Deadman-type Anchor Patents (Class 52/166)
  • Patent number: 11013941
    Abstract: The invention relates to a device for preventing persons from falling, in particular from a roof, comprising a foot plate (10) which can be secured to an underlying surface and which comprises a stop point that can be attached to the foot plate, comprising either a post which projects upwards from the foot plate and which comprises an eyelet arranged in the upper end region of the post or an eyelet which can be introduced directly into the foot plate, in each case for attaching a cable by means of which the person is prevented from falling. According to the invention, a foot plate central region, in which the post or the eyelet is connected to the foot plate, is slotted around the post or the eyelet along at least one first defined circumferential slotted line (18a), which extends over at least approximately 270° in the circumferential direction, such that the central region is connected to the rest of the peripheral region of the foot plate (10) solely via narrow material webs (18b).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2021
    Assignee: POHL DWS GmbH
    Inventor: Nils Teiner
  • Patent number: 10822763
    Abstract: A process for manufacturing corrosion resistant metal components is disclosed. The process comprises abrasive blasting of a silicon-containing steel substrate followed by hot dip galvanizing, a second abrasive blasting process, treating with a mineral acid, and coating with a polymeric coating. The resulting corrosion resistance is enhanced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2018
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2020
    Assignee: USA INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY HOLDING, INC.
    Inventors: James Earl Goff, Luke John Drazek, John Curtis Thompson, Jr., Anthony Lane Eldridge
  • Patent number: 10538935
    Abstract: A securement system for a guy wire, the securement system including an anchor assembly including a guy wire coupler and a securement member extending axially outward from the guy wire coupler; the securement member defining an anchor axis, a securing assembly including at least one projection extending outward relative to the shaft; and a block receiving at least the securing assembly therein, the block having an outer surface, wherein the guy wire coupler protrudes from the outer surface of the block; and a base pad extending laterally outward from the block to define at least one channel adjacent to at least one side of the block.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2020
    Assignee: Tower Engineering Solutions, LLC
    Inventors: Jaime Reyes, Hanming You
  • Patent number: 9187924
    Abstract: An anchoring system for a hoop house includes a horizontal member. The horizontal member includes an anchor connector and a hoop connector. An anchor can be removably affixed to the anchor connector of the horizontal member. Moreover, an end of a hoop can be connected to the hoop connector. The anchor can include an attachment member that defines a non-vertical passage, where a post member can be inserted into the non-vertical passage and driven into the ground at an angle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2015
    Assignee: Tunnel Vision Hoops, LLC
    Inventors: Carlton Jackson, Christopher Todd Alexander, Michael Walton
  • Patent number: 9133637
    Abstract: A guy/guide wire anchor protector is provided to protect personnel and equipment in the oil and gas field. The anchor protector has a substantially truncated pyramid shape with an opening extending between a top face and a bottom face.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2015
    Inventor: Ryan Donald O'Brien
  • Patent number: 9051755
    Abstract: A system for creating decorative arches and columns of balloons or fabric without the need of helium balloons. The system comprises a baseplate to provide a foundation, a mounting pin upon which a starter pole can be mounted, and a plurality of extension poles to attach to the starter pole to create a column or arch of a desired length. Regular balloons without the need for helium can be tied to the poles as decorations creating an arch or column of balloons.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2015
    Assignee: GLASS HOUSE BALLOON CO., INC.
    Inventors: Treb Heining, William Schaffell
  • Patent number: 8991109
    Abstract: An anchorage system is provided which includes: a composite tendon (2) comprising an assembly of elongate elements (4, 5) held together and an anchor head including a casing (6). The individual elongate elements (4, 5) are separated from each other at one end extending into the anchor head, and the anchor head casing (6) is filled with an adhesive medium (10) to secure the separated elements (4, 5) in the casing (6). A method for installing an anchorage system is also provided including the steps of: inserting in a borehole at least one composite tendon (2) comprising an assembly of elongate elements (4, 5) held together; separating the individual elongate elements (4, 5) from each other over a pre-determined bonded anchor head length (22); placing an anchor head casing (6) around the separated elements (4, 5); and filling the anchor head casing (6) with an adhesive medium (10), whereby once the adhesive medium has set, the separated elements (4, 5) are securely fixed into the anchor head (6).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: Geotech Pty Ltd
    Inventors: Matthew Robert Sentry, Leonard Francis Carrigan
  • Patent number: 8739475
    Abstract: Foldable building units are provided based on structural frame and connection assembly designs that enable greater construction efficiency and flexibility. The structural frame and connection assembly designs allow for easier connection of frame elements in the prefabrication process of the foldable building units and for easier connection of frame elements at the building site, for example, of foldably connected frame elements after unfolding. They also allow for more finish in the prefabrication process, and/or less and faster work at the building site, for example, by enabling conventional structural lumber grids that can be continuous through the edges and corners of the building envelope for conventional exterior finishing, while providing a tight building envelope with reduced heat transfer, particularly, through the edges of the foldable building unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2014
    Assignee: Blu Homes, Inc.
