Lintel Patents (Class 52/204.2)
  • Patent number: 10253494
    Abstract: A wall construction has a number of spaced upright channel-shaped studs and a number of concrete panels that form an exterior wall. The lower end of the studs are mounted on a concrete foundation member, and are provided with respective lower plates that enable moisture to drain away from the from the lower ends of the studs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2019
    Assignee: DesignStone Pty Ltd
    Inventor: David Allan Burke
  • Patent number: 9016011
    Abstract: An internally aligned insulating concrete form window and door buck that self aligns into the insulated concrete wall forms and it allows for the changing of the face and edge materials when desired, and the use of solid insulating materials with internal alignment elements that fit into the cavity of the insulated concrete formed wall which bonds to the concrete. The internally aligned insulating window and door buck generally includes an insulated window and door buck made as a single insulating element or with multiple components with a configuration that allows for the use of various type of materials on the face and edges of the buck, and have the ability to align to the inside of an insulated concrete formed walls so as no external bracing or strapping or support is needed to keep the buck aligned with the wall forms during concrete placement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignee: Gorilla Buck Inc.
    Inventor: Cooper Edward Stewart
  • Publication number: 20140331575
    Abstract: A water management system installation including framing, a jamb liner, a head liner, and a sill liner. The jamb liner having a cross-section and including a first landing and first and second walls defining an elongated channel, and a second landing extending from the second wall and vertically offset from the first landing, the second landing positioned toward a first jamb member with the first wall disposed toward the exterior side of the building structure. The head liner having a cross-section that is substantially the same as the cross-section of the jamb liner, the second landing of the head liner positioned toward a head member with the first wall disposed toward the exterior side of the building structure. The sill liner having a cross-section and including a first landing positioned toward a sill member with a wall disposed toward the interior side of the building structure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 23, 2014
    Publication date: November 13, 2014
    Inventors: Jaron E. Vos, Paul D. Schroder, Andrew P. Schirz, Mark D. McClellan, Richard M. Raab, Ted A. Grier
  • Publication number: 20140331574
    Abstract: Disclosed is an operating-fixed-operating window with a common frame. The window frame includes a sill with a sill lock and sill tower upwardly extending from the sill. The window frame also includes a head disposed atop the window frame, at least one jamb and at least one operating window frame. The window also includes at least one fixed window frame with a sill cover disposed atop the sill, the sill cover engaged with the sill lock and the sill tower.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 8, 2014
    Publication date: November 13, 2014
    Applicant: Ply Gem Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Colin David Campbell
  • Publication number: 20140318035
    Abstract: A support frame for a window frame is provided to address the problem of unwanted entry of moisture, such as condensation, into a building in which the window frame is mounted. The support frame includes four sections of flashing. Each section of flashing has a window frame support plate that has a window frame side and building framework side. A first longitudinal wall extends from the window frame side of the support plate. One or more longitudinal stiffening box sections continuous with the plate are provided for imparting rigidity to the flashing. Two of the sections comprise sill and header flashings spaced apart at either end by the remaining two sections, which comprise jamb flashings. Joiners connect adjacent ends of the four sections.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 30, 2014
    Publication date: October 30, 2014
    Inventor: Dean Costa
  • Publication number: 20140245674
    Abstract: The present invention provides a portal frame comprising at least one header, at least a first column, at least one frame connector for rigidly connecting the at least first column to the at least one header, at least one header fastening means for fastening the frame connector to the at least one header and at least one column fastening means for fastening the frame connector to the at least first column. The at least first column is formed of wood or a wood-based/wood-derived material. The at least one frame connector comprises a lateral header connecting portion extending beyond a lateral edge of the first column in a direction towards the centre of the at least one header and a column connecting portion extending along at least a portion of the height of the at least first column. The lateral header connecting portion comprises at least one of the at least one header fastening means.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 18, 2012
    Publication date: September 4, 2014
    Applicant: SIMPSON STRONG-TIE COMPANY,INC.
