Spaced Or Angularly Related Braces Patents (Class 52/152)
  • Patent number: 11066794
    Abstract: A bollard panel having adjacent bollards and a gap between the adjacent bollards, a brace having a panel connector, a first longitudinal section, and a second longitudinal section, and the brace supporting the bollard panel in a vertical position relative to a ground with the brace disposed in the gap with the first longitudinal section located on a first side of the bollard panel, the second longitudinal section located on a second side of the bollard panel, and the panel connector attached to the bollard panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2020
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2021
    Assignee: Neusch Innovations, LP
    Inventor: William H Neusch
  • Patent number: 10689819
    Abstract: A bollard panel having adjacent bollards and a gap between the adjacent bollards, a brace having a panel connector, a first longitudinal section, and a second longitudinal section, and the brace supporting the bollard panel in a vertical position relative to a ground with the brace disposed in the gap with the first longitudinal section located on a first side of the bollard panel, the second longitudinal section located on a second side of the bollard panel, and the panel connector attached to the bollard panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2019
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2020
    Assignee: Neusch Innovations, LP
    Inventor: William H Neusch
  • Patent number: 10519684
    Abstract: A technique for reinforcing a telecommunication tower includes attaching a temporary structure to a vertical portion of the tower, transferring antenna equipment from the vertical portion of the tower to the temporary structure, and reinforcing the vertical portion of the tower while the transferred antenna equipment continues to operate. Once the vertical portion of the tower has been reinforced, the antenna equipment is transferred from the temporary structure back to the vertical portion of the tower. The temporary structure may then be moved to any other vertical portion of the tower, where the above acts may be repeated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Assignee: ATC IP LLC
    Inventors: Diego Michi, Heriberto Puga, Iván Rubio, Jaime Gómez, José Tlaxcala, Karina Cortés, Marco Velázquez, Miguel Soto, Saraí Bernal
  • Patent number: 10221558
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a foundation connection device to assist in the construction and mounting of tilt-up and precast concrete wall panels used to form walls of a building. The device comprises a base plate with an upwardly angled post with a cavity defined therethrough formed on an upper surface of the plate. At a first end of the post an opening is defined through the plate, and at a second end of the post a flange with a passage is formed. An anchor rod extends upwardly from the post. The device is secured to a concrete foundation by inserting a square rod through the post into a pre-drilled hole in the foundation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2019
    Inventors: Elena Silva, Manuel R. Linares, IV
  • Patent number: 9707463
    Abstract: A compact heavy bag support stand system occupies a relatively small surface area and allows for the quick and convenient installation of a multi-faceted exercise regime system. The system may include a spine having an arm extending outwardly and perpendicularly from a first end, and a dual support limb extending in a downward vertical direction along the spine and a support limb extending outwardly at an angle from a mounting end, the mounting end being fixedly secured to the floor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 18, 2017
    Inventor: Shannon Hudson
  • Patent number: 9410340
    Abstract: A structural entity for transferring structural loads from a Tower of a Wind Turbine Generator to its Foundation, by means of a Plated Transition Piece characterized in that it consists of a cylindrical central body connected by a series of inclined plates and shear plates and beams to legs that connects to a foundation structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2016
    Assignee: OFFSHORE DESIGN ENGINEERING LTD.
