Separably Connected Sections Patents (Class 52/713)
  • Patent number: 10876285
    Abstract: A wall tie assembly is provided for use in building construction for connecting a masonry veneer, such as brick or stone, to a building wall while inhibiting compression of building insulation disposed between an internal wall and the veneer. The wall tie assembly includes a washer through which a fastener is disposed and couples to a tie member. The fastener fixes to the structural portion of the wall through the insulation, such that the washer may interface with the exterior surface of the insulation in a manner to form a seal that prevents moisture and air from penetrating through the aperture formed in a weather barrier of the internal wall by the fastener. The tie member attaches between the head of the fastener and the washer and is bent for positioning within mortar of the masonry veneer of the wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2020
    Assignee: Rodenhouse, Inc.
    Inventors: Jason R. Wigboldy, Robert H. Rodenhouse
  • Patent number: 10407912
    Abstract: A roof sheeting anchoring system is disclosed including a channel assembly, a pair of anchoring bodies, and a foot. The channel assembly includes a plurality of fastener holes. The anchoring bodies include a flat and tapered end connected to truss-anchor hooks. The anchoring bodies are each removably insertable into the channel assembly. The foot is rotatably affixable to both of the bodies at the attachment points. Each foot includes at least one fastener hole. The roof sheeting anchoring system securely attaches a roof structure to a truss to prevent separation between the roof and the truss. The method of using a roof sheeting anchoring system is included.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2019
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2019
    Inventor: Charles Randall White
  • Patent number: 9316174
    Abstract: A liner assembly for a gas turbine engine includes a liner defining an inner surface exposed to exhaust gases and a duct spaced radially outward of the liner. A hanger assembly supports the liner relative to the duct. The hanger assembly includes a body segment attached to the liner and first and second washers defining a gap therebetween that receives a portion of the body segment. The gap between the washers and the body segment provides for relative movement caused by differences in thermal growth within the liner. An attachment member extending between the body section and the duct includes spherical ends that are seated on the first and second washers to accommodate misalignments during assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2016
    Assignee: United Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: George J. Kramer, Jeffrey S. Smith
  • Patent number: 9181696
    Abstract: A connection assembly for mounting a ceiling panel to a grid support, including a saddle bracket for use in the same and a ceiling system incorporating the same. The connection assembly may comprise a mounting bracket assembly including a resilient element and a mounting bracket and a saddle bracket having stepped support flange. When coupled together the mounting bracket and the stepped support flange of the saddle bracket are in contact with one another and a flange portion of a strut of the support grid is sandwiched between and in contact with each of the mounting bracket and the stepped support flange.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 10, 2015
    Assignee: AWI Licensing Company
    Inventors: Todd M. Bergman, Scott D. Harnish, Jonathan P. Van Dore
  • Patent number: 9038350
    Abstract: A dovetail anchoring system for cavity walls is disclosed and includes a sheetmetal dovetail anchor and one-piece sheetmetal dovetail veneer tie. The anchoring system is used in conjunction with building structures that have a masonry outer wythe anchored to a poured masonry inner wythe. A thermally-isolating coating is optionally applied to the high-strength veneer tie, which is interconnected with the 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: October 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 26, 2015
    Assignee: Columbia Insurance Company
    Inventor: Ronald P. Hohmann, Jr.
