Flexible Strip Patents (Class 52/717.03)
  • Patent number: 8966840
    Abstract: An arrangement for closing an opening in a vehicle and method for producing such an arrangement. In an arrangement for closing an opening in a vehicle, comprising a pane and an anti-shatter film attached to the pane, in the border region of the pane, the pane and the anti-shatter file are provided with a foam encapsulation. The foam encapsulation is arranged at least particularly spaced apart from an edge of the anti-shatter film, which edge is formed on the pane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: Webasto SE
    Inventors: Steffen Lorenz, Andreas Lang, Wolfgang Dittrich, Peter Reihl, Bernhard Harnischfeger, Alexander Bergmiller, Matthias Dichtl, Manuel Degenhardt, Michaela Nowak, Guido Bott
  • Patent number: 8943773
    Abstract: A universal joint system, to be used in construction, for joining two or more cladding materials together. The joint system is configured to replace conventional caulks joints prone to failure due to short UV longevity or improper installation conditions. The joint system is comprises interlocking extrusions and rubber gasket extrusions along with supportive components. The joint system is configurable for both vertical and horizontal installations and can be used with any substrate finishes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: AGN Universal, LLC
    Inventor: Jerry Jensen
  • Patent number: 8936741
    Abstract: A resilient wall base member manufactured with pre-scored grooves to allow relatively short, straight lengths to be used for both flat walls and wall corner junctures without on site scoring operations or equipment. The lengths can either be pre-cut during manufacturing to convenient lengths or can be cut after manufacturing from coils.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 20, 2015
    Assignee: Burke Industries, Inc.
    Inventors: Craig Allen Carnes, Robert Francis Pitman
  • Patent number: 8839589
    Abstract: An automotive glazing having a mounting strip for mounting a glazing component attached adjacent at least one edge thereof is disclosed. The mounting strip comprises at least one ridge positioned in contact with the glazing such that the majority of the mounting strip is spaced apart from the glazing, forming a cavity. The mounting strip is bonded to a major face of the glazing by an adhesive material in contact with at least a portion of the mounting strip, and positioned such that it does not overlap the edge of the glazing. The ridge, the mounting strip end and the major face of the glazing to which the strip is bonded form a cavity having an open end facing the edge of the glazing, the cavity being dimensioned to receive a portion of said glazing component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2014
    Assignee: Pilkington Automotive Deutschland GmbH
    Inventor: Wolfgang Erner
  • Publication number: 20140144100
    Abstract: The present invention provides a lath furring strip having a height not exceeding 0.365 inches which has improved waterproofing capabilities by incorporating the lath furring strip into other architectural structures such as reveals, expansion joints and window flange coverings. By integrating these structures with a lath furring strip having water proofing features, there is increased water proofing of the entire architectural structure. One or more moisture barriers can easily be applied to the wall or furring strips that prevents seepage of moisture from the stucco on the lath to a wall or framing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 4, 2014
    Publication date: May 29, 2014
    Inventor: Robert Rutherford
  • Patent number: 8567030
    Abstract: An apparatus for fastening a mounting rail includes a retaining element comprising a supporting surface for a contact side of the mounting rail, a gripping extension projecting from the supporting surface which engages behind the retaining edge, a first elongated hole disposed transversely to the mounting rail configured to have a threaded shaft pass therethrough, and bracing slopes. A clamping element comprises a second elongated hole disposed transversely to the mounting rail configured to have the threaded shaft pass therethrough, and mating slopes. Nuts engage the threaded shaft. The retaining element and the clamping element are arranged axially between, and are braced together by, the nuts, so that the clamping element and the mounting rail advance toward each another and the mating slopes slide downward on the bracing slopes. The mounting rail is thereby clamped against the gripping extension by the clamping element and is held down on the supporting surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2013
    Assignee: Schletter GmbH
    Inventors: Bernd Koch, Hans Urban
  • Patent number: 8375663
    Abstract: An integral wall base and flash cove having a wall portion, an elongated toe and a concave cove interconnecting the wall portion and the elongated toe in smooth transition. The integral wall base and flash cove can be wrapped around inside and outside corners without the need for a separate molded corner. The integral wall base and flash cove can be installed without required a cove stick or top cap moulding.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2013
    Assignee: Johnsonite Inc.
