Separable, Bonded Tie Between Modules Patents (Class 52/428)
  • Patent number: 10167626
    Abstract: A masonry support apparatus supports a wall of brick or other masonry material in a building, provides a thermal break between the wall and a concrete floor of the building, and secures insulation material between the wall and the floor. The masonry support apparatus comprises an elongated longitudinally extending support member, at least one insulation bracket assembly extending rearwardly from the support member for securing an insulation block, and at least one concrete anchor extending rearwardly from the insulation bracket assembly for securing to a concrete floor. The support member, insulation bracket assembly and concrete anchor are permanently joined together to form a unitary structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: THERMO BAR LTD.
    Inventor: Robert Marwood
  • Patent number: 9677283
    Abstract: A veneer product and system includes a body having an aesthetic front surface and a back surface for installation adjacent the building. The body has a top side and a bottom side and a bracket attached to body and projecting away from the back surface of the body, the bracket further comprising a first end adjacent the top side for attachment to the building and a first protrusion for positioning the back surface a predetermined distance from the building and a second end having a second protrusion for positioning the bottom of the back surface a predetermined distance from the building and a bottom projection adjacent the bottom side for engagement with a second body to retain the bottom end of the veneer product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: Talus Systems, LLC
    Inventors: Harold C. Attebery, II, Neal Sugarman
  • Patent number: 9447585
    Abstract: A support assembly is provided for supporting external veneer. It has a mounting bracket that is fixedly mounted to a load bearing wall support structure, and a shelf angle. The shelf angle includes a horizontal leg that defines a surface upon which to mount the external facing members. The mounting bracket may be a channel. The legs of the channel may each be formed to have a seat. The seat includes an outwardly protruding toe, an accommodation for the shelf angle, and an overhanging finger. The back of the shelf angle may have apertures to admit the toes of the mounting bracket, such that the vertical load is transferred from the web of the shelf bracket to the toes. The toes do not extend below the horizontal leg of the shelf angle, and do not protrude downwardly of it. The seat includes an oversized slot having a relief angle to permit the shelf angle web to be rotated angularly during assembly. The finger is also relieved, at an angle of relief greater than the slot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2016
    Inventor: Michael Hatzinikolas
  • Patent number: 9316004
    Abstract: A support assembly is provided for supporting external veneer. It has a mounting bracket that is fixedly mounted to a load bearing wall support structure, and a shelf angle. The shelf angle includes a horizontal leg that defines a surface upon which to mount the external facing members. The mounting bracket may be a channel. The legs of the channel may each be formed to have a seat. The seat includes an outwardly protruding toe, an accommodation for the shelf angle, and an overhanging finger. The back of the shelf angle may have apertures to admit the toes of the mounting bracket, such that the vertical load is transferred from the web of the shelf bracket to the toes. The toes do not extend below the horizontal leg of the shelf angle, and do not protrude downwardly of it. The seat includes an oversized slot having a relief angle to permit the shelf angle web to be rotated angularly during assembly. The finger is also relieved, at an angle of relief greater than the slot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2016
    Inventor: Michael Hatzinikolas
  • Patent number: 8984837
    Abstract: A masonry wire reinforcement apparatus and system is disclosed for anchoring a veneer wall to a backup wall of Concrete Masonry Units using a masonry wire reinforcement product embedded into an inner support wall, along with clips and pintle ties, such that the clip is attached to the masonry wire reinforcement product and is configured to receive the pintle tie, which then is attached to the veneer wall. Also disclosed is a thermal attachment that can be attached to the clip and accept the pintle tie thereby reducing the transfer of energy from the outer veneer wall to the inner support wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: Heckmann Building Products Inc.
    Inventors: Paul Curtis, David Sanchez
  • Patent number: 8898983
    Abstract: A waffle slab interlocking wall, including slab columns, slab beams, and interlocking building blocks. At least one interlocking building block is embedded in a space enclosed by at least one slab column and at least two slab beams or by at least two slab columns and at least one slab beam. The interlocking building block includes an external faceplate and an internal faceplate which are spliced by a connecting piece.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Inventor: Liming Fu
  • Patent number: 8887465
    Abstract: An insulated concrete form having spaced sidewalls joined by form ties to define a first interior cavity therebetween for receiving poured concrete, the form ties including interior fastening plates positioned in between the spaced sidewalls. The interior fastening plates provide a backing surface to which forming structures can be easily and efficiently secured to define a second interior cavity in between the forming structure and one of the sidewalls, the second interior cavity having thickness less than the first interior cavity so as to define a form for making a recess in the resulting concrete portion of the wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Assignee: Airlite Plastics Co.