  • Publication number: 20150101278
    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: Application
    Filed: October 20, 2014
    Publication date: April 16, 2015
    Inventors: Paul Curtis, David Sanchez
  • 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
  • Patent number: 8973332
    Abstract: Disclosed is a framework connecting device of a prefabricated building structure. Each connection portion of frameworks, which are formed in the shape of a square pipe so as to form columns, rafters or the like, is connected and fixed by front and rear connection pieces and a plurality of bolts and nuts which penetrate the same, wherein, during assembly, the frameworks and the front and rear connection pieces are coupled by indented groves and protrusion portions. Base protrusions of the front and rear connection pieces are supported by the frameworks. One or more support pipes which are respectively connected and fixed by bolts and the nuts are provided between the front and rear connection pieces. Therefore, the assembling work may be readily and easily carried out while the strength of the connection portions is being reinforced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Inventor: Dae young Lee
  • Patent number: 8950151
    Abstract: The present invention is a light steel framed metal joist including an adjustable connector fastened to the joist web that allows one to adjust the length and angle of the joist when attaching to floor and wall systems. The adjustment allows one to install end connectors onto the joists prior to installation while retaining flexibility of orientation during construction. The joist functions in both web bearing and bottom chord bearing configurations. A flat plate distributing member allows one to design a floor system without having to coordinate the positioning of the joist with wall studs. Angle or U shaped members can be fastened to the lower portion of the flat plate distribution member to support joists during construction. The invention further provides a seamless fire stopping system with consideration for acoustic dampening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 8, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Assignee: Ispan Systems LP
    Inventors: Michael R. Strickland, Douglas M. Fox
  • Patent number: 8935892
    Abstract: A building includes a connection between an engineered wood load bearing element of the building such as a column, beam, or load bearing panel, and another load bearing element or a foundation of the building. At least one tendon ties the load bearing elements or the load bearing element and the foundation together. One or more energy dissipaters, replaceably connected between the load bearing element and/or the foundation, absorb energy when a loading event causes relative movement of the connection. The engineered wood element may be a laminated veneer lumber element, a parallel strand lumber element, or a glue laminated timber element, for example. Typically all of the load bearing elements of the building will be engineered wood elements. The building may be single or multi-storey. The building system enables lightweight low cost buildings, with energy dissipaters which may be replaced after extreme loading. The building may be prefabricated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 20, 2015
    Assignee: Prestressed Timber Limited
    Inventors: Andrew Buchanan, Stefano Pampanin, Allesandro Palermo
  • 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.
  • Patent number: 8904731
    Abstract: A high-strength laser configured column anchor and anchoring system is disclosed. The high-strength column anchor provides high-strength pullout resistance when embedded within the wall bed joint. Specially-configured apertures, edging and dimension restrictions provide for flow-through mortar embedment within the wall bed joint. The edging provides irregular and regular patterns ensuring a secure fit within the bed joint. The column anchors include a hook attachment portion for secure attachment to the column flanges and optionally include a securement bar or clamp to further secure the column anchor to the column flanges.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Assignee: Columbia Insurance Company
    Inventors: Ronald P. Hohmann, Jr., Ronald P. Hohmann
  • Patent number: 8881488
    Abstract: A high-strength ribbon loop anchor and cavity wall anchoring system employing the same is disclosed. The ribbon loop anchor is 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 facing wall. The ribbon loops hereof, when part of the anchoring system, interengage with the veneer tie and are dimensioned to preclude significant movement lateral with or normal to the inner wythe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Assignee: Mitek Holdings, Inc.
    Inventors: Ronald P. Hohmann, Jr., Ronald P. Hohmann
  • Patent number: 8882068
    Abstract: An apparatus for mounting a transducer on a boat includes a v-shaped body having a transducer mounting portion defined in one leg and a mounting opening defined in a second leg. The apparatus can be mounted on a boat by positioning the apparatus close to the boat and connecting the apparatus to the boat using the mounting opening and a conventional nut, bolt, and washer assembly. A transducer can be mounted to the apparatus either before or after it is mounted to the boat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Inventor: Troy A. McGee
  • Patent number: 8875467
    Abstract: A device for use in the fastening of a panel or cladding to a wall is disclosed. The device includes a base plate, a panel connecting plate, and a connecting assembly that connects the panel connecting plate to the base plate and that is constructed and arranged so as to provide minimal thermal bridging between the base plate and the panel connecting plate through an insulation layer that covers the base plate and the wall while simultaneously providing structural integrity for attaching the panel or cladding to the wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Inventor: Leonard L. Anastasi
  • Patent number: 8863460
    Abstract: Thermally-isolating wall anchors and anchoring systems employing the same are disclosed. A thermally-isolating coating is applied to the wall anchor, which is interconnected with a wire formative veneer tie. The thermally-isolating coating is selected from a distinct grouping of materials, that are applied using a specific variety of methods, in one or more layers and cured and cross-linked to provide high-strength adhesion. The thermally-coated wall anchors provide an in-cavity thermal break that severs the thermal threads running throughout the cavity wall structure, reducing the U- and K-values of the anchoring system by thermally-isolating the metal components.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignee: Columbia Insurance Company
    Inventor: Ronald P. Hohmann, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8863453
    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: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Inventor: Luigi D'Agostini
  • Patent number: 8844229
    Abstract: A channel anchoring system for cavity walls is disclosed and includes a channel anchor and veneer tie. The anchoring system is used in conjunction with building structures that have a masonry construction veneer anchored to a steel stud frame or a masonry backup wall. The channel anchoring system secures both the veneer and the insulation to the framing or backup wall. The channel anchor includes a pocket compartment for the insulation that provides a non-invasive means for securing the insulation, thereby maintaining the insulation integrity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Assignee: Columbia Insurance Company
    Inventor: Ronald P. Hohmann, Jr.
