With Separate Means Attaching To Substructure Patents (Class 52/718.01)
  • Patent number: 9010066
    Abstract: Apparatuses, systems, and methods (e.g., “utilities”) for use in mounting molding members (e.g., trim, baseboards, etc.) onto and over interfaces between building components (e.g., drywall, studs, framing members, etc.) in a manner that eliminates or at least reduces the need for driving fasteners through the outside surface of the molding members and thus eliminates many of the problems and inefficiencies associated with existing manners of mounting molding members onto building components. At least some of the disclosed utilities include use of a connection member that is configured (e.g., sized) to be disposed or received in a groove of a framing member (e.g., door or window jamb, interconnect member, etc.) or a molding member. The other of the framing member and molding member may include a projecting member that is configured to be received in the groove and engage with a fastening apparatus of the connection member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2015
    Assignee: Easy Frame, LLC
    Inventor: Roar Sand
  • Patent number: 8997414
    Abstract: A moulding for sealing a horizontal structure with a finishing layer of a vertical structure at a corner joint. In cross-section, the moulding has a rectangular base portion for insertion into a gap between the horizontal structure and the vertical finishing layer, and a cap portion with an upper lip for sealing against the finishing layer and a lower lip jutting downwardly for sealing against the horizontal structure. Double sided foam tape is applied only to an underside of the rectangular portion of the body. A bead of caulking at an inner face of the upper lip below an upper tip forms a flexible secondary seal of the moulding to the finishing layer of the vertical structure. While providing a secondary seal for maximum water-tightness, the caulking is protected from water exposure by the primary seal provided by the upper lip of the moulding to prevent mold build up.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2015
    Inventor: Donald Joseph Fletcher
  • Patent number: 8978327
    Abstract: A fastening arrangement for glass balustrades for balconies, terraces and steps has a U-shaped receiving profile (1), between the two limbs (3, 5) of which a safety glass plate (39) is inserted. Dovetail grooves or T grooves (13) are embedded on the limbs (3, 5) of the receiving profile (1) and interact with corresponding dovetail grooves or T grooves on a fastening element (27). The fastening element (27) is first of all pushed into the grooves (13) on the receiving profile (1) and the fastening elements (27) are subsequently tightened at the destination. Any dimensional inaccuracy in the placing of the fastening elements (27) can be compensated for by moving the latter into other grooves in the receiving profile (1).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Inventor: Beat Guhl
  • Patent number: 8959852
    Abstract: An interior window framing system comprising a standardized frame having predetermined dimensions proportionate to a standard window.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: Outlook Window Products, L.L.C.
    Inventors: Kendall W. Prince, Jack R. Prince, Matt A. Stott
  • Patent number: 8813444
    Abstract: A system for attaching finishing elements to building structures without conventional structural sheathing is provided. The system includes attaching at least one thin, flat strip of nailable reinforcement member such as a metal strapping directly to the framing of a building structure. The finishing elements are then attached to the reinforcement members via a plurality of fastening tabs. The reinforcement members are in direct contact with the framing and configured to provide structural support and increase wind load resistance of the finishing element attached thereto.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Assignee: James Hardie Technology Limited
    Inventors: Jason Ward, Kevin O'Leary, Pete Ziminski
  • Patent number: 8789336
    Abstract: A proposed edge strip is attached on a wall structure for mounting of a wall board against the wall structure, The edge strip is composed of an elongated element suitable for length adaption through cutting in a length dimension to an extension of the wall structure in a specific dimension, for example the height of the wall. The edge strip comprises a connection part arranged in a first side extending in the length dimension. The connection part has click-in means configured to receive a fastening means integrated into the connection means of the wall board and interconnect the wall board and the edge strip, such that the wall board becomes attached to the wall structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 29, 2014
    Assignee: Oneday Wall AB
    Inventor: Peter Lindberg
  • Patent number: 8776460
    Abstract: A plastic window frame trim is for installation of a window in a corrugated metal building wall having a cut opening with a top edge, bottom edge, and side edges, each of the edges being backed by framing members, the window having an accessory groove. The window frame trim includes: a frame header J-channel with a flange; a frame footer J-channel with a flange; a pair of nailing fins; and fasteners. The trim header J-channel, footer J-channel, and nailing fins are attached to the window at the accessory groove on the window frame. The window frame is lifted so frame header J-channel flange slides between the top edge of the metal building wall and a framing member at the top of the cut opening. The window is lowered so footer J-channel flange slides between the bottom edge of the metal building wall and a framing member at the bottom of the cut opening so that window frame rest on the window sill. Fasteners attach the window frame to the framing members through the metal building wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2014
    Assignee: A.J. Manufacturing Inc.
