Spaced Barrier Sections With Dissimilar Material Tie Patents (Class 52/383)
  • Patent number: 8904725
    Abstract: Anchoring systems for use in cavity wall structures having an inner wythe and an outer wythe constructed of rubble stone are disclosed. The anchoring system employs an anchor fastened to or set within the inner wythe that extends into the cavity and connects to a J-hook. A vertically adjustable veneer tie enwraps the J-hook, limiting lateral movement and front-to-back displacement, and is set within the bed joint of the outer wythe. The anchoring system minimizes cavity size and provides stability for an uncoursed outer wythe equivalent to that of anchoring systems for standards coursed bed joints.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Assignee: Columbia Insurance Company
    Inventor: Ronald P. Hohmann, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8875467
    Abstract: A device for use in the fastening of a panel or cladding to a wall is disclosed. The device includes a base plate, a panel connecting plate, and a connecting assembly that connects the panel connecting plate to the base plate and that is constructed and arranged so as to provide minimal thermal bridging between the base plate and the panel connecting plate through an insulation layer that covers the base plate and the wall while simultaneously providing structural integrity for attaching the panel or cladding to the wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Inventor: Leonard L. Anastasi
  • Patent number: 8863460
    Abstract: Thermally-isolating wall anchors and anchoring systems employing the same are disclosed. A thermally-isolating coating is applied to the wall anchor, which is interconnected with a wire formative veneer tie. The thermally-isolating coating is selected from a distinct grouping of materials, that are applied using a specific variety of methods, in one or more layers and cured and cross-linked to provide high-strength adhesion. The thermally-coated wall anchors provide an in-cavity thermal break that severs the thermal threads running throughout the cavity wall structure, reducing the U- and K-values of the anchoring system by thermally-isolating the metal components.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignee: Columbia Insurance Company
    Inventor: Ronald P. Hohmann, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8844229
    Abstract: A channel anchoring system for cavity walls is disclosed and includes a channel anchor and veneer tie. The anchoring system is used in conjunction with building structures that have a masonry construction veneer anchored to a steel stud frame or a masonry backup wall. The channel anchoring system secures both the veneer and the insulation to the framing or backup wall. The channel anchor includes a pocket compartment for the insulation that provides a non-invasive means for securing the insulation, thereby maintaining the insulation integrity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Assignee: Columbia Insurance Company
    Inventor: Ronald P. Hohmann, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8826613
    Abstract: Component sets installed at selected intervals along the lengths of upwardly opening, just-below-floor-level utility trenches maintain a substantially parallel-extending relationship between opposed pairs of elongate, upstanding sheet metal panels that form opposite sidewalls of the utility trench passageways while concrete is being poured to form concrete floors in commercial and industrial facilities. The component sets include pairs of elongate, metal uprights having channel-shaped cross-sections, and elongate connecting members that bridge between the paired uprights. Pipes, tubes and conduits installed in the utility trenches, and cover plates that overlie and close the utility trenches, are supported by the connecting members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Inventor: David J Chrien
  • Patent number: 8667757
    Abstract: Thermally-isolating veneer ties and anchoring systems employing the same are disclosed. A thermally-isolating coating is applied to the veneer tie, which is interconnected with a sheetmetal surface-mounted wall anchor. The thermally-isolating coating is selected from a distinct grouping of materials, that are applied using a specific variety of methods, in one or more layers and cured and cross-linked to provide high-strength adhesion. The thermally-coated veneer ties provide an in cavity thermal break that severs the thermal threads running throughout the cavity wall structure, reducing the U- and K-values of the anchoring system by thermally-isolating the metal components.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 11, 2014
    Assignee: Mitek Holdings, Inc.
