Separable And Lapped Sections Patents (Class 52/212)
  • Patent number: 9528316
    Abstract: A tornado door comprises a door body having spaced first and second exterior panels and a window panel sized to be oriented within an opening in the door body exterior panels. The door includes a plurality of S-shaped stiffeners spacing the interior sides of the door body first and second exterior panels and positioned about the periphery of the window panel forming a frame. A sealant establishes a seal between the window panel and the plurality of S-shaped stiffeners and between the window panel and the door body first or second exterior panel. The door further includes a cover ring placed on an exterior surface of one of the door body first or second exterior panels and juxtaposed with the plurality of S-shaped stiffeners. The cover ring and plurality of S-shaped stiffeners are intersecured using a plurality of fasteners which pass between the cover ring mounting holes through the door body first or second exterior panel and into the stiffener mounting holes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2015
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2016
    Assignee: AADG, INC.
    Inventors: Bobby Neal Strickland, John Wilkinson, Billy Kirk, Charles Stewart, Jeff Badgett
  • Patent number: 9318028
    Abstract: A training door for breaching tools has a frame on which the door is hung by hinges at a hinge edge, while at an opposite edge being retained to a jamb by one or more non-shearing bolts. When the door is forced by a breaching tool at the bolt location, the jamb is forced laterally away from the door edge, against rubber mounts that allow limited jamb movement. As the door is forced in (or out, depending on its swing direction), with the jamb spread away somewhat the bolt will bend and fail pulling out of its socket. Replaceable sleeves are secured to the door edge, in several sections of the door to avoid breach tool damage on the door itself.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2016
    Assignee: 5.11 Inc.
    Inventors: Lars Ingesson, Patrik Gustavsson
  • Patent number: 9175507
    Abstract: An adjustable door jamb wrap for use on a door jamb of an exterior door. The adjustable door jamb wrap covers openings next to the door that are commonly found on door jambs with beveled edges. The door jamb wrap includes an outer bracket having an “L” shape. The door jamb wrap also includes an inner bracket having an “L” shape, the inner bracket slidably coupled to the outer bracket. The inner bracket and the outer bracket together form a “C” shape having an adjustable size and configured to surround a bottom edge of the door jamb.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 28, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2015
    Inventor: David P. Davis
  • Patent number: 9115501
    Abstract: The present invention provides a method and apparatus for mounting a door frame into a door opening of a building and includes a pair of substantially similar brackets, a door support frame, and a trim frame. The brackets are connectable to the door opening, the door support frame is connected to the brackets, and the trim frame is connected to the door support frame. The brackets may have a slotted aperture for adjusting the brackets horizontally along a fastener. The brackets may also have an inward taper or ramp for adjustably receiving the door support frame. The brackets are connected to the door support frame through the use of mounting pins, slots, spring clips, integral pins, or a frame insertion tab.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2015
    Assignee: SCI-PRO.ORG, LLC
    Inventors: Kevin John Rucinski, Scott Allen Behr
  • Patent number: 9010066
    Abstract: Apparatuses, systems, and methods (e.g., “utilities”) for use in mounting molding members (e.g., trim, baseboards, etc.) onto and over interfaces between building components (e.g., drywall, studs, framing members, etc.) in a manner that eliminates or at least reduces the need for driving fasteners through the outside surface of the molding members and thus eliminates many of the problems and inefficiencies associated with existing manners of mounting molding members onto building components. At least some of the disclosed utilities include use of a connection member that is configured (e.g., sized) to be disposed or received in a groove of a framing member (e.g., door or window jamb, interconnect member, etc.) or a molding member. The other of the framing member and molding member may include a projecting member that is configured to be received in the groove and engage with a fastening apparatus of the connection member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: Easy Frame, LLC