    Inventors: Todd C. Carlson, Aaron F. Crabb, Timothy J. Rogge
  • Patent number: 8776461
    Abstract: A plastic window frame trim is for installation of a window in a corrugated metal building wall having a cut opening with a top edge, bottom edge, and side edges, each of the edges being backed by framing members. The window frame trim includes: a frame header J-channel with a flange; a frame footer J-channel with a flange; a pair of nailing fins; and fasteners. The trim header J-channel, footer J-channel, and nailing fins are attached to the window frame. The window frame is lifted so frame header J-channel flange slides between the top edge of the metal building wall and a framing member at the top of the cut opening. The window is lowered so footer J-channel flange slides between the bottom edge of the metal building wall and a framing member at the bottom of the cut opening so that window frame rest on the window sill. Fasteners attach the window frame to the framing members through the metal building wall. Trim caps snap over the nailing fins to finish the trimmed window.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2014
    Assignee: A.J. Manufacturing Inc.
    Inventors: Todd C. Carlson, Timothy J. Rogge
  • Patent number: 8713890
    Abstract: An attachment device has a first member and a second member. The first member connects to a wall or another structure and the second member connects to a component, such as a piece of molding or decking, to be mounted to the wall or the other structure. The first and second members can be joined, such as by a snap fit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2005
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2014
    Inventor: Dennis M. Pierret
  • Patent number: 8707657
    Abstract: The present invention relates to both a proceeding and means for, in connection with hole making in a wall (1), for the mounting of items on the moisture-proof walls (1) of a wet area by means of an expandable mounting element (2), providing sealing of the hole. According to the invention, in addition to an expansion (I) of the mounting element (2) behind said wall (1), there is also provided an internal expansion (II) of the mounting element (2) in the receiving hole (3) of the mounting element (2) in question in the wall (1). There is furthermore provided a liquid-proof cover (III) around the entire mounting element (2) in question introduced and expanding in said receiving hole (3).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2014
    Assignee: Aktiebolaget Hicet
    Inventors: Magnus Axelsson, Martin Hiller
  • Patent number: 8689519
    Abstract: The Multi-Hole Concealer Strip conceals any exposed holes in cabinetry designs. It is a decorative strip that accents any cabinet with a smooth appearance to leave a finished look to the cabinetry.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2014
    Inventor: Jason Zelich
  • Patent number: 8656563
    Abstract: To provide a structure of an installation member to be installed to a vehicle outer panel that can prevent rust from developing on a bolt and an outer panel without requiring resist-coating processing. A structure of an installation member to be installed to a vehicle outer panel includes a metallic retaining portion provided to a rear garnish (installation member) to be installed to a vehicle outer panel in order to install this member to this outer panel, a resin-made attachment to be attached to the retaining portion and having no metallic plating film, and a bolt whose head portion is retained by the attachment, wherein the bolt is integrally incorporated to the retaining portion via the attachment and the rear garnish is installed to the outer panel by using the bolt.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2014
    Assignee: Sakae Riken Kogyo Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Makoto Hiramatsu, Youji Bitou
  • Patent number: 8656666
    Abstract: The invention relates to a clamping holder as well as to a pane assembly comprising such a clamping holder and to a method for producing such a pane assembly. Pane assemblies, which are injection molded on the edge side by a frame section, are known in the state of the art. In response to the production of the pane assembly, a retaining strip, which is embedded into the frame section through this after the injection molding process, is furthermore inserted into the injection molding tool. A retaining clamp, by means of which trim can be attached to the pane assembly in a clamping manner, must be attached to the retaining strip after the completion of the pane assembly. To avoid the requirement of subsequently attaching a retaining clamp, provision is made for a clamping holder comprising a connecting section and a clamp section, which is embodied such that connecting section and clamp section can together be inserted into an injection molding tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2014
    Assignee: Dura Automotive Body & Glass Systems GmbH
    Inventors: Martin Schulte, Benedikt Specht
  • Patent number: 8640390
