Support Patents (Class 52/741.15)
  • Patent number: 9151047
    Abstract: The present invention provides a technique in undercut excavation that allows a continuous steel reinforced concrete floor to be set up or installed over a large width and length and installing continuous steel reinforced concrete floors in any subsequent lifts. Using the present invention, the continuous concrete floor can be extended at a later date if the stopping area is extended at some future date.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 6, 2015
    Assignee: 2341451 Ontario Inc.
    Inventor: Charles Michael Gryba
  • Publication number: 20150135612
    Abstract: An apparatus for supporting headstones, including a rigid structure situated below the surface of the ground, and a plurality of sockets formed in the top of the rigid structure, wherein each of the sockets is formed to receive the lower end of a headstone and hold the headstones in an aligned position with respect to one another and with respect to the surface of the ground.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 19, 2013
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Inventor: Cary Spain
  • Publication number: 20150135605
    Abstract: A building having a foundation and abutting wall panels seated on the foundation. Together they define at least one wall section, tied together by orthogonal tensioners. The tensioners include vertical tensioners located parallel and between adjacent wall panels and fixed to the foundation and at a respective anchor positioned at the top of the adjacent wall panel. These vertical tensioners allow a binding of the adjacent wall panel by said vertical tensioner onto the seat of the foundation. The tensioners also a horizontal tensioner extending between said anchors at each end of the wall section to allow a horizontal binding of wall panels of the wall section together.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 30, 2013
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Applicant: NEV-X SYSTEMS LIMITED
    Inventor: Neville Holmes Price
  • Publication number: 20150121784
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a reinforced-concrete foundation system for erecting superstructures that transmit high axial loads, shearing forces and/or flexural moments at individual points, such as, for example, wind turbines. The foundation that is the subject matter of the present invention is formed by an upper reinforced-concrete slab poured “in situ”, of polygonal or circular footprint, and which is made rigid at the bottom by means of reinforced-concrete ribs of rectangular or trapezial cross section which are arranged radially. The method makes provision for said ribs to be produced from concrete “in situ” or, alternatively, by means of prefabricated elements, always working, jointly with the upper slab. This new foundation considerably reduces the costs of forming traditional foundations for this type of superstructure, by considerably improving completion deadlines.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 6, 2013
    Publication date: May 7, 2015
    Inventors: Cesar Abad Huber, Jorge Franco Rey
  • Publication number: 20150096260
    Abstract: A ground anchor for a delineator includes a unitary plastic body having a receptacle shaped and configured for connection to a delineator post and a ground engaging portion extending from the receptacle along a longitudinal axis. The ground engaging portion includes a plurality of tapered blades. Delineator assemblies using the ground anchor, and methods of installing the ground anchor, are also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 2, 2014
    Publication date: April 9, 2015
    Applicant: ENERGY ABSORPTION SYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventors: JOHN INTAGLIATA, KENT KEKEIS
  • Publication number: 20150047271
    Abstract: The invention is an Offset Adjustable Foundation Leg that provides support and tie down for structural insulated composite panel buildings. It is a telescoping leg made up of outside steel or aluminum round or rectangular tube and an inside steel or aluminum round or rectangular tube with the tubes provided with a series of holes for through bolting together which is placed on a bearing plate. Further adjustment and hold down means is provided by an adjustment means and nuts.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 25, 2013
    Publication date: February 19, 2015
    Applicant: World Housing Solution
    Inventors: Chip Davis, Kent Davis
  • Patent number: 8904734
    Abstract: A method for embedding at least one solar structure, including one or more anchoring legs, includes making one or more holes in which the at least one solar structure is to be installed; forming one or more concrete slabs in the hole(s) at one installation rib; after setting of the concrete slab(s), locating the position(s) of the anchoring leg(s) of the at least one solar structure on the concrete slab(s); installing the at least one solar structure in the hole(s), with the anchoring leg(s) bearing on the concrete slab(s) at the position(s) of the anchoring leg(s) that were located beforehand; and embedding the at least one solar structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 7, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Assignee: Exosun