    Inventors: Curt Johnston, Mark J. Sauter
  • Patent number: 8316586
    Abstract: An archable flashing is disclosed for flashing around rectangular windows and doors and arch top windows and doors. The flashing has an elongated cap with an outside drip edge formed of a rigid plastic material. A flexible flange made of a flexible and stretchable plastic material is bonded to the inside edge of the cap and a rigid plastic nailing strip is bonded along the distal edge of the flexible flange. Spaced slits in the nailing strip subdivide it into segments and each segment is provided with one or more nail holes. The slits terminate at circular notches formed in the flexible flange adjacent to its junction with the nailing strip. The flashing is installed by placing its cap atop the straight or arched brick mold of a window or door while flexing the flange upwardly to rest against the adjacent wall. For arched brick mold, the flexible flange stretches differentially to accommodate the curve and the slits allow the nailing strip segments to separate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2012
    Assignee: Astro Plastics, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert T. Ellingson
  • Patent number: 8151540
    Abstract: A window film anchoring device is disclosed which comprises a first engagement member and a second engagement member between which a free film portion of a film affixed to a window pane is inserted. The first and second engagement members are attached to a corresponding window frame portion, and film engaging surfaces of the first engagement member are in interlocking and lateral motion preventing relation with complementary film engaging surfaces of the second engagement member so as to maintain a constant pressing force on the free film portion. The anchoring device is adapted to be a retrofit kit, and is able to be easily attached to an existing window frame, in order to increase the impact or impulse resistance of the window pane. The anchoring device may also be factory assembled to a newly produced frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2012
    Assignee: Al-Sorag Ltd.
    Inventor: Erez Paz
  • Publication number: 20110302873
    Abstract: The sealing tape has an elastically recoverable foam strip and a strip-like element, which is arranged underneath the foam strip. The strip-like element has greater flexural strength than the foam strip and has two predetermined fold points, so that two side sections of the strip-like element can be bent downward in different directions at the two predetermined fold points.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 9, 2010
    Publication date: December 15, 2011
    Applicant: ISO-CHEMIE GMBH
    Inventor: Martin Deiss
  • Patent number: 7914878
    Abstract: A resilient wall base member manufactured with pre-scored grooves to allow relatively short, straight lengths to be used for both flat walls and wall corner junctures without on site scoring operations or equipment. The lengths can either be pre-cut during manufacturing to convenient lengths or can be cut after manufacturing from coils.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2011
    Assignee: Burke Industries Inc.
