Side-by-side Terminus Shafts; E.g., Truss Patents (Class 52/690)
  • Patent number: 10006201
    Abstract: A structural support beam for use in buildings, bridges, mechanical frames and the like to resist bending due to gravitational and external forces comprising a top substantially flat flange disposed in fixed spaced relationship relative to a bottom substantially concave flange by an interconnecting web and a lower stabilizing brace disposed to engage the opposite end portions of the bottom substantially concave flange and the opposite end portions of the interconnecting web to reinforce the interconnection therebetween.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Inventor: C. Douglas Davis
  • Patent number: 9752323
    Abstract: A light-weight metal framing member includes a metal stud and reinforcement plate(s), and method to produce a light-weight metal framing member may include forming a pair of channel members each having a respective major face having a respective first edge, and reinforcing such with one or more reinforcement plates, preferably at opposed ends thereof. Each member includes first and second flanges extending along the respective major face. A wire matrix includes a pair of wires each having apexes alternatively physically attached to the pair of channel members. The wire matrix forms longitudinal passages to support utility lines and position the lines away from the pair of channel members. The apexes are secured to flanges of the pair of channel members to strengthen the stud and reduce weight.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Assignee: Sacks Industrial Corporation
    Inventors: Abraham Jacob Sacks, William Spilchen, Jeffrey Leonard Sacks
  • Patent number: 9657477
    Abstract: A structural support beam for use in buildings, bridges, mechanical frames and the like to resist bending due to gravitational and external forces comprising a top substantially flat flange disposed in fixed spaced relationship relative to a bottom substantially concave flange by an interconnecting web and a lower stabilizing brace disposed to engage the opposite end portions of the bottom substantially concave flange and the opposite end portions of the interconnecting web to reinforce the interconnection therebetween.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 23, 2017
    Inventor: C Douglas Davis
  • Patent number: 9435119
    Abstract: This disclosure relates to building trades where precise spacing between structural members ensures support via use of a plurality of elongate spacers. The spacers include at least one intermediate transit tacking member and a pair of nail- or screw-receiving apertures on opposing ends of thereof. One of the opposing ends serves as a pivoting end and the opposite end includes one or more relatively shorter member near the aperture formed therein. These member(s) can be driven into an adjacent trust or other support member while a final precise position is determined. To determine the final precise position to affix a given spacer one or more indicia is provided. Such indicia can include end edges, one or more cut-out features and/or one or more cut-out features and/or numbered or lettered (or other symbols) indicating the relative spacing from one end of the elongate spacer to the other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2016
    Inventor: Kevin S. Fuller
  • Patent number: 9422959
    Abstract: A structural component interconnect assembly includes a first component adapted for interconnection with a second component. A connection component is adapted for securing the first component and the second component together in a secured interconnection. The connection component includes at least two flanges spaced from each other by a first distance. The first component includes a mating surface having at least two slots formed therein and spaced one from another by the first distance. The second component includes a first surface and a second surface spaced one from the other by a distance on the order of the first distance. Engagement of the at least two flanges, via the at least two slots, with the first surface and the second surface secures the first component to the second component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 23, 2016
    Assignee: Oldcastle BuildingEnvelope, Inc.
    Inventor: Phil Clark
  • Patent number: 9380726
    Abstract: Retainers are described that comprise at least one center body component comprising a plurality of center body troughs, and at least one compatible component comprising a plurality of compatible troughs, wherein at least part of the plurality of the compatible troughs couple with at least part of the plurality of center body troughs. In addition, thermal displacement devices are described that incorporate at least one retainers and at least one additional component, wherein the at least one retainer is coupled at least in part to the at least one additional component through a contact area or a substrate, surface or combination thereof, wherein the at least one retainer is coupled with the substrate, surface or combination thereof through a contact area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2016
    Inventor: James Charles Calder
  • Patent number: 8997424
    Abstract: A structural wall panel includes an elongated shared structural framing member and one or more elongated intermediate structural framing members. An elongated top track is connected to a top end of each of the framing members. An inner sheet of suitable sheet material is secured to the framing members so as to form an inner face of the structural wall panel, while an outer sheet of suitable sheet material is secured to the framing members so as to form an outer face of the structural wall panel opposite the inner face. The elongated top track and inner and outer sheets are aligned on the framing members so as to form a male receiver at one lateral side of the panel and a female receiving structure along the opposite lateral side of the panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Assignee: Convergent Market Research, Inc.