    Inventors: Adrien Lucas, Frédéric Morane
  • Patent number: 8887451
    Abstract: An apparatus for lifting and supporting a foundation is provided. The apparatus includes a pivoting bracket that is rotatably coupled to a slab bracket plate having a sleeve. The sleeve is adapted to slide onto a support structure driven into strata within a hole formed in a foundation in an area needing support. The pivoting bracket is pivoted into an insertion position in which one arm of the bracket is up and one arm is down. This enables the bracket to clear the sides of the hole in the foundation. The bracket is then pivoted to a support position and drawn upwardly with guide rods and a seating plate until seating portions of the bracket engage an underside surface of the foundation. The apparatus is then raised to lift the foundation. The sleeve of the apparatus is then affixed to the support structure to support the foundation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Assignee: Gregory Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Steven D. Gregory, Joe McCullar, David C. Logan
  • Publication number: 20140311084
    Abstract: A mesh foundation construction method using hollow blocks is disclosed. The method may include: leveling an upper part of a ground selected for reinforcing; arranging a multiple number of hollow blocks adjacent to one another in a mesh form such that one side touches the upper part of the ground, where a hollow block includes an enclosed sidewall that defines a hollow part, which penetrates from said one side to the other side; and filling the hollow parts with a filler, which includes one or more of gravel and sandy soil. With this method, a ground that does not provide a supporting force sufficient to hold an upper structure can be reinforced to support an upper structure without forming a deep foundation, such as piles, etc.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 24, 2012
    Publication date: October 23, 2014
    Inventors: Tae Chul Yang, Kab Boo Kim
  • Publication number: 20140290154
    Abstract: A building structure is supported above a foundation and above grade by a moment frame comprising a plurality of columns and beams. The columns are all generally similar and the beams are all generally similar, such that each column can be attached with up to four beams. The moment frame is secured to a foundation, which may include pilings extending downwardly into the ground. The foundation can include a concrete foundation member or a foundation framework comprising a plurality of attachment members secured together by beams. The pilings can include helical flighting.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 25, 2014
    Publication date: October 2, 2014
    Applicant: MAGNUM PIERING, INC.
    Inventors: Howard A. Perko, Bernard Brian Dwyer
  • Patent number: 8844240
    Abstract: A method of effecting a stabilization and effecting a lifting of a portion of a footing of a building which includes the steps of effecting an introduction of water resistant plastics into soil and openings in the soil in the vicinity of the footing to seal these areas, then introducing a slow setting plastics catalysed monomer to beneath the footing at a very high pressure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Inventor: Mark Anthony Kuchel
  • Publication number: 20140259989
    Abstract: An apparatus for lifting and supporting a foundation is provided. The apparatus includes a pivoting bracket that is rotatably coupled to a slab bracket plate having a sleeve. The sleeve is adapted to slide onto a support structure driven into strata within a hole formed in a foundation in an area needing support. The pivoting bracket is pivoted into an insertion position in which one arm of the bracket is up and one arm is down. This enables the bracket to clear the sides of the hole in the foundation. The bracket is then pivoted to a support position and drawn upwardly with guide rods and a seating plate until seating portions of the bracket engage an underside surface of the foundation. The apparatus is then raised to lift the foundation. The sleeve of the apparatus is then affixed to the support structure to support the foundation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 18, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: Gregory Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Steven D. Gregory, Joe McCullar, David C. Logan
  • Patent number: 8834072
    Abstract: A suspended slab (14) is spaced apart from a surface of the ground (18) by a void space (20). Structural supports (16) are provided to extend upward from the ground (18). Removable supports (22) are placed on top of the ground (18) and extend upward to a desired height. The suspended slab (14) is poured on top of the removable support (22), suspended at least in part by the plurality of structural supports (16). The removable material (22) is removed after the material of the suspended slab (14) sets, leaving the suspended slab (14) suspended by the structural supports (16) with a void space (20) of the desired height extending between the bottom of the slab (14) and a top side of the ground (18). An enclosure skirt (26) is placed around a perimeter of the suspended slab (14) to enclosed the void space (20).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Inventor: William T Donald
