Structure Includes Tool Or Opening To Provide Access For A Tool Used In Operating A Locking, Latching, Attaching, Or Adjusting Means Patents (Class 52/127.7)
  • Patent number: 9027308
    Abstract: A tile alignment and leveling device for aligning and leveling tiles as they are being secured to a substrate. The device includes a flexible member, a bottom plate, and an intermediate member. The intermediate member spaces the flexible member and bottom plate a predetermined vertical distance. The flexible member has a first end and a second end. The first end is pivotally combined with the intermediate member thereby allowing the flexible member to pivot between a first position and a second (downward) position. In use and in its second position, the flexible member second end exerts force against the top of the tiles to help align and level the tiles as they are secured to the substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Assignee: Davinci Italia/USA Group
    Inventors: Edward A. Kufner, Ralph Burgin
  • Patent number: 8935897
    Abstract: Fire-barriers systems, including pre-assembled intersecting and straight-line fire-barriers having either all male-, all female-, or both types of coupling ends eliminate on-site cutting and construction of barriers required for intersection-spaces and provide easy, rapid, and safe one-step, drop-in installation and coupling. All male/female ended fire-barriers are constructed as single-piece units. All adjacent laid-flat layers are continuously connected having no gaps or folds. Straight-line and L-shaped barriers are certified according to the criteria mandated by both the ASTM E 1399-97 (Reapproved 2005), Standard Test Method for Cyclic Movement and Measuring the Minimum and Maximum Joint Widths of Architectural Joint Systems and the UL 2079 Fire Resistance of Building Joint Systems Test for air leakage (Revised and relocated as 1.14 Mar. 10, 2006).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 20, 2015
    Assignee: Fireline 520, LLC
    Inventor: Alan Shaw
  • Patent number: 8925274
    Abstract: Building panels (1, 1?) are shown, which are provided with a mechanical locking system having tongue (30) of magnetic material that could be locked vertically by a magnetic field. And, a tongue including magnetic material and adapted for being received in a sidewardly open groove of a floor panel, wherein the tongue includes magnetic powder or particles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Assignee: Valinge Innovation AB
    Inventors: Pervan Darko, Peterson Jan
  • Publication number: 20140259990
    Abstract: A stackable/foldable modular tie member and specially designed ICF tooling facilitate the manufacturing of a wide variety of ICF blocks having different widths and different heights, the present tie member including a variable width web portion which is positionable within a plurality of internal openings associated with a specially designed male tool, each internal opening being configured to receive folded web portions of varying length so that ICF blocks of different widths can be produced using the same male tool. Each internal opening likewise includes a tie engaging feature for holding the respective tie members in their folded position within the male tool during the molding process. The internal openings enable foldable tie members of different widths to be used in the same male and female tools for producing ICF blocks in different widths in each individual separate male tool.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 12, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: Reward Wall Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Henry E. Pfeiffer
  • Patent number: 8820031
    Abstract: A tile alignment and leveling device for aligning and leveling tiles as they are being secured to a substrate. The device includes a flexible member, a bottom plate, and an intermediate member. The intermediate member spaces the flexible member and bottom plate a predetermined vertical distance. The flexible member has a first end and a second end. The first end is pivotally combined with the intermediate member thereby allowing the flexible member to pivot between a first position and a second (downward) position. In use and in its second position, the flexible member second end exerts force against the top of the tiles to help align and level the tiles as they are secured to the substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Assignee: Davinci Italia/USA Group, LLC
    Inventors: Edward A. Kufner, Ralph Burgin
  • Patent number: 8635815
    Abstract: A leveling spacer for laying wall tiles, paving tiles and the like with the interposition of gaps, which comprises a base with spacing protrusions for the abutment of the edges of corresponding tiles so as to define the width of the gaps, a threaded stem, which is fixed at right angles to the base in at least one easily breakable point, a knob for clamping and removing the threaded stem, which comprises a female threaded portion adapted to be screwed to the threaded stem.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2014
    Assignee: Progress Profiles SpA
    Inventor: Lino Bordin
  • Patent number: 8615936
    Abstract: A moveable and demountable wall panel system for defining an office space with a plurality of wall panels disposable in a substantially upright manner between a floor and a ceiling each having respectively a series of uppermost and lowermost deviations. The system includes at least one prefabricated frameless panel, the top edge of each panel being provided with a ceiling track configured for being removably insertable into a corresponding ceiling rail. The system also includes a bottom floor channel associated with each corresponding panel and being configured for operatively resting against the floor opposite to the ceiling rail. The system also includes first and second height adjustment assemblies associated with each panel and insertable into a corresponding bottom floor channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2013
    Assignee: Allsteel Inc.