    Inventors: Wangwen Zhao, Stephen Stuart-Matthews
  • Patent number: 9091037
    Abstract: A support assembly includes a plurality of support arms coupled to a pole or tower structure. The plurality of support arms project radially from the pole or tower structure in a spaced relationship. A plurality of adjustable foot assemblies are coupled to respective distal ends of the plurality of support arms. Each of the plurality of adjustable foot assemblies is configured for coupling to an embedded helical pier. Each of the plurality of adjustable foot assemblies is capable of movement in each of three dimensions relative to the respective support arm to which it is coupled during installation of the support assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2015
    Assignee: Trinity Meyer Utility Structures, LLC
    Inventor: Mark H. Fairbairn
  • Patent number: 8991777
    Abstract: A post stabilization apparatus and method of operation for setting a post within a post hole formed in the ground. The post stabilization apparatus includes one or more braces to support the post, each of said braces having a first end adapted for being driven into the ground; each of the one or more braces having a bracket assembly pivotally secured adjacent to a second end of thereof; and each bracket assembly having a magnet to removably attach the bracket assembly to the post.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Inventor: Gabriel Madril
  • Publication number: 20150059264
    Abstract: The EarthLoc Steel Foundation Modular System is comprised of one module (“ESFM”) or a grid of interlocked ESFMs that comprise an EarthLoc Steel Foundation Grid (“ESFG”) design-engineered to support structures that will be subjected to forces from compression, overturning, torsion, sheer, and uplifting. The ESFM is comprised of a Loc-Cylinder, Torsion-Plates, LogLugs and a top-plate, designed to be interlocked with self-aligning LocPlates and/or InterLoc-Pates that conjoin multiple ESFMs to form a grid or array that creates a foundation that will support massive loads in virtually any location or soil composition. ESFMs are installed with a vibratory device with virtually no disturbance to the environment. The components of the ESFM System are removeable and reusable. Cost and installation time is far less than a traditional concrete foundation, is not affected by weather, is environment friendly, and provides a cost effective, practical, and logistically attractive alterative to concrete.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 27, 2014
    Publication date: March 5, 2015
    Inventor: Lawrence S. Maxwell
  • Patent number: 8893444
    Abstract: A post securing system that secures a post in the ground, while allowing for a full range of vertical adjustment via a coupling assembly that includes an articulating ball joint element that is connected to a post support element secured within two clamp assemblies. The clamp assemblies each include an anchor assembly which, when assembled, secures at least three stake elements at a predetermined angle. The post securing kit includes both the coupling assembly and the anchor assembly to allow securing a post into a non-horizontal ground, while maintaining the desired vertical alignment of the post held therewithin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Assignee: Imagine TF, LLC
    Inventor: Brian Edward Richardson
  • 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
  • Publication number: 20140033624
    Abstract: A support apparatus for support of an underwater power generator is described. The underwater power generator has a power generating portion and the support apparatus includes: a stand adapted for supporting the power generating portion, and comprises a stabiliser including one or more stabilising footing elements adapted to mount one or more monolithic ballast masses; wherein the one or more stabilising footing elements includes a locating region adapted to cooperate with a locating region of the monolithic ballast mass so that the support apparatus in use is weighted down in a selected position on a sea bed. Ballast masses are also described, as are methods for installing the support apparatus and methods for installing power generators on the support apparatus.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 9, 2011
    Publication date: February 6, 2014
    Applicant: ATLANTIS RESOURCES CORPORATION PTE LIMITED
    Inventors: Drew Blaxland, David Collier, John Ward
  • Patent number: 8607508
    Abstract: A stayed connection for a wind turbine (1) is provided with a tower (4) having an upper pipe-shaped tower portion (12) and a lower tower portion (14) and where the upper pipe-shaped tower portion (12) is connected to the lower tower portion (14) by means of a stayed connection (16), and wherein the stayed connection (16) comprises pipe-shaped diagonal stays (18) extending from the lower tower portion (14) and in toward the outside of the upper pipe-shaped tower portion (12), as the diagonal stays (18) at their toward the upper pipe-shaped tower portion (12) facing end portion (28) are compressed and connected directly or via a plate portion (30) to the upper pipe-shaped tower portion (12) by means of a welded connection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2013
    Assignee: Owec Tower AS
    Inventor: Gunnar Foss
  • Publication number: 20130269270