    Inventors: Ian Harrison, Abdy Kermani, Sana Munir
  • Publication number: 20140075861
    Abstract: A vertically adjustable door assembly for use in a modular wall assembly includes a door opening defined by first and second door jamb assemblies which are adapted to receive vertical slider members in a channel disposed along a length of the door jamb assemblies. The slider members are vertically adjustable within the channels and include hinge mechanism such that either door jamb assembly can support a door member therefrom. Another aspect of the invention includes a vertically adjustable header assembly providing an aesthetically pleasing uniform appearance between the door assembly and the modular wall assembly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 17, 2013
    Publication date: March 20, 2014
    Applicant: Steelcase Inc.
    Inventors: Marvin C. Knauf, Karl J. Mead, Beverly Jo Sugarbaker, Jamie L. Payne
  • Publication number: 20140075862
    Abstract: A reversible door assembly for use in a panel wall system includes a door frame assembly having first and second door jamb assemblies which are adapted to receive vertical slider members in a channel disposed along a length of the door jamb assemblies. The slider members are vertically adjustable within the channels and may include hinge mechanism such that either door jamb assembly can hingedly support a door member therefrom. As one door jamb assembly supports the door member between open and closed positions, the opposite door jamb assembly includes a vertically adjustable latch striker plate for engaging a door latch mechanism.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 17, 2013
    Publication date: March 20, 2014
    Applicant: Steelcase, Inc.
    Inventors: Karl J. Mead, Marvin C. Knauf
  • Patent number: 8615942
    Abstract: An improved metal or steel header frame is provided for use in a metal framed building wall or the like, wherein the header frame is adapted for quick and easy installation to span a framed opening such as a door or window opening in the building wall. The improved header frame includes a pair of metal bracket clips adapted for screw-on and/or bolt-on attachment to a pair of jamb studs disposed at opposite sides of the door or window opening. These bracket clips define support lands for vertically supporting opposite ends of an elongated header stud which can be quickly and easily seated thereon to span the door or window opening, and attached thereto by one or more suitable fasteners such as screws.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2013
    Assignee: Lafreniere Construction Concepts, LLC
    Inventor: Dennis P. Lafreniere
  • Patent number: 8505253
    Abstract: A shelter is capable of withstanding extreme winds. The shelter comprises a concrete foundation mechanically coupled to a lower continuous track by an anchor bolt. The lower continuous track is mechanically coupled to load bearing studs and second load bearing studs. The load bearing studs and second load bearing studs are mechanically coupled to an upper continuous track. The arrangement of studs secured between two tracks provides additional stability against variable wind loads that normally damage buildings. The load bearing studs are arranged with second load bearing studs to create walls, where the walls are covered by a first exterior layer and a second exterior layer. The first exterior layer plates provide protection against live force loads and the second external layer provides protection against vibration. The upper continuous track is mechanically coupled to roofing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2013
    Inventor: Holland Medford
  • Publication number: 20130199114
    Abstract: A door frame with and threshold for mounting optional latch strikes, lock strikes and blank covers in the same door frame. The door jamb includes cut-outs and a reinforcement with depressed center portions opposite the cut-outs for attaching matching strikes of optional latches and locks. The shapes of the cut-outs, reinforcement and matching strikes cooperate in a manner which allow the same door frame to be used with existing latches and locks. The improved threshold eliminates the failures of seals in vertical gap in current thresholds because of temperature changes and persons stepping on thresholds.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 6, 2012
    Publication date: August 8, 2013
    Inventor: Isaac Ben Ezra
  • Patent number: 8209921
    Abstract: A panel with multiple openings and brackets can be used to flush-mount multiple components in a wallboard. The panel is installed flush with the wallboard and the junction between the panel and the wallboard is plastered or drywalled to create a uniform appearance. Wall-mounted components can then be installed into the brackets into openings that have been pre-measured and cut to ensure that the components are aligned with precision relative to one another before installation even begins.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2012
    Assignee: Dana Innovations
    Inventors: Scott Struthers, Ray Call, Geoff Spencer, Greg Fetter
  • Patent number: 8186112
    Abstract: A mechanical header is provided for spanning a corridor in a building and for hanging mechanical equipment therefrom. The mechanical header includes a first angle member comprising a first horizontal portion and a first vertical portion, where the first horizontal portion extends away from the first vertical portion in a first direction. The mechanical header further includes a second angle member comprising a second horizontal portion and a second vertical portion, where the second horizontal portion extends away from the second vertical portion in a direction opposite the first direction. A spanning beam is coupled to the first vertical member and to the second vertical member. The first horizontal portion is configured to rest on top of a first wall structure, and the second horizontal portion is configured to rest on top of a second wall structure, such that spanning beam spans the corridor and hangs just at or below the level of the top of the first and second wall structures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2012
    Assignee: Nucor Corporation
    Inventors: Glenn Wayne Studebaker, David Lee Samuelson, Lionel Edward Dayton
  • Patent number: 8178643
    Abstract: A polymer casting formulation for producing molded polymeric structural members comprises a liquid mixture that contains a polyisocyanate component comprising at least two polyisocyanates; and an isocyanate-reactive component comprising at least two isocyanate-reactive compounds, which formulation cures to form a polyurethane. Methods of using the casting formulation to produce molded polymer structural members and the structural members that are produced by such a method are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2012
    Assignee: JELD-WEN, Inc.