    Inventors: Bradley J. Crosby, Patrick D. Gredys, Glen Klassen
  • Publication number: 20140318067
    Abstract: A formwork apparatus for forming a concrete structure comprises a plurality of elongated panels comprising connector components at their transverse edges for connecting to one another in edge-adjacent relationship. Each one of the elongated panels comprises an outer surface that extends between its transverse edges and an inner surface that extends between its transverse edges at a location inwardly spaced apart from the outer surface. The inner surface comprises one or more inwardly projecting convexities that extend between the transverse edges. The inwardly projecting convexities may comprise arcuate-shaped surfaces. The inwardly projecting convexities may comprise a plurality of transversely adjacent convexities. There may be brace elements that extend part way between or all the way between the outer and inner surfaces.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 23, 2012
    Publication date: October 30, 2014
    Inventors: George David Richardson, Semion Krivulin, Zi Li Fang
  • Patent number: 8869479
    Abstract: A web structure for connecting two foam panels comprising a pair of web inserts adapted to be molded in the foam panels. Each of the web inserts has an elongated end plate and a pair of central male connector members supported by the elongated end plate. A pair of bridges is connected to the web inserts so as to extend between the foam panels. Each of the bridges having a cross member, a first female connector member formed on one end of the cross member and a second female connector member formed on an opposing end of the cross member. The first and second female connector members each having a cavity shaped to matingly receive one of the central male connector members of the web inserts from a lateral side of the first and second female connector members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 28, 2014
    Assignee: Buildblock Building Systems, LLC
    Inventor: David Michael Garrett
  • 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: 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: 8635826
    Abstract: An insulation insert panel for use with an ICF block having a pair of opposed panel members and a plurality of tie members extending transversely therebetween, the insert panel including a plurality of spaced apart slots extending along the length thereof for mating with the tie members associated with the ICF block into which it is being inserted, each slot including at least one notch located in the vicinity of its terminal end portion for receiving at least one crossbar member associated with each tie member when the insert panel is fully positioned within the ICF block.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2014
    Assignee: Reward Wall Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: Henry E. Pfeiffer
  • Patent number: 8613174
    Abstract: A web structure for connecting two foam panels comprising a pair of web inserts adapted to be molded in the foam panels. Each of the web inserts has an elongated end plate and a pair of central male connector members supported by the elongated end plate. A pair of bridges is connected to the web inserts so as to extend between the foam panels. Each of the bridges having a cross member, a first female connector member formed on one end of the cross member and a second female connector member formed on an opposing end of the cross member. The first and second female connector members each having a cavity shaped to matingly receive one of the central male connector members of the web inserts from a lateral side of the first and second female connector members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2013
    Assignee: Buildblock Building Systems, LLC
    Inventor: David Michael Garrett
  • Patent number: 8479469
    Abstract: The invention relates to a block that comprises two longitudinal and vertical walls connected by hinges including two elements hinged about vertical axes. According to the invention, each of the two side walls is made of a rigid plastic material, is surrounded by a bent return oriented towards the inside, and includes, in the lower and upper longitudinal portions thereof, as well as on the vertical edge of one end thereof, respectively, a rebate oriented towards the outside, said rebate being capable, when the block is in the functional position, of covering the bent return of another block that has already been laid in order to provide a connection with said other block, independently from said block being in a same row or in an underlying row.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2013
    Assignee: Cicabloc Industrie
    Inventor: Gianfranco Ciccarelli
  • Patent number: 8312683
    Abstract: The present disclosure is directed to a concrete sandwich panel. The sandwich panel may comprise a first reinforced concrete panel; a second reinforced concrete panel; an insulating panel sandwiched between the first reinforced concrete panel and the second reinforced concrete panel; a tie comprising a generally triangle wave-shaped pattern having a period defined by peaks spaced at a regular interval and a peak-to-peak amplitude greater than the thickness of the insulating panel; wherein the insulating panel has a plurality of generally linear slots defined at the regular interval of the tie for receiving the tie such that opposing ends of the tie terminate adjacent to the insulating panel, and the plurality of generally linear slots are filled utilizing an insulating material upon insertion of the tie to reduce thermal bridging; and wherein the peaks of the tie mechanically join the first and second reinforced concrete panels to the insulating panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2012
    Inventors: Maher K. Tadros, Mark D. Lafferty, Doug Gremel
  • Patent number: 7861479
    Abstract: A corner bracket for modular foam forms for poured concrete walls includes an outer, horizontal strap with generally vertical strips attached thereto or molded therewith for encapsulation in the outside and optionally the inside foam panels of such a form.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2011
    Assignee: Airlite Plastics, Co.