    Inventors: Eberhard Von Hoyningen Huene, Michael Salzman, Anneke Struis
  • Patent number: 8613168
    Abstract: A wall panel of a moveable and demountable frameless wall panel system that is secured between a floor of a room and a ceiling rail secured to a ceiling of the room. The wall panel includes a frameless panel, an upper clamp assembly, a ceiling track configured to be removably inserted into the ceiling rail, a lower clamp assembly, a first height adjustment mechanism secured to the lower clamp assembly, a second height adjustment mechanism, and a bottom floor channel receiving the first height and second height adjustment mechanisms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2013
    Assignee: Allsteel Inc.
    Inventors: Eberhard Von Hoyningen Huene, Michael Salzman, Anneke Struis
  • Patent number: 8448402
    Abstract: Building panels (1, 1?) are shown, which are provided with a mechanical locking system having tongue (30) of magnetic material that could be locked vertically by a magnetic field.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2013
    Assignee: Välinge Innovation AB
    Inventors: Darko Pervan, Jan Peterson
  • Publication number: 20120317899
    Abstract: A moveable and demountable wall panel system for defining an office space with a plurality of wall panels disposable in a substantially upright manner between a floor and a ceiling each having respectively a series of uppermost and lowermost deviations. The system includes at least one prefabricated frameless panel, the top edge of each panel being provided with a ceiling track configured for being removably insertable into a corresponding ceiling rail. The system also includes a bottom floor channel associated with each corresponding panel and being configured for operatively resting against the floor opposite to the ceiling rail. The system also includes first and second height adjustment assemblies associated with each panel and insertable into a corresponding bottom floor channel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 5, 2011
    Publication date: December 20, 2012
    Applicant: Allsteel Inc.
    Inventors: Eberhard Von Hoyningen Huene, Michael Salzman, Anneke Struis
  • Publication number: 20120291370
    Abstract: A deck joist protecting kit of tools and devices is used retrofit a deck in order to protect the deck boards and the deck joists from water or moisture damage. The kit comprises a plurality of water diverting inserts, a plurality of water diverting strips, an insert knife, a strip roller, and a reciprocating saw attachment. The water diverting inserts are positioned between each deck board on top of a deck joist, which channels the water or moisture away from the deck boards and the deck joist. The water diverting strips are positioned in between certain deck boards on top of several desk joist in order to create a dry area underneath the deck. The insert knife is used to install the water diverting inserts, and the strip roller is used to install the water diverting strips. The reciprocating saw attachment can be used widen the gap between deck boards.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 21, 2012
    Publication date: November 22, 2012
    Inventor: Peter Alden LOUNSBURY
  • Patent number: 8291678
    Abstract: A modular construction system includes an elongate construction element. The element has an elongate body including a longitudinal web, defining opposite first and second edges and a longitudinal first centerline, and a longitudinal first flange transverse to the web along the first edge, the elongate body defining opposite first and second ends. At the first end, a first end plate is provided that is orthogonal to the first centerline. Defined through the first end plate are a first hole on the first centerline, a second hole intermediate the first hole and the first edge, and a third hole intermediate the first hole and the second edge. The holes are preferably equispaced. For each of the holes, a cut-out is provided in the web. The cut-out allows insertion of a shaft of a bolt through the hole while accommodating the head of the bolt. First and second types of jointing element for coupling a number of elongate construction elements thereto to form a permanent or temporary structure are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2012
    Inventor: Hunter George William
  • Patent number: 8181420
    Abstract: The device has a first lower substantially flat body, which has in its upper part a flexible post with a narrowed or weakened portion and a second upper body with the passage for receiving and securing said post. The flexible post, which has a rectangular cross section, has in its main surfaces respective mutually opposed toothings, which teeth are offset in the lengthwise direction and the passage of the second body has two latching pawls mutually opposed, so that in the operative position of the devices, the teeth of the flexible post engage in an alternate form with said latching pawls. The second body has a bell like hollow form with a lower widened contact mouth or border.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2012
    Assignee: Germans Boada, S.A.
