With Piercing Or Expanding Earth Anchor Patents (Class 52/155)
  • Patent number: 10039352
    Abstract: A beach umbrella anchor with an integral shovel. The beach umbrella anchor has a central member with a handle at a first end and a shovel at a second end. An aperture is positioned in between the first end and the second end of the central member where a first end of a length of rope can be inserted and secured. A second end of the rope is then attached to a beach umbrella, which is planted in the ground. The shovel is used to dig a hole large enough to encompass the beach umbrella anchor, which is then buried within the hole. This securely anchors a beach umbrella such that it can stay in a desired position in windy conditions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Inventor: Anthony Prunotto
  • Patent number: 10024487
    Abstract: A goal securement device includes a ground engagement system, a ground securement system, a goal securement system, and a goal securement monitoring system. In an embodiment, the systems work cooperatively to secure a goal to the ground and monitor the status of such securement. Embodiments of each system and embodiments of various components, aspects, or features of each system are described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: RTC Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Joel Barenbrugge, Gregory Dempsey, Michael James Fuchs
  • Patent number: 10017942
    Abstract: A rebar set-up bar used to construct a rebar grid that provides reinforcement for a concrete wall or structure. The set-up bar is vertically positioned in the grid and includes a metal or steel rod having a plurality of supports. The supports are attached to the elongated rod at intervals and are adapted to receive horizontal rebars therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Inventor: Christopher McCarthy
  • Patent number: 9980441
    Abstract: A landscape edging stake includes a driving end, a penetration end and an edging engagement portion positioned between the driving end and the penetration end. The edging engagement portion includes a rib configured to engage an inner wall of an anchoring bore of an edging link. A ground engagement portion is positioned between the edging engagement portion and the penetration end and includes a helical groove or thread.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Inventor: Howard Rynberk, Jr.
  • Patent number: 9896816
    Abstract: A ground plug for stabilizing a dike, includes a plug front end suitable for being driven into a dike, and an elongate plug body, wherein the plug body is provided with a pressure distributing member arranged to prevent earth flow in a direction perpendicular to a length direction of the plug, and the plug front end includes a recess for receiving a drive member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignee: J.F. Karsten Beheer B.V.
    Inventor: Johannes Franciscus Karsten
  • Patent number: 9428933
    Abstract: A stake system and method configured to be used in substantially loose material to anchor an object are provided. In one embodiment, the stake system includes a flexible line and a stake member having an elongated portion and a distal portion. One end of the flexible line couples to the distal portion of the stake member. The distal portion of the stake member and the flexible line are driven into the loose material. The flexible line is moved to extend tautly from the distal portion and through the loose material at an angle such that an end of the flexible line above the loose material couples to the object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2016
    Inventors: Eric M. Simonson, E. Roger Simonson
  • Patent number: 9366051
    Abstract: An impact sand anchor features a body and a plurality of cantilever beams. The cantilever beams define an interior volume between the cantilever beams. The cantilever beams are generally parallel to a longitudinal axis of the impact sand anchor in a first position. When the cantilever beams are driven into the sand, as by a trapped cylindrical hammer, the force of sand packed into the interior volume causes the cantilever beams to move radially away from the longitudinal axis to a second position. The movement of the cantilever beams to the second position wedges the impact sand anchor into the sand.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2016
    Inventors: Edward A Wojtowicz, Paul M Wojtowicz
  • Patent number: 9307976
    Abstract: A wound retractor (320) comprises a distal ring (3) for insertion through a wound opening (6), a proximal ring (4) for location externally of the wound opening (6), a valve (10) mounted to the proximal ring (4), and a sleeve (2) for retracting laterally the sides of the wound opening (6). The wound retractor (320) also comprises a flexible release member (81) for releasing the distal ring (3) from a retracting configuration for removal of the distal ring (3) from the wound opening (6). A first end (301) of the release member (81) is attached to the valve housing (102), the release member (81) loops around the distal ring (3), and a second end (302) of the release member (81) is movable relative to the proximal ring (4) to release the distal ring (3) from the retracting configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 12, 2016
    Assignee: Atropos Limited
    Inventors: Frank Bonadio, John Butler, Catherine Deegan, Trevor Vaugh
  • Patent number: 9103090
    Abstract: An apparatus comprising: a pole erected relative to a ground surface and defining a pole axis; a first anchor drive rod connected to the pole and extended, parallel to the pole axis, from the pole to below the ground surface; and a second anchor drive rod connected to the pole and extended, at a non zero angle to the pole axis, from the pole to below the ground surface. Methods of bracing and supporting the pole are also discussed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2015
    Inventor: Kevin M. Bushore
  • Publication number: 20150121770
