Sheet Or Wire Tie Patents (Class 52/712)
  • Patent number: 10214897
    Abstract: A hanger bracket for mounting a skewed beam at a junction of two adjacent beams includes a supporting section configured to support the skewed beam. Fixing flanges substantially perpendicular to the supporting section are configured for attaching the bracket to the adjacent beams along surfaces of the fixing flanges positioned to engage respective ones of the adjacent beams when attached thereto. The surfaces define planes that are non-parallel and non-coincident with each other. Reinforcing faces are located between the supporting section and each of the fixing flanges. The reinforcing faces are inclined relative to the supporting section and fixing flanges. Holes in at least one of the supporting section and the reinforcing faces are configured to receive fasteners to secure the skewed beam to the hanger bracket.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2019
    Assignee: MITEK HOLDINGS, INC.
    Inventor: Robert Tan
  • Patent number: 9038349
    Abstract: An extrudable keder rail and a clamping anchor for the keder rail are cooperative to secure keder fabric to a building support beam. The clamping anchor allows the keder rail to be securely attached to a standard beam without drilling holes or strapping about the beam. A temporary clamp and movable tensioning device allow the keder rails and keder fabric to be applied to the building support beams after the support beams have been assembled and installed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Inventor: Benjamin D. Fox
  • Patent number: 9032687
    Abstract: A structural element for constructing an auxiliary means for the manufacture of a reinforcement includes at least one coupling point for coupling the structural element to another structural element. The structural element is formed from a basic element. The structural element may further include a holding means for holding a reinforcement rod. A method for constructing an auxiliary means and a method for manufacturing a reinforcement are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Inventor: Steven Edward Kelly
  • Patent number: 9032678
    Abstract: A deck drainage system includes a plurality of hanger clips. Each hanger clip may have a plurality of mounting holes configured to fasten the hanger clip to a support at selected elevations. A soffit may be mounted to the hanger clips without fasteners and located completely below the deck, such that not every hanger clip directly contacts the soffit. A slope of the soffit may be selected by mounting at least two of the hanger clips to the support at different vertical elevations. The soffit may be configured to slope beneath the deck and drain water therefrom in a selected direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2015
    Assignee: CERTAINTEED CORPORATION
    Inventors: Robert D. Shaw, Thomas C. Gilbert, David J. Stucky, Nikki J. Whitney, Lucas D. Wood, Stephen W. Steffes
  • Patent number: 9027286
    Abstract: A roofing system is installed over the top of existing corrugated metal roofs or over the top of low profile ribbed metal roofs as a retrofit roofing system. The system uses a clip specifically designed for corrugated and other forms of low-profile ribbed metal roof panels. The clip spans a single raised corrugation or single raised rib to provide a secure support for a roofing system to be disposed above the existing roof. The clips may be disposed at a plurality of locations along a purlin and are secured to the purlin through the existing roof panels with connectors. The connectors pass through spaced curved feet of the clip which fit into the spaced depressions of the corrugated roofing panel or the spaces adjacent to the low profile rib.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Inventor: Tim Alan Lane
  • Patent number: 8984828
    Abstract: A masonry anchor for tying a masonry veneer wall to a stud back-up wall comprises a generally planar anchor plate of corrosion resistant steel having an outer coupling end for connection to a veneer tie wire and an inner anchoring end for securement to the stud back-up wall. The anchor plate is provided with a plurality of holes through the anchoring end for accepting a fastening means for fastening the anchor to the stud back-up wall. A backing plate of an inert material is provided for positioning between the anchoring end of the anchor plate and the stud back-up wall, the backing plate being provided with raised structures on a face sized to be contained within the holes in the anchoring end of the anchor plate to allow a shank of the fastening means to pass through the raised structure without contacting the anchoring end of the anchor plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2015
    Assignee: Bailey Metal Products Limited
    Inventor: John Rice
  • 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: 8978330
    Abstract: A high-strength pullout resistant pintle veneer tie and anchoring system employing the same is disclosed. The high-strength veneer tie utilizes modified ribbon pintles formed from a wire formative construct that is cold-worked, with the resultant body having substantially semicircular edges and flat surfaces therebetween. The edges are aligned to receive compressive forces transmitted from the outer wythe. The veneer tie hereof, when part of the anchoring system, interengages with receptor portions of a wall anchor and is dimensioned to preclude significant veneer tie movement and pullout. The veneer tie is installed within the wall anchor through a swinging motion, fully securing the veneer tie within the anchor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: Columbia Insurance Company
