Movable Cupola Or Section Thereof Patents (Class 52/72)
  • Patent number: 9447621
    Abstract: A system for interconnecting multiple panel assemblies comprising a first bracketing body having a first bearing member and at least one planar member; a second bracketing body having a second bearing member pivotally engaged with the first bearing member and at least one planar member; a third bracketing body having at least one planar member; a fourth bracketing body having at least one planar member; a first panel receiving volume at least partially defined by the at least one planar member of the first and third bracketing bodies; a second panel receiving volume at least partially defined by the at least one planar members of the second and fourth bracketing bodies; and wherein the at least one planar members of the second and fourth bracketing bodies at least partially define a second panel receiving volume.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2016
    Assignee: AAR Manufacturing, Inc.
    Inventor: Ramon Kalinowski
  • Patent number: 9062486
    Abstract: A system for interconnecting multiple panel assemblies comprising a first bracketing body having a first bearing member and at least one planar member; a second bracketing body having a second bearing member pivotally engaged with the first bearing member and at least one planar member; a third bracketing body having at least one planar member; a fourth bracketing body having at least one planar member; a first panel receiving volume at least partially defined by the at least one planar member of the first and third bracketing bodies; a second panel receiving volume at least partially defined by the at least one planar members of the second and fourth bracketing bodies; and wherein the at least one planar members of the second and fourth bracketing bodies at least partially define a second panel receiving volume.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2015
    Assignee: Vantem Modular, LLC
    Inventor: Ramon Kalinowski
  • Patent number: 8966832
    Abstract: A protective shelter includes an enclosure having at least a floor, at least one sidewall coupled to the floor, a protected opening in the at least one sidewall, and a roof coupled to the at least one sidewall. The protective shelter includes a plurality of attachment fixtures each coupled to at least one of a set including the sidewall and the roof and a plurality of recesses at the at least one sidewall. Each of the plurality of recesses is sized to receive therein an anchoring assembly coupled to one of the plurality of attachment fixtures and couplable to a respective anchoring device on an underlying substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Inventor: Oscar T. Scott, IV
  • Patent number: 8915023
    Abstract: In one embodiment, an electronically controlled hatch system for safe ingress, egress, hazard detection, and methods thereof are provided to reduce or eliminate hazards to personnel, including protection of people above and below a scuttle hatch, access port, skylight or elevated deck. Said hatch system reduces the risk of falls while ascending or descending a ladder through an access port. In certain embodiments, severe weather, hazard, security, and other safety information are detected and transmitted to a central control unit for processing and regulating the opening and closing of a hatch covering the access port and/or raising and lowering a safety railing system based on said information and/or user input. Said hatch system may include an actuator and guides for automatically locking/unlocking and opening/closing a hatch, an actuator and guides for automatically raising/lowering a railing system, safety monitoring detectors/apparatuses, and a centralized controller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 23, 2014
    Assignee: SafePro, L.P.
    Inventors: Richard J. Whiting, Timothy Edward Rainey
  • Patent number: 8800214
    Abstract: A covering system includes a flexible, web-like membrane having first and second portions. A first cross support is connected to the first portion of the membrane, and a second cross support is connected to the second portion of the membrane. A drive mechanism is provided for moving the second cross support relative to the first cross support so that the membrane is movable between a first, retracted position and a second, deployed position. The drive mechanism includes a force multiplication mechanism for facilitating a longitudinal tensile stress application to the membrane when it is in the second, deployed position. A transverse tensioning mechanism that includes a catenary linkage is also provided for tensioning the membrane in a direction that is transverse to the longitudinal direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Assignee: Uni-Systems, LLC
    Inventors: Cyril Silberman, Barton L. Riberich, Francisco Pantano-Rubino, Michael Becker, John Lanari, Peter Fervoy, Justin Waldron, Timothy J. Kline, Jamie Siegrist, Alex Krueger, Robert Doherty
  • Patent number: 8756873
    Abstract: An awning configured to transform and can be opened, closed, or partially open. The awning attaches to the side of a building or structure and is supported with posts. The awning includes rectangular rafters with a J cross-sectional shape formed at the edge of one of the long sides, rectangular rafters with an L cross-sectional shape formed at the edge of one of the long sides, two ledgers which are each functionally connected to opposing short sides of the rectangular rafters at the face of the ledgers, and means to axially rotate the rafters about the length of the rafters up to 90 degrees.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2014