    Inventor: Roar Sand
  • Patent number: 9010704
    Abstract: The invention includes an alignment device and system having a guide member, a support member and a connector which engages the guide member and the support member. The guide member may be a relatively flat piece attachable to and edge of a frame. In one aspect the guide member includes a perimeter slot. The support member may have a first portion generally perpendicular with a second portion and the first portion may be attached to an object (or integral with an object such as a window or door casing) which is to be aligned with a frame. The second portion may have a connector portion or threaded hole for receiving a connector. The connector may also engage the slot of the guide member. The device allows for desired alignment of an object within a frame by transferring rotational movement to linear movement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Inventors: Andrew Sirek, Colton Sirek
  • Patent number: 8984820
    Abstract: An adaptable 3-piece, light-weight, adaptable window system, which can be installed by do-it-yourselfers in multiple unit arrays in various geometric patterns, includes a first polymeric molded window element with an outwardly extending mounting flange having a geometric profile that permits adjacent window units of the array of window units to interdigitate, aligning the adjacent window units and allowing the outwardly extending flange of each said adjacent window unit to be secured to a common intervening stud. The second and third window elements include exterior and interior trim portions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Inventors: Charles D Kownacki, Gregory N. Farrell
  • Patent number: 8966823
    Abstract: A threshold with a sill deck, a removable sill extender and a seal. The sill extender slides into a press-fit engagement with the sill deck such that the seal provides a press-fit connection between the sill deck and the sill extender.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: Endura Products, Inc.
    Inventor: Brent Van Camp
  • Patent number: 8966841
    Abstract: A door threshold may comprise a main body formed from two feet. In certain example embodiments, a male-female connection between the feet may be used to adjust the depth of the door threshold. In certain other example embodiments, a center bridge insert to be used in connection with two female feet to adjust the depth of the door threshold. In still further example embodiments, one or more center layers may be disposed between two feet, with the size of the center layer(s) determining the depth of the door threshold. Also, the door threshold may include upper and lower members for sandwiching carpet and/or carpet padding therebetween which, in certain example embodiments, may grip the carpet to reduce the ease with which it may be pulled out from between the upper and lower members. Thus, certain example embodiments may reduce and/or eliminate the need for tacks proximate to the threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Inventor: Robert Rissone
  • Patent number: 8919073
    Abstract: Nail or screw holes are provided on the body of a trim unit so that the trim body can be more robustly secured to the building structure, beneath a slidable molding which in a first position reveals these holes and in a second position covers the holes. This sliding is preferably achieved by a self-retaining interference connection, such as a dovetail joint, between a movable molding part and the body of the trim unit. In a further preference, the molding has a stationary portion that is fixed with respect to the trim body, and a movable portion which, after attachment of the trim body to the structural member, can be slid into engagement with the stationary portion and glued thereon to complete the molding.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Inventor: Daniel J. Cashman
  • Patent number: 8850762
    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: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Assignee: Steelcase Inc.