    Inventor: Ronald P. Hohmann, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8656673
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a unit-wall structure for a liquefied gas storage tank on land, which enables rapid and easy construction of a cylindrical wall of the storage tank by stacking a plurality of pre-produced unit-wall structures to overlap one another. The unit-wall structure includes iron rods arranged lengthwise and breadthwise therein, wherein the unit-wall structure has an arc shape so that a plurality of unit-wall structures are stacked to form a cylindrical wall of the storage tank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2014
    Assignee: Korea Gas Corporation
    Inventors: Young Myung Yang, Ihn Soo Yoon, Heung Seok Seo, Young Kyun Kim
  • Patent number: 8627636
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a method of constructing a liquefied gas storage tank on land, which enables rapid and easy construction of walls of a cylindrical storage tank by stacking a plurality of pre-produced unit-wall structures to be stacked or superposed with respect to one another. The method includes: producing unit-wall structures made of concrete and each having iron rods arranged lengthwise and breadthwise therein, stacking the unit-wall structures in a cylindrical arrangement, and connecting the unit-wall structures adjacent and in longitudinal and lateral directions with respect to each other to form a wall of the storage tank.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 14, 2014
    Assignee: Korea Gas Corporation
    Inventors: Young Myung Yang, Ihn Soo Yoon, Heung Seok Seo, Young Kyun Kim
  • Patent number: 8584420
    Abstract: A spacer device (30) for use in a cavity wall of a building to determine the separation of the building elements of the two leaves (19,20) of the wall during construction, comprising a support body (31) having a plurality of spaced projections (32) extending transversely of the general plane of the support body and, in use, across the cavity between the said two leaves, each projection having means for preventing or at least inhibiting the transfer of moisture at least in one direction from one end of the projection to the other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2003
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2013
    Assignee: Surecav Limited
    Inventors: Charles William Jack Ayers, Ronald John Pickersgill
  • Patent number: 8555588
    Abstract: An insulating concrete form foam block bi-directional system comprises a pair of opposed and parallel foam sidewall panels spaced using a plurality of plastic and metal band ties that act as a fire-break between the two exterior finished concrete wall surfaces. Each tie comprises nearly full sidewall height, plastic flanges which engage the sidewalls and a metal band cross-connecting vertical holders of the ties. The metal band forms a wide opening to enhance concrete flow. The tie results in a minimal downward stress impact on the tie during concrete placement. The top and bottom surfaces of each sidewall are formed with raised areas and non-raised areas which interlock with adjacent blocks. The side surfaces of each sidewall are formed with vertical tongues and grooves which interlock with like tongues and grooves of corner pieces which are adapted to form right or left-hand corners.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2006
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2013
    Inventor: Jonathan D. Stokes
  • Patent number: 8516763
    Abstract: A tubule assembly for thermally isolating a surface-mounted wall anchor and an anchoring system employing the same are disclosed. The thermally-isolated tubule assembly is adaptable to varied anchor structures and for use with interlocking veneer ties and reinforcement wires to provide a high-strength surface mounted anchoring system for cavity walls. The stepped cylinders sheath the mounting hardware to limit insulation tearing and resultant loss of insulation integrity. The tubule assembly is thermally-isolated through the use of a series of strategically placed compressible nonconductive fittings and set within the perimeter of the anchor base. Seals are formed which preclude penetration of air, moisture, and water vapor into the wall structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2013
    Assignee: MiTek Holdings, Inc.
    Inventor: Ronald P. Hohmann, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8516768
    Abstract: A two-piece masonry anchor including a plate having opposing faces, an attachment feature extending from one of the faces, and a leg extending from the other of the faces having an insulation thickness guide and an elongate slot transverse to the extension direction of the leg, and an anchor adapted to attach to the leg of the plate and having first and second portions arranged to define a right angle therebetween. A seismic wall anchoring system including a plurality of masonry anchors interconnected by a rod.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2013
    Assignee: Masonry Reinforcing Corporation of America
    Inventor: Ralph O. Johnson, III
  • Patent number: 8375667
    Abstract: Anchoring systems for use in cavity wall structures having an inner wythe and an outer wythe constructed of rubble stone are disclosed. The anchoring system employs an anchor fastened to or set within the inner wythe that extends into the cavity and connects to a J-hook. A vertically adjustable veneer tie enwraps the J-hook, limiting lateral movement and front-to-back displacement, and is set within the bed joint of the outer wythe. The anchoring system minimizes cavity size and provides stability for an uncoursed outer wythe equivalent to that of anchoring systems for standards coursed bed joints.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2013
    Assignee: MiTek Holdings, Inc.
