Vertical Structure With Brace, Or Guy, Extending Diagonally To A Base Patents (Class 52/146)
  • Patent number: 10155128
    Abstract: A shed and modular playset accessory system and a kit are provided. The storage shed can include a roof and a removeable platform is capable of being operatively arranged with the storage shed above the roof. The system can include a plurality of playset accessories that are capable of being releasably secured to the removeable platform. The system provides an outdoor structure for storage while also conserving yard space for modular playset accessories that can be periodically interchanged, upgraded, and removed after being outgrown by the household's children.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 1, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Inventor: Maria Sophia Lefevre
  • Patent number: 9995140
    Abstract: A mine prop includes a first pipe having a first end and a second end, a second pipe having a first end and a second end, and a yield member secured to the second pipe. The second pipe is slidably received in the first pipe. The yield member is configured to yield before the first and second pipes when the mine prop is placed under a predetermined load.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: FCI Holdings Delaware, Inc.
    Inventors: Dakota Faulkner, Thomas Cook, John G. Oldsen, John C. Stankus
  • Patent number: 9751718
    Abstract: A tension assembly indicates when a desired tension is achieved between two objects connected by the tension assembly. The tension assembly may be attached in series with a tension adjustor between a structure and an anchor, or any other two objects, and include a compressible component and an indication mechanism. As tension between the structure and anchor is adjusted using the tension adjustor, the compressible component adjusts in size, allowing the indicator to indicate whether the current tension is satisfactory. The compressible component includes a spring which, when compressed or expanded, allows the indicator to move toward or away from another indicator. When the indicators are aligned, the desired tension is achieved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Assignee: US TOWER CORP.
    Inventors: Kenneth Pereira, Bruce Kopitar
  • Patent number: 9458642
    Abstract: A mast is erected to support a load. At least one stay cable supports the mast. The stay cable is oriented to the mast within a radial distance of the blade from the mast. The stay cable is stressed to support the mast while the wind drives the blade without collision of the stay cable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2016
    Assignee: Ultimate Strength Cable, LLC
    Inventor: Walter L. Lambert
  • Patent number: 9340991
    Abstract: The present invention comprises an anchored support to buttress a column, comprising at least one rigid member configured to be coupled to at least one section of a column; and at least an additional rigid member configured to be detachably coupled to the at least one rigid member and configured to be positioned at least partially within a supportive medium, wherein the at least an additional rigid member comprises a structure configured to prevent rotation of the at least an additional member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2016
    Inventor: Michael Shaun Yandell
  • Patent number: 9074363
    Abstract: A reservoir with a foundation formed from ground-engaging segments which surround a base, interengaged vertical wall elements which are mounted to the segments, fasteners which fix the elements to the segments, and a liner which extends over the base and opposed inner surfaces of the elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2015
    Inventor: David Mullen
  • Patent number: 9032674
    Abstract: A wind turbine tower arrangement (10), having: a concrete tower (12) including an upper portion(14) and a base portion (16); a footer (22) beneath the base portion; a plurality of tendons (30), each tendon spanning an entire height of the concrete tower, at least a portion of each tendon arranged external to concrete (42) forming the concrete tower, and each tendon is pre-stressed to provide compressive force to the concrete in the concrete tower; and a plurality of pilings (28). The tendons are secured by the plurality of pilings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Assignee: Siemens Aktiengesellschaft
    Inventor: Karsten Schibsbye
  • Patent number: 9027288
    Abstract: Systems and methods for supporting a solar panel array are disclosed, with embodiments specifically directed to spanning bodies of water such as aqueducts, canals, or other waterways. Cable truss assemblies are used to support panel receivers and solar panels mounted over the panel receivers. The cable truss assemblies are supported on groups of columns or other vertically extending support members anchored in the ground. Cable anchor lines may supplement anchoring and support of the installed solar panel array. Embodiments of the system include various combinations of supporting cables making up the cable truss assemblies. A method is also provided for construction of the solar panel array. Lengthy and continuous spans of the solar panel array can be installed over waterways by use of the cable truss assemblies. The solar panel arrays produce power, and simultaneously reduce evaporation from the waterways, resulting in conservation of water.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Assignee: P4P Holdings, LLC