    Inventors: Marvin C. Knauf, Karl J. Mead, Beverly Jo Sugarbaker, Jamie L. Payne
  • Patent number: 8806819
    Abstract: In one instance, the disclosure is a removable wall opening frame comprising a mounting element and trim element. The mounting element contains a slit receiver and the trim element contains raised slits. The slit receiver of the mounting element and the raised slits of the trim element are configured to lockedly engage the mounting element and the trim element. When engaged, the slit receiver is not visible or accessible. The trim element can be disengaged from the mounting element by inserting a key into a hole in the mounting element. When disengaged, the frame can be removed from the wall opening. Neither the mounting element, trim element, nor wall opening are damaged by removal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Inventors: Logan R Teilborg, Charles A Teilborg
  • Patent number: 8806812
    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: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Assignee: Black Mountain Door, LLC
    Inventors: Michael A. Kolovich, Daniel Perry, Scott Willson, Eric E. Hunt, Fredrick John Bloom, III
  • Patent number: 8800223
    Abstract: A water restrictor adapted to control water diversion from one or more channels in a lower member of a fenestration unit, such as a prehung sliding door or window.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Assignee: Pella Corporation
    Inventors: Aaron J. Ryan, Jonathan S. Hoogland
  • Patent number: 8695309
    Abstract: In the method for sealing of replacement windows, a sealing tape with a first layer of flexible foam and a second layer of stiff material, which are bonded to each other, is used. The sealing tape is inserted with the second layer facing forward into a channel-shaped recess in the masonry, which is bounded by a bottom and two side walls and comprises an open access section, wherein the first layer of the sealing tape is at least partially compressed when in the inserted state. The second layer of the sealing tape is clamped against the side walls of the recess at a predetermined distance from the open access section. After the window frame has been placed opposite the open access section of the recess, the first layer of the sealing tape expands until it rests against the window frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2014
    Assignee: ISO-Chemie GmbH
    Inventors: Martin Deiss, Andreas Lange
  • Patent number: 8621785
    Abstract: A method of assembling a z-bar extension member to a z-bar that negates the need for trimming the z-bar. The apparatus includes an exterior z-bar member having an exterior barrel portion and an interior z-bar member having an interior barrel portion. The interior barrel portion is slidably or snappingly engaged within the exterior barrel portion. Mating structures may be included on the cooperating components to maintain a positional relationship therebetween during assembly. A guard assembly that mounts to the edge of a door or on the end of a door expander to cover the gap between the z-bar and the casing is also disclosed that may be used in conjunction with or as an alternative to the z-bar extension member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2014
    Assignee: Larson Manufacturing Company of South Dakota, Inc.
    Inventors: Keith Kibbel, Kelly Nordgaard
  • Patent number: 8607514
    Abstract: A window trim system and method comprises a trim hoop sized to be slid over an outer face of a window frame to the exterior edge of the frame. A stop member formed around the exterior edge abuts and aligns the trim hoop. A friction member may or may not be installed around the inside of the trim hoop to help hold the trim hoop initially in place. Sealant is then applied around the junction of the trim hoop and window frame on the inside of the trim hoop to fix the trim hoop to the window frame and create a seal against air and water infiltration. The resulting window frame and trim assembly is particularly suited for use in an overfit replacement window installation, but may be used in virtually any window installation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2013
    Assignee: Andersen Corporation
    Inventor: Steven G. Peterson
  • Patent number: 8572929
    Abstract: In the case of a window or door element (1) having a metal frame and an insulated glass pane (7) inserted into the frame (2), a solution is to be created, with which such window or door elements can be produced without requiring cold-forming, extrusion production of light-metal profiles, or another form of production of the frame elements. This is achieved in that the outer and/or inner surface of the frame (2) is formed, in each instance, by a flat metal frame (4, 5), wherein an insulation body (3) is positioned between the frame elements (4, 5), using sandwich construction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2013
    Assignee: Architectureal Traditions LLC
    Inventor: Wolfgang Stumm
  • Patent number: 8539731
    Abstract: The invention is a joint cover assembly and related method for covering a gap adjacent an edge of a panel that covers a sub-surface. The assembly includes a molding having a foot, a first arm, and a second arm. The foot is positioned along a longitudinal axis of the molding, wherein the first arm, and optionally the second arm, extend generally perpendicularly to the foot. A tab depends from at least one of the first and second arms. At least one of the tab and the foot engage a track in order to position the assembly over the gap. The method includes placing the foot in the gap, pressing the respective panel engaging surfaces into contact with respective panels, and configuring at least one of the tab and the foot to cooperate to retain the molding in the gap when the assembly is installed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2013
    Assignee: Pergo (Europe) AB
    Inventor: Oliver Stanchfield
  • Patent number: 8528281
    Abstract: A nosing and drip cap are mounted to each other by elements of the nosing and drip cap. A hook receptacle and/or a stud receptacle extend the length of the nosing. A cooperating hook and/or stud extend from the drip cap. The drip cap is secured to the nosing by engaging the hook in the hook receptacle and/or the stud in the stud receptacle, in a loose engagement combination. While nosing and drip cap are engaged, the assembly can be secured together by (i) installing fasteners spaced along the length of the assembly or, where hook and hook receptacle are used, (ii) bending the assembly into an arcuate configuration, with the inner flange of the nosing to the inside of the bend. While being bent, the hook and hook receptacle create a tightened locking-type engagement between themselves. Either way, the nosing and the drip cap are substantially permanently locked together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2013
    Assignee: Bay Industries Inc.