    Inventors: Dennis Michaud, Elizabeth Rothwell, Everett Morton, Steven Eason, Paul Kassabian
  • Publication number: 20140090314
    Abstract: An anchor for stabilizing an object includes an anchor block having a body portion, a pair of wing portions extending from the body portion, and a coupling-channel located in the body portion. The coupling-channel is configured to couple the anchor block to an anchor rod. The anchor block is generally trapezoidal in a view. The wing portions include a first plurality of sloping ribs extending from body portion and a plurality of recesses disposed between the sloping ribs.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 4, 2013
    Publication date: April 3, 2014
    Inventor: Oscar Pedraza
  • Patent number: 8549799
    Abstract: A method of securing an elongate member in the ground which includes the steps of embedding the member within a matching size and shaped hole in the ground then ensnaring the member with a ground anchor that passes substantially through the member intersecting the member. The invention also applies to a member with a ground anchor positioned therein and also having a lightening nut.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2013
    Assignee: Feral Pty. Ltd.
    Inventor: Rodney James Tate
  • Patent number: 8511003
    Abstract: In general, the present invention is directed to anchoring devices, and more specifically to a wall anchoring device and method of installing same requiring no soil excavation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2013
    Inventor: Jesse B. Trebil
  • Patent number: 8453412
    Abstract: A spring bolt hanger comprising a barrel, a bolt positioned within the barrel, a retainer associated with the bolt, and a spring positioned in the barrel between the retainer and a first end of the barrel, said spring configured to bias the bolt away from the first end of the barrel. The spring bolt hanger has two distinct operative configurations. In the retracted configuration the spring bolt hanger has the bolt retracted into the barrel. In the extended configuration the bolt is extended from the barrel and is accessible outside of the concrete surface for use as an attachment point. The spring bolt hanger may be selectively moved between operative configurations. Also disclosed are methods of using a spring bolt hanger to attach an object to a concrete surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2013
    Inventor: Lynn Toedte
  • Publication number: 20130111829
    Abstract: A pre-fabricated anchor block is disclosed. The anchor block includes structure that forms at least one multi-facetted channel to receive and capture a rotatable, removable anchor rod.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 7, 2011
    Publication date: May 9, 2013
    Inventor: Oscar PEDRAZA
  • Publication number: 20130104466
    Abstract: In general, the present invention is directed to anchoring devices, and more specifically to a wall anchoring device and method of installing same requiring no soil excavation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 12, 2012
    Publication date: May 2, 2013
    Inventor: Jesse B. Trebil
  • 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: 20130036682
    Abstract: A system for stabilizing an existing basement wall includes a wall stabilizing system including a first wall anchoring device installed on a surface of the existing basement wall. The first wall anchoring device may further include a first anchoring plate fastened to a surface of the existing basement wall tethered via a substantially rigid rod to a second anchoring plate embedded underground outside the existing basement wall at a distance away from the existing basement wall. The system may include a first layer of sprayable concrete material applied over the existing basement wall. System may further include a third anchoring plate installed on a surface of the first layer of sprayable concrete material. The system may also include a second layer of sprayable concrete material applied over the first layer of sprayable concrete material.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 12, 2011
    Publication date: February 14, 2013
    Inventors: Daniel J. Thrasher, Aaron W. Ruskamp
  • Publication number: 20130008098
    Abstract: The invention relates to a building including a facing, a backfill at the back of the facing, synthetic reinforcement strips distributed in the backfill, and a connection system between the reinforcement strips and the backfill. The connection system includes fasteners having the shape of a continuous closed loop, each including two first portions for hooking to the facing and, alternating with the first portions along the closed loop shape, two second portions extending towards the back of the facing where they are folded back to form two loops inside of which at least one reinforcement strip extends.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 25, 2010
    Publication date: January 10, 2013
    Inventors: Nicolas Freitag, Jean-Claude Morizot, Gilles Berard
  • Publication number: 20120297703
    Abstract: An anchorage system is provided which includes: a composite tendon (2) comprising an assembly of elongate elements (4, 5) held together and an anchor head including a casing (6). The individual elongate elements (4, 5) are separated from each other at one end extending into the anchor head, and the anchor head casing (6) is filled with an adhesive medium (10) to secure the separated elements (4, 5) in the casing (6). A method for installing an anchorage system is also provided including the steps of: inserting in a borehole at least one composite tendon (2) comprising an assembly of elongate elements (4, 5) held together; separating the individual elongate elements (4, 5) from each other over a pre-determined bonded anchor head length (22); placing an anchor head casing (6) around the separated elements (4, 5); and filling the anchor head casing (6) with an adhesive medium (10), whereby once the adhesive medium has set, the separated elements (4, 5) are securely fixed into the anchor head (6).