  • Patent number: 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.
  • Patent number: 8833034
    Abstract: Weather protection systems, for use in protecting structures and structural elements during severe weather events, are disclosed. Also disclosed are methods of assembling and installing weather protection systems. Weather protection systems of this invention provide fabric to cover a structural element; the fabric is connected to the structure via a clip. A clip of is invention may include features such as fastening points, anchor points, and engaging members; a clip may also introduce a desirable point of flexibility into a system of this invention. Other features of weather protection systems of this invention may include resin and straps.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Assignee: Hurricane Fabric, LLC
    Inventors: Robert Gorman, Yehuda Ozari, Aaron Feinberg
  • Patent number: 8806836
    Abstract: A building anchor system includes a pair of elongate anchor rods (1,2), an anchor rod coupling joint (3) for joining the anchor rods end-on-end, the anchor rod coupling joint comprising or including a sleeve (4, 5, 6 & 7) for connection to an end of one of the anchor rods (1) a slideable arm (8) receivable in the sleeve for connection to an end of the other anchor rod (2) a closed slot within the arm or sleeve for slideably receiving the free end of a stop member (13) by which movement of the anchor rods along their major axis is possible to the extent allowed by the length of the slot, and frictional adjustment means (6,7) acting between the arm and the sleeve by which they may be joined and by which the force required to move them with respect to each other can be selectively varied. The invention also extends of a method of preventing or inhibiting catastrophic structural failure of a building by installing one or more anchor systems of the type described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Assignee: Cintec International Limited
    Inventors: Peter James, Dennis Lee, Sara Paganoni, Dina D'Ayala
  • Patent number: 8800239
    Abstract: A three-dimensional jacket-plate connector connects at least two members. Each member comprises wide-flanged steel I-beam section. The jacket-plate connector comprises first and second three-dimensional jacket plates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Inventor: WeiHong Yang
  • Patent number: 8800241
    Abstract: A hybrid wall reinforcement wall anchoring system is described for use in masonry cavity walls. The reinforcement and anchor is hybrid device installed within the backup wall and interlocked with novel veneer ties. The novel veneer ties are wire formatives and are manually connected and interlocked with the anchor. Once interlocked and installed within the cavity wall, lateral, vertical and front-to-back veneer tie movement is limited, strengthening the cavity wall structure. The inclusion of a reinforcement wire within the veneer tie and the exterior wall provides a seismic structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Assignee: Mitek Holdings, Inc.
    Inventor: Ronald P. Hohmann, Jr.
  • Publication number: 20140215958
    Abstract: The invention relates to a holder for a wall tie (100) designed to receive and hold a wall tie (400). The holder is provided with a first open-ended slot (208) and with a second open-ended slot. The first open-ended slot has a first open end and the second open-ended slot has a second open end. The first open-end and the second open-end are oriented in different directions. The holder according to the present invention allows quick and easy introduction of a wall tie in the holder. The invention also relates to an assembly comprising a holder for a wall tie and a wall tie and to a wall tie. Furthermore the invention relates to a method to install a wall tie in a holder for a wall tie.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 7, 2012
    Publication date: August 7, 2014
    Inventors: Hendrik Duyvejonck, Hendrik Thooft
  • Patent number: 8733723
    Abstract: A cable tray expansion splice plate for connecting first and second cable tray sections end-to-end is disclosed. The splice plate includes an elongate body having a central section, an upper flange section, and a lower flange section. In one embodiment, the lower flange section defines a channel for receiving components of the first and second cable tray sections such that the lower flange section underlies the components. Fastener openings in the central section receive fasteners to fasten the body to the cable tray sections. These openings include slots which permit the cable tray sections to move relative to one another in a longitudinal direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2014
    Assignee: Cooper Technologies Company
    Inventors: Robert David Smith, Brandon Michael Tally
  • Patent number: 8726607
    Abstract: A building structure includes a web joist having a beam element with a laterally extending flange and a depending flange. A sway brace is attached to the laterally extending flange using a plate clamp with fixed and opposed screw jaws to grip the flange. A pipe clamp having a circumferential body which can tighten to retain a pipe is arranged so that the axis of the pipe extends beneath the depending flange of the beam element. A link, pivotally mounted at each end, extends between an upper portion of the plate clamp and the pipe clamp. The plate clamp is locked in place, the pipe is moved to the proximity of the depending flange and the pipe clamp is locked as far from the plate clamp as possible.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Assignee: Automatic Fire Control Incorporated
    Inventor: Kraig A. Kirschner
  • Patent number: 8726596
    Abstract: A high-strength pintle anchoring system for a cavity wall 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 are dimensioned to preclude significant movement lateral with or normal to the inner wythe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Assignee: Mitek Holdings, Inc.
