Filler Material Is Flowable Patents (Class 52/742.13)
  • Patent number: 9951516
    Abstract: The subject apparatus is designed to facilitate the installation of blown insulation during construction of building assemblies. In a typical embodiment, there is provide a length or strip of friction clip configured to provide a tight grip along the outer surface of a framing member such as a stud, thereby maintaining tension on a masking film or web thereby affixed to an array of studs. The masking film arrayed in such manner thereby defines a plurality of voids or cavities which may thereafter be filled with blown insulation and then finished with wall paneling. The friction clips are designed to complement conventional framing members. Thus, one embodiment described below is suitable for a solid stud such as lumber or polymer; other embodiments are designed to be affixed to steel light framing members such as C-studs and similar profiles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Inventors: James Stephen Millhouse, Michael James Furman
  • Patent number: 9750874
    Abstract: A penis erection stimulation system comprises one or more infusion needles disposed within and implanted along with one or more housings adjacent the patient's left and right corpora cavernosa. A reservoir and a pump are also implanted inside the patient's body to supply the infusion needle with infusion liquid. A drive unit also adapted for implantation inside the patient's body is arranged for advancing and retracting the tip end of the infusion needle such that it penetrates the housing at least in two different penetration areas either simultaneously or in immediate time succession, thereby injecting drugs along with the infusion liquid into the patient's body for stimulating penis erection. The drive unit is configured to laterally displace the tip end of at least one infusion needle in at least two different lateral directions to different penetration sites within said at least one penetration area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Inventor: Peter Forsell
  • Patent number: 9416531
    Abstract: The subject apparatus is designed to facilitate the installation of blown insulation during construction of building assemblies. In a typical embodiment, there is provide a length or strip of friction clip configured to provide a tight grip along the outer surface of a framing member such as a stud, thereby maintaining tension on a masking film or web thereby affixed to an array of studs. The masking film arrayed in such manner thereby defines a plurality of voids or cavities which may thereafter be filled with blown insulation and then finished with wall paneling. The friction clips are designed to complement conventional framing members. Thus, one embodiment described below is suitable for a solid stud such as lumber or polymer; other embodiments are designed to be affixed to steel light framing members such as C-studs and similar profiles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2016
    Inventors: James Stephen Millhouse, Michael James Furman
  • Publication number: 20150135635
    Abstract: Apparatus covering at least a portion of a surface of an existing structure with a repair structure comprise: a plurality of longitudinally and transversely extending panels connected to one another in edge-adjacent relationship; and a plurality of standoffs 10 connected to the panels and extending from the panels toward the existing structure. Each panel comprises a panel connector component which extends longitudinally along the panel and from an interior surface of the panel toward the existing structure, and each standoff comprises a standoff connector component complementary to the panel connector component. The connector components are shaped such that a 1 connection formed therebetween comprises deformation of at least one of the panel connector component and the standoff connector component and creates corresponding restorative deformation forces that prevent relative movement between the panel and the standoff under the force of gravity.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 4, 2013
    Publication date: May 21, 2015
    Inventors: George David Richardson, Semion Krivulin, Zi Li Fang
  • Publication number: 20150113907
    Abstract: The present invention provides a dry mix of cement, sand, metakaolin in the amount of 5 wt % or less, based on total solids in the dry mix, and aluminum cement in a low amount (?1 wt. %, based on total solids in the dry mix) useful as a tile grout, as well as uses thereof and to methods of using the same as a tile grout. The dry mix when made into a mortar exhibits excellent resistance to efflorescence as a tile grout.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 29, 2011
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Inventor: Jonas L. Lu
  • Patent number: 8992131
    Abstract: Disclosed is an economical and effective way of producing a modular retaining wall, using only blocks which in and of themselves are of insufficient thickness to function as retaining wall blocks. The modular wall includes backer blocks and facing blocks which are connected by connectors in a back to back, spaced apart arrangement, thereby forming a hollow retaining wall. The hollow wall can be filled with loose filler material to increase the mass and retaining capacity of the wall. Further disclosed are wall components and a wall kit for a modular retaining wall. A double sided decorative wall is also disclosed. The modular wall system allows for the construction of retaining walls and freestanding, double sided, decorative walls forming both straight and curved walls.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: Les matériaux de construction Oldcastle Canada, Inc.