  • Publication number: 20140250803
    Abstract: A method of constructing an inhabitable underground structure is disclosed that comprises the steps: creating a cutout in the earth at a desired location to generally match a desired shape of an interior of the underground structure; applying a reinforcement structure to an outer perimeter of the cutout; and applying shotcrete over the reinforcement structure to create a monolithic underground structure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 7, 2014
    Publication date: September 11, 2014
    Inventor: John Cogburn
  • Patent number: 8821073
    Abstract: A method for constructing a pier system to stabilize and level a structure by constructing a pier in sections and advancing the pier sections below a foundation using a hydraulic ram until bedrock is reached, and completing the piering system by positioning a head plate on top of the pier to provide a stable platform for a house jack and applying a vertical lifting force with the house jack to lift the foundation of the structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Inventor: Steve Patton
  • Publication number: 20140237913
    Abstract: A foundation apparatus comprised of flat plates that is used to support above-ground structures is disclosed. A method of making, using and installing a pile foundation for those applications is also provided. The present invention relates to various flat plate foundation supports that provide a foundation anchor for various ground supported structures. Specifically, the present invention relates to a foundation anchor support that comprises flat longitudinally extending plates that are adapted to be inserted beneath a ground surface.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 21, 2012
    Publication date: August 28, 2014
    Applicant: Shaner Industries, LLC
    Inventors: William Martin Kronz, Michael Francis Schuler, Davide Luidelli, Gary J. Reinert
  • Publication number: 20140223846
    Abstract: A post-tensioned concrete cap foundation has helical anchors with pipes having several helical discs welded around the pipe perimeter to spin drill deep into subsurface soils or other soft materials with holes in the pipe for high pressure-grouting in place. The helical anchor pipes include a tensioning element for pulling and post-tensioning the helical anchor. The helical anchors are tension anchors which can be converted to compression anchors. The helical anchors in tension serve to pull the foundation cap down to compress the underlying soil while the compression anchors limit the maximum settlement of the concrete foundation cap. The foundation also includes perimeter-forming and interior corrugated metal pipes with upper and lower sleeved horizontally extending radial bolts that are secured to the pipes and post-tensioned to provide lateral foundation compression.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 21, 2014
    Publication date: August 14, 2014
    Inventor: Allan HENDERSON
  • Publication number: 20140208683
    Abstract: An anchoring system for anchoring a pole to a ground surface, the anchoring system including a plurality of modules interconnectable to one another for surrounding the pole, each module including a support leg configured for extending into the ground surface so as to provide anchoring support to the pole on a given side of said pole, each module of the anchoring system further including at least two mounting interfaces disposed distally from the support leg and configured for resting against the pole, and each module of the anchoring system further including at least one connecting member extending from an edge of the support leg to a corresponding mounting interface, said the least one connecting member further operatively extending between said at least two mounting interfaces.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 29, 2014
    Publication date: July 31, 2014
    Inventors: Genevieve SOUCY, Franck WILLIER, Nicolas HILLION
  • Publication number: 20140182238
    Abstract: A method of forming a post sleeve within a post hole in the ground to include a post receiving cavity to insertably receive and support a post is provided. The method includes positioning a post sleeve core within the post hole with the aid of an elongate installation member and depositing uncured material into the post hole to at least partially surround the post sleeve core while the post sleeve core is attached to the elongate installation member. The method further includes allowing the uncured material to harden around the post sleeve core to form at least a portion of the post-receiving cavity of the post sleeve and removing the post sleeve core from the hardened material to expose the post receiving cavity to receive and support the post. Other related methods of forming post sleeves are also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 4, 2014
    Publication date: July 3, 2014
    Inventor: N. Eric Knudsen
  • Patent number: 8739496
    Abstract: A construction method is disclosed. The method includes providing a bottom support between a plurality of structural members and using the bottom support to support a structural material in a plastic state. The method also includes using the bottom support to support the structural material as it hardens from a plastic state into a hardened state. The structural material remains attached to the bottom support after the structural material hardens. The bottom support is transparent or translucent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2014
