu, Qianyi He, Weijian Yu, Guoxiong Wang
  • Publication number: 20140360106
    Abstract: A wall straightening support assembly having a floor bracket secured to a floor and a jack assembly secured to and extending between a pair of joists. A support member is positioned between a collapsing wall and both the jack assembly and the floor bracket such that the jack assembly applies selective force to the support member to push the wall back to straight.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 10, 2013
    Publication date: December 11, 2014
    Inventor: Jack A. Sawyers
  • Patent number: 8869460
    Abstract: Deployable units and systems made of deployable units are described. The units have a retractable brace transitioning from a retracted condition to a deployed condition through a gravity driven movement, a latching arrangement contacting the brace and keeping the brace in position when the brace is in the deployed condition, and a guiding arrangement to guide the movement of the brace. The systems comprise plural deployable units to be arranged in a building structure, each unit to be located in a respective bay per story space of the building structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Assignee: California Institute of Technology
    Inventors: Swaminathan Krishnan, Sergio Pellegrino, Thomas H. Heaton
  • Patent number: 8850776
    Abstract: A finished wall repair assembly repairs a hole in a finished wall. The wall repair assembly includes a rod assembly. The rod assembly is configured to abut adjacently positioned wall studs wherein the rod assembly extends between the wall studs. A clip is coupled to the rod assembly. The clip is configured to abut a wall surface and a replacing surface wherein the replacing surface is securely attached in a desired position to patch a hole in the wall surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Inventor: Jeffrey Dunn
  • Patent number: 8826613
    Abstract: Component sets installed at selected intervals along the lengths of upwardly opening, just-below-floor-level utility trenches maintain a substantially parallel-extending relationship between opposed pairs of elongate, upstanding sheet metal panels that form opposite sidewalls of the utility trench passageways while concrete is being poured to form concrete floors in commercial and industrial facilities. The component sets include pairs of elongate, metal uprights having channel-shaped cross-sections, and elongate connecting members that bridge between the paired uprights. Pipes, tubes and conduits installed in the utility trenches, and cover plates that overlie and close the utility trenches, are supported by the connecting members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Inventor: David J Chrien
  • Patent number: 8820008
    Abstract: An elongate beam that supports an object in a storage space. The elongate beam has: i) a bottom wall with a downwardly facing surface; ii) a top wall having an upwardly facing surface and laterally spaced first and second side edges; and iii) laterally spaced first and second side walls with oppositely facing substantially flat surfaces. The top wall has lengthwise ends defined by edges and projects in cantilever fashion laterally beyond the flat surface on the first side wall to define a first flange with a first width between the flat surface of the first side wall and the first edge. The end edges do not extend orthogonally to a lengthwise center line for the top wall between the first and second side edges fully between the first and second side edges.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Assignee: Ancra International LLC
    Inventor: Howard T. Knox
  • Patent number: 8807537
    Abstract: A handrail installation assisting assembly includes a base that has a top side, a front edge and a rear edge. A mount is attached to and extends upwardly from the base. A rod is attached to an upper edge of the mount. The rod extending laterally away from the mount to be positioned under a banister to support the banister.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Inventor: Randy S. Vorrath
  • Patent number: 8800938
    Abstract: A pipe brace assembly includes a main clamp body that can be secured to a brace pipe. A cable, or other flexible tensioning member, can be wrapped around a braced pipe and secured to the main clamp body. The pipe brace assembly includes a method or mechanism for tensioning the cable or flexible tensioning member around the braced pipe. In some embodiments, the tensioning method or mechanism involves moving, such as rotating, the main clamp body to tension the cable or tensioning member. The clamping of the main clamp body and tensioning of the cable or tensioning member can occur simultaneously.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Assignee: Cooper B-Line, Inc.