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 23, 2010
    Publication date: November 29, 2012
    Applicant: GEOTECH PTY LTD
    Inventors: Matthew Robert Sentry, Leonard Francis Carrigan
  • 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: 8082702
    Abstract: A ground anchor and weight distribution plate assembly includes a ground anchor member and a weight distribution plate member. The weight distribution plate member includes an opening formed therein which is sized and shaped to allow for only partial passage of the ground anchor member there through. During installation, the ground anchor member is partially passed through the opening in the weight distribution plate member and then driven into the ground. Compressive forces are exerted by the weight distribution plate member to compact underlying soil and provide a foundation for construction structures such as decks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2011
    Assignee: OZ-POST, International LLP
    Inventor: Ian A. Hill
  • Publication number: 20110192097
    Abstract: A block combinable with other similar blocks to form a wall comprises a front surface; a top surface including a plurality of bosses, two or more of which are located adjacent each other in a direction along the front surface; and a bottom surface including a groove that has a floor. Each of the two or more bosses of the top surface includes a summit, and the summit of each define a plane. When the block is placed on another similar block such that the bottom surface of the block and a top surface of the other similar block oppose each other to form an interface region, the groove holds two or more bosses of the other similar block that are included in the other similar block's top surface, and the floor does not intersect the plane defined by the two or more bosses of the other similar block.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 10, 2010
    Publication date: August 11, 2011
    Inventor: Michael L. Kelley, JR.
  • Patent number: 7966779
    Abstract: An assembly for inhibiting wind erosion including an anchorage structure, an erosion mat and a retaining member. The anchorage structure includes a downwardly facing base surface, an upwardly facing anchorage surface, and a rigid elongate member. The anchorage structure is supportable on its base surface with the elongate member in an upright position. The anchorage structure is disposed within a plant growing medium with the elongate member extending upwardly through the erosion mat. A retaining member is secured to the elongate member and engages the upwardly facing surface of the erosion mat to inhibit the removal of the erosion mat. The assembly can be used in a green roof system by placing a drainage layer on the roof and a filter fabric between the plant growing medium and the drainage layer. The anchorage structure is positioned above the filter fabric.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2011
    Assignee: Green Roof Solutions, Inc.
    Inventor: Kurt Z. Horvath
  • Patent number: 7958690
    Abstract: A coupling system for securing an elongated wood member having a surface to a second body comprises a stitching body having a first end and a second end defining a length, and a first side and a second side. A first plurality of angled fastener bores is positioned generally on the first side of the stitching body, each configured to position a first side fastener element resting therein at least a first angle with respect to the surface of the elongated wood member. A second plurality of angled fastener bores positioned generally on the second side of the stitching body, each configured to position a second side fastener element resting therein at least a second angle with respect to the surface of the elongated wood member, such that ones of said second side fasteners and said first side fasteners form an intersection when viewed along the length of the stitching body. In one aspect, the coupling system is a hold-down securing a column having a surface to a foundation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2011
    Assignee: Simpson Strong-Tie Co., Inc.