    Inventor: Ronald P. Hohmann, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8297021
    Abstract: An apparatus for and method for constructing and reinforcing modular block construction comprising placing on one or more modular blocks a plurality of separators which are connected via one or more connectors, and aligning modular blocks placed in a layer above the connectors. Also a method and apparatus for constructing and reinforcing multiple concentric modular block walls.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2012
    Inventor: Armando Quinones
  • Patent number: 8256174
    Abstract: The invention relates to a tower construction with an annular cross section, comprising one or more component tubes arranged concentrically one on top of the other, wherein at least one component tube is composed of at least 3 tube segments, the tube segments of at least one component tube are pretensioned relative to one another by means of tensioning devices, hereinafter referred to as segment tensioning devices, and the component tubes have tensioning devices, hereinafter referred to as component tube tensioning devices, which act at least in the axial direction and extend over at least one horizontal joint, the tube segments and the component tubes composed therefrom form, at their butting edges, joints having gaps, the gaps of the joints are filled at least partially with a joint-filling material, and the joints between the tube segments of the same component tube allow a certain, substantially constraint-free rotation of the adjoining tube segments about the joint axis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2012
    Assignee: Sika Technology AG
    Inventors: Philipp Irniger, Reto Clenin
  • Patent number: 8181414
    Abstract: An insulating concrete form block adapted to be interlocked with other insulating concrete blocks to form an insulating concrete form for casting concrete. The insulating concrete block including a first foam panel and a second foam panel supported in a spaced apart, parallel relationship to form a concrete receiving cavity. Each of the first panel and the second panel having a top end, a bottom end, a first end, and a second end. The top end and the bottom end of each of the first and second panels having an outside row of a plurality of projections and an inside row of a plurality of projections. The projections of the outside row being spaced apart to define a plurality of recesses and the projections of the inside row being spaced apart to define a plurality of recesses with the projections of the outside row being adjacent to the recesses of the inside row and the recesses of the outside row being adjacent projections of the inside row.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2012
    Assignee: BuildBlock Building Systems, L.L.C.
    Inventor: David Michael Garrett
  • Patent number: 8079189
    Abstract: A structure system of concrete building for self-heat insulation comprises a wall (1), a link beam (2) and a floor slab (3). The wall is composed of a prefabricated concrete wall for heat insulation (11) and a cast-in-place concrete wall (12). The prefabricated concrete wall (11) is a concrete panel (5), one surface of which is covered with heat insulation layer (4), and the prefabricated concrete wall (11) and the cast-in-place concrete wall (12) are cast and folded to be an integral. At the joint of the link beam and an outer wall, the link beam and the top and bottom cast-in-place concrete walls are cast to be an integral. The outer end of the link beam is covered with heat insulation layer. At the joint of the floor slab and the link beam, they are cast to be an integral.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2011
    Inventors: Ping Qu, Xinfu Chen
  • Patent number: 7882673
    Abstract: A masonry flashing is disclosed having a polymeric membrane and a pressure-activated adhesive in a peel-and-stick product. The flashing is used in cavity walls, typically a wall with an inner wythe of masonry block and an outer wythe of brick. The adhesive layer is a hot melt with various additives, which additives provide reinforcement to the flashing structure. The reinforcement can be fiber glass or filamentous fragments of polypropylene that are admixed into the adhesive. The flashing has a release sheet and, after removal thereof, the adhesive is pressed against the rough surface of the masonry block creating a durable bond with the inner wythe. Incorporated into the masonry flashing are various high-strength, polymeric webs including a spun-bonded polyolefin, an ethylene propylene diene terpolymer, and a polyvinylchloride with an ethylene interpolymer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 8, 2011
    Assignee: Mitek Holdings, Inc.
    Inventor: Ronald P. Hohmann, Jr.
  • Patent number: 7882672
    Abstract: A building system is described comprising paired studs (20) for attachment to inside surfaces of facing sheets (10, 11) to provide panel formwork for concrete walls. The studs comprise a head (21) and outwardly extending spaced flanges (22, 23) with inwardly directed teeth (26) and lips (24, 25). Spacer elements (30) are engaged with the recess between the flanges and may be formed from off-cuts of sheet material or as specifically formed elements. The latter are formed from hard plastic and in a preferred embodiment (19) are formed as a rectangular box which can be orientated in alternate directions. The system may include end elements (40), internal top and bottom plates (51), internal corners (90), external corners (100) and a shadow line junction between panels. The invention extends to panels formed with the above system and buildings formed from the panels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2004
    Date of Patent: February 8, 2011
    Assignee: Building Solutions Pty Ltd.
    Inventor: Alan Gayne Emblin
  • Patent number: 7845137
    Abstract: A folded wall anchor and an anchoring system employing the same are disclosed. The anchor is a folded sheetmetal construct utilizable with various wire formative veneer ties. The folded wall tie enables the junctures of the legs and the base of the wall anchor to be located inboard from the periphery of the wall anchor and the legs to fully or partially sheath the mounting hardware. The sheathing function unifies the openings in the insulation required for installation and forms an anchoring system that is less intrusive. Upon installation with the surfaces of the enfolded leg and of the base coplanar, the leg and mounting hardware insertion point is sealed thereby. This sealing precludes penetration of air, moisture, and water vapor into the wall structure. Various embodiments show wall anchor configurations with suitable veneer ties and differing sheathing arrangements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 7, 2010
    Assignee: Mitek Holdings, Inc.