    Inventor: Clark Isaac Miller
  • Publication number: 20150068152
    Abstract: Structural columns are fastened to one another vertically. Wall panels may be fastened to the structural columns so that load is transferred through the structural columns rather than vertically between the wall panels.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 18, 2014
    Publication date: March 12, 2015
    Inventors: John Louis Vanker, Michael J. Lastowski
  • Patent number: 8959868
    Abstract: Disclosed is a truss, having an upper and lower chord member each extending in generally the same longitudinal direction and in spaced apart relation. The truss also includes a plurality of web members each with a first and second end, the web members including a crimped portion at the first and second end with openings disposed therein, wherein the first and second ends and openings of adjacent web members overlap. A lower chord fastening system extends through the lower chord and through the overlapping openings in the first ends of adjacent web members. An upper chord fastening system extends through the upper chord and through the overlapping openings in the second ends of two adjacent web members, wherein a plurality of lower and upper chord fastening systems are utilized across the entire length of the truss.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: BlueScope Buildings North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Clifford M. Robinson, David Douglas Archer
  • Publication number: 20150013253
    Abstract: The present application is directed toward fire-rated wall construction components and wall systems for use in building construction. Embodiments can include tracks for holding studs which incorporate various geometries capable of receiving fire-retardant material, flat straps for use between tracks and fluted wall components, fire sponges for use in fluted wall components, and tracks with protruding grooves or other structures which prevent unwanted air movement between a wallboard component and the track.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 21, 2014
    Publication date: January 15, 2015
    Applicant: CALIFORNIA EXPANDED METAL PRODUCTS COMPANY
    Inventors: Donald A. Pilz, Raymond E. Poliquin, Fernando Hernandez Sesma
  • Patent number: 8887472
    Abstract: A method of constructing a building includes fastening a first structural truss panel to a first structural column. A second structural column is fastened vertically to the first structural column. A second structural truss panel is fastened to the second structural column so that the second structural truss panel is vertically above the first structural truss panel, so that a clearance is defined between the first and second structural truss panels, and so that loads on the structural truss panels are transferred from the first and second structural truss panels to the first and second structural columns and then vertically between the first and second columns. Other construction methods, structural panels, and building sections are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Assignee: Patco, LL
    Inventors: John Louis Vanker, Michael J. Lastowski
  • Patent number: 8763333
    Abstract: This invention relates to a method of making a dual panel composite truss having a pair of spaced apart prestressed concrete panels. The process includes assembling a truss frame, which includes connecting a plurality of steel posts and bent rod truss members and reinforcing rods and lifting and placing the assembled truss frame in a panel form for pouring a first prestressed concrete panel on one side of the truss frame. The truss frame with the first concrete panel is then stripped, lifted and placed on a turntable and turned to place the other side of the truss frame in the panel form for pouring a second concrete panel, to form a dual panel composite truss having parallel spaced prestressed concrete panels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2014
    Assignee: Finfrock Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert D Finfrock, Allen R Finfrock, Daniel Finfrock, Donald Booker
  • Patent number: 8762110
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention provide a computer-aided design (CAD) application configured for generating interactive truss objects in a CAD model. In one embodiment, a truss creation tool allows the user to select a truss family and the endpoints of the truss. Based on these selections, the truss creation tool generates a layout and structural members of a truss. The truss may be maintained as an interactive object within the CAD model. Thus, a user may edit the truss object, resulting in the regeneration of the truss layout and the regeneration of the structural elements of the truss.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2014
    Assignee: Autodesk, Inc.