    Inventor: Ronald P. Hohmann, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8979047
    Abstract: A mounting bracket (1, 41, 91, 121) for a roof window has a frame mountable member (2, 2a, 93, 123), a roof mountable member (3, 3a, 94, 124) and a hinge arrangement (22, 34, 95, 125) for mechanically coupling the roof mountable member (3, 3a, 94, 124) and the frame mountable member (2, 2a, 93, 123) together so that the roof mountable member (3, 3a, 94, 124) is movable between an out of use storage position and an in use mounting position. The location of the pivotal point of the hinge arrangement (22, 34, 95, 125) is movable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Inventor: Sean Coyle
  • Patent number: 8973333
    Abstract: The connecting fitting comprises a band-like section 14 and a back plate 11 that can be inserted between the flanges 7b, 7c by passing between lips 7d, 7e, in an insertion attitude, and a joining section 15 that can join a beam 5E in a state where the band-like section 14 and the back plate 11 are inserted between the flanges 7b, 7c. The band-like section 14 has a pair of abutting sections 14b, 14c that can abut respective inner surfaces of both flanges 7b, 7c of a C-section steel 7, in an attachment attitude resulting from rotation from the insertion attitude by a predetermined angle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Assignees: Sekisui House, Ltd., Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal Corporation
    Inventors: Masami Sugihara, Hitomi Sunagawa, Tomoya Hatae, Masayuki Ogawa, Hiroaki Kawakami, Kazunori Fujihashi
  • Patent number: 8973330
    Abstract: An expansion bracket absorbs movement of a wall stud to prevent damage to a wall covering attached to the wall stud. The expansion bracket can include a main body having a main body flange, formed of a deformable material, and having a wall stud attachment end configured to attach to the wall stud via a wall stud attachment element. The main body can also have a furring attachment element configured to attach a furring to the main body. When the main body is attached to the wall stud and the furring, and the wall covering is attached to the furring via a wall covering attachment element, the main body flange is configured to absorb, via deformation, at least a portion of the movement of the wall stud due to heat-based expansion of the wall stud.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Inventor: John David Egri, II
  • Publication number: 20150059282
    Abstract: An improved joint member, e.g., a gusset, is provided and is formed from a fiber-reinforced pultruded material. The improved gusset is more lightweight and inexpensive to manufacture than conventional gussets. Furthermore, the fiber-reinforced material is strong enough to provide the structural support needed in most platform-type systems.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 22, 2014
    Publication date: March 5, 2015
    Inventor: Paul R. Gerst
  • Patent number: 8966834
    Abstract: A shear bar for an edge lift anchor for a concrete panel, the shear bar being a bar of rectangular cross-section shaped to engage an upper edge of the lifting anchor when installed in the panel, the bar having opposed large area faces and opposed smaller area faces and the bar being so shaped that when engaged with the upper edge of the lifting anchor one of its opposed large area faces will face towards the upper surface of the panel in the casting configuration of the panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Inventor: Robert Sladojevic
  • Patent number: 8959857
    Abstract: A post to foundation connection made with a connector that can be installed as a retrofit after the post is already in place, with fastener attachments that are made to either side of the post rather than under it. The connector can be slid into place below the post, between it and the foundation, after which it can be attached to the foundation and the post.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: Simpson Strong-Tie Company
    Inventor: Jin-Jie Lin
  • Patent number: 8955286
    Abstract: A bracket system kit for assembling playground equipment may include some or all of a plurality of deck support brackets, at least two vertical frame brackets, at least two horizontal frame brackets, a swing bracket, and at least two ladder brackets. The deck support brackets can secure horizontal deck support beams to vertical frame beams at first points along the vertical frame beams. The vertical frame brackets can attach to at least two adjacent vertical frame beams at second points above the first points. Horizontal frame brackets can interconnect with vertical frame brackets. Swing brackets can fastens a swing support beam to the at least one horizontal frame beam at a third point along the at least one horizontal frame beam. The two ladder brackets can connect a ladder to one of the horizontal deck support beams.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2015
    Assignee: Backyard Swing-N-Slide Play Systems, LLC
    Inventors: Scott Gadd, Giovanni Piccione
  • Patent number: 8950153