    Inventor: Richard W. Heath
  • Patent number: 8757598
    Abstract: A hollow core post anchor includes a base plate and a post mounting protrusion. The base plate has two mounting holes adjacent opposing corners of the base plate, and L-shaped stabilizing supports at or adjacent to the other two opposing corners of the base plate. The post mounting protrusion includes a post mounting hole therethrough for receiving a carriage bolt. The two mounting holes in the base plate are each operable to receive a lag screw to secure the base plate and post anchor to a surface (e.g., a concrete pier or foundation). A hollow core post is then positioned on the post mounting protrusion, and securing a carriage bolt through the hollow core post and post mounting hole in the post mounting protrusion secure the hollow core post to the post anchor and thus to the surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2014
    Inventor: Bradley Noel Jones
  • Patent number: 8720128
    Abstract: A method to disassemble a mast assembly having a substructure including a first and second section, a first and a second cylinder, and a lower mast section. The method includes the steps of disengaging a pair of front mast legs of the lower mast section from a pair of front leg supports. The pair of front leg supports are moved from an operational to a transport position. The lower mast section is lowered from a vertical to a horizontal position by retracting the first cylinder and the second cylinder. A mast center spreader is thereafter removed from the lower mast section. A center drill floor section is removed from between the first substructure section and the second substructure section so that a combination of the first substructure section, the first cylinder and a portion of the lower mast and a combination of the second substructure section, the second cylinder and a portion of the lower mast may be transported.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Assignee: Woolslayer Companies, Inc.
    Inventor: Dewayne G. Vogt
  • Patent number: 8695302
    Abstract: An air seal assembly is provided. The air seal assembly includes a plurality of segments configured to form a cavity. The cavity is configured to engage an edge of a construction material. A gasket material is applied to an exterior surface of one of the segments. In an installed position, the air seal assembly is configured to substantially seal gaps formed between the construction material and other materials forming a wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2014
    Assignee: Owens Corning Intellectual Capital, LLC
    Inventor: Harry Alter
  • Patent number: 8590259
    Abstract: A wall straightening apparatus provides multiple independently controllable jacking members pressing outward on diagonal braces to push those braces against the wall to move the wall into a vertical alignment. Feedback control of the jacking members provides coordinated straightening of large wall sections with lessened cracking and distortion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2013
    Inventors: Thomas Trinko, Jason Strebe, Robert Brugger
  • Patent number: 8522506
    Abstract: A system for the placement of modular fill material forming co-joined assemblies that promotes increased efficiency in fill material building methods by utilizing the capabilities of aerial conveyance devices, the pre-assembly of forms, the rapid bracing of forms, and the sequential placement of enclosure forms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2013
    Assignee: ThermoFormed Block Corp.
    Inventors: Robert T. Barnet, Bradley J. Barnet, Donald H. Dworkes
  • Patent number: 8453392
    Abstract: An overhead panel installation system consisting of three components that hold drywall or other panels onto ceiling joists thereby allowing workers to place the panels and let go while they nail or screw the panels to the joists. Component “A” is placed over two top plates of a wall whereby a bent portion of component “A” extends away from the wall and creates a first ledge for a first panel to be held in place. Component “B” is subsequently placed over the end of the secured first panel opposite the wall and creates a second ledge for a second panel to be placed and held. Lastly, component “C” is fitted under a ceiling joist, turned, and locked in place to create a third ledge to further support the second panel. Each of the three components can be simply removed with a twist of the handle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2013
    Inventor: Ralph G. Hurst
  • Patent number: 8448387
    Abstract: The disclosure provides a system and method for constructing support structures in buildings or other projects, which can support molds for use when pouring reinforced concrete slabs. The disclosed structures can accommodate more than one molds stacked vertically one over the other, and can remain in place to define walls or other separators in the completed structure. In one embodiment, the disclosed structure is a wall panel including a frame and vertical support members. The wall panel includes features allowing the vertical stacking of multiple wall panels. A temporary bracing system is further disclosed for use when stabilizing multiple stacked panels until construction of the surrounding floor or ceiling slabs has been completed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2013
    Assignee: Integrity Wall, LLC
    Inventor: Frederick Hartmann
  • Patent number: 8366068
    Abstract: In one form, a bracing structure for bracing a support structure having props for ceiling formworks is provided and includes: two vertical sections joined to one another by at least one horizontal section, at least one seating element on each vertical section each having at least one seating recess for placement of a prop, whereby the opening direction of the seating recesses on the respective vertical sections point away from each other and the opening directions lie parallel to the plane defined by the vertical sections, wherein each vertical section has at least one fastener for attaching the bracing structure to the prop with at least one of the fasteners comprising at least one of the seating elements. In other forms, a fastener for attachment of a supporting structure to a prop is provided, and a method for bracing a support structure having props for ceiling formworks is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2013
