Sheet Form With Tabs Oppositely Extending From Base Sheet Patents (Class 52/715)
  • Patent number: 10844599
    Abstract: A ceiling beam grid is an open grid constructed from beams of a few standard sizes that are connected together by connection blocks at the intersections of the beams. The connection blocks are suspended from the structural ceiling of the room by means of an anchor and hanger and are spaced in a grid pattern to accommodate the standard size beams between adjacent connection blocks. The standard size beams are then attached to and supported between the connection blocks. The beams are connected to the connection blocks by a vertical tongue and groove connection. The tongue and groove connection provides a sliding connection that allows the beams to be easily connected and disconnected from the connection blocks without the need of tools. Consequently, the ceiling beam grid can be easily reconfigured to accommodate changes in the room below.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2019
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2020
    Assignee: Price Industries Limited
    Inventors: Julian Rimmer, Jordan Hiebert, Marc Louis Hebert, Sylvia Bistrong, Alexandra Fom, Gustavo Cardero, Dan Ducharme, Srivani Bahumanyam
  • Patent number: 10415243
    Abstract: Panel-shaped components are used for interior construction, e.g., for covering walls, ceilings and/or fabricating lightweight walls. Connecting elements are used during the assembly of such wall components. A connecting element is suitable for connecting several such wall components with each other, thereby greatly simplifying the assembly of wall components above all with respect to handling, and increasing the stability of such a wall. For this reason, such a connecting element has two U-shaped profiles offset to each other, which can accommodate at least two wall components, preferably plasterboards, whose narrow sides abut against each other. The non-positive connection between the connecting element and a wall component is established according to the invention using pop rivets or the known drywall screws.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: Gebr. Schmidt GbR
    Inventors: Andreas Schmidt, Uwe-Volker Schmidt, Hans-Ulrich Schmidt, Dieter Schmidt
  • Patent number: 9091056
    Abstract: A connector with two flanges for making a variety of connections between structural members, in particular cold formed steel structural members, with the added utility of a accommodating a heavy bolted connection to one of the structural members with an extended tab on one flange that matches a recess on the other for optimal material consumption and minimal waste in manufacturing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2015
    Assignee: Simpson Strong-Tie Company, Inc.
    Inventors: Timothy M. Stauffer, Larry Randall Daudet, Jin-Jie Lin
  • Patent number: 8997421
    Abstract: Stay in place molds for the construction of concrete structures having fiber cement panels held together by multiple holding units is described. The holding units requires a flat rectangular main body; an indentation substantially located at the center of the upper side of the flat rectangular main body; left and right lateral edges perpendicularly located at the lateral sides of the rectangular body and a lower edge perpendicularly positioned at the lower side of the bottom side of the flat rectangular main body. They are selectively distributed at the internal cavity of the molds as a series of columns and rows separated from each other at predetermined distance. The particular structure and its distribution pattern facilitate the uniform contact of the liquid cement mixture and increase the strength and resistance of the structure prepared using the molds.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Inventors: Pedro Del Pino Garcia, Pedro Quiles Pérez
  • Patent number: 8966857
    Abstract: A saddle hanger for connecting at least one bracing member to a truss chord includes a base having a first end portion for receiving a bracing member and an adjacent portion for receiving a truss chord. A projecting element extends from a transverse edge of the base portion, and has a width narrower than the transverse dimension of the hanger base. A plurality of flanges extends upward from side edges of the base and defines with the base a channel for receiving one of the truss chord and bracing member. The saddle hanger can be formed from a stamped metal blank, with portions of the saddle hanger being nested in side-by-side relation to minimize the amount of material used.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: Mitek Holdings, Inc.
    Inventors: Paul Pope, Todd Grevious
  • Patent number: 8959849
    Abstract: A metal deck kit for erecting a metal deck appurtenant a residential structure. The kit includes a plurality of metal components including support posts, girders, joists, bridging elements, rim tracks, ledgers, along with various connectors, stiffeners, adapters, and brackets for connecting the components together to form a metal deck. Vibration or shock absorbing pads are included for use between various components to reduce shock and vibration transmission through portions of the metal deck. A method of forming a metal deck using these components is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2007
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: The Steel Network, Inc.