    Abstract: An anchor system comprising an anchor set in a ground surface and a brace attached to a movable section of an irrigation system. The anchor includes a base configured to engage the ground surface so as to secure the anchor in the ground surface, a vertical member extending upwards from the base, and a head attached near the top of the vertical member and spaced from the ground surface when the anchor is secured in the ground surface. The brace is operable to engage the anchor and includes an open-ended central channel for receiving the head therein and an open-ended slot along a bottom side for receiving the vertical member therein. The slot is narrower than the head so as to prevent the head from passing vertically therethrough.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 7, 2013
    Publication date: May 7, 2015
    Applicant: Lindsay Corporation
    Inventor: Thomas J. Korus
  • Patent number: 9016006
    Abstract: A fabricated stone apparatus is provided. A plurality of stone sheets are affixed together to form a fabricated stone structure having a substantially hollow interior portion, wherein each of the plurality of stone sheets is substantially planar, and wherein a side edge of one of the plurality of stone sheets engages with a side edge of another of the plurality of stone sheets. A cover plate is positioned at an end of the fabricated stone structure, wherein the cover plate is connected to a top edge of at least a portion of the plurality of stone sheets, wherein the top edge is positioned substantially perpendicular to at least one of the side edges. At least one fastener is connected between at least two of the plurality of stone sheets, wherein the at least one fastener is positioned remotely from the cover plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Inventor: Ajit Kumar
  • Patent number: 9016225
    Abstract: A kayak mooring stake is positioned in a scupper hole or sleeve. A knob is provided on the stake, and the knob rests on a shelf or ledge around the inside surface of the scupper hole or sleeve. When the mooring stake is rotated, the knob is positioned over an essentially vertical slot interrupting the ledge or shelf, and the stake can be thrust through the scupper hole or sleeve into the mud/sand at the bottom of a bay, lake, stream or the like, thereby fixing the position of a small watercraft against wind and/or current.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Inventor: Robert E. Jenkins
  • Patent number: 9003722
    Abstract: Provided herein are methods, devices and systems comprising an anchor post that has a shaft, at least one stabilizing element attached to the anchor post configured to resist movement of the anchor post, and at least one alignment element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2015
    Assignee: Anchor Systems (Europe) Ltd.
    Inventor: Ewan R. Smith
  • Patent number: 8998162
    Abstract: An anchoring apparatus for a mechanized irrigation system wherein remotely controlled augers are mounted on the drive units of the irrigation system which may be driven into the ground to anchor the drive unit to the ground.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Inventors: Charles E. Gutha, Steven Jay Murphy
  • Patent number: 8935891
    Abstract: A catalyst for the metathesis of olefins in general and specifically for the production of propylene from ethylene and butylene has been developed. The catalyst comprises a tungsten metal compound, which contains at least one tungsten-fluoro bond, dispersed or grafted onto a support. A specific example of the catalyst is the compound WOF(CH2CMe3)3 grafted onto a silica support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 20, 2015
    Assignee: UOP LLC
    Inventors: Mostafa Taoufik, Etienne Mazoyer, Christopher P Nicholas, Jean-Marie Basset
  • Publication number: 20140331571
    Abstract: A liquid-resistant control systems enclosure may include a shell, a shaft and at least one shell anchoring member. The shell may include a top, a shell wall connected to and extending downwardly from a perimeter of the top, and a sleeve. The shaft may extend upwardly through a surface pad and may be adapted to pass through the sleeve. The sleeve may include a sleeve wall extending downwardly from an inner perimeter of an opening in the top. The sleeve may matingly engage the shaft to move the shell between a raised position and a lowered position. The shell may be moveable between a latched position and an unlatched position. The shell may be adapted to be positioned in the latched position when the shell is in the lowered position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 24, 2014
    Publication date: November 13, 2014
    Applicant: Data Flow Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Thomas F. Smaidris
  • Patent number: 8833020
    Abstract: A foundation system for supporting a manufactured building having a support beam, comprising a ground pan having a planar surface received on a ground surface and a thermally insulative member disposed on the ground pan, which cooperatively define in situ a proximate thermally isolated ground column, with a foundation support connected to the ground pan and to the support beam, the thermally insulative member restricts communication of heat from the proximate thermally isolated ground column below the ground pan for resisting frost heaving. A method of resisting frost heave of a foundation is disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Inventors: Scott Oliver, James Oliver
  • Patent number: 8836508
    Abstract: Anti-theft protection systems and methods for portable devices, such as portable electronic devices, that are unattended during use. The anti-theft protection systems and methods use a combination of measures including mechanical aspects, such as tethering the device to an object that is difficult to move, and electronic aspects that detect unauthorized movement and or alarm the user or other responsible party if unauthorized movement occurs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Assignee: H4 Engineering, Inc.