    Inventors: Erik Egbertson, Alexandra Varsanofieva
  • Publication number: 20140165496
    Abstract: An implementation of a truss configuration disclosed herein includes a plurality of trusses, each including a top chord, a bottom chord, a plurality of exterior braces, and a plurality of interior braces, wherein length of each of the plurality of exterior braces is substantially similar and wherein the angle between each of the exterior braces and the top chord is substantially similar. Furthermore, length of each of the plurality of interior braces is substantially similar and wherein the angle between each of the alternate interior braces and the top chord is substantially similar.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 18, 2013
    Publication date: June 19, 2014
    Inventors: John Louis Vanker, Michael J. Lastowski
  • Publication number: 20140075877
    Abstract: Disclosed is a truss, having an upper and lower chord member each extending in generally the same longitudinal direction and in spaced apart relation. The truss also includes a plurality of web members each with a first and second end, the web members including a crimped portion at the first and second end with openings disposed therein, wherein the first and second ends and openings of adjacent web members overlap. A lower chord fastening system extends through the lower chord and through the overlapping openings in the first ends of adjacent web members. An upper chord fastening system extends through the upper chord and through the overlapping openings in the second ends of two adjacent web members, wherein a plurality of lower and upper chord fastening systems are utilized across the entire length of the truss.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Publication date: March 20, 2014
    Applicant: BLUESCOPE BUILDINGS NORTH AMERICA, INC.
    Inventors: Clifford M. Robinson, David Douglas Archer
  • Patent number: 8671642
    Abstract: A tapered truss is provided. In one embodiment, the truss has a pair of base members configured to be attached to a top surface of a vertical support member. The truss may further have an upper pair of truss members and a lower pair of truss members. Each upper truss member each forms an acute angle with a respective base member and each lower truss member forms an obtuse angle from the respective base member such that the lower truss member is not parallel to the upper truss member. The truss may additionally include a ceiling joist member connected to each of the lower truss members. In one embodiment, the ceiling joist member is substantially parallel to the pair of base members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2014
    Inventors: Wayne Green, Walter Green, Clarence Green, David Derwacter, Chester Prinkey, Darren Skeese, Daniel West
  • Patent number: 8667633
    Abstract: Structural assemblies for constructing bridges and other structures. A structural assembly may comprise an elongated member defining an internal space. The structural assembly may also comprise a plurality of framing members connected to the elongated member at a plurality of pin connection nodes, each pin connection node comprising a pin interconnecting the elongated member, a first one of the framing members, and a second one of the framing members, the pin having a first longitudinal end and a second longitudinal end, at least one of the first longitudinal end and the second longitudinal end of the pin being located in the internal space of the elongated member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 11, 2014
    Inventor: Alexandre De La Chevrotiere
  • Publication number: 20130312361
    Abstract: Disclosed is a truss, having an upper and lower chord member each extending in generally the same longitudinal direction and in spaced apart relation. The truss also includes a plurality of web members each with a first and second end, the web members including a crimped portion at the first and second end with openings, wherein the first and second ends and openings of adjacent web members overlap. A lower chord fastening system extends through the lower chord and through the overlapping openings in the first ends of adjacent web members. An upper chord fastening system extends through the upper chord and through the overlapping openings in the second ends of two adjacent web members. The upper and lower chord fastening system further includes a saddle member extending over the web-chord junction and secured to the chords to provide additional strength to select connections at opposing ends of the truss.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 22, 2013
    Publication date: November 28, 2013
    Inventor: Clifford M. Robinson
  • Patent number: 8590256
    Abstract: The present invention provides a joining structure of a roof truss using thin light-gauge shaped steel. In a joining structure for joining a subsidiary roof with a main roof, a valley bracket formed by bending a thin steel sheet is inserted and disposed in the longitudinal valley direction of a joining member for joining a rafter forming the subsidiary roof with a truss or a rafter forming the main roof. In a joining structure in which a roof truss upper chord member or a rafter intersects a wall on the upper surface of the wall, a bracket formed by bending a thin steel sheet is disposed at the intersection of these members and fixes the roof truss upper chord member or the rafter to the wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2013
    Assignee: Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal Corporation
    Inventors: Yoshimichi Kawai, Jun Shimizu
  • Patent number: 8534026
    Abstract: A reinforced triangular truss column having two vertical pipe reinforcing columns added to the three rods of the truss column is provided. Also provided is a method of reinforcing triangular truss columns comprising adding two vertical pipe reinforcing columns to a triangular truss column.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 11, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2013
    Assignee: AeroSolutions, LLC
    Inventors: Kevin P. Bauman, Curtis J. Porr
  • Patent number: 8528294
    Abstract: Structural columns are fastened to one another vertically. Wall panels may be fastened to the structural columns so that load is transferred through the structural columns rather than vertically between the wall panels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2013
    Assignee: Patco, LLC
    Inventors: John Louis Vanker, Michael J. Lastowski
  • Patent number: 8443568
    Abstract: A structural connection between the upper outer edges of multiple structural members with one or more elongate connectors that span from edge to edge between pairs of structural members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2013
    Assignee: Simpson Strong-Tie Company, Inc.