    Inventor: Steven J. Conger
  • Patent number: 8959874
    Abstract: A portable drilling rig apparatus includes a rig floor having a pedestal structure thereon, the pedestal structure comprising a lower pivot point and a lower attachment point and wherein the pedestal structure is configured to be rotated to a vertical position about the lower pivot point. The drilling rig further includes a mast structure having a mast pivot point at a lower end of the mast structure wherein the mast pivot point is configured to be pinned to an upper pivot point of the pedestal structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: International Drilling Equipment Company, LLC
    Inventor: Philip Wasterval
  • Patent number: 8935892
    Abstract: A building includes a connection between an engineered wood load bearing element of the building such as a column, beam, or load bearing panel, and another load bearing element or a foundation of the building. At least one tendon ties the load bearing elements or the load bearing element and the foundation together. One or more energy dissipaters, replaceably connected between the load bearing element and/or the foundation, absorb energy when a loading event causes relative movement of the connection. The engineered wood element may be a laminated veneer lumber element, a parallel strand lumber element, or a glue laminated timber element, for example. Typically all of the load bearing elements of the building will be engineered wood elements. The building may be single or multi-storey. The building system enables lightweight low cost buildings, with energy dissipaters which may be replaced after extreme loading. The building may be prefabricated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 20, 2015
    Assignee: Prestressed Timber Limited
    Inventors: Andrew Buchanan, Stefano Pampanin, Allesandro Palermo
  • Patent number: 8925260
    Abstract: Systems and methods for disposing and supporting a solar panel array are disclosed. The embodiments comprise various combinations of cables, support columns, and pod constructions in which to support solar panels. The solar panels can incorporate single or dual tracking capabilities to enhance sunlight capture. The embodiments encourage dual land use in which installation of the systems minimizes disruption of the underlying ground. Supplemental power may be provided by vertical axis windmills integrated with the columns. Special installations of the system can include systems mounted over structures such as parking lots, roads and aqueducts. Simplified support systems with a minimum number of structural elements can be used to create effective support for solar panel arrays of varying size and shapes. These simplified systems minimize material requirements and labor for installation of the systems.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Assignee: P4P Holdings LLC
    Inventor: Steven J. Conger
  • Patent number: 8919051
    Abstract: A tower with exterior cable support preferably includes a tower structure, a base plate, a middle support structure, a top plate and at least three cables. The tower structure may be a tapered monopole tower, a step mono tower or a lattice tower. The base plate is attached to a base of the tower. The middle support structure is attached to substantially a midway height of the tower. The top plate is secured to substantially a top of the tower. One end of the at least three cables are secured to the base plate, a perimeter of the at least three cables are supported by the middle support structure and the other end of the at least three cables are secured to the top plate. The modular base preferably includes at least four foundation base members, a tower base member, a perimeter wall base and at least four wall members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Inventors: Abel Echemendia, Abel J. Echemendia, Jr., Daniel S. Echemendia
  • Patent number: 8898965
    Abstract: An integrated railroad signal bungalow assembly where a railroad signal bungalow is surrounded by an external frame, which supports a walkway structure assembly. The walkway structure assembly, in turn, supports one or more solar panels and a wind turbine. The solar panels and wind turbine supply power to equipment in the railroad signal bungalow.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Assignee: Railroad Signal International, LLC
    Inventor: Eddie Burns
  • Patent number: 8875447
    Abstract: A completion system and method adapted for use in wells having long lateral boreholes includes a mast assembly, a pipe handling mechanism, a pipe arm, a pipe tub, a pump/pit combination skid, a rig carrier, and a control system. The mast assembly can extend in a generally vertical direction, e.g., perpendicular to the rig carrier and/or the earth's surface, such that the rig can be placed directly adjacent to a wellbore, and the top drive or a similar drive system can be engaged with and move along the mast while remaining above the wellbore.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Assignee: Superior Energy Services-North America Services, Inc.