    Inventors: William F. Leek, Aram Khachadourian, Jin Jie Lin
  • Publication number: 20110072731
    Abstract: The invention relates to a top part for a shaft, having an access part and a shaft cone which is connected to an access part and, with a connecting element on that side of the shaft cone that lies opposite the access part, can be mounted onto a further shaft element, the shaft cone having a substantially convex basic shape, characterized in that, in the region of the shaft dome, stiffening structures are disposed on the inner surface of this shaft dome, which extend substantially radially or parallelly, angularly or concentrically from one or more imaginary points or lines within or outside the dome downwards over the curved shape of the shaft cone.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 2, 2008
    Publication date: March 31, 2011
    Inventors: Friedrich Kastner, Manfred Klausberger, Erich Mitteregger
  • Patent number: 7874122
    Abstract: Methods are provided for creating footings for structures proximate a wall face of a segmental retaining wall using a device that includes a sleeve and a reinforcing member having a base. The methods can include placing the device on a layer of backfill material behind the wall face so that the sleeve is located adjacent the wall face and the base of the reinforcing member extends away from the wall face, covering the base of the reinforcing member with at least one other layer of the backfill material, placing a bottom portion of the structure in the sleeve, and filling the sleeve with an anchoring material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 25, 2011
    Assignee: Strata Systems, Incorporated
    Inventor: Jonathan S. Calle
  • Patent number: 7862259
    Abstract: An anchor system for an erosion control surface. The system includes a resilient strap and a one-way retainer, which may be inserted utilizing a single operator and inexpensive tools. The resiliency of the system biases the erosion control surface into the ground and prevents undesired movement of the erosion control surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2011
    Assignee: Erosion Tech, LLC
    Inventor: Thomas J. Carpenter
  • Publication number: 20100269423
    Abstract: A C-type underbracing has developed for installing on a lower portion of a utility pole for firmly anchoring the utility pole. The underbracing is comprised of: a body (12) formed a half-annular or C-shape with a rectangular cross section; a pair of the enlarged end portions (11, 11?) having larger rectangular cross section than that of the body; a pair of the conjunction (17, 17?) for connecting between the body and the enlarged end portions; a hook receiving hole (13) horizontally through a center of the body, and a pair of nut mounting portions (16, 16?) formed flat surfaces for seating the nuts and a pair of slit-shaped holes (14, 14?) for horizontally inserting U-bolts (20) through the body portion, the nut mounting portions and slit-shaped holes disposed both sides of said hook receiving hole, and an earth plate (30) made of conductive material is attached to the bottom surface of the body.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 10, 2010
    Publication date: October 28, 2010
    Inventor: Sae Won Kwon
  • Patent number: 7713003
    Abstract: The ground anchors of the type which are attached to cables, rods and the like, which are driven into the ground and tilted transversely of the hole by tensioning the cable are provided. A ground anchor including a central hollow tubular body portion extending substantially along the length of the anchor and a pair of laterally projecting wings extending from opposing sides of the body portion, wherein the wings are bent at an angle to the horizontal plane, and a portion of an edge of each wing is bent at an angle to the plane of the wing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2010
    Assignee: Platipus Anchors Limited
    Inventor: Charles Simon James Agg
  • Patent number: 7707797
    Abstract: A circular concrete cap foundation poured in-situ within a perimeter forming corrugated metal pipe set atop or within an excavated pit and enclosing a series of circumferentially spaced pile anchors. The circular concrete cap foundation supports sets of inner and outer circumferentially spaced tower anchor bolts having their lower ends anchored to an embedded anchor ring and their upper ends projecting vertically and upwardly out the top of the circular foundation to engage the base flange of a supported tower. The pile anchors are formed with perimeter corrugated metal pipes set deep in subsurface soils with cementitious material surrounding and partially bonding to a centralized steel bolt or tendon which extends through the cap foundation. The tower anchor bolts and the pile anchor bolts are both partially encased in a PVC sleeve so that the bolts can be post-tensioned. The pile anchors are in tension only and serve to pull the cap foundation down to compress the underlying ground soils.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2010
    Inventor: Allan P. Henderson
  • Patent number: 7618218
    Abstract: A retainer tie system 10 and method including a wall tie 120 having on the lower side 126 of the wall tie 120 triangular-shaped grooves 140, and a lip 150; a block tie 220 including a first and a second ridge 240, 242 on the upper side 224 of the block tie 220 such that the block tie 220 may fit across a deadman tie 320; and the deadman tie 320 including triangular-shaped tongues 340 on the upper side 120 of the deadman tie 320 for assembling a straight, concave, or convex interlocking retainer wall; and a forward and an aft ridge 350, 352 disposed on the upper side 324 of the deadman tie 320 for interlocking the deadman tie 320 with the block tie 220.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2009