    Inventors: Edward R. DiGirolamo, Charles DiGirolamo
  • 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: 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
  • Patent number: 8938928
    Abstract: At least one embodiment of the invention describes roofing batten snap spacers that elevate a roofing batten from a roof. In one or more embodiments, the roofing batten snap spacer includes a base element having a first vertical height and having a first side, an opposing side, a first end and an opposing end. According to at least one embodiment, the base element couples with a roofing batten and elevates the roofing batten. The roofing batten may comprise an elongated portion of material having a top surface, a bottom surface and a portion therebetween of a second vertical height, such that the material couples with a roofing material. In at least one embodiment, the base element elevates the roofing batten from a roof by the first vertical height. This enables the roofing material to be offset from the roof by a sum of the first and second vertical heights.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2015
    Assignee: Stoneworth Building Products
    Inventor: Andrew Alingh
  • 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: 8904725
    Abstract: Anchoring systems for use in cavity wall structures having an inner wythe and an outer wythe constructed of rubble stone are disclosed. The anchoring system employs an anchor fastened to or set within the inner wythe that extends into the cavity and connects to a J-hook. A vertically adjustable veneer tie enwraps the J-hook, limiting lateral movement and front-to-back displacement, and is set within the bed joint of the outer wythe. The anchoring system minimizes cavity size and provides stability for an uncoursed outer wythe equivalent to that of anchoring systems for standards coursed bed joints.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Assignee: Columbia Insurance Company
    Inventor: Ronald P. Hohmann, Jr.
  • Publication number: 20140345228
    Abstract: A corrosion resistant, metal building construction connective hardware for installing wall sheathing, siding, and roof decking to a structure with a resting mount (24) of sufficient depth to fit the material being hung and a holding lip (26) that forms a front edge that can be imprinted for identification and verification purposes. The lip is easily painted or stained to match the exterior finish. The invention is versatile and multiple pieces can be connected to the foundation mudsill to install sheathing; to the bottom edge of sheathing to install siding; and to each roof rafter tail-end to install the roof decking.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 16, 2014
    Publication date: November 27, 2014
    Applicant: DODGE SOLUTIONS LLC
    Inventors: Monty W. Dodge, Sr., Lisa K. Dodge
  • 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: 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: 8839588
    Abstract: A bracket system including a bracket for use with a deck or boardwalk system. The bracket has an upper portion and a lower portion at least partially spaced away from the upper portion. The bracket is configured to receive a portion of the deck or boardwalk system between said upper and lower portions. The bracket further includes a fastener extending between the upper and lower portions and configured to urge the upper and lower portions toward each other to thereby press against the portion of the deck or boardwalk system therebetween to secure the bracket to the portion of the deck or boardwalk system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2014
    Assignee: Permatrak North America LLC
    Inventors: Jason Vincent Philbin, Timothy Jon Beach, Robert Louis Zimmerman
  • Patent number: 8763343
    Abstract: A corrosion resistant, metal building construction connective hardware for installing wall sheathing, siding, and roof decking to a structure with a resting mount (24) of sufficient depth to fit the material being hung and a holding lip (26) that forms a front edge that can be imprinted for identification and verification purposes. The lip is easily painted or stained to match the exterior finish. The invention is versatile and multiple pieces can be connected to the foundation mudsill to install sheathing; to the bottom edge of sheathing to install siding; and to each roof rafter tail-end to install the roof decking.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2014
    Assignee: Dodge Solutions LLC
    Inventors: Monty W. Dodge, Sr., Lisa K. Dodge
  • Patent number: 8746633
    Abstract: A cable positioning bracket is provided for mounting to a building component, e.g. a wall stud. The bracket has an anchor plate for being connected to the broad surface of the building component and a pair of side plates for being connected to the narrow surface of the building component. A pair of platforms are positioned adjacent to a slot for supporting one or more cables. A series of opposed tabs are provided in several embodiments, the tabs oriented to engage and support one or more cables. One side plate pivots away from the building component by means of a hinge plate to insert the cable or cables. The tabs may be formed with side strips surrounding a window, the strips allowing arcuate bending of the tabs to control tab flexure. A score line may be provided to enable bending to fit a building component of a different width.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2014
    Inventor: Lewis B. Medlin, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8733061
    Abstract: A truss bracket for mounting roof trusses and floor joists to wall systems absent traditional wood frame top plates utilizing in-plane end load bearing panels, resembling a chair, comprises a base plate with a vertical receiving plate extending upwards from the rear of the base plate for receiving a typical roof truss or floor joist and having downwardly extending mounting tabs along the left and right sides of the base plate suitable for being received by grooves in top track grooves of an in-plane end load bearing panel wall system or for attachment to the vertical sides of panels of a wall. The truss bracket provides high uplift load capacity by arranging all fasteners to the wall system and the truss or joint in shear when loaded.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 27, 2014