    Inventor: Ronald P. Hohmann, Jr.
  • Patent number: 7823355
    Abstract: A nonmetallic masonry flashing is disclosed. The flashing includes a laminate that is applicable to cavity walls and particularly masonry block walls. The flashing has an adhesive layer which is a pressure activated, hot melt adhesive with various additives. The additives provide reinforcement to the entire structure and uses fiber glass or filamentous fragments of polypropylene. These additives are admixed into the hot melt adhesive. The nonmetallic masonry flashing employs peel-and-stick technology. After removal of a release sheet, the adhesive layer is pressed against the rough surface of the masonry block. The pressure activation creates a durable bond with the masonry block. Incorporated into the nonmetallic masonry flashing are various high-strength, polymeric laminates. The high-strength of the polymeric laminates is derived from advances in cross-lamination and laminates having a scrim as a core component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2010
    Assignee: Mitek Holdings, Inc.
    Inventor: Ronald P. Hohmann, Jr.
  • Patent number: 7805906
    Abstract: An insulating concrete block adapted to be interlocked with other insulating concrete blocks to form an insulating concrete form for casting concrete. The insulating concrete block including a first foam panel and a second foam panel arranged in a spaced apart, parallel relationship to form a concrete receiving cavity. At least two web structures extending between the first foam panel and the second foam panel. Each web structure includes a pair of elongated end plates joined by a pair of web members. One of the end plates is embedded in the first foam panel and the other end plate is embedded in the second foam panel. Each of the end plates has at least one attachment element formed by providing a thickened area on the end plates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 5, 2010
    Assignee: Buildblock Building Systems, L.L.C.
    Inventor: David Michael Garrett
  • Publication number: 20100218446
    Abstract: A structure system of concrete building for self-heat insulation comprises a wall (1), a link beam (2) and a floor slab (3). The wall is composed of a prefabricated concrete wall for heat insulation (11) and a cast-in-place concrete wall (12). The prefabricated concrete wall (11) is a concrete panel (5), one surface of which is covered with heat insulation layer (4), and the prefabricated concrete wall (11) and the cast-in-place concrete wall (12) are cast and folded to be an integral. At the joint of the link beam and an outer wall, the link beam and the top and bottom cast-in-place concrete walls are cast to be an integral. The outer end of the link beam is covered with heat insulation layer. At the joint of the floor slab and the link beam, they are cast to be an integral.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 12, 2007
    Publication date: September 2, 2010
    Inventors: Ping Qu, Xinfu Chen
  • Patent number: 7754304
    Abstract: A weatherproofing backer for installing windows and doors is described as having a foam layer and an adhesive layer. The adhesive is pressure-activated and is self-sealing about attaching hardware. The foam is self-setting and, in use, molds to the flange of the window unit. When installed, the foam layer is compressed between the inner window frame and rough opening and between the window flange and the wall surface adjacent the rough opening. The weatherproofing backer is designed to extend beyond the flange of the window unit and thereby receive the weatherproofing membrane thereover. The weatherproofing backer, then acts as a sealed bridge between the membrane and the window unit precluding entry of air and water. Both the foam and the adhesive have fire retardants in the formulation thereof. A tape form with a self-skinned foam layer and a sheet form, with polymeric covering web are provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2010
    Assignee: MiTek Holdings, Inc.
    Inventor: Ronald P. Hohmann, Jr.