    Inventor: Mark Flusche
  • Patent number: 8875450
    Abstract: Systems and methods for supporting a solar panel array are disclosed, with embodiments specifically directed to spanning bodies of water such as aqueducts, canals, or other waterways. Cable truss assemblies are used to support panel receivers and solar panels mounted over the panel receivers. The cable truss assemblies are supported on groups of columns or other vertically extending support members anchored in the ground. Cable anchor lines may supplement anchoring and support of the installed solar panel array. Embodiments of the system include various combinations of supporting cables making up the cable truss assemblies. A method is also provided for construction of the solar panel array. Lengthy and continuous spans of the solar panel array can be installed over waterways by use of the cable truss assemblies. The solar panel arrays produce power, and simultaneously reduce evaporation from the waterways, resulting in conservation of water.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Assignee: P4P Holdings, LLC
    Inventor: Steven J. Conger
  • Publication number: 20140290155
    Abstract: Systems and methods for disposing and supporting a solar panel array are disclosed. The embodiments comprise various combinations of cables, support columns, and pod constructions in which to support solar panels. The solar panels can incorporate single or dual tracking capabilities to enhance sunlight capture. The embodiments encourage dual land use in which installation of the systems minimizes disruption of the underlying ground. Supplemental power may be provided by vertical axis windmills integrated with the columns. Special installations of the system can include systems mounted over structures such as parking lots, roads and aqueducts. Simplified support systems with a minimum number of structural elements can be used to create effective support for solar panel arrays of varying size and shapes. These simplified systems minimize material requirements and labor for installation of the systems.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 27, 2013
    Publication date: October 2, 2014
    Inventor: Steven J. Conger
  • Patent number: 8769886
    Abstract: When constructing a unit building having a middle scale or more such as especially an apartment house, a long and large size building unit capable of reducing construction period while increasing construction efficiency and being economically provided can be achieved. Detachable temporary reinforcing members 2 are provided on both of the short side surfaces of the building unit body 1A, respectively. The temporary reinforcing member 2 has lower end portion on which a projecting portion 3 is downwardly projected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2014
    Assignees: Sekisui Chemical Co., Ltd., Studio Cube, Inc., Arcadia Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Katsunori Ohnishi, Akihiko Kobayashi, Satoshi Saigo, Hai Lin
  • Patent number: 8745933
    Abstract: A reinforcing system for a guy anchor used in a guyed or additionally guyed tower includes a concrete structure formed around the guy anchor. The concrete structure has a top surface slightly above grade level. The reinforcing system further includes a supplemental anchor shaft. The supplemental anchor shaft is attached to the existing anchor head and extends down into the concrete structure, where it is retained and encased therein. The concrete structure preferably has a base and at least one wall that extends down from the base and has a surface that faces the tower to resist horizontal forces. The reinforcing system is sufficiently strong to keep the guy anchor in place even if the original anchor shaft completely corrodes. The supplemental anchor shaft does not generally come into contact with soil. It therefore resists corrosion and is expected to provide a long service life.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2014
    Assignee: ATC IP LLC
    Inventors: Jaime Reyes, Hanming You
  • Patent number: 8627614
    Abstract: A tension assembly indicates when a desired tension is achieved between two objects connected by the tension assembly. The tension assembly may be attached in series with a tension adjustor between a structure and an anchor, or any other two objects, and include a compressible component and an indication mechanism. As tension between the structure and anchor is adjusted using the tension adjustor, the compressible component adjusts in size, allowing the indicator to indicate whether the current tension is satisfactory. The compressible component includes a spring which, when compressed or expanded, allows the indicator to move toward or away from another indicator. When the indicators are aligned, the desired tension is achieved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2014
    Assignee: US Tower Corporation
    Inventors: Ken Pereira, Bruce Kopitar
  • Patent number: 8458966