    Inventors: Bradley J. Crosby, Michael D. Hays, Jeffrey A. Blake, Patrick D. Gredys
  • Patent number: 7721498
    Abstract: Disclosed herein is a floor system for efficiently absorbing an impact applied to a floor. The floor system includes a first impact-absorbing material, and a second impact-absorbing material installed at an upper side of the first impact-absorbing material and having a higher density than that of the first impact-absorbing material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2010
    Assignee: LG Chem, Ltd.
    Inventors: Se-Chang Kang, Dong-Sik Jang, Myong Lee, Seung-Min Jeon, Sung-Seock Hwang, Seong-Chan Park
  • Patent number: 7337591
    Abstract: A structural forming assembly comprises wall molding panels for forming laterally spaced, opposed molding surfaces that define a wall mold cavity for forming a wall structure. The wall panels are vertically disposed and laterally spaced to provide the molding surfaces along opposed sides of the wall mold cavity. Reinforcement rod suspending grid elements attached to the opposed wall forming panels are for freely positioning and retaining horizontally and freely disposed reinforcement rods at a preselected horizontal location spaced inwardly from each opposed molding surface within the mold cavity, and at spaced preselected vertical locations between the molding surfaces. The rod suspending elements are effective to retain reinforcement rods in place at the preselected horizontal and vertical locations while the hardenable material is being poured into an upwardly directed top mold opening and allowed to harden within the wall mold cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2001
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2008
    Assignee: Inteplast Group, Ltd.
    Inventor: Enrique Molina
  • Patent number: 7308778
    Abstract: A metallic stud for use in the framing of structures, the stud definable in terms of an x, y, z coordinate system, in which the z-axis corresponds to the gravity vector. The metallic stud includes a z-axis elongate generally rectangular integral xz plane web having a width (thickness) in a yz plane. The stud also includes a series of xz plane tabs each having a parallelogram-like geometry and an outer major base. The series of xz plane tabs project within at least one of a positive or negative x-axis direction, in which the tabs interdigitate with void spaces along at least one z-axis edge of the web. The metallic stud also includes a z-axis elongate apex element, within xz plane web, projecting in a y-axis plane and integrally dependent from the web of the stud.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2003
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2007
    Inventor: Lakdas Nanayakkara
  • Patent number: 7152382
    Abstract: A masonry anchor system is disclosed for anchoring two spaced apart masonry walls together to form a single wall structure. The masonry anchor system includes a ladder or truss type support frame for positioning on top of a mortar joint in one wall, and a connecting bracket having a pair of elongate arms connected by a cross-member affixed to the support frame. The cross-member is curved to provide two spaced apart points on the cross-member for contacting the support frame and affixing the cross-member thereto. The elongate arms extend transversely from the support frame and are sized to extend into the space between the two walls. Each of the arms have an eye portion formed at the end opposite the cross-member to receive a connecting member connected to the second wall. The support frame and the bracket reside in the same horizontal plane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2004
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2006
    Assignee: Masonry Reinforcing Corp. of America
    Inventor: Ralph O. Johnson, III
  • Patent number: 6948289
    Abstract: The invention involves a manner of fabricating 3D construction forms by preparing first and second standard sized panels with a predetermined pattern of perforations and assembling same in spaced apart relationship by connecting the panels together with connectors designed to engage the perforations in the panels. The perforations of the panels are arranged in a specific pattern suitable for the assembly and use of the construction forms by means of an apparatus designed to form the perforations. The method also uses apparatus which assist in the orientation and alignment of the connectors to engage the panels. Modifications of the panels and connectors will allow the formation of 3D construction forms with corners of various configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2002
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2005
    Inventor: Leonid Bravinski
  • Patent number: 6886303
    Abstract: A tie bracket for supporting opposing synthetic foam insulating panels of a concrete receiving form, and a form utilizing such brackets. The tie bracket has intersecting horizontal and vertical members forming circumferentially closed openings therein. Most openings are arranged in horizontal series. An upwardly open trough is formed in each tie bracket. The horizontal members span and connect spaced apart parallel plates. The plates of each tie bracket are embedded in one foam insulating panel and are of height equal to that of the insulating panel. Each insulating panel has projections formed in its upper surface and cooperatively formed notches formed in its lower surface to enable interlocking and alignment of vertically stacked forms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2001
