Exposed Sustainer Patents (Class 52/282.1)
  • Patent number: 10569156
    Abstract: A safety component for a skating rink. The safety component comprises a body portion connectable to a transparent barrier located above dasher boards of the skating rink, wherein upon impact the body portion is capable of at least partially absorbing impact forces. The safety component further comprises a curved rink-facing surface that provides a substantially convex curved surface facing the skating rink. The curved rink-facing surface has a radius of curvature suitable for redirecting the impact forces away from the convex curved surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Inventor: Marc-Andre Seguin
  • Patent number: 9290929
    Abstract: A system for installing trim installations at external corners of a building includes trim and a bracket. The trim serves both an aesthetic purpose in adding a decorative feature to building envelopes and also adds an additional weatherproofing purpose in allowing for more complete weatherproofing of building envelope corners and openings. The disclosed system relates to a concealed fastening building finishing element system that enables concealed fastening of finishing trim.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2016
    Assignee: Ply Gem Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: T. Daniel Hawk, John M. Wade
  • Patent number: 9103127
    Abstract: A system for installing trim installations at external corners of a building. The trim serves both an aesthetic purpose in adding a decorative feature to building envelopes and also adds an additional weatherproofing purpose in allowing for more complete weatherproofing of building envelope corners and openings. The system relates to a concealed fastening building finishing element system that enables concealed fastening of finishing trim.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2015
    Assignee: Ply Gem Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: John M. Wade, T. Daniel Hawk
  • Patent number: 8959856
    Abstract: The present invention concerns a building assembly comprising joining profiles provided with profile contact sides, a corner profile provided with corner profile contact sides, and insulation panels orientated in two planes wherein the joining profile contact sides and the corner profile contact sides are adapted for receiving opposite contact sides of the insulation panels, such that the insulation panels are retained between the corner profile and the joining profiles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: Rockwool International A/S
    Inventors: Stefan Völkner, Preben Riis
  • Patent number: 8833018
    Abstract: The invention relates to a mounting system and to a method for mounting a dividing wall (1) on at least one holding device (2, 3), for example a holding rod or a holding post. Furthermore, the invention relates to a device for dividing regions. To this end, a first mounting device (23 to 28) which can be mounted on the holding device (2, 3) and a second mounting device (23 to 28) which can be mounted on the holding device (2, 3) are used. Furthermore, a mounting element (35) is provided which can be mounted on the first mounting device (23 to 28) and has a receptacle (36), in which a dividing wall (1) can be received in a non-clamping manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Assignee: KL MEGLA GmbH
    Inventor: Peter Reinecke
  • Patent number: 8769909
    Abstract: A frame for a panel is constructed from two frame components. One of the frame components has a first wall and a first channel and the second frame component has a second wall and a second channel. The first frame component is mated to the second frame component with the first wall of the first frame component inserted in and making frictional contact with the second channel of the second frame component and the second wall of the second frame component inserted in and making frictional contact with the first channel of the first frame component. Portions of the panel are held between and make contact with the first frame component and the second frame component such that an end of the panel is located within a chamber defined between the first frame component and the second frame component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2014
    Inventor: Steve V. McNamee
  • Patent number: 8661768
    Abstract: Systems and methods for reinforcing a concrete slab or balcony are disclosed. The systems and methods may include cutting a groove in a portion of the concrete slab and inserting a rod into the groove. The groove may then be filled with a resin. The rod may optionally be secured by other or additional methods. The integrity of the concrete slab or balcony may then be strengthened by the inclusion of the rod in the slab.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2014
    Assignee: Structural Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Tarek Alkhrdaji, Jay Thomas
  • Patent number: 8631617
    Abstract: A wall paneling system including at least one finish wall panel configured to prevent moisture from entering an interior of the wall panel and having a finish with a predetermined finished characteristic thereon and a drainage system configured to remove moisture directed into the drainage system by the at least one wall panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2014
    Inventor: Lawrence M. Janesky