    Inventor: Gary L. Boldt
  • Patent number: 8484913
    Abstract: A jamb and frame combination for doors and windows having an elongated L-shaped cross section member adapted to fit snugly against two abutting side portions of a window or door casing, and including a tongue portion along one distal side portion and extending the length thereof, and at least one removable fastener adapted to pass through the L-shaped cross section member in an area adjacent to the tongue portion and into the window or door casing to thereby hold the L-shaped cross section member snugly thereto. An elongated trim member including a groove portion extending the length thereof and adapted to interlock with the tongue portion of the L-shaped cross section member, such that when the L-shaped cross section member is installed upon a window or door casing, the trim member groove portion can be pushed upon the L-shaped cross section member tongue portion and frictionally held in place and covering the at least one removable fastener.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2013
    Inventor: Pierre Charbonneau
  • Patent number: 8474198
    Abstract: Sound insulating glazing device for aircrafts, ground or maritime transportation vehicles, buildings, or others, including glazing, a sealing joint in a shape and size corresponding to the edge of the glazing and designed for assembly on said edge, sound insulation, made of at least two materials, a first resilient material and a second material with less resilience than the first, the sound insulation being used against the field of said glazing, between the glazing and the sealing joint. The invention is also for aircrafts that are equipped with at least a glazing device and a soundproofing method for glazing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2013
    Assignee: Airbus Operations S.A.S.
    Inventors: Pascale Neple, Nathalie Pellegrin, Olivier Collery, Jean Louis Guyader
  • Patent number: 8418426
    Abstract: A door threshold may include upper and lower members for sandwiching carpet and/or carpet padding therebetween. The threshold may, in certain example embodiments, grip the carpet in order to prevent it from being pulled out from between the upper and lower threshold members. Thus, in certain example instances, the need for tacks (or carpet tack strip(s)) proximate the threshold can be reduced and/or eliminated. In certain example embodiments of this invention, the threshold structure may include a locating bracket that is provided proximate the door frame for frame alignment and security purposes, and/or one or more pans located under the threshold for locating and/or securing purposes. Levelers, shims and/or the like may be used in certain example embodiments in order to compensate for non-level flooring proximate the door.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2013
    Inventor: Robert Rissone
  • Patent number: 8397450
    Abstract: An improved window system for increased protection from explosive blast attacks. The window system includes an outer anchor structure and an inner frame structure. The inner frame structure has a deep channel for retaining a glazing. The window system includes a hinge mechanism and lock mechanism for allowing the inner frame to open in relation to the outer anchor structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2002
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2013
    Assignee: American Development Group International, LLC
    Inventor: Murray L. Neal
  • Patent number: 8393115
    Abstract: Some aspects relate to weather seal systems for forming water barriers and air barriers. Some air barriers include a sill portion, a frame portion, and a transition portion extending between the sill and frame portions, where the transition portion extends inwardly and downwardly from the frame portion of the air barrier, toward an interior side of an associated door assembly, to the sill portion of the air barrier. The transition portion optionally provides a buffer zone, or transition zone of air at a greater spacing from the water barrier. In some embodiments, the transition zone is equilibrated to external pressures and supplies substantially dry air to air leaks in the air barrier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 12, 2013
    Assignee: Pella Corporation
    Inventors: Paul D. Schroder, Joseph A. Ritzert
  • Patent number: 8375658
    Abstract: A water restrictor adapted to control water diversion from one or more channels in a lower member of a fenestration unit, such as a prehung sliding door or window.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2013
    Assignee: Pella Corporation
    Inventors: Aaron J. Ryan, Jonathan S. Hoogland
  • Patent number: 8375660