    Inventor: Ronald P. Hohmann, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8726600
    Abstract: A concrete re-entrant corner crack inhibiting device for implantation into a re-entrant corner of a casted concrete structure serves to inhibit stress fractures from developing at the cured concrete re-entrant corners. The device includes a re-entrant corning brace for cornering and embedding onto the re-entrant corner, a radial arm radiating outwardly from the brace so to extend into the cement structure and a fracture interrupting unit transversely connected to the radial arm so as to intercept, interrupt and inhibit the development and spread of stress fractures emanating from a cured cement re-entrant corner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Inventor: Paul W. Schmitz
  • Patent number: 8695307
    Abstract: The invention falls within the field of the securing of protective strips covering the ridge or hip regions of a metal roof with standing seams. More specifically, the invention relates to a double tab metal fastener for securing a ridge strap or hip strap on a metal roof covering of the type with a standing seam, comprising:—a first tab (1) forming at one of its ends a hook (2) intended to be secured to the standing seam;—a second tab (3) forming at one of its ends a hook (4) intended to accept an edge of the ridge or hip strap; the two tabs being articulated about an axis (5) allowing their respective rotation in a plane intended to lie substantially parallel to the plane of the roof. This double tab represents a retaining system that can be used for ridging and hipping, which is easy to fit, without any through-fasteners, thus guaranteeing perfect sealing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2014
    Assignee: Umicore
    Inventors: Christophe Bissery, Frédéric Marcon
  • Patent number: 8689518
    Abstract: A continuity tie is provided for connecting a prefabricated shearwall to a structural member above the prefabricated shearwall. In the preferred embodiment, the continuity tie is a steel tube with aligned openings for receiving a threaded rod therethrough. The tube is welded to the shearwall. A pair of tubes are preferably attached. Nuts attach the threaded rod to the tube. The threaded rod attaches to a structural member above the tube.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2014
    Assignee: Bay City Flower Company, Inc.
    Inventors: Jerry G. Gridley, Emory Montague, Paul McEntee, Ricardo Arevalo
  • Patent number: 8677718
    Abstract: A replacement exterior surface, for example a replacement roof, is supported by a retrofit system including wooden structural members of dimensional lumber and mountings clips, so as to span over an existing exterior supporting surface of a building, for example an existing roof. The mounting clips each have a base portion for being fastened through the exterior supporting surface onto respective underlying structural members of the building and a channel portion receiving a respective portion of the wooden structural members therein. The mounting clips are arranged to support the wooden structural members to span parallel and spaced apart from one another in a substantially common plane outwardly from the exterior supporting surface of the building for supporting the replacement exterior surface material thereon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2014
    Inventor: Joseph T. Marshall
  • 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: 8667762
    Abstract: Certain example embodiments of this invention relate to internal grid keepers for insulating glass units, and/or insulating glass units incorporating the same. The grid keepers of certain example embodiments may include a shoulder bent into an acute angle and may include one or more stamped features on or proximate to the shoulder for engaging with a punched, hollowed, or otherwise formed feature in an edge seal, along with one or more stamped features on an elongate portion extending from the shoulder for engaging with a grid or muntin. In certain example embodiments, the keeper may be on level with or slightly lower than a primary seal so as to reduce the likelihood of the keeper interfering with the seal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 11, 2014
    Assignee: Guardian Industries Corp.
