With Transporting Feature Patents (Class 52/143)
  • Patent number: 6681535
    Abstract: A mobile home transport dolly set permits the transportation of a mobile home in a lowered, or underslung condition. By reducing the transport height of the mobile home frame, valuable mobile home design height is recaptured to permit construction of a mobile home with a greater wall height and/or roof pitch. The design of the transport dolly permits the load bearing transport wheels to be repositioned from beneath the mobile home frame to a position aft of the mobile home frame. A vertical spacing frame member is affixed to the underside of the dolly and tongue frames and provides the desired drop for the mobile home frame. Coupling extensions are affixed to the vertical spacing frame member and extend forward for engagement with the aft end of the mobile home frame. Receivers may be provided on the mobile home frame to facilitate connection of the transport dolly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2002
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2004
    Assignee: Southern Energy Homes
    Inventor: Ty Batchelor
  • Patent number: 6675540
    Abstract: A robust portable building for use by persons for meetings, classroom use, entertainment facilities, trade show displays, or for human habitation, which provides an entry height of only seventeen inches above ground surface and which has the look, feel, and strength of a permanent structure. The building will withstand tornadic and hurricane level winds without the requirement of tie downs or permanent installation on a foundation. The structural members of the building are primarily steel components. A rigid steel frame is supported on pairs of steel rollers each of which has a diameter which is approximately equal in size to its surface width. All structural components are screwed or welded at their junctions with other structural components. A sheet of aluminum is mechanically fixed to the upper sides of the floor joists, over which are placed additional flooring layers. Each layer is fastened securely to the floor joists.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2001
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2004
    Inventor: Tracy Rokes
  • Patent number: 6668392
    Abstract: An enclosure for a portable toilet comprises at least two sections, one of which has a door opening and a door mounted thereon. The enclosure door is moveable between a closed position and an opened position. Each enclosure section includes a first end and a second end. A tab having a hole extends from the first and a hole is formed in the second end of each enclosure section. When assembled, the first end of one section abuts the second end of the adjacent section. To ensure a substantially smooth seam or junction between the two sections, the tab extends from the inner surface of one section, across the junction between the two sections, to lie against the inner surface of the adjacent section. The tabs are aligned with the holes, and are sized such that the tab holes align with the section holes. A fastener is passed through the section hole and the tab hole to secure the two sections together. Mounting tabs are also provided at the bottom of the enclosure to secure the enclosure to the base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2002
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2003
    Inventor: Michael Mason
  • Patent number: 6651392
    Abstract: A portable motor-vehicle workshop has a plurality of rigid rectangular I-beam reinforced floor panels, bolts securing the floor panels together to form a planar horizontal floor, and a plurality of portals each having a pair of spaced vertical lower posts having lower ends secured to the floor, respective angled connector beams extending inward and upward at acute angles from upper ends of the lower posts, respective upper posts extending vertically from upper ends of the angled beams, and a horizontal connector beam extending between upper ends of the respective upper posts. A plurality of panels are bolted to the posts and beams of the portals and enclose a space above the floor. A lift on the floor can raise a vehicle up between the upper posts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2002
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2003
    Assignee: Riri Privatstiftung
    Inventor: Harald Ritzal
  • Publication number: 20030188507
    Abstract: A method of constructing modular, multi-use, enclosed shelters by recycling modular shipping containers, including the steps of determining a desired type of enclosed shelter module compatible with the dimensions of a modular shipping container, determining structural and functional components necessary for the selected type of enclosed shelter module, packing the structural and functional components into the modular shipping container, transporting the packed shipping container to a site selected for the enclosed shelter module, unpacking the structural and functional components from the shipping container, and assembling the structural and functional components into and onto the shipping container to convert the shipping container into the desired type of enclosed shelter module.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 4, 2002
    Publication date: October 9, 2003
    Inventor: Edward E. Cote
  • Patent number: 6615549
    Abstract: Disclosed is a mobile double decked vehicular performance stage which is equipped with a variety of safety devices for use in transporting steel orchestra players and instruments during live performances in parades, carnivals and other events in which the musicians are required to continue to play their instruments while moving along with the crowd. In practice, the stage comprises two identically sized platform surfaces, the lower surface or deck rests on ground engaging wheels and includes steering, brake and tow bar mechanisms to facilitate the movement of the stage. The upper deck is situated above the lower deck in elevated parallel alignment with the lower deck and is secured and maintained in that position by supports which are between the upper and lower decks. Both the upper and lower decks are equipped with safety devices to protect the musicians from injury while the vehicle is in motion, as well as musical stands for holding the musical instruments in place on the vehicle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2000
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2003
    Inventors: John W. Hodge, Wilbert Gomez
  • Publication number: 20030140577