    Inventor: James Gray Newman
  • Patent number: 7562502
    Abstract: A preferred embodiment of a device for creating a footing for a structure includes a reinforcing member having a base extending a first direction, and a leg extending in a second direction. The device also includes a sleeve defining a cavity for receiving the leg, a portion of the fence post, and an anchoring material for securing the leg to the structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2004
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2009
    Assignee: Strata Systems, Incorporated
    Inventor: Jonathan S. Calle
  • Publication number: 20090165397
    Abstract: A clamping unit comprising a base having a first jaw and a spike and the spike extends from the first jaw, and the first jaw has a first jaw spring recess. There is a second jaw having a second jaw spring recess. A torsion spring positioned in the first and second jaw spring recesses and attached to the first jaw and the second jaw, such that the torsion spring is disposed internal to the clamping unit. The first jaw has a crest and the second jaw has a trough and the crest of the first jaw is receivable in the trough of the second jaw and the torsion spring is for forcing the first and second jaws into a closed position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 27, 2007
    Publication date: July 2, 2009
    Inventor: Elaine Beaudoin
  • Patent number: 7549259
    Abstract: A preferred embodiment of a device for creating a footing for a structure includes a reinforcing member having a base extending a first direction, and a leg extending in a second direction. The device also includes a sleeve defining a cavity for receiving the leg, a portion of the fence post, and an anchoring material for securing the leg to the structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2009
    Assignee: Strata Systems, Incorporated
    Inventor: Jonathan S. Calle
  • Publication number: 20090130345
    Abstract: An artificial life form construction includes an artificial aquatic life form for display; an anchor for receiving the artificial aquatic life form; and a retainer for aiding in retaining the artificial aquatic life form in the anchor. The artificial aquatic life form may have a stem, which the anchor receives with frictional fit in a support. The stem may include an opening. The retainer includes a plug portion, which is inserted in to the opening and expands a peripheral portion of the stem at the opening to increases frictional resistance with the support to prevent dislocation of the artificial aquatic life form.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 15, 2007
    Publication date: May 21, 2009
    Applicant: JW PET COMPANY, INC.
    Inventors: Norman Anderson, Jonathan Willinger
  • Patent number: 7484336
    Abstract: A stabilizer (10) for an in-ground member (12) includes: a mounting collar (16) having a channel (18) extending therethrough; a plurality of arms (20a-20d) having respective collar ends (30a-30d), the collar ends being adapted to extend through the channel and engage with the mounting collar; and a resilient member (40) being sized (a) to be disposed within the channel between the collar ends and (b) to be engaged by the in-ground member so as to urge the resilient member against the collar ends to force the collar ends against the mounting collar, whereby to rigidify the stabilizer. A method is disclosed for installing the above-described in-ground member into the ground to dispose a portion of it beneath the surface of the ground and to leave a portion of it extending above the surface of the ground.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2009
    Inventor: Ronald L. Stone
  • Publication number: 20090013618
    Abstract: A C-type underbracing has developed for installing on a lower portion of a utility pole for firmly anchoring the utility pole. The underbracing is comprised of: a body (12) formed a half-annular or C-shape with a rectangular cross section; a pair of the enlarged end portions (11, 11?) having larger rectangular cross section than that of the body; a pair of the conjunction (17, 17?) for connecting between the body and the enlarged end portions; a hook receiving hole (13) horizontally through a center of the body, and a pair of nut mounting portions (16, 16?) formed flat surfaces for seating the nuts and a pair of slit-shaped holes (14, 14?) for horizontally inserting U-bolts (20) through the body portion, the nut mounting portions and slit-shaped holes disposed both sides of said hook receiving hole, and an earth plate (30) made of conductive material is attached to the bottom surface of the body.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 19, 2008
    Publication date: January 15, 2009
    Inventor: Sae Won Kwon
  • Publication number: 20080276549
    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: Application
    Filed: May 11, 2007
    Publication date: November 13, 2008
    Inventor: Mark Turley
  • Patent number: 7409798
    Abstract: Disclosed is a barrier for protecting an object from encroaching elements. In one embodiment, the object is a utility pole and the barrier comprises an organic bentonite-based material and an outer boundary surface. The organic bentonite-based material may be formed substantially of sodium bentonite. The outer boundary surface may be an annular plastic sheet. Alternatively, the outer boundary surface may comprise the edges of a depression formed around the utility pole. The barrier may be disposed about any object that requires protection from encroaching elements, such as, but not limited to, fences, fence posts, poles, buildings, etc.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2008