    Abstract: Disclosed are apparatus and corresponding methodology for providing a base support, such as including concrete, and used such as for a wind-driven generator. Precast concrete cylinders are stacked in place upon a platform that may be partially precast and partially cast in place during assembly and supported, in certain embodiments, by plural concrete legs, the other ends of which are supported on a unitary or subdivided concrete foundation. In other embodiments, the platform may be supported by ribbed concrete panels. The concrete cylinders are glued together using an epoxy and then secured by an internal vertical post tension system extending from the platform to the upper most cylinder. Different types of concrete are used between upper and lower sections of the stacked cylinders. The lower section uses reinforced concrete while the upper section used ultra high performance fiber reinforced concrete.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 2, 2013
    Publication date: October 17, 2013
    Inventors: Bryant Allan Zavitz, Kevin Lee Kirkley
  • 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: 8322106
    Abstract: A column-base, ground-moveable stand for stabilizing an elongate upright building-frame column, or the like, in a manner which creates and enables adjustable verticality for such a column's long axis. The stand includes (a) spaced, upper and lower, selectively openable/closeable clamping collar structures which are operable to grip the base of such a column at vertically spaced locations along the base of the column, with the collar structures, with respect to a gripped column, defining the disposition in space of the column's long axis, and (b) tilt-adjustable, load-spreading, ground-engaging, outrigger leg structures supportably joined to the collar structures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2012
    Assignee: ConXtech, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert J. Simmons
  • Patent number: 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
  • Patent number: 7993107
    Abstract: A wind turbine includes a nacelle with any manner of associated power generation equipment. The nacelle is mounted atop a tower having a base end configured for support on a ground level foundation. A tower support system provides support to the tower and includes an axially extending circumferential sleeve mounted around the tower at a location between the base end and the nacelle. A plurality of support legs are disposed around the sleeve, with each support leg having a first end rigidly affixed to the sleeve and an opposite foot end configured for mounting to a ground level footing. The support legs extend from the sleeve with a length and at an acute extension angle relative to a longitudinal axis of the tower so as to provide a designed degree of vertical and lateral support around the circumference of the tower.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2011
    Assignee: General Electric Company
    Inventor: William Francis Gevers
  • Patent number: 7905069
    Abstract: An existing vertical monopole tower is reinforced by a plurality of vertically extending metal reinforcing members in the form of elongated channel members or angle plate members or ribbed plate members. The reinforcing members have longitudinally spaced holes which align with vertically spaced holes in the tower wall, and blind fasteners extend through the aligned holes to secure the reinforcing members to the tower. The fasteners provide for transferring only tensile forces or tensile and shear forces to the reinforcing members. Vertically aligned reinforcing members have adjacent end portions spliced together by splice plates and blind fasteners, and the splice plates are fastened to the web portions of the channel members or the ribs of the rib plate members or the wing portions of the angle plate members. Shear plates and pin assemblies may also be used to transfer shear forces and in splicing vertically aligned reinforcing members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2011
    Assignee: Aero Solutions, LLC
    Inventor: James D. Lockwood
  • Patent number: 7739842
    Abstract: A method of employing an adjustable apparatus for bracing one or both sides of a wall being fabricated from masonry blocks, with said wall having an opening near the base of the block wall. Bracing system includes strong rigid members assembled in the form of a right angle brace set having stiff vertical, horizontal and diagonal members, a connector having a length sufficient to extend through the opening affixed at a right angle location of one or both of the brace sets. A pair of such braces—back to back, and spaced on opposite sides of a wall—are interconnected together via this connector. Selected brace members telescope to accommodate increases in wall height and a manually adjustable outrigger screwjack at the remote end of the horizontal member eliminates reliance on prior art deadmen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2010
    Inventors: Edwin R. Hodsdon, Laurent E. Grenier
  • Publication number: 20090307998
    Abstract: Disclosed are apparatus and corresponding methodology for providing a base support, such as including concrete, and used such as for a wind-driven generator. Precast concrete cylinders are stacked in place upon a platform that may be partially precast and partially cast in place during assembly and supported, in certain embodiments, by plural concrete legs, the other ends of which are supported on a unitary or subdivided concrete foundation. In other embodiments, the platform may be supported by ribbed concrete panels. The concrete cylinders are glued together using an epoxy and then secured by an internal vertical post tension system extending from the platform to the upper most cylinder. Different types of concrete are used between upper and lower sections of the stacked cylinders. The lower section uses reinforced concrete while the upper section used ultra high performance fiber reinforced concrete.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 11, 2009