    Inventors: Craig Allen Carnes, Robert Francis Pitman
  • Patent number: 7841151
    Abstract: An edge molding providing an edging for a floor covering such as a carpet, rug, tile and the like floor coverings comprising a stepped-molding which attaches to a subfloor edge through a hook and loop means to provide an edge molding for a floor covering which floor covering is attached to the subfloor through a means of a hook and loop arrangement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2010
    Assignee: The Matworks Company, LLC
    Inventor: Thomas Uhlig
  • Patent number: 7797884
    Abstract: A flexible flashing for sealing a window, door, or other portal against the entry of water. The flashing includes a base member with a plurality of channels that are structured to direct water therefrom, and a face plate extends from the base member and permits the flashing to be joined to a vertical wall. The face plate includes slots or corrugations which permit the flashing to be curved or flexed to correspond to a curved portion of the wall opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2010
    Inventor: L. Ross Allen
  • Patent number: 7793483
    Abstract: A ventilated quarter round molding or shoe molding can be used, in combination with a water impervious underlayment to dissipate water vapor which is often generated from subfloors. Such water vapor can damage certain flooring, and the invention allows for the installation of devices to limit or eliminate such damage without significant cost.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 14, 2010
    Assignee: Pergo AG
    Inventors: Oliver Stanchfield, Sven Kornfalt, Roland Larsson, William T. Pierce, Sabad La Serna, Patrick George Smith, Wayne Robert Johnston
  • Publication number: 20090183460
    Abstract: An improved apparatus for forming curved structures comprises a plurality of pivotally connected sections, each section having a track portion, and a strap member adapted for slidably engaging the track portion of the sections such that the sections are movable to form a radius of curvature. The sections of the apparatus of the current invention are initially pivotal in relation to one another. Following position in a desired configuration, one embodiment of the current invention provides a tab or protrusion carried by one section which is compressed against the base portion of an adjacent section to prelude further pivotal movement. In another embodiment, the pivotal connection between adjacent sections is further compressed, crimped or swaged to preclude further pivotal movement.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 28, 2007
    Publication date: July 23, 2009
    Inventor: Frank L. Wheeler
  • Publication number: 20090183458
    Abstract: A panelling system preferably for floors is defined by a series of panels each formed of a plurality of tongue and groove main floor plank strips arranged side edge to side edge and cut to a common length with a tongue along one cut edge and a groove along the other. At the edges are attached edge strips formed also from the flooring planks with tongue and groove and fastened together to form a common panel member for transportation and installation. The outwardly facing edge has a tongue or groove for mating with a groove or tongue of a next adjacent panel. The strips are fastened by pins or corrugated plates from the rear or by a bonded sheet material on the rear. The strips may include tongue and groove joints of the snap fastening type where the connection of each strip to the next in the assembled panel can be simply by way of an adhesive tape over the rear surface of the joint.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 18, 2008
    Publication date: July 23, 2009
    Inventors: Kelly Gibson, Len Hoard
  • Patent number: 7550051
    Abstract: A finish trim for use in dry wall construction having an elongated core that is configured with a flange having outwardly facing surfaces to which is affixed a pre shrunk covering strip.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2009
    Assignee: Continuous Coating Corporation
    Inventor: Kenneth N. Harel
  • Publication number: 20090126290
    Abstract: A mortar and debris collection device for use within a cavity wall to prevent the blockage of weep holes at the base of the wall. The cavity wall assembly includes a masonry wall, an adjacent inner wall, a wall cavity therebetween, and a free-standing elongate strip of openwork material located within the cavity forming a debris collection surface a spaced distance above a base surface of the cavity. Preferably, the openwork material is inserted and positioned within the cavity after the inner wall and only a base portion of the outer masonry wall is constructed. Thereafter, the upper portion of the outer masonry wall is constructed and any mortar or debris falling into the cavity is caught and supported on the debris collection surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 22, 2009
    Publication date: May 21, 2009
    Applicant: BENJAMIN OBDYKE INCORPORATED
    Inventors: Geoffrey N. Ehrman, Michael S. Coulton, Nathan L. Randello
  • Patent number: 7526897
    Abstract: A finishing member for masonry walls allows for simple installation and accurate placement of caulking around windows and doors in cavity wall construction. This invention accommodates a wide variety of window or door frame profiles, particularly those having an outwardly directed channel such as so called J-channel frames, for the detailing and finishing work required for proper installation of a window or door into a masonry veneer or cavity wall construction without requiring a highly skilled and labor intensive installation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2009
    Assignee: PACC Systems I.P., LLC
    Inventor: P. Michael Collins
  • Patent number: 7386928
    Abstract: A safety bumper, and method for covering edges and corners of a street sign, has an elongate bumper element and a clip element. The elongate bumper element has a pliable body, a generally U-shaped cross-section for fitting around the edges and corners of the street sign, and two ends. The pliable body has a thickness for preventing the street sign from causing injuries, while the pliable body is still pliant enough to wrap closely around the corners of the sign without bulging away from the street sign, enabling the elongate bumper to cover substantially all of the edges and corners. The clip element functions to clip together or otherwise fasten the two ends of the elongate bumper element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2006
    Date of Patent: June 17, 2008
    Inventor: Steven M. Crorey
  • Patent number: 7296387
    Abstract: The present invention comprises architectural building products or “trim” and methods for making, installing and finishing the same. The architectural trim comprises a rigid urethane having a mesh material and or tabs imbedded within the body of the architectural trim product and extending out from the sides thereof for purposes of aiding in the attachment of the architectural trim product to the surface of a building.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2003
    Date of Patent: November 20, 2007
    Inventor: Gregory C. Milu
  • Patent number: 7174682
    Abstract: A transition support for flooring extending between a floor area of a high height and a floor area of a low height, said support being in the shape of a wedge which is generally unnoticeable by persons walking across the support and which does not jostle wheeled vehicles crossing the support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2002
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2007
    Assignee: Johnsonite Inc.