    Inventors: Brian D. Edstrom, Michael Charles Michie, Aniq Sufi
  • Publication number: 20120096783
    Abstract: A frame assembly for a doorway defined by two substantially vertical sides and a substantially horizontal side comprises a header jamb having a top surface, a bottom surface, and one or two header jamb rebates. The top surface of the head jamb is adapted for fixedly mounting to the substantially horizontal side of the doorway and the header jamb rebates located on the bottom surface across the length of the header jamb define a header soffit. The frame assembly comprises two upright jambs each having an outer surface and a top end. The outer surface of each of the upright jambs is adapted for fixedly mounting to one of the two substantially vertical sides of the doorway. The top end of each of the upright jambs have a slot for receiving a portion of the header soffit such that, when assembled, the header soffit engages in the slots.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 20, 2011
    Publication date: April 26, 2012
    Inventors: Radenko Zrnic, Donald Walters
  • Patent number: 8091297
    Abstract: A building construction frame element consists of a wooden core of a single piece of wooden material provided with a thermal break formed of an insulating material extending across the heat conductance path of the element, which may be in the form of stud for a wall or ceiling. A method for producing the frame element is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 10, 2012
    Assignee: Thermo Structure Inc.
    Inventors: Sylvain Tiberi, Michel Mathon
  • Publication number: 20110314754
    Abstract: The invention provides door frame assembly, suitable for hanging a door panel in a number of different positions. The invention is characterised such that a side wall of the frame is routered on front and rear faces, either face adapted to receive one plate of a door hinge. In addition one edge of the door panel is routered across the entire length of the edge to receive a second plate of said hinge, wherein the outer edge of the second plate comprises a bull nosed edge. The advantage of the door frame assembly according to the invention is the routering both sides of the panel allows it to be reversed depending on which way one wishes to hang the door. As the door panel edge is routered across the entire edge allows the hinge to hang the door in the frame in either direction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 11, 2010
    Publication date: December 29, 2011
    Inventor: Stephen Griffin
  • Publication number: 20110179730
    Abstract: The present disclosure includes an adjustable door frame assembly and method for framing a door opening. The adjustable door frame assembly comprises first and second alignment members providing a first securing structure to a door opening, one of the first and second alignment members being rotatably connected to a door during installation. The adjustable door frame assembly further comprises an alignment header connecting the first and second alignment members along an upper end of the alignment members and an alignment assembly located within at least one of the first and second alignment members. The alignment assembly comprises an adjustable stop for locating the adjustable door frame assembly about the door opening. The adjustable door frame assembly also comprises first and second cover members providing a second securing structure to the door opening independently of the first securing structure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 27, 2010
    Publication date: July 28, 2011
    Applicant: Amweld International, LLC
    Inventors: Michael A. Kolovich, Daniel Perry, Scott Willson, Eric E. Hunt, Fredrick John Bloom, III
  • Patent number: 7971401
    Abstract: The invention relates to a construction module for erecting flat structures, particularly walls, comprising two parallel panel-shaped wall parts and a module core arranged between them. According to the invention, each wall part has a number of room-height solid squared timbers that are set on end. These squared timbers are joined to one another in an at least non-positive manner via a mechanical pinning placed transversal to the longitudinal direction of the squared timbers and extending in the plane of the wall parts, and/or these squared timbers are each pinned in an at least non-positive manner with at least two crossbars, which extend essentially transversal to the longitudinal direction of the squared timbers and which are located in the future module core.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2011
    Inventor: Hermann Preiss
  • Publication number: 20110120033