    Inventors: Scott K. Taylor, Christopher T. Boyle, Alexander G. Sammons, Denes Marton
  • Patent number: 8820007
    Abstract: A post sleeve installation assembly includes: an elastomeric sleeve core shaped to form a post sleeve when positioned in uncured concrete, a removable stiffener inside the core, an aperture extending lengthwise in the stiffener, a locking element positioned within the core, and an assembly plate coupled to the stiffener. The assembly plate clamps to a prefabricated sleeve element, with the core and stiffener positioned within a post cavity of the sleeve element. an installation stake is positioned in the aperture and prevented from sliding upwards by the locking element. A release point on the assembly plate permits an operator to release the locking element for removal of the stake. To install a post sleeve, the operator positions the installation assembly, clamped to a prefabricated sleeve element, in a post hole with the stake resting on the bottom, then fills the hole with concrete, manipulating the stake to position the assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Inventor: N. Eric Knudsen
  • Patent number: 8782970
    Abstract: A portable surface anchor is presented. Such portable surface anchor is able to be transported to various and difficult geographical areas, placed on the surface and able to provide support for vertically elevated objects.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Inventor: Scott Eugene Griffiths
  • Patent number: 8756877
    Abstract: A ground anchor system shaped and dimensioned for secure attachment within a support surface. The ground anchor system includes a primary anchor body extending along a longitudinal axis and including a first end and a second end. A coupling member is associated with the first end of the anchor body. A fastening assembling extends from the second end of the anchor body, the fastening assembly being composed of a plurality of downwardly extending facets, wherein each facet includes a first end and a second end. The first end of each facet is secured to the second end of the anchor body and the second end extends away from the anchor body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2014
    Inventor: Wills LaCrosse
  • Patent number: 8707636
    Abstract: A memorial foundation system includes a pair of vertical supports having screw threads on their bottom ends and first attachment structure at their upper ends. Support plates corresponding to the vertical supports have respective second attachment structures configured to mate with the first attachment structures. A block has a first end supported by one of the pair of support plates and one of the pair of vertical supports and a second opposite end supported by the other of the pair of support plates and the other of the pair of vertical supports. The block includes a plurality of pockets in a row, each of the pockets open to an upper side. Each of a plurality of markers is configured to be received by a corresponding one of the plurality of pockets in the block to arrange the plurality of markers in an aligned row with even height.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2014
    Assignee: The Tribute Companies, Inc.