    Abstract: A decorative strip (10; 40; 60; 80; 100; 120; 150; 180; 230; 260; 290) for ceramic, natural stone or synthetic coverings or coatings, in particular for the formation of walk-in showers with a sloped floor, comprising a decorative strip profile (12; 42; 62; 82; 102; 122; 152; 182; 232; 262; 292) having a visible decorative surface (16; 50; 70; 92; 142; 164; 196; 236; 274; 302), characterized in that the decorative strip (10; 40; 60; 80; 100; 120; 150; 180; 230; 260; 290) has a holding profile (14; 44; 64; 84; 104; 124; 154; 184; 234; 264; 294) in which the decorative strip profile (12; 42; 62; 82; 102; 122; 152; 182; 232; 262; 292) is retained height-adjustably so as to vary the height of its visible decorative surface (16; 50; 70; 92; 142; 164; 196; 236; 274; 302).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2014
    Assignee: Schlueter-Systems KG
    Inventor: Werner Schlueter
  • Patent number: 8601768
    Abstract: A trim element such as a door pilaster or frieze board, for attachment to a building wall, having front and back longitudinal faces, first and second longitudinal edges, and a longitudinal groove in the first edge. A mounting bracket for the wall has a forward strip that extends laterally and is selectively friction fit into the groove, a back strip that extends laterally on the back face of the element, and a connecting web between the forward and back strip that is flush with the first edge when the forward strip is fully inserted in the groove. A mounting flange for the wall extends laterally from the back face of the element, beyond the second longitudinal edge, and has a longitudinal channel along the second edge with a width that is effective to receive an edge of wall siding.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2013
    Assignee: Trim Solutions, LLC
    Inventor: Daniel J. Cashman
  • Patent number: 8596005
    Abstract: Disclosed is a raised profile panel having various patterns for a door, which allows a user to repair a profile of the door or change a design of the door according to the demand of the user without exchanging the door with a new one when the profile formed on a surface of the door for decoration is damaged or the user wants to change the design of the door. The raised profile panel includes a profile section manufactured separately from the door and having a bonding surface forming an inner wall of the profile section and an exposed surface forming an outer wall of the profile section; and an adhesive layer provided on the bonding surface of the profile section to bond the bonding surface of the profile section with the surface of the door.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2013
    Inventor: Peter Yong Sibbett
  • Publication number: 20130305653
    Abstract: A method of molding a clip mount on a baseboard includes: forming a clip mount forming space with a die set including at least first slide die and second slide die; injecting molten resin into the space; forming a first wall; forming a connecting wall so as to extend from a distal end of the first wall such that a distance between the connecting wall and a surface of the baseboard increases as a distance from the first wall increases; forming a second wall; forming a mount wall so as to extend from an end of the second wall such that a distance between the mount wall and the connecting wall increases as a distance from the second wall increases; sliding the first slide die for removal; and sliding the second slide die in a different direction from a direction in which the first slide die is slid for removal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 17, 2013
    Publication date: November 21, 2013
    Applicant: TOYOTA BOSHOKU KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventors: Yohei ISHIZU, Junichi OKADA, Hideaki TANAKA
  • Patent number: 8572919
    Abstract: A flooring system and a divider for use therewith. The divider transitions between a first and second flooring and includes a first member and a second member that are snap-fittingly engageable with each other. A protrusion from the first member is received in a recess in the second member. The protrusion has a curved terminal end which enables the first member to pivot relative to the second member. In a first position a lower surface of the first member is parallel to a lower surface of the second member. In a second position, the lower surface of the first member is angled relative to the lower surface of the second member. A second protrusion extends outwardly from the first member and into a second recess in the second member. The first member includes a flange which extends laterally outwardly beyond a side surface of the second member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2013
    Assignee: R&L Marketing & Sales, Inc.
    Inventors: David M. Neill, Daniel A. Kessler, Ronald N. Kessler
  • Patent number: 8561369
    Abstract: A molding profile assembly has a first and second molding profile. The first molding profile, whose upper surface is to form the upper surface of the molding profile assembly, has a groove formed into an under-surface of a first arm and a groove formed into a foot perpendicular to the arm. The second molding profile has first and second tabs which fit snugly into the first and second grooves of the first molding profile, respectively, interlocking the first and second molding profiles together. The molding profiles do not require scraping, stripping or other permanent alteration in order to be assembled together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2013
    Assignee: Faus Group, Inc.