    Assignee: Doka Industrie GmbH
    Inventor: Anton Schmied
  • Patent number: 8353486
    Abstract: A sway brace fitting clamp is used for lateral bracing of sprinkler or other types of pipe (designated the service pipe) to a structure, to prevent movement of the service pipe perpendicular to the axis of a sway brace relative to the structure to which it is attached. The sway brace fitting clamp includes a body which fits around the service pipe, and a pair of hooks that are coupled to the body, for hooking the sway brace. The nuts may be tightened to pull the sway brace into contact with the service pipe, or otherwise firmly clamping the sway brace and the service pipe together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2013
    Assignee: ERICO International Corporation
    Inventors: Eric C. Osborn, Nicholas J. Ambrogio, Eric J. Wilson, Paul A. Hart, Scott E. Anderson
  • Patent number: 8353143
    Abstract: A sway brace fitting clamp is used for lateral bracing of sprinkler or other types of pipe (designated the service pipe) to a structure, to prevent movement of the service pipe perpendicular to the axis of the pipe relative to the structure to which it is attached. The sway brace fitting clamp includes a U-bolt which fits around the service pipe, and a pair of hooks that are coupled to straight ends of the U-bolt, for hooking the sway brace pipe. A pair of nuts engages threaded portions of the U-bolt ends. The nuts may be tightened to pull the sway brace pipe into contact with the service pipe, firmly clamping the sway brace pipe and the service pipe together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 15, 2013
    Assignee: ERICO International Corporation
    Inventors: Eric C. Osborn, Nicholas J. Ambrogio, Eric J. Wilson, Paul Hart
  • Patent number: 8322106
    Abstract: A column-base, ground-moveable stand for stabilizing an elongate upright building-frame column, or the like, in a manner which creates and enables adjustable verticality for such a column's long axis. The stand includes (a) spaced, upper and lower, selectively openable/closeable clamping collar structures which are operable to grip the base of such a column at vertically spaced locations along the base of the column, with the collar structures, with respect to a gripped column, defining the disposition in space of the column's long axis, and (b) tilt-adjustable, load-spreading, ground-engaging, outrigger leg structures supportably joined to the collar structures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2012
    Assignee: ConXtech, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert J. Simmons
  • Patent number: 8297011
    Abstract: An apparatus for securing a protective panel over a window includes at least one telescoping retainer bar that is tightly fixed within a window frame, adjacent the panel. Spring-biased locking buttons removably seat within one or more longitudinally-disposed apertures to fix the retainer bar at a desired length. At each end of the bar is a resilient pad that firmly engages one of two opposing sides of a window or door frame. One of the pads is movable relative to the bar to further tighten the bar within the frame once the telescoping bar has been extended as far as possible. The pad at the opposing end includes a biasing means for further anchoring the bar within the frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2012
    Inventors: Leonard Charles Quick, Gaetano Dominick Paternostro, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8261509
    Abstract: A longitudinal length adjustable header made up of a center section and two end sections moveably attached to the center section. The center section has an “L” shaped cross section and at least two longitudinal slots that are adapted to receive bolt means there through. The end sections have a plurality of apertures that align with the slots in the center section and are adapted to receive bolt means there through. The end sections are longitudinally slidable with respect to the center section whereby enabling adjusting the length of the header.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2012
    Inventor: Paul Harkin
  • Patent number: 8209935
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for supporting and straightening a framed wall includes a plurality of beams, a mounting plate, a bolt, and a pusher. The mounting plate is secured to the beam and the bolt is threadably secured to the mounting plate. The bolt is received by the pusher. When tightened, the bolt applies pressure to the pusher which in turn applies pressure to the framed wall. Alternatively, a plurality of mounting plates and pushers may be used to apply pressure to a cross beam and thereby efficiently apply pressure to a plurality of framed wall beams. By tightening the bolt, the user can apply pressure to the beam and straighten or retain the wall. As the wall shifts during periods of correction, the bolt may be re-tightened to apply additional pressure to the wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2012
    Inventors: Timothy P. Heady, Charles W. Heady
  • Patent number: 8205411
    Abstract: An apparatus for supporting formwork panels in wall construction comprises a pair of rails for supporting the lower edges of a pair of formwork panels. Spacers fixed to the floor engage the rails to maintain them parallel to one another a predetermined distance apart.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2012
    Assignee: Off Site Construction R&D Limited
    Inventor: Eoghan Mellett
  • Patent number: 8181418
    Abstract: A system for the placement of modular fill material forming co joined assemblies that promotes increased efficiency in fill material building methods by utilizing the capabilities of aerial conveyance devices, the pre-assembly of forms, the rapid bracing of forms, and the sequential placement of enclosure forms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2012
    Assignee: ThermoFormed Block Corp.