  • Patent number: 7752820
    Abstract: A fast unfolding two-layer temporary flooring structure consisting of preferably rigid plates (1 to 6), made of a suitable material. The plates (1 to 6) are arranged mutually parallel and cascade-linked by an articulated linking element (B) so that between two consecutive plates, the element (B) is linked to an edge of the other plates, and also preferably in a central zone of the other plate, the elements defining hinge lines between parallel planes with longitudinal or transverse axis of the plates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2002
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2010
    Assignee: Ets A. Deschamps et Fils
    Inventor: Georges-Paul Deschamps
  • Patent number: 7735292
    Abstract: A masonry cavity wall structure includes a cast-in-place reinforced concrete structural wall member erected between and in confronting engagement with the outer side of a first, inner masonry wythe and the inner side of an outwardly spaced-away, upstanding wall of rigid insulation panels supported by wire tie members in embedded engagement in the mortar joints of the inner wythe, the inner wythe and tie-supported insulation panels also being used during construction of the cavity wall to provide the supporting concrete formwork for the poured structural wall member. A second, outer veneer wythe is erected a predetermined spaced distance outwardly from the insulation panels and forms an airspace cavity therebetween, the wire tie members also engaged in the mortar joints of the second, outer wythe whereby to structurally tie the masonry cavity wall together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2010
    Inventor: Michael C. Massie
  • Patent number: 7712272
    Abstract: A symmetrical load transfer device for use in insulated concrete wall panels. The symmetrical shape allows for forces induced in manufacturing, transportation, installation and nature to transfer through the device equally to both concrete wythes of the wall panel. The load transfer device is preferably made of a thermoplastic or thermoset resin matrix incorporating continuous filaments, such as glass rovings. The low thermal conductivity of the matrix of filaments and resins greatly reduce thermal bridging of the insulation layer while maintaining structural integrity of the wall panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2010
    Assignee: Composite Technologies Corporation
    Inventor: Robert T. Long, Sr.
  • Patent number: 7698858
    Abstract: A studded membrane is proposed for the protection of buildings with a drainage and slip surface formed on the reverse side thereof. This ensures that water is drained between the studded membrane and the exterior surface of the building, between the studded membrane and the seal, between the studded membrane and the insulation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2004
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2010
    Assignee: Ewald Dörken AG
    Inventors: Jörn Schroer, Heinz Peter Raidt, Norbert Klingelhage
  • Patent number: 7565777
    Abstract: A tie for insulated concrete forms that has a Z-bend configuration so that the tie is nestable with similar Z-bend ties in order to optimize the cubic volume and the weight of a container of nested ties for shipment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 21, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2009
    Assignee: East West Manufacturing, LLC
    Inventors: Jeff S. Sweeney, Wei Wei Chen, Charles Barry Ward
  • Patent number: 7562506
    Abstract: Notched, surface-mounted wall anchors and anchoring systems employing the same are disclosed. The anchor is a notched, folded sheetmetal construct utilizable with various wire formative veneer ties. The depth of the notch is greater than the combined thickness of the wallboard and the waterproofing layer. Various embodiments show wall anchor configurations with suitable veneer ties and differing sheathing arrangements. The notches, upon surface-mounting of the wall anchor, form small wells in the portion of the notch extending into the insulation, which wells entrain water vapor, condensate and water, and relieve the same from being driven into the wallboard.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2009
    Assignee: MiTek Holdings, Inc.
    Inventor: Ronald P. Hohmann, Jr.
  • Patent number: 7481032
    Abstract: A stud system for supporting spray insulation to an exterior surface of a concrete structure is disclosed. The stud includes a wall abutting surface, and a laterally extending web for promoting adherence of foam insulation when applied to either side of the stud. The stud is attached to the structure by anchoring to one or more form ties protruding from the structure, or by driving fasteners into the structure. The stud also includes a second surface which can be used for attachment of exterior finishes such as vinyl siding or stucco.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2009
    Inventor: Neil Tarr
  • Patent number: 7415803
    Abstract: A system includes a back up wall and a veneer wall spaced from the back up wall. An anchor shaft has a first end secured to the back up wall, and a second free end of the shaft projects into a space between the back up wall and the veneer wall. A wing nut has a central barrel disposed on the shaft proximate the free end. The wing nut is spaced apart from a surface of the back up wall. A first generally planar side wing extends laterally from the central barrel of the wing nut. A second generally planar side wing extends laterally from the central barrel. The first side wing includes a first opening for receipt of a first wire tie leg, and the second side wing includes a second opening for receipt of a second wire tie leg. The wing nut is independently rotatable relative to the shaft to angularly orient the wings and thus the openings as desired.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2008
    Inventor: Joseph Bronner
  • Publication number: 20080092471
    Abstract: A protective structure for protecting buildings, bridges, roads and other areas from explosive devices such as car bombs and the like comprises: (a) a mesh structure having an outer surface and an inner surface, wherein the inner surface defines an annular space; (b) a plurality of structural steel cables in contact with the mesh structure; (c) a composite fill material which resides within the annular space of the mesh structure and within the mesh structure; (d) at least one reinforcement member which resides within the composite fill material; and (e) a composite face material which resides upon the outer surface of the mesh structure. The mesh structure may be made up of, for example, steel wire.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 30, 2005
    Publication date: April 24, 2008
    Inventor: Jameel Ahmad
  • Patent number: 7114695
    Abstract: An improved, lightweight, portable, and self-contained concrete form for fabricating tilt-up concrete walls is provided. The form includes a frame made from metal frame members joined at their ends with the frame members forming the sides of the frame. The frame members may be channel shaped with their channels facing inwardly. A reinforcing mat comprising an array of crisscrossed rebars is disposed within the frame and is held in place with a plurality of brackets on the ends of at least some of the rebars and welded to respective frame members. The rebar mat is sized to be positioned in the mid portion of the frame and the brackets on the ends of the rebars are slid outwardly into and attached to the frame members by spot welding. The brackets are then spot welded to the ends of their rebars to form a rigid, lightweight concrete frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2003
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2006
    Inventor: W. Michael DeLoach, Sr.