    Abstract: A portable enclosure for temporary shelter purposes as a storage building or workshop at remote construction sites comprises a plurality of articulable frames mounted on a towable boom, which may be coupled to a towing tractor, and which has wheels at the other end so that it may be towed. Each of the frames has first to fourth frame members, with a first cylinder mounted between the boom and the first frame member to adjust the tilted disposition of that member with respect to the boom to vertical. The angle between the second and third members is adjusted by a second cylinder. The fourth member also assumes a vertical orientation. Thus, each of the first and fourth frame members of each frame is articulable to a substantially vertical orientation, and they are horizontally distanced one from the other so as to form a storage or workshop space between them.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 27, 2002
    Publication date: July 31, 2003
    Inventor: Roger Cote
  • Patent number: 6564516
    Abstract: A guideway and support structure (50) for supporting an elevated guideway (52) for a railed-vehicle (54) include individual unassembled components sized for easy transport. The components may be prefabricated with known materials and methods and transported to an installation site to be assembled together. The support structure (50) is preferably cantilevered and sized to support one or two vehicle guideways (52). The support structure (50) may include a pile foundation (56) for improved support during seismic activity and to facilitate installation on existing streets and sidewalks without covering or interfering with underground plumbing or utilities. Preferably, multiple sections of the guideway (52) are rigidly secured together through expansion joints (51) to define a continuous guideway (53) such that loads on the guideway (53) are distributed over multiple columns (60).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2000
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2003
    Inventor: Einar Svensson
  • Publication number: 20030089070
    Abstract: A method of transporting a module of a modular structure to a building site on a transporter with a roof of the module in a horizontal position, and an apparatus for coupling the roof to the base structure of the module to permit movement of the roof between the horizontal position and a final sloped position. The coupling apparatus includes a coupling assembly adapted to be detachably coupled in a C-shaped rafter or guide rail of the roof so as to guide movement of the rafter or guide rail relative to the coupling mechanism, and an anchor assembly pivotally coupled to the coupling assembly so as to permit pivotal and vertical movement of the coupling assembly. Each of the anchor assemblies is adapted to be secured to an attic floor panel of the module.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 7, 2003
    Publication date: May 15, 2003
    Inventor: Harlin J. Wall
  • Patent number: 6550491
    Abstract: The present invention is a portable structure used for exhibition or sports (batting cage) applications including an expansion section with a plurality of expansion segments, each of which is self-contained. Each expansion segment is bounded by an upright member onto which an articulating arm is attached adjacent the tope and bottom. Each articulating arm bends at an elbow and folds flat against the upright members when each expansion segment is extended, the articulating arms straighten at the elbow and pivot in a scissor-type motion with respect to the upright members until the articulating arms are fully extended substantially straight. The expansion segments roll on rollers removably affixed to the upright members. The portable structure includes three positions, a transport position wherein large wheels or skids are suppled for easy manipulation of the device, an expansion segment wherein the expansion segments are extended or collapsed using smaller wheels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 1999
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2003
    Assignee: World Patent Development Corporation
    Inventors: Dickie R. Bixler, Larry D. Lahman
  • Patent number: 6539674
    Abstract: A tabletop high relocateable shelter for protecting individuals from dangerous conditions such as hurricanes, tornadoes and the like, that can withstand winds of approximately 450 mph. The shelter can be attached and detached from a concrete foundation. A rectangular frame that is formed from L-shaped longitudinal members are fastened together and can be anchored to the concrete foundation by hook ended anchor bolts that have exposed threaded ends that nuts can attach thereto, or by concrete type bolts made for that purpose. Removable panels can be attached to the outside of the frame to form walls and a roof using fasteners such as screws and bolts. A door can be attached to an opening in the side of the frame, and include L-shaped members that form door braces and hinge guards that allow the door to stay in a stationary closed position. Slideable latching members can further hold the door in a locked position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2001
    Date of Patent: April 1, 2003
    Inventor: Floyd Arnold
  • Publication number: 20030046884
    Abstract: A concrete block tong assembly which is designed to lift and transport a plurality of concrete blocks. The assembly is provided with three top tubes pivotally connected at one end thereof to one end of three bottom tubes. A lifting apparatus is operatively connected to the top three tubes whereupon upward movement of the top three tubes by the lifting mechanism will cause the top tubes to pivot with respect to the bottom tubes. A front plate is secured to one end of each of the top tubes for movement therewith and a back plate is longitudinally adjustably secured to each of the bottom tubes adjacent the other end thereof. A solenoid operated dead bolt is selectively movably mounted within each of the top tubes and is movable between extended and retracted positions. An upstanding support is provided on each of the bottom tubes adapted to receive the dead bolt of the associated top tube to lock the assembly in its open position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 12, 2001
    Publication date: March 13, 2003
    Inventor: Scott D. Haynes
  • Patent number: 6523319
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a drilling rig base and a lower mast section that are collapsible into a compact transportable position. The base is expandable in the field to support a drilling platform and all necessary equipment, and the telescoping mast is also expanable for supporting the crown block and cables of the drawworks. More specifically, the rig of the present invention has a base having a plurality of beams, the outer beams being collapsible to a transportable position for placing on a single truck or trailer, and the A-frame lower mast section which is collapsible to a transportable position for placing on a single truck or trailer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 1999
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2003
    Assignee: B.F. Intent, Inc.