    Inventors: Bertin Castonguay, Marc-André Lacas, Robert Daoust
  • Patent number: 8978341
    Abstract: A method of inserting material into a hole formed through a building structure includes inserting a cover assembly into the hole formed through the building structure, moving at least a portion of the cover assembly from an insertion position to a deployed position, and inserting material into the hole with the cover assembly in the deployed position. An apparatus for filling a hole formed between first and second sides of a building structure includes a cover assembly insertable into the hole from the first side of the building structure, a connector configured to be positioned on the first side of the building structure, and a fastening mechanism configured to secure the cover assembly relative to the connector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2015
    Assignee: T3 Enterprises, LLC
    Inventors: Thomas C. James Maanum, Thomas Johnson
  • Patent number: 8959873
    Abstract: A seal assembly (10) is provided for sealing a core hole (52) formed in a concrete slab (54) having opposite first and second surfaces, with the core hole (52) extending between the first and second surfaces. The seal assembly (10) comprises a cover assembly (12) having a cover plate (14) that is configured for engaging the first surface of the concrete slab (54) and seating over and covering the core hole (52). The cover assembly (12) has a lower plate (16) that is configured for being received within the core hole (52). The lower plate (16) is coupled to the cover plate (14) through a support member (20) so that the lower plate (16) is spaced apart from the cover plate (14) when the cover plate (14) is seated over the core hole (52) to define a cavity between the lower plate (16) and the cover plate (14). A locking element carrier (26) is coupled to the cover assembly (12).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Assignee: Longhenry Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Charles C. Longhenry
  • Patent number: 8959862
    Abstract: The present invention discloses a method and a forming system that reduces the hydrostatic pressure caused by casting freshly mixed concrete or other cementicious material into vertical forms. Reducing the hydrostatic pressure in forms enables relatively weak materials to be used as form boards and minimizes the amount of bracing necessary to support the form boards—both of which lead to lower construction costs. The method uses the highly thixotropic properties of no-slump or low-slump concrete which enable the concrete to be quickly changed from a semi-solid state to a liquid and back to a semi-solid state numerous times before it hardens and without affecting the concrete's quality. Since hydrostatic pressure is only present when a liquid state exists, minimizing the amount of liquid concrete in vertical forms will also minimize the hydrostatic pressure present.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2015
    Inventor: Kenneth Robert Kreizinger
  • Publication number: 20150040493
    Abstract: A partition includes at least two stands (1) spaced apart from each other, wherein each of the stands (1) includes a first panel (11), a second panel (12) corresponding to the first panel (11) and a lateral plate (13) connecting the first panel (11) and the second panel (12); at least one inner plate (3), wherein two sides of the inner plate (3) are respectively fixed to and between the two stands (1); and two outer plates (4, 5) respectively fixed to and between the first panel (11) of each stand (1) and the second panel (12) of each stand (1), wherein the two outer plates (4, 5) and the inner plate (3) form two spaces (6, 7) respectively. The inner plate 3 separates the two spaces (6, 7), so the partition is capable of performing better sound insulation effects and is more convenient to be assembled.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 7, 2014
    Publication date: February 12, 2015
    Inventors: HENG-SHENG KUO, YU-FENG KUO
  • Patent number: 8950156
    Abstract: In some embodiments, a form assembly is provided with a form member facing an existing wall, to which sheathing panels are attached. The cavity created between the sheathing panels and the existing wall can be filled with a foamable, adhesive material which adheres to the sheathing panels and the existing wall and creates an adhesive connection between them. In some embodiments, the form assembly is vertically adjustable to facilitate the installation of multiple rows of sheathing panels. In some embodiments, the foamable, adhesive material is introduced in successive layers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Assignee: SR Contractors, LLC
    Inventor: Ronald G. Vandehey
  • Patent number: 8925282
    Abstract: A bridge system is provided that utilizes foundation structures that are formed of the combination of precast and cast-in-place concrete. A method of constructing the combination precast and cast-in-place concrete foundation structures involves receiving at a construction site a precast concrete foundation unit having elongated upright wall members that define a channel therebetween, and multiple upright supports located within the channel; placing the precast concrete foundation unit at a desired use location; delivering concrete into the channel while the precast concrete foundation unit remains at the desired use location; and allowing the concrete to cure-in-place such that the elongated upright wall members are connected to the cured-in-place concrete by reinforcement embedded within both the cured-in-place concrete and the upright wall members. The bridge units may be placed before the pouring step to embed the bottoms of the bridge units in the cast-in-place concrete.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Assignee: Contech Engineered Solutions LLC
    Inventors: Scott D. Aston, Michael G. Carfagno, Philip A. Creamer
  • Publication number: 20140352251