    Abstract: An interlocking decorative trim system has a backing strip and a cover strip interlocked together. The backing strip has a top, a bottom, a back face, a front face, a tongue extending from the top, and a projection adjacent the bottom and extending away from the front face. The front face has a recess and the projection has a slot. The cover strip has a top, a bottom, a front face, a back face, a tab extending from the bottom, and a second projection adjacent the top and extending away from the front face. The back face has a recess and the second projection has a groove. The tongue of the backing strip fits inside the groove of the cover strip and the tab of the cover strip fits into the slot of the backing strip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2013
    Assignee: AZEK Building Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Patrick Nolan, Michael A. Dotsey
  • Patent number: 8266850
    Abstract: First and second frame sections are to be joined at a corner of a glazing. Each section has a front base piece, a rear base piece, and a glazing stop piece. The front base piece is anchored to a support structure of a building and has a glazing channel facing the safe side of the window, to receive therein the glazing. The glazing stop piece is secured to the front base piece and thereby holds the glazing in its channel. The rear base piece is secured to the front base piece and thereby laterally closes the frame section. The base pieces are shaped so that an end portion of the front base overlaps an end portion of the rear base and a number of fasteners are installed through these end portions to secure the base pieces to each other. Other embodiments are also described and claimed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2012
    Assignee: American Development Group International, LLC
    Inventor: Murray L. Neal
  • Patent number: 8191322
    Abstract: An extensible payload system including mounting equipment and a mast system removably coupled to the mounting equipment. The mast system includes a plurality of nested mast sections, at least one cable, and a pull block assembly. The plurality of nested mast sections include a first mast section and a second mast section nested within the first mast section. At least one cable is rollably coupled to the first mast section. The pull block assembly is coupled to an end of the second mast section. The pull block assembly has a cable receiving opening. The cable is routed into the cable receiving opening and is coupled to the pull block assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2012
    Inventors: Frank Liestenfeltz, Kurt Liestenfeltz, Brian D. Gibson, Phillip D. Gibson
  • 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: 8186114
    Abstract: A door threshold may comprise a main body formed from two feet. In certain example embodiments, a male-female connection between the feet may be used to adjust the depth of the door threshold. In certain other example embodiments, a center bridge insert to be used in connection with two female feet to adjust the depth of the door threshold. In still further example embodiments, one or more center layers may be disposed between two feet, with the size of the center layer(s) determining the depth of the door threshold. Also, the door threshold may include upper and lower members for sandwiching carpet and/or carpet padding therebetween which, in certain example embodiments, may grip the carpet to reduce the ease with which it may be pulled out from between the upper and lower members. Thus, certain example embodiments may reduce and/or eliminate the need for tacks proximate to the threshold.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2012
    Inventor: Robert Rissone
  • Patent number: 8109053
    Abstract: A welded door frame assembly including a hinge jamb joined to a lock jamb via a frame head jamb, all of which are joined with existing studs and an existing wall. The hinge jamb has a bottom end and a top end and includes a door side base, a door contact flange, and a non-door side trim attachment track including one or more fastener holes. A hinge jamb trim piece includes a connector portion configured to be removably retained within the non-door side trim attachment track and is adapted to cover the non-door side trim attachment track, any fastener holes, and any fasteners. Both the lock jamb and frame head jamb include a door side base, a door contact flange, and a connection flange including one or more fastener holes. A lock jamb or frame head jamb trim piece covers the connection flange, any fastener holes, and any fasteners.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2012
    Assignee: Assa Abloy Door Group, LLC
    Inventor: M. Stephen Smith
  • Patent number: 8096094
    Abstract: A method for finishing an edge of an insulating concrete form wall constructed from insulating concrete form blocks having a cavity including covering a top surface of a side panel and a top portion of an exterior surface with an elongated member having two surface portions coupled together with an intermediate portion positioned between the two surface portions the intermediate portion being dimensioned and positioned for enclosing an end of the side panel and a portion of an opening to the cavity and attaching a plurality of wire ties positioned along the elongated member between the elongated member and rebar members positioned within the cavity, said coupling devices being attached before, during and after concrete being received within the cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 17, 2012