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2005
    Inventor: Donald L. Schmidt
  • Patent number: 6865857
    Abstract: A vertical reinforcement for masonry wall comprising a void reinforcement within a vertical housing within the wall placed through vertical access grooves. The grooves may be opened on the unexposed face of the masonry wall and served for the accurate positioning of the longitudinal reinforcement within the full width of the wall. In addition to the longitudinal reinforcement, the system also includes fixed or moveable transverse connectors or spacers which supplement the reinforcement; lateral or end anchorages to secure the reinforcement and by way of suitable supports, the wall itself; and supplementary elements which may be retention anchors, plum and leveling lines and support sections set for the overhanging masonry base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2000
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2005
    Inventor: Josep Maria Adell Argiles
  • Patent number: 6854228
    Abstract: A prefabricated sealed composite insulating panel for use in commercial and residential buildings. The panel has an insulating core sandwiched between an outer board layer and a skin material that is capable of radiating heat. The insulating core and the skin material are positioned so that they are offset with respect to the outer board layer such that the insulating core and the skin material extend beyond the outer board layer on one lateral side and on one transverse end. The insulating core and the skin material are recessed, with respect to the outer board by equivalent dimensions, on an opposite lateral side and on an opposite transverse end. The insulating core is completely surrounded and encapsulated by a plastic channel that protects the insulating core during transportation and installation. The composite panel, according to the present invention, provides a completely sealed panel that can be easily and efficiently installed on-site.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2002
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2005
    Assignee: 602225 N. B. Inc.
    Inventors: Cyrille Arseneau, Donald Fournier
  • Patent number: 6854229
    Abstract: An elongate sleeve tie is used with casting form ties in the manufacture of composite wall structures. The casting form ties and sleeve ties act to secure one or more casting forms in a rigid position relative to an insulating layer positioned between the casting forms during the manufacture of composite wall structures. The casting form tie is received in a central recess of the elongate sleeve tie. Once the composite wall has been formed, the casting form ties may be pulled out of the wall, leaving the elongate sleeve ties in place. Removal of the casting form ties eliminates the thermal bridges that metal casting form ties would otherwise create. At least a portion of the sleeve tie is formed of a material having a high thermal resistance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2003
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2005
    Assignee: H.K. Marketing LLC
    Inventors: David O. Keith, Mark Donaldson
  • Patent number: 6826880
    Abstract: A corner assembly for concrete form panels has a pair of rigid members. Each member has a bend therein to form a selected dihedral angle. Each member has horizontal slots formed therein and receiver plates which are received in the slots and extend through the concrete panel forms. The receiver plates are connected by a bridge member. The members are spaced apart by a selected distance and a removable bridge is disposed between the pair of rigid members. At least one concrete panel form is juxtapositioned to and connected to each of the rigid members. One of the rigid members is disposed exteriorly of the at least one concrete panel form. Concrete is disposed interiorly of the at least one concrete panel form. The corner assembly is adjustable to provide support for the corner of the construction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2003
    Date of Patent: December 7, 2004
    Inventors: Louis L. Yost, William R. Yost
  • Publication number: 20040237438
    Abstract: An elongate sleeve tie is used with casting form ties in the manufacture of composite wall structures. The casting form ties and sleeve ties act to secure one or more casting forms in a rigid position relative to an insulating layer positioned between the casting forms during the manufacture of composite wall structures. The casting form tie is received in a central recess of the elongate sleeve tie. Once the composite wall has been formed, the casting form ties may be pulled out of the wall, leaving the elongate sleeve ties in place. Removal of the casting form ties eliminates the thermal bridges that metal casting form ties would otherwise create. At least a portion of the sleeve tie is formed of a material having a high thermal resistance.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 29, 2003