    Publication date: December 17, 2009
    Applicant: Tindall Corporation
    Inventors: Bryant A. Zavitz, Kevin L. Kirkley
  • Patent number: 7040059
    Abstract: Adjustable apparatus for bracing one or both sides of a wall being fabricated from masonry blocks and having an opening near the base of the block wall. Bracing system includes strong rigid members assembled in the form of a right angle brace set having stiff vertical, horizontal and diagonal members, a connector having a length sufficient to extend through the opening affixed at a right angle location of one or both of the brace sets. A pair of such braces—back to back, and spaced on opposite sides of a wall—are interconnected together via this connector. Selected brace members telescope to accommodate increases in wall height and a manually adjustable outrigger screwjack at the remote end of the horizontal member eliminates reliance on prior art deadmen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 9, 2006
    Inventors: Edwin R. Hodsdon, Laurent E. Grenier
  • Patent number: 6684580
    Abstract: An adjustable post stabilization support device that includes a multiple sided post receiving sleeve having oppositely disposed pairs of extensible ground engagement leg assemblies thereon. Locking cam levers securing the sleeves on said posts with the extensible leg assemblies being hinged to the bottom of the sleeve. Each of the leg assemblies is independently adjustable and has a ground engagement foot on its extensible portion. Vertical orientation provided for alignment of the sleeve and associated post by two horizontal planes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2002
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2004
    Inventor: David Hull
  • Patent number: 6343445
    Abstract: A tower support structure for supporting communications equipment or other types of equipment above the ground is provided. The structure includes a foundation, a tower having a number of tower sections is supported by the foundation. The tower includes main bracing systems and sub-bracing systems extending between the tower columns. A cable support structure is anchored to the ground and is also connected to the tower.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2000
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2002
    Assignee: General Signal Corporation
    Inventor: Ray R. Ryan
  • Patent number: 6298629
    Abstract: An anchorage kit 100 includes components which may be assembled in various ways to provide anchorages 101-107 suitable for connection in series between a safety line and any of various structural members. The kit 100 includes opposing brackets 120, 140 which are interconnected by bolts 170 extending therebetween, and which may be supplemented by one or more braces 160 secured to the intermediate portion of one or more of the bolts 170.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 1999
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2001
    Assignee: Protecta International S.A.
    Inventor: Bernard R. Ador
  • Patent number: 6256943
    Abstract: An apparatus for mitigating seismic load imposing an overturning bending moment upon a multi-level structure comprises a tensioned tendon having a first end fixedly connected to one of the levels proximate one side of the structure and a second end fixedly secured to another of the levels proximate an opposite side of the structure, wherein the tendon is oriented in space between its first and second ends along a predetermined curve selected to provide optimum reaction to said load by running the tendon through intermediate story levels at calculated locations. The apparatus further comprises a supplemental system for connecting the second end of the tendon to the structure. The supplemental system preferably includes a mechanical energy dissipating device and a sacrificially yielding fuse element arranged in parallel with the mechanical energy dissipating device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 1999
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2001
    Assignee: The Research Foundation of SUNY at Buffalo
    Inventors: John B. Mander, Gokhan Pekcan, Stuart S. Chen
  • Patent number: 6247273
    Abstract: An adjustable bracing system is configured for supporting poured concrete wall systems and includes a vertical brace for engaging the wall. A slider slides vertically along a channel of the vertical brace. An adjustable length leg member connects at an upper end to the slider and extends outward away from the brace and connects at a lower end to a foot member. The leg is rotatably mounted at one end to a threaded member, wherein rotation of the leg in a first direction extends the threaded member and the length of the leg member, and rotation in a second opposite direction retracts the threaded member and shortens the length of the leg member. When needed, scaffolding framework mounts along a first edge to the slider.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 1999
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2001
    Assignee: Reechcraft, Inc.
