Polymeric Patents (Class 52/717.05)
  • Patent number: 9272810
    Abstract: A pallet includes an upper deck and columns extending downwardly. A portion of the upper deck protrudes outwardly relative to an outer surface of the columns. Anti-shingling protrusions are formed on the outer surface of the column below the deck in order to prevent shingling of the pallet with another pallet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 23, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2016
    Assignee: Rehrig Pacific Company
    Inventor: Sean T. Ogburn
  • Patent number: 9259867
    Abstract: There is disclosed a method of applying activatable material to a member of an article of manufacture such as an automotive vehicle. According to the method, the activatable material is provided to an applicator followed by applying the activatable material to the member wherein the activatable material is attached by way of a mechanical interlock via one or more through-holes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2016
    Assignee: Zephyros, Inc.
    Inventors: Henry E. Richardson, Patrick Moore
  • Patent number: 9096187
    Abstract: A frame molding configured to be assembled on a corner portion of a window opening formed at an intersecting portion between a door panel and a door frame of a door for a vehicle, the frame molding includes a body member including a first molding portion formed to be extended along a first portion provided at the corner portion and a second molding portion formed to be extended along a second portion provided at the corner portion, the first portion being positioned in a vicinity of the door panel and the second portion being positioned in a vicinity of the door frame, and a support member formed along the first portion and configured to be fixed to the door panel, the support member on which the first molding portion is assembled and which includes a positioning portion determining a position of the body member relative to the door panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 4, 2015
    Assignee: Aisin Seiki Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Masanori Kawano, Kazuya Tsuchida, Shunji Mori
  • Patent number: 9067625
    Abstract: A retaining arrangement includes a first component having a first main body portion and a first interface edge. Also included is a second component operatively coupled to the first component, the second component comprising a second main body portion, a second interface edge in contact with the first interface edge, and an end portion in an overlapped configuration with the first main body portion of the first component. Further included is an aperture defined by an aperture wall and extending through the end portion of the second component. Yet further included is an elastically deformable protrusion extending away from the first main body portion of the first component, the elastically deformable protrusion configured to fittingly engage the aperture proximate an end region of the aperture wall, wherein the elastically deformable protrusion is formed of an elastically deformable material and configured to elastically deform upon engagement with the aperture wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2015
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventors: Steven E. Morris, James M. Kushner, Victoria L. Enyedy, Jennifer P. Lawall, Piotr J. Ogonek
  • Patent number: 8950154
    Abstract: A thermal break device minimizes the transfer of heat from a building with a concrete slab floor. The thermal break device comprises a hollow conduits fabricated from a synthetic polymeric material. An insulating material completely fills the hollow conduit. The insulating material comprises a polymeric foam material. A weatherstrip seal is secured to a top surface of the thermal break device. The thermal break device is positioned within a concrete slab across an opening for an entry door such that the closed door contacts the weatherstrip seal of the thermal break device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 12, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Inventor: Scott William Casey
  • 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: 8925256
    Abstract: Methods of manufacturing an adjustable bird slope are described. A height of the face of the bird slope can be altered as necessary so that the bird slope can effectively fit almost any perching area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Assignee: Bird-B-Gone, Inc.
    Inventor: Bruce Donoho
  • Patent number: 8726592
    Abstract: A transition corner or drywall corner which transitions from a rounded exterior corner to a right angle corner at the trim. The transition corner has an exterior side with depressions which receive mud, an elevated longitudinal bead along an apex of an acute angle of the exterior side which facilitates the receipt of mud. The interior side is shaped to be received by the shape of an exterior corner, which is generally rounded, and is coated with an adhesive means to allow fixing and adjustment of the transition corner at the trim to be in vertical alignment with the exterior corner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 20, 2014
    Inventor: Jody Norton
  • Patent number: 8689497
    Abstract: An adjustable bird slope has a face that can be extended or contracted so that the bird slope can effectively fit almost any perching area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2014
    Assignee: Bird-B-Gone, Inc.
    Inventor: Bruce Donoho
  • Patent number: 8640397
    Abstract: An adjustable bird slope has a face that can be extended or contracted so that the bird slope can effectively fit almost any perching area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2014
    Assignee: Bird-B-Gone, Inc.