    Inventor: Josep Torrents I Comas
  • Patent number: 8166715
    Abstract: A containerized portable shelter which is small and light enough for helicopter transport but which can also travel through container channels and has increased expandability of the floorspace is provided. It has a fraction (e.g. one-half) the standard ISO width, so that a plurality of modular units can be joined to form a standard ISO container. Two or more modular units can be joined side-by-side and/or end-to-end to form a compound shipping container preferably having ISO freight container characteristics.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2012
    Assignee: Weatherhaven Resources Ltd.
    Inventor: James Buchanan De Azambuja
  • Patent number: 8146324
    Abstract: A method of securing an installed metal roof deck covered with at least one layer of insulation and/or sealer. The metal roof deck is supported by a plurality of parallel metal beams. Access holes are drilled through the insulation and/or sealer at opposite ends of a beam. Self-drilling, self-tapping screws are positioned through the pilot holes and turned through the metal roof and beams. A guide is used to drill additional access holes aligned with valleys in the metal roof deck. Self-drilling, self-tapping screws are drilled through the metal roof and beams. When no access is available for visual inspection of the deck and or the beams, the same locating process is followed in a “Blindly”, or by “Feel” way.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2012
    Inventors: Matthew M Kelly, Peter Hambly
  • Patent number: 8112967
    Abstract: Floor panels are shown, which are provided with a mechanical locking system having tongue of magnetic material that could be locked vertically by a magnetic field.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2012
    Assignee: Valinge Innovation AB
    Inventors: Darko Pervan, Jan Peterson
  • Patent number: 8091302
    Abstract: A floor panel plate has four corner portions, four lateral edge portions, an upper load bearing surface, a lower plenum surface, and a clear hole positioned adjacent to each of the corner portions. A threaded collar is vertically connected to the lower plenum surface and positioned in axial alignment with the clear hole. A single handed set screw has an upper tool receiving end and a lower foot end. The set screw engages the threaded collar so that the tool receiving end extends through the clear hole so that when operated the set screw adjusts the upper load bearing surface to a predetermined level in relation to the pedestal head of a pedestal support system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2012
    Inventor: Gary Meyer
  • Patent number: 8079187
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method for lining an in particular flat surface with a flexible covering material, particularly textile material, in which the surface is lined with one or more flexible covering material pieces and in which the material piece or pieces are stretched. The method is inventively characterized in that for stretching a material piece at least one stretching rail with a holding side and an assembly side is used, that the stretching rail is brought into pivotable engagement on the holding side with a holding rail provided on the flat side, that a first side of the material piece is brought into tensile loadable engagement with the assembly side of the stretching rail, that second side of the material piece is directly or indirectly connected to the flat surface and that the stretching rail is pivoted for stretching the flexible covering material and fixed in a stretching position. The invention also relates to a lining for an in particular flat surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2011
    Inventor: Switbert Greiner
  • Patent number: 8056300
    Abstract: A method for installation of a raised access floor panel with a raised access floor is provides which includes providing a pedestal support system having a plurality of vertically extending pedestal supports each having an upper end connected to a pedestal support head and a lower end connected to a pedestal support base. The pedestal support heads are each connected in a matrix orientation with a plurality of horizontal stringers. A floor panel plate is provided having four corner portions, four lateral edge portions, an upper load bearing surface, a lower plenum surface, and a clear hole positioned adjacent to each of the corner portions. A threaded collar is vertically connected to the lower plenum surface and positioned in axial alignment with the clear hole. A single handed set screw has an upper tool receiving end and a lower foot end. The set screw engages the threaded collar so that the tool receiving end extends through the clear hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2011
    Inventor: Gary Meyer
  • Patent number: 7992354
    Abstract: A tile leveling device is provided. The device includes a main member, a first section extending transversely from the main member for receiving a first tile and a second section extending transversely from the main member in a direction opposite the first section for receiving a second tile. A member is provided for penetrating the main member and exerting a force on the tiles for leveling them relative to each other. A method for leveling tiles is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2011
    Assignee: Q.E.P. Co., Inc.