    Assignee: All-Terior Systems, LLC
    Inventor: Geoffrey Claude Mees
  • Patent number: 8087203
    Abstract: A waveguide for a radio frequency door like that used in a medical imaging room allows intravenous lines and electrical conduits to be inserted through the door frame without being disconnected from the patient. The waveguide includes a door frame section, and a removable, telescoping or pivoting movable member that cooperates with the door frame section to retain the conduits. The movable member is positioned away from the door frame section during insertion and removal of the conduits from the door frame section, and is positioned adjacent the door frame section when the conduits are being retained. The dimensions and materials of the waveguide are selected to achieve attenuation of electromagnetic interference.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 3, 2012
    Assignee: PDC Facilities, Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew Boesel, James P. Maslowski, Dean Molstad, Steve Zwicke
  • Patent number: 8056290
    Abstract: The invention includes an end cover (32) for disposition over an end of a mantel (20). The end cover (32) presents a front corner (38) extending between an upper wall (34) and a lower wall (36) and is symmetrical rearwardly to a pair of side edges (42) from the front corner (38) whereby the end cover (32) may be disposed over either end of the mantel (20). The upper wall (34) of the end cover (32) extends between the front walls (44) and the side edges (42) and the lower wall (36) extends between the front walls (44) and the side edges (42). The upper wall (34) and the lower wall (36) each has the shape of a square with equal sides. The front walls (44) define interior surfaces complementary to the irregular pattern of the decorative face (24) of the mantel (20) and the end cover (32) overlies the mantel (20) the thickness of each front wall (44).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2011
    Assignee: Tapco International Corporation
    Inventors: Charles E. Schiedegger, Clyde G. Allen, Dean Dennis
  • Patent number: 8051605
    Abstract: A door threshold may include upper and lower members for sandwiching carpet and/or carpet padding therebetween. The threshold may, in certain example embodiments, grip the carpet in order to prevent it from being pulled out from between the upper and lower threshold members. Thus, in certain example instances, the need for tacks (or carpet tack strip(s)) proximate the threshold can be reduced and/or eliminated. In certain example embodiments of this invention, the threshold structure may include a locating bracket that is provided proximate the door frame for frame alignment and security purposes, and/or one or more pans located under the threshold for locating and/or securing purposes. Levelers, shims and/or the like may be used in certain example embodiments in order to compensate for non-level flooring proximate the door.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2011
    Inventor: Robert Rissone
  • Patent number: 8011139
    Abstract: A prefabricated mantle unit has a base (36, 40) and a top plate (44) extending forwardly from the top of the base. A decorative strip (56) is oriented obliquely between the front of the top plate and the bottom of the base, with the lower edge (48) of the strip and the bottom (54) of the base forming a lower channel (50). The top element (16) of the surround (12) and the nailing flange (28) of the window box project above the top edge (24) of the window box, forming a box channel (26). The upward projection (22) of the top element is received within the lower channel (50) of the mantle unit, and a downward projecting portion (54) of the mantle base is received within the box channel (26).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2011
    Inventor: Daniel J. Cashman
  • Publication number: 20110185654
    Abstract: The invention provides a method for providing improved and locking joints in window and door casings. Complementary geometric shapes are provided on each adjacent joint member to provide locking engagement thereof. This locking engagement helps prevent the gaps that typically result in known 45 degree miter joints as a result of expansion and contraction due to water uptake and release.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 2, 2010
    Publication date: August 4, 2011
    Inventor: Howard D. Jostad
  • Patent number: 7918063