    Inventor: Bruce Donoho
  • Patent number: 8561357
    Abstract: A universal flashing is provided for windows and doors. A head flashing assembly is fabricated at a construction site to fit specific door or window widths. A center section which may be extruded with a sloped base, a rear flange, and a front lip. End caps may be provided to snap or glue on the center section. The end caps have a perpendicular fin which serves as an end dam to block the lateral movement of water. The assembly may be inverted for use as a sill pan. The center section may be cut to a desired length and installed over arched windows or doors by bending to shape as it is installed. For arched applications, a combination of rigid and flexible PVC may be coextruded to provide a desired cross sectional profile that is flexible enough to be bent around the arch, but stiff enough to retain its cross section for drainage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2013
    Inventor: Mishko Teodorovich
  • Publication number: 20130255172
    Abstract: The present invention provides a lath furring strip having a height not exceeding 0.365 inches which has a flexible elastic water resistive barrier (e.g. rubber) to minimize water seepage from the plaster on the lath to a structure behind the lath furring strip and a hemmed mounting leg to increase the strength of the mounting leg near the lath attachment hole. By incorporating a flexible elastic water resistive barrier into the lath furring strip, when the flexible elastic waterproof barrier on the lath furring strip is squeezed by the force of a screw or nail that secures the lath furring strip to a sheathing or moisture barrier (such as building paper), any holes in the sheathing or moisture barrier which might have allowed water to seep from the plaster to the sheathing will be sealed due to the properties of the flexible elastic water resistive barrier covering those holes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 28, 2012
    Publication date: October 3, 2013
    Inventor: Robert B. Rutherford
  • Patent number: 8429864
    Abstract: A transition corner or drywall corner which transitions from a rounded exterior corner to a right angle corner at the trim. The transition corner has an exterior side with depressions which receive mud, an elevated longitudinal bead along an apex of an acute angle of the exterior side which facilitates the receipt of mud. The interior side is shaped to be received by the shape of an exterior corner, which is generally rounded, and is coated with an adhesive means to allow fixing and adjustment of the transition corner at the trim to be in vertical alignment with the exterior corner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2004
    Date of Patent: April 30, 2013
    Inventor: Jody Norton
  • Publication number: 20130055672
    Abstract: The current application is directed to a moisture-and-UV barrier that can be applied to a corner of a deck cap during deck construction or subsequently retrofit to the corner of the deck cap in order to prevent deterioration of the deck cap and of the deck structure below the deck cap. The moisture-and-UV barrier includes a waterproof, UV-resistant, and crack-and-tear resistant top surface that conforms to the top surface of the deck-cap corner as well as vertical sides that together enclose a portion of the deck cap at the deck corner to prevent exposure of the miter joint between deck-cap members at the deck-cap corner to UV radiation, water, and other harmful substances and agents.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 2, 2011
    Publication date: March 7, 2013
    Inventor: Gordon C. Tang
  • Publication number: 20120324822
    Abstract: A pre-fabricated decorative moulding system which can be temporary, semi permanent or permanent, requiring no tools other than a tape measure or rule and a pencil or pen to install. An embodiment could be made of wood, plastic, or any material suitable for moulding, wainscot or appliqués. The system includes one or more devices, typically square or rectangular in shape. A device may also be of other shapes, angles or curves. A device would include a pre-applied double sided adhesive tape attached to the backside of the device with the removable adhesive side exposed which is capable of adhering the device to a surface and later easily removed without damage. The device can then be adhered to another desired surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 23, 2011
    Publication date: December 27, 2012
    Inventor: Esther Giammarco
  • Patent number: 8286403
    Abstract: Finishing set for a floor covering, whereby this finishing set at least consists of, on the one hand, a finishing profile and, on the other hand, a holder with at least an attachment portion for attaching said finishing profile at the holder, characterized in that the holder comprises an underlay portion, which at choice can or cannot be provided underneath the remaining portion of the holder, as well as a stop-forming positioning portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2012
    Assignee: Flooring Industries Limited, SARL
    Inventors: Benny Schacht, Pieter Buyck
  • Patent number: 8176704
    Abstract: The invention relates to a process for sticking edging material (12, 10) onto lightweight building boards (1) comprising two thin-walled outer layers (2, 4) and a core layer (6) of lightweight filler material disposed between the outer layers, having the steps: provision of a lightweight building board (1), a decor edge (10) and a stabilizing edge (12), and sticking on of the decor edge (10) and/or the stabilizing edge (12) in the region of a narrow surface (1?) of the lightweight building board (1). The process according to the invention is characterized in that the stabilizing edge (12) is introduced into a section between two outer layers (2, 4) in the region of the narrow surface (1?) without having first created a recess of at least one outer layer and/or of the core layer in this section, said recess corresponding substantially to the stabilizing edge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2012