    Abstract: A wireguide configured to couple to a T-bar structure of a drop ceiling and method for installing the wireguide is provided. The wireguide includes a first portion contacting a base of the T-bar structure; a second portion extending from the first portion over a top member of the T-bar structure; and a third portion extending from the second portion to the base of the T-bar structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Inventor: Domenick Luongo
  • Patent number: 8938927
    Abstract: Insulated metal panel siding system for a structure comprising elongated base members and elongated insulated metal panels. The base member is installed along the base of wall framing for the structure and extends across at least two vertical frame members in the wall framing. The base members has a profile running laterally along the upper side thereof. The insulated metal panel is installed on the wall framing running horizontally across the vertical frame members and abutting the base member. The panel has a rigid foam core, an interior metal facing, and an exterior metal facing. The panel also has a profile running laterally along the lower side thereof. The upper profile of the base member and the lower profile of the panel are adapted to allow the base member and the panel to be joined by a tongue-in-groove joint running horizontally across the wall framing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2015
    Inventor: Rick A. Bragg
  • Publication number: 20150020473
    Abstract: An extrudable keder rail and a clamping anchor for the keder rail are cooperative to secure keder fabric to a building support beam. The clamping anchor allows the keder rail to be securely attached to a standard beam without drilling holes or strapping about the beam. A temporary clamp and movable tensioning device allow the keder rails and keder fabric to be applied to the building support beams after the support beams have been assembled and installed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 3, 2013
    Publication date: January 22, 2015
    Inventor: Benjamin D. Fox
  • Publication number: 20150013250
    Abstract: An anchor for securing a metal door frame to a floor comprises a generally planar flange securable in an upright position to an interior surface of the door frame, and a generally planar base extending generally orthogonally with respect to the flange and securable to the floor adjacent the door frame. The base comprises a central portion comprising an inner end adjacent the flange and an opposed outer end defining an outer edge. At least a first tab extends outwardly from the outer end of the central portion and beyond the outer edge.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 15, 2014
    Publication date: January 15, 2015
    Inventor: Luigi D'AGOSTINI
  • Patent number: 8925893
    Abstract: A lockdown device for a display case includes a platform configured to couple the lockdown device to a surface, and a lockdown bracket coupled to the platform and configured to attach to the display case. The lockdown bracket includes a first connecting portion having a substantially horizontal plate coupled to the platform, and a second receiving portion. The second receiving portion includes a substantially vertical plate, a first side plate having a first set of slots, the first side plate coupled to the vertical plate and forming a non-right angle with the vertical plate. The second receiving portion also includes a second side plate having a second set of slots, the second side plate coupled to the vertical plate and forming a non-right angle with the vertical plate. Both sets of slots are configured to attach to the display case, and the side plates are configured to reduce the movement of the lockdown bracket relative to the display case.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Assignee: Hill Phoenix, Inc.
    Inventors: Douglas A. Biedenweg, Lawrence W. Eget, Kevin A. Kistner, Nelson Montanez, Terrell D. Tucker, John C. Turner, III
  • Patent number: 8925880
    Abstract: The invention relates to an L-shaped fitting obtained after molding a composite material, including two portions defining an angle therebetween and having holes formed therein for connecting the two portions using an attachment device, and having side reinforcements in the form of brackets. At least one portion has a concave curved profile on the inner side of the fitting, and the hole(s), formed in the portion having a concave curved profile on the inner side are each formed along an axis radial to the curvature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Assignee: SKF Aerospace France
    Inventor: Guy Valembois
  • Publication number: 20150000225
    Abstract: A high-strength disengagement prevention pintle veneer tie and anchoring system employing the same is disclosed. The high-strength veneer tie utilizes modified compressed wire formatives formed from a wire formative construct that is cold-worked, with the resultant body having substantially semicircular edges and flat surfaces therebetween. The edges are aligned to receive compressive forces transmitted from the outer wythe. The veneer tie hereof, when part of the anchoring system, interengages with wall anchor and is dimensioned to preclude veneer tie movement and pullout through the use of the U-shaped securement portions. The veneer tie is installed within the wall anchor through a swinging motion, in either an over and through or under and through the anchor installation, fully securing the veneer tie within the anchor and providing flexibility during installation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 28, 2013
    Publication date: January 1, 2015