    Inventors: David J. Cooper, Robert A. Miller
  • Patent number: 8667763
    Abstract: A connector for coupling a veneer panel to a back-up comprises a support member. The support member comprises a mounting flange adapted for securing the support member to said back-up wall. The support member further comprises first and second support member side walls extending outwardly from the mounting flange. The first and second support member side walls define at least one generally horizontal slot when the support member is secured to the back-up wall. The connector further comprises a veneer connector configured for non-rotational sliding receipt in the generally horizontal slot and adapted to support a generally horizontal edge of said veneer panel when the veneer connector is received in the generally horizontal slot and when the support member is secured to the back-up wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 11, 2014
    Assignee: Fero Corporation
    Inventor: Michael Hatzinikolas
  • Patent number: 8656679
    Abstract: An interconnectable refractory anchor for receiving moldable refractory material together and creating a protective ceramic refractory lining minimizing erosion and increasing the useful life of refractory linings in reactors and vessels. The interconnected anchoring system comprises a plurality of interconnectable refractory anchors for use in a high temperature severe duty environment. The steps of the method comprise interconnecting a plurality of refractory anchors, fastening the interconnected anchoring system to a vessel, fitting a moldable refractory material into the spaces, and curing the moldable refractory material to service temperature creating a protective ceramic refractory lining for the vessel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2014
    Assignee: Robert J. Jenkins & Company
    Inventor: Donavin Duhon
  • Patent number: 8617683
    Abstract: A decorative assembly and a kit for creating a plurality of decorative assemblies including at least one foundation piece, at least one fanciful element and at least one connector to couple the fanciful element to the foundation piece.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2013
    Inventor: Aubren M. Johnson
  • Patent number: 8613175
    Abstract: A high-strength ribbon pintle and cavity wall anchoring system employing the same is disclosed. The ribbon pintle is 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: September 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2013
    Assignee: MiTek Holdings, Inc.
    Inventor: Ronald P. Hohmann, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8544228
    Abstract: A spacer for an anchor includes a base having first and second sides. The first side is adapted for engagement with an anchor. At least two spikes extend from the second end of the base. An opening is provided within the base.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2013
    Inventor: Joseph Bronner
  • Publication number: 20130247484
    Abstract: A hybrid wall reinforcement wall anchoring system is described for use in masonry cavity walls. The reinforcement and anchor is hybrid device installed within the backup wall and interlocked with novel veneer ties. The novel veneer ties are wire formatives and are manually connected and interlocked with the anchor. Once interlocked and installed within the cavity wall, lateral, vertical and front-to-back veneer tie movement is limited, strengthening the cavity wall structure. The inclusion of a reinforcement wire within the veneer tie and the exterior wall provides a seismic structure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 21, 2012
    Publication date: September 26, 2013
    Applicant: MITEK HOLDINGS, INC.
    Inventor: Ronald P. Hohmann, JR.
  • Patent number: 8528291
    Abstract: The present invention includes a system for connecting tubes or rods, which are preferably uni-directional pultruded, filament wound, or roll-wrapped carbon-fiber tubes or rods, together to form trusses and other structures using a series of connector pieces preferably bonded together with adhesive.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2013
    Assignee: Allred & Associates Inc.
    Inventors: Jimmie B. Allred, III, Michael D. Griswold, Michael J. Hall, Matthew A. Bush, Joseph Kummer
  • Patent number: 8516768
    Abstract: A two-piece masonry anchor including a plate having opposing faces, an attachment feature extending from one of the faces, and a leg extending from the other of the faces having an insulation thickness guide and an elongate slot transverse to the extension direction of the leg, and an anchor adapted to attach to the leg of the plate and having first and second portions arranged to define a right angle therebetween. A seismic wall anchoring system including a plurality of masonry anchors interconnected by a rod.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2013
    Assignee: Masonry Reinforcing Corporation of America
    Inventor: Ralph O. Johnson, III
  • Patent number: 8511032
    Abstract: A building structure is provided that includes a floor structure and a series of studs extending vertically adjacent the floor structure. A clip is provided. The clip is connected to the floor structure and projects outwardly therefrom and includes a stud retainer for engaging and retaining a flange of a stud. The stud retainer includes a channel through which the flange of the stud extends. The stud retainer is connected to the flange of the stud in such a manner that the stud can move vertically in the channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2013
    Assignee: The Steel Network, Inc.