    Inventor: David Brodowski
  • Publication number: 20140130445
    Abstract: A form for constructing a thrower's circle includes a pair of half sections. Each half section has an upper surface and a base surface and two full length members and two half length members. The full length members and the half length members are connected together substantially at right angles to form a rectangle with four corners. A corner brace is located in each of the four corners. An inside cross member and an outside cross member extend between the half length members and are generally parallel to the full length members. A pair of semi-circles, each having substantially the same diameter that is larger than the length of the half length members and less than the length of the full length members. Means are provided for securing the half sections together so that the semi-circles form a full circle. Tubes extend from the circle toward the base to drain water from with in the circle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 11, 2013
    Publication date: May 15, 2014
    Applicant: SPORTSFIELD SPECIALTIES, INC.
    Inventor: Wayne P. Oliver
  • Publication number: 20140102015
    Abstract: A memorial foundation system includes a pair of vertical supports having screw threads on their bottom ends and first attachment structure at their upper ends. Support plates corresponding to the vertical supports have respective second attachment structures configured to mate with the first attachment structures. A block has a first end supported by one of the pair of support plates and one of the pair of vertical supports and a second opposite end supported by the other of the pair of support plates and the other of the pair of vertical supports. The block includes a plurality of pockets in a row, each of the pockets open to an upper side. Each of a plurality of markers is configured to be received by a corresponding one of the plurality of pockets in the block to arrange the plurality of markers in an aligned row with even height.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 11, 2012
    Publication date: April 17, 2014
    Applicant: THE TRIBUTE COMPANIES, INC.
    Inventors: William R. Toson, Tim Hentges, Dean Wardlow, Doug Engel, Clyde Rupnow
  • Publication number: 20140090314
    Abstract: An anchor for stabilizing an object includes an anchor block having a body portion, a pair of wing portions extending from the body portion, and a coupling-channel located in the body portion. The coupling-channel is configured to couple the anchor block to an anchor rod. The anchor block is generally trapezoidal in a view. The wing portions include a first plurality of sloping ribs extending from body portion and a plurality of recesses disposed between the sloping ribs.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 4, 2013
    Publication date: April 3, 2014
    Inventor: Oscar Pedraza
  • Patent number: 8661768
    Abstract: Systems and methods for reinforcing a concrete slab or balcony are disclosed. The systems and methods may include cutting a groove in a portion of the concrete slab and inserting a rod into the groove. The groove may then be filled with a resin. The rod may optionally be secured by other or additional methods. The integrity of the concrete slab or balcony may then be strengthened by the inclusion of the rod in the slab.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 4, 2014
    Assignee: Structural Technologies, LLC
    Inventors: Tarek Alkhrdaji, Jay Thomas
  • Publication number: 20140041334
    Abstract: A method for constructing a pier system to stabilize and level a structure by constructing a pier in sections and advancing the pier sections below a foundation using a hydraulic ram until bedrock is reached, and completing the piering system by positioning a head plate on top of the pier to provide a stable platform for a house jack and applying a vertical lifting force with the house jack to lift the foundation of the structure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 17, 2013
    Publication date: February 13, 2014
    Inventor: Steve Patton
  • Publication number: 20140026496
    Abstract: A foundation support driving apparatus is provided. The apparatus includes a drive head which may be coupled to a hydraulic ram assembly for driving a foundation support. The drive head has sleeve plates that form a sleeve through which the foundation support may travel. The sleeve plates also form a pair of opposed yokes. The drive had has a pair of opposed rotating plates that rotate about respective pins positioned in opposed yokes. Gripping portions disposed at the inward ends of the rotating plates are adapted to engage the exterior surface of a foundation support extending through the sleeve. The hydraulic ram assembly rotates the rotating plates back and forth to move the gripping portions into and out of engagement with the foundation support in order to move the foundation support.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 27, 2012
    Publication date: January 30, 2014
    Applicant: Gregory Enterprises, Inc.