    Assignee: Homag Holzbearbeitungssysteme AG
    Inventors: Achim Gauss, Peter Rathgeber, Johannes Schmid
  • Patent number: 8161708
    Abstract: Finishing set for a floor covering, whereby this finishing set at least consists of, on the one hand, a finishing profile and, on the other hand, a holder with at least an attachment portion for attaching said finishing profile at the holder, characterized in that the holder comprises an underlay portion, which at choice can or cannot be provided underneath the remaining portion of the holder, as well as a stop-forming positioning portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2012
    Assignee: Flooring Industries Limited, Sarl
    Inventors: Benny Schacht, Pieter Buyck
  • Patent number: 8153242
    Abstract: An impact resistant bumper device that is elongated along a longitudinal axis and mountable on a mounting member, the device having a cross-section having an open undersurface configuration comprising: a first layer of a first polymer material having a first hardness or durometer; a second layer of a second polymer material having a second hardness or durometer; wherein the first layer is formed into an inner core body having an outer surface and an open undersurface; wherein the second layer is formed into a layer bonded to the outer surface of the first layer; a third layer of a third polymer material formed into an elongated strip bonded to the undersurface of the first layer; and wherein the hardness or durometer of the first polymer is selected to be readily manually bendable and compressible.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2012
    Assignee: Boston Metal Products Corporation
    Inventor: James Wallace
  • Patent number: 8056290
    Abstract: The invention includes an end cover (32) for disposition over an end of a mantel (20). The end cover (32) presents a front corner (38) extending between an upper wall (34) and a lower wall (36) and is symmetrical rearwardly to a pair of side edges (42) from the front corner (38) whereby the end cover (32) may be disposed over either end of the mantel (20). The upper wall (34) of the end cover (32) extends between the front walls (44) and the side edges (42) and the lower wall (36) extends between the front walls (44) and the side edges (42). The upper wall (34) and the lower wall (36) each has the shape of a square with equal sides. The front walls (44) define interior surfaces complementary to the irregular pattern of the decorative face (24) of the mantel (20) and the end cover (32) overlies the mantel (20) the thickness of each front wall (44).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 15, 2011
    Assignee: Tapco International Corporation
    Inventors: Charles E. Schiedegger, Clyde G. Allen, Dean Dennis
  • 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
  • Patent number: 7748179
    Abstract: The invention includes an end cover (32) for disposition over an end of a mantel (20). The end cover (32) presents a front corner (38) extending between an upper wall (34) and a lower wall (36) and is symmetrical rearwardly to a pair of side edges (42) from the front corner (38) whereby the end cover (32) may be disposed over either end of the mantel (20). The upper wall (34) of the end cover (32) extends between the front walls (44) and the side edges (42) and the lower wall (36) extends between the front walls (44) and the side edges (42). The upper wall (34) and the lower wall (36) each has the shape of a square with equal sides. The front walls (44) define interior surfaces complementary to the irregular pattern of the decorative face (24) of the mantel (20) and the end cover (32) overlies the mantel (20) the thickness of each front wall (44).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 6, 2010
    Assignee: Tapco International Corporation
    Inventors: Charles E. Schiedegger, Clyde G. Allen, Dean Dennis
  • Patent number: 7743564
    Abstract: An exterior trim assembly for use with a window or door surround in a building structure comprises at least one mantle for affixing above the window or door, and first and second pilaster assemblies for affixing on the sides of the window or door. The mantle comprises a mantle base and a corresponding mantle cover to affix to and cover the mantle base. Each pilaster assembly comprises a base and a cover element affixed to the base wherein each of the bases has a plurality of regularly repeating reinforced structural sections. At least two pilaster cover plates are provided, each pilaster cover plate is affixed to and covering one of the first and second pilaster bases.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2010
    Assignee: Tapco International Corporation
    Inventors: Charles E. Schiedegger, Clyde G. Allen, Dean Dennis
  • Patent number: 7730683
    Abstract: A corner defined where a wall panel and a ceiling panel meet is trimmed by a crown molding assembly comprising a wall platform, a ceiling platform, a crown molding member, a wall edge-trimming bead, and a ceiling edge-trimming bead. The wall platform is affixed to the wall panel, at or near the corner, and has an expansive surface spaced from the wall panel. The ceiling platform is affixed to the ceiling panel, at or near the corner, and has an expansive surface spaced from the ceiling panel. The crown molding member is affixed so as to bridge the expansive surfaces of the wall and ceiling platforms. The wall edge-trimming bead is affixed so as to cover an outer edge of expansive surface of the wall platform. The ceiling edge-trimming bead is affixed so as to cover an outer edge of expansive surface of the ceiling platform. Each platform may comprise a drywall layer or stacked drywall layers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2010
    Assignee: Trim-Tex, Inc.