    Abstract: The door jamb of the present invention bears a conventional outward appearance, but underneath lies a unique steel exoskeleton which is machined in order to mount it to the home's frame first, then for the door to be mounted to it. This design element harkens back to the days when any carpenter worth his salt would set about the task of installing a door by first constructing a dimensionally perfect opening for it, then hanging the door within the resulting space. The door jamb of the present invention defines this space with the perfect material for the task, which is steel. It is this steel exoskeleton which keeps the door opening within desired tolerances, regardless of outside temperature. This results in much greater latch and lock engagement, as well as significant energy savings from a properly sealed door.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 21, 2010
    Publication date: May 26, 2011
    Inventor: Jonathan T. Stetson
  • Publication number: 20110107693
    Abstract: A system for constructing wood framed homes reduces the materials and labor costs for home construction while improving the thermal efficiency of the home. Conventional home design, layout and appearance are maintained.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 6, 2010
    Publication date: May 12, 2011
    Inventor: Guy M. Haskell
  • Patent number: 7908804
    Abstract: A prefabricated form assembly for making a concrete floor is disclosed. The form comprises an elongated form plate having a front for forming and retaining a flowable concrete material before it sets, anchor elements extending from the back face of the form plate, and being destined to be embedded into the concrete floor; and an L-shaped lintel having a back wall connected to the front face of the form plate and a bearing wall for supporting a masonry wall. Advantageously the construction of a concrete floor adapted to structurally retain a masonry wall using prefabricated form assemblies according to the invention no more requires the use of different groups of workers from different building trades as in the prior art, only one group of workers is required.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2011
    Inventor: José Vieira
  • Publication number: 20110056155
    Abstract: The present invention concerns a sectional rail system which is constructed with the known outer rails with U-shaped cross-section and intermediate rails with C-shaped cross-section, and which is peculiar in that each of the retention means of the outer rail includes at least one stop pin which is disposed close to the inner side of the screw web of an outer rail, preferably two stop pins disposed opposite each other close to the inner side of the screw webs of the outer rail, where each stop pin furthermore is provided with a support flange for supporting an end part of the reinforcement web of the intermediate rail. The fastening means of the outer rail may thus include one, two or more stop pins, and one or more resilient lock pins. Hereby may be achieved provision of a tool-free assembly method for the sectional rail system and that by screwing on plate covering close to the edge part of the intermediate rail, it is avoided that the screw web and the associated reinforcement web “capsize”.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 26, 2009
    Publication date: March 10, 2011
    Inventor: Niels Dollerup
  • Patent number: 7900409
    Abstract: A timber wall frame for use in building construction has an opening for a door or window defined at each side by a vertically extending prop stud and jamb stud in side by side relation, and the opening is defined from above by a horizontally extending top plate of the wall frame. The prop stud and jamb stud are of the same length and extend to the underside of the top plate. A lintel of sheet metal spans the upper side of the opening, the lintel having a vertical wall and a horizontal flange along the upper edge of the wall. The lintel is applied to the frame so that its vertical wall overlies a face of each stud and a face of the top plate, with the horizontal flange of the lintel being above the top plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2011
    Assignee: ITW Construction Systems Australia Pty Ltd
    Inventor: Bernard Joseph Kennelly
  • Patent number: 7882665
    Abstract: The present invention provides construction configurations and a construction method for steel houses that eliminate the shortcoming of the conventional platform construction method for steel houses that complicates the structure because of the need to use metal reinforcements without losing the advantage of the conventional method that facilitates the construction work by using wall panels. After constructing the ground story wall (lower story wall) 22 by attaching wall panels 21 for the ground story to through vertical frame studs 20 extending to upper floors, the second story wall (upper story wall) 23 is constructed by attaching wall panels 21 for the upper Story to the through vertical frame studs 20. Of the wall panels 21 disposed along the four sides of the lower story, the top ends 29 of the two opposite wall panels 21b are positioned lower than the top ends 29a of the lower story wall panels 21a on the other two opposite sides.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 8, 2011