    Abstract: A bracket for a post comprises a body adapted for being located at the post and at least one projection extending out from the body. The projection is adapted for retaining thereat at least one of a ground securing pin and an end of a tensioning rod. A post securement system comprises the bracket and at least one of the ground securing pin and tensioning rod. A method employing the bracket locates the post in ground, locates the bracket along the post and positions at least one of the ground securing pin and tensioning rod to be retained at the bracket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2013
    Assignee: Onesteel Wire Pty Limited
    Inventor: Lawrence O'Toole
  • Patent number: 8429861
    Abstract: Systems and methods for disposing and supporting a solar panel array are disclosed. The embodiments comprise various combinations of cables, support columns, and pod constructions in which to support solar panels. The solar panels can incorporate single or dual tracking capabilities to enhance sunlight capture. The embodiments encourage dual land use in which installation of the systems minimizes disruption of the underlying ground. Supplemental power may be provided by vertical axis windmills integrated with the columns. Special installations of the system can include systems mounted over structures such as parking lots, roads and aqueducts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2013
    Assignee: P4P Holdings LLC
    Inventor: Steven J. Conger
  • Patent number: 8398036
    Abstract: A post holder for holding a safety post on a horizontal structure of a building is provided. The post holder has an elongate post reception portion an elongate central support portion, protruding from the post reception portion and perpendicular to the post reception portion, and first and second elongate side support portions protruding from the post reception portion laterally of the central support portion and in opposite directions. The central support portion comprises a fastening seat, which is arranged to receive a fastening member for fastening of the post holder to a base. Each one of said support portions comprises a support protrusion, which constitutes a fraction of the support portion at a bottom side thereof and protrudes at a bottom side thereof, thereby forming a lower most support surface of the support portion. The lower most support surfaces of the support portions are triangularly positioned.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2013
    Assignee: Combisafe International AB
    Inventor: Joakim Svedberg
  • Patent number: 8333186
    Abstract: A parabolic trough solar collector system has a parabolic reflector used with an independently supported collector tube. The parabolic reflector has a reflective surface formed on a reflective surface support structure, supported by a circular support beam. This assembly rests on a plurality of support and drive rollers supported by a roller support arm, supported by a roller support column. The parabolic reflector assembly rotates against the rollers along a single axis to maintain a focus line of the parabolic reflector surface at the same location as the center of the circle described by the outer edge of the circular support beam. Located at this same focus line is the independently supported collector tube not attached to the parabolic trough reflector. The collector tube is supported on pipe roller hangers, which in turn are supported by a wire catenary system connected to support towers which straddle the parabolic reflector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2012
    Inventor: Kevin Jennings
  • Patent number: 8278863
    Abstract: A telescoping mast able to efficiently extend and retract multiple telescoping sections without jar and minimal energy. The telescoping mast has multiple telescoping sections, a position feedback sensor, a motor, a spring motor, and a computation unit. The position feedback sensor is coupled to at least one telescoping section and configured to identify a position of the telescoping sections. The motor is also coupled to the telescoping sections, and raises and lowers the telescoping sections. The computation unit controls the motor based on the position of the telescoping sections.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2012
    Assignee: NS Microwave
    Inventor: Thomas Davidson Ford
  • Patent number: 8250817
    Abstract: A reinforcing system for a guy anchor used in a guyed or additionally guyed tower includes a concrete structure formed around the guy anchor. The concrete structure has a top surface slightly above grade level. The reinforcing system further includes a supplemental anchor shaft. The supplemental anchor shaft is attached to the existing anchor head and extends down into the concrete structure, where it is retained and encased therein. The concrete structure preferably has a base and at least one wall that extends down from the base and has a surface that faces the tower to resist horizontal forces. The reinforcing system is sufficiently strong to keep the guy anchor in place even if the original anchor shaft completely corrodes. The supplemental anchor shaft does not generally come into contact with soil. It therefore resists corrosion and is expected to provide a long service life.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2012