  • Patent number: 7082731
    Abstract: An insultated wall system comprises a plurarity of foldable blocks, each having two panels of rigid insulated foam, multiple inserts embedded in the panels, and ties between pairs of inserts. Each insert has one or more connectors, each with an end hole that swivelably receives the end leg of a tie in a manner that enables the block to fold. Each connector further has a top opening that releaseably captures the middle leg of the tie and rigidly locks the block against folding. The connectors are double-ended, and the inserts are invertible in the panels. Corner and T-walls are made by simple cuts in the standard blocks. Plates and ties are used to hold together the blocks of a main wall and an intersecting T-wall. The connectors of a panel may contact either the connectors of the other panel, or the other panel itself, when the block is folded.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2002
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2006
    Inventors: Murray Patz, Jon Kraus
  • Patent number: 6945000
    Abstract: A metal-foil-containing flashing laminate is disclosed which laminate is for flashing cavity walls. The laminate has at least one layer of an elastomeric composite over which is placed a hot melt adhesive layer, a metal foil lamina, and another hot melt adhesive layer. In this embodiment the metal foil is encapsulated by the adhesive layers. In application this laminate used with a release paper forms a peel-and-stick product and is suitable for surface mounting. Also to the basic laminate an additional elastomeric composite layer is placed above the metal foil lamina sandwiching the foil and forming a through-wall mountable product. A termination bar for use with surface mounted flashing with a polymeric foam coating is also disclosed. The peel-and-stick flashing may be lap-mounted at the seams between adjacent strips without caulks or sealants.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2003
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2005
    Assignee: Hohmann & Barnard, Inc.
    Inventors: Ronald P. Hohmann, Ronald P Hohmann, Jr.
  • Patent number: 6928780
    Abstract: A metal foil/scrim flashing laminate is disclosed, which laminate is for flashing cavity walls. The laminate has at least one layer of a modified polymeric coating which is disposed by roll coating onto the central metal foil. In all the embodiments, the metal foil lamina is sandwiched between either layers of the modified polymeric coating or between a coating layer and a hot melt adhesive layer. In application the laminates are used with a release paper to form a peel-and-stick product and is suitable for surface mounting. An embodiment of the metal foil/scrim flashing with adhesive is shown for field installation with sealants and mystics.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2005
    Assignee: Hohmann & Barnard, Inc.
    Inventors: Ronald P. Hohmann, Ronald P Hohmann, Jr.
  • Patent number: 6622444
    Abstract: The present invention is a synthetic-core construction panel having a polyurethane core encased by a metal grid. The grid system comprises a first series of metal bars disposed in parallel to each other, equally spaced apart around the circumference of the core; a second series of metal bars, disposed in parallel to each other and perpendicularly to the first series of metal bars, equally spaced apart, are also disposed around the circumference of the core; and a plurality of diagonal cross-member reinforcements welded at their edges to each connecting point between the first series of metal bars and the second series of metal bars. The metal grid serves as a surface accepting masonry/plaster as a finish for the panel after installation. An apparatus for making the synthetic core construction panels is also described and claimed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2000
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2003
    Inventors: Gabriel Humberto Zarate Sanchez, Felix Gomez Sanchez
  • Patent number: 6584746
    Abstract: A masonry flashing system is disclosed which includes a laminate for flashing cavity walls and a hot melt adhesive composition for coating the surface of the laminate. The adhesive is selected for compatibility with a peel-and-stick installation and, thus, upon pressure activation, when the laminate with hot melt adhesive thereon is pressed against the rough surface of the masonry block, a durable bond is created. The laminate is a polymeric substate formed in part from a mixture of polyvinyl chloride and ethylene acetate carbon monoxide terpolymer and is reinforced by an embedded fibrous mat—either woven or non-woven. The system also includes a stainless steel drip plate with a hot melt adhesive coating. The drip plate adhesive coating enables the installer to accurately position the plate during construction and maintain the alignment thereof. Optionally, a foam layer is placed on the lower surface of the drip plate so as to improve the sealing of the drip plate to the brick veneer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2002
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2003
    Assignee: Hohmann & Barnard, Inc.