    Inventor: Jin Jie Lin
  • Patent number: 8418425
    Abstract: A tubular beam for construction of temporary structures preferably includes a rectangular tube, a first end plate and a second end plate. A plurality of tube access openings are formed through each side of the rectangular tube. A fastener hole pattern is formed around each tube access opening. The first and second end plates are attached to each end of the rectangular tube. A plate access opening is formed through the first and second end plates. The fastener hole pattern is formed around the plate access opening. Two or more adjacent tubular beams may be assembled to each other in “I,” “L,” “T” or “double T” configurations by inserting a plurality of threaded fasteners through the fastener holes in each adjacent tubular beam. The plurality of threaded fasteners are secured with a plurality of nuts. A fastening plate may also be used to join two adjacent tubular beams.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2013
    Inventor: Patrick J. Santini
  • Publication number: 20130055670
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention comprise apparatuses and methods of manufacturing and installing reinforced concrete structures. The reinforced concrete structures utilize trusses and rebar to form a support structure. A screed guide bar is removeably coupled to the support structure. Concrete is supplied to the support structure, and screeding occurs to form the reinforced concrete structure from the support structure (e.g., rebar mats and trusses) and concrete. The use of trusses and the screed guide bar allow for the formation of a reinforced concrete structure without the need for using spacers and standees to position the mats, or performing position checks to determine the position of the concrete during screeding. The screed bar guide allows workers to quickly form the desired surface of the reinforced concrete structure, remove the screed bar, and fill any void left by the screed bar, as necessary.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 6, 2012
    Publication date: March 7, 2013
    Applicant: Nucor Corporation
    Inventor: Lionel Edward Dayton
  • Patent number: 8333186
    Abstract: A parabolic trough solar collector system has a parabolic reflector used with an independently supported collector tube. The parabolic reflector has a reflective surface formed on a reflective surface support structure, supported by a circular support beam. This assembly rests on a plurality of support and drive rollers supported by a roller support arm, supported by a roller support column. The parabolic reflector assembly rotates against the rollers along a single axis to maintain a focus line of the parabolic reflector surface at the same location as the center of the circle described by the outer edge of the circular support beam. Located at this same focus line is the independently supported collector tube not attached to the parabolic trough reflector. The collector tube is supported on pipe roller hangers, which in turn are supported by a wire catenary system connected to support towers which straddle the parabolic reflector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2012
    Inventor: Kevin Jennings
  • Patent number: 8281540
    Abstract: A unitary steel joist includes a generally vertical web, a generally horizontal bottom flange, a generally horizontal top flange, a bottom wing, a bottom web portion, a top wing and a top web portion. The generally horizontal bottom flange extends outwardly on each side of the web. The bottom flange is made of two pieces of steel. The generally horizontal top flange extends outwardly on each side of the web. The top flange is made of two pieces of steel. The bottom wing extends outwardly from the web. The bottom web portion extends between the bottom flange and bottom wing. The top wing extends outwardly from the web. The top web portion extends between the top flange and the top wing. The unitary steel joist is made from a unitary piece of steel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2012
    Assignee: iSpan Systems LP
    Inventors: Michael Richard Strickland, Douglas M. Fox, Richard Wilson Strickland
  • Publication number: 20120240499
    Abstract: A modular wall panel have a wall face, a top cap, a bottom pan and two side framing studs at the perimeter sides extending vertically from the bottom pan to the top cap are all constructed integrally. The side framing studs also define a surface for at attaching finishing strips that extend from the base pan to the top cap. A foundation wall is constructed from a plurality of modular wall panels. The wall panels may also have interior vertical reinforcing studs with surfaces for attaching finishing strips at regular intervals. The panels may include a support column for a cross wall beam or for a support beam over a door frame opening.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 13, 2009