    Assignee: American Tower Corporation
    Inventors: Jaime Reyes, Hanming You
  • Patent number: 8245458
    Abstract: A wind turbine has a nacelle mounted atop a tower, with a support system configured around a base portion of the tower. The support system includes a plurality of support fins spaced radially around the base portion. Each of the support fins has a continuous header member secured to the tower and a continuous face member extending radially outward and downward from the header member towards ground. The support fins include a web extending between the header member and face member. The support fins extend from the tower with a length and at an acute extension angle relative to a longitudinal axis of the tower so as to provide vertical and lateral support around the circumference of the tower.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2012
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventors: Stephen Bertram Johnson, Danian Zheng, Balaji Haridasu, William Francis Gevers
  • Publication number: 20120005970
    Abstract: A reinforcing system for a guy anchor used in a guyed or additionally guyed tower includes a concrete structure formed around the guy anchor. The concrete structure has a top surface slightly above grade level. The reinforcing system further includes a supplemental anchor shaft. The supplemental anchor shaft is attached to the existing anchor head and extends down into the concrete structure, where it is retained and encased therein. The concrete structure preferably has a base and at least one wall that extends down from the base and has a surface that faces the tower to resist horizontal forces. The reinforcing system is sufficiently strong to keep the guy anchor in place even if the original anchor shaft completely corrodes. The supplemental anchor shaft does not generally come into contact with soil. It therefore resists corrosion and is expected to provide a long service life.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 24, 2010
    Publication date: January 12, 2012
    Inventors: Jaime REYES, Hanming You
  • Patent number: 8056296
    Abstract: A method of assembling a wind turbine tower is provided, wherein the method includes providing a plurality of tower members having a top end and a bottom end, and coupling the bottom end of a first tower member to the top end of a second tower member such that the bottom end of the first tower member is interlocked within at least a portion of the top end of the second tower member. The method also includes coupling at least one support member to each of the plurality of tower members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2006
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2011
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventor: Ronald Ralph Cairo
  • Patent number: 8015759
    Abstract: A structural support for supporting equipment on a rooftop, which is connected to a frame and to equipment to be supported, comprises a mechanism connecting a base cap and a base connector of the structural support. One of the base cap and the base connector includes at least one plate and the other of the base cap and the base connector includes a pair of plates that receives the at least one plate allowing for pivoting adjustments of the base connector about the base cap when the at least one plate is received within an opening between the pair of plates to achieve desired positioning of the base connector. In one example, a pair of base cap plates is received by a pair of inwardly biased base connector plates. Once a desired position is achieved, a fastening assembly secures the position of the base connector. The structural mounting may also include, for example, a base support, a base flashing, and a rubber base gasket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2005
    Date of Patent: September 13, 2011
    Assignee: Roofscreen Mfg.
    Inventor: Ryan W. Bruce
  • Publication number: 20110168489
    Abstract: A fall restraint system includes a central support positioned over an apex of a container structure such as a domed roof storage tank. Cable receiving members are connected to the central support. Outer support members are secured to a side of the container structure. A structural support cable is connected to each of the outer support members. Each structural support cable is also connected to the central support. A tie-off structure including a cable and a harness is connected to the central support so that the harness may move around the central support. The system also may include support brackets that secure the outer support members to the side of the container structure. Each such support bracket may include a receptacle to receive one of the outer support members. The system is removably attached to the container structure, without any welding.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 13, 2010
    Publication date: July 14, 2011
    Applicant: SUNOCO PARTNERS MARKETING & TERMINALS L.P.