    Inventors: Joseph M. Koenig, Jr., Mark Budzik
  • Publication number: 20100132288
    Abstract: A trim member for an exterior wall cladding system of a residential or commercial building is provided. The trim member includes a nailing flange, a top flange extending perpendicularly from the top of the nailing flange, a front leg extending downwardly from the exterior end of the top flange, a vent leg projecting inwardly from the front leg, and a return leg extending upwardly toward the top flange. The vent leg may be perforated to allow the passage of air and moisture out of the trim member and oriented so that rain water cannot enter directly into the trim member. The trim member permits the wall cladding system to drain and ventilate, thereby removing unwanted water and moisture vapor or condensation from within the cladding system. The trim member may be installed on an exterior building wall beneath the soffit prior to the application of a wall cladding system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 1, 2008
    Publication date: June 3, 2010
    Inventor: David C. Hines
  • Publication number: 20100018140
    Abstract: A plastic profile for window, door and facade elements includes a plastic profile body, which extends in a longitudinal direction (z), and at least one outer side, which is located outside in a transverse direction (x) perpendicular to the longitudinal direction (z) as viewed in a cross-section (x-y) perpendicular to the longitudinal direction (z). The outer side includes two roll-in protrusions configured such that a reinforcement element is connectable with the plastic profile body by a rolled-in connection. The reinforcement element has at least one of a hollow profile, a partially-open profile and a receptacle portion configured to accommodate a corner connector, wherein at least one of the hollow profile, the partially-open profile and the receptacle portion is disposed between the roll-in protrusions in the rolled-in state.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 14, 2007
    Publication date: January 28, 2010
    Applicant: Technoform Caprano und Brunnhofer GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Erwin Brunnhofer, Thomas Muster, Ferdinand Bebber
  • Publication number: 20090145077
    Abstract: A protector for hand rails is provided. The protector includes a resilient body having a first surface and a second surface. The first surface includes a single protrusion extending outwardly from the first surface. A pair of arms extends from opposite ends of the body in the same general direction as the protrusion, each arm further extending to a retainer. The body, arms and retainers are configured to protectively surround a hand rail. In an installed position, each of the retainers is secured to one or more surfaces of the hand rail with the protrusion maintained in abutting contact with the hand rail due to flexing of the body.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 11, 2007
    Publication date: June 11, 2009
    Applicant: MAGNUM PLASTICS INC
    Inventor: Gary L. Castelle
  • Publication number: 20090107058
    Abstract: A concrete poured wall corner slab saver and form attachment device that includes a slab saver corner piece having two sides with an inwardly directed central stem portion, and a form attachment device which is a generally shaped triangular form configured to be inserted between one side of corner piece and the stem portion of the corner piece. The form attachment device further a longitudinal aperture near an upper edge that extends through the attachment device with an aperture therein sized to insert a nail for engaging the combined slab saver corner piece and form attachment device to a form board, The attachment device has a generally C-shaped slotted portion forming a slotted aperture configured to engage the expanded portion of the stem of the corner piece and a hollowed core portion to more fully encase the device within the poured concrete.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 24, 2007
    Publication date: April 30, 2009
    Inventor: Todd M. Schulze
  • Publication number: 20090084047
    Abstract: There is disclosed a furring strip system wherein furring strips serve to provide a space to promote drainage and drying between the exterior siding or cladding and the underlying construction. These furring strips may be pre-attached to at least one side of a water resistive barrier (WRB—sometimes referred to as “Housewrap”) Additionally, it has been found that the use of closed cell polyethylene foam furring strips significantly reduces the amount of water penetration and leakage that occurs along the fasteners through the furring strips and the WRB onto the unprotected sheathing therebeneath, i.e. the closed cell foam furring strips provide a “gasketing effect”, and “self-sealing” as the fastener, whether it be a staple or nail, penetrates the closed cell polyethylene foam furring strip. The usefulness of the invention is the same regardless of whether the furring strips are pre-attached to the WRB or are added before or after the WRB has been applied to the building structure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 25, 2008
    Publication date: April 2, 2009
    Inventor: Mark F. Williams
  • Publication number: 20090064628
    Abstract: A roofing and/or siding material having a resulting reflectivity of at least about 50%. The roofing and/or siding material includes a base sheet/membrane, a reinforcement material and a multi-layer reflective film material.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 7, 2007
    Publication date: March 12, 2009
    Inventors: Joseph W. Mellott, II, Jason D. Smith
  • Patent number: 7424795
    Abstract: A horizontally mounted siding component for finishing of a top course of a vinyl siding installation while minimizing the lateral deformation of the vinyl siding. The invention additionally relates to the method for post-form extruding a thermoplastic dual undersill trim with complex geometry including extensive folding of the extruded material in a series of fixtures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2003
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2008
    Assignee: Variform, Inc.