    Inventor: Shane L. Nickel
  • Patent number: 6108996
    Abstract: An existing tower has a set of legs and a large number of lacings which secure the legs to one another. An augmentation tower is located concentrically outside of the existing tower and also has a set of legs and lacings for joining its legs together. Each of the towers has its own foundation. Each of the legs of the augmentation tower is made up of a number of sections which are spliced together. Braces are spaced apart along the lengths of the legs and are used to fasten the two sets of legs together. After installation, both the existing and augmentation towers are maintained in upright positions with a single set of high-tension guy wires which are connected to the legs of the augmentation tower. The augmentation tower is installed on the existing tower like an exoskeleton and is installed in sections from the bottom of the existing tower upward. The operation of the tower is not impaired during installation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 1998
    Date of Patent: August 29, 2000
    Inventor: Henry J. McGinnis
  • Patent number: 6092342
    Abstract: The invention relates to a new type of tent pole base plate that is multifunctional. The new base plate aids in the positioning and the support of tent poles and keeps poles on plate and in proper position. It can be anchored to any surface and will serve as an anchor for both tent poles and tent side walls. Its use will eliminate the use of protruding stakes as pole anchors and will reduce the flapping of tent side wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 1998
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2000
    Inventor: Alex Raymond Sharapata
  • Patent number: 6026614
    Abstract: A cable braced, open air chapel or meeting hall is formed from a series of cables interconnected to each other in countertension to provide a rigid structural support to provide basic definition for the building structure. One set of cables is preferably tensioned through weights or spring assemblies imparting tension in the downward direction in turn transmitted to the second set of cables in countertension. The second set of cables may extend upwardly in a curved configuration for connection to the upper end of a support tower. The cables slidably pass through the tower through a series of passageways formed in a honeycomb-like mounting structure enabling the back ends of the cables to be anchored to the ground in a spread, fan-like configuration. The weighted or spring tensioned ends of the first cables and the ability of the second cables to pass slidably through the tower support enable the cabled arrangement to breathe as a result of thermally induced expansion and contraction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 1998
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2000
    Inventor: Barry Johnston
  • Patent number: 5956906
    Abstract: An adjustable brace for a wall constructed from concrete masonry units or brick or precast. The brace has a inner member with a first section, a second section, and a center section connecting the first and second sections and having a connection for attaching the inner member to the wall. The brace also has a outer member, having a first section, a second section, and a center section connecting the first and second sections of the outer member and a connection for attaching the outer member to the inner member. The center section of said inner member and the center section of the outer member are connected to the wall such that the inner member and the outer member may rotate independent of each other about the connection. When the outer member is attached to the inner member, the first and second sections of the outer member are also placed directly against the wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 1997
    Date of Patent: September 28, 1999
    Inventors: Todd A. Berich, Billy R. Parsons
  • Patent number: 5867953
    Abstract: A boot system and method are described for preventing water or debris from entering a hole in the ground in which a pole has been placed prior to filling the hole with dirt or concrete. A flexible sheet is attached to the pole above the ground, and the lower edge of the sheet is secured to the ground around the pole. The side edges of the sheet are connected together. This system sheds water and keeps all foreign material out of the hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 1997
    Date of Patent: February 9, 1999
    Inventor: M. Shaun Amundsen
  • Patent number: 5622021
    Abstract: A wall brace apparatus and method for holding together and supporting walls and also for forming an arena or walled enclosed structure. Wall brace 10 or 15 has a frame 30, a top bracing member 40, and a bottom bracing member 50 for holding together, bracing, and supporting respective top sides and respective bottom sides of walls 60 adjacently to and in alignment with each other. Wall braces 10 or 15 are used to hold walls 60 to form side walls, and walls 60 can be easily assembled and disassembled from the top and bottom bracing members 40 and 50. Wall brace 20 or 25 also has a frame 30, a top bracing member 45, and a bottom bracing member 55 for holding together, bracing, and supporting respective sides of walls 60 at an angle to each other. Wall braces 20 or 25 are used to hold walls 60 to form corner walls, and the walls 60 can also be easily assembled and disassembled from the top and bottom bracing members 45 and 55.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 1995
    Date of Patent: April 22, 1997
    Assignee: Rapid Rink Systems, L.L.C.