    Inventors: James L. Freeby, Alex Boyter
  • Patent number: 7055286
    Abstract: The invention provides a modular post system including a plurality of modular post members 10, 20 which are inter-connectable to form a post structure 30. The modular post members include a plurality of front post members 10 and rear post members 20, which are generally elongate and are designed to be positioned and interconnected adjacent one another such that each of the front and rear modular post members extends in the same general direction and has a region of lap with an adjacent one of the post members. Each of the modular post members is adapted to interconnect with an adjacent post member in the lap region, each modular post member including connection means comprising a connecting element 12, 22 adapted for engagement with a complementary connecting element 22, 12 at the corresponding lap region of an adjacent post member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2002
    Date of Patent: June 6, 2006
    Inventor: Allen Richard Tierney
  • Patent number: 7047696
    Abstract: A ground anchoring system and its method of attachment to the ground. The ground anchor device has a base frame with bottom surfaces that terminate in a common plane. A plurality of elongated slots are defined through the base frame. Anchor spikes are provided for extending through the elongated slots of the base frame. Each of the anchor spikes has a flat face surface, a flat rear surface and a predetermined thickness between the face surface and the rear surface that is at least half as wide as the face surface. A tether mount is connected to the base frame. Any tension applied to the tether mount is transferred to the base frame and the anchor spikes extending through the base frame, wherein the tension force acts at a perpendicular to the flat face surface of the anchor spikes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2006
    Inventor: Anthony J. DiDomenico
  • Publication number: 20040200155
    Abstract: A ground anchor (10) for anchoring a structure to the ground includes an anchor shank (15) having a connection point (18) at which a connecting member, such as a chain (19) is coupled to the anchor shank (15). An anchor body (12) is pivotally connected to the anchor shank (10) at a point (14) remote from the connection point (18).
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 10, 2003
    Publication date: October 14, 2004
    Inventors: James P. Chapman, Shelby M. Withrow
  • Publication number: 20040006935
    Abstract: A support for layout lines utilized in laying out construction sites. The support is slidably carried on a stake and includes a clamping bolt to fix it in position on the stake and to allow it to be moved along the stake for adjustment purposes. The support includes a transit pole tab, on which the bottom of a transit pole can be placed for positioning purposes, and a tab for supporting a layout line platform. A clamping member, such as a thumbscrew, is carried in a bracket and overlies the platform to allow the thumbscrew to clamp the layout line in position against the upper face of the platform, which can include a groove or slot for receiving the layout line. The upper surface of the transit pole tab lies in the same plane as the upper surface of the layout line platform.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 26, 2003
    Publication date: January 15, 2004
    Inventor: William T. Moorhead
  • Patent number: 6606829
    Abstract: The collapsible land anchor of this invention includes an anchor body, a drive anvil coupled to the top end portion of the anchor body, and a runner member that is slidable longitudinally through the drive anvil between an operative position and a collapsed position. A retraction anvil is coupled to the top end portion of the runner member, and a hammer weight is carried on the runner member. In its operative position, the runner member extends beyond the drive anvil away from the cavity of the anchor body to space the drive anvil apart from the retraction anvil. Also in the operative position, the hammer weight is slidable along the runner member into the drive anvil to drive the anchor body into the ground. In the collapsed position, the runner member is displaced towards and at least partially stowed in the cavity of the anchor body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2001
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2003
    Inventors: Frank Benincasa, Beneditto Cafaro
  • Publication number: 20030121219
    Abstract: An apparatus for installing a workpiece such as an anchor at a location underneath a surface such as the surface of the earth comprising an elongate track member having a first end positionable proximate as on the surface and a second end positionable distal the surface, a carriage slidably mounted on the track member for reciprocal movement therealong, a hammer assembly mounted on the carriage and having a hammer head reciprocally movable relative to the carriage in a direction toward and away from the first end of the track member, an operator to effect reciprocation of the hammer head and an actuator to compressively urge the carriage toward the first end of the track member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 27, 2001
    Publication date: July 3, 2003
    Inventor: William R. Dietel
  • Patent number: 6572308