    Inventors: Ronald P. Hohmann, Ronald P Hohmann, Jr.
  • Patent number: 6502362
    Abstract: An anchoring device for components made of concrete comprises an elongated section which is associable with a concrete component so as to protrude from the component with at least one of its longitudinal sides and with at least one portion of its lateral faces, which extend from the longitudinal side. Engagement regions are provided in this portion of the lateral faces of the section and form a plurality of possible engagement positions, mutually spaced along the longitudinal extension of the section, for a coupling element which is detachably associable with the portion of the section that protrudes from the component. The coupling element has at least one engagement region which forms a plurality of possible engagement positions, mutually spaced parallel to the longitudinal extension of the section, for an element for connecting the coupling element to another component or another element to be rigidly coupled to the component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2000
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2003
    Inventors: Sergio Zambelli, Benito Zambelli
  • Publication number: 20020100239
    Abstract: A wire tie and a hardware system for supporting a masonry veneer wall with a structural support element. The wire tie is formed from a unitary wire body having a pair of central portions connected with each other by a connecting portion at a first end, and connected with flange portions and reverse extension portions at a second end. The hardware system also includes an anchor for attaching the wire tie to the structural support element.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 1, 2000
    Publication date: August 1, 2002
    Applicant: Heckmann Building Products, Inc. and DL Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventor: Donald A. Lopez
  • Patent number: 6351922
    Abstract: An adjustable wall tie for securing together spaced wythes such as a masonry veneer wall to a structural masonry wall of block-like construction. The wall incudes a tension anchor and a generally J-shaped single-ended hook adapted to engage the tension for vertical adjustment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2000
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2002
    Assignee: Blok-Lok Limited
    Inventors: William S. Burns, Kenneth G. Banks
  • Patent number: 6269607
    Abstract: A method of construction which produces an air tight structure which is capable of being insulated to high R values. The method comprises the following steps: erecting an inner wall having a footer, a top plate, and spaced upright studs, along an inner edge portion of the supporting structure; covering the exterior side portion of the inner wall with a vapor barrier so that electrical wiring and plumbing may be run within the interior wall without penetrating the vapor barrier; erecting an outer wall having a footer, a top plate, and spaced upright studs along an outer edge portion of the supporting structure parallel to and spaced from the inner wall, said outer wall used to carry an exterior building wall covering after insulation which is positioned between the walls and between the studs of the outer wall; and, erecting a supported structure on top of the top side portion of the walls.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 1999
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2001
    Inventors: Harold Ringlein, Alfred C. Ringlein, James Morgan
  • Patent number: 6270915
    Abstract: A gypsum board/intumescent material ceiling board includes a gypsum board and a fire-resistive barrier. A first major surface of the gypsum board is an upper side for abutting framing and a second major surface of the gypsum board is an underside for facing a room interior. The fire-resistive barrier is a layer of intumescent coating material applied to and coextensive with one of the major surfaces of the gypsum board. The intumescent coating material contains expandable graphite and a corrosion inhibitor in sufficient quantities to provide a corrosion inhibiting layer on metal surfaces, such as the surfaces of metal fasteners, with which the intumescent coating material comes in contact. In addition, the intumescent coating material has a pH greater than 7.0 to reduce corrosive properties of the intumescent material and provide a chemical environment conducive to the forming of the corrosion inhibiting layer by the corrosion inhibitor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 1999
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2001
    Assignee: Johns Manville International, Inc.