    Assignee: Bamcore LLC
    Inventor: William D McDonald
  • 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: 8720155
    Abstract: A system and method used in residential and commercial construction of floors, ceilings and roofs, where a beam and hanger together support a joist/rafter to which sheathing is applied. Hanger design features include bendable stiffeners that provide pinching structural support for opposing sides of an engineered wood I-joist web after the joist/rafter is seated into the bridge of the hanger, providing a superior structural interface connection, less material cost, and no contact between the hanger and sheathing which reduces unwanted noise in finished construction. Additional strengthening of the structural/load-bearing interface between the joist/rafter and beam may include selected horizontally-extending dato, groove, cut, or other detail formed in the support beams during their manufacture/milling and rearwardly-extending protections on the hanger configured to engage the detail.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Inventor: Glenn Robell
  • Patent number: 8695296
    Abstract: A mounting hardware and a mounting system for mounting a vertical panel from a support member suspended from a ceiling. The mounting hardware has a panel mounting section, a support member receiving portion, and a movable mounting section. The support member receiving portion extends from the panel mounting section. The movable mounting section can be rotate relative to the support member receiving portion to secure the mounting hardware to the support member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2014
    Assignee: AWI Licensing Company
    Inventor: Todd M. Bergman
  • Patent number: 8677697
    Abstract: An anchor for embedment in a concrete slab to provide for the lifting of the slab comprises first and second elongate plates adapted to be arranged in facing relationship for form a composite anchor. Each of the first and second plates has a distal end and a proximate end and at one hole between the distal and proximate ends. The proximate end of each plate has a flange bent outwardly of the outer planer face thereof. The distal end of each plate has laterally projecting feet that are bent laterally of a planar face. The side edges of each of the plates have converging side edges that extend downwardly to the feet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 25, 2014
    Inventors: Wesley K. Eklund, Sidney E. Francies, III
  • Patent number: 8631626
    Abstract: A universal framing connector, used to connect backing, blocking, bracing, and bridging to the framing system, framing members, and to adjacent surfaces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 21, 2014
    Inventor: Mark Andrew Ballantine
  • Patent number: 8615942
    Abstract: An improved metal or steel header frame is provided for use in a metal framed building wall or the like, wherein the header frame is adapted for quick and easy installation to span a framed opening such as a door or window opening in the building wall. The improved header frame includes a pair of metal bracket clips adapted for screw-on and/or bolt-on attachment to a pair of jamb studs disposed at opposite sides of the door or window opening. These bracket clips define support lands for vertically supporting opposite ends of an elongated header stud which can be quickly and easily seated thereon to span the door or window opening, and attached thereto by one or more suitable fasteners such as screws.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2013
    Assignee: Lafreniere Construction Concepts, LLC
    Inventor: Dennis P. Lafreniere
  • Patent number: 8601746
    Abstract: A roof bracket assembly includes a bracket that may be coupled to a roof. A free end of the bracket may be coupled to a support member. The bracket may prevent the support member from penetrating the roof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2013
    Inventor: John Karaim
  • Patent number: 8596927
    Abstract: Barriers for flood defense and other purposes are often constructed using sand bags. The strength of these barriers is limited and the invention seeks to address this problem. The invention provides a tie formed as a single injection moulded item placed between layers of sandbags to help to hold them together. The tie has two rigid triangular end plates (4) and (5) linked by a flexible arm (11). The end plates are formed with protruding spikes (6) shaped with a barb so that they will easily penetrate the fabric of a sandbag but are difficult to pull out. In use, each tie is placed between layers of sandbags so that spikes of respective plates (4) and (5) become anchored to adjoining bags. The bags of the barrier are thus held together and any irregularities in it are accommodated by the flexibility of the arm (11). Slots (14) and lugs (15) allow a plurality of ties to be linked together as may be required when oversize sandbags are employed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2013
    Assignee: Saratoga Technologies Limited
    Inventor: Ian Robert Thomson
  • Patent number: 8590257
    Abstract: An improved deflection clip for connecting metal stud walls to a structural building member, which accommodates relative compensating vertical movement, is disclosed. Some embodiments of the present invention allow for the deflection mounting clip to be set into place by metal barbs, eliminating the need for screwing the stud to the ceiling track runner, then subsequently removing the screws when the wallboard is installed. A deflection clip in accordance with the present invention has a flat base with left and right flanges substantially perpendicular to the base. Each flange has a number of triangular barbs facing externally to secure the deflection clip to the track without the need for temporary fixation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2013
    Inventor: Robert A. Yurko, Sr.