    Inventor: Mark Hire
  • Patent number: 8707632
    Abstract: A movable building structure is configured to selectively enclose an area. The structure includes at least one side wall and an end wall attached thereto. The side wall comprises a number of individual panels that are independently movable along a track secured to the ground. The panels are selectively collapsible such that they may travel along the track and overlap one another when in a collapsed or stowed position. The structure may be configured in any number of intermediate positions wherein the panels are partially collapsed. Roof panels may be attached to the side walls for movement therewith, or alternatively, the roof panels may operate independent of the side walls to extend and retract between an open and collapsed configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 30, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2014
    Assignee: Cabrio Companies LLC
    Inventors: Kent H. Forsland, Mike Peters
  • Patent number: 8701356
    Abstract: A movable enclosure is configured to selectively enclose an area. The enclosure includes at least one side wall and an end wall attached thereto. The side wall comprises a number of individual panels that are independently movable along a track secured to the ground. The panels are selectively collapsible such that they may travel along the track and overlap one another when in a collapsed or stowed position. The enclosure may be configured in any number of intermediate positions wherein the panels are partially collapsed. Roof panels may be attached to the side walls for movement therewith, or alternatively, the roof panels may operate independent of the side walls to extend and retract between an open and collapsed configuration.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2014
    Assignee: Cabrio Companies LLC
    Inventors: Kent Harry Forsland, Michael Dennis Peters, Luke Duane Schraw
  • Patent number: 8635813
    Abstract: A retractable roof system (30) for a large building structure (32) for selectively closing off an opening (39) of a fixed roof (34) of the building structure (32), the system includes at least one roof section (40) movably mountable on at least one pier (42). A deployment mechanism (46) is provided and includes ropes (66) and pulleys (68) appropriately mounted on the top section (50) of the pier (42). The ropes (66) extend from an actuating piston (60) to the movable part (44) of the top section (50).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 14, 2009
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2014
    Inventor: François Delaney
  • Patent number: 8555555
    Abstract: An automatic retractable hatch guard provides enhanced safety and security to hatch openings and comprises retractable assistive handrails and a retractable access step that retracts to fit within a hatch opening and beneath a hatch cover and automatically extends upwards and beyond the hatch opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2013
    Inventor: Michael Cardwell
  • Patent number: 8522487
    Abstract: In one embodiment, an electronically controlled hatch system for safe ingress, egress, hazard detection, and methods thereof are provided to reduce or eliminate hazards to personnel, including protection of people above and below a scuttle hatch, access port, skylight or elevated deck. Said hatch system reduces the risk of falls while ascending or descending a ladder through an access port. In certain embodiments, severe weather, hazard, security, and other safety information are detected and transmitted to a central control unit for processing and regulating the opening and closing of a hatch covering the access port and/or raising and lowering a safety railing system based on said information and/or user input.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2013
    Assignee: SafePro, L.P.
    Inventors: Richard J. Whiting, Timothy Edward Rainey
  • Patent number: 8511001
    Abstract: The present invention provides a system or kit which includes plastic components which can be readily assembled to form a structure with the use of a minimal number of tools. The components are precut so that measurements and cutting of the component materials is eliminated. This leads to a savings in wasted materials. The components are readily assembled using conventional fasteners and simple hand tools. The components have preformed notches and tabs in order to facilitate assembly of the components without the requirement for measurements. This assures that the components will be assembled correctly and eliminates the opportunity for inaccurate measurements and incorrect assembly. The enclosure is provided with a sliding roof panel and pivoting doors which permit easy access to the interior of the enclosure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 20, 2013
    Assignee: Suncast Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Michael Uffner, Michael R. Vogler
  • Patent number: 8475287
    Abstract: A method for changing a theme associated with a given space (e.g., restaurant). A wall system includes a wall panel having multiple themes depicted thereon or multiple wall panels each having a theme depicted thereon. Using a series of winches, chain drives, cables and pulleys or the like, the wall panels are moved to change the theme of the space. A ceiling system includes two ceiling panels movable via a series of winches, chain drives, cables and pulleys. Once separated the ceiling panels expose a theme different than that depicted while closed. Audio and/or visual cues may be provided to alert patrons to a theme change.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2013