    Abstract: A garage door window has an outside frame member which has an inside frame member connection. The inside frame member has a protrusion connecting with the inside frame member connection. There is also an outside retainer channel, an inside retainer channel and an outside retainer fitting within the outside retainer channel, with an inside retainer fitting with the inside retainer channel. The inside retainer is nondestructively removable relative the inside retainer channel by a snap fit. An outside track is formed on the outside frame member, between a central inside face of the outside frame member and the outside retainer. An inside track is formed on the outside frame member, between the outside retainer and the inside retainer. A screen is mounted on the outside track, a fixed window mounted on the outside track; and an active window is mounted on the inside track.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2011
    Inventor: Hossein Etemadi
  • Patent number: 7877940
    Abstract: An entryway for disposition in a door opening of a building includes a threshold and a corner sealing member mounted in the door opening between the building and the threshold. The threshold has a bottom facing downwardly and a back extending upwardly from the bottom. The corner sealing member has a middle portion disposed partially below the bottom of the threshold, a first vertical portion extending upwardly from the middle portion adjacent the threshold, and a second vertical portion extending upwardly from the middle portion transversely from the first vertical portion. The back of the threshold defines a recess and the second vertical portion of the corner sealing member is disposed in the recess to allow for adequate sealing between the threshold and the corner sealing member and to allow for proper placement of the threshold in the door opening without interference from the corner sealing member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2011
    Assignee: Quanex Corporation
    Inventors: James W. Meeks, David C. Bryant
  • Patent number: 7874108
    Abstract: A window frame comprising top, bottom, and opposed side frame elements connected together to define a rectangular frame, each element having front and back faces and inner and outer edges whereby the outer edges define the frame perimeter. An inner channel extends along the outer edges of at least the side elements, closer to the back face than to the front face. The frame optionally has another channel extending along the outer edges of at least the side elements, closer to the front face than to the back face. Mounting strips are located in the inner channels, having outer edges outside the perimeter of the frame, forming a flange for mounting the frame to a wall surrounding the window to be framed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 25, 2011
    Inventor: Daniel J. Cashman
  • Patent number: 7874106
    Abstract: Various embodiments of the invention are directed to a sill flashing assembly configured to fit within a lower portion of an opening in a wall. The sill flashing assembly comprises: (1) a central sill flashing member having a substantially horizontal portion and a substantially vertical portion; and (2) at least one end dam member. The substantially vertical portion extends upwardly adjacent an interior edge of the substantially horizontal portion, and the substantially vertical portion defines at least one channel. The end dam member has a planar base and at least one tab extending at an angle greater than zero degrees from an interior edge of the planar base. The tab has a height that is shorter than a height of the interior edge of the planar base, and the tab engages the channel when the end dam member is installed adjacent an end of the central sill flashing member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 25, 2011
    Assignee: YKK Corporation of America
    Inventors: Donald G. Pangburn, Richard Braunstein
  • Patent number: 7870697
    Abstract: A skirting board comprising a base profile and a guard profile. The base profile comprises a receiving portion and a deflecting arm. The guard profile comprises a protruding portion, that interfaces with the receiving portion of the base profile, and a curved portion. The guard profile combines with the base profile to provide at least one open space. Finally, the deflecting arm and the curved portion combine to provide a surface used to finish a corner produced by a floor and a wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 18, 2011
    Inventor: Adam Galas
  • Patent number: 7845125
    Abstract: A profile for making frames for sliding windows or doors comprising, amongst other things, at least one fixed frame formed by two crosspieces and two stiles; a profile, forming at least a first lower crosspiece, comprises two sliding tracks, parallel with one another, and made from a lower base body; the profile forming the lower crosspiece is divided, transversally, into two halves substantially equal and associated, at respective ends, with a matching element for connecting and joining the halves; the connecting and joining element therefore forming the central portion of the lower crosspiece and having heat insulation properties; the present invention also relates to a method for making the profile and a sliding window or door obtained with the profile.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 7, 2010
    Assignee: GSG International S.p.A.