    Inventor: Jose Francisco Gomez Insa
  • Patent number: 8528295
    Abstract: A re-usable vehicle trim component (20) for attaching to a support member (38), such as a passenger seat, includes a trim panel (22) and a fastener (24) integral with the trim panel (22). A base (26) is coupled to the trim panel (22) by dog house walls (46). A pair of shafts (28) extend transversely from the base (26), a cross beam (30) extends between the shafts (28), and an elastically flexible return arm (32) extends from the cross beam (30) toward the base (26) to a distal end (68). A catch (34) extends outwardly from the return arm (32). The return arm (32) deflects as the fastener (24) is inserted into an aperture (36) of the support member (38). The support member (38) is secured between the catch (34) and the base (26). The trim component (20) can be removed and re-installed without damage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2013
    Assignee: Johnson Controls Technology Company
    Inventors: Jerrold Scott Glynn, James D. Biebel, James Lewis Aleksa
  • Patent number: 8453397
    Abstract: An interior window framing system comprising a standardized frame having predetermined dimensions proportionate to a standard window.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2013
    Inventors: Kendall W. Prince, Jack R. Prince, Matt A. Stott
  • Publication number: 20130091800
    Abstract: A wainscot cap may be attached to a free edge of the plurality of panels secured to a wall. The wainscot cap may be attached to the mounting clip used to secure the plurality of panels to a wall. More particularly, the wainscot cap and the mounting clip may have a tongue and groove connection.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 14, 2011
    Publication date: April 18, 2013
    Inventor: Charbel Tannious Aboukhalil
  • Patent number: 8418426
    Abstract: A door threshold may include upper and lower members for sandwiching carpet and/or carpet padding therebetween. The threshold may, in certain example embodiments, grip the carpet in order to prevent it from being pulled out from between the upper and lower threshold members. Thus, in certain example instances, the need for tacks (or carpet tack strip(s)) proximate the threshold can be reduced and/or eliminated. In certain example embodiments of this invention, the threshold structure may include a locating bracket that is provided proximate the door frame for frame alignment and security purposes, and/or one or more pans located under the threshold for locating and/or securing purposes. Levelers, shims and/or the like may be used in certain example embodiments in order to compensate for non-level flooring proximate the door.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2013
    Inventor: Robert Rissone
  • Patent number: 8347583
    Abstract: A trim element such as a door pilaster or frieze board, for attachment to a building wall, having front and back longitudinal faces, first and second longitudinal edges, and a longitudinal groove in the first edge. A mounting bracket for the wall has a forward strip that extends laterally and is selectively friction fit into the groove, a back strip that extends laterally on the back face of the element, and a connecting web between the forward and back strip that is flush with the first edge when the forward strip is fully inserted in the groove. A mounting flange for the wall extends laterally from the back face of the element, beyond the second longitudinal edge, and has a longitudinal channel along the second edge with a width that is effective to receive an edge of wall siding.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Inventor: Daniel J. Cashman
  • Patent number: 8347570
    Abstract: A crown molding fastener has a connector portion connected to a mount portion. The mount portion has a tail connected to a foot. The foot is connected such as by adhering and/or anchoring to a rear side of crown molding. The connector portion has a base connected to at least one of a wall and a ceiling. The connector portion connects to a clamp. The clamp receives the tail there through and upon pulling the tail a desired amount, a tension is applied between the foot and the clamp such as by providing a resilient tail and/or a spring member between the base and the clamp.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Inventors: Jim Shupe, David Shupp
  • Patent number: 8327600
    Abstract: A support is provided for an entrance trim panel on a carrying element of a motor vehicle, particularly a passenger car. The space for accommodating an electrical wire harness is formed between the entrance trim panel and the carrying element. In such a support, it is proposed that the space for accommodating the electrical wire harness is formed above the carrying element, and that a supporting element is arranged between the carrying element and the entrance trim panel. The supporting element is rigidly connected to the carrying element in the region of one end and the entrance trim panel is supported in the region of the other end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2008
    Date of Patent: December 11, 2012
    Assignee: GM Global Technology Operations LLC
    Inventor: Sven Stepan
  • Patent number: 8322110
    Abstract: A vehicle trim component includes a trim body, with a primary fastener extending from the trim body. The primary fastener includes a first end and a second end. The first end includes a push clip head that is configured to substantially fit and project through an aperture in the vehicle panel. The second end is connected to the trim body. The secondary fastener is rotatably connected to the trim body by a living hinge and is positioned to engage the vehicle panel at an edge portion of the vehicle panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2012
    Assignee: Ford Global Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: ShuiFang Chou, Jennifer Macalaguin, James M. Park, Richard Louis Hamilton
  • Patent number: 8291673
    Abstract: A novel dust cover is formed to overlie horizontal structural surfaces such as a channel or web of an I-beam, H-beam, conduit or channel member. The dust cover includes an elongated spanning section and a pair of longitudinal leg members extending from the spanning section to lie flush against the adjacent structural element to prevent dust accumulation. The cover is held to the structural member by a plurality of magnets spaced along the length of the member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2012
    Assignee: Straight Holdings, LLC
    Inventor: Robert L. Straight, Jr.