    Publication date: September 27, 2012
    Inventors: Christopher W. Harig, Walter B. Bradley
  • Patent number: 8266864
    Abstract: Truss structures assembled from modules comprising one hinge link, four spacer links and four apex joinders, one at each end or each hinge link. The second hinge link to complete a tetrahedron is missing from the module, and is provided by the hinge link of a next in line module so as to provide a series of joined tetrahedrons. When the strut is assembled, the apex joinders enable the strut to be formed into a wide variety of shapes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2012
    Inventor: Joe Pete Claypool
  • Patent number: 8181423
    Abstract: A hollow flange channel beam has a planar web with a pair of narrow rectangular cross-section flanges extending along opposite sides of said web and extending perpendicular to a face of said web in the same direction. The section capacity is optimized when Wf=(0.3)Db, Wf=(3.0)Df and WF=(30)t.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2012
    Assignee: Smorgon Steel Litesteel Products Pty Ltd.
    Inventors: Ross John Bartlett, Ross Ian Dempsey, Russell Lambert Watkins, Alexander Noller, Keiji Yokoyama
  • Patent number: 8171696
    Abstract: A metal stud including first and second metal panels defining first and second flat surfaces with longitudinal edges each turned inwardly away from the flat surfaces. The first and second panels are positioned in parallel spaced apart relationship with the first flat surface and the second flat surface being outwardly directed relative to each other. An angular metal coupling element includes a continuous length of metal material periodically bent in opposite directions. The coupling element is positioned between the first and second panels and bent to periodically and alternately contact the first and second panels at contact points. The coupling element is fixed to the first and second panels at the contact points by spot welding or the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2012
    Inventors: John Powers, III, Edward Sucato
  • Patent number: 8166724
    Abstract: A wooden joist comprises wooden top chord and bottom chords. Wooden boards are adhesively connected to the chords to form an I-joist section along a portion of the wooden joist. Wooden webs may be adhesively connected to the chords to form an open-joist section along another portion of the wooden joist. A bearing extension is defined by the wooden top chord extending beyond an end of the wooden joist Metal webs are in alignment on opposed sides of the wooden joist. Each metal web comprises a top connector end fixed to the bearing extension, a bottom connector end fixed to the bottom chord, and a structural arm between the connector ends. The metal webs are solely provided in an end region along the wooden joist, whereby the wooden joist is adapted to be in a top-chord bearing relation with a beam.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2012
    Assignee: Solive Ajouree 2000 Inc.
    Inventor: André Lemyre
  • Publication number: 20120067000
    Abstract: A frame assembly for supporting a wall panel includes a stud having an end portion. The stud is configured to engage and support the wall panel. The frame assembly also includes a track member having a generally U-shaped cross-section defined by a base and two sidewalls. The track member defines a longitudinal axis. The frame assembly further includes an engagement member coupled to the base of the track member and extending parallel to the longitudinal axis. The engagement member defines a slot that receives the end portion of the stud to support the stud.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 16, 2010
    Publication date: March 22, 2012
    Inventor: Erik J. Kiilunen
  • Patent number: 8122676
    Abstract: A wooden joist is described. The joist comprises a wooden top chord, a wooden bottom chord, and a main section comprising at least one of wooden boards and wooden webs adhesively connected to the wooden top chord and to the wooden bottom chord to form at least one of an I-joist subsection and an open-joist subsection along the main section of the wooden joist. An end configuration at one end of the main section comprises a wooden post extending generally perpendicularly between the wooden top chord and the wooden bottom chord and is adjacent to the main section. A wooden diagonal web extends diagonally from the wooden top chord to the wooden bottom chord. A first set of metal plates is in alignment on opposed sides of the wooden joist to connect the wooden top chord to the diagonal web. A second set of metal plates is in alignment on opposed sides of the wooden joist to connect the diagonal web and the post to the bottom chord.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2012
    Assignee: Solive Ajouree 2000 Inc.