    Inventor: Frank Pelosi, Jr.
  • Patent number: 7165373
    Abstract: A non-slip, nocoat drywall finishing system for finishing inside and outside corners of any angle, the finishing system being a pre-formed, continuously extruded trim piece comprising a semi-rigid member that can be relatively thick in the center and tapers laterally to a thin edge. An outer finishing layer of fibrous material that directly receives paint or texture. A pattern of protrusions, ridges, or grooves on the inner surface of the semi-rigid member to avoid the need for an inner material layer. To install one of the pieces, it is selected from stock and cut to length. A flat coat of mud is applied to both sides of an exterior or interior angle, and the trim piece is placed over the mud and smoothed into place. Once, the piece is in place, the edges are feathered once with a small amount of mud and a wide blade. At that point the corner is complete except for drying.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2003
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2007
    Assignee: Structus Building Technologies, Inc
    Inventor: Timothy D. Smythe, Jr.
  • Patent number: 7065934
    Abstract: An all-season awning system 10 is provided with an aesthetically pleasing protective valance 12 for use with associated permanent building structures 14. The awning system includes a peripheral frame covered substantially entirely by a fabric valance member 32. The fabric valance member is carried on selected portions of the peripheral frame 20 using an attachment means including an elongate tube carried within a fold of the valance and received into a corresponding slot formed in an attachment member coupled with the lateral support member. The valance can be retrofitted onto existing awning structures by connecting the attachment member to the lateral support member using suitable fasteners such as screws or the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2006
    Assignee: Crest Products Inc.
    Inventor: John Michael Allin
  • Patent number: 6966155
    Abstract: A mat perimeter system comprising a mat module, a connector, a resilient border and a resilient corner is disclosed. The mat module has upstanding studs attached on one edge and matching stud receptacles formed into another edge. The studs fit within the stud receptacles allowing the building of a modular mat system. Connectors having two spaced apart rows of studs attached to a base fit within the stud receptacles and allow the creation of another row of studs. Borders and corners fit over the studs to create a desirable perimeter. The studs have locking lips for interlocking with lip recesses formed within the stud receptacles and for interlocking with stud slot lip recesses formed into the borders and corners.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2004
    Date of Patent: November 22, 2005
    Inventor: Dale C. H. Nevison
  • Patent number: 6959948
    Abstract: A gimp made of flexible, compressible material attaches an edge of a trim piece to a panel. The gimp is bonded to the panel without visual gaps between the gimp and the panel. The gimp has a slip connection to the trim piece. The slip connection is provided by a slot in the gimp slidably receiving the edge of the trim piece.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2003
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2005
    Assignee: DaimlerChrysler Corporation
    Inventors: Jonathan P Varnhagen, Stephen A Walker, Andrew R Kavc
  • Patent number: 6918977
    Abstract: An architectural molding (10) includes an extruded flexible plastic foam member (16) having a front side (22), a rear side (20) and a cross sectional profile (18). Also included is a layer of pressure sensitive adhesive (24, 26) affixed to at least a portion of the rear side and a release strip (28, 29) releasibly adhered to the layer of pressure sensitive adhesive.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2000
    Date of Patent: July 19, 2005
    Inventor: Scott D. Maurer
  • Patent number: 6910307
    Abstract: An architectural molding includes an extruded flexible plastic foam member having a front side, a rear side and a cross sectional profile. Also included is a layer of pressure sensitive adhesive affixed to at least a portion of the rear side and a release strip releasibly adhered to the layer of pressure sensitive adhesive.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 1999
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2005
    Inventor: Scott D. Maurer
  • Patent number: 6898916