    Inventor: Ronald P. Hohmann,, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8910452
    Abstract: A hurricane tie fastener and method are provided for securing a truss to a wall structural member. The fastener includes upper and lower vertical perpendicular plates with respective nail-receiving through holes formed therein. A horizontal arm extends from adjacent the bottom of the upper plate away from the lower plate. A leg extends upwardly from the arm. A truss-receiving space is formed between the upper plate and leg having a top entrance opening for receiving the bottom of the truss when the fastener is moved upwardly relative to the truss. The fastener is self-supporting on the truss to make the nailing of the fastener to the truss and wall member easier and safer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2014
    Assignee: Tallmadge Spinning & Metal Company
    Inventor: Sam P. Noturno
  • Patent number: 8904727
    Abstract: An anchoring system for cavity walls is disclosed and includes a wall anchor and a high-strength partially compressed veneer tie. The anchor preserves the insulation integrity by sealing the insertion points in the inner wythe. The veneer tie utilizes ribbon cavity portions that are cold-worked and vertically compressed, with the resultant body having substantially semicircular edges and flat surfaces therebetween. The edges are aligned to receive compressive forces transmitted from the outer wythe. The veneer tie, when part of the anchoring system, interengages with the wall anchor and is dimensioned to preclude significant veneer tie movement, preclude pullout and shed moisture and mortar within the cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Assignee: Columbia Insurance Company
    Inventor: Ronald P. Hohmann, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8904726
    Abstract: A high-strength disengagement prevention pintle veneer tie and anchoring system employing the same is disclosed. The high-strength veneer tie utilizes modified compressed wire formatives formed from a wire formative construct that is cold-worked, with the resultant body having substantially semicircular edges and flat surfaces therebetween. The edges are aligned to receive compressive forces transmitted from the outer wythe. The veneer tie hereof, when part of the anchoring system, interengages with wall anchor and is dimensioned to preclude veneer tie movement and pullout through the use of the U-shaped securement portions. The veneer tie is installed within the wall anchor through a swinging motion, in either an over and through or under and through the anchor installation, fully securing the veneer tie within the anchor and providing flexibility during installation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Assignee: Columbia Insurance Company
    Inventor: Ronald P. Hohmann, Jr.
  • Publication number: 20140352250
    Abstract: A reinforcement bar fastener and a tool for securing reinforcement bar members to together to form a metal mesh and a reinforcement bar tool for deforming the reinforcement bar fastener around the reinforcement bar members.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 17, 2014
    Publication date: December 4, 2014
    Inventors: Mustafa KARABAS, Brian C. BURKE, Donald R. PERRON
  • Patent number: 8898980
    Abstract: A high-strength pullout resistant pintle and anchoring system employing the same is disclosed. The modified veneer tie utilizes ribbon pintles formed from a wire formative construct that is cold-worked with the resultant body having substantially semicircular edges and flat surfaces therebetween. The edges are aligned to receive compressive forces transmitted from the outer wythe. The ribbon pintles hereof, when part of the anchoring system, interengage with receptor portions of a wall anchor and are dimensioned to preclude significant lateral, vertical and horizontal movement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Assignee: Mitek Holdings, Inc.
    Inventor: Ronald P. Hohmann, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8893452
    Abstract: A connector system for a composite wall, the composite wall comprising a back-up wall and a veneer spaced apart from the back-up wall, the connector system comprising a backup wall connector and a spacer mountable on the backup wall connector. The backup wall connector comprising an inner anchoring end and an outer coupling end spaced from the inner anchoring end, the outer coupling end comprising a vertically extending slot. The spacer defines a plurality of vertically fixed positions in which a wall tie is selectively fixedly receivable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Inventor: Michael Hatzinikolas
  • Patent number: 8881481
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to accessories which are attached to the support grid members of a grid framework system. The accessories insulate electrified conductors attached to the support grid members from other conductive items located proximate thereto, a management device for cables and wires, and a retention device for fixedly attaching a component to the grid framework system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Assignee: Worthington Armstrong Venture
    Inventors: Jere W. Myers, Todd M. Bergman, Brian T. Patterson, Jae A. Eisenhower, Brett Sareyka
  • 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
  • Publication number: 20140318075