    Inventors: Steven D. Gregory, Joe McCullar, David C. Logan
  • Publication number: 20140026518
    Abstract: The invention discloses a construction method for rooted foundation anchorage, comprising the following steps: precasting a concrete caisson in sections, excavate or bore hole for the caisson sinking, reserving holes for projection of anchor roots in the wall of caisson; cleaning the bottom of the bore hole, and sealing the bottom with concrete; precasting the beam type concrete roots and, within the bore hole, projecting the roots into the earth around the caisson; sealing a concrete cover over the bore hole to form a flat cap, which can be used as the cap of a bridge foundation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 30, 2011
    Publication date: January 30, 2014
    Applicant: Anhui Expressway Holding Group Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Tu Xiaobei, Yin Yonggao, Sun Dunhua
  • Publication number: 20140000215
    Abstract: Support members for heliostats (or other components installed in a field) can be hollow and thin-walled, for example, to reduce construction and/or material costs. However, such support members may be relatively fragile and susceptible to buckling or other damage when driven into relatively rocky and/or hard-packed soil using pile-driving. To avoid damaging the support members, the soil may be pre-conditioned to loosen the soil prior to insertion of the support member therein. An auger can drill a hole in the soil and then be reversed such that soil remains in and/or is subsequently re-introduced into the hole after removal of the auger, thereby leaving a substantially loosened column of soil in the hole. Vibration hammering can cause temporary liquefaction of the soil around the support member to insert the support member into the column of soil while reducing the potential for damage to the support member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 10, 2012
    Publication date: January 2, 2014
    Applicant: BRIGHTSOURCE INDUSTRIES (ISRAEL) LTD.
    Inventor: Shmuel Huss
  • Patent number: 8615964
    Abstract: An improved mounting structure for the posts of hand rail systems including a mounting arm member positioned within a sleeve monolithically formed within the inner chamber of the post. The sleeve includes a slit that allows for the outflow of water, thereby limiting corrosion and degrading of the post and mounting structure. A series of nubbed projections create grooves within the surface of the sleeve, to secure the mounting arm into the sleeve in a strong manner. A secure fit limits the amount of liquid trapped within the sleeve reducing corrosion. The mounting arm has smaller dimensions, reducing the chances that the arm comes into contact with support rods embedded within the concrete during installation. By avoiding contact with the support rods, concrete spalling is dramatically reduced, adding to the lifetime of the rail system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2013
    Assignee: Poma & Sons, Inc.
    Inventors: Frank Poma, Jason F. Poma
  • Patent number: 8590259
    Abstract: A wall straightening apparatus provides multiple independently controllable jacking members pressing outward on diagonal braces to push those braces against the wall to move the wall into a vertical alignment. Feedback control of the jacking members provides coordinated straightening of large wall sections with lessened cracking and distortion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2013
    Inventors: Thomas Trinko, Jason Strebe, Robert Brugger
  • Publication number: 20130291453
    Abstract: Provided herein are methods, devices and systems comprising an anchor post that has a shaft, at least one stabilising element attached to the anchor post configured to resist movement of the anchor post, and at least one alignment element.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 28, 2013
    Publication date: November 7, 2013
    Applicant: ANCHOR SYSTEMS (EUROPE) LTD.