    Inventor: André Lemyre
  • Publication number: 20120011797
    Abstract: A tapered truss is provided. In one embodiment, the truss has a pair of base members configured to be attached to a top surface of a vertical support member. The truss may further have an upper pair of truss members and a lower pair of truss members. Each upper truss member each forms an acute angle with a respective base member and each lower truss member forms an obtuse angle from the respective base member such that the lower truss member is not parallel to the upper truss member. The truss may additionally include a ceiling joist member connected to each of the lower truss members. In one embodiment, the ceiling joist member is substantially parallel to the pair of base members.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 20, 2011
    Publication date: January 19, 2012
    Applicant: C. Green & Sons, Inc.
    Inventors: Wayne Green, Walter Green, Clarence Green, David Derwacter, Chester Prinkey, Darren Skeese, Daniel West
  • Patent number: 8028487
    Abstract: Load bearing and non-load bearing frames for walls, roofs and floors are prefabricated according to a predetermined building plan and made to disengage and collapse to a compact and intact frame, where, as with a wall frame, studs are resting against one another and the upper and lower tracks are in close approximation to each other, separated only by said resting studs. Said frames for walls, roofs and floors can be readily be transported to a construction site, where the collapsed frames are expanded, engaged, stabilized and permanently plumbed and braced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2003
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2011
    Inventor: George Edward Engstrom
  • Publication number: 20110225923
    Abstract: A joist assembly kit according to various embodiments comprises: (A) a first joist comprising: (1) a first casing; (2) a tenon that is disposed adjacent an end portion of the first casing; and (3) a first reinforcing member that extends: (a) longitudinally within the interior of both the casing and the tenon, (b) out of the tenon's interior, and (c) adjacent an end surface of the tenon; and (B) a second joist that comprises: (1) a second casing; and (2) a second reinforcing member that extends longitudinally within an the second casing's interior. In particular embodiments: (1) the second casing defines a mortise; (2) the tenon is adapted so that when the tenon is inserted into the second joist's mortise, the tenon matingly engages the second joist about a perimeter of the mortise. The joists may be attached together by fastening their respective reinforcing members together with a suitable fastener.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 18, 2010
    Publication date: September 22, 2011
    Inventor: Douglas K. Dueker
  • Publication number: 20110185669
    Abstract: Outdoor structure kits according to various embodiments are adapted to construct one or more outdoor structures, such as a pavilion. The outdoor structure kits may include a plurality of modular truss sub-assemblies that are adapted to be assembled into trusses. In particular embodiments, the kits are adapted to allow users to install pre-assembled roof panels on the assembled trusses by fitting tabs that extend from the bottoms of the roof panels into recesses defined in the respective top surfaces of the trusses. In particular embodiments, the kits may include a plurality of posts and a plurality of reinforced truss members (which may be made of a reinforced plastic material) that may be assembled to create the structure's floor and/or ceiling frames. In certain embodiments, the kits may include a plurality of roof sub-panels that may be assembled to form a larger roof panel with shingles that overlap the edges of the subpanels.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 20, 2010
    Publication date: August 4, 2011
    Inventor: Douglas K. Dueker
  • Publication number: 20110072746
    Abstract: A roofing system includes a plurality of roofing panel assemblies. Each roofing panel assembly includes a base having a substantially planar surface, a plurality of I-joists having an upper flange and a lower flange, wherein the base is attached to the lower flanges of the plurality of I-joists, and a cap having a substantially planar surface, wherein the cap is attached to the upper flanges of the plurality of I-joists. The plurality of I-joists includes a first edge most I-joist and a second edge most I-joist. A first edge of the cap is attached to the upper flange of the first edge most I-joist such that a portion of the upper flange of the first edge most I-joist is not covered by the cap. A second edge of the cap extends beyond an edge of the second edge most I-joist for a distance less than a width of the upper flange of the second edge most I-joist.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 9, 2010
    Publication date: March 31, 2011
    Applicant: UNIVERSITY OF MAINE SYSTEM BOARD OF TRUSTEES
    Inventors: Habib J. Dagher, William G. Davids