  • 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
  • Publication number: 20120222383
    Abstract: A starter bracket is attached to a wall and a mould trim piece is inserted therein such that a pair of opposed legs of the bracket engage respective longitudinal edges of the trim piece. A back plate of the bracket extends vertically and on one side has a longer L-shaped formation extending forward and laterally, and at the other side, a shorter leg extending forward and laterally. The inner edge of the shorter leg is preferably in the form of a compressible edge. The back plate is nailed to a wall, the longer leg of the bracket is inserted in one slot on one side of the trim piece, and a short slot on the other side of the trim piece is snapped onto the shorter leg to complete the installation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 2, 2011
    Publication date: September 6, 2012
    Inventor: Daniel J. Cashman
  • Patent number: 8240098
    Abstract: A molding profile assembly has a first and second molding profile. The first molding profile, whose upper surface is to form the upper surface of the molding profile assembly, has a groove formed into an under-surface of a first arm and a groove formed into a foot perpendicular to the arm. The second molding profile has first and second tabs which fit snugly into the first and second grooves of the first molding profile, respectively, interlocking the first and second molding profiles together. The molding profiles do not require scraping, stripping or other permanent alteration in order to be assembled together.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2012
    Assignee: Faus Group, Inc.
    Inventor: Jose Francisco Gómez Insa
  • 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: 8074407
    Abstract: A floor profile arrangement is provided, in particular for bridging a joint between adjacent floor coverings, with a base profile, a covering profile with at least one sideways projecting covering wing, and a web arrangement as a connection between the base profile and the covering profile, and with an articulation arrangement, the articulation arrangement consisting of an articular cavity disposed on the base profile or the covering profile and an articulation element formed on the lower or on the upper edge of the pivoting web arrangement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2011
    Assignee: Herm. Friedr. Künne GmbH & Co.
    Inventor: Frank Sondermann
  • Patent number: 8051605
    Abstract: A door threshold may include upper and lower members for sandwiching carpet and/or carpet padding therebetween. The threshold may, in certain example embodiments, grip the carpet in order to prevent it from being pulled out from between the upper and lower threshold members. Thus, in certain example instances, the need for tacks (or carpet tack strip(s)) proximate the threshold can be reduced and/or eliminated. In certain example embodiments of this invention, the threshold structure may include a locating bracket that is provided proximate the door frame for frame alignment and security purposes, and/or one or more pans located under the threshold for locating and/or securing purposes. Levelers, shims and/or the like may be used in certain example embodiments in order to compensate for non-level flooring proximate the door.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2011
    Inventor: Robert Rissone
  • Patent number: 8024899
    Abstract: An interior window framing system comprising a standardized frame having predetermined dimensions proportionate to a standard window.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2005
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2011
    Assignee: Outlook Window Products, L.L.C.