    Inventors: William R. Toson, Tim Hentges, Dean Wardlow, Doug Engel, Clyde Rupnow
  • Patent number: 8661745
    Abstract: A trailer security system for use with a trailer having a trailer coupling member, such as a trailer coupling channel. The trailer security system may include a security device joined to the trailer coupling member, a locking device to selectively lock the security device to trailer, and security elements attached to trailer. The security device may be a security box formed from walls that define a space for receiving flanges of the trailer coupler channel. The security box may include slots for receiving the trailer coupling member flanges and may be slid onto the trailer coupling member. The security device may include a post extending from the security box for anchoring the trailer to the ground. Access to lock may be restricted by the security elements and/or the configuration of the security box and post. The security system may include other features to increase the difficulty to tamper with or disable the system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2014
    Assignee: Western Environmental, LLC
    Inventors: Todd Bachman, Christopher B. Downs
  • Publication number: 20140053476
    Abstract: An anchor apparatus, ground anchor system, and method of using a ground anchor system are provided. The anchor apparatus includes a base plate having a top surface and a substantially planar bottom surface, wherein the base plate has a plurality of picket-guide apertures formed therein between the top surface and the substantially planar bottom surface. At least one picket is removably positioned in at least a portion of the picket-guide apertures. An anchor portion is formed at a first end of the base plate, wherein the anchor portion has an anchor aperture formed through the first end of the base plate, the anchor portion further comprising a ground face surface proximate to the anchor aperture, wherein a distance between the top surface and the ground face surface is less than a distance between the top surface and the substantially planar bottom surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 16, 2013
    Publication date: February 27, 2014
    Inventor: James Hurley
  • Patent number: 8656652
    Abstract: A safety anchor post system mountable to a pre-set anchor embedded in concrete for protecting a user from falling while working in precarious areas is provided. The system comprises a tubular post having a first end and a second end with a coil rod extending from the tubular post. A first sleeve is mounted at the second end of the post. A second sleeve is mounted between the first sleeve and the first end of the post with at least one rail member receivable within each sleeve. A clamping mechanism tightens against the rail members to releasably maintain the at least one rail member within each sleeve. A tie off device is mounted to the post. Upon releasably securing the at least one rail member within each sleeve and tying off to the tie off device, a worker is inhibited from falling from the support structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2014
    Inventor: Jose M. Carrillo
  • Patent number: 8631618
    Abstract: The disclosure describes, in part, apparatuses and methods for installing structures (e.g., foundations, footings, anchors, abutments, etc.) at work sites, such as difficult-access work sites. In some instances, a rotating drill assembly is assembled over a target location in order to excavate a radial array of batter-angled shafts associated with the target location in preparation for the installation of a radial array of micropiles. An operator utilizes the rotating drill in combination with a foundation pile schedule/decision matrix to design and install the radial array of batter-angled micropiles. This disclosure also describes techniques for designing, fabricating and installing structural caps to be coupled to the installed radial array batter angled micropiles. These structural caps are lightweight and, thus, more portable to difficult-access sites where they are coupled to the micropiles forming a foundation for structure to be installed at the difficult-access site.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2014
    Assignee: Crux Subsurface, Inc.
    Inventors: Nickolas G. Salisbury, Freeman Alan Thompson
  • Publication number: 20130333308
    Abstract: A fabricated stone apparatus is provided. A plurality of stone sheets are affixed together to form a fabricated stone structure having a substantially hollow interior portion, wherein each of the plurality of stone sheets is substantially planar, and wherein a side edge of one of the plurality of stone sheets engages with a side edge of another of the plurality of stone sheets. A cover plate is positioned at an end of the fabricated stone structure, wherein the cover plate is connected to a top edge of at least a portion of the plurality of stone sheets, wherein the top edge is positioned substantially perpendicular to at least one of the side edges. At least one fastener is connected between at least two of the plurality of stone sheets, wherein the at least one fastener is positioned remotely from the cover plate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 19, 2013
    Publication date: December 19, 2013
    Inventor: Ajit Kumar
  • Patent number: 8601750
    Abstract: A method and system for ground installation is disclosed. In one aspect, a method to secure a fixture on a ground includes steps of securing one or more anchors on a base plate; placing the base plate on the ground; applying force to one or more ground stakes into the ground through the base plate to secure the base plate on the ground; disposing the fixture on the base plate; and securing the fixture on the base plate. The entire ground installation system merely includes a base plate and a few ground stakes, and it is fairly easy to assemble and disassemble the installation system without special training and skills. Also, the ground installation system provides a stable and secure base for the fixtures thereon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2013