    Inventors: Kenneth A. Turpin, Monroe W. Shumate, Jesse J. Beitel, III
  • Publication number: 20010010140
    Abstract: Building element having two parallel welded wire grid mats (1, 2), of straight web wires (7) which hold the wire grid mats at a predetermined distance apart and are joined at each end to the two wire grid mats. An insulating body (8) is arranged between the wire grid mats, through which the web wires pass. At least one of the wire grid mats is in the form of a grid reinforcement mat which possesses a minimum strength of the weld nodes which complies with the static requirements applicable to the building element, corresponding mechanical strength of the grid mat wires (3, 4) and also corresponding diameters and mutual spacings of the grid mat wires. The web wires are arranged in predetermined directions relative to the wire grid mats, and the insulating body is held at a predetermined distance from each of the wire grid mats.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 16, 2001
    Publication date: August 2, 2001
    Applicant: EVG Entwicklungs - U. Verwertungs-Gesellschaft M.B.H.
    Inventors: Klaus Ritter, Gerhard Ritter
  • Patent number: 6185890
    Abstract: To improve sound damping in prefabricated building elements having two parallel welded wire mesh mats 1, 2, interconnected by web wires 7, 7′ enclose, therebetween, an insulating body (8) for example of foam plastic. Concrete is then sprayed on both sides over the mesh wires to form inner and outer shells. These concrete shells are interconnected by forming the insulating body with through-holes, which, upon concrete spraying, will form concrete webs or plugs (14, 14′) interconnecting the two shells, thus preventing resonant sound vibrations of the concrete shells. The through-holes (10, 11, 11′) can be molded during manufacture of the insulating body (8) or drilled or stamped therethrough, and may extend at right angles through the major extent of the foam body or obliquely, preferably downwardly and distributed randomly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 1997
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2001
    Assignee: EVG Entwicklungs- u. Verwertungs-Gesellschaft m.b.H.
    Inventor: Klaus Ritter
  • Patent number: 6182407
    Abstract: A gypsum board/intumescent material fire barrier wall includes spaced apart, vertically extending metal or wooden studs with only one layer of gypsum board secured to each side of the studs to form a fire barrier wall with a wall cavity. An intumescent material barrier, that is at least coextensive in width and height with the width and height of the wall cavity, is also included in the fire barrier wall and preferably, the wall cavity contains a fibrous insulation blanket. Preferably, the spaced apart gypsum wall boards, with the intumescent material barrier, provide the fire barrier wall with two hour fire-resistive properties meeting or exceeding ASTM test standard E119 for walls and partitions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 24, 1998
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2001
    Assignee: Johns Manville International, Inc.
    Inventors: Kenneth A. Turpin, Richard A. Versen, Bradley Burdic, Reed H. Larson, Monroe W. Shumate
  • Patent number: 6145257
    Abstract: A method and system for forming walls includes a dual-wall cavity. A stud is formed of an outer flange, middle flange and inner flange arranged in an "E" shape configuration. An outer panel attaches to the outer flange, a middle panel attaches to the middle flange and an inner panel attaches to the inner flange. An outer cavity is formed between the outer panel and the middle panel. The outer cavity can be filled with a filler material for providing structural and insulation features. Thereafter, an inner panel attaches to the inner flange for providing an inner cavity. The inner cavity can be used to house utility materials such as plumbing, air ducts, heating and electrical.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 1998
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2000
    Inventor: Anthony Cappuccio
  • Patent number: 5992114
    Abstract: Apparatus for providing an insulated, poured concrete wall which will result, when the concrete is poured, in a wall having internal and external insulation, drywall or other surface preparation connecting areas which are continuous of and extending the entire or selected lengths of the wall and apparatus for the provision of windows into the wall. The apparatus includes a pair of U-shaped lower members attachable to foundation footings to establish the sides of the wall and receive insulating or other material panels, a plurality of H-shaped intermediate members to receive insulating or other material panels which form the pouring area, a pair of U-shaped top members capping the uppermost tier of insulating or other material panels which members may also be utilized to form window openings, a plurality of tie bars frictionally attachable to the H members which provide cross connectors betwen tiers of the panel sections and U-shaped, corner members for both the bottom and top of the wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 1998
    Date of Patent: November 30, 1999
    Inventors: Ronald Dean Zelinsky, Duane Kent Godfredsen
  • Patent number: 5819478
    Abstract: The invention relates to a bitumenised P.V.C. member for incorporation in a cavity wall, including two flanges and a bridging portion, the bridging portion in use spanning the cavity and the flanges being incorporated in respective skins of the cavity wall. The bridging member is prevented from sagging by a support mechanism, in a preferred embodiment a polystyrene block of wedge shape, which abuts the inner skin of the wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 1995
    Date of Patent: October 13, 1998
    Assignee: D. Anderson and Son Limited
    Inventor: Ronald Curtis Bayes