  • Patent number: 8511018
    Abstract: The Vinyl Siding Outside Corner Mounting Block, made of molded plastic, nailed approximately two feet apart to the outside verticle corner of a structure with one 8d box nail, makes the application of the vinyl siding outside corners simple, fast and accurate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2013
    Inventors: James Robert Lawrie, Jeanne Elaine Lawrie
  • Patent number: 8474218
    Abstract: A modular interlocking exterior wall system comprises one or more laminated panels formed of a paper product core sandwiched between two cementitious skins, two vertical posts having laterally extending flanges which interlock in vertical grooves formed in the sides of the panels, and a top rail having a downwardly opening top groove which receives and reinforces the horizontal top edge of the top panel, wherein bottom portions of the posts are anchored below ground. An optional bottom rail has an upwardly opening groove for receiving and supporting the bottom edge of the bottom panel, and laterally extending flanges of an optional mid rail are received in top and bottom grooves, respectively, of bottom and top panels to interlock and reinforce the panels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2013
    Inventor: Robert Spencer Hodgson
  • Patent number: 8381467
    Abstract: An item of wall-like standing furniture, in particular in the form of a partition wall, is distinguished, inter alia, by the following features: —a hole (37, 39) is made in a central body section (21), in each case from the outside in the axial direction of the respective insertion limb (23), wherein the two holes (37, 39) intersect in a crossing section (40), —an intermediate anchoring element (43) can be or is inserted, by way of its insertion body (43), into at least one of the two holes (37, 39), the intermediate anchoring element (43) has a threaded hole (45) which rent transverse to the axial direction of the insertion body (43a), the intermediate anchoring element (43) can be or is positioned in the at least one hole (37, 39) such that the threaded hole (45) in the insertion body (43a) is aligned with the respectively other hole (39, 37) in the central body section (21).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2013
    Assignee: Steelcase Werndl AG
    Inventor: Jürgen Preiss
  • Patent number: 8381468
    Abstract: Modular building structures and systems for construction of modular buildings are provided. A modular building structure according to one embodiment includes at least two panels having two outer skins and an inner core; at least two panel spacers between the outer skins of the panels; at least two panel connectors partially receiving the panels; at least one coupling bar; and at least one corner coupler configured to couple two of the panels substantially perpendicular to each other. A modular building structure may further include at least one straight coupler configured to couple two of the panels substantially parallel to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2013
    Inventor: Kenneth J. Koupal
  • Patent number: 8341904
    Abstract: An object of the present invention is a fixing system for a skirting, more particularly for a skirting board, in form of a wall finish, more particularly the wall finish of a floor, comprising a joint element, the flat base wall of which is located under a panel, more particularly under the floor board, being separably connected to a skirting profile element. The joint element is an flexible element and is bent in an arch, wherein the free end of an arm of the joint element is clickway connected to the base arm of the skirting profile element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Inventor: Adam Slawomir Galas
  • Patent number: 8230982
    Abstract: New elevator cab construction and reconstruction of old elevator cabs are frequently presented with the problem of increasing the interior size of the elevator cab in an elevator shaft of limited size. This invention relates to an elevator cab design providing a novel way of increasing internal cab size of a standard elevator cab while still retaining decorative design features by having removable decorative panels. The elevator cab is constructed of the normal elements, namely, a platform, a ceiling, cab shell walls, stiffeners and corner stiffener risers. The cab shell walls have a base and transom and shell panels there between designed to overlap one another so as to be readily attached by spot welding or adhesive. The stiffeners are hat-shaped elongated sections typically of stainless steel that are attached to the inside of the shell panels. The stiffeners may also be formed by hat-shaped ribs formed in the shell panels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2003
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2012
    Inventors: Harold S. Friedman, Jeffrey Friedman, Angelo Palmieri
  • Patent number: 8230658
    Abstract: The post assembly comprises a pair of juxtaposed and spaced apart post sections, the facing sides of which are provided internally with a longitudinal groove, the longitudinal grooves ] being arranged in alignment with one another and forming in co-operation, in their respective positions, a recess for receiving a longitudinal support rack member for supporting overhanging removable elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2012
    Assignee: Unifor S.p.A.