    Assignee: Nippon Steel Corporation
    Inventors: Yoshimichi Kawai, Kazunori Fujihashi, Shigeaki Tohnai
  • Patent number: 7841139
    Abstract: An uninsulated section comprising a first section element and a second section element is described; the first section element comprises a first cavity for housing a portion of a first heat-insulating body and a second cavity for housing a portion of a second heat-insulating body; the second section element comprises a third cavity for housing another portion of the first heat-insulating body and a fourth cavity for housing another portion of the second heat-insulating body. The uninsulated section also comprises a partition connecting the first section element and the second section element. Advantageously, the partition may be situated between the first and the second cavity and between the third and the fourth cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2010
    Assignee: Norsk Hydro ASA
    Inventor: Maurizio Dampierre
  • Publication number: 20100251643
    Abstract: A fenestration construction member includes a monolithic frame having a front surface, a rear surface, and peripheral wall extending between the front and rear surfaces. The peripheral wall having an inward facing surface and an outward facing surface. The inward facing surface of the peripheral wall defining a through opening into which is positionable a window assembly in sealing contact with the inward facing surface. The monolithic frame further having a sill pan flange extending continuously around the interior facing surface in a direction inwardly therefrom. The monolithic frame further having a fastening flange extending in a direction outwardly from the outward facing surface. The monolithic frame being positionable in a wall frame having a rough opening defined by a sill, a header and a pair vertical jambs extending therebetween with the peripheral wall extending into the rough opening and with the fastening flange abutting an exterior surface of the wall frame.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 21, 2009
    Publication date: October 7, 2010
    Inventors: John Leonard Rosende, Christopher Ryan Rosende, Leonard Rosende, JR.
  • Publication number: 20100126088
    Abstract: A door security system serves to substantially improve the reliability of the entire door assembly with sidelights. The system may comprise five or six components generally having an L-shaped cross section. Several doorjamb stanchion shields may be mounted around a door jamb stanchion on the side of the door jamb corresponding to the door slab free swinging edge. Similarly several door jamb stanchion shields may also be mounted on a door jamb stanchion on the hinge side of the door jamb. The shields include sleeves that wraps on two sides around the door jamb stanchion to reinforce and stabilize the door system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 24, 2008
    Publication date: May 27, 2010
    Inventor: Glenn I. Young
  • Patent number: 7712262
    Abstract: A removable arch form assembly for use in forming a masonry arch of a plurality of masonry elements on a substructure comprises a flexible arch form having a substantially rectangular shape, first and second end clips engaging an arched structure about which the masonry arch is to be formed, at least one intermediate clip positioned on the arched structure between the end clips and at an elevation differing from the end clips, the end clips and the at least one intermediate clip removably receiving the flexible arch form and retaining the form in an arched orientation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2010
    Inventor: Tom Scanlan
  • Publication number: 20100088983
    Abstract: An adjustable masonry form is disclosed for use in masonry constructions. The adjustable masonry form comprises a planar base section to support the masonry elements which will comprise the masonry construction, and a plurality of attachment elements secured to the planar base and at least one horizontal breakaway element for use in modifying the width of the planar base. The adjustable masonry form is constructed from material rigid enough to support the masonry elements, but flexible enough to be bent to conform to any given masonry construction without unwanted buckling of the form. The form is left in position permanently, obviating the need to build a temporary arch support saving time and expense and obviating waste of materials.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 11, 2009
    Publication date: April 15, 2010
    Inventor: MICHAEL EUGENE BAILEY
  • Patent number: 7676996