  • Patent number: 8555580
    Abstract: A connection made with a multi-purpose connector that can act as a holdown or tension tie and transfer tension, uplift, or lateral load, between a minimum nominal 2×4? wood framing member and a ½? diameter anchor. The anchor may be tied to a concrete foundation, another connector of the same type, a wood framing member, or other supporting members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2013
    Assignee: Simpson Strong-Tie Co., Inc.
    Inventor: Kashane Vilasineekul
  • Patent number: 8549810
    Abstract: A clip for attachment to a suspended ceiling grid support member, the clip including a generally planar body portion having a first edge, a second edge opposite the first edge, a first end, and a second end opposite the first end. A first wing is positioned at the first edge and at the first end and a second wing is positioned at the second edge and at the second end. The first wing has spaced aligned apertures located outside of the first edge and the second wing has spaced aligned apertures located outside of the second edge for receipt of fasteners therethrough. The fasteners extend into ceiling panels or planks without contacting the suspended support member to which the clips are secured.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2013
    Assignee: Norton Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Jack Norton, Alberto Rodriguez
  • Patent number: 8544229
    Abstract: This present invention relates generally to deck fasteners for securing deck boards together and to a supporting member, and more particularly with a deck fastener which does not protrude from the deck surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2013
    Assignee: A. Raymond et Cie
    Inventors: Dorian Kilgore, William Teller
  • Patent number: 8540201
    Abstract: A bracket system for assembling playground equipment includes 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 secure horizontal deck support beams to vertical frame beams at first points along the vertical frame beams. The vertical frame brackets attach to at least two adjacent vertical frame beams at second points above the first points. The at least two horizontal frame brackets fix at least one horizontal frame beam to the at least two adjacent vertical frame beams at the second points; the horizontal frame brackets and the vertical frame brackets interconnect. The swing bracket 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 at least two ladder brackets connect a ladder to one of the horizontal deck support beams.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2013
    Assignee: PlayCore Wisconsin, Inc.