    Inventor: Marco Lambertini
  • Patent number: 7845124
    Abstract: First and second frame sections are to be joined at a corner of a glazing. Each section has a front base piece, a rear base piece, and a glazing stop piece. The front base piece is anchored to a support structure of a building and has a glazing channel facing the safe side of the window, to receive therein the glazing. The glazing stop piece is secured to the front base piece and thereby holds the glazing in its channel. The rear base piece is secured to the front base piece and thereby laterally closes the frame section. The base pieces are shaped so that an end portion of the front base overlaps an end portion of the rear base and a number of fasteners are installed through these end portions to secure the base pieces to each other. Other embodiments are also described and claimed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 7, 2010
    Assignee: American Development Group International, LLC
    Inventor: Murray L. Neal
  • Patent number: 7797891
    Abstract: A window frame insulation assembly and sealing arrangement, comprising an elongated, extruded block of foam material having a first or inner side and a second or outer side. A unitary air fin is co-extruded therewith. The air fin comprises an elongated flange of flexible foam material. The air fin and the elongated block define an elongated receiving-channel that is filled with a foam compression rod there between creating a seal for blocking air and moisture from a building in which said window frame assembly has been placed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2010
    Inventor: Donald A. Michaud
  • Patent number: 7775004
    Abstract: A sill flashing and method for installing a window or other portal in a wall opening are provided. The flashing includes a sill portion, at least one jamb portion at an angle relative to the sill portion, and a front face plate. The flashing is configured to be disposed in the opening with the sill portion disposed against a sill of the opening, an outer surface of the jamb portion disposed against one of the jambs of the opening, and a front face plate at an outer surface of the wall. The sill portion defines a plurality of support portions and a rear dam which can support the portal in the opening. The sill portion also includes one or more integral housing, configured to overlap an adjacent support portion when the flashing is cut and disposed multiple parts defining an interface therebetween.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2010
    Inventor: L. Ross Allen
  • Patent number: 7748179
    Abstract: The invention includes an end cover (32) for disposition over an end of a mantel (20). The end cover (32) presents a front corner (38) extending between an upper wall (34) and a lower wall (36) and is symmetrical rearwardly to a pair of side edges (42) from the front corner (38) whereby the end cover (32) may be disposed over either end of the mantel (20). The upper wall (34) of the end cover (32) extends between the front walls (44) and the side edges (42) and the lower wall (36) extends between the front walls (44) and the side edges (42). The upper wall (34) and the lower wall (36) each has the shape of a square with equal sides. The front walls (44) define interior surfaces complementary to the irregular pattern of the decorative face (24) of the mantel (20) and the end cover (32) overlies the mantel (20) the thickness of each front wall (44).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2010
    Assignee: Tapco International Corporation
    Inventors: Charles E. Schiedegger, Clyde G. Allen, Dean Dennis
  • Patent number: 7730680
    Abstract: A modular monolithic metal framed bulkhead panel having an outer frame, an inner frame, a non-metallic composite panel, a panel seal, and a frame seal common to a panel-bulkhead structure interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 22, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2010
    Assignee: The Boeing Company
    Inventors: Wrenn P. Holman, Robert W. Dost, Ernest E. Williams, Jr., Gary L. Richter, Juan Villalobos, Yida Gonzalez, Michael H. Volkmar, Michael Byrd, Francisco J. Boyer, Nasima Rahman, William L. Saylor, Patricia M. Hutchinson, Chad L. Braunschweig, David J. Bauder
  • 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