    Inventor: Robert C. Doda, Jr.
  • Publication number: 20100236162
    Abstract: A system and method for mounting photovoltaic solar panels onto a roof. The system includes first and second strut rails spaced from the roof employing a series of standoffs, the strut rails having a length, cross section, a base and side walls, side walls terminating with first and second turned in edges. First and second mounting fixtures are attached to the photovoltaic solar panels which are of a type and geometry enabling the solar panels to be removably appended to the strut rails. The first and second mounting fixtures can be applied to the photovoltaic solar panels before being elevated to a roof.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 22, 2009
    Publication date: September 23, 2010
    Inventor: Richard Tweedie
  • Patent number: 7784734
    Abstract: A rigging for moving an aircraft panel relative to an aircraft substructure includes a retaining base attached to a panel interior, and a slider rod held in contact with the substructure and adjustably engaged with the retaining base. The slider rod is manipulable from the panel exterior to adjustably engage the panel in a rigging position along a fair axis. The slider rod may include a tool appurtenance captively positioned within the riser bore that is exteriorly manipulable through a panel access port. Tool appurtenance manipulation may actuate the slider rod to adjustably engage the support hub and to move the panel into the fair position. A fit plate may be attached to the aircraft panel disposed intermediate to the retaining base, and may be adjustably attached to the aircraft panel for moving the aircraft panel into a fit position in a rigging plane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2010
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventor: David B. Christman
  • Patent number: 7784799
    Abstract: The apparatus and method for sealing at least two surfaces includes a sealing member with an attachment portion fixed to one of the surfaces, and a seal portion connected to the attachment portion. The seal portion of the sealing member includes a deformable segment that may be received and retained by a receiving aperture that is defined by at least one of the surfaces. The receiving aperture may further be defined by at least one engagement member extending from at least one of the surfaces. At least one coating, such as paint, may also be located on a side of the sealing member opposite the surfaces. The seal may be engaged and disengaged without requiring reapplication of the coating. Thus, the present invention provides an effective technique for sealing parts of an object, such as sealing a door, panel, cover or the like to a surrounding structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2010
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventor: Keith A. Etling
  • Patent number: 7779587
    Abstract: A raised floor access panel is provided which includes a substantially flat panel having an upper load supporting surface and a lower surface to be supported on a plurality of pedestal support members each adjacent to a corner of the panel, and at least one panel lifter having a top wall and two side walls, the side walls slidably extending through a first and second slots in a plate rigidly attached to the lower surface for vertical travel of the top wall and side walls upwardly, through a generally rectangular panel recess.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2010
    Inventor: Gary Meyer
  • Publication number: 20100170165
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing a stiffened panel, and a datum part for use in such a method. The method comprises: holding the panel with a jig; holding a datum part with the jig; engaging the panel and the datum part with a stringer; and joining the stringer to the panel. Preferably an additive process is used to form the datum part. By growing the datum part in a series of layers, the shape of each layer can be selected to enable the shape or size of the datum part to be optimised.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 23, 2008
    Publication date: July 8, 2010
    Inventor: Alan Minshull
  • Publication number: 20100043309
    Abstract: A modular pod assembly capable of being readily assembled and disassembled for transportation includes a plurality of modular panels and a plurality of connectors. Each said modular panel includes a rigid and substantially planar structure delimited along one or more edges by respective coupling portions, each coupling portion formed to define a plurality of preconfigured access points for receiving respective connectors. Multiple connectors are provided to securely fasten a coupling portion of a given modular panel to a coupling portion of another adjacent modular panel at a selected access point. The plurality of modular panels may be provided in an assembled state to include at least one top panel, bottom panel, and a plurality of respective side walls, all securely fastened together at respective coupling portions with the plurality of connectors to form an integrated enclosure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 19, 2009
    Publication date: February 25, 2010
    Applicant: STRATEGIC SOLUTIONS UNLIMITED, INC.