    Inventor: Piero Molteni
  • Patent number: 8147009
    Abstract: The present invention is a component system for constructing the framework for cabinets of the type that are employed when building an outdoor kitchen. The components system consists of specially designed brackets used in conjunction with lightweight concrete side panels to construct the forms for the cabinets. The brackets have channels that attach to the corner edges of the concrete side panels and hold the side panels in place so that the top edges of the panels are accessible for attachment of back splashes and back bars. Brackets with more than one channel have support rods connecting their channels and holding them in spaced apart arrangement. Once the forms are constructed, their exterior surfaces can be finished in a variety of ways. The counter tops, wiring, plumbing, appliances and doors for the cabinets can then be installed to complete the cabinets and kitchen.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2012
    Inventor: H. Joe Rider
  • Patent number: 8074415
    Abstract: A space structure is composed of a post member and a horizontal beam member. The post member has a post member groove portion that constitutes a semi-closed space having an opening portion in a cross section of the post member and extends along its axial direction. The horizontal beam member has one or plurality of horizontal beam member groove portions each of which constitutes a semi-closed space having an opening portion in a cross section of the horizontal beam member and extends along its axial direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2011
    Assignee: Uchida Yoko Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Naoki Terada, Takashi Kunishita, Hideki Tachikawa, Tetsuya Matsuda
  • Patent number: 8065855
    Abstract: An enclosed structure, such as a patio enclosure, sunroom, or solarium, is attachable to the exterior wall of a building, has a high proportion of windows and a roof, and constructed from a framework of composite members and insulating wall panels, the panels and wall members being extruded from material having improved thermal characteristics and stability.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 29, 2011
    Inventor: Donald M. Wood
  • Patent number: 8011148
    Abstract: Components for use in the assembly and installation of a modular decking system, comprised of structural free floating piers which distributes loads of deck pad to ground, piers have a pad bearing surface and four uniformly placed receiver blocks which interlock with corresponding recesses at four pad corners, an interlocking cam passes through pad recesses at deck surface and locks to piers by rotating cam with custom designed tool. The system is designed to be assembled without permanent fasteners to allow for expansion, reconfiguration or relocation, or addition of traditional and contemporary deck accessories that engage and interlock with the piers, pads and cams. One ideal manufacturing method of one or any of the system components is compression molded post-consumer and/or industrial thermo-plastic waste.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2011
    Assignee: We Design Partners, LLC
    Inventors: Patrick J. Bertke, John M. Van Leeuwen, Michael P. Weaver
  • Patent number: 7966782
    Abstract: An enclosed structure, such as a patio enclosure, sunroom, or solarium, is attachable to the exterior wall of a building, has a high proportion of windows and a roof, and constructed from a framework of composite members and insulating wall panels, wherein header and post beams of the room wall assemblies are extruded from material having improved thermal characteristics and stability. Importantly, the beams enable wire services to be routed in concealed fashion from a power source associated with the building to accessible locations in the room and remote to the building. The header and post beams are configured to enable the wire services to be concealed but yet accessible for repair and routing through the header beams and into one or more post beams, as desired.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2011
    Inventor: Donald M. Wood
  • Patent number: 7958691
    Abstract: A filler assembly for spanning, filling, and concealing a gap between an installed metal cabinet and an adjacent wall, or adjacent cabinet is disclosed. The assembly includes a bracket and a filler strip and the filler strip is formed with a projecting tongue. The bracket includes a narrow channel sized to receive the tongue of the filler strip in a sliding relationship. The tongue of the filler strip can slide into the channel to different depths so that the tongue and bracket span and fill the gap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2011
    Assignee: Viking Range Corporation
    Inventors: Thomas J. Newhouse, Troy McDaniel
  • Publication number: 20110041435
    Abstract: Flexible joining element for constructions for placing between contiguous parts of said construction in order to transmit vertical or horizontal loads, which includes at least one body made of braided and pressed steel strands that support said loads, with said braided and pressed steel strands being characterised by a deformation-tension curve that has a zone of shallower slope A and a zone of steeper slope B, with said body using in relation to said curve the zone of greater slope B, thus providing a material especially suited for the stacking of prefabricated modules for construction, particularly due to its deformation-tension characteristics and its high level of predictability which make it very practical for predicting the response of the structure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 29, 2009
    Publication date: February 24, 2011
    Applicant: Compact-Habit, S.L.