    Abstract: A elastic member of weatherstrip has a base portion with nearly U-shaped section, lips extending from ends of the base portion. An edge of a door glass is adapted to be accommodated in an accommodating portion provided in the elastic member. Each of the inner wall of the accommodating portion, and the inner walls and the outer walls of the lips is covered with a surface treatment layer having a predetermined film thickness. In contrast, the outer wall of the base portion is not covered. An embossing for obtaining a surface like a pearskin-finished one with a surface irregularity is preliminarily performed on the outer wall of the base portion and the outer wall of each of the lips, so that the surface has gloss and color close to those of the surface treatment layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2005
    Assignee: Toyoda Gosei Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kenji Kobayashi, Tsuyoshi Shimizu, Taketoshi Ito, Kazuyuki Hayashi, Kenichi Tsuboi
  • Patent number: 6865849
    Abstract: A trim piece for use with siding. The trim piece includes a proximal end portion that is adapted to engage a support structure such as a clip. A cover piece extends from the proximal end portion. When used as top course molding, the cover piece may cover the nailing hem of an underlying piece of siding. A distal end portion of the cover piece may be comprised of a flexible plastic material in order to account for the slop of the siding.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2003
    Date of Patent: March 15, 2005
    Assignee: Crane Plastics Company LLC
    Inventors: Paul J. Mollinger, Paul R. Pelfrey
  • Patent number: 6829863
    Abstract: A door jamb protector has a protective sheet and four elongate spring strips that together function to protect the door jamb. The protective sheet includes a top surface and an opposing bottom surface bounded by a first longitudinal edge, a second longitudinal edge, and a pair of opposing lateral edges. The first longitudinal edge is opposite the second longitudinal edge. Each of the four elongate spring strips has a convex surface, a concave surface, a first end, and a second end. Each of the four elongate spring strips has the property of self-coiling when either the first or second end is bent back over the convex surface. Each of the four elongate spring strips is associated with the protective sheet such that the first end is generally adjacent to the first longitudinal edge, the second end is generally adjacent to the second longitudinal edge, and the four elongate spring strips are generally parallel to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2002
    Date of Patent: December 14, 2004
    Inventor: Eugene P. Lovas
  • Patent number: 6826883
    Abstract: Flexible molding for use in eliminating a gap between a windshield and an opening, or a pane and an opening, is accomplished by a unique hinge groove between an exterior surface member of the molding and a seat member. By pinching the two members together, the channel that receives and attaches to the windshield is widened, making it much easier to attach the molding to a windshield. Also, inside the channel are one or more barbs that ensure good retention of the molding to the windshield or pane. The barbs also provide better gripping for any adhesive used in the channel when securing the molding to a windshield. Also provided are primer ridges for improved adhesion of the molding to the car body or other structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2002
    Date of Patent: December 7, 2004
    Assignee: Rehau Incorporated
    Inventors: Nelson Guzman, John Kimball
  • Patent number: 6817144
    Abstract: Method for forming an enclosure of the type having a plurality of enclosure panels and at least one door, comprising: providing a first flexible profile element (12) web (14) dividing said element into an upper channel (16) bounded by a pair of spaced-apart, upwardly extending arms (18, 20) of unequal height, and a lower channel (22) bounded by a pair of spaced-apart downwardly extending legs (24, 26) being provided with an inwardly directed flange (28) for receiving and retaining at least one rigidifying metallic strip element (30), said upper arms (18, 20), having inwardly directed interfacing portions (32) for receiving and retaining an enclosure panel (34) inserting a metallic strip (30) into said lower channel (22) formed in said flexible profile element (12) to form a rigid composite base element; and inserting a plurality of enclosure panels in said upper channel to form the walls.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2002
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2004
    Assignee: MTD Industries Ltd.