    Publication date: December 2, 2004
    Inventors: David O. Keith, Mark Donaldson
  • Patent number: 6735915
    Abstract: An masonry anchor is disclosed for anchoring two spaced apart masonry walls together to form a single wall structure. The masonry anchor includes a ladder or truss type support frame for positioning on top of a mortar joint in one wall, and a bracket having a pair of elongate arms connected by a cross-member affixed to the support frame. The cross-member is angled for providing two spaced apart points on the cross-member for contacting the support frame and affixing the cross-member thereto. The elongate arms extend transversely from the support frame and are sized to extend into the space between the two walls. Each of the arms have an eye portion formed at the end opposite the cross-member to receive a connecting member connected to the second wall. The support frame and the bracket reside in the same horizontal plane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2004
    Assignee: Masonry Reinforcing Corp. of America
    Inventor: Ralph O. Johnson, III
  • Patent number: 6568141
    Abstract: A concrete footing and wall system for increasing the efficiency in forming concrete foundations for building structures. The concrete footing and wall system includes a first preformed wall, a second preformed wall connected to the first preformed wall, and a lower reservoir formed within the lower portions of the walls for receiving a volume of concrete. The walls are distally spaced apart and receive a volume of concrete along with the reservoir being filled. The reservoir is preferably comprised of a flexible material such as plastic or textile. The walls are supported a finite distance in a level manner above a ground surface by the usage of a plurality of support members. The reservoir has a pair of end openings which allows the concrete to merge and bond with adjacent walls and reservoirs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2001
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2003
    Inventor: Dennis H. Kremers
  • Patent number: 6374570
    Abstract: A preformed component or “preform” for a structural member has a planar base with two longitudinal legs extending in parallel from the base. A channel is defined between the legs for insertion of a flat panel that forms the web of the structural member. The preform is a composite material having continuous filaments of woven or braided fiber. The preform is impregnated with a thermoset resin that bonds the web to the flange of the structural member. The preform provides excellent structural support even if the web and the flange are formed from dissimilar materials such as metallic and composite. The resin is structurally reinforced with oriented fibers in such a manner as to provide coupling strength between the joined members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2000
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2002
    Assignee: Lockheed Martin Corporation
    Inventor: Elbert Lee McKague, Jr.
  • Publication number: 20020023401
    Abstract: A novel structural thermal framing and panel system for assembling finished or unfinished walls with multiple combinations for poured and nonpoured walls comprising of a permanent structural framing stud which can be adjusted to different wall thickness, a plurality of permanent forms, wherein the pluralities of permanent forms are interchangeable with various other permanent panel forms with or without defined spaces for receiving filler, and wherein the framing stud substantially conforms to a portion of the pluralities of panel forms and resists bending in the panel forms. The framing stud is the main structural element in the wall. A structural framing system in combination with insulated panel forms with various defined spaces for receiving filler, and wherein panels may not be prefinished to form a rigid substrate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 23, 2001
    Publication date: February 28, 2002
    Inventor: Paul W. Budge
  • Patent number: 5896714
    Abstract: A concrete form foam block, of an Insulating Concrete Form System, comprises a pair of opposed and parallel foam panels spaced using a plurality of plastic ties. Each tie comprises full panel height flanges which engage the panels and a web portion extending therebetween. The web comprises a plurality of horizontal members, preferably four or more, which are distributed substantially along the full height of the flanges. The web includes a pair of full height anti-flash members for preventing the escape of flash during formation of mould-in panels. The top edges and bottom edges of each panel are formed with longitudinal tongues and grooves which interlock with adjacent blocks. Preferably additional transverse top tongues and complementary bottom grooves are located at each tie, forcing the alignment of vertically adjacent block's flanges. The combination of full height and aligned flanges results in a substantially continuous flange for the attachment of finishing materials.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 1997
    Date of Patent: April 27, 1999
    Inventors: Patrick M. Cymbala, Andrew W. Cymbala, Gregory J. Doren, Allan M. R. MacRae