    Inventors: Tony M. Martin, Donald A. Pleasants
  • Publication number: 20090188188
    Abstract: The present invention provides an apparatus and method for simulating a building environment through which emergency personnel may be trained by practicing search and rescue. The present invention provides an apparatus including a plurality of wall panels which can be joined together and simulate a floor plan of a building. The wall panels preferably are modular prefabricated wall panels adapted to be assembled and disassembled permitting the same wall panels to be adapted for use to provide different floor plans. Thus, a modular kit incorporating a plurality of different wall panels may be arranged and subsequently rearranged into as many different floor plans as desired thus providing a variety of different floor plans which will provide challenging training in search and rescue.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 24, 2008
    Publication date: July 30, 2009
    Inventor: Robert Rivet
  • Patent number: 7549263
    Abstract: A structural insulated panel includes a structural chase or cavity to accommodate connection of the panel to an anchoring device embedded in a foundation or load bearing footing. An embodiment of the panel also includes an opening through an outer panel member providing physical and visual access to the connection within the structural chase. Another embodiment provides for an insulated structural chase also capable of accommodating an anchoring device and connecting member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2009
    Assignee: SIP Home Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Walter Kenneth Porter
  • Patent number: 7546707
    Abstract: A portable dance floor is disclosed. The portable dance floor is comprised of floor panels which are fitted together with a tongue and groove locking method well known in the art. Each floor panel has a base layer, a transparent top flooring layer and a sheeting layer disposed therebetween. The top flooring layer is preferably made of a clear acrylic sheet having suitable physical characteristics capable of supporting the weight of individuals thereupon. Each floor panel is designed so that the sheeting layer can be removed and replaced with a different sheeting layer which can comprise a holographic top surface or a light capable display which is viewable through the transparent top flooring layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2009
    Assignee: California Portable Dance Floor Company, Inc.
    Inventor: Ernest DiGennaro
  • Patent number: 7520103
    Abstract: A method of securing an installed metal roof deck covered with at least one layer of insulation and/or sealer. The metal roof deck is supported by a plurality of parallel metal beams. Access holes are drilled through the insulation and/or sealer at opposite ends of a beam. Self-drilling, self-tapping screws are positioned through the pilot holes and turned through the metal roof and beams. A guide is used to drill additional access holes aligned with valleys in the metal roof deck. Self-drilling, self-tapping screws are drilled through the metal roof and beams.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2009
    Inventors: Matthew M. Kelly, Peter H. Hambly
  • Patent number: 7513083
    Abstract: A connection between a wall stud or post and an anchor bolt embedded in a concrete foundation, using a holdown connector that attaches to the anchor bolt and supports the wall stud or post above it. The holdown connector has a tapered bottom that allows it to rotate laterally, allowing the connection to act more purely in tension than is possible with a rigid connection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2004
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2009
    Assignee: Simpson Strong-Tie Company, Inc.
    Inventors: Steven E. Pryor, Ricardo Arevalo
  • Publication number: 20080250728
    Abstract: A wall panel system for forming a wall surface on wall framing studs, and having wall panels arranged with edges of adjacent panels located in spaces between two adjacent studs, a backing strip of wall panel material located in the space between two adjacent studs, behind the edges of the two adjacent panels, fastenings securing the edges of the two adjacent panels to the backing strip, a gap between the two panel edges, and an adhesive filler bonding compound filling the gap and bonding the panel edges to one another, and further bonding the panel edges to the backing strip.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 11, 2008
    Publication date: October 16, 2008
    Inventor: Antonio F. Carosi
  • Patent number: 7428802
    Abstract: For the fixing adjusting tools of the plate material to the structural body, the female member has a base plate with a through hole in a center and an external cylinder fixed vertically on the base plate. The male member has a base plate with a through hole in a center and an internal cylinder fixed vertically on the base plate. The communicating section is formed in the base of the female member communicating with the gap. The guide cylinder is formed protruding on the base plate of the male member to guide the nozzle for injecting adhesive. Resultantly, the adhesive injected through the guide cylinder into the rear surface of the base plate of the female member, reach the gap between the internal and external cylinders passing the communicating section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2002