    Inventor: Ewan R. Smith
  • Patent number: 8574471
    Abstract: One possible embodiment of the invention could be a system for creating forms used to make concrete structures comprising of plurality of panels, each panel having two or more sets of spaced-apart tie apertures; a plurality of ties, each tie forming a body between two ends, each end having a locking aperture, a plurality of L-shaped brackets with two flanges having a respective set of spaced-apart perforations; a plurality of locking mechanisms that attach to ties and connect L-shaped brackets together; wherein two or more ties are located between a pair of parallel and opposing panels, the ends of the ties protruding through respective tie apertures and perforations of L-shaped brackets located on the outside of the panels, the locking mechanisms engaging respective locking apertures to form an assembled pair of panels, the assembled pairs being connected together to create a form with a continuous cavity to receive plastic concrete.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 5, 2013
    Inventor: Lawrence M. Prater
  • Patent number: 8555518
    Abstract: A method of forming a grout trough for a wind turbine foundation replaces the heavy and single piece template with a plurality of arc-shaped sections which are light weight and connected together to form the grout trough. The individual sections include mechanisms which enable the sections to be removed from the cured concrete by rotation of nuts on the anchor bolts which either pushes or pulls the template section away from the contact with the cured concrete. An embodiment of an individual section has a lifting bale which may be used to pick up an entire bolt package of up to twenty bolts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2013
    Inventor: Norman Tooman
  • Publication number: 20130255169
    Abstract: A post-tensioned concrete cap foundation has helical anchors with pipes having several helical discs welded around the pipe perimeter to spin drill deep into subsurface soils or other soft materials with holes in the pipe for high pressure-grouting in place. The helical anchor pipes are coupled to a tensioning element for pulling and post-tensioning the helical anchor. The helical anchors are tension anchors which can be converted to compression anchors. The helical anchors in tension serve to pull the foundation cap down to compress the underlying soil while the compression anchors limit the maximum settlement of the concrete foundation cap. The foundation also includes perimeter-forming and interior corrugated metal pipes with upper and lower sleeved horizontally extending radial bolts that are secured to the pipes and post-tensioned to provide lateral foundation compression.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 30, 2012
    Publication date: October 3, 2013
    Inventor: Allan P. HENDERSON
  • Patent number: 8544227
    Abstract: A structural support system includes one or more generally vertically extending columns of curable material wherein each column defines an outer column periphery. A base of curable material is preferably monolithically formed with the column on its lower portion. In one embodiment, the base may have an outer periphery that increases or varies along the base and wherein a foundation of curable material is formed over at least a portion of the base whereby the column, the base, and the foundation are mechanically locked together to resist lateral, torsional, and/or upwardly directed vertical forces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2013
    Inventor: Jon Michael Gullette
  • Patent number: 8528296
    Abstract: A method of installing a modular structure foundation system that requires no heavy equipment, minimal site preparation, and can be easily assembled by a small crew. The foundation consists of a number of box bar joists that are square units which are assembled based on a grid layout. The box bar joists are supported by foundation steel columns that are embedded into the ground. No forms or other complex structures are needed for the installation. Once the columns are installed, the box bar joists are installed using a unique leveling system. Once the box bar joists are level and secured to the columns, the foundation is complete. The use of the box bar joists also allows for expansion or contraction as additional box bar joists can easily be added or removed from the foundation. Once the box bar joists are in place, the foundation is ready for building.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 10, 2013
    Inventor: Martin P. Miller
  • Patent number: 8522505
    Abstract: A boardwalk system including a first component having a pre-formed recess and a second component having a pre-formed recess. The system further includes a connector configured to be positioned in the recesses of the first and second components to connect the first and second components such that the connector limits the movement of first component away from the second component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2013
    Assignee: Permatrak North America LLC
    Inventors: Timothy Jon Beach, Jason Vincent Philbin, Robert Louis Zimmerman
  • Publication number: 20130199113
    Abstract: A plurality of floatable constructions are provided, the constructions including a floating base for a building, the base having at least one buoyant basement unit defining a basement level, and a reinforced concrete transfer platform atop the basement unit. The basement level can provide habitable or functional space for the building, and the transfer platform has at least one access opening giving access to the basement level which is enhanced by windows for light and ventilation. Methods and means of tying modular components of the structures together, and materials suitable for manufacturing such ties, are also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 29, 2012
    Publication date: August 8, 2013
    Inventor: Carl Richard Nelson
  • Patent number: 8499373
    Abstract: An apparatus and kit for installing an object in a swimming pool are provided. Included are a receptacle, one or more gaskets, and a top deck anchor. The receptacle holds a substance such as concrete, to which the top deck anchor is attached. The gasket is attached to the top of the receptacle. A method of installing an object into a swimming pool is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2013
    Assignee: Swimsmith Co.