    Inventors: Jose Tragant Ruano, Miguel Morte Morales
  • Patent number: 7882667
    Abstract: A panel for connection with other panels, comprising a rectilinear base member having outer edges, a first rectilinear side member extending from one edge of the base member, the first side member having a first lip extending from an outward edge of the first side member and away from the base member, the first side member further having a second lip extending from an outward edge of the first lip and toward the base member and at an angle between about zero and 90 degrees with respect to the first lip, and a second rectilinear side member extending in substantially the same direction as the first side member, from an opposite edge of the base member, the second side member having a third lip extending toward the base member. Related structural members, enclosures, posts, spray booths and methods for assembling the same which include similar features are provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 8, 2011
    Inventor: Noel G. Smith
  • Publication number: 20100223866
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a post assembly (10) for use in constructing a cage or enclosure (20). The posts assembly (10) of the present invention provide a structural member for forming a cage (20) which can be used in a variety of situations. The posts (10) can be installed onto any trailer irrespective of their size or alternatively the enclosure can be free standing. The posts (10) can also accommodate walls of various heights and thicknesses. In a preferred embodiment the post assembly (10) includes a first and second longitudinally extending body portions (66) and (68) having respective passageways (76), an arm (40) adapted to engage coaxially aligned passageways (76) of respective first and second longitudinally extending body portions, wherein the post assembly (10) is adapted to releasably engage adjacent wall portions (22) such that the walls portions (22) are held in a substantially upright position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 15, 2007
    Publication date: September 9, 2010
    Inventors: Paul Melville, Scott Hope
  • Patent number: 7707783
    Abstract: A modular enclosure, such as a shed, may include sidewalls and a roof. The roof, for example, may include one or more roof panels. The roof may also include a truss that is sized and configured to support the roof panels. The shed may also include one or more support beams that may be connected to the truss and may be connected to one or more panels. The shed may include one or more brackets used to connect a pair of panels that are positioned at an angle to form a corner of the shed. The shed may also include a cover, which may include one or more receiving portions sized and configured to receive at least a portion of the brackets. A plurality of roof panels may be positioned within a shipping container to form storage areas or cavities sized and configured to receive all or at least a portion of one or more floor panels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2010
    Assignee: Lifetime Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Barry D. Mower, Brent Steed, Jay Calkin, Neil Watson, Robert A. Astle, L. Curtis Strong, Rich Howe, David C. Winter, Kent Ashby
  • Patent number: 7703248
    Abstract: An elongated building element (14) to form a series of walls (10) to (13). The elements (14) each have longitudinally extending flanges (21) that snap engage with longitudinally extending grooves (19) in the next adjacent element (14). Accordingly the wall (10) is constructed by joining the elements (14) in a direction transverse their general direction of extension. If so required the elements (14) may be filled with concrete.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2002
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2010
    Inventor: Burak Dincel
  • Patent number: 7603822
    Abstract: A wall system includes a plurality of wall members, the wall members having a first metal panel, a second metal panel, and an insulating core between the first panel and the second panel. At least one of the first panel and the second panel include ridge portions. The insulating core can be a foam, such as a polyurethane foam. The foam can include at least one opacifier to improve the k-factor of the foam.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2009
    Assignee: UT-Battelle, LLC
    Inventors: Jan Kosny, Sally Gaskin
  • Patent number: 7546716
    Abstract: The present invention is related to an apparatus and method of constructing walls of framed block assemblies including both exterior and interior partition walls which are assembled through an interlocking structure having dovetail tongues interlocked with dovetail channels. Includes are a plain wall, a wall with mortar for ornamentation, and a wall applied with straight longitudinal blocks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2009
    Inventor: Armond Asadurian
  • Publication number: 20080172961
    Abstract: The invention provides a structure that can be moved between storage and erected in-use forms via the use of one or more connecting members. The connecting member can be provided with at least two angularly disposed arms, at least one of the arms provided to receive an edge of a panel of the structure in the erected form. The other arms may receive an edge of another panel or may be formed integrally with a further panel. The structure can be moved between forms without the need for tools.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 1, 2007
    Publication date: July 24, 2008
    Inventor: Richard Wu
  • Patent number: 7373762
    Abstract: A multi-functional building assembly includes a plurality of elongated studs, each of the studs including a recessed notch defined in axially extending fashion along first and second opposite extending surfaces. A plurality of elongated and planar shaped panels include extending edges which match in configuration that of each of the notches and in order that a selected panel is secured to a selected stud. A plurality of the studs and panels are engaged in end-to-end extending fashion to construct at least one of a wall and a corner detail.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2008
    Inventor: Richard L. Hubbard
  • Patent number: 7310920
    Abstract: An architectural structural system comprises a structural beam and a structural connector. The structural beam includes a first c-beam and a second c-beam adjacently disposed one in parallel to the other. Each of the c-beams has opposed first and second ends. The structural connector has a plurality of transverse blades with opposed faces, one of the plurality of blades being connectedly disposed between the first and second c-beams.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2004
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2007
    Inventor: David Hovey, Jr.