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2008
    Assignee: Konishi Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Masaomi Fukura, Shinichi Okamoto, Yoichi Hamanishi
  • Publication number: 20080196326
    Abstract: The present invention relates generally to a system for adjusting the length and tension of a cable that is used to support another structure, such as bay and bow windows and, more particularly, to such a system that is easily micro-adjustable as well as macro-adjustable.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 19, 2008
    Publication date: August 21, 2008
    Applicant: Nationwide Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: E. Erik Timothy, Carl Simmonds
  • Patent number: 7310917
    Abstract: A hinged spreader board of a pre-set length with shaped ends is pivoted open inside a frame to mate with the inside faces of the sides of a frame and maintain the sides apart by the length of the board while attaching the frame to a wall. Additional hinged sections of pre-set lengths allow the spreader board to be opened to various lengths to accommodate frames of different widths. The frame spreader boards fold up for storage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2004
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2007
    Inventor: Andrew Valdez
  • Publication number: 20030159368
    Abstract: A strut assembly includes a longitudinal member having a wall and at least a first substantially hollow end portion. A first threaded member is slidably mounted within the first end-portion and is capable of movement along a longitudinal axis of the threaded member between a retracted position and an extended position. The wall has at least a first access opening therein for providing access to the first threaded member. At least a first node is provided having at least one internally threaded radial bore therein which is configured to threadably engage the first threaded member in an extended position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 28, 2002
    Publication date: August 28, 2003
    Inventor: David A. Osterberg
  • Publication number: 20030074847
    Abstract: An apparatus and a method for repairing nail pops in a wallboard is disclosed. The apparatus can be placed In a first state in which it acts as a cutting tool and can be used to cut a bore hole into a wallboard to separate a popped nail from the wallboard. The apparatus can also be placed in a second state in which it acts as a driving or impact tool and can be used to drive the popped nail which has been separated from the wallboard, into a framing support. The apparatus may be comprised of first and connecting members and a cutting member. The driving member may have an elongated core and may be connected by the connecting member to the cutting member. The driving member may be able to slide with respect to the connecting member to allow the apparatus to change from the first state to the second state.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 24, 2001
    Publication date: April 24, 2003
    Inventors: Nicholas M. Pendrous, Thomas O. Wiener
  • Patent number: 6467236
    Abstract: The present invention provides an apparatus for supporting and holding a building panel during installation onto an overhead building structure. The apparatus comprises a bar member for supporting at least a portion of such building panel. The bar member has an elongated portion to be disposed substantially parallel to such overhead building structure when secured to at least one of such overhead building structure and a building wall in a working position, the elongated portion has each of a predetermined length and a predetermined shape. There is an arcuately shaped portion connected to the elongated portion of the bar member adjacent a first end thereof and at least one means disposed adjacent a second end of the elongated portion of the bar member for anchoring the apparatus to such overhead building structure and such building wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2000
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2002
    Inventor: Gary R. Schlegel
  • Patent number: 6446413
    Abstract: A panel for a portable floor system comprising a rectangular core defining an upper surface and a lower surface extending parallel to the upper surface and lateral side surfaces extending from edges of the upper surface to edges of the lower surface. Frame members are connected to the lateral side surfaces and define outwardly projecting channels. The frame members have opposed spaced parallel horizontal walls defining an upper wall and a lower wall, and further have a transverse connecting end wall for connection to the lateral side surfaces. A laminated graphic layer is integrally joined to the upper surface of the rectangular core and extends over the upper walls of the frame members to conceal the frame members. The channels of the frame members have flanges for releasably securing connecting members for joining a panel to other panels in side-by-side aligned relationship.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2001
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2002
    Assignee: Folia Industries Inc.