    Assignee: Wynn Resorts Holdings, LLC
    Inventors: Rick Gray, William B. Gorlin, Stephen A. Sywak, Murphy Gigliotti, Frederick L. Smith, Jean Labadie
  • Patent number: 8381459
    Abstract: A roof ventilator mount for mounting a roof ventilator onto a gable-type roof (21), the roof ventilator including a roof ventilator base (10) defining a cupola mounting portion (25) for mounting a cupola (12) thereto, the roof ventilator mount comprising: a first mounting component (26), the first mounting component (26) including a first mounting plate (48) mountable to the roof (21); a second mounting component (26), the second mounting component (26) including a second mounting plate (48) mountable to the roof (21); the first and second mounting components (26) being mountable to the roof ventilator base (10) with proximal edges (47) thereof located substantially adjacent to each other and distal edges (49) thereof located spaced apart from each other; the first and second mounting plates (48) being each provided with a breakable segment (66) extending from the proximal edge (47), the breakable segment (66) being breakable from the remainder of the mounting plate (48) along a predetermined break line locat
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 26, 2013
    Inventors: Serge Ramsay, Linda Ramsay
  • Patent number: 8209937
    Abstract: A retractable enclosure includes moveable bays that telescopically retract inside each other. Each bay is made from two or more vertical framing sections and a plurality of first framing members. Each vertical framing section can be made from a plurality of second framing members. Assembly rods are provided to couple the vertical framing sections and are tensioned to load the first framing members in longitudinal compression. The framing members are fastenable to each other. The second framing members can be held together using splice plates. The retractable enclosure may also include a drive system. A related method of constructing a retractable enclosure is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2012
    Inventor: Richard Anthony Scheps
  • Patent number: 8201362
    Abstract: The present invention provides a foldable enclosure intending as a building or portion of a building that may be transported to a desired site in a folded configuration and then expanded into its intended form. The enclosure has a floor and two wall or roof support section extending upwardly from opposed sides of the floor section. A first roof section spans across the gap between the wall or roof support sections. At least a second roof section in provided that is pivotally mounted to the structure to overlie the first roof section in transit and fold out to extend outwardly substantially in plane with the first roof section in the expanded form. Similarly, second floor sections may be pivotally mounted to lie adjacent the wall/roof support sections in transit and extend outwardly substantially in plane with the first floor section when expanded.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2012
    Assignee: SmarTech Designs Pty Limited
    Inventors: Arnold Alford, John Demartins, Razvan Gornoviceanu
  • Patent number: 8191317
    Abstract: Provided herein is a curb-mounted skylight having a rigid plastic curb frame, a mechanism for firmly securing the curb frame to an opening in a building, a transparent or translucent covering element, and a mechanism for retaining the covering element on the frame. The curb frame includes a fixed base frame (having an interior frame and a counter-flashing element) and a moveable sash frame (having an accessory shelf and a sash). The base frame and the sash frame may be connected to one another by a first hinge member integral with the counter-flashing element and a cooperative and complementary-shaped second hinge member attached to the sash. The hinge members form a watertight seal and may be disengaged to permit the sash to be removed from the skylight assembly during installation, if so desired. Because the frame and hinge components are made of plastic, the skylight assembly is relatively lightweight.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2012
    Assignee: VKR Holding A/S
    Inventors: Christian Aage Lundsgaard, James Eric Brinton
  • Patent number: 8141304
    Abstract: A prefabricated container house includes a container type main frame member when on a chassis capable of being pulled by a trailer truck; and dwelling forming members which can be housed in the main frame member, and which can be drawn out of the main frame member at an installation site, and assembled into a house.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2012
    Inventors: Kangna Nelson Shen, Coen Germeraad
  • Patent number: 8136306
    Abstract: A modular retractable enclosure is provided. The retractable enclosure includes moveable bays that telescopically retract inside each other. Each bay is made from two or more vertical framing sections and a plurality of first framing members. Each vertical framing section can be made from a plurality of second framing members. Assembly rods are provided to couple the vertical framing sections and are tensioned to load the first framing members in longitudinal compression. The framing members are fastenable to each other. The second framing members can be held together using splice plates. The retractable enclosure may also include a drive system. A related method of constructing a retractable enclosure is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2012
    Inventor: Richard Anthony Scheps
  • Patent number: 8074403