    Inventors: Don L. Bockhorn, Johnnie A. Parker
  • Publication number: 20030029099
    Abstract: The purpose is to provide a telescopic type store wherein it is available in a place where a free space is produced temporarily such as home garage, and it can be shorten compactly when cars etc. are put in the place, and it can sufficiently prevent wind and rain, and equipments required as a store can be formed in its inside integrally, and further, the telescopic motion and movement of a store can be also performed easily and promptly even by one person. When a mobile object goes away from the mobile store room and a free space is produced there, it is available as a store by moving the body and elongating it in the free space, and this store comprises a box shape body which is put in a place where a free space is produced temporally, such as home garage, and which is telescopic along the cross direction, and the body moving mean formed on the lower end of the body which moves the body to the desired position in the mobile store room.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 29, 2002
    Publication date: February 13, 2003
    Inventor: Nobuhiro Torata
  • Patent number: 6499258
    Abstract: A portable bleacher construction includes a wheeled framework for supporting a plurality of bleacher seats thereon in a mobile travel condition and a stationary seating condition. At least one pair of leveling jacks is located on opposite sides of the framework for stabilizing and leveling the framework upon a ground surface when the portable bleacher construction is in the stationary seating condition. The jacks are arranged to provide a four-point stance for the framework, and have a high sway load capacity to provide lateral stability. A control arrangement is associated with one of the jacks in each pair for separately controlling the leveling of both of the jacks. The control arrangement is located on one side of the bleacher construction, and enables operation of leveling jacks on both sides. The control arrangement includes a pair of transfer rods and a separate operating handle interconnected with each transfer rod.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2000
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2002
    Inventor: Keith Borglum
  • Patent number: 6481165
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for transporting a manufactured building to a desired location and securing it to a foundation. The apparatus includes elongate members extending through the exterior walls and secured to upper beams above the upper building plate and lower beams below the building lower plate. The elongate members are placed in tension compressing and holding together the wall plates and studs. An eyelet is secured to each upper beam and/or elongate member. The building is lifted using cables secured to the eyelets. The lower beam is selectively detachably attachable to the transporting trailer for rigidly securing the building thereto. After placing the building on a foundation, the lower beams are also selectively attachable to the foundation for securing the building thereto.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2000
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2002
    Assignee: Romary Associates, Inc.