    Assignee: IP Power Holdings Limited
    Inventor: Shou Qiang Zhu
  • Publication number: 20130318891
    Abstract: A method and system for ground installation is disclosed. In one aspect, a method to secure a fixture on a ground includes steps of securing one or more anchors on a base plate; placing the base plate on the ground; applying force to one or more ground stakes into the ground through the base plate to secure the base plate on the ground; disposing the fixture on the base plate; and securing the fixture on the base plate. The entire ground installation system merely includes a base plate and a few ground stakes, and it is fairly easy to assemble and disassemble the installation system without special training and skills. Also, the ground installation system provides a stable and secure base for the fixtures thereon.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 4, 2012
    Publication date: December 5, 2013
    Applicant: IP POWER HOLDINGS LIMITED
    Inventor: Shou Qiang ZHU
  • Publication number: 20130305633
    Abstract: A securing system for a portable basketball pole assembly is disclosed. The securing system includes ground screws which secure in the ground on either side of a base of the portable basketball pole assembly. A strap is extended from one ground member to the other over the base to hold the base securely to the ground and prevent tipping. Additional straps may be used to extend from the ground members to the pole to further secure the pole. In certain preferred embodiments, separate straps extend from the ground members to the pole. In other embodiments, a single strap is used. The straps are attached to the pole via a pole attachment member. The pole attachment member may conveniently be an after-market part which fits around an existing pole and provides a receiving element to receive the strap or straps. Buckles may be included to allow the straps to be tightened or loosened.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 18, 2012
    Publication date: November 21, 2013
    Inventor: Alan R. Hurley
  • Patent number: 8579551
    Abstract: A mechanically stabilized earth (MSE) system includes a vertically oriented wall offset from an earthen feature, backfill disposed between the wall and the earthen feature, and a plurality of anchor elements attached at one end to the wall and extending from the wall toward the earthen feature. The plurality of anchor elements are embedded within the backfill and include an elongated strap having an attachment end configured for attachment to the MSE wall and opposite surfaces along the length thereof. The anchor element further includes a plurality of punched openings along the length of the strap, each opening including a punched tab projecting outward from one of the opposite surfaces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2013
    Inventor: Mark Sanders
  • Patent number: 8561361
    Abstract: A ground (G) anchoring system (100) for various objects (O), such as building structures, warranties great stability, strength to mechanical stress and simplicity of installation, although having a structure of easy and economical manufacturing and comprising at least two elongated tubular guiding members (2), having a closed cross section and that are apt to define a tilted inserting direction (I), and inside which an anchoring rod (5) is inserted. The elongated members (2) are formed as distinct bodies fixed to a substantially flat developing supporting surface (1, 11), to which the object (O) to be anchored to the ground is connected and they have a longitudinal extension at least equal to about the distance (D) between two adjoining inserting end (21).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2013
    Inventor: Agostino Bauletti
  • Patent number: 8555565
    Abstract: A ground anchor includes a body having an upper surface and a lower surface; ground-piercing members depending from the lower surface of the body, with the ground-piercing members being adapted to engage an underlying ground surface and prevent movement of the body along such ground surface; ballast positioned on or in the body, with the ballast being sufficient to maintain the ground-piercing members engaged with the ground surface when under load; and means for securing an anchor line to the body. Ground-engaging means such as a ground-engaging blade member or flanges may be attached to the ground-piercing members to increase the surface area perpendicular to the line of force to provide additional resistance to movement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2013
    Assignee: R U Grounded Energy Inc.
    Inventors: Terry D. Mundle, Jairus Krahn
  • Publication number: 20130263531
    Abstract: An anchor spike and a method of using it with landscape edging are provided. The anchor spike has a novel feature that causes the anchor spike to have a changing angle of entry as it is being driven into the ground or other landscape material. The anchor spike is comprised of an elongate shaft, a head located at a first end of the elongate shaft and a tip section located at a second end of the elongate shaft and arranged at an angle to the elongate shaft. The method of using the anchor spike to secure landscape edging to the ground includes arranging a landscape edging strip having a plurality of apertures in a desire location on the ground, providing the anchor spike, aligning the tip section of the anchor spike with an aperture on the landscape edging strip and driving the anchor spike into the ground.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Publication date: October 10, 2013
    Applicant: EDGETITE PRODUCTS, INC.