    Inventor: Joseph C. Saviano
  • Patent number: 8499525
    Abstract: A wall standard designed to attach to standard steel construction studs with self-tapping framing screws in the front and on the side of the device at predetermined spacings.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2013
    Inventor: William Meixner
  • Publication number: 20130186035
    Abstract: A method of constructing an inhabitable underground structure is disclosed that comprises the steps: creating a cutout in the earth at a desired location to generally match a desired shape of an interior of the underground structure; applying a reinforcement structure to an outer perimeter of the cutout; and applying shotcrete over the reinforcement structure to create a monolithic underground structure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 8, 2013
    Publication date: July 25, 2013
    Inventor: John Cogburn
  • Publication number: 20130186034
    Abstract: This improved method of forming a foundation uses a dynamic leveling foundation and method uses a prelevel coplanar support while installing permanent foundation. This improved method starts when a manufactured house arrives at the permanent site. The manufactured house has flooring assembly supported on its underside by horizontal parallel beams or joists that needs firmly grounded foundation support. The temporary support step provides a temporary level support for the manufactured house. When the temporary support is established, the house arrives from the factory. The preferred temporary support is a temporary tripod support system that may be installed under the sidewalls and the mate line. The tripod support system comprises multiple tripods each having a triangular transverse frame to support an extended undercarriage area. Each tripod makes at least two separate supporting abutments with its overlying perimeter joist or mate line joist which reduces total labor time.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 7, 2007
    Publication date: July 25, 2013
    Inventor: Art Angelo
  • Publication number: 20130125480
    Abstract: The invention describes a process and a unit, both enabling to attach a wind turbine tower to a foundation, as well as describes also a wind turbine incorporating the unit. The process features a stage of installation of a support element for the transmission of stresses from the tower to the foundation, followed by a stage of levelling the support element and pouring foundation concrete up to the support element's lower side so that the lower side is adhered to the poured concrete once it has set. The unit comprises at least one support element.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 6, 2012
    Publication date: May 23, 2013
    Applicant: ACCIONA WINDPOWER, S.A.
    Inventors: Iván García Maestre, Eduardo Azanza Ladrón, Koldo Larumbe Fernandino, Carlos Cerdán Martínez, Teresa Arlabán Gabeiras, Javier Ciáurriz Martín, Javier Fernández De Manzanos, José Miguel García Sayés, Miguel Nuñez Polo
  • Publication number: 20130036678
    Abstract: A prefabricated concrete pole base and adjustable method of connection and use to receive, support, and stabilize light poles and the like having different hole mounting patterns, securing the pole to the base and facilitating rapid installation of poles while eliminating the need for on-site concrete forms and lengthy concrete cure times.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 28, 2012
    Publication date: February 14, 2013
    Inventors: DANIEL NYCE, Kelly Patterson, George Clinton Brookhart, JR.