    Inventors: Scott Gadd, Giovanni Piccione
  • Patent number: 8516769
    Abstract: A support for a grain bin having an elongated body with a back surface bent to form support surfaces that extend outwardly from the back surface to form a cavity therein. Connected to the elongated body is a base having a vertical portion and a horizontal portion. The horizontal portion having corners that extend upwardly to form flanges that engage the support surfaces of the elongated body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2013
    Assignee: Sukup Manufacturing Company
    Inventors: John A. Hanig, Steven E. Sukup
  • Patent number: 8484927
    Abstract: A connector for joining a supported member to a supporting member is formed with a series of angularly-joined flanges. The flanges are substantially planar and are substantially vertically oriented, when joining the supported member to the supporting member. The connector allows the end of a supported truss to be connected to a vertical member in the open web of a supporting truss.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2013
    Assignee: Simpson Strong-Tie Company, Inc
    Inventor: Hien Nguyen
  • Patent number: 8480048
    Abstract: A fascia mounting system for a window covering includes a bracket having a front flange with a removable spring clip at the bottom of the front flange. A fascia member of the system includes structure engaging the upper end of the flange and the spring clip at the bottom of the flange.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2013
    Assignee: Springs Window Fashions, LLC
    Inventor: Eric N. Krantz-Lilienthal
  • Patent number: 8458982
    Abstract: The Dual Tension Connector (DTC) is a metal connector used for tying a wood or steel railing stanchion to a structural framing member. The DTC is designed to resist force applied to a railing stanchion in any direction. It is a one-piece solution for railing stanchion connections that requires no welding or separate washers. The DTC consists of a rectangular shaped section that can be attached to a structural framing member, and two elongated strap members located on each side of the rectangular shaped section. Each elongated strap has two seat members, and two triangular-shaped side members with seat members that are integrally connected. The seat members are located in such a manner so they may be folded, and locked together to act as one unit in resisting tension forces applied to the DTC.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2013
    Inventor: Dwight Burr Smith, III
  • 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: 8443561
    Abstract: A connecting element for panels comprises at least one plate (2) which can be fixed to a first panel (3), a connecting body (4) connected to the plate (2) and which can be inserted in a cavity (6) in a second panel (5) to connect the second panel to the first panel (3); the connecting body (4) having a substantially ‘V’-shaped cross-section and having a top edge (9) which can be completely inserted in the cavity (6).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2013
    Assignees: Trentino Sviluppo S.p.A., CNR Consiglio Nazionale Delle Richerche
    Inventors: Ario Ceccotti, Paolo Galletti, Daniele Maltinti
  • Patent number: 8443569
    Abstract: An improved connector and connection joining a plurality of supported structural members, preferably four roof trusses or rafters to a supporting structural member, preferably a header or girder truss. The connector is formed with a plurality of seat members, preferably four, that are joined to back member sections at angular junctures stiffened by shallow embossments. Variations can have three or five seat members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2013
    Assignee: Simpson Strong-Tie Company, Inc.
    Inventor: Stanley K. Sias
  • Patent number: 8429863
    Abstract: A support frame for supporting an intersection between a first wall section and a second wall section. The support frame including a first support panel having a top edge and a bottom edge, which are configured to be positioned between respective upper and lower plates of the first wall section. Moreover, the support frame has a pair of second support panels affixed to the first panel, and each second support panel has a top edge and a bottom edge configured to be positioned between respective upper and lower plates of the second wall section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2013
    Inventor: John M. Poniros
  • Publication number: 20130091780
    Abstract: A clip for removably securing the front lip of a gutter guard having holes therethrough to the underlying front lip of a gutter having a downwardly and forwardly extending end portion. The clip comprises an elongated body with a forwardly and upwardly extending first tab at a front end thereof and a rearwardly extending second tab at a rear end thereof. The first tab can be inserted through a first hole at the front of the gutter guard with the body in an upwardly extending first position so that the first tab is located adjacent to and beneath the end portion of the gutter. The body can then be rotated downwardly toward the gutter guard to a second position wherein the first tab is moved upwardly to engage the end portion of the gutter and the second tab is received within a second hole in the gutter guard.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 14, 2012
    Publication date: April 18, 2013
    Inventor: Evelyn M. Robins
  • Patent number: 8413402
    Abstract: A saddle connector, having an inverted channel, engages a bulb of a beam in the grid of a suspended ceiling. The channel has hardened teeth staggered along the opposing walls of the channel. The teeth are forced into the bulb of the beam, one at a time, by the full force exerted by hand operated pliers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2013
    Assignee: Worthington Armstrong Venture
    Inventor: Brett W. Sareyka
  • Patent number: 8387927
    Abstract: A cable positioning bracket is provided for mounting to a building component, e.g. a wall stud. The bracket has an anchor plate for being connected to the broad surface of the building component and a pair of side plates for being connected to the narrow surface of the building component. A pair of platforms are positioned adjacent to a slot for supporting one or more cables. A series of opposed tabs are provided in several embodiments, the tabs oriented to engage and support one or more cables. One side plate pivots away from the building component by means of a hinge plate to insert the cable or cables. The tabs in one embodiment are formed with side strips surrounding a window, the strips allowing arcuate bending of the tabs to minimize fatigue failure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 5, 2013
    Inventor: Lewis B. Medlin, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8371540
    Abstract: A cable positioning bracket is provided for mounting to a building component, e.g. a wall stud. The bracket has an anchor plate for being connected to the broad surface of the building component and a pair of side plates for being connected to the narrow surface of the building component. A pair of platforms carry a series of opposed tabs that are oriented to engage and support one or more cables. One side plate pivots away from the building component by means of a hinge plate to insert the cable or cables.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 12, 2013
    Inventor: Lewis B. Medlin, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8307583
    Abstract: A truss assembly including truss hold-down connectors for attaching metal trusses to a bearing member. One embodiment of the truss hold-down connector has a vertical connector web that has a bottom attachment leg protruding therefrom for attachment to a bearing member and first and second attachment tab portions for attachment to the flanges of a vertically extending truss web. Stiffeners may be embossed into the vertical connector web to provide the connector with additional strength. The first and second attachment tabs may be configured to enable pairs of identical connectors to be attached to vertically extending truss webs that have one or more diagonally extending truss webs attached thereto.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 13, 2012
    Assignee: MiTek Holdings, Inc.