    Inventor: Jeffrey Charles Goodman
  • Patent number: 8550375
    Abstract: A cylindrical, protective housing and accompanying insertion tool for shielding an in-ground sprinkler head. The cylindrical housing is inserted into the ground surrounding an in-ground sprinkler head, protecting the sprinkler head and subterranean feed lines from damage resulting from yard work or other traffic. The cylindrical housing prevents inadvertently sprinkler head collisions with lawn mowers, wheelbarrows, golf carts, or similarly wheeled vehicles. The insertion tool is a male-fitting press tool that provides vertical loads on the cylindrical housing upper extent to force it into soil surrounding a sprinkler head.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2013
    Inventor: Tim Curtis
  • Patent number: 8528275
    Abstract: An adjustable ground anchor comprises an anchoring post for securement in ground, base plate fixed on the top of the anchoring post, and L-shaped brackets on the base plate. Slots in the base plate reside symmetrically in relation to the center of the base plate and extend along a line passing through the center of the base plate. Two L-shaped brackets lay on the base plate, each having a slot in the flange abutting the base plate. A through bolt is mounted through the slot in the base plate and the slot in the flange of the bracket above, wherein the slots allow the bracket to freely move on the base plate prior to tightening the through bolt. The brackets form a retaining portion for a post that is fixed between the upward pointing flanges of the brackets.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2013
    Inventor: Tuomo Paananen
  • Publication number: 20130227897
    Abstract: A monopole support assembly includes at least two truss assemblies secured to an outer surface of a monopole. At least two helical piers or micropiles are secured to the at least two truss assemblies, respectively.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 28, 2013
    Publication date: September 5, 2013
    Applicant: THOMAS & BETTS INTERNATIONAL, INC.
    Inventors: Jim Palmer, Mark Fairbairn, Aubrey Jackson, Thad Mumm
  • Patent number: 8511020
    Abstract: The disclosure describes, in part, apparatuses and methods for installing structures (e.g., foundations, footings, anchors, abutments, etc.) at work sites, such as difficult-access work sites. In some instances, a rotating drill assembly is assembled over a target location in order to excavate a radial array of batter-angled shafts associated with the target location in preparation for the installation of a radial array of micropiles. An operator utilizes the rotating drill in combination with a foundation pile schedule/decision matrix to design and install the radial array of batter-angled micropiles. This disclosure also describes techniques for designing, fabricating and installing structural caps to be coupled to the installed radial array batter angled micropiles. These structural caps are lightweight and, thus, more portable to difficult-access sites where they are coupled to the micropiles forming a foundation for structure to be installed at the difficult-access site.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2013
    Assignee: Crux Subsurface, Inc.
    Inventors: Nickolas G. Salisbury, Freeman Alan Thompson
  • Patent number: 8484909
    Abstract: A foundation screw with a tubular basic body having an encompassing helical screw thread for screwing into the ground. The foundation screw has a substantially cylindrical first longitudinal portion and a tapering second longitudinal portion. The first longitudinal portion merges tangentially with a convex jacket region of the second longitudinal portion having a radius of convexity R1, which has at least one value of the tube diameter D of the first longitudinal portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2013
    Assignee: Krinner Innovation GmbH
    Inventors: Guenther Thurner, Martin Thurner
  • Publication number: 20130111828
    Abstract: The tie rod for structural projects for the protection of structures for earthquake and wind is comprised of a cast iron base (7) which has a bolt (4) passing through a hole, which is surrounded by threaded ring (5) with handles (6). A base plate (2) that sits on the bolt and turns with a ball bearing. A steel cable (9) passes through all; the one end of the cable is fixed to the base (2) with bolts (3). The other end leads to a member with blades around it (10), (12), (13), (14) which open and close around the member (17) with the help of bars (11) connected around the axis of the member with pins. To the other end, they are connected with pins to the blades. The rod presses the structure to the ground by a bolt connected to a cable which pulls a member (17) with blades which open against the sides of a hole drilled on the ground and pull the building towards the ground decreasing torque created by the forces of an earthquake or the wind.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 5, 2009
    Publication date: May 9, 2013
    Inventor: Ioannis Lymberis
  • Publication number: 20130104465
    Abstract: The Downspout Extension Ground Support supports a downspout extension at grade level. In instances where downspouts need to be extended from a structure, the Downspout Extension Ground Support provides support and stability to maintain the correct pitch for drainage to flow through the downspout extension as designed. Without support under the downspout extension it will tend to sag, disrupting the pitch which in turn impedes proper drainage flow; and in some cases causes backflow.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 2, 2011
    Publication date: May 2, 2013
    Inventor: Jeanne Gazlay
  • Publication number: 20130108374
    Abstract: Methods and apparatuses are disclosed for the rapid and precise removable installation of a substrate-penetrating device that facilitates underground delivery of various utilities to and/or from devices mounted thereon.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 15, 2012
    Publication date: May 2, 2013
    Inventor: Anthony Obiesie Okobi
  • Patent number: 8407949
    Abstract: A foundation driller for anchoring of components in soil is provided that includes an apparatus in which the foundation driller comprises a base body with at least one cylindrical area and at least one cutting blade that provides forward advancement, in which the base body comprises at least two cylindrical areas with different diameters, wherein the area nearer to the soil has a smaller diameter and the at least one cutting blade providing forward advancement is attached at the area nearer to the soil and has an even incline.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2013
    Inventor: Peter Kellner
  • Publication number: 20130074426
    Abstract: A ground spike is disclosed having a plurality of blades and a flat plate secured thereto. The blades each have a reinforcement deformation proximal to a longitudinal outer edge. The reinforcement deformation may be a reinforcement line stamped therein, may be a bent outer edge, or the like. Objects may be attached to the flat plate, thereby securing such objects to the ground when the ground spike is used. The ground spike may have a post receiving socket secured to the flat plate. Each component may comprise metals of varying thickness and rigidity or other suitable materials.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 22, 2012
    Publication date: March 28, 2013
    Applicant: PEAK INNOVATIONS INC.