  • Publication number: 20110067328
    Abstract: A deck assembly uses plurality of joists preferably formed from metal located side by side and each having a web portion and a deck portion integrally formed with the web portion. The deck portion extends laterally from the web portion and the joists are spaced from one another such that the deck portions from a continuous deck surface with the joists being connected to one another.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 23, 2010
    Publication date: March 24, 2011
    Inventors: John R. Naccarato, Joseph A. Severini
  • Patent number: 7877878
    Abstract: A method of constructing a grain bin floor support system having a plurality of interconnected support members. The support members are constructed from a monolithic sheet of structural metal stamped and formed having upper and lower horizontal rails spanning across and integrally connected by a plurality of transverse support columns. The rails include a longitudinally extending center segment and a stabilizing portion adjacent each end thereof. The stabilizing portions are configured to be folded out in opposite directions forming a non-planar self-supporting structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 2, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2011
    Assignee: CTB, Inc.
    Inventors: Rodney B. Grossman, Mark S. Dingeldein
  • Patent number: 7877961
    Abstract: A joist comprised of at least one cold-formed steel elongated chord member; a cold-formed steel web having a plurality of web members and means for securing said web to said chord member. A plurality of joists are generally for use in a support system for a platform or a deck in the construction of floors and roofs. The support system is of particular use in a composite floor and roof systems.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2011
    Assignee: Best Joist Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Richard Strickland, Lei Xu
  • Publication number: 20100326005
    Abstract: The present disclosure includes a truss and a method for selecting components to construct a truss. The truss includes three or more chord elements (two or more upper chord elements and one or more lower chord elements) and one or more web elements. Embodiments of methods according to the disclosure include estimating a first change in length for each of the two or more upper chord elements and estimating a second change in length of each of the one or more lower chord elements, the first change in length and the second change in conditions to which the truss is exposed. The method may also include selecting the one or more web elements from the plurality of wood members such that it compensates for deformation caused by the first change in length and the second change in length.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 26, 2009
    Publication date: December 30, 2010
    Applicant: Weyerhaeuser NR Company
    Inventors: John E. Jones, III, Benjamin C. Donner
  • Patent number: 7832173
    Abstract: Screw fasteners are used to connect multiple trusses in side-by-side relationship. The screw fasteners join truss wood members which are in edge to edge relationship with the screws being driven through the edge of each wood member. The screws may be knurled screws as described in U.S. Pat. No. 6,109,850; lag screws, or standard screws. The connection may also join wood board members in edge-to-edge relationship when bending of the wood members is limited by a restraining structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2000
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2010
    Assignee: Simpson Strong-Tie Company, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark G. Crawford, Steven E. Pryor, Alfred D. Commins
  • Publication number: 20100281632
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for adjusting the live and dead load balance between the arches of an arch bridge and the truss girder that supports the bridge deck. The method is achieved by providing hanger rods disposed between the arches and the top chords of the truss girder whose compression may be adjusted. In which the arch truss counter act the compression in the top chord of the truss. This interaction adds to the strength and safety of both elements of the structure. With this interaction there are no critical members which can cause catastrophic failure of the bridge by failing. By combining two of these bridges side by side, and then connected with the lateral members, both at top and bottom chord of trusses, it is possible to carry vehicular, train, and pedestrian lanes separated and accommodated with safety; all without a critical member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 8, 2009
    Publication date: November 11, 2010
    Inventor: H. Joe Meheen
  • Patent number: 7828161
    Abstract: A reinforced rack truss base to protect against damage to a rack truss storage system is provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2010
    Assignee: Konstant Products, Inc.