    Abstract: A gusset connection that allows greater relative movement between connected structural members and simplifies erection in the field. The gusset connection can be a first gusset portion moveably or fixedly connected to a vertical column and a second gusset connection moveably or fixedly connected to a horizontal beam. A diagonal brace is moveably or fixedly connected to the gusset connection. The first and second gusset portions are not directly connected to each other to allow relative movement between the column, beam, and diagonal brace.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 14, 2012
    Publication date: October 30, 2014
    Inventor: Constantine Shuhaibar
  • Publication number: 20140318076
    Abstract: A hanger bracket for mounting a skewed beam at a junction of two adjacent beams includes a supporting section configured to support the skewed beam. Fixing flanges are substantially perpendicular to the supporting section and are configured for attaching the bracket to the adjacent beams. The fixing flanges lie in different planes to each other. Reinforcing faces are located between the supporting section and each of the fixing flanges. The reinforcing faces are inclined relative to the supporting section and fixing flanges. The hanger bracket includes holes in the supporting section or reinforcing faces configured to secure the skewed beam to the hanger bracket.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 29, 2014
    Publication date: October 30, 2014
    Applicant: MiTek Holdings, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert Tan
  • Patent number: 8863469
    Abstract: A thermal clip attachment apparatus and methods for using the thermal clip attachment with a masonry veneer anchor system are disclosed. The thermal clip attachment may be a composite piece that attaches to the part of a stud that protrudes from an inner structural supportive wall after the stud is advanced into the wall. The thermal clip attachment serves as a thermal break between the stud and an outer masonry veneer wall. Further, the thermal clip attachment also serves as an attachment point for a wire tie, which allows a positive lateral load connection to be established between the outer masonry veneer wall and the inner structural supportive wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignee: Heckmann Building Products Inc.
    Inventors: Paul Curtis, David Sanchez
  • Patent number: 8839581
    Abstract: A high-strength low profile partially compressed pintle veneer tie and anchoring system employing the same is disclosed. The high-strength pintle anchoring system employs a partially compressively reduced veneer tie that is cold-worked with the resultant body partially having substantially semicircular edges and flat surfaces therebetween. The edges are aligned to receive compressive forces transmitted from the outer wythe. The partially compressively reduced veneer tie, when part of the anchoring system, interengages with the receptor portions of a wall anchor and is dimensioned to preclude significant veneer tie movement. The insertion portion of the veneer tie is compressed and patterned to ensure a secure hold within the bed joint.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2014
    Assignee: Mitek Holdings, Inc.
    Inventor: Ronald P. Hohmann, Jr.
  • Publication number: 20140259992
    Abstract: A high-strength rectangular pintle veneer tie and cavity wall anchoring system employing the same is disclosed. The rectangular wire formative construct optionally includes a square cross-section that provides greater volumetric occupancy than that of a similar diameter circular wire formative. The interengaging portions and insertion portion are optionally compressed for greater strength and the rectangular shaped interengaging portion provides a locking interconnection within the anchor precluding significant movement lateral with or normal to the inner wythe.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 12, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: MITEK HOLDINGS, INC.
    Inventor: Ronald P. Hohmann, JR.
  • Patent number: 8827226
    Abstract: A dual method of installing a mounting device to a load-bearing surface includes a mounting device having a back member installed closer to the load-bearing surface than a front member on which an object is mounted. A mounting member is either attached to the back member in a first configuration or the mounting member is attached to the back member in a second configuration. The mounting member is attached to the load-bearing surface such that the load-bearing surface is between the back member and the front member in the first configuration. The back member is between the load-bearing surface and the front member in the second configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Assignee: Ergotron, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Joseph Townsend, Patrick Leonard Plehn
  • Patent number: 8826625
    Abstract: A fastener for securing rebar rods that is a generally planar, elongated main body selectively deformed into a closed loop. The fastener can also include a head end integrally formed with the main body having a buckle and an opening. A tail end depends from the main body that has a plurality of substantially flat, spaced-apart, and staggered engaging members, or barbs. The rods are secured by folding the tail end around the rods and inserting the tail end into the opening of the buckle and twisting the tail end so that a barb engages an edge of the buckle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Assignee: Rebarb, L.L.C.