    Inventor: Timothy A. Bookout
  • Patent number: 5581962
    Abstract: An antenna support consisting of a mast resting on a mast plate adjacent a building and including an adjustable length wall bracket secured to the building and bracketed to the mid-section of the mast, a guy arm secured to the mast and extending about 180.degree. from the wall bracket, a bowed guy wire connected from the antenna mast top through the guy arm to the mast plate, and two or more guy wires connected in spread array between the mast top and the adjacent building.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 1995
    Date of Patent: December 10, 1996
    Assignee: Alternative Attachments, Inc.
    Inventors: Lawrence A. Davis, Billy R. Byer
  • Patent number: 5339847
    Abstract: A new and improved beach umbrella with increased stability and wind resistance comprising an umbrella fabric having a top surface and a bottom surface, a fabric loop integral with the bottom of each of the four corners of the fabric umbrella; an umbrella support having a lower vertical extent, the lower vertical extent having an upper portion and a lower portion, the umbrella support further having an upper horizontal extent, the upper horizontal extent having a forward portion and a rearward portion, a first arm pivotally connected to the horizontal extent intermediate the forward and rearward portions, a second arm pivotally connected to the horizontal extent opposite the first arm with the forward portion of the horizontal extent, the rearward portion of the horizontal extent, the end of the first arm and the end of the second arm all adapted to be received within one of the fabric loops of the umbrella; a hollow spike having an upper opened portion and a lower closed pointed portion, the pointed portion a
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 1993
    Date of Patent: August 23, 1994
    Inventors: David J. Kanter, Milo F. Basker, Jr.
  • Patent number: 5317844
    Abstract: A universal pole anchoring device for supporting utility poles vertically over a hard surface such as rock, concrete or the like is disclosed. The device comprises a harness assembly connected about a base section of a pole to be supported on the hard surface. The harness is secured by bolts all about the base section. The harness assembly is comprised of harness members each defined by an anchor bolt attachment pipe having a pair of pole engaging clamps connected thereto in spaced alignment. The clamps support the attachment pipe spaced from and at an outwardly depending angle when the harness is secured to a pole. The harness assembly also has a predetermined number of harness numbers interconnected by the connecting bolts about the base section and dependent on the diameter of the pole. An anchor bolt assembly is connectible to each of the attachment pipes of the harness members to anchor the harness assembly in the hard surface to support the pole vertically thereover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 1992
    Date of Patent: June 7, 1994
    Assignee: Tri-Steel Industries Inc.