  • Publication number: 20130031850
    Abstract: A headstone support system includes a pole having a first auger attached to the pole proximate a first end thereof, the first auger configured to drill through soil upon rotation of the pole, and a headstone support attached to a second end of the pole.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 16, 2012
    Publication date: February 7, 2013
    Inventors: Robert Duncan Dickinson, Rodney Kenneth Knyvett, Enrique Escamilla
  • Patent number: 8347584
    Abstract: A structural column assembly of the type used for erecting building structures and the like is bedded in a concrete footing formed in situ in an earthen hole. The column assembly includes a post whose bottom end is suspended above a floor of the hole by a stilt. The stilt includes a plurality of legs which extend from the post's bottom end and grip the hole floor through a plurality of cleats. The cleats help stabilize the column assembly during the concrete pour operation so that it does not shift out of position. The stilt legs are provided with a base pad, which is set below the bottom end of the post at a predetermined distance so that the concrete footing can be poured in a single operation immediately after the hole is formed. The stilt can accommodate posts made from wood, pre-cast concrete or any other known construction material. The stilts can be manufactured from formed flat steel or commercially available angle iron and channel stock.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2013
    Assignee: Morton Buildings, Inc.
    Inventors: Dave Fehr, Wayne A. Knepp, Paul Remmele
  • Publication number: 20130000244
    Abstract: A reinforcing system for a guy anchor used in a guyed or additionally guyed tower includes a concrete structure formed around the guy anchor. The concrete structure has a top surface slightly above grade level. The reinforcing system further includes a supplemental anchor shaft. The supplemental anchor shaft is attached to the existing anchor head and extends down into the concrete structure, where it is retained and encased therein. The concrete structure preferably has a base and at least one wall that extends down from the base and has a surface that faces the tower to resist horizontal forces. The reinforcing system is sufficiently strong to keep the guy anchor in place even if the original anchor shaft completely corrodes. The supplemental anchor shaft does not generally come into contact with soil. It therefore resists corrosion and is expected to provide a long service life.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 23, 2012
    Publication date: January 3, 2013
    Applicant: AMERICAN TOWER CORPORATION
    Inventors: Jaime Reyes, Hanming You
  • Publication number: 20120304555
    Abstract: An apparatus for supporting a lateral portion of a manufactured building having a support beam, comprising a ground member for being received on a ground surface and a joist bracket attached to at least one joist in a lateral portion of the manufactured building. A pivotably attached joist tube disposed in a first position between the ground member and the joist bracket is longitudinally movable to a second position for bearing forcibly therebetween and thereby supporting the lateral portion of the manufactured building. A method of supporting a lateral portion of a manufactured building having a support beam is disclosed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 6, 2011
    Publication date: December 6, 2012
    Inventors: Scott E. Oliver, Daniel L. Oliver, John A. Oliver
  • Publication number: 20120291380
    Abstract: A self-leveling grout provides a level surface for the disposition of a wind turbine base. The self-leveling grout is placed within the foundation grout trough as an initial slurry having a viscosity at ambient temperature approximately the same as the viscosity of known grout slurries utilized in turbine foundations. After placement in the grout trough, elevated temperature is applied to the grout slurry, which lowers the viscosity of the slurry such that the slurry becomes self-leveling and the top surface assumes a nearly perfectly level surface. Additional elevated temperature is applied which initiates the curing of the grout to the required compressive strength for supporting the turbine tower.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 18, 2012
    Publication date: November 22, 2012
    Inventor: Norman Tooman
  • Publication number: 20120255240
    Abstract: A transportable prefabricated container house includes a main body and a house forming body, configured to be housed in the main body and drawn out of the main body at the installation site to be expanded/assembled into a house threefold the size of the main body. Assembly of the pre-assembled square “U”-shape walls sandwiched between the floor and ceiling boards includes tightly tying the ceiling supporting beams and the floor supporting beams together with shackles, and passing steel rods or pipes between the walls to render the house immune from earthquakes and hurricanes. A foundation of steel pipe bodies assists earthquake- and hurricane-resistance. Mega structures housing multitudes of container houses can be used when stacking two or more container houses is insufficient and large scale urban development is necessary, and are capable of resisting earthquakes and hurricanes due to a system of wire mesh covering.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 20, 2012
    Publication date: October 11, 2012
    Inventor: Kangna Nelson SHEN