    Abstract: An earth anchor has a thin, elongate base to facilitate its introduction into the earth. Strengthening ribs extend along its longitudinal extent on both sides of the elongate base. The distal end of an anchor strap is secured to the elongate base and a proximal end of the anchor strap remains above the surface of the earth so that it can be pulled upon when the elongate base has reached a desired depth. In a preferred embodiment, a water jet positioned at the leading end of the elongate base bores a hole into which the earth anchor is inserted. Pulling on the anchor strap causes the elongate base to rotate about its trailing end until it assumes a horizontal, deployed position. Items secured to the proximal end of the anchor strap are held firmly to the ground because the deployed earth anchor offers substantial resistance to displacement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2002
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2003
    Inventor: Rodney Busto
  • Patent number: 6560935
    Abstract: A driveable member and a locking member cooperate to form a post anchor which is utilized in earthen ground to support a post. The driveable member is capable of being driven into the earthen ground during an installation process wherein a post extends from the driveable member following the installation process. The locking member acts to secure the post and the driveable member together using a binding pressure between a post support sleeve of the driveable member and the outer surface of the post. Ideally the locking member is installed during the installation process utilizing an installation impact force which is delivered generally aligned with the length of the post to bind the locking member between the driveable member and the post. A method of coupling the locking member relative to the driveable member prevents any tendency of the locking member to become dislodged subsequent to the installation process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2000
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2003
    Inventor: David H Barefield
  • Patent number: 6474028
    Abstract: A deadman ground-anchor comprises a heavy steel rod with several inches of machine threading at a back end, and an arrowhead with a pair of wedge-shaped wings at a front end. The wedge-shaped wings are welded to the steel rod. A pivotable fluke is hinged to the shaft with a lateral pin. The whole unit is driven into the soil, e.g., with a jack-hammer, until the threads at the back end are almost completely buried. A stabilizer vane and interlocking cap are then placed over the end flat on the ground. Nuts are put over the threaded end and tightened so that the whole unit is drawn back out a few inches. The fluke folds out perpendicular to the shaft and locks compacted soil between it and the cap. The stabilizing vane braces the top end of the anchor against lateral forces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2001
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2002
    Inventors: Matt Cusimano, John Earl Howard
  • Patent number: 6427417
    Abstract: The invention provides a wall-retaining element, including a three-dimensional body having a bottom portion including a major base surface positionable upon the ground in spaced-apart relationship to a wall to be retained, such that the plane of the bottom portion traverses the plane of the wall; at least one major surface to be covered with soil for applying pressure to the element, and means for attaching one end of a tie rod or a cable to the element and for attaching its other end to the wall. The invention also provides a method for retaining a wall structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2000
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2002
    Inventor: Eyal Sagy
  • Patent number: 6401408
    Abstract: A stake having first and second generally planar members intersecting along a common longitudinal axis extending from a leading end adapted for ground penetration to a trailing end with a striking surface includes a plurality of steps toward the trailing end adapted for supporting posts of varying diameters. Support pads extend in a circumferential direction about the longitudinal axis from the steps to provide a support surface for securing a posts of varying diameters and/or shapes with a fastener. In one embodiment, the stake includes a number of holes extending through at least one of the first and second members and the first and second members include scalloped edges with a common apex at the leading end. In another embodiment, the second member includes a triangular portion with an apex displaced relative to the apex of the first member which may include a triangular or trapezoidal portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2001
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2002
    Assignee: Plastics Research Corporation
    Inventors: Carl I. Schwartz, Richard C. Kruyer, Richard A. Gauthier
  • Patent number: 6370827
    Abstract: A ground anchor rod drilled into soil is held in place by a generally rectangular stabilizer having various side thicknesses of about 2-1 cm from a top to a bottom portion and a front and backside having a width of about 20 cm. The front face contains multiple depressions over its entire surface for receiving soil. The backside has two parallel spaced. apart vertical protrusions for enclosing a portion of the ground anchor rod when the stabilizer is hammered into the ground juxtaposed to the ground anchor rod. The stabilizer is made from a high strength plastic such as ABS and can withstand loads in excess of four thousand pounds.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 1999
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2002
    Inventor: Dan Chalich