    Inventors: Robert T. Barnet, Bradley J. Barnet, Donald H. Dworkes
  • Patent number: 8117787
    Abstract: Provided is a construction support, a length of which can be precisely and easily adjusted to a floor-to-floor height between upper and lower floor slabs, capable of supporting the load of the upper floor slab in a more stable and firm manner and performing dismantlement in a more convenient manner. The construction support includes a first pipe, a second pipe, an inner stopper, an outer stopper, and an outer cap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2012
    Inventor: Sei-Won Lee
  • Patent number: 8109363
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides a retaining wall fall protection system having a plurality of base plates. It further includes a plurality of uprights pivotally attached to the base plates and a cross-brace attached to adjacent uprights at opposite ends of the cross-brace. A plurality of guardrails are provided and attached to guardrail adjustment brackets. The guardrail brackets are removably attachable to the uprights at various positions along the length of the uprights. Finally, there is provided an attachment assembly which secures the uprights in position adjacent the retaining wall. The attachment assembly comprises an attachment strap which is mounted to the upright and sized to extend through the retaining wall. A retainer on the opposite side of the wall engages a distal end of the attachment strap to secure the scaffolding to the retaining wall under construction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2004
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2012
    Inventors: Patrick C. Dubbert, Michael Best, Wade Schmidt, Scott Rozier
  • Patent number: 8100369
    Abstract: An I-beam clamp, used for engaging the bottom flange of an I-beam or bar joist, includes a pair of threaded rods and a pair of brackets that can be moved relative to each other along the threaded rods. One of the brackets, a clamp bracket, has a set screw configured to engage a top surface of the I-beam flange, to hold the clamp in place once it is installed on the I-beam. The other of the brackets, a nut bracket, has half-threaded portions for selectively engaging the threaded rods, to hold the nut bracket in place relative to the threaded rods, and to disengage from the threaded rods, in order to allow positioning of the nut bracket along the threaded rods. The nut bracket may include a spring clip or other device to provide force to bias into engagement the threaded rods with the half-threaded portions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2012
    Assignee: ERICO International Corporation
    Inventors: Eric C. Osborn, Nicholas J. Ambrogio, Eric J. Wilson, Paul B. Allen
  • Patent number: 8061088
    Abstract: The invention provides tie guides for affixing trusses and rafters and other cross members to the supporting walls of a building. The tie guide includes a longitudinal base plate with a horizontal component and a vertical component. Fixing members are transverse to the base plate, and are supported by triangular flanges extending in the longitudinal direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2011
    Inventor: Michael Walker
  • Patent number: 7992359
    Abstract: An alignment brace for multi-level insulated concrete form walls that utilizes a cured base level wall for anchoring the brace that will be used to brace and align a succeeding wall level comprising, a bracing beam having first and second sections that are pivotally interconnected at a pivot point, an elongated adjustment beam disposed in spaced relation from the bracing beam and co-planar therewith where the adjustment beam is pivotally interconnected to the bracing beam at the pivot point and where the adjustment beam carries at its distal ends a jack screw assembly for expanding or contracting the spacing between the distal ends of the adjustment beam and the bracing beam.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2011
    Inventor: Glenn E. Sill
  • Patent number: 7950615
    Abstract: A press-fit extendable support rod includes an outer pipe and an inner pipe sheatheable along the outer pipe. An end of a rope is fixed to the inner pipe, and another end of the rope is extendable outward. A press-fit buckle device is sheathed to a joint of the inner and outer pipes. A rotary arm is pivotally coupled to the press-fit buckle device, and an end of the rotary arm has a first operating portion, a second operating portion and a third operating portion. The rotary arm can be pivotally coupled to the press-fit buckle device by one of the operating portions, and another end of the rope is wound onto each operating portion. When the rotary arm is turned, the rope is pulled, turned around, and pressed at each operating portion, and the length of the inner pipe extended out of the outer pipe is adjusted and fixed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2011