    Inventor: Michael R. Colton
  • Patent number: 8820026
    Abstract: A single piece sheet metal clip including a trim engaging part and a mounting part extending or extendable from the trim engaging part at a right angle, the trim engaging part having a limited height when the clip is tilted from a vertical portion and a height greater than the limited height when upright whereby the trim engaging part may be inserted between opposed channels on a rear side of a trim strip and upper and lower edges are trapped in a respective channel when rotated from the tilted position to an upright position, the trim engaging part having an integral element resiliently deflected in a channel when the clip is turned upright, said resilient element releasably locking the clip against a reversal of said movement and thereby maintaining the trim engaging part trapped in said channels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Assignee: USG Interiors, LLC
    Inventors: Abraham M. Underkofler, Peder J. Gulbrandsen, Mark R. Paulsen
  • Patent number: 8813457
    Abstract: A clip for mounting an elongated trim strip on ends of ceiling grid runners, having a right angle configuration with two intersecting legs, one leg adapted to laterally abut an end of a grid runner and the other being adapted to engage the trim strip, said other leg having oppositely extending upper and lower grips for reception into upper and lower opposing channels of the trim strip, the grips being relatively moveable, and a toggle arrangement for moving said grips away from one another, when retracted, the grips being capable of passing between the opposed channels, the toggle arrangement selectively maintaining said grips in an extended position to frictionally lock onto the opposed channels of the trim strip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Assignee: USG Interiors, LLC
    Inventors: Abraham M. Underkofler, Mark R. Paulsen, Peder J. Gulbrandsen
  • Patent number: 8813456
    Abstract: A building connection between a substantially vertical wall stud and a substantially horizontal bridging member, using a separate and distinct bridging connector that attaches the wall stud to the bridging member. The wall stud is typically one of several sequentially-arranged, cold-formed steel studs in the frame of a building wall. The bridging member is typically a separate cold-formed steel member that interfaces with and spans a plurality of wall studs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Assignee: Simpson Strong-Tie Company, Inc.
    Inventors: Jin-Jie Lin, Larry Randall Daudet
  • Publication number: 20140230360
    Abstract: Provided herein are connectors for use in assembling reinforced concrete structures, as well as methods of assembly using the connectors. In one embodiment, the connectors and methods provide for secure and easy connection to the butt end of any rebar rod, as well as attachment of an opposite end to another metal structure. For example, a butt portion of a connector slides over the butt portion of a rebar rod, and can include one or more sidewall openings to allow welding onto rebar that is enclosed within the butt portion of the connector. The opposite second end can include a faceplate for attaching a weld plate, thus permitting a series of connections using connectors and weld plates, among other things. The connectors provide selected properties that differ from the rebar, welds, and weld plates, such as stretch, yield strength, ultimate strength, and transfer of stress and vibration, among other things.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 18, 2012
    Publication date: August 21, 2014
    Applicant: Lehigh University
    Inventor: Clay Naito
  • Publication number: 20140215957
    Abstract: A single piece sheet metal clip including a trim engaging part and a mounting part extending or extendable from the trim engaging part at a right angle, the trim engaging part having a limited height when the clip is tilted from a vertical portion and a height greater than the limited height when upright whereby the trim engaging part may be inserted between opposed channels on a rear side of a trim strip and upper and lower edges are trapped in a respective channel when rotated from the tilted position to an upright position, the trim engaging part having an integral element resiliently deflected in a channel when the clip is turned upright, said resilient element releasably locking the clip against a reversal of said movement and thereby maintaining the trim engaging part trapped in said channels.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 1, 2013
    Publication date: August 7, 2014
    Applicant: USG INTERIORS, LLC
    Inventors: Abraham M. Underkofler, Peder J. Gulbrandsen, Mark R. Paulsen
  • Publication number: 20140208681
    Abstract: A masonry anchor for tying a masonry veneer wall to a stud back-up wall comprises a generally planar anchor plate of corrosion resistant steel having an outer coupling end for connection to a veneer tie wire and an inner anchoring end for securement to the stud back-up wall. The anchor plate is provided with a plurality of holes through the anchoring end for accepting a fastening means for fastening the anchor to the stud back-up wall. A backing plate of an inert material is provided for positioning between the anchoring end of the anchor plate and the stud back-up wall, the backing plate being provided with raised structures on a face sized to be contained within the holes in the anchoring end of the anchor plate to allow a shank of the fastening means to pass through the raised structure without contacting the anchoring end of the anchor plate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 28, 2013
    Publication date: July 31, 2014
    Applicant: Bailey Metal Products Limited
    Inventor: John RICE
  • Patent number: 8769887