  • Patent number: 5860262
    Abstract: A permanent mold apparatus for accepting concrete, and a method of casting buildings and large dimensioned structures monolithically in situ. The mold apparatus encases the monolithic concrete structure, insulates the walls of the cast in situ concrete structure, and provides false ceilings under floor and roof slabs. The concrete is cast continuously to fill the mold apparatus to produce a homogeneous, jointless, protectively encased concrete structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 1997
    Date of Patent: January 19, 1999
    Inventor: Frank K. Johnson
  • Patent number: 5857300
    Abstract: An adjustable radius form assembly is provided which includes a plurality of vertical strongbacks and a plurality of horizontal walers. Each of the walers are pre-rolled to a desired radius. The walers are then connected to one another by ball and socket type adjusters which enable the end to end arrangement of the walers to accommodate an overall form assembly having a wide range of curvatures or radii. The plurality of end to end walers and plurality of corresponding strongbacks may define a gang form length. A number of gang form lengths may be connected to one another to create the desired form assembly for the structure to be constructed. The vertical strongbacks may be placed at desired spacings along the horizontal lengths of the corresponding walers by adjustment of connectors on said strongbacks extending through slotted plates on the walers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 1997
    Date of Patent: January 12, 1999
    Assignee: Gates & Sons, Inc.
    Inventor: H. Gordon Gates
  • Patent number: 5845448
    Abstract: The invention consists of a pair of rectangular concrete facing connected to each other by two or more connecting cross members or webs. Each of the concrete facing members has parallel protrusions which are undercut next to the member and which are connected to the cross members by conforming each end of the connecting cross member to conform to the exterior shape of the corresponding protrusion. The invention permits easier stowage and shipment of the masonry blocks and permits on-site assembly, as well as decreasing thermal conductivity by utilization of non-masonry cross members. The cross members may be configured, or perforated, to allow utility or other service lines to be run horizontally through the walls constructed utilizing the invention.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 1997
    Date of Patent: December 8, 1998
    Inventor: Philip N. Potvin
  • Patent number: 5802795
    Abstract: A pin and wedge combination to couple adjacent panels of a concrete wall form together includes a self-retaining pin with a spring biased ball to temporarily retain the pin in the hole in the flange of the panel during assembly of a concrete wall form without adding significant weight to the associated components or the panels or requiring costly modifications to existing panels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 1997
    Date of Patent: September 8, 1998
    Assignee: Feather Lite Innovations, Inc.
    Inventors: Dallas E. Myers, Norman Cottongim
  • Patent number: 5802793
    Abstract: A wall system utilizing a plurality of precast concrete panels so that a parallel inside wall and outside wall is created. Each panel of the plurality has a continuous slot on all four perimeter sides that mutually oppose slots on adjacent panels. A strip fits into the slot formed by the two abutting panels, thus aligning, reinforcing, and sealing the plurality. The outside wall is connected to the inside wall by one or more embedded protrusions from said opposite panels so that said protrusions overlap upon each other. The overlap is then fastened together by a chosen method, for example a bolt and nut which may include washers or spot welding areas of intersection yielding a rigid bridge between the opposite panels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 1996
    Date of Patent: September 8, 1998
    Inventor: Walter Don DeVore, Jr.
  • Patent number: 5709060
    Abstract: A form tie for joining the sidewalls of a polymeric concrete form comprises a pair of end trusses with an intermediate web truss. Each end truss comprises an interior vertical strut and a longer exterior strut with interior and exterior pairs of horizontal struts extending therebetween. Upper and lower rectangular trusses and an intermediate truss are formed within each truss and rigidified by diagonal struts extending between the ends of the exterior vertical strut and interior vertical strut. The exterior struts of each end truss are coplanar with the exterior sidewall surface with the interior strut of each end truss being coplanar with the interior sidewall surface. The coplanar relationship of the struts serve as a visual gauge that the form with tie has been properly manufactured and assures that the end trusses extend throughout the width of each sidewall. End ties having a height of one-half of the form sidewall are extended between the sidewalls at the ends of each form.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 1995
    Date of Patent: January 20, 1998
    Assignee: I.S.M., Inc.