  • Patent number: 7299595
    Abstract: A fabric wall panel system includes fabric wall panels mounted by means of a ceiling track with a downwardly open channel and a base track with a panel support surface. Each fabric wall panel is mounted by inserting the top of the fabric wall panel into the downwardly open channel and supporting the fabric wall panel on the panel support surface of the base track. The fabric wall panel may be custom fabricated to eliminate vertical seams or provided in standard size panels with vertical seams between panels. A corner trim piece hides the vertical seam at the corner of the room, a vertical seam trim piece hides the vertical seams, and an outside edge trim piece covers exposed edges of the wall panels. The base track includes a removable trim attachment strip with decorative trim. The base track may be used to trim around openings such as windows.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2004
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2007
    Inventor: Andy W. Anderson, Sr.
  • Patent number: 7219477
    Abstract: Siding trim including at least three trim elements each having at least two recesses associated therewith. The at least two recesses share a traversing frame element. The traversing frame element has at least two projecting elements projecting outwardly therefrom. The at least two recesses selectively receive and retain one or more panel elements. The at least two recesses bias against the one or more panel elements to firmly retain the one or more panel elements therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2007
    Inventor: Scott T. Leffler
  • Patent number: 7182988
    Abstract: A pre-textured sealing tape is provided for sealing the chink between the stacked logs in a log structure. A paper, plastic, metal or textile type of backing support material is coated with a thin layer of flexible moisture impermeable material resembling conventional chinking materials. A suitable adhesive can be applied to the opposite side of the support materials with the adhesive covered by a release layer. The tape is cut to the desired width for the chink that is to be sealed and is finished in a rolled configuration. A synthetic resin mixed with a granular material has been found to be suitable for the flexible coating and texturing of the tape. The tape can be applied directly to the logs, between the logs or to objects positioned within the chink, such as splines, insulation sheeting, or plywood panels. The tape can cover the space between simulated logs attached to panels used in simulated log structures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 6, 2004
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2007
    Inventor: James S. McCain
  • Patent number: 7150127
    Abstract: A partition system for office spaces generally includes a framework and a plurality of different types of decorative and/or functional tiles mountable to the framework. The framework includes I- and C-shaped vertical frame members which are adjustably joined by upper and lower horizontal spanners such that the distance between the vertical frame members is adjustable. Also, the framework may include other types of vertical frame members for forming L-, T-, or X-junctions within the partition system framework. A variety of decorative and functional tiles are mountable to the framework, including retractable workspace tiles, several types of storage tiles, display tiles, window tiles, and electrical and data services tiles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2003
    Date of Patent: December 19, 2006
    Assignee: Kimball International, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert A. Underwood, Keith E. Metcalf, Ryan A. Herbig, J. Douglas Mitchell
  • Patent number: 7017311
    Abstract: The invention provides a panel for modular construction of partitions and walled structures, the panel having a top, a bottom, two major surfaces and two minor side surfaces, a first of the side surfaces being provided with a first profile and a second of the side surfaces being provided with a second profile, wherein the first profile and the second profile are provided with means for complementary engagement with a profile of an adjacently-positioned panel, and wherein each of the first profiles is provided with two inter-engagement means arranged at angle of about 90° to each other enabling the alternative inter-engagement of two adjacent panels with an angle of 180° therebetween, and at an angle of about 90° therebetween.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2003
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2006
    Assignee: Chagim Nechalim Industries, Ltd.
    Inventor: Nir Weiss
  • Patent number: 6884002
    Abstract: A reconfigurable barrier system (10) is provided. The system (10) includes a plurality of support units (100) spaced one from the other, with each support unit (100) having at least one engagement section (110) defining an elongate channel (112). System (10) further includes at least one retention unit (200) that is substantially impervious to liquid, and is supported to extend between a pair of support units (100). Each retention unit (200) is formed with a pair of opposed engagement portions (212) which slidably engage respective ones of the support unit channels (112). Each retention unit (200) is also formed with a seal portion (220) that extends along a longitudinal edge of at least an intermediate portion (214) between the engagement portions (212). A barrier section (15) is defined by each pair of support units (100) and the at least one retention unit (200) supported thereby.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2005
    Inventor: Charles L. Fuller
  • Patent number: 6843025
    Abstract: A construction kit from which a do-it-yourself can erect a stable, strong structure whose predetermined geometry is maintained even when the structure is subjected to stresses. The kit includes a plurality of beams, a set of rectangular panels and two end frames. To assemble the structure, the beams are arranged to bridge the end frames and to snap-lock or screw onto the corners thereof to form a skeleton in which the beams are in parallel relation. The beams are profiled to form internal tracks for slidably receiving the panels, each panel being supported between a pair of adjacent beams to define a wall of the structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2001
    Date of Patent: January 18, 2005
    Assignee: Keter Plastic Ltd.