    Abstract: A tensionable hold down clip system for erecting metal studs for building walls, the system including a tensionable member; and a hold down clip having a base portion, a leg portion orthogonal to the base portion, and a mount on the leg portion configured for adjustably connecting the tensionable member to the hold-down clip. A wall using the system may include two main studs and a plurality of common studs extending between a sole plate and a top plate, and hold down clips are disposed on both ends of both main studs. Two tensionable members extend diagonally through the studs and cross each other, and the tensionable members are fastened to mounts on the hold down clips on the upper and lower ends of the main studs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2014
    Inventor: Ray A. Proffitt, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8756895
    Abstract: An apparatus for supporting a plurality of parallel spaced apart trusses comprises a center socket and first and second end sockets. The center socket is sized to receive a top edge of a first truss therein whereas the first and second end sockets are each sized to receive a bottom edge of adjacent second and third truss therein. The apparatus further comprises a first brace extending between the first end socket and the center socket and a second brace extending between the second end socket and the center socket. The base panel of the first and second end sockets define a first plane substantially parallel to the bottom edges of the plurality of trusses and the base panel of the center socket defines a second plane substantially parallel to the top edge of the plurality of trusses and second plane is angularly oriented relative to the first plane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2014
    Assignee: Int'l Truss Lock Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Abtar Shar Sidhu, Daniel Van Vliet
  • Publication number: 20140150373
    Abstract: A connector system for a composite wall, the composite wall comprising a back-up wall and a veneer spaced apart from the back-up wall, the connector system comprising a backup wall connector and a spacer mountable on the backup wall connector. The backup wall connector comprising an inner anchoring end and an outer coupling end spaced from the inner anchoring end, the outer coupling end comprising a vertically extending slot. The spacer defines a plurality of vertically fixed positions in which a wall tie is selectively fixedly receivable.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 4, 2013
    Publication date: June 5, 2014
    Inventor: Michael Hatzinikolas
  • Patent number: 8739486
    Abstract: A bracket apparatus for an insulated building structure includes: a sheathing mounting element including a mounting surface configured to receive a mechanical fastener; and at least one elongated spacer extending away from the sheathing mounting element by a predetermined stand-off distance, the spacer configured to penetrate fibrous insulation, and defining a contact pattern configured to prevent pivoting motion of the spacer relative to a planar surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2014
    Inventors: Stan Bodsford, Dan Carney
  • Patent number: 8739485
    Abstract: A high-strength low profile pullout resistant pintle and anchoring system employing the same is disclosed. The modified veneer tie utilizes ribbon pintles formed from a wire formative construct that is cold-worked with the resultant body having substantially semicircular edges and flat surfaces therebetween. The edges are aligned to receive compressive forces transmitted from the outer wythe. The ribbon pintles hereof, when part of the anchoring system, interengage with receptor portions of a wall anchor and are dimensioned to preclude significant veneer tie movement and to preclude pullout. The insertion portion of the veneer tie is compressed and patterned to ensure a secure hold within the bed joint.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2014
    Assignee: Mitek Holdings, Inc.
    Inventor: Ronald P. Hohmann, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8733049
    Abstract: A high-strength dual pintle and anchoring system employing the same is disclosed. The modified veneer tie utilizes ribbon pintles formed from a wire formative construct that is cold-worked with the resultant body having substantially semicircular edges and flat surfaces therebetween. The edges are aligned to receive compressive forces transmitted from the outer wythe. The ribbon pintles hereof, when part of the anchoring system, interengage with receptor portions of a wall anchor and are dimensioned to preclude significant movement lateral with or normal to the inner wythe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2014
    Assignee: Mitek Holdings, Inc.
    Inventor: Ronald P. Hohmann, Jr.
  • Patent number: RE45355
    Abstract: A door hanger (140) is disclosed for use in installation of a door assembly (100). The door hanger (140) includes a jamb arm (142) with a triangular shaped edge (144), and proximate shorter edges (145) formed inwardly from the triangular shaped edge (144) and perpendicular to each other. A pair of opposing faces (143) are formed by the triangular shaped edge (144) and the proximate edges (145), and a central hole (146) is located substantially in the center of the opposing faces (143). An alignment flange (150) is perpendicular to the jamb arm (142) and includes a distal arcuate edge (152). The arcuate edge (152) has a configuration substantially conforming to the legs of a triangle. Formed inwardly from the distal arcuate edge (152) are a pair of opposing sides (154), with sets of alignment notches (156) formed on the opposing sides (154).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Inventors: Nathan K. Root, Dennis Gill, Michael Gill