    Inventor: Steve Legler
  • Patent number: 5293889
    Abstract: A beach umbrella is provided having a lowermost section assembled selectively with an intermediate and upper section, with the upper section including an umbrella canopy mounted thereto. The lowermost section includes a plurality of handles pivotally mounted about an upper collar of the lower section to enhance rotation of the lower section, with the lower section provided with a screw thread directed about a lowermost portion of the lower section to permit projecting of the lowermost section into an underlying beach surface to secure the umbrella in a fixed relationship to the beach. Latch means are arranged to secure the sections together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 1992
    Date of Patent: March 15, 1994
    Inventors: Terrance A. Hall, Susan A. Hall
  • Patent number: 5038536
    Abstract: A high building is provided with a permanent bracing system which also serves for accessing upper levels of the building. The bracing system includes inclined guys permanently attached at mounting points at an upper level of the building and being anchored on the ground at points spaced apart from the building. At least one of the bracing guys supports a transportation device commuting along the guy between the ground and the upper level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 27, 1990
    Date of Patent: August 13, 1991
    Inventor: Juan De Mendoza Sans
  • Patent number: 5025606
    Abstract: An extensible mast has a computer control for automatically deploying guy cables. As the mast is raised, the cables are deployed at a rate which retains the proper geometric relationships of the system. The system initially calculates the relative locations of the mast and cable anchor points, which can be placed in convenient locations. A winch suitable for use with the system measures the tension on deployed guy cables and the length of cable which has been unwound from the winch drum.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 1989
    Date of Patent: June 25, 1991
    Assignee: Rapid Deployment Towers, Inc.
    Inventors: Henry J. McGinnis, Fred R. Hickman, Wesley N. Ludwig
  • Patent number: 4968581
    Abstract: Photoresist compositions suitable for deep UV and excimer laser lithography are disclosed that are mixtures of a photoacid and a polymer having imide residues to which acid labile groups are attached. These compositions provide high resolution, high contrast and high sensitivity in the deep UV (wavelength of 250-300 nm), mid-UV (wavelength of 300-350 nm) or conventional (wavelength of 350-450 nm) exposure bands. The compositions are also suitable for exposure at wavelengths commonly associated with excimer laser sources (248, 308 nm) or for exposure by X-radiation.In the compositions disclosed, the imide group ##STR1## can be blocked with certain groups, X, to form compounds containing the structure ##STR2## which have solubility properties different from the unblocked imide. These groups, X, can be cleaved by acid under the proper conditions to regenerate the unblocked imide.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 1989
    Date of Patent: November 6, 1990
    Assignee: Hoechst Celanese Corporation
    Inventors: Chengjiu Wu, Anne M. Mooring, Michael J. McFarland, Christopher E. Osuch, James T. Yardley
  • Patent number: 4893787
    Abstract: A unitary fence corner post assembly having a brace member welded to medial portions of a main post to extend laterally therefrom and a strut welded between the main post and brace member. The main post, brace member, and strut are constructed of square steel tubing and a steel first stabilization plate is welded to the main post and brace member to extend along the main post from the brace member substantially three-quarters of the distance between the brace member and the lower end of the main post. A notch is formed in the upper edge of the first stabilization plate to extend a distance along the main post and the assembly further includes a second stabilization plate extending through the notch and welded to the main post, the brace member and the first stabilization plate. An end portion of the brace member is downturned and and square anchor plates are welded to the extensive end of the brace member and to the lower end of the main post.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 1988
    Date of Patent: January 16, 1990
    Inventor: Terry D. Watson
  • Patent number: 4704051
    Abstract: An offshore, bottom supported platform structure including a tower structure of low bending stiffness which is laterally supported at several elevations by inclined, pre-tensioned stay cables. The tower structure is composed of a number of vertical columns whch at each stay elevation below the elevation of the uppermost one, are interconnected by horizontal bracing members. A method is disclosed for constructing such an offshore platform structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 1985
    Date of Patent: November 3, 1987
    Inventor: Nils A. Ellingvag
  • Patent number: 4349181
    Abstract: An end or corner fence post construction having a main upright post supported by a main brace, the main post having a deadman plate attached near its lower end below ground level and the main brace having a bearing plate rigidly and perpendicularly attached below ground level. A cross brace having its lower end fixedly attached to the main post and its upper end fixedly attached to the main brace.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 1979
    Date of Patent: September 14, 1982
    Inventors: Lynn E. Asher, Antony J. Conway
  • Patent number: 4280685
    Abstract: A guard post to prevent damage to the doorway of a loading dock and in particular damage to the guide rails for an overhead door is disclosed. The guard post is anchored and braced to the floor in close proximity to the opening of the loading dock and blocks contact of a lift truck with the guide rails of the door that are located on the interior face of the loading dock opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 1980
    Date of Patent: July 28, 1981
    Inventor: James E. St. Angelo
  • Patent number: 4249352
    Abstract: A tank adapted to withstand the horizontal displacement forces and overturning moments which act upon the side walls thereof under earthquake conditions is disclosed. The tank includes a base and cylindrical side walls and a plurality of tendons are provided each of which is attached to the cylindrical side wall at one end and to an anchor fixedly positioned in the concrete base. Each of the tendons is stressed and the stress in the tendon acts downwardly and in some embodiments radially outwardly on the tank wall and substantially restrains the wall from horizontal displacement and protects the side walls from the stresses developed due to the overturning moment. Steel-wall and prestressed concrete wall tanks, particularly for cryogenic liquids, can be adapted according to the invention.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 1978
    Date of Patent: February 10, 1981
    Assignee: Preload Technology, Inc.