    Inventor: Aharon Tavivian
  • Patent number: 6763637
    Abstract: A transition support for flooring material extending between a floor area of a high height and a floor area of a low height, said support being in the shape of a wedge with an attached flat section in the shape of a rectangular parallelepiped, the wedge having a thick end whose thickness is the same as that of the flat section. The transition support is generally unnoticeable by persons walking across it and does not jostle wheeled vehicles crossing the support.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 2002
    Date of Patent: July 20, 2004
    Assignee: Duramax, Inc.
    Inventor: Frank Pelosi, Jr.
  • Patent number: 6748716
    Abstract: A wall mounted bumper guard for protecting walls, especially of institutional buildings, such as hospitals, nursing homes, schools, etc. Molded plastic clips are secured to a wall structure at spaced locations. A resilient cover shell is configured such that its upper and lower edges are engaged and secured by upper and lower ends of said clips. Impact resisting elements are carried by the clips and positioned under central portions of the cover shell. The impact resisting elements are of relatively stiff plastic construction and of an inverted V-shaped configuration. One end of the impact resisting element has a hinged engagement with the clip, and the other end is slidable on the clip. The central portion of the impact resisting element engages and supports central portions of the cover shell to resist excessive inward deflection thereof resulting from impact.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2003
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2004
    Assignee: Pawling Corporation
    Inventors: Ronald Peck, Jr., Robert Wayne Disbrow
  • Patent number: 6725620
    Abstract: A sealing mold arrangement includes at least an elongated mold strip adapted for mounting to an attachment corner edge of a panel frame such as a door and window frame. The elongated mold strip has an elongated first and second attachment surfaces and an alignment corner edge formed at a common line-edge where the first attachment surface meets the second attachment surface. Each of the first and second attachment surfaces has a longitudinally extended positioning guider sharp edge, a longitudinal attachment groove transversally extended from the positioning guider sharp edge towards an inner portion of the respective first and second attachment surfaces, and an edge gap surface transversally and inclinedly extended from the positioning guider sharp edge to the distal side edge of the respective first and second attachment surface to form an edge gap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2002
    Date of Patent: April 27, 2004
    Assignee: Wei Chen International Inc.
    Inventor: Lin Jun Dai
  • Patent number: 6655100
    Abstract: A framing assembly and associated method of orienting and supporting a plurality of framing studs for constructing a curved wall through the utilization of a base formed of a high strength, flexible and at least partially separable material comprising a plurality of base segments which are disposed in interconnecting relation to spaced apart outwardly extending the sidewalls disposed in substantially parallel relation to one another. The plurality of base segments are removably secured to one another but are separable when the base is disposed in an operative position defined by a curved orientation which substantially corresponds to the curved wall or like structure being formed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2001
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2003
    Inventor: Jose R. Andino
  • Patent number: 6647681
    Abstract: The decorative border comprises an elongated strip of flexible material. An external reinforcing member engages the front face of the strip and elongated fastening members attach the reinforcing member and the strip to the corner of a wall. Pockets may be provided along the length of the strip and reinforcing slats placed therein. The border has two panels which are sewn together and can be reversed to create different decorative effects.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2002
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2003
    Inventor: Jacquelyn J. Abbott
  • Publication number: 20030200718
    Abstract: The double glazed panel assembly comprises a glass holder frame which includes an inner annular glass supporting surface and an outer annular glass supporting surface which extends along an outer periphery of the inner annular glass supporting surface in a laterally spaced relationship and is raised relative to the inner annular glass supporting surface, and the outer and inner glass sheets are supported by the outer and inner annular glass supporting surfaces, respectively. Therefore, the outer peripheral part of the outer glass sheet provides an inwardly facing surface (facing the corresponding glass supporting surface of the glass holder frame) that is available as a surface for bonding onto the glass holder frame so that the outer glass sheet as well as the inner glass sheet can be firmly attached to the glass holder frame, and a required integrity of the assembly can be ensured even though the panel assembly presents a flush outer surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 24, 2002