    Inventors: Rex Baxter, Ade Adebo
  • Publication number: 20080209841
    Abstract: The invention relates to panels (1, 2) that can be interlinked without using glue. In the interlinked state of the panels, a cord (3) runs along the upper side of and between the panels. Said cord widens downwards and rests on the upper side of a spring (5) that forms the coupling element of a panel. The widening is preferably asymmetric. The inventive panels especially allow to provide a wall covering or a ceiling covering in an especially simple manner. The cord consists of a compressible material and prevents water from entering the gap between the panels. The design also compensates for effects related to expansion and shrinkage.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 18, 2005
    Publication date: September 4, 2008
    Applicant: KRONOSPAN TECHNICAL COMPANY LTD.
    Inventors: Christian Leopolder, Maik Moebus
  • Patent number: 7406805
    Abstract: A step bead comprising: A) an elongated base having opposed front and back top and bottom longitudinal edges; B) a first rear vertical flange extending upwardly from the top rear longitudinal edge; C) a second rear vertical flange extending downwardly from the bottom rear longitudinal edge; D) a first front vertical flange extending upward from the top front longitudinal edge, generally parallel to the first rear vertical flange and having a first end proximate the top front longitudinal edge and a distal end; E) a longitudinal horizontal flange having a first end proximate the distal end and a second end remote from the distal end and extending from the distal end generally parallel to the base and away from the first rear vertical flange; F) a second vertical flange extending upwardly and downwardly from the second end and having a first top vertical flange end; and G) a third horizontal flange extending inwardly from the top vertical flange end toward the first vertical rear flange but not to the distal en
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2008
    Assignee: Plastic Components, Inc.
    Inventor: John A. Larson
  • Publication number: 20080163582
    Abstract: An elongate batten (1) adapted for positioning intermediate an inner wall framing member (2) and an outer wall cladding sheet (3) to facilitate dispersion and evaporation of moisture from a wall cavity. The batten includes at least one channel to facilitate migration and drainage of moisture between the batten and the framing member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 28, 2005
    Publication date: July 10, 2008
    Applicant: JAMES HARDIE INTERNATIONAL FINANCE B.V.
    Inventor: Simon Trevethick
  • Patent number: 7228663
    Abstract: An exterior trim assembly for use with a window or door surround in a building structure comprises at least one mantle for affixing above the window or door, and first and second pilaster assemblies for affixing on the sides of the window or door. The mantle comprises a mantle base and a corresponding mantle cover to affix to and cover the mantle base. Each pilaster assembly comprises a base and a cover element affixed to the base wherein each of the bases has a plurality of regularly repeating reinforced structural sections. At least two pilaster cover plates are provided, each pilaster cover plate is affixed to and covering one of the first and second pilaster bases.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 28, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2007
    Assignee: Tapco International
    Inventors: Charles E. Schiedegger, Clyde G. Allen, Dean Dennis
  • 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: 7073230
    Abstract: The invention relates to a plastic clip, for the detachable connection of a trim plate to a support piece, in particular, to the door frame of a motor vehicle. The clip comprises a head piece (1) and an anchoring foot (2), which may be inserted in an opening in the support piece (4) and an upper part (3), for fixing to the trim plate (6), which may be connected to the head piece (1) in a snap-fastening manner. The head piece (1) has the form of an open cylinder, with a central recess (7), on the edge (8) of which inwardly-projecting support segments (9) are formed, in order to guarantee application of the clip, even with variations in tolerance between the fixing site on the trim plate (6) and the fixing opening (5) in the support piece (4). Furthermore, a support plate (10) is provided above the anchoring foot (2), above which a T-shaped support pin (11) extends.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2000
    Date of Patent: July 11, 2006
    Assignee: A. Raymond & CIE
    Inventor: Daniel Boville
  • Patent number: 7028444
    Abstract: A sheet material support device that is attachable to studs, joist, beams or other suitable framing components and that facilitates mounting orthogonal junctions of sheet material pieces without need of multiple studs is described. The device includes a fastener-receiving member used to fasten the sheet material to the device and a stud-mounting member orthogonally transecting the fastener-receiving member that is used for mounting the device on the stud. The sheet material support device is made of a pliable plastic material and can be quickly mounted to the studs through the stud-mounting member using an ordinary construction grade staples. Each of two orthogonally oriented sheet materials forming the junction are quickly mounted by being fastened through the stud-mounting member into the stud in one case and into the fastener-receiving member in the other case.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2006