    Inventors: Edward J. Romary, Robert W. Meyers
  • Patent number: 6474027
    Abstract: A mobile aircraft hangar designed to provide a temporary enclosed working environment for workers performing aircraft maintenance, evaluation and support. The hangar includes a mobile housing assembly designed to enclose a section of the wing or fuselage of an aircraft. The housing assembly is assembled over a chassis with four wheels and steering mechanism that enables the housing assembly to be easily driven around an aircraft. The housing assembly includes one end wall and two vertical side walls, forming a three-sided enclosing structure. Formed on the housing assembly opposite the end wall is a main opening through which a section of the fuselage or wing may extend. The housing assembly also includes moveable floor panels that can be arranged in different configurations for working on different sections of the aircraft. Optional lift actuators are provided which enable the housing assembly to be raised or lowered.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2001
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2002
    Inventor: Michael S. Nelson
  • Publication number: 20020152712
    Abstract: A building component is described comprising a molding adapted to be secured to the top surface of flooring joists either along the length thereof or transversely thereacross, having a rebate along its length to provide a ledge on which a floorboard edge can rest. The depth of the rebate accommodates at least the thickness of the floorboard, and the thickness of the molding below the ledge creates a services void between the floorboard and the upper surface of the joists. The molding may also include a second parallel rebate leaving a ridge therebetween. The two floorboards are spaced apart by the ridge. A further rebate can be provided to accommodate at least part of another member. Where a floor covering is laid over the floorboards the rebate(s) is/are sufficient to accommodate both boards and covering.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 4, 2002
    Publication date: October 24, 2002
    Inventor: Roger Smith
  • Patent number: 6467223
    Abstract: A very strong lightweight modular composite concrete and steel floor that can be attached to; a light steel carrier for transportation, a foundation for a single story structure, or a light steel ceiling frame for a multistory ceiling/floor assembly, that creates a compound structure that is substantially stronger than the sum of the strength of the individual components. The thin upper concrete plane acting as the compression flange is connected by shear connectors to a pair of web members which are connected to metal chords acting as the tension flanges to create a double “T”. This in turn can be connected to a pair of web member/metal flange structures creating an even taller stronger double “T” for; the carrier, or the long spanning ceiling/floor assembly of a multistory building. The module is delivered to the site, unbolted from the carrier and set on the foundation or connected to the lower story module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2000
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2002
    Inventor: Jack Christley
  • Patent number: 6463705
    Abstract: A container for a prefabricated building is disclosed. The container is formed from components of the prefabricated building. The container is built to substantially conform to standard shipping container sizes. Additional storage for some building components is preferably provided by attaching channel members to the top of the container. Supports and a covering for the additional storage space may be included. The additional storage space is preferably dimensioned to allow the container to substantially conform to standard shipping container sizes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 1999
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2002
    Assignee: Oakwood Homes Corporation
    Inventors: Don Davis, Mitch Misenheimer, Glenn D. Tucker, Ronald D. Ward
  • Patent number: 6457291
    Abstract: A floor frame structural support assembly having a plurality of substantially parallel, longitudinal support members or beams, each of the support members having an inside-directed and an outside-directed wall surface, the inside-directed wall surfaces of the support members being substantially parallel. Disposed between the support members and affixed to the inside-directed surface thereof so as to prevent the inside surfaces from moving from their substantially parallel relationship during handling, transportation, and deployment, is a plurality of substantially rigid, bend-resistive, compression-resistive cross members. Affixed to the outside surfaces of the respective longitudinal support members so as to be substantially collinear with the axis of a respective cross member is a plurality of outriggers. The floor frame structural support assembly may include additional structure such as floor joists, marriage wall beams, exterior wall beams and wall portions which are affixed thereto.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 1999
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2002
    Assignee: Wick Building Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: John F. Wick
  • Patent number: 6453627
    Abstract: A skirt assembly system for use on a mobile home. The skirt assembly system includes a plurality of telescoping studs. The skirt assembly system also includes a plurality of tracks wherein the stud are secured within the tracks with an edged of the stud facing out. The skirt assembly system also includes studs fastened to a side wall of the tracks. The skirt assembly system also includes a brace connected to the telescoping studs on one side thereof and connected to a bottom of the mobile home on an opposite end of the brace.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2000
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2002
    Inventor: Timothy Powers
  • Publication number: 20020129566
    Abstract: A method of converting shipping containers containing factory equipment into a modular portable factory which comprises transporting the shipping containers to the factory site and aligning the containers in a side-by-side relation with their facing walls, to define the walls of the factory and floor of the factory. A roof structure spans over the top of the container to form top closure for the factory and access doors and stairways are provided in the factory. Shipping containers (main storage units) containing building materials are mounted on a foundation with the supply containers placed perpendicular, parallel or angled to the main storage units. The supply containers are movable by a supply track and the product moved by an assembly track, respectively, and turntables at the end of each of these tracks are operatively connected to the tracks to move the supplies or products in a desired direction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2001
    Publication date: September 19, 2002
    Inventors: Robert Piccolo, Matthew Kisver
  • Patent number: 6434895
    Abstract: A folded building, after having been trailered on its own wheel assemblies to a site, is unfolded at the site by first reorienting 90° the wheel assemblies attached to each of a pair of side walls and removing an attached trailer hitch. The side walls are drawn apart from one another while having supported by the rolling wheel assemblies. As the side walls are drawn apart, pivotally attached front and rear bifold walls unfold. Each of a pair of foldable roofs attached to a respective one of the side walls is unfolded from a location adjacent the interior of the respective side wall. Roof end caps are attached to the top edges of each of the front and rear walls. After raising the wheel assemblies the building is lowered onto the site. To remove the building from the site, the building is folded by reversing the unfolding steps and the trailer hitch is attached. The building may then be trailered to another site.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2000
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2002
    Assignee: Bendon, L.L.C.