    Inventor: Jung-Wen Lu
  • Patent number: 7913463
    Abstract: An adjustable bracing system is provided for a vertical wall structure that includes a vertical member having keyed openings and a generally Z-shaped cross-section. The bracing system further includes an extension member and an outrigger bracket that have cleats for removable engagement with the keyed openings of the vertical member and an adjustable strut that is pivotally secured to the bracket member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2011
    Inventor: David Russell
  • Publication number: 20110047895
    Abstract: The invention includes various embodiments of a tilt-up wall brace dolly and method of use. Tilt-up wall braces incorporating the tilt-up wall brace dolly features are also disclosed. The embodiments of the invention are useful in the construction industry, particularly the erection and temporary bracing of tilt-up walls.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 2, 2009
    Publication date: March 3, 2011
    Inventor: Larry O. Finch
  • Patent number: 7876202
    Abstract: A device for controlling the height of a load or load carrier behind the cab of a truck includes a sensor supported on a power operated air deflector on the roof of the cab. The sensor is arranged, during vertical movement of the rear end of the air deflector, to sense the maximum height of the load or the load carrier behind the cab and to send signals representing the maximum height to an indicator inside the cab.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 25, 2011
    Assignee: Volvo Lastvagnar AB
    Inventors: Benny Liljeblad, Tobias Vikström
  • Patent number: 7861469
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for supporting and straightening a framed wall includes a plurality of beams, a mounting plate, a bolt, and a pusher. The mounting plate is secured to the beam and the bolt is threadably secured to the mounting plate. The bolt is received by the pusher. When tightened, the bolt applies pressure to the pusher which in turn applies pressure to the framed wall. Alternatively, a plurality of mounting plates and pushers may be used to apply pressure to a cross beam and thereby efficiently apply pressure to a plurality of framed wall beams. By tightening the bolt, the user can apply pressure to the beam and straighten or retain the wall. As the wall shifts during periods of correction, the bolt may be re-tightened to apply additional pressure to the wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2011
    Inventors: Timothy P. Heady, Charles W. Heady
  • Patent number: 7845119
    Abstract: A constructional unit comprising: a support frame which is O-shaped in plan bounding an open central region, the support frame including first and second members which are each U-shaped in plan, each member being in the form of a base frame from which extend two side arms; the first and second members having their side arms telescopically engaged to define sides to the open central region of the O-shaped support frame; the telescopic engagement providing for—the spacing of the first base frame from the second base frame to be adjustable over a range of distance; and the temporary securing of the first member to the second member at a predetermined spacing; the base frame of the first member being adapted for location at a first level at a first working location; the second member being adapted, at a position remote from the first member, for location at a second level at a second working location by way of at least one leg pivotably attached at or near one end of the, or each, leg to the base frame of the sec
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2003
    Date of Patent: December 7, 2010
    Inventors: Robert David Black, John Alexander Black
  • Patent number: 7788859
    Abstract: Systems and methods for repairing walls are provided used to repair foundational and veneer walls that have bowed or shifted. A system can include a wall support member disposed proximate a wall; an anchor disposed below the wall support member (the anchor can be affixed to a bottom portion or component of the wall (e.g., a foundational pier)); a tension member (e.g., a chain) affixed to the anchor and the wall support member; a brace affixed to the wall support member at a first end; and a stake in operable communication with a second end of the brace operable to prevent movement of the second end of the brace. Increasing tension on the tension member between the anchor and the wall support member (with a jack, for example) causes the wall to be shifted (e.g., horizontally and vertically) for repositioning the settled wall. The wall can then be re-anchored and re-attached to the structure to aid in preventing future movement of the wall. Other embodiments are also claimed and described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 20, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2010