    Publication date: October 30, 2003
    Applicant: Yachiyo Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Yoshiyasu Ito
  • Publication number: 20030200717
    Abstract: Flexible molding for use in eliminating a gap between a windshield and an opening, or a pane and an opening, is accomplished by a unique hinge groove between an exterior surface member of the molding and a seat member. By pinching the two members together, the channel that receives and attaches to the windshield is widened, making it much easier to attach the molding to a windshield. Also, inside the channel are one or more barbs that ensure good retention of the molding to the windshield or pane. The barbs also provide better gripping for any adhesive used in the channel when securing the molding to a windshield. Also provided are primer ridges for improved adhesion of the molding to the car body or other structure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 11, 2002
    Publication date: October 30, 2003
    Inventors: Nelson Guzman, John Kimball
  • Patent number: 6625949
    Abstract: A method of manufacturing an automotive trim component/article. Extrusion is utilized to provide a colored and/or metallized sheet. The sheet is vacuum-formed into a three-dimensionally shaped preform or base structure. At least one mounting structure (e.g., formed by small-scale injection molding tooling) is vibration welded to a surface of the preform in order to form the automotive trim component. The invention is applicable to trim components such as bodyside molding, body panels, wheel covers, pillars, and the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2001
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2003
    Assignee: Guardian Industries Corp.
    Inventor: Andrew T. Billiu
  • Patent number: 6615557
    Abstract: A drywall finishing system where a continuously extruded, elongated semi-rigid member with an inner and outer layer of fibrous material has a groove running end-to-end allowing the piece to assume any angle to match a drywall seam. The groove is held at a fixed angle near 89 degrees (or any other fixed angle) by a break-apart bead running in the groove. The break-apart bead can be glue or extruded plastic or other means that holds the flanges at a rigid angle. If the seam is a right angle, the piece is used without breaking the bead. If the seam is any other angle, the break-apart bead is snapped or cut apart allowing the flanges to assume any angle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2001
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2003
    Inventor: Timothy D. Smythe, Jr.
  • Patent number: 6609341
    Abstract: A stucco reveal system that can be assembled in a pattern which defines visual breaks between panels of applied stucco. The stucco reveal system includes individual strips of contoured stucco reveal constructed of extruded vinyl or metal that have the qualities of easy installation and cleaning and aesthetic desirability. The contoured reveal strips include a floor to which a pair of contoured walls are attached. The inside surfaces of the floor and contoured walls define a channel which forms the visual break between stucco panels. The shape of contoured walls are defined in part by an arc portion, an angled straight wall portion or a partial bevel portion. The contoured walls have a vertical component that makes them easily visible for cleaning and reflects cleaning water spray out of the channel, reducing soiling of the grid due to cleaning and rain runoff. The top edges of the contoured walls act as guides during stucco application for a screed stucco surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2001
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2003
    Assignee: Alabama Metal Industries Corp.
    Inventors: Gary Joseph Maylon, Gary James Chenier, Jr., Michael Wade Goodwin, Melvin J. Kurpinski
  • Patent number: 6604334
    Abstract: A cladded door frame system includes spaced left and right frame members orthogonally joined at upper portions thereof to a header, thus defining a door opening having exterior and interior sides. Each frame member includes a side jamb and a brickmold orthogonally extending along an exteriorly disposed surface of the side jamb. First, second and third metal cladding strips frictionally engage a respective frame member. Each cladding strip includes a U-shaped inner flange that engages three surfaces of one of the jambs and a U-shaped outer flange that engages three surfaces of one of the brickmolds. The inner flange is joined to the outer flange at an orthogonal orientation. The inner flange engages most of the surface area of the respective side jamb.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 2001
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2003
    Assignee: Rochman Universal Doors, Inc.