    Abstract: A full size building having three walls, an open side and a roof but no floor can be moved along parallel rails from an open free standing position to a closed position where the building abuts another structure to completely enclose an outdoor area. The building is of conventional construction but is erected over a rigid framework of iron beams. A series of roller assemblies containing rotatable axles is attached to the underside of rigid framework. The axles rest directly on the rails and rotate smoothly by means of bearings as the building moves along the rails. Stabilizers prevent wobble and keep the building on the rails when it is being moved. Locks prevent any movement when the building is in either the open or closed position. Additional locking means prevent lateral movement when the building is locked in the open position. The building can be moved using a winch and cable system or using a unique suspended sprocket wheel and track system. Concrete footings form the base for the rails.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 13, 2011
    Inventor: John Mentnech
  • Patent number: 8025582
    Abstract: A system and method for changing a theme associated with a given space (e.g., restaurant). A wall system includes a wall panel having multiple themes depicted thereon or multiple wall panels each having a theme depicted thereon. Using a series of winches, chain drives, cables and pulleys or the like, the wall panels are moved to change the theme of the space. A ceiling system includes two ceiling panels movable via a series of winches, chain drives, cables and pulleys. Once separated the ceiling panels expose a theme different than that depicted while closed. Audio and/or visual cues may be provided to alert patrons to a theme change.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2011
    Assignee: Wynn Resorts Holdings, LLC
    Inventors: Rick Gray, William B. Gorlin, Stephen A. Sywak, Murphy Gigliotti, Frederick L. Smith, Jean Labadie
  • Patent number: 7992351
    Abstract: An apparatus for protecting susceptible objects comprises a bracket having a pin receiving portion and hinge portion. The apparatus also includes a cover pivotally connected to the hinge portion of the bracket wherein the bracket is securable to a wall and the cover is pivotable over a susceptible asset to protect the object from harmful forces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2011
    Inventor: James J Kramer
  • Patent number: 7966774
    Abstract: The invention is for an improved security shelter for small personal transportation vehicles. The invention features lockable, weatherproof storage for such vehicles as motorcycles, bicycles, four wheelers, and Segways®. It is lightweight and can be efficiently manufactured. Vents are optimally located to allow the release of vapor and heat. A lid is hinged to the top such that it can be easily raised or lowered by the user for the purpose of parking a vehicle. Moreover, strategic placement of structural molded ridges and structural flanges in the various components of the invention adds to the overall stability and rigidity of the apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2011
    Inventors: Harry E. Kea, Jr., David B. Kea, Scott Kea, George B. Waites, Jr.
  • Patent number: 7752820
    Abstract: A fast unfolding two-layer temporary flooring structure consisting of preferably rigid plates (1 to 6), made of a suitable material. The plates (1 to 6) are arranged mutually parallel and cascade-linked by an articulated linking element (B) so that between two consecutive plates, the element (B) is linked to an edge of the other plates, and also preferably in a central zone of the other plate, the elements defining hinge lines between parallel planes with longitudinal or transverse axis of the plates.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2002
    Date of Patent: July 13, 2010
    Assignee: Ets A. Deschamps et Fils
    Inventor: Georges-Paul Deschamps
  • Patent number: 7707798
    Abstract: A screening device is provided with multiple channel upper and lower panel retaining members that allow multiple panels to be laterally moved past each other. Channel end caps, a panel rolling member assembly and close spacing of the upper and lower panel retaining members prevent removal of the panels from the screening device. A support structure uses angled castings and extrusion members for rapid custom screen device assembly that avoids long welding assembly times as well as subsequent weld failure due to screen device vibration. The panel rolling member assembly uses balls, rollers or wheels to easily move the panels in their channels. A trim member with oppositely faced channels engages upper and lower projections on the panel retaining members and covers fastener heads located in a recess in the panel retaining members.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 4, 2010
    Inventor: James E. Cullinan
  • Patent number: 7644544
    Abstract: The invention is an apparatus that can be temporarily or permanently secured to the ground or other flat surface to provide a clam-shell like housing for storage of a personal transportation vehicle such as a motorcycle, bicycle, or a four-wheeler. It protects the vehicle from rain and other damaging weather and from persons who might wish to steal the vehicle or otherwise damage or vandalize it. It also prevents passers-by from taking stored or other items left with the vehicle. The user can, in most cases, ride the vehicle into the unit and then securely lock the lid down to the lower half of the unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 18, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2010
    Inventors: Harry Edwin Kea, Jr., Dewaine Scott Kea, David Barry Kea
  • Patent number: 7631464