    Inventor: William Clay Trotter
  • Publication number: 20100218438
    Abstract: Embodiments of an adjustable and reusable brace and kicker apparatus are disclosed herein. Various embodiments may include a brace holder and an adjustable kicker. The brace holder may be configured to removably and/or adjustably receive and hold a brace in support of a form for forming a concrete structure. The brace holder may include complementary secure features configured to removably secure the brace holder, and holding features that provide a number of holding positions for selectively holding the brace in one of the holding positions. The kicker may be removably and/or adjustably mated to support the brace with at least three degrees of freedom, including a first angular degree of freedom, a second linear degree of freedom, and a third degree of mating freedom.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 29, 2010
    Publication date: September 2, 2010
    Inventor: Donald Sollars
  • Patent number: 7774995
    Abstract: An apparatus for bracing a masonry wall that is bowing or has begun to buckle as a result of hydrostatic pressure and/or other forces as may occur with the foundation or basement wall of a building. The wall restraint system includes a vertically disposed beam, which is positioned against a vertical concrete masonry wall and secured in place by a bottom bracket and a top bracket. The beam reinforces the wall and prevents further bowing, buckling, or potentially collapsing of the wall. One end of the beam is secured to the floor by a bottom bracket. The bottom bracket preferably receives the lower end of the beam. The upper end of the beam is secured against the basement wall by a top bracket or offset connector, which in turn is secured to one of the overhead floor joists. The beam may be offset to avoid piping or the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2010
    Assignee: Engineered Foundation Products, LLC
    Inventor: Tony L. Zidar, Jr.
  • Patent number: 7753334
    Abstract: The invention is a window safety harness which can be clamped to the frame of a window and which provides a solid anchor point for a person working around the window. The device includes a bar for placement inside the window, a bar for placement outside the window, and a connecting piece which holds the bars in rigid, spaced apart relation to each other. Each end of both the inside and the outside bar have contact pads which are configured to contact the window frame. They also include a tightening mechanism which tightens the contact pads against the window frame and secures the device in the window frame. An anchor point allows a worker to attach himself to the anchor point for work outside the window, or to anchor a line to the window frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2010
    Inventor: James L. Schreiber
  • Patent number: 7739842
    Abstract: A method of employing an adjustable apparatus for bracing one or both sides of a wall being fabricated from masonry blocks, with said wall having an opening near the base of the block wall. Bracing system includes strong rigid members assembled in the form of a right angle brace set having stiff vertical, horizontal and diagonal members, a connector having a length sufficient to extend through the opening affixed at a right angle location of one or both of the brace sets. A pair of such braces—back to back, and spaced on opposite sides of a wall—are interconnected together via this connector. Selected brace members telescope to accommodate increases in wall height and a manually adjustable outrigger screwjack at the remote end of the horizontal member eliminates reliance on prior art deadmen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2010
    Inventors: Edwin R. Hodsdon, Laurent E. Grenier
  • Patent number: 7735268
    Abstract: An apparatus for bracing a masonry wall that is bowing or has begun to buckle as a result of hydrostatic pressure and/or other forces as may occur with the foundation or basement wall of a building. The wall restraint system includes a vertically disposed beam, which is positioned against a vertical concrete masonry wall and secured in place by a bottom bracket and a top bracket. The beam reinforces the wall and prevents further bowing, buckling, or potentially collapsing of the wall. One end of the beam is secured to the floor by a bottom bracket. The bottom bracket preferably receives the lower end of the beam. The upper end of the beam is secured against the basement wall by a top bracket or offset connector, which in turn is secured to one of the overhead floor joists. The beam may be offset to avoid piping or the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2010
    Assignee: Engineered Foundation Products, LLC
    Inventors: Robert J. Zidar, James F. Jendusa