    Inventors: Craig Hosterman, D. L. Bennett
  • Patent number: 6409291
    Abstract: An article of furniture, in particular, but not exclusively to wall partitions and/or cabinets which may be easily conveyed on retractable wheels whereby, retraction/extension of the wheels is affected by an over-center locking mechanism which is operatively associated with the wheels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2000
    Date of Patent: June 25, 2002
    Assignee: Panelock Systems Limited
    Inventor: Victor Johnson
  • Publication number: 20020062605
    Abstract: A deck for dodgems (bumper cars) to form part of a travelling fair has a central portion intended to be fixed to a road trailer. Hinged to each major side of the central portion is a pair of hinged leaves each intended to form part of the deck when in their unfolded, coplanar, positions. To permit the major axis of the deck to be longer than usual, but without raising the height of the hinged leaves to an impermissible value for travel along roads, the length of at least the outer leaf of each pair is made adjustable. Each outer leaf includes a series of parallel stringers that are effectively of adjustable length, the stringers bearing three deck plates, of which two are fixed to the stringers, while the central one is movable relative to the other two between a coplanar position and a stacked position. This arrangement of the plates permits the distance between the inner and outer plates to be altered to shorten or extend the effective width of the respective leaf.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 2, 2001
    Publication date: May 30, 2002
    Inventor: Thomas Joseph Alfred Matthews
  • Publication number: 20020053172
    Abstract: “MOBILE SALES STAND”, of the kind applied mainly to bar and cafeteria products, essentially characterized by its external configuration which shows the shape similar to the product that is being sold, and which presents on its sides two openings (4) for the sales service, provided with curtains (5) to close the inside area, or optionally with telescopic blinds (6), while these customer service areas, extend horizontally as bar counters (7), and having a concealed door (35) to enter the stand that resembles its profile.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 29, 2001
    Publication date: May 9, 2002
    Applicant: LA TAZZA MEETING POINT, S.A.
    Inventor: Jose Mirabet Castillejo
  • Publication number: 20020032993
    Abstract: A mobile aircraft hangar designed to provide a temporary enclosed working environment for workers performing aircraft maintenance, evaluation and support. The hangar includes a mobile housing assembly designed to enclose a section of the wing or fuselage of an aircraft. The housing assembly is assembled over a chassis with four wheels and steering mechanism that enables the housing assembly to be easily driven around an aircraft. The housing assembly includes one end wall and two vertical side walls, forming a three-sided enclosing structure. Formed on the housing assembly opposite the end wall is a main opening through which a section of the fuselage or wing may extend. The housing assembly also includes moveable floor panels that can be arranged in different configurations for working on different sections of the aircraft. Optional lift actuators are provided which enable the housing assembly to be raised or lowered.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 6, 2001
    Publication date: March 21, 2002
    Inventor: Michael S. Nelson
  • Publication number: 20020023393
    Abstract: The present invention provides a drive mechanism for a slide-out room including a support rail for mounting under the slide-out room and moving through a guide mounted to the vehicle. The support rail includes a rack which is driven by a pinion gear mounted within the guide. A pair of motors turn the pinion gear to drive the room between the extended and retracted position. According to one embodiment of the invention, the drive mechanism is attached to the vehicle floor and disposed almost entirely within a cavity formed in the room floor. A pair of bevel gears connected to the pinion gear extend from the guide and mate with a corresponding pair of bevel gears driven by the pair of motors. Accordingly, the motors, which cooperate to provide the power needed to move the room, may also be disposed within the room floor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 28, 2001
    Publication date: February 28, 2002
    Inventor: Patrick W. McManus
  • Patent number: 6349510
    Abstract: A single transportable oversized or extended support base is provided for a conventional equipment shelter and the associated power source. The shelter and power source are separately affixed to the base while at the place of manufacturing to form a transportable unitary shelter facility that is easily and efficiently installed at the use site. Such combination avoids the additional labor and expense associated with installing equipment such as a generator in a separate room within the building because it eliminates the need for the extra door, and larger wall, roof, and floor panels, ventilation systems, environmental controls and related items.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 1997
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2002
    Assignee: GFRC Shelters
    Inventors: Harold Robert Haas, Scott Craig Leggett, Sr., Randall Cade Goodman, John Irving Mathis
  • Patent number: 6347489