    Abstract: A skylight is formed with a pair of plastic panels having a similarly sized outer peripheral flange and a central region transparent to visible light, aligned in a stacked orientation with the peripheral flanges overlying one another and defining an enclosed central region in-between. Elongated two-sided elastic tape seal is interposed between and bonded to the outer peripheral flanges of elastic panels to form a sealed enclosed region. A peripheral frame is formed in situ about the plastic panels from a moldable polymeric material which entraps the peripheral flanges forming a unitary type structure with the elastic two-sided tape preventing intrusion of the moldable polymeric frame material into the enclosed region.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 15, 2009
    Assignee: VTech Patents LLC
    Inventors: Arthur J. Valentz, John E. Nemazi
  • Patent number: 7565775
    Abstract: A wall and roof venting system comprising a wall having an outer layer disposed outwardly of an inner layer with a plurality of spacers disposed therebetween to provide a wall air flow channel between the wall layers. Exterior air enters at the bottom of the wall and vented air is discharged near the top of the wall to reduce heat transfer into the building. Preferably, vented air flows into a roof air flow channel disposed between a first roof layer and a second roof layer maintained in spaced apart relation by a plurality of roof spacers therebetween. A vent component is disposed in a gap in the upper roof layer at or near the top end of the roof to beneficially disperse and/or utilize the vented air from the air flow channels. The wall and roof spacers have openings therein to permit vented air to flow through the respective channels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2009
    Assignee: Cool Building System, Inc.
    Inventors: John Cooper, Woodrow Wilson
  • Patent number: 7562496
    Abstract: A moving retail space system for buildings comprising a moving housing that operates within a building structure to allow multiple businesses to be at a street level. The moving housing comprises spaces A and A?, and the building structure comprises a basement. A lift assembly moves the moving housing from an initial to a second position, and vice versa. In the initial position a first business operating in space A is at the street level, and a second business operating in space A? is located one floor above the first business. In the second position, the first business operating in space A is in the basement, and the second business operating in space A? is at the street level. At least one locking mechanism laterally secures the moving housing in place. A sealing mechanism prevents objects from falling between the moving housing and the building structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2009
    Inventor: Luis Salo Zwiebach
  • Patent number: 7487620
    Abstract: A wind directional vent and skylight combination including: (a) a throat which may be in the form of a hood (60) rotatably mounted to a structure such as a building and in communication with a cavity to be exhausted such as a room of the building; (b) wind directional means associated with the hood (60), the wind directional means optionally being inherent in the shape and configuration of the hood (60), the wind directional means causing the hood (60) to rotate in response to changes in wind direction, wherein the hood (60) is made from material adapted to permit the passage of light therethrough.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2002
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2009
    Inventor: Shane West
  • Patent number: 7469506
    Abstract: A retractable cover for a surface includes a first section configured to be movably coupled to the surface and covering at least a first portion of the surface. The first section is movable relative to the surface between an open orientation in which said first portion of the surface is uncovered and a closed orientation in which the first portion of the surface is covered. The retractable cover further includes a second section configured to be movably coupled to the surface. The second section is movable between a lowered orientation relatively closer to a second portion of the surface and a raised orientation relatively more remote from the second portion of the surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2008
    Inventor: Vincent J. Hosey
  • Patent number: 7380377
    Abstract: A swiveling skylight mount and system is provided. The mount may include a base mount defining an opening therein, the opening bounded by a constantly radiused wall. The mount may also include an adjustment ring, the adjustment ring including an aperture adapted for receipt of a skylight tube. The adjustment ring may include a constantly radiused outer surface. The outer surface of the adjusting ring may be disposed at least partially against the wall defined by the opening in the base mount, and adapted to swivel relative to the base mount. Such a swiveling sky mount may also be included in an adjustable skylight system, that also includes a flashing unit to which the base mount may be attached, and a light transmissive dome.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2008
    Assignee: VKR Holding A/S
    Inventors: James Eric Brinton, Leonard Ken Moody, Jr., Mark Albert Feucht, Jeffrey Joseph Ronan, Michael James Waters
  • Patent number: 7308777