    Inventors: Kendall W. Prince, Jack R. Prince, Matt A. Stott
  • Patent number: 8011139
    Abstract: A prefabricated mantle unit has a base (36, 40) and a top plate (44) extending forwardly from the top of the base. A decorative strip (56) is oriented obliquely between the front of the top plate and the bottom of the base, with the lower edge (48) of the strip and the bottom (54) of the base forming a lower channel (50). The top element (16) of the surround (12) and the nailing flange (28) of the window box project above the top edge (24) of the window box, forming a box channel (26). The upward projection (22) of the top element is received within the lower channel (50) of the mantle unit, and a downward projecting portion (54) of the mantle base is received within the box channel (26).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2011
    Inventor: Daniel J. Cashman
  • Patent number: 7997043
    Abstract: A molding system for use in interior spaces for use either with new construction or finished spaces, and in addition can be used with either a suspended ceiling or conventional ceiling, whereby the molding is incorporated with the wall and ceiling surfaces in such a manner that the joints with the ceiling and wall are plumb and being mounted such that the decorative molding surface of the molding can be installed in a finished form that does not require further finishing after installation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2011
    Inventors: Robert MacMillan, Jeremy P. Hoffman
  • Publication number: 20110131919
    Abstract: A cover profile (1) for floors for adaptation to different applications is described, having at least one cover flange (10), having a fastening attachment (9), which divides the cover flange (10) into two legs (12, 13), on the bottom side of the cover flange (10), and having at least one bending groove (14), which is parallel to the profile axis, on the bottom side of at least one of the legs (12, 13), which are preferably of different widths. In order to provide advantageous design conditions, it is proposed that the cover flange (10) carry a coating (11), which forms a film hinge (16), on its outer side opposite to the fastening attachment (9) in the area of the bending groove (14), and the two leg sections on both sides of the bending groove (14) be supported against one another by a hinge block (19).
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 6, 2009
    Publication date: June 9, 2011
    Inventor: Franz Neuhofer
  • Patent number: 7930864
    Abstract: An L-shaped clip for mounting a trim member along an exposed edge of a suspension ceiling includes a support leg to be longitudinally secured to a grid tee and a perpendicular face leg to be secured to the trim member. The support leg includes offset clip walls for engagement with offset tee walls and clip abutment surfaces for engagement with tee abutment surfaces. The offset walls and abutment surfaces cooperate to assist in the alignment and mounting of the clip to the grid tee at different relative heights. A single clip may be mounted to either a T-shaped grid tee or an open channel grid tee.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2011
    Assignee: USG Interiors, Inc.
    Inventor: Alan C. Wendt
  • Patent number: 7861486
    Abstract: An expansion joint and seal is provided that is adapted for adherence to a wall and floor interface. The joint is operative to seal the interface such that self-leveling materials cannot flow between the wall and the floor. When adhered to the interface, a compressive member may be disposed coincidental to the wall. This compressive member allows for expansion of solidified self-leveling materials relative to the wall. In one arrangement, the joint and seal utilizes a flexible sheet member having a bottom surface that is adapted for adherence to the interface of a wall and floor. A compressible member is attached to the top surface of the flexible sheet member. The bottom surface of the flexible sheet member may also include a peel-away release member that covers an adhesive disposed on the bottom surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2011
    Assignee: Protecto Wrap Company
    Inventor: John R. Hopkins
  • Publication number: 20100326585
    Abstract: A trim molding structure that uses at least one magnet to attach to a metal frame such as a metal door frame and a metal window frame is presented. At least one magnetic element is affixed to a trim member of a trim molding structure. The magnetic element can be affixed to the trim member using various means such as an adhesive material that loses adhesiveness when its temperature exceeds approximately its temperature limit. When the temperature of the adhesive material exceeds approximately its temperature limit, the adhesive material loses adhesiveness and releases the trim molding structure from the metal frame. An intumescnet material that expands when its temperature exceeds approximately its activation temperature can be attached between a trim member and a metal frame. In case of fire, the intumescent material expands and pushes the trim molding structure away from the metal frame when the temperature of the intumescent material exceeds approximately its activation temperature.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 30, 2009
    Publication date: December 30, 2010
    Inventor: James Wood
  • Patent number: 7832164
    Abstract: A joint support system for trim members 12 and 14 has a reinforcement member 16 attached to the trim members 12 and 14. A fastener fastens the trim members 12 and 14 to the reinforcement. An adhering glue may be applied and set between the reinforcement member 16 and trim members 12 and 14 to form a tight joint.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 16, 2010
    Inventor: Scott Gittleman
  • Patent number: 7784233