    Abstract: A window and door head flashing assembly is fabricated at a construction site to fit specific door or window widths. A center section which may be extruded with a sloped base, a rear flange, and a front lip. End caps may be provided to snap or glue on the center section. The end caps have a perpendicular fin which serves as an end dam to block the lateral movement of water. The assembly may be inverted for use as a sill pan. The center section may be cut to a desired length and installed over arched windows or doors by bending to shape as it is installed. For arched applications, a combination of rigid and flexible PVC may be coextruded to provide a desired cross sectional profile that is flexible enough to be bent around the arch, but stiff enough to retain its cross section for drainage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 16, 2010
    Inventor: Mishko Teodorovich
  • Publication number: 20100037542
    Abstract: A building construction frame element consists of a wooden core of a single piece of wooden material provided with a thermal break formed of an insulating material extending across the heat conductance path of the element, which may be in the form of stud for a wall or ceiling. A method for producing the frame element is also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 22, 2009
    Publication date: February 18, 2010
    Inventors: Sylvain Tiberi, Michel Mathon
  • Patent number: 7634879
    Abstract: Structural support systems and methods are provided to reinforce lintel support systems. According to some embodiments, a reinforcement system to reinforce an elongated load bearing member having opposing ends and supporting a load can comprise an elongated reinforcing member having a first portion and a second portion. The first portion can be disposed beneath the load bearing member between the opposing ends of the load supporting member and have a length substantially equal to the length of the load bearing member. The second portion can have length greater than the first portion. Also, the second portion can extend in a substantially normal direction from the first portion and be spaced apart from the load bearing member. The second portion can be securedly fixed in a substantially static position to support the first portion disposed beneath the load bearing member. In one configuration, the second portion can be fixed to a header associated with a lintel support system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 22, 2009
    Inventor: William Clay Trotter
  • Publication number: 20090183448
    Abstract: A timber wall frame for use in building construction has an opening for a door or window defined at each side by a vertically extending prop stud and jamb stud in side by side relation, and the opening is defined from above by a horizontally extending top plate of the wall frame. The prop stud and jamb stud are of the same length and extend to the underside of the top plate. A lintel of sheet metal spans the upper side of the opening, the lintel having a vertical wall and a horizontal flange along the upper edge of the wall. The lintel is applied to the frame so that its vertical wall overlies a face of each stud and a face of the top plate, with the horizontal flange of the lintel being above the top plate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 17, 2008
    Publication date: July 23, 2009
    Applicant: ITW CONSTRUCTION SYSTEMS AUSTRALIA PTY LTD
    Inventor: Bernard Joseph KENNELLY
  • Publication number: 20080216423
    Abstract: Structural support systems and methods are provided to reinforce lintel support systems. According to some embodiments, a reinforcement system to reinforce an elongated load bearing member having opposing ends and supporting a load can comprise an elongated reinforcing member having a first portion and a second portion. The first portion can be disposed beneath the load bearing member between the opposing ends of the load supporting member and have a length substantially equal to the length of the load bearing member. The second portion can have length greater than the first portion. Also, the second portion can extend in a substantially normal direction from the first portion and be spaced apart from the load bearing member. The second portion can be securedly fixed in a substantially static position to support the first portion disposed beneath the load bearing member. In one configuration, the second portion can be fixed to a header associated with a lintel support system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 6, 2007
    Publication date: September 11, 2008
    Inventor: WILLIAM CLAY TROTTER
  • Publication number: 20080196332
    Abstract: A sheet-metal header beam is constructed from a single sheet of sheet metal (10). It is folded to form an upper channel (58) having a bottom wall (12) and inner sidewalls (14, 16). The upper boundaries of the sidewalls (14, 16) form corners (24, 28) with top walls (30, 32) which in turn form corners (26, 28) with outside walls (38, 40). Lower portions of the outside walls (30, 40) and regions (50, 52) form sidewalls of a lower channel (60). Regions (50, 52) are bent at corners (42, 44) to form flanges (46, 48) which form a top for the lower channel (60).