    Inventor: Michael S. Grome
  • Publication number: 20110126481
    Abstract: A concrete tower is provided. The concrete tower may be a concrete tower for a wind turbine. The compressive strength of the concrete is changed in dependency of the height of the tower. The concrete tower includes a number of tendons that are arranged to pre-stress the concrete tower. Each tendon is anchored with the concrete tower at a first end of the tendon and at a second end of the tendon.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 24, 2010
    Publication date: June 2, 2011
    Inventor: Henrik Stiesdal
  • Publication number: 20110088338
    Abstract: There is provided a construction element comprising a frame (5) and a plurality of cellulose bales (20), characterised in that the construction element further comprises at least one stabilising element (30) and in that the plurality of cellulose bales (20) is compressed. There is further provided a method of manufacture of such a construction element.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 30, 2009
    Publication date: April 21, 2011
    Inventors: Craig White, Timothy Mander
  • 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: 20110016804
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for erecting a lightweight, tall (60 to 80 meters or more) tower that may be temporary and re-usable as a mount for meteorological instruments is described including guys balancing lateral and transverse forces while maintaining the tower in tension. Forces on all guy lines maintain the tower stable from a substantially horizontal assembly position to a vertical operational position. A system of gin poles and pivots help maintain registration and alignment while pulling the assembled tower erect.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 22, 2010
    Publication date: January 27, 2011
    Inventors: Lonnie Howard, Glenn Van Slyke
  • Patent number: 7827741
    Abstract: A device for anchoring one or more guy wires used to support a transmission tower is provided. The device includes an equalizer plate having a front surface and a back surface, and an anchor rod affixed proximal to a first end thereof such that a flat end surface of the first end of the anchor rod is completely exposed. The equalizer plate of the anchoring device includes a recess for receiving the first end of the anchor rod. The recess comprises a first elongated region having a width approximately equal to the diameter of the anchor rod, and an opening formed at an end of the elongated region. The flat end surface of the first end of the anchor rod preferably extends into the opening beyond the point where the opening meets the elongated region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2010
    Assignee: Electronics Research, Inc.
    Inventors: David Davies, Ernie Jones
  • Patent number: 7788878
    Abstract: A boot assembly for securing a bracing strap to a wall in a light steel frame building. The boot assembly includes an elongated channel-shaped strap connector and a stud connector. The stud connector is adapted such that a stud may be connected thereto. The strap connector includes a seat for receiving a base of the stud connector and a pair of stops. One or more stops is disposed on each of two end portions of the strap connector. Each stop includes a stop surface to abut a portion of the base and to prevent or limit fore-and-aft movement of the base relative to the strap connector. The strap connector is adapted to be secured with the stud connector and a track, included in the wall, to an underlying support. The strap connector includes a flange adapted such that an end portion of a bracing strap can be connected thereto.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2010
    Assignee: The Steel Network, Inc.
    Inventors: Edward R. diGirolamo, James E. Herrmann, Nabil Abdel-Rahman, John Parks Newby
  • 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
  • Patent number: 7712264
    Abstract: An apparatus for supporting an aerial service wire includes a mast capable of attachment to an aerial service wire. The mast may be extendable between at least a first position and a second position and connected to a clamp capable of attachment to a support structure. A method for supporting an aerial service wire includes attaching an extendable aerial service wire mast to a support structure, attaching an aerial wire to the extendable aerial service wire mast, and adjusting the height of the extendable aerial service wire mast.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2010
    Assignee: AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P.