    Inventor: Haggai Paz
  • Patent number: 6802158
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention are directed to a storage shed that is strong, durable, low-maintenance, easy to assemble and use, and relatively inexpensive to manufacture and ship, and can be mass produced. In one embodiment, a storage shed comprises a preformed floor; a plurality of preformed, plastic corner posts having bottoms which are configured to be mounted onto the floor to be spaced from each other, and two preformed, plastic braces having bottoms which are configured to be mounted onto the floor to be spaced from one another. A preformed roof truss is configured to be connected to tops of the two braces. The roof truss has a spring preload to pull the tops of the two braces toward one another. A preformed roof is attached to tops of the plurality of corner posts. A preformed front door is supported between two of the plurality of corner posts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2002
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2004
    Assignee: Thinking Outside, L.L.C.
    Inventor: Michael Greene
  • Patent number: 6802157
    Abstract: A substantially gas tight cover for an open-top structure such as a tank requires very few fasteners and allows for thermal expansion and contraction movement while still maintaining the nearly complete gas seal. Unique metal extrusions are assembled on-site in a modular system that is easily put together. An important component of the system is a gutter extrusion which includes an elongated gutter and flanges with sealing gaskets for engaging the top surface of the concrete tank rim as well as engaging the inner wall of the tank below the top. At intervals along the gutter strip are hold-down clips that interlock with the gutter extrusion and are secured in the concrete of the tank, spaced back from the tank edge. Fasteners in the inside face of the tank preferably are avoided. Main spanning beams for the tank cover are connected to the gutter extrusions in a way so as to allow for thermal expansion and contraction, without losing the gas seal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2002
    Date of Patent: October 12, 2004
    Assignee: Hallsten Corporation
    Inventor: Jeffrey A. Hallsten
  • Publication number: 20040177575
    Abstract: A system of interlocking wall and corner components for construction of a building include a plurality of elongate key members and a plurality of elongate side members. The key members are arranged as horizontal pairs of parallel upper and lower key members sandwiching therebetween pairs of parallel side members. The pair of parallel upper and lower key members form therebetween a pair of dove-tail joint female receiver sockets. Opposed facing sides of the pairs of the parallel side members have a corresponding pair of laterally inwardly disposed dove-tail joint male members for mating into dove-tail engagement in the female receiver sockets to form a dove-tail joint. The pairs of key members and the pairs of side members form elongate horizontal beams mountable one on top of another to form a vertical array of wall layers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 8, 2004
    Publication date: September 16, 2004
    Inventor: Klaus Posselt
  • Patent number: 6780485
    Abstract: A pre-textured sealing tape is provided for sealing the chink between the stacked logs in a log structure. A woven or textile type of backing support material is coated with a thin layer of flexible moisture impermeable material resembling conventional chinking materials. A suitable adhesive can be applied to the opposite side of the support materials with the adhesive covered by a release layer. The tape is cut to the desired width for the chink that is to be sealed and is finished in a rolled configuration. An acrylic resin mixed with silicon sand has been found to be preferable for the flexible texturing of the tape. The tape can be applied directly to the logs or to objects positioned within the chink, such as splines or insulation sheeting.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2001
    Date of Patent: August 24, 2004
    Inventor: James S. McCain
  • Patent number: 6766622
    Abstract: Floor covering, consisting of floor panels (1) based on a fiber-like material bound by a binding agent, more particularly MDF or HDF, which, at least at their edges, are connected to each other by means of a connection, more particularly a tongue-and-groove connection (2-3) which connection consists of coupling parts which are made in one piece with the floor panels and is shaped in such a manner that the floor panels (1) are locked glue-free in the direction parallel to the plane of the floor covering and transverse to the connection, as well as in a direction perpendicular to this plane, characterized in that, at least at the location where the floor panels (1) cooperate with each other, a sliding agent (12-12A) is provided at least on one of the floor panels (1).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2001
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2004
    Assignee: Unilin Beheer B.V.