    Inventors: Jamieson R. Vaughan, Jay D. Williamson, Kenneth M. Blom
  • Patent number: 5701710
    Abstract: A freestanding form module for receiving flowable materials includes a pair of form members, preferably made of styrofoam, joined together by molded plastic rib members. The rib members may be monolithic or formed from plural components. Bearing plates and stabilizing plates are employed to support forces applied to the form module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 1995
    Date of Patent: December 30, 1997
    Assignee: Innovative Construction Technologies Corporation
    Inventor: Tim Cyril Tremelling
  • Patent number: 5553430
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for erecting building structures is presented. A plurality of wall panels are interconnected with each other in an array by column connectors interposed therebetween. Wall caps are then placed upon top surface portions of the wall panels and column connectors. Floor panels are then joined to the wall caps, with the floor panel forms having cavities to form headers over supporting wall panels and purlins between supporting wall panels. Rebar is placed into selected wall panels, purlins, and headers. Concrete is then deposited into selected ones of the wall panels and over the floor forms, filling the purlin and header cavities. Subsequently, a new array of wall panels and column connectors is erected on top of the poured concrete and the process is repeated to erect subsequent stories of the building.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 1994
    Date of Patent: September 10, 1996
    Assignee: Majnaric Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Anton B. Majnaric, William M. Bjerke
  • Patent number: 5367846
    Abstract: A glass construction block comprising a plurality of glass members, each of which has a front wall, a rear wall and a plurality of side walls. A frame surrounds the glass members and is secured to the glass members spacing the glass members apart from each other while holding the glass members in a static position. The frame defines a channel member with side walls which extend inward from the outer side edge of the glass members terminating in a bottom wall and has flange portions which extend outward and are secured to the side walls. The blocks are assembled as a wall system by fitting a positive rib placed into the channel member into the channel member of an adjacent block. The two are adjoined with a void between the edges of the blocks which is then filled with a sealant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 1993
    Date of Patent: November 29, 1994
    Inventor: Kenneth F. vonRoenn, Jr.
  • Patent number: 5159795
    Abstract: The present invention describes a unique wall construction and spacer for use by unskilled labor in such construction. Preferably, the wall comprises a plurality of blocks arranged in layers one above the other, each of the blocks having an exterior face, an interior face, a top and a bottom, the top and bottom of each block having a wedge-shaped longitudinal groove therein aligned with the grooves of adjacent blocks. The spacer comprises a base supported against the interior faces of adjacent blocks, and first and second arms extending transversely from the base and supported against the tops of said adjacent blocks. Each arm includes at its distal or medial end upper and lower wedge-shaped tabs, the lower tab for extending downwardly into the groove or opening of a block underlying the arm and the upper tab for extending upwardly into the groove or opening of the block overlying the arm.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 1991
    Date of Patent: November 3, 1992
    Inventor: William J. Colen
  • Patent number: 5038543
    Abstract: An improved female/male interlock seam assembly for a standing seam roof comprising a female side lap joint defining a male receiving cavity and a sealant cavity and a male side lap joint having a sealant engaging apex portion. The sealant cavity is characterized as having a first portion openly communicating with the male receiving cavity and a offset second portion adapted to receive and support a resilient sealant therein. The sealant engaging apex portion of the male side lap joint is provided with an outwardly extending nose-like portion so that in an assembled position the nose-like portion is substantially encapsulated by the sealant, and a force applied to the female/male interlock seam assembly compresses the sealant to enhance seam integrity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 1990
    Date of Patent: August 13, 1991
    Assignee: ASC Machine Tools, Inc.
    Inventor: Leo E. Neyer
  • Patent number: 4869043
    Abstract: A tie assembly is used in a cavity wall having a back-up wall and a brick veneer to secure the brick veneer to the back-up wall. The tie assembly includes a plate that is secured to the back-up wall in a vertical orientation, with an tying portion of the plate projecting towards the brick veneer. A series of tie openings are spaced along the outer edge of the plate to receive a tie bar that projects into the mortar between adjacent brick courses. The tie bar cooperates with the plate to transmit loads oriented in any direction in the plane of the plate between the brick veneer and the back-up wall. This means that shear loadings as well as lateral loads are transmitted between the veneer and the back up wall, so that the two act as a truss structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 1988
    Date of Patent: September 26, 1989
    Assignee: Fero Holdings Ltd.