    Inventors: Nabil Abdel-Rahman, John C. Herrmann, Thomas C. Boyd
  • Patent number: 8505261
    Abstract: A sliding bracket assembly permits adjacent metal roof panels to move relative to one another to accommodate differential thermal expansion. The assembly includes a center element which is bolted across a purlin, and a pair of wing elements, one on either side of the center element. Roof panels are attached to the wing elements on either side. The wing elements can side lengthwise on the center element; thus the wing elements and their attached roof panels can move lengthwise relative to one another as the roof panels differentially expand and contract.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2013
    Assignee: BlueScope Buildings North America
    Inventor: Richard R. McClure
  • Patent number: 8459604
    Abstract: A cable tray expansion splice plate for connecting first and second cable tray sections end-to-end is disclosed. The splice plate includes an elongate body having a central section, an upper flange section, and a lower flange section. In one embodiment, the lower flange section defines a channel for receiving components of the first and second cable tray sections such that the lower flange section underlies the components. Fastener openings in the central section and the lower flange section receive fasteners to fasten the body to the cable tray sections. These openings include slots which permit the cable tray sections to move relative to one another in a longitudinal direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2013
    Assignee: Cooper Technologies Company
    Inventors: Robert David Smith, Brandon Michael Tally
  • Patent number: 8424250
    Abstract: An apparatus for retrofit connection of a roof frame to a support member therebelow includes a claw member having a load bearing flange to be driven into an interface between a roof sheathing and a top edge of the roof frame, and a tie-down member to be mounted to a vertical surface of the support member. The tie-down member is connected to the claw member to allow various angular positions of the load bearing flange depending on roof slopes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2013
    Assignee: Building Performance Americas Ltd.
    Inventor: Robert E. Platts
  • Patent number: 8418422
    Abstract: A masonry anchor and method of use for connecting first and second spaced-apart walls defining a cavity therebetween, the anchor including an anchor bracket including a slot and a pintle engaging and carried by the anchor bracket and extending outwardly from the anchor bracket and bridging a cavity between the first and second walls. The pintle includes first and second laterally spaced-apart hooks for being positioned and locked in the slot of the anchor bracket. The hooks have a nominal spacing between them that is greater than a width of the slot, and are deformable into a position wherein the hooks are spaced apart by a distance that is less than the width of the slot for allowing the hooks to be inserted into the slot, and have sufficient positional memory to return from its deformed position to its nominal spacing when manual pressure is released.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2013
    Assignee: Masonry Reinforcing Corporation of America
    Inventor: Ralph O. Johnson, III
  • Patent number: 8402701
    Abstract: A handling anchor for lifting, raising, turning over, transporting, and laying building elements, such as precast blocks or panels, essentially made of concrete and to be connected to a building element. The anchor includes a connecting head for connecting the building element to a handling machine, and a body portion including active parts that, when the anchor is connected to the construction element, ensure the adhesion of the anchor to the material of the building element. The body includes at least one land including at least one face.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2013
    Inventor: Marcel Arteon
  • Patent number: 8397463
    Abstract: The present invention includes a system for connecting tubes or rods, which are preferably uni-directional pultruded, filament wound, or roll-wrapped carbon-fiber tubes or rods, together to form trusses and other structures using a series of connector pieces preferably bonded together with adhesive.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2013
    Assignee: Allred & Associates Inc.
    Inventors: Jimmie B. Allred, III, Michael D. Griswold, Michael J. Hall, Matthew A. Bush, Joseph Kummer
  • Patent number: 8397467
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for coupling adjacent concrete panels increase the tolerance for setting. Connections members are placed in at least one of the adjacent concrete panels. In one embodiment a first connection member is placed in a first panel and a second connection member is placed in a second panel. A plate is placed over the first and second connection member. Fasteners are inserted through the plate and into each connection member to secure the adjacent panels together. In a second embodiment a rotatable connection member is placed in a first panel. The rotatable connection member includes a first rod rotatably coupled to a second rod. The second panel is placed on the first panel. The connection member is rotated from its first position to its second position and is secured to the second panel. The connection members may be cast in the panels during production.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2013
    Assignee: The Spancrete Group, Inc.
    Inventor: Clinton C. Krell