    Inventor: Bernard Paul Joseph Thiers
  • Patent number: 6758017
    Abstract: A plastic corner device for installing drywall to form an inside corner. The corner device has a large corner with a smaller corner facing it to form a right parallelepiped, whose sides equal in length the thickness of the drywall panels. The corner device and/or the panels have adhesive applied to them, and the edges of the panels abut the smaller corner to form the inside corner. Adhesive is then applied to the rearward surfaces, and the assembly of the corner device and the panels is adhered to a building structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2002
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2004
    Inventor: Peter P. Young
  • Publication number: 20040025459
    Abstract: An assembly for a framed system includes an elongated post and a mounting plate shaped for installation in a post channel of the elongated post. The elongated post includes a first rib integrated along an inner surface of the first lateral side and an elongated second rib integrated along an inner surface of the second lateral side. The mounting plate includes an aperture for receiving the fastener and includes a first slot for receiving the first rib and a second slot for receiving the second rib. When the mounting plate is installed in the post channel, the first and second ribs are deformed by the installation of the mounting plate such that the deformed first and second ribs retain the mounting plate in the post channel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 7, 2002
    Publication date: February 12, 2004
    Inventors: Fritz Huebner, Kelly Van Koevering
  • Publication number: 20030205011
    Abstract: A device for joining a panel and another structure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 23, 2002
    Publication date: November 6, 2003
    Inventor: Franck Bequet
  • Patent number: 6619008
    Abstract: A corner connector arrangement which joins adjacent upright edges of at least two wall panels for maintaining the panels in angled relationship. The connector arrangement employs a connector post positioned between adjacent panel end edges. Each panel has a connecting bracket provided with outwardly protruding upper and lower flanges which respectively overlap upper and lower ends of the post. The post has suitable openings so that cabling can pass from interiorly of one panel through the post for passage into the interior of another panel. Elongate closure strips are secured to and extend longitudinally along opposite edges of the bracket associated with each panel. The closure strips have cantilevered flanges which are curved similar to and resiliently deflect into engagement with exterior peripheral surfaces on the post to enclose the post and the cabling therein. A separate closer strip that snaps onto the post may be used to enclose the post for two-panel connections.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2002
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2003
    Assignee: Smed International Inc.
    Inventors: Vincent Shivak, Dale R. Marshall, Darren R. Long
  • Patent number: 6546675
    Abstract: A panel support assembly 25 comprises a post 10 having at least one elongate recess 12, rotatably supporting a respective panel receiving member 13. The panel receiving member 13 comprising a rod-like member having an internal channel 14 adapted to receive a panel 11. The recess 12 is part-cylindrical and respective panel receiving member 14 is cylindrical, partially fitting within recess 12, so as to allow relative rotation. A pair of panel support assemblies 25, with pairs of panel receiving members 13 facing each other, provides a panel fixing system for fixing a panel 11.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2000
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2003
    Assignee: Harkk PTY LTD
    Inventor: David John Adderton
  • Patent number: 6532707
    Abstract: A structural system comprises a set of elements including two or more plank members 10, which are preferably hollow and divided by interior partitions 12 into longitudinally extending compartments 13. The plank members 10 are open at each end, and are interconnected by connectors 20, comprising a stem 21, and two arrays of projections which may be aligned for in-line connection of the plank members, or set of right angles to form a corner, or have three arrays to provide a T-connection. The plank members 10 are connected vertically by rods 26 which pass through aligned apertures 14 in the plank members and notches 25 in the projections.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2000
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2003
    Assignee: Armillatox Limited
    Inventor: Humphrey Richard Ian Cannon
  • Patent number: 6510663
    Abstract: An in-fill panel arrangement is designed for post and beam furniture systems of the type having overhead beams supported on vertical posts. Each of the beams has a lowermost face with a horizontal slot extending therealong, and each of the posts includes outwardly extending flanges having an end face with a slot extending vertically therealong. Beam-to-post connectors are attached to the opposite ends of the beams, and are detachably retained in the slots in the posts to mount the beams on the posts. Rigid in-fill panels are shaped to be positioned directly below the beams and above the floor to partition the space into individual work areas. Panel mounting brackets are detachably retained in the slots in the posts and the beams, and are connected with the in-fill panels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2001
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2003
    Assignee: Steelcase Development Corporation
    Inventors: Michael A. Jourden, Karl Heinz Mueller, Genevieve Wing