    Inventors: Michael A. Hatzinikolas, Robert M. Pacholok
  • Patent number: 4864792
    Abstract: There is described a prefabricated module comprising a three-dimensional armature formed by welded wires, and flat elements from light and/or heat-insulating material, retained on either side of the armature to form at least one continuous panel. One and the same module may be used either for bearing structures extending vertically, or for bearing structures extending horizontally, and having retaining means for the armatures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 1987
    Date of Patent: September 12, 1989
    Assignee: Sismo International
    Inventors: DeSchutter Andre, Silvano Casalatina
  • Patent number: 4827684
    Abstract: A masonry veneer wall anchor formed on an integral metal form preformed an an L-shaped bar has one leg overlying a building frame member for attachment thereto and has a horizontally disposed outstanding leg with an elongated slotted hole through which a tying member formed as a closed rectangular-sized loop with longitudinal and transverse legs offset at a 90.degree. angle so that one section of the transverse legs may be inserted for vertical adjustment, the tying member engaging the edges of the slot at the transverse legs to provide improved resistance to compressive as well as pulling forces, thereby maximizing functional effectiveness.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 1988
    Date of Patent: May 9, 1989
    Assignee: AA Wire Products Company
    Inventor: Jack A. Allan
  • Patent number: 4750308
    Abstract: An insulated wall construction is formed of a pair of parallel, spaced apart foam plastic sheets and a poured-in-place concrete core filling the space between the sheets. The sheets are each formed of numerous smaller panels which are interconnected edge to edge to form their respective sheets. The sheets are secured together, before the concrete is poured, by means of numerous metal tie members. Each tie member is formed of a pair of parallel, elongated, thin, rigid sheet metal plates which are interconnected by thin, narrow, elongated sheet metal strips whose opposite ends are connected to the respective plates and with the strips being twisted along their lengths. Each of the plates are inserted within aligned edge pockets formed in the abutting edges of adjacent panels which assists in aligning and interconnecting the panels. The plates carry tooth-like clips which embed within the pocket walls to hold the panels from moving, due to hydrostatic forces, during the concrete pouring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 1987
    Date of Patent: June 14, 1988
    Inventor: Harry McKay
  • Patent number: 4722163
    Abstract: A vibration-isolating wall tie for use between the leaves of a cavity brick wall or between a load-bearing frame and a masonry veneer wall. The tie is formed in two parts (10, 11) engaging the respective walls, and these parts are joined by the engagement of a flange (13) on one part (10) with elastomeric material (15) in a U-shaped channel (14) in the other part (11). Apertures (18) are provided in each part to allow parallelogram distortion of the tie in response to loads parallel to the walls.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 1986
    Date of Patent: February 2, 1988
    Inventors: Philip J. Thornton, Carey Molloy
  • Patent number: 4648228
    Abstract: A modular structure, stud therefor, and method of construction are disclosed. The modular structure includes a wall formed of an inner and outer panel defining a cavity therebetween. The stud may be disposed between the inner and outer panels with one of the panels being secured to a first portion of the stud and the other of the panels being secured to a second portion of the stud such that the first and second portions are relatively movable but may be interlocked in a fixed position within the cavity such that the inner and outer panels of the wall can be maintained in spaced apart relationship by a preselected distance. The method of construction includes placing one modular structure on top of another. Additionally, the present invention contemplates the use of retainers for maintaining a wall in a selected position relative to a floor and ceiling.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 1985
    Date of Patent: March 10, 1987
    Inventor: Donald L. Kiselewski
  • Patent number: 4598519
    Abstract: A spacer system for concrete forms is described for composite concrete constructions walls which permits the forming materials to remain intact with the concrete poured into the forms. The forming materials then become the exterior surfaces of the mold, saving considerable time and money usually expended in finishing or molding a design into the exterior surfaces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 1984
    Date of Patent: July 8, 1986
    Inventor: Daniel B. Reid