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 15, 2007
    Publication date: August 21, 2008
    Inventor: Matt F. Surowiecki
  • Publication number: 20080155912
    Abstract: In combination with a wall having an opening between opposite wall portions, a header arrangement has an elongated, lower, and substantially horizontal flange with a downwardly open U-shape for embracing the wall portions along at least part of the length of the lower flange, an elongated, and substantially vertical web connected along and extending upwardly from the lower flange, and an elongated, upper, and substantially horizontal flange connected along an upper edge of the vertical web and also having a U-shape. Web stiffeners and end stiffeners are engaged to the flanges and web to brace the header arrangement against static and dynamic loads.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 13, 2008
    Publication date: July 3, 2008
    Inventor: Raymond C. Frobosilo
  • Patent number: 7383665
    Abstract: A header arrangement has an elongated, lower, and substantially horizontal flange with a downwardly open U-shape for embracing a wall structured along at least part of the length of the lower flange, an elongated, and substantially vertical web connected along and extending upwardly from the lower flange, and an elongated, upper, and substantially horizontal flange connected along an upper edge of the vertical web and also having a U-shape. Web stiffeners and end stiffeners are engaged to the flanges and web to brace the header arrangement against static and dynamic loads.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2008
    Inventor: Raymond C. Frobosilo
  • Publication number: 20080053012
    Abstract: A removable arch form assembly for use in forming a masonry arch of a plurality of masonry elements on a substructure comprises a flexible arch form having a substantially rectangular shape, first and second end clips engaging an arched structure about which the masonry arch is to be formed, at least one intermediate clip positioned on the arched structure between the end clips and at an elevation differing from the end clips, the end clips and the at least one intermediate clip removably receiving the flexible arch form and retaining the form in an arched orientation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 31, 2006
    Publication date: March 6, 2008
    Inventor: Tom Scanlan
  • Patent number: 6964136
    Abstract: A flashing and weep apparatus allows for simple installation and accurate placement windows and doors in cavity wall construction. In a first embodiment, the flashing and weep apparatus is a two-panel extrusion that has a flashing panel that acts as a non-porous support for the masonry veneer. This embodiment also includes a second panel which is joined at a generally right angle to the first panel to be juxtaposed against the outer face of the inner wall in the cavity wall construction. Weep channels are formed between the two panels and allow for the drainage and dissipation of water and other moisture in the cavity wall system. In a second embodiment, membrane is initially attached to and draped along the lower portion of the inner wall immediately above the sill or lintel. The membrane extends across the cavity spacing between the walls to underlie the masonry components forming the outer veneer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2003
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2005
    Assignee: PACC Systems I.P., LLC
    Inventors: P. Michael Collins, Steven E. Schaefer
  • Patent number: 6848224
    Abstract: An adjustable masonry arch form is disclosed. The adjustable masonry arch form has a planar base section to support the masonry elements which will form the masonry arch, and a plurality of attachment elements secured to the planar base for securing the form to a structure. The adjustable masonry arch form is constructed from material rigid enough to support the masonry elements, but flexible enough to be bent to conform to any given arched construction without unwanted buckling of the form. The masonry elements which form the masonry arch are placed directly on the planar base of the form in the desired configuration and secured in the masonry arch by mortar. The form is left in position permanently, obviating the need to build a temporary arch support saving time and expense and obviating waste of materials.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2002
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2005
    Inventor: Michael Eugene Bailey
  • Publication number: 20040049997
    Abstract: An apparatus and associated method for a header in a structural framing system comprising a pair of track members defining opposing receiving portions. A plurality of column members is disposed substantially transversely to the track members and joined thereto. A web member is receivingly engaged in the receiving portions and spans the column members. The track members can be characteristically longitudinally arcuate and the web member characteristically conformable to the arcuate shape of the track members. In one illustrative embodiment the track members can comprise a plurality of flexibly joined sections that are moveable to define a selected arcuate longitudinal shape. A retaining member is adapted for retaining the flexibly joined sections in the selected shape. A fixing member is adapted for fixing the web member to one or more column members and/or one or more of the track members after the track members achieve the selected shape.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 17, 2002
    Publication date: March 18, 2004
    Inventor: Frank Wheeler
  • Publication number: 20030177714
    Abstract: An adjustable masonry arch form is disclosed. The adjustable masonry arch form comprises a planar base section to support the masonry elements which will comprise the masonry arch, and a plurality of attachment means secured to the planar base for securing the form to a structure. The adjustable masonry arch form is constructed from material rigid enough to support the masonry elements, but flexible enough to be bent to conform to any given arched construction without unwanted buckling of the form. The masonry elements which will comprise the masonry arch are placed directly on the planar base of the form in the desired configuration and secured in the masonry arch by mortar. The form is left in position permanently, obviating the need to build a temporary arch support saving time and expense and obviating waste of materials.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 20, 2002
    Publication date: September 25, 2003
    Inventor: Michael Eugene Bailey
  • Patent number: 6615556
    Abstract: The present invention provides a stud component of a cleanroom wall system that, in addition to supporting wall panels also supports a door, thereby doing away with the need for a separate, standard doorframe. Thus, the universal nature of the wall and door stud components substantially reduces the material and labor cost associated with acquiring and constructing doorframes in a cleanroom wall system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2001
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2003
    Inventors: Dennis O. Cates, Roger K. Crawford
  • Patent number: 6560938
    Abstract: A box lintel includes an elongated, hollow metal form with a lower wall, integrally formed side walls extending upwardly therefrom, and integrally formed partial upper walls extending inwardly from the side walls. A method of fabricating a box lintel is also disclosed which includes the steps of providing an elongated flat sheet of metal and bending the flat sheet of metal into a hollow metal form with a lower wall, integrally formed side walls extending upwardly therefrom, and integrally formed partial upper walls extending inwardly from the side walls. The form is adapted to be positioned on upright masonry supports so as to span an opening and to be filled with grout/mortar and to receive one or more courses of masonry bricks on the upper walls.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2001
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2003
    Inventor: John Powers, Jr.