    Abstract: A skylight for a standing seam roof having a skylight panel housed in a frame with a vertically extending curb along two longitudinal and two lateral sides. The frame curb integrates on the longitudinal sides with U-shaped curbs formed into modified roof panels selected from the construction project. On the lateral sides, the frame curb integrates with curbs formed in two end pieces painted with the other roof panels in the project. Standing seams, which are raised above the surface of the roof, interconnect the regular roof panels. The modified roof panels interconnect with the standing seams of the regular roof panels. The lateral sides of the skylight assembly traverse at least one standing seam when integrated with the regular roof panels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2007
    Inventor: Kiyoshi Sandow
  • Patent number: 7231744
    Abstract: A roof venting system comprising a second roof layer disposed above a first roof layer with a spacer disposed therebetween to provide an air flow channel between the two roof layers. A gap is provided in the upper roof layer at or near the top end of the roof and a vent component is disposed in the gap to beneficially disperse and/or utilize the vented air from the air flow channel. In one embodiment, the spacers have openings to permit air to flow up the roof channel. The vent component can be configured to vent air from the roof, heat water in pipes disposed in communication with the channel, direct the air for use in the interior of the building and/or direct the heated air for use in making electricity. The air can be filtered and/or cooled. A translucent material over the pipes can facilitate sunlight heating of the water.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2007
    Inventors: John Cooper, Woodrow Wilson
  • Patent number: 7127855
    Abstract: A vent for a roof, said vent 2 includes a box 4, shaped to be a somewhat vertical chimney, in order to maximize an upward hot air flow out of the vent. The box has an upper rim and the rim has sides. A translucent hatch extends beyond the rim to provide overhangs of several inches and thereby provide rain protection at the rim when the hatch is open. A hinge allows lifting the hatch at all sides of the rim, to allow a breeze from any direction to venturi air from the chimney, without creating an air-scoop that would cause a downdraft, which downdraft would counteract the upward hot air flow. Above a preset temperature, a heat-actuated lifter lifts the hatch. The lifter increases the lift distance at higher temperatures, and decreases the lift distance at lower temperatures. The lifter closes the hatch below the pre-set temperature. The translucent hatch admits light, and inside surfaces of the box transmit that light by reflection to a space below.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2006
    Inventor: Christopher Blaise Garvey
  • Patent number: 7104014
    Abstract: Apparatus for illuminating the interior of a building through a roof of the building, the apparatus comprising a light transmissive panel 13 and a light directing duct 12. The panel 13 has an upper surface which is substantially identical in shape to an upper surface of a roof covering and lies in the plane of the said covering. The light directing duct 12 directs light from the panel 13 into the interior of the building. The invention also relates to apparatus for venting the interior of a building. The apparatus comprises a venting panel 32 having at least one venting channel 44, and having an upper surface which is substantially identical in shape to, and lies in the plane of an outer covering of the building. The interior of the building is vented through the panel 32.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2003
    Date of Patent: September 12, 2006
    Inventors: Tony Skuse, Lee Rumley, Dale Jeffries
  • Patent number: 7000362
    Abstract: A screening device is provided with multiple channel upper and lower panel retaining members that allow multiple panel members to be slid in front of or behind each other. Channel end caps and close spacing of the upper and lower panel retaining members prevent removal of the panels from the screening device. A support structure uses angled castings and extrusion members for rapid custom screen device assembly that avoids long welding assembly times as well as subsequent weld failure due to screen device vibration. A corner panel, decorative trim, a top panel retaining member alignment tang, and a fastener concealing end cap are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2003
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2006
    Inventor: James E. Cullinan
  • Patent number: 6904725
    Abstract: In a roof window with a frame structure and an openable, pane supporting sash structure, the top, bottom and side members (1–8) of the frame and sash structures are for the major part made as wood profiles, which on the outwards facing sides are covered by covering members of weather-shielding material connected with the wood profiles by means of engagement and securing means. The covering members (11, 12, 15, 17, 20, 21, 32) serve as sealing enclosure for the subjacent wood profiles in the frame and sash structures on all surfaces on the outside of the roofing, and engagement and securing means (23–29, 40) are designed in such manner and/or positioned such relative to the covering members that water and moisture penetration into the wood profiles is substantially prevented.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 1999
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2005
    Assignee: VKR Holding A/S
    Inventors: Birgitte Hansen, Peter Forslund Nielsen, Kaj Nissen
  • Patent number: 6840572