    Inventors: Carrie P. Johnson, Daniel M. Taylor
  • Publication number: 20100043315
    Abstract: A network of straps is placed over a framed structure and roof decking and secured to the foundation. A tensional force is applied to the straps. The tensioned straps are then secured at strap crossing points, the roof decking, roof structural members and wall structural members. The method also provides special treatment for straps crossing apex ridges or valleys of the structure's roof. Additional framing blocks are included under the roof decking to accommodate fastening the straps to the primary structural members. The runner straps pass through slits cut into roof decking near where the sidewalls attach to the roof joists and rafters. An added framing member or supporting structural device is also installed above the top plate of the stud wall to support the roof decking as tension is applied to the straps. The method calls for determining standard strap spacing based on the design resistance required to counter external forces that could be encountered at the construction location.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 19, 2008
    Publication date: February 25, 2010
    Inventors: David J. Fannon, Johnny R. Cahoon
  • Patent number: 7665252
    Abstract: A wall bracing apparatus for mounting between a wall and the floor during construction. The wall bracing apparatus includes a tube that is mounted to a wall-mounted device and a floor-mounted device. The wall-mounted device has a backing plate and a front plate on opposite sides of the wall. A t-bar having a head at one end and a shaft through which a hole is formed extends through aligned central apertures in the plates and a wedge is inserted in the hole near the front plate end of the t-bar. A pair of ears on the front plate has aligned holes through which a pin extends that is also inserted through the tube. A duplicate of the front plate can be mounted to the floor and the opposite end of the tube can pivotably mount to the ears thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 23, 2010
    Inventor: Damian L. Lang
  • Publication number: 20090307997
    Abstract: A grate panel with upright brace structures is provided and characterized by: a plurality of upright brace structures vertically aligned and centrally disposed inside a plurality of side panels of the grate panel, and transversely spaced apart from one another at an appropriate distance; a plurality of reinforcing panels disposed between, and welded to, the upright brace structures; and the plurality of side panels configured to surround the upright brace structures and the reinforcing panels by being welded thereto. Thus, the grate panel is equipped with corrugated upright brace structures to provide such advantages as high-strength support, ease of construction, and low production costs.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 17, 2008
    Publication date: December 17, 2009
    Inventor: Wen-Ching Huang
  • Patent number: 7624545
    Abstract: A portable ground anchor system comprises base plate members having a hinge pin passage formed therethrough and each base plate member having a multiplicity of holes formed therethrough for interaction with ground spikes; central triangular shaped plate members having circular openings formed therethrough at a triangular apex thereof; a spacer member adapted to provide an engagement for a cable, said spacer member interconnected between said central triangular shaped plate members; a cylindrical pin for pivotally joining the base plate members and the central triangular members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 1, 2009
    Inventor: Mark Turley
  • Patent number: 7434361
    Abstract: In order to correctly align a door in a doorway structure, this device has been contemplated. It will be comprised of several identically shaped members that extend from the top of the door jamb to another separate member that is secured to the floor. The use of dual members that extend from the door jamb to the floor aligns the door in one dimension in the doorway but in order to align the door from the side a separate side member will be used.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2008
    Inventor: Robert Taylor
  • Publication number: 20080168981
    Abstract: Embodiments in accordance with the present invention relate to the design of inexpensive mounting and pointing apparatuses for linear arrays of solar energy collectors and converters. Particular embodiments in accordance with the present invention disclose a rigging system comprising at least one, and preferably a plurality of, tensile cables onto which a plurality of solar modules are fastened. Such an arrangement provides a way of suspending solar modules over land, vegetation, bodies of water, and other geographic features without substantial perturbation of the underlying terrain. Certain embodiments comprise additional tensile cables fastened to the solar modules, such that differential axial motion of the cables produces a rotational motion component of the individual solar modules of the array. This rotational motion component effects an orientation control along one rotational axis.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 24, 2007
    Publication date: July 17, 2008
    Applicant: CoolEarth Solar
    Inventors: Eric Bryant Cummings, Kirsten Kaye Pace, Jacques Jean Belanger
  • Patent number: 7392610