    Inventor: Peak Innovations Inc.
  • Publication number: 20130047522
    Abstract: A ground anchor includes a body having an upper surface and a lower surface; ground-piercing members depending from the lower surface of the body, with the ground-piercing members being adapted to engage an underlying ground surface and prevent movement of the body along such ground surface; ballast positioned on or in the body, with the ballast being sufficient to maintain the ground-piercing members engaged with the ground surface when under load; and means for securing an anchor line to the body. Ground-engaging means such as a ground-engaging blade member or flanges may be attached to the ground-piercing members to increase the surface area perpendicular to the line of force to provide additional resistance to movement.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 26, 2012
    Publication date: February 28, 2013
    Applicant: R U GROUNDED ENERGY INC.
    Inventor: R U Grounded Energy Inc.
  • Patent number: 8312832
    Abstract: A cylindrical rod has an upper end with an upper aperture, a lower end with a lower aperture, and is of a common diameter along the majority of its length. A spiral attachment component has an upwardly facing upper end received in the lower aperture and a downwardly facing lower end terminating in a point. A crank has a vertical lower region removably received in the upper aperture, a horizontal middle region, and a vertical upper region. A cylindrical collar is secured to the lower region of the crank. The collar has a central recess of a diameter less than the diameter of the collar. A rope has a first end secured around the central recess of the collar and a second end adapted to be secured to a cleat of a boat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2012
    Inventor: Alan Camp
  • Patent number: 8312680
    Abstract: A ground anchor, including a body having an upper surface and a lower surface, ground piercing members depending from the lower surface of the body, the ground piercing members being adapted to engage an underlying ground surface and prevent movement of the body along such ground surface, ballast positioned on or in the body, the ballast being sufficient to maintain the ground piercing members engaged with the ground surface when under load, and means for securing an anchor line to the body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2012
    Assignee: R U Grounded Energy Inc.
    Inventors: Jairus Krahn, Terry Mundle
  • Publication number: 20120260584
    Abstract: A portable surface anchor is presented. Such portable surface anchor is able to be transported to various and difficult geographical areas, placed on the surface and able to provide support for vertically elevated objects.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 14, 2011
    Publication date: October 18, 2012
    Inventor: Scott Eugene Griffiths
  • Patent number: 8286925
    Abstract: A universal post having a tapered elongated member with a proximal end and a distal end such that the proximal end is larger in size than the distal end of the elongated member for receiving one of a trash receptacle and a mail box thereon. A stabilizer is disposed orthogonal to and radially extending from the distal end of the elongated member. The stabilizer being substantially greater in length than width for placement on a ground surface so that a weighted member, received thereupon the stabilizer together with the stabilizer, supports the elongated member in a substantially vertical, stationary position with respect to the ground surface. The universal post capable of use on a flat paved surface and on a flat unpaved surface with the addition of a spike. The universal post further usable as a movable fence.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2012
    Inventor: William J. White, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8240431
    Abstract: A roofing worker safety device is provided that delivers a resistive force in response to a worker falling from an elevated work surface such as a roof via a safety cable connecting the worker to the safety device, the cable transmitting the force of the falling worker to the device to activate an arrestor arm that is forced into the surface on which the safety device is placed thereby stopping the fall of a worker from the roof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2012
    Inventor: Brent Smith