    Abstract: A foundation column is provided far supporting an associated housing structure relative to an associated foundation base. The foundation column includes a vertical elongate main body member, a substantially flat cap plate member disposed on the upper end of the main body member, and a pair of spaced apart wall members carried by the cap plate member on opposite sides of the longitudinal axis defined by the main body member. The pair of wall members are selectively movable relative to the cap plate member to receive associated housing structures of various sizes in the space formed between the pair of wall members. Two such foundation columns are combined together with a pair of lateral attachment members to form a corner anchor system. The first and second foundation columns are connected to the first and second lateral attachment members using first and second diagonal strut members, respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2000
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2002
    Inventors: Chester R. Marshall, Jr., James D. McCue
  • Publication number: 20020011035
    Abstract: An easily constructed, highly secure, walk-in vault uses pre-cast panels. A door frame is molded into one of the panels. The panels have interlocking joints with adjacent panels. The interlocking joints are protected with continuous, double burglary-proof seams situated in the interior of the vault. Abutting panels are securely held together by metal rods that penetrate the interlocking joints.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 29, 1999
    Publication date: January 31, 2002
    Inventors: MARK L. BOYER, MICHAEL E. BARKER
  • Publication number: 20020011033
    Abstract: A building for containing occupants, with at least one covering element to provide at least one roof portion, at least one wall portion, and at least one floor portion, to provide an interior space to contain and protect occupants from an adverse environment about the building or other structures. The building has an opening to permit occupants to ingress and egress, a window comprising at least one pane, comprising at least an outer pane disposed to contact the adverse environment about the building and at least one inner pane disposed toward the interior space of the building. The pane exposed to the environment about the building or structure comprises a glass material that has a minimized coefficient of thermal expansion. The building also has an insulation to protect occupants from adverse temperature and environmental conditions about the building and a heating apparatus to provide heat to the space provided by the at least one covering element, the window, and the insulation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 6, 2001
    Publication date: January 31, 2002
    Inventors: Sabine Melson, Stefan Hubert, Thomas Karschti
  • Publication number: 20020007602
    Abstract: A container pallet can be attached to a standard cargo container to facilitate movement, storage and retrieval of the cargo container by a fork lift truck. The container pallet comprises a rectangular base of rigid material for supporting a container comprising two opposing end members and two opposing side members. The container pallet further comprises at least one longitudinal member of rigid material that can be disposed in parallel to the side members between the two opposing end members. The container pallet further comprises a plurality of fork channels which are adapted to receive a respective fork-lift prong of the fork lift truck. The plurality of fork channels can be substantially parallel to each other and to the end members, and can be disposed between the side members. The container pallet and the container can have a length of twenty feet and greater.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 20, 2001
    Publication date: January 24, 2002
    Inventor: John Corcoran
  • Patent number: 6334279
    Abstract: An adjustable outrigger (10) for manufactured home (60) spans between lower end (76) of main beam (70) and outer end (83) of transverse floor joist (80) for supporting outer end (83). Outrigger (10) has a longitudinal axis (21) and generally comprises an elongate central portion (20) of adjustable length, a lower end (12) adapted to be supported by lower end (76) of beam (70) such that outrigger (10) can exert a longitudinal force on beam (70) over varying vertical angles of longitudinal axis (21) and an upper end (17) adapted for supporting outer end (83) of joist (80) such that outrigger (10) can exert a longitudinal force on joist (80) over a plurality of vertical angles of longitudinal axis (21).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 1998
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2002
    Inventors: James Oliver, Evon L. Oliver
  • Publication number: 20010047634
    Abstract: A floor frame structural support assembly having a plurality of substantially parallel, longitudinal support members or beams, each of the support members having an inside-directed and an outside-directed wall surface, the inside-directed wall surfaces of the support members being substantially parallel. Disposed between the support members and affixed to the inside-directed surface thereof so as to prevent the inside surfaces from moving from their substantially parallel relationship during handling, transportation, and deployment, is a plurality of substantially rigid, bend-resistive, compression-resistive cross members. Affixed to the outside surfaces of the respective longitudinal support members so as to be substantially collinear with the axis of a respective cross member is a plurality of outriggers. The floor frame structural support assembly may include additional structure such as floor joists, marriage wall beams, exterior wall beams and wall portions which are affixed thereto.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 31, 1999