    Abstract: The object of the invention is an arrangement in hatch structure (1) to be installed in a vehicle body (2). The arrangement comprises a hatch, the edges of which are bent downwards, which hatch is mainly horizontal when in the closed position, an opening (6) in the vehicle body (2), which opening (6) is smaller than the said hatch, a packing (4) for sealing the hatch and the opening (6) in relation to each other when the hatch is closed, and a hatch operating mechanism that incorporates at least one body part (7), which has sliding faces (8, 18) for a slide (9) on which the slide (9) rests, a lever (11) that is connected to the slide (9) by means of a first joint (12) and is supported near the edge of the opening (6) in the vehicle body (2) by means of a second joint (13), and a compression spring (10) located in the slide bed, which compression spring constantly exerts force on the slide (9) so as to push it.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2002
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2005
    Assignee: Webasto-Parabus LTD
    Inventor: Jukka Sillanpåå
  • Publication number: 20040231282
    Abstract: An apparatus and method of repair cracks on a surface. The apparatus is a patch having a first layer and a second layer. The first layer is constructed of an elastomeric material and includes an exterior surface and an interior surface having an adhesive portion. The second layer is utilized to cover the interior surface during storage of the patch. The patch is sized to fit over a crack. The second layer is removed from the first layer by applying at least one strip of tape to the exterior surface of the sheet of material and apply a pulling force on the strip of tape, thereby removing the second layer from the first layer. A first half portion of the first layer is applied to one side of the crack. The first layer is then stretched over the crack and affixed on a second opposite side of the crack. The patch is then painted to conceal the patch from view.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 20, 2003
    Publication date: November 25, 2004
    Inventor: Roy M. Conn
  • Patent number: 6813864
    Abstract: A roofing assembly that includes a profiled roof deck plate attached to an adaptor for receiving and securing skylights to a roof structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2002
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2004
    Assignee: Epic Metals Corporation
    Inventor: David F. Landis
  • Patent number: 6804918
    Abstract: The roof window assembly comprises a main frame component and a window component including a glazing element. In order to reduce the influx of light an external screening accessory is provided. The screening accessory comprises an elongate housing extending in parallel with the top and bottom members of the frame and from which a screening member is retractable by movement parallel to the side members of the frame. An end member connected with a free end of the screening member extends throughout the width of the window frame and includes engaging means at either end of the end member for engagement with a transverse inwards recess in the outer side of each side member of the window frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2001
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2004
    Assignee: VKR Holding A/S
    Inventors: Claes Lindgren, Birgitte Hansen, Samuel Howard Darmer, Morten Falk Reventlow, Brent Møller, Lars Erdmann
  • Patent number: 6681528
    Abstract: A roof hatch safety railing to help prevent a person from accidentally falling through an open roof hatch while walking on a roof. The safety railing will comprise a top rail sufficiently high to prevent a person from falling over the railing. A mid-rail will also be located so that a person cannot accidentally fall under the top rail. The safety railing will be hingedly attached to the cover of the roof hatch as well as mounted to brackets which have been inserted into the coping of the base of the roof hatch. The safety railing will not interfere with the normal operation of the roof hatch and may be modified to accommodate various types and sizes of roof hatches.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 2002
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2004
    Assignee: Activar, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeff Profeta, Scott Schellhase, Enrique Saucedo
  • Patent number: 6668487
    Abstract: A system and method for applying an animal access port to an inclined surface, such as an inclined cellar door. The system includes rail elements that are applied to the inclined surface on either side of an opening that has been cut through the inclined surface. The rail elements create tracks along the sides of the opening. A dormer structure is provided. The dormer structure has walls and a top surface that spans the walls to define an interior space within the dormer structure. However, the dormer structure has no bottom surface, and is thus open at its bottom. One of the walls of the dormer structure supports a door. The dormer surface can be placed in the tracks created by the rail elements. The tracks retain the dormer structure in place over the opening in the inclined surface. The dormer structure protects the opening in the inclined surface and provides access to the opening through the door in the wall of the dormer structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2001
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2003
    Inventor: Michael P. Vesey
  • Patent number: 6644328