    Inventors: Travis J. Keys, Michael A. Pellock
  • Patent number: 8291672
    Abstract: Anchoring systems for use in cavity wall structures having an inner wythe constructed of interengaged composite panels and a veneer outer wythe are disclosed. The wall anchor is disposed within the juncture of the interengaged composite panels and fastened to the frame. The wall anchor maintains a strong interlock with the composite panels and backup wall, maintains insulation integrity and limits thermal transfer, without obstructing the juncture of the composite panels. The anchoring system interlocks with varied veneer ties, allowing vertical and horizontal adjustment for alignment with the bed joints. The anchoring system for composite panels provides an economical, high strength, low weight, insulated backup wall construction for interengagement with a veneer outer wythe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2012
    Assignee: MiTek Holdings, Inc.
    Inventors: Ronald P. Hohmann, Jr., Mark J. Klos
  • Patent number: 8281544
    Abstract: A method of using a framing system for adjustably connecting building components comprising an outer stud, an interior support member, and a connecting clip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2012
    Inventor: Todd A. Brady
  • Patent number: 8281541
    Abstract: A hold down connector is provided for securing together multiple building members. The hold down connector resists movement of the building members when connected to an elongated tie member. In one embodiment, the hold down connector includes a transverse portion connected to first and second elongated legs with at least one aperture at elongated connections between the transverse portion and the first leg and between the transverse portion and second leg. In another embodiment, the hold down connector includes a transverse portion connected to first and second elongated legs with the transverse portion partially supported by transverse extensions of the first and second legs. A hold down connector in accordance with embodiments results in increased load bearing properties, construction from thicker materials, and easy installation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2012
    Assignee: MiTek Holdings, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert D. Lucey, Ronald F. Nelson
  • Patent number: 8226061
    Abstract: A bracket is disclosed for attaching solar panels to roof structures. The bracket may comprise first, second and third planar portions, the first and third portions generally parallel to each other, and the second planar portion disposed at an oblique angle with respect to first and third portions. The first portion may have a plurality of elongated stiffening members disposed at oblique angles with respect to a longitudinal axis of the bracket. Gussets may be provided across the transition between the first and second portions, and the transition between the second and third portions. The gussets and stiffening members are shaped, sized and oriented to enhance the strength of the bracket. The bracket may have a drain hole to allow water to pass through the bracket, and a plurality of fastener holes are provided to enable the bracket to attach to a variety of different solar panels and roof structures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2012
    Assignee: Unistrut International Corporation
    Inventor: Charles Olen Nehls
  • Patent number: 8225575
    Abstract: A bracket system for assembling playground equipment includes 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 secure horizontal deck support beams to vertical frame beams at first points along the vertical frame beams. The vertical frame brackets attach to at least two adjacent vertical frame beams at second points above the first points. The at least two horizontal frame brackets fix at least one horizontal frame beam to the at least two adjacent vertical frame beams at the second points; the horizontal frame brackets and the vertical frame brackets interconnect. The swing bracket 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 at least two ladder brackets connect a ladder to one of the horizontal deck support beams.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2012
    Assignee: PlayCore Wisconsin, Inc.
    Inventors: Scott Gadd, Giovanni Piccione