    Publication date: December 6, 2001
    Inventor: JOHN F. WICK
  • Patent number: 6318693
    Abstract: A concrete floor of a portable storage building is made for one or more storage units with each unit including a floor made through use of a single pair of mold sections or a plurality of pairs of mold sections interconnected for multiple storage units. Each mold section has a raised center and a circumferencial channel with concrete being poured onto the raised center and into the circumferencial channel. Removable exterior mold side walls complete the floor mold. A jack bracket is removably attachable to the floor corners and in turn is engageable with a hydraulic jack for raising and lowering the floor for loading onto the flatbed of a truck for transport to a remote site of use. A chain hoist connected to a top edge of a building wall panel is used to pivot the wall panel to a raised vertical position as the hoist moves on a rail to the vertical plane of the wall panel when raised.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2000
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2001
    Inventor: Dayle Eugene Erickson
  • Patent number: 6311434
    Abstract: A mobile aircraft hangar designed to provide a temporary enclosed working environment for workers performing aircraft maintenance, evaluation and support. The hangar includes a mobile housing assembly designed to enclose a section of the wing or fuselage of an aircraft. The housing assembly is assembled over a chassis with four wheels and steering mechanism that enables the housing assembly to be easily driven around an aircraft. The housing assembly includes one end wall and two vertical side walls, forming a three-sided enclosing structure. Formed on the housing assembly opposite the end wall is a main opening through which a section of the fuselage or wing may extend. The housing assembly also includes moveable floor panels that can be arranged in different configurations for working on different sections of the aircraft. Optional lift actuators are provided which enable the housing assembly to be raised or lowered.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 1999
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2001
    Inventor: Michael S. Nelson
  • Patent number: 6301839
    Abstract: The shed for a snowmobile or ATV of the present invention includes a rectangular container having opposed rigid planar side walls of generally equal size in parallel spaced apart array, a rigid first end wall mounted to first ends of the side walls, and an opposite second end wall pivotally mounted to opposite second ends of the side walls so as to form a door for the container. A pair of opposed facing, substantially vertical, first arrays of apertures are formed in the side walls, adjacent the first ends of the side walls, one of the first arrays in each of the side walls. Similarly, a pair of opposed facing, substantially vertical, second arrays of apertures are formed in the side walls, adjacent the second ends of the side walls, one of the second arrays in each of the side walls.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2000
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2001
    Inventor: Edwin Brent Chapman
  • Patent number: 6295766
    Abstract: The present invention, in certain aspects, includes a portable building structure with a bottom section, a top section on the bottom section, the bottom section having at least one bottom support for supporting the top section, the at least one bottom support having a top opening, and the top section having at least one top support with a lower member projecting down into the top opening of the at least one bottom support. The present invention also provides a new bottom section for a building structure, the bottom section having a plurality of support pillars interconnected by interconnection members, each support pillar of the plurality of support pillars having an enlarged top opening for receiving a lower member of an upper section to be emplaced on the bottom section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 1999
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2001
    Inventor: William H. Bigelow
  • Patent number: 6289637
    Abstract: A portable arcade unit having a frame, a means for attaching a wheel means, a means for attaching a hitch means, and a detachable roof. The portable arcade unit may be disassembled for storage and transportation purposes and quickly rebuilt on-site to form an aesthetically pleasing building unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 1998
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2001
    Assignee: Bob's Space Racers, Inc.
    Inventor: John F. Mendes, Jr.
  • Patent number: 6253498
    Abstract: Self-contained, modular building systems that create temporary structures consisting of various panels that fold compactly for shipping, but that deploy into complete building segments, such that a large surface area of panels sufficient to provide a structure of superior size as compared with like known modular structures may be efficiently stored and conveniently deployed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 1999
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2001
    Assignee: Kazak Composites, Inc.