    Abstract: There is provided at least one molding segment in a modular molding kit or system. The molding segment comprises a rearward attachment and an alignment surface that define an angle there between. Placing the rearward attachment side against a wall and placing the alignment surface proximate to a ceiling thereby forms an alignment gap between the alignment surface and the ceiling. The molding segment optionally includes an alignment wedge, and possibly a compressible lip, to cover the alignment gap to adapt to non-planar surfaces and thereby produce the appearance of a unitary molding piece that is mounted flush to both the wall and the adjacent ceiling. One embodiment further includes an integrated covering segment extending from and conjoined to a side edge of a forward decorative surface. The integrated covering segment is adapted to cover a seam formed between the forward decorative surface and a second molding piece mounted adjacent to the forward decorative surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 12, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2010
    Inventor: William Friedlich
  • Publication number: 20100186341
    Abstract: A method of installation comprises providing at least two trim molding pieces and providing a molding block configured to be positioned over a joint between the end portions of the trim molding pieces and to fit substantially flush against the molding. The method includes forming a decorative profile on the front surfaces of the molding pieces and forming an inverse profile on the rear surfaces of the molding block. The inverse profile mirrors the decorative profile formed on the front surfaces of the molding pieces. The method further includes installing the trim molding pieces such that the end portions are positioned adjacent each other and form a joint and installing the molding block over the joint between the pieces. The inverse profiles on the rear surfaces engage flush with the decorative profiles on the front surfaces of the trim molding pieces.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 23, 2009
    Publication date: July 29, 2010
    Inventor: Paul E. Shoopman
  • Patent number: 7743581
    Abstract: A method of using an assembly and a method of finishing an uppermost course of siding installed at a corner of a building with a cornice molding. A cornice molding cap is provided as an accessory to cover or eliminate gaps created where cornice molding meets at a corner of a building. The cap covers gaps where cornice molding meets at a corner structure formed by two walls. The cap is particularly useful in exterior siding installations at corners not employing corner posts having receiver pockets for cladding material end edges.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 29, 2010
    Assignee: CertainTeed Corporation
    Inventors: Robert D. Shaw, Robert W. Werner
  • 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
  • Patent number: 7694468
    Abstract: An aesthetically pleasing, slim profile window frame assembly that is capable of retaining a shutter. Specifically, the window frame assembly of the present invention comprises a core substrate coupled to a flange. Certain embodiments of the present invention comprise a core substrate having a thickness less than 5/16 inch and having, by volume, an elastic modulus greater than wood. A flange comprises a depth sufficient to retain a hinge attached to a window covering, such as a shutter. Certain embodiments of the present invention provide for a decorative covering to be coupled to the core substrate and/or flange such that a portion of the window frame assembly is thereby concealed. The improved strength per volume of the present invention facilitates shutter installation by a “do-it-yourself” homeowner or handyman as well as by a skilled carpenter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 13, 2010
    Assignee: Norman International, Inc.
    Inventors: Kendall W. Prince, Matt A. Stott
  • Patent number: 7681372
    Abstract: A door threshold may include upper and lower members for sandwiching carpet and/or carpet padding therebetween. The threshold may, in certain example embodiments, grip the carpet in order to prevent it from being pulled out from between the upper and lower threshold members. Thus, in certain example instances, the need for tacks (or carpet tack strip(s)) proximate the threshold can be reduced and/or eliminated. In certain example embodiments of this invention, the threshold structure may include a locating bracket that is provided proximate the door frame for frame alignment and security purposes, and/or one or more pans located under the threshold for locating and/or securing purposes. Levelers, shims and/or the like may be used in certain example embodiments in order to compensate for non-level flooring proximate the door.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2010
    Inventor: Robert Rissone
  • Patent number: 7654049
    Abstract: As used to trim a corner where a wall and a ceiling meet, a crown molding member has a planar portion, an intermediate portion, and a mounting flange. The planar portion is attached to the ceiling, in a first mode, or to the wall, in a second mode. The intermediate portion may have a coved, stepped, or curved profile. When applied to the mounting flange, drywall-finishing material, so-called “mud” in trade parlance, is pressed through apertures in the mounting flange, against the wall, in the first mode, or against the ceiling, in the second mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 9, 2004
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2010
    Assignee: Trim-Tex, Inc.
    Inventors: Joseph M. Koenig, Jr., Mark Budzik
  • Patent number: 7591118
    Abstract: A cornice molding cap is provided as an accessory to cover or eliminate gaps created where cornice molding meets at a corner of a building. The cap covers gaps where cornice molding meets at a corner structure formed by two walls. The cap is particularly useful in exterior siding installations at corners not employing corner posts having receiver pockets for cladding material end edges. A method of finishing a corner molding installation is described, as is a system for finishing such installation, and an assembly including a unitary cornice molding corner cap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2006
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2009
    Assignee: Certainteed Corp.
    Inventors: Robert D. Shaw, Robert W. Werner