    Inventor: Moritz F. Gruber
  • Patent number: 6434894
    Abstract: A formwork system is provided for prefabricated concrete parts, wherein a magnetic body can be set with its underside on a base plate and over which formwork parts can be fixed in their respective position. The formwork part has a lift-off stirrup engaging over the magnetic body, and between the lift-off stirrup and the cover side of the magnetic body facing away from the base plate there is a slot into which the magnetic body is retractable with a lifting element. This formwork system is characterized by a retaining elements which are releasably coupled on the magnetic body when it is retracted into the slot. This has the advantage that, by the couplable retaining elements, the magnetic body is securely fixed in the lift-off stirrup in its retracted state. Preferably, the coupling elements are constructed as magnetic and adhesion surfaces, which are arranged in the region of the slot between the magnetic body and lift-off stirrup.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2000
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2002
    Assignee: Reymann Technik GmbH
    Inventor: Wolfgang Reymann
  • Publication number: 20020104287
    Abstract: A concrete building module includes a concrete roof having a roof beam with a beam upper surface and a beam lower surface; a lifter mounting fitting embedded in the beam upper surface and oriented to be accessible from above the roof; an upper link connection structure embedded in the beam lower surface below the lifter mounting fitting; a concrete floor having a floor upper surface; a lower link connection structure embedded into the floor upper surface below the upper link connection structure; a linking member extending between and removably connected to the upper link connection structure and to the lower link connection structure; and at least one module concrete side wall interconnecting the module concrete roof and the module concrete floor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 2, 2001
    Publication date: August 8, 2002
    Inventor: Wallace D. Sanger
  • Patent number: 6345473
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for positioning mild steel reinforcing bars within a precast, moment resisting frame of a building. The apparatus includes a hand-receiving access component that can be installed within the concrete beams that make up the building frame so as to permit convenient access to the reinforcing bars that are slidably carried within bar receiving passageways formed within the concrete beams. Additionally, the apparatus includes a bladder-receiving component that can be installed within the concrete beams that make up the building frame in a manner to permit an expandable bladder to be conveniently positioned within the cable receiving passageways formed in the beam. When in position within a cable-receiving passageway, the expandable bladder spans the interface between the beam and the column and effectively prevents grout from entering the cable passageway during the grouting step.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2000
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2002
    Assignee: Charles Pankow Builders, Ltd.
    Inventors: Albert W. Fink, Frank E. Woodman, Bill J. Hughes, Brian J. Liske
  • Patent number: 6247282
    Abstract: In the broader aspects of the invention there is provided a new and improved deck and beam connector for post and beam structures. The deck and beam connector has a deck flange mounted on the deck, the flange has an opening therein. Depending into the deck is a well secured to the flange. The well has a bottom and a bottom opening therein. A threaded bolt having an enlarged head is positioned within the bottom opening with the threaded portion within the well. The head is positioned within a step-diametered counter-sunk bore in the deck with the larger diameter portion thereof adjacent to the surface opposite that to which the deck flange is connected. A threaded member is positioned on the threaded shaft of the bolt within the well with a spring positioned on the bolt between the threaded member and the well bottom. The bolt is moveable between an extended position and a retracted position into which the bolt head is biased and within the larger diametered portion of the step-diametered bore in the deck.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 1999
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2001
    Assignee: ICON, Incorporated
    Inventor: Tim S. Searle
  • Patent number: 6189280
    Abstract: A wall exposed to wear has a wear lining composed of a number of juxtaposed wear lining elements of an elastomeric material or of a mix of elastomeric and other wear-resistant materials. The wear lining elements are secured to a supporting surface with fastening means. Two opposite narrow faces of the wear lining elements have V-shaped recesses, which open toward the narrow faces. The fastening means have washers with V-shaped projections, the V-legs of which are inserted into and abut against the bottom wall of the recesses or into shoulders formed in the recesses, after fastening the elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 1998
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2001
    Assignee: Sveldala Trellex AB
    Inventor: Mats Anders Malmberg
  • Patent number: 6182402
    Abstract: An apparatus for the viewing of an inmate in a cell while preventing the inmate from determining if he is being observed includes a frame enclosure with means for securing the apparatus about a cell window attached to the frame structure. A two-way mirror is attached to the frame enclosure and disposed proximate the cell window. A sheet of light attenuating material is disposed in the frame enclosure in planar alignment with respect to the two-way mirror a predetermined distance therefrom to darken the area intermediate the two-way mirror and the sheet of light attenuation material. Means for viewing through the two-way mirror are provided which include a lens or a video camera and display. An optional slot allows for manual positioning of the lens to permit optimum viewing into the cell. The means for securing includes a plurality of magnets disposed around the perimeter of the frame enclosure or by use of a hook and loop fastener.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 1998
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2001
    Inventor: Duco Van Aalst