    Inventor: Jerome P. Fanucci
  • Patent number: 6253504
    Abstract: The movable manufacturing facility brings standard size home building comprehensively within a controlled factory environment. The main structure of the movable manufacturing facility is sufficiently tall to allow assembly and movement of standard size homes within. Multiple independent production lines are established to each produce portions of the dwelling in the form of subassemblies. Finishes, cabinets, appliances, roofs, paint, etc. are installed in the partially completed dwellings prior to houses leaving the production floor. The movable manufacturing facility allows a standard size home under construction to be advanced via a transport element from one production line to the next until complete. The completed homes are subsequently transported on the transport element over a controlled access roadway to individual sites with pre-constructed foundations specifically designed to accept these standard size dwellings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 1997
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2001
    Assignee: Cohen Brothers Homes, LLC
    Inventors: David Leslie Cohen, Roger Blair Cohen
  • Patent number: 6243996
    Abstract: An adjustable truss (10) for a multi-section manufactured home (70) comprising a left section (71L) and a right section (71R); each section having a beam (72) having a lower end (75) including an inner flange (77) and an outer flange (78) and a upper end (73) supporting a transverse floor joist (80) having an end (84) at a mating seam (95). In a preferred embodiment, truss (10) comprises: a joist connector (30) is disposed under mating seam (95); jacks (20L, 20R) of adjustable length spanning respectively between the lower ends (75L, 75R) of beam (72l, 72R) and joist connector (30); a tie bar assembly (50) including an elongate bar (51) attached to beam lower ends (75); and a center jack (60) of adjustable length spanning between tie bar (51) and mating seam (95).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 1999
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2001
    Inventors: James Oliver, Evon L. Oliver
  • Patent number: 6230448
    Abstract: An outrigger (10) for a manufactured home (90) spans between lower end (76) of main beam (70) and outer end (83) of a transverse floor joist (80) and selectively provides a push (raising force) or pull (lowering force) to joist outer end (83) to level floor (86). Outrigger (10) generally comprises and an elongate portion (20) of adjustable length for spanning between beam lower end (76) and joist outer end (83) for producing an outward force, and a bracket (50) attached to beam lower end (76) and a nut (65) fastening elongate portion (20) to bracket (50) for producing an inward force.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 4, 1999
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2001
    Inventors: James Oliver, Evon L. Oliver
  • Patent number: 6223484
    Abstract: A preferred fenestration product (10), such as a window, includes a plurality of installation fins (22) rotatably coupled with the mounting surfaces (36) of respective frame members (28,30) of the product (10). Each fin (22) is rotatable between a retracted position in which the fin (22) is positioned flush against a respective mounting surface (36) and extends toward the outboard side (32) of the product (10), and an extended position in which the fin (22) extends outwardly from a respective mounting surface (36). This configuration allows the product (10) to be installed in a building opening (12), shimmed as needed for level and plumb with the fins (22) in the retracted position, and then rotated to the extended position and attached to the framework (16) surrounding the opening (12).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 1999
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2001
    Assignee: Pella Corporation
    Inventor: Mearl J. Minter
  • Patent number: 6192635
    Abstract: Collapsible structures are provided that have a single panel having a foldable frame member having a folded and an unfolded orientation, with a fabric material covering selected portions of the frame member to form the panel when the frame member is in the unfolded orientation, the fabric assuming the unfolded orientation of the frame member. The single panel can further include an amusement feature provided thereon, or can be used as a cover for an object, a pool, pond, box, case or shelter, or can be used as a base with an opening provided in the fabric through which an object can be inserted. The single panels can even be combined to form structures having different configurations and utility.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 1999
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2001
    Assignee: Patent Category Corp.
    Inventor: Yu Zheng
  • Patent number: 6185879
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a house building module for module systems used in house building and methods in connection herewith. According to the invention, the module includes cellular plastic and U-sections of metal fitted into the cellular plastic as well as at least one concrete reinforcement extending in the longitudinal direction of the module. A house building module according to the invention can be comprised of a wall portion with integrated foundation portion (70). For casting the concrete reinforcement a method is applied in which the module per se constitutes a casting mold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 1999
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2001
    Inventor: Sten Engwall
  • Patent number: 6179522
    Abstract: A mobile reuse center structure for containment and handling of hazardous materials comprising a base assembly having a containment pan, right side and left side walls, front and rear walls and a roof assembly. The right side wall and the front wall each have a door which allow access to the interior of the structure by its user. The left side wall has a plurality of deflagration vents which burst open when pressure is applied to the deflagration vents. The roof assembly has at each corner thereof a corner fitting which may receive a twistlock stacker. The twistlock stackers when coupled to the roof assembly corner fittings allow a drum rack to be stacked on top of and secured to the roof assembly. A machinery compartment is located in the rear end of the mobile reuse center structure. The machinery compartment includes the electrical control and power distribution system for the mobile reuse center structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 1999
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2001
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Navy
    Inventors: Emmett Gregory Sanford, Philip J. Dunne, Robert R. Elder
  • Patent number: 6161341
    Abstract: A simulated time ship dining and entertainment arrangement includes a building structure shaped like a dome and having outer side walls hingedly connected to a roof, inner side walls spaced from the outer side walls and forming display chambers therebetween, a ceiling supported by a simulated engine which is a transparent column resting upon a floor and supporting a dining table; multiple seating members disposed about upon the floor; multiple overhead display modules suspended from the ceiling and floor display modules both of which having image/sound producing equipment, lighting members and memorabilia disposed therein for simulating travel through various time periods; feet members and wheels for supporting and moving the building structure; and communications system for operating the image/sound producing equipment and for communicating to the host and for selecting the time period desired for a unique dining and entertainment arrangement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 1999
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2000
    Inventor: Kent G. Anderson