    Abstract: A stick such as a ski-stick, walking stick or same, provided with a handle comprising a gripping element and a length-adjustable pole in addition to a regulating device that contains a joint and is arranged outside the pole, whereby the gripping element can be positioned at an angle to the pole and a tubular part of the pole can be pushed through the joint into the gripping element of the pole when the regulating device is oriented in a rectilinear position. This ensures that the regulating device is substantially protected against the effects of the environment and the diameter of the pole is increased to a lesser degree. In order to achieve this, a regulating element is respectively formed by the handle on a lower extension piece of the gripping element and a cap that is firmly connected to the upper end of the pole, whereby one respective regulating element is pivotally and moveably accommodated in a recess of the other regulating element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2001
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2003
    Inventor: Klaus Lenhart
  • Patent number: 6640508
    Abstract: A roof window assembly is composed of a window component, a main frame component and, optionally, an integrated flashing component. The window component may be used independently and without modifications for a roof window installation employing a curb-frame. The window component features a novel design with an glazing element fitted in a profiled sheet metal frame, which can be made from a single continuous sheet metal profile bent into a polygonal frame shape with corner junctions. In both fixed and ventilating versions of the roof window assembly identical connecting members into open mutual engagement at the top side of the window and main frame components provides for easy mounting and dismounting of the window component with respect to the main frame component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2001
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2003
    Assignee: VKR Holding A/S
    Inventors: Claes Lindgren, Birgitte Hansen, Samuel Howard Darmer, Morten Falk Reventlow, Brent Møller, Lars Erdmann
  • Patent number: 6615550
    Abstract: A space-dividing covered work space arrangement including a pair of opposed side modules each of a three-wall construction defined by an upright panel arrangement and a pair of upright end walls disposed at opposite ends thereof and projecting inwardly therefrom. A pair of canopies project inwardly from each of the opposed modules and are attached along inner edges thereof so as to define a continuous canopy assembly which overlies and encloses the work space from above.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2001
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2003
    Assignee: Haworth, Inc.
    Inventors: Jeffrey J. Reuschel, Ralph E. Reddig
  • Patent number: 6578326
    Abstract: A window, in particular for mounting in an inclined roof surface, comprising a frame structure and a relative thereto openable sash structure with an insulating pane (6), the frame and the sash structures comprising top, bottom and side members (21-24) in the form of solid profiles which are for the major part made from a thermally well insulating material. For providing a good heat-transmission from the interior side of the sash structure to border areas of the insulating pane a passive heat bridge has been established at least in the areas (30, 31) around the corners of the sash bottom member (21) and the adjacent side members (24), said heat bridge being of a well heat-conducting material and established in connection with or through said bottom and side members (23, 24) of the sash structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 1999
    Date of Patent: June 17, 2003
    Assignee: VKR Holding A/S
    Inventors: Erik Bjørn Dyrby, Klaus Kornerup
  • Patent number: 6438910
    Abstract: A skylight solar reflective system for increasing the input of solar radiation into a skylight during low sun angles typically occurring within early morning and later afternoon and for decreasing the input of solar radiation during high sun angles typically during the middle of the day. The skylight solar reflective system includes a main bracket attachable to a frame of a skylight, a pair of end brackets attachable to an opposing side of the frame, a first arm and a second arm pivotally attached to the main bracket with the distal portions of the arms slidably received by the pair of end brackets, a first reflector attached to the first arm, a second reflector attached to the second arm, and a cross brace attached between the first reflector and the second reflector. In an alternative embodiment a third reflector may be utilized that extends between the distal portions of the first reflector and the second reflector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2000
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2002
    Inventor: Garret N. Erskine
  • Publication number: 20020095884
    Abstract: A roof window assembly is composed of a window component, a main frame component and, optionally, an integrated flashing component. The window component may be used independently and without modifications for a roof window installation employing a curb-frame. The window component features a novel design with an glazing element fitted in a profiled sheet metal frame, which can be made from a single continuous sheet metal profile bent into a polygonal frame shape with corner junctions. In both fixed and ventilating versions of the roof window assembly identical connecting members into open mutual engagement at the top side of the window and main frame components provides for easy mounting and dismounting of the window component with respect to the main frame component.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 12, 2001
    Publication date: July 25, 2002
    Inventors: Claes Lindgren, Birgitte Hansen, Samuel Howard Darmer, Morten Falk Reventlow, Brent Moller, Lars Erdmann