  • Patent number: 6543192
    Abstract: A lintel support brace having a top portion, an opposing bottom portion adjustably coupled to the top portion, and a support arm coupled to the bottom portion, wherein the top portion and the bottom portion are configured to be attached to an adjoining header.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2001
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2003
    Inventor: Homer W. Parker, Jr.
  • Publication number: 20030051422
    Abstract: The L-Bead system is a system for use as a plaster or stucco stop where the plaster or stucco meets a separate surface such as window or door frames or jamb. Typical plaster stop in the stucco masonry industry consists of a perforated strip running parallel to the jamb with a plastic edge acting to contain the applied plaster or stucco surface. Traditional plaster stop is routinely installed approximately ¼-inch away from jamb in order to account for differences in the raised height of the jamb or other surface. The resulting gap or space requires the installation of a backer rod between the plaster stop and the edge of the jamb. This can add considerably to construction time and costs.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 17, 2001
    Publication date: March 20, 2003
    Inventor: Jeffrey Maziarz
  • Patent number: 6494001
    Abstract: Procedure for the installation of a landing door, in which a threshold module is mounted on the lower edge of a door opening of the elevator shaft, whereupon side posts are mounted at the edges of the opening and a lintel connecting the side posts as well as an overhead supporter for the suspension of the door panels are mounted in the upper part of the opening. The equally long side posts are mounted on top of the threshold module while the side posts are connected to each other by the lintel mounted on top of them. The overhead supporter is lifted up onto the lintel and fixed to the wall by its ends.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2000
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2002
    Assignee: Kone Corporation
    Inventors: Ari Ketonen, Jori Hägg, Harri Anttila
  • Patent number: 6474026
    Abstract: A mausoleum, formed of stone pieces having a plurality of crypts. The mausoleum is formed of a plurality of vertical walls each formed of a stone piece engaged at selected ends to form vertically extending seams. A roof, comprising a plurality of elongated stone pieces arranged in pyramid fashion longitudinally of the mausoleum, is supported by upper edges of certain of the vertical walls. A header extends transversely of the front of the mausoleum. The header is supported by the upper edges of other of the vertical walls and the forward end of the roof pieces. This arrangement provides that the roof and the header cover upper portions of all vertically extending seams while the header provides a homogeneous, pleasing face to the structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2001
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2002
    Inventor: Allan E. McGarity
  • Publication number: 20020073636
    Abstract: The invention is directed to a skid plate and a method for attaching the skid plate to the bottom surface of a pre-hung door assembly to improve wear and moisture resistance. The skid plate includes a first side having a first shaped portion configured to conform to the bottom end of a first doorjamb arrangement and a second side having a second shaped portion configured to conform to the bottom end of a second doorjamb arrangement. The method for attaching the skid plate to the pre-hung door bottom surface includes applying an adhesive to bond the skid plate to the bottom surface, positioning the skid plate so that the first shaped portion and the second shaped portion align with their respective doorjamb ends, engaging tabs against the frame side surface to the doorjambs, and driving fasteners through the skid plate and tabs.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 11, 2001
    Publication date: June 20, 2002
    Inventor: Oded E. Rochman