    Inventor: Anthony N. Konstant
  • Publication number: 20100154333
    Abstract: Structural members, building structures, and methods for making them, are provided that are less prone to develop squeaks. The methods include, in one aspect, placing at least one panel on the flange surfaces of joists with an activatable adhesive provided between the panel and the flange surfaces to bond the flange surfaces to the panels in an effective long lasting manner. In another aspect, adhesive is introduced into a groove array in a joist flange surface to attach a panel pre-positioned on the grooved flange surface. Building frame structures, such as subflooring assemblies, made by the methods are also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 18, 2008
    Publication date: June 24, 2010
    Applicant: HUBER ENGINEERED WOODS LLC
    Inventors: Brian M. Peek, Mikel Hill, Joel F. Barker, Joerg Student, Emily Joyce Ma, Sherry S. Walker, Eric Peterson
  • Patent number: 7739852
    Abstract: A bracketing system is provided having two brackets joined by a flexible adhesive material that allows bridging or backing members of variable lengths and widths to be mounted between vertical studs to enhance stability of the wall construction. A wall construction assembly according to an embodiment of the invention comprises two vertical studs and a bridge backing member mounted there between by a bracketing system, which includes a left bracket and a right bracket connected by a flexible adhesive material. Because the bridge backing member can be adjustably sized to be secured on the brackets, it can be sized to fit between studs regardless of any variation in the spacing of the studs. This obviates the need to prefabricate bridge backing members to fit between variably spaced studs. The bridge backing member can be mounted flush with the stud to eliminate unevenness in the wall structure. Bridge or backing members of various widths and lengths can be mounted to the bracketing system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 22, 2010
    Assignee: Brady Innovations, LLC
    Inventor: Todd A. Brady
  • Patent number: 7730692
    Abstract: A truss bearing supports a web-type construction truss and has an elongated metal member that is secured along its length to the primary supporting chord of a truss. The truss bearing can include a pair of substantially parallel spaced-apart elongated wooden members sandwiching the metal member extending along and secured to the bottom of the primary chord, with the metal member adhesively secured to the primary chord through being adhesively secured to the pair of wooden members. An optional metal bearing plate can be substantially rigidly secured to the bottom surface of the elongated metal member near one or both ends of the truss, forming therewith a T-shaped cross-section, and can be welded to a supporting member of a larger structure using metal-to-metal connection. The bearing plate can have an angled extension affixed to the first diagonal truss member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2010
    Assignee: Alliance Trutrus, LLC
    Inventor: Donald W. Hershey
  • Publication number: 20100088978
    Abstract: Embodiments of a panel for use in building a tilt-wall building are disclosed, some of which comprise a plurality of structural studs, each comprising: a baseplate; an exterior-facing sidewall and an interior-facing sidewall connected by the baseplate; and a tab punched out of each of the sidewalls; an exterior concrete surface in which the tabs punched out of the exterior-facing sidewalls are embedded; and an interior concrete surface in which the tabs punched out of the interior-facing sidewalls are embedded; where the exterior and interior concrete surfaces are substantially planar surfaces that are substantially parallel to each other. Methods for forming tilt-wall panels are also disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 14, 2009
    Publication date: April 15, 2010
    Inventor: John Valle
  • Publication number: 20100058687
    Abstract: A method of constructing a multi-storey building entails using prefabricated modular wall panels and floor panels. The prefabricated wall panels have a frame that includes studs, rebar and an upright channel into which concrete is poured and cured to form a concrete column (or a hybrid steel-and-concrete column). Prefabricated floor panels have a frame that includes joists, sheathing and a trench-like track that forms a trough for receiving concrete that cures in the trough to create a concrete beam (or a hybrid steel-and-concrete beam). This novel method is extremely efficient for constructing multi-storey buildings, substantially reducing both construction costs and construction time.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 5, 2008
    Publication date: March 11, 2010
    Inventor: Bernard M. NORMAND