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a portable information sign device. In one embodiment of the invention, a top plate comprises a foundation and three plate coupling ports. A center arm comprises an arm rod axially coupled to the top plate foundation. A sliding plate is slideably coupled to the arm rod and comprises a sliding plate foundation and three sliding plate coupling ports. A spring encircling the arm rod is connected on a first end to the sliding plate foundation and on a second end to a stop coupled to the distal end of the arm rod. Three guide arms are connected to the coupling ports of the sliding plate foundation. Three legs are connected on one end to the coupling ports in the top plate and on the leg end to coupling ports on the guide arms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2008
    Assignee: Total Terry, LLC
    Inventors: Maya Paulina Jedlicka, Wing Yue Leung, Johnny Wayne Boudreaux
  • Patent number: 7278247
    Abstract: A method and apparatus is provided for replacing a pole in an electrical utility support structure while the supported electrical wires remain energized. The method comprises erecting a replacement pole adjacent to a pole to be replaced, and providing a pivotable support arm on the replacement pole so that it will be engageable with the cross arm support carrying the electrical wires of the utility support structure. The support arm is adapted to lift and support the cross arm, whereupon the replaced pole may be disengaged from the cross arm and removed. A guy wire provides support for maintaining the load weight of the cross arm laterally on the replacement pole. The guy wire helps to transfer the supported load centrally on the replacement pole to prevent the supported weight from causing the replacement pole to lean. Mounting brackets are provided for attachment to the replacement pole which provide a base for connection and pivoting of the support arm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2007
    Inventor: Gary Baumgartner
  • Patent number: 7114295
    Abstract: The invention concerns a method of erecting a pylon of prestressed concrete finished parts and an apparatus for advantageously carrying out the method. In order to at least reduce the problems present in the state of the art when erecting a pylon, there is provided a funnel-shaped apparatus 8 for guiding a tensioning wire, the smaller cross-section 11 thereof being substantially the same as that of the jacket tube 7. There is further provided a seal 20 for producing a pressure-tight transition between two mutually superposed segments 4, 6, wherein the height of the seal 20 substantially corresponds to the intended spacing of the segments. Also provided is a prestressed concrete finished part 4, 6 in which the apparatus 8 according to the invention is integrated. Finally there is provided a method in which epoxy resin is used as a composite joining material 34 between two segments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2001
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2006
    Inventor: Aloys Wobben
  • Patent number: 7089705
    Abstract: A portable surveillance system having an easily transportable skid-type base structure that forms a support for a portable tower apparatus. Stabilizers are extendably mounted to the base structure. The tower components include a base member affixed to the base plate, a pivot bracket affixed to an upper end of the base member, a tower member pivotally mounted to the pivot bracket on the base member and one or more removable tower members that may be installed to achieve a desired height for the tower once it is pivoted to an upright orientation by manipulating a cable and pulley system. Various equipment mounts are provided on the tower to mount equipment such as an aerometer, a tower light, a wind direction vane, a video camera, a microwave telecom dish, or other equipment thereon. The ability to rapidly deploy the tower of invention enables rapid deployment for surveillance and other uses.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2006
    Assignee: Mobile Equipment International, LLC
    Inventor: Phillip L. Lieberman
  • Patent number: 7062883
    Abstract: A mobile communication tower comprising a trailer comprising a chassis, mounted on two or more wheels, a hitch, a plurality of chassis guy wire attachment points and a plurality of leveling mechanisms; a telescopic tower pivotally mounted on the trailer; a mechanism to raise and lower the tower; a plurality of tower guy wire attachment points located on the tower; and a plurality of guy wires each with an upper end attached to one of the tower guy wire attachment points and a lower end attached to one of the chassis guy wire attachment points.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 2001
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2006
    Assignee: AllTech Communications, L.L.C.
    Inventors: Laurence H. Langholz, Robert C. Brothers
  • Patent number: 7013608
    Abstract: A series of static structures formed from a plurality of interconnected rigid compression members or struts and flexible tension members or guys (e.g. wire cables, chains or elastic cords) is disclosed. The struts are discontinuous in several embodiments of the invention, intersect at an internal or peripheral point in others, or radiate outwardly from an internal central point in still others. Different configurations of guy arrangements may be described and claimed for each of the embodiments of this invention. Self Guyed Structures (SGS's) can be utilized as a stand-alone module or modules can be combined by connecting them at any point on a strut or guy in a nested, or an adjacently attached configuration to assemble composite SGS 's.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2001
    Date of Patent: March 21, 2006
    Inventor: Dennis John Newland