    Inventor: Tadeusz J. Marchaj
  • Patent number: 4070833
    Abstract: Bracing apparatus for supporting vertically disposed structures, in particular wall constructions, prior to their connection with other components of a construction system. The apparatus includes an anchoring member, secured to a lower portion of the wall to be supported, through which a stay member, e.g., cable, is guided and each end of the cable is connected to distal end portions of a diagonal member. The anchoring member is first secured to the wall and the cable is threaded through a guide portion of the anchoring member. The diagonal member is then placed so that one end contacts the wall and the other end is supported by the surface adjacent to the wall. Each end of the cable is then attached to end portions of the diagonal member and tension applied to the cable by means of a turnbuckle or winch so that compressive forces are simultaneously exerted against the wall and the adjacent surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 1976
    Date of Patent: January 31, 1978
    Inventor: Loren Hancock
  • Patent number: 4011694
    Abstract: A system for guying a tower on which a force is exerted in a direction transverse to the elongate dimension thereof includes a plurality of guys interconnected between the tower and respective anchors. The guys are placed under a tension load to oppose the force exerted on the tower. An extensible device, such as a hydraulic piston and cylinder assembly, is serially interconnected with the guys at a location between the tower and the anchor. Before a force is exerted on the tower, the piston and cylinder assemblies are pre-pressurized with hydraulic fluid so as to retract the pistons and thus reduce the effective length of the guys. When the load on the guy bearing the greatest tension load reaches a predetermined value, hydraulic fluid is relieved from its associated piston and cylinder assembly, allowing the assembly to extend and increase the effective length of that guy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 1975
    Date of Patent: March 15, 1977
    Assignee: Formac International Inc.
    Inventor: Frederic E. Langford
  • Patent number: 4000592
    Abstract: A device for temporarily supporting a wall in an upright position during construction of a building is provided by a first and second collapsible triangular supporting structure having a common flexible cable base extending through the thickness of the wall. The first triangular structure includes a pair of flexible cable members connected at their upper ends to wall-engaging members in proximity to the top of the wall and secured to opposite sides of the wall. The second triangular structure includes a pair of rigid tubular strut members connected to wall engaging members at a point approximately midway between the top of the wall and the base and secured to opposite sides of the wall. A pair of ground plates connected to the bottom of the struts support the first and second triangular structures on the ground.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 1975
    Date of Patent: January 4, 1977
    Inventor: Thomas M. Kelly
  • Patent number: 3994108
    Abstract: A tower structure wherein said structure comprises a series of rings stacked in end to end relationship with sealing means between adjacent rings to form a tubular section, anchor means are provided exterior and interior of said section and stabilizing means connect said section at spaced locations along its length to said anchor means.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 1975
    Date of Patent: November 30, 1976
    Assignee: Tower Technology Inc.
    Inventor: Roy W. P. Johnson