    Inventor: Oded E. Rochman
  • Publication number: 20030126826
    Abstract: A hinged protective cover for protecting a door threshold during construction or modification of a building or its contents. The cover is attached to a horizontal surface such as a building floor and covers the door threshold to prevent damage from foot traffic, contaminants and grit materials which may become lodged in the threshold. The hinge allows positioning of the protective cover to permit door closure while remaining attached to the floor. This leaves the cover in place for repositioning to the protecting position when the door is reopened and serves as an affirmative reminder to accomplish same.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 7, 2003
    Publication date: July 10, 2003
    Inventors: John R. Marshall, David J. Thum
  • Patent number: 6550192
    Abstract: Molding systems are described that include molding strips releasibly insertable into a mounting strip or track. The molding systems act as a transition between tile, both with and without backerboard support, and a floor or various floor coverings, including carpet, or wood flooring. Other molding systems are used to form a transition between tile, with or without backerboard and door threshold plates. In another embodiment, a molding system is provided for covering an edging strip used to secure the edge of a carpet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2001
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2003
    Inventors: Richard C. Nelson, Roger C. Jones
  • Publication number: 20030000162
    Abstract: The connection comprises a window frame (5, 5′), which extends along the lower edge (1a) of the windshield (1), which is fastened to the bottom side (1b) of the windshield, and which forms a channel (5) extending essentially parallel to the lower edge (1a). A wedge (14, 24, 34, 44, 54) is inserted into the channel (5) of the window frame (5, 5′) and fixes a retaining connecting member (2a) of the water deflector (2) inside the channel (5). The wedge (14, 24, 34, 44, 54) is preferably provided in the form of a strip. The connection enables the water deflector (2) to be mounted more easily and quickly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 25, 2002
    Publication date: January 2, 2003
    Inventors: Wener Gaiser, Matthias Sprotte, Casper Koster
  • Patent number: 6482500
    Abstract: A trim member is made from a single piece of trim material. The trim material has a plurality of spaced apart cut out regions which divide the trim member into a plurality of trim sections. These trim sections are connected to one another by thin strips of the trim material in each cut out region. The strips are bendable and the cut out regions are shaped to enable a reconfiguring of the trim member from a lineal to a trim border forming configuration for use around a door, a window or a windowed wall area of a building wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 1999
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2002
    Assignee: Royal Group Technologies Limited
    Inventor: Anthony V. Diginosa
  • Patent number: 6385939
    Abstract: A bullnose cladding system is provided which gives an outward appearance of a generally arcuate or semi-circular surface extending from an otherwise planar surface. The bullnose cladding system is constructed using a pair of parallel mounting rails which hold one or more outwardly bowed flexible plastic panels. The longitudinal edges of the plastic panels are folded under to create a hem which releasably secures the panel within the longitudinal rails. Various corner members and expansion joints may be utilized to provide a finished look to the bullnose cladding system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2001
    Date of Patent: May 14, 2002
    Assignee: Marketing Displays, Inc.
    Inventor: Jeffry B. Stout
  • Patent number: 6381915
    Abstract: A mounting device for mounting a molding, a molding, and a mounting system including the mounting device and the molding. A method for mounting the molding using the mounting device is also provided. The mounting device is adapted for mounting to a surface and has a protective lip to retain and protect an inner edge of the molding. The mounting device also has a snap-catch for securing the molding. The molding has a decorative top surface and an underside adapted to receive the snap-catch of the mounting device and to prevent interference of the molding with fasteners used to secure the mounting device to the surface. The arrangement provides for quick, snap mounting and/or demounting the molding to the mounting device without the need for removal of fasteners.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 1999
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2002
    Assignee: Selectrim Corporation
    Inventor: James Wood