    Inventor: Timothy L. Wirth
  • 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: 6945006
    Abstract: A countertop assembly comprising a horizontal deck having an upper and a lower surface and an elongated vertical edge surface and an elongated molded strip superimposed on the vertical surface. A pattern formed from either ridges or recesses or a combination of ridges and recesses may be molded into the front side of the elongated molded strip. A method of manufacturing this countertop assembly is also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2002
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2005
    Assignee: American Marble Industries
    Inventor: John F. Stoffer
  • 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: 6860539
    Abstract: A window 30 is a two-color molding comprising a transparent section 32 and a frame section 31 integrated with the transparent section 32, the frame section 31 and the transparent section 32 are formed with a first material and a second material respectively, and the first material is a thermoplastic resin with the linear thermal expansion coefficient in the MD direction lower by 1×10?5 to 3×10?5 (mm/(mm.K)) than that of the second material, and also with the MD/TD ratio for the linear thermal expansion coefficient in the range from 0.6 to 1.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2003
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2005
    Assignees: Idemitsu Petrochemical Co., Ltd., Asahi Glass Company, Limited
    Inventors: Nobuhiro Watanabe, Tomomi Hasegawa, Akio Ishiguchi
  • Patent number: 6837020
    Abstract: An architectural trim product formed of a metal sheet material that is bent to a selected profile shape by the interaction of mating contoured die surfaces. The product has a first end that engages first edge of a mounting member and a second end that engages the opposite edge of the mounting member. The second end of the trim product includes a bent edge that grips the mounting member to securely hold thereto. The fasteners used to affix the mounting member to the building structure are subsequently covered so that no trim product fasteners remain visible.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 2000
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2005
    Assignee: Alsco Metals Corporation
    Inventor: Peter M. Keddell
  • Patent number: 6786016
    Abstract: A baseboard and insect capturing assembly includes a base panel having a first side, a second side, a top edge, a bottom edge, and a pair of end edges. The base has a plurality of openings extending therethrough for receiving fasteners to be extended through a wall. A trough for holding insecticide is attached to the first side of the base panel. The trough generally extends between the end edges and is positioned generally between the top edge and the bottom edge. A covering is positionable over the base. The covering has an outer surface, an inner surface, an upper edge and a lower edge. The lower edge has a plurality notches therein. A securing assembly is attached to the first side of the base panel and the inner surface of the covering for releasably securing the covering to the base panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2003
    Date of Patent: September 7, 2004
    Inventor: Weldon B. Wood
  • Patent number: 6769214
    Abstract: A window retention system includes a door frame having an exterior panel, an interior panel, an opening therethrough defining an inner peripheral channel, the exterior panel includes an upright portion extending along the channel so as to be directed toward the interior panel; and a resiliently flexible window retainer strip yieldably interlocked with and thereby detachably mounted on the door frame. The retainer strip has a longitudinal axis and a first upright portion spaced from and in opposing relation with the upright portion of the exterior panel so as to delimit a first track in the channel and retain the window element therein. The strip includes a second upright portion laterally spaced from the first upright portion. The second upright portion is biased towards and yieldingly interlocks with the channel. A flange extends from the first upright portion of the strip to engage one of the door frame panels and thereby secure the first upright portion of the strip against rotation in a vertical plane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2000
    Date of Patent: August 3, 2004
    Assignee: EMCO Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Terry J. Kenkel, Michael J. Billingsley
  • 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: 6729088
    Abstract: A jig adapted for easily positioning, properly orienting and installing a molding. The jig includes a body having a positioning portion configured to receive a molding. The body also includes a first positioning margin and a second positioning margin each emanating from the positioning portion, the positioning margins being configured so as to be substantially perpendicular to each other. The jig facilitates placement of the molding at a proper installation angle at a juncture of two surfaces, such as a ceiling and wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2004
    Inventor: Shannon L. Corr