    Abstract: The technical features of the present invention are for a method for quickly and easily constructing a building made of soil such as a house or a retaining wall by means of a process of installing a temporary mold in a frame member made of a mesh, compacting pugging clay into the temporary mold in a bottom-up method by a mechanical extruder, and immediately removing the temporary mold and drying the pugging clay.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 17, 2013
    Publication date: December 4, 2014
    Inventor: Moon-Hyoung JUNG
  • Patent number: 8863458
    Abstract: This disclosure relates to an insulative system and materials therefor comprising a polymeric composition disposed at the junctions of the framing and exterior sheathing. In particular, an insulative system and materials therefor comprising a polymeric composition in the form of a sealing structure in contact with both the framing and exterior sheathing of a building are described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2014
    Assignee: Knauf Insulation GmbH
    Inventors: Patrick M. Noonan, Jeffrey R. Brisley
  • Patent number: 8833023
    Abstract: A composite panel for making a wall of a building includes an outer cladding plate, an inner wall plate, and a supporting structure provided between the outer cladding plate and the inner wall plate and which is partially embedded in a polymer foam.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Assignee: Arcelormittal Construction France
    Inventors: David Masure, Chantha Moum
  • 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
  • Patent number: 8820028
    Abstract: A method of reducing the amount of cooling energy required to heat and cool a building is provided. The method includes disposing a porous insulating material in the exterior walls and substantially covering the ceiling in the attic space of the building to a substantial depth. The porous insulating material includes a desiccant. The method further includes permitting the desiccant—bearing porous insulating material to adsorb water moisture from the attic space and then permitting the adsorbed water moisture to desorb from the desiccant—bearing porous insulating material into the enclosed room of the building, resulting in a reduction in the amount of energy required to heat and cool the building.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Assignee: Certainteed Corporation
    Inventors: Murray S. Toas, Sam Yuan
  • Patent number: 8793952
    Abstract: An insulated cavity is provided. The insulated cavity includes a layer of foam material positioned over cracks and around penetrations occurring in portions of the cavity. A layer of insulative material is positioned in contact with the layer of foam material. The layer of insulative material is a mixture of foam material and loosefill insulation material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2014
    Inventor: Fatemeh Nassreen Olang
  • Patent number: 8789338
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention provide apparatus and methods for insulating a structure. A method for insulating a structure may include providing a frame that comprises a plurality of frame members coupled together. Sheathing panels may be coupled to the frame members such that adjacent sheathing panels abut and directly contact each other at an interface to form a wall having a front surface and a rear surface. A spray insulation material may be applied to the front surface of the wall such that the insulation material forms a substantially continuous insulation layer atop the front surface and such that the insulation material directly contacts the interface between adjacent sheathing panels to restrict passage of air between the adjacent panels to at or below 0.2 L/m2/s at a differential pressure across the wall of 75 Pa.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 3, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 29, 2014
    Assignee: Johns Manville
    Inventors: Ames Kulprathipanja, Ralph Michael Fay
  • Patent number: 8789337
    Abstract: A bridge system is provided that utilizes foundation structures that are formed of the combination of precast and cast-in-place concrete. A method of constructing the combination precast and cast-in-place concrete foundation structures involves receiving at a construction site a precast concrete foundation unit having elongated upright wall members that define a channel therebetween, and multiple upright supports located within the channel; placing the precast concrete foundation unit at a desired use location; delivering concrete into the channel while the precast concrete foundation unit remains at the desired use location; and allowing the concrete to cure-in-place such that the elongated upright wall members are connected to the cured-in-place concrete by reinforcement embedded within both the cured-in-place concrete and the upright wall members. The bridge units may be placed before the pouring step to embed the bottoms of the bridge units in the cast-in-place concrete.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 29, 2014
    Assignee: Contech Engineered Solutions LLC
    Inventors: Scott D. Aston, Michael G. Carfagno, Philip A. Creamer
  • Patent number: 8782981
    Abstract: A structural unit includes a first face shell; a second face shell positioned opposite the first face shell; at least one central web connecting the first face shell to the second face shell; a first partial web forming a gap between an end of the first partial web and a first edge of the second face shell, and defining a first cavity; and a second partial web forming a gap between an end of the second partial web and a second edge of the second face shell, and defining a second cavity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Assignee: R.I. Lampus Company
    Inventor: Donald L. Lampus
  • Publication number: 20140174024
    Abstract: A seal assembly (10) is provided for sealing a core hole (52) formed in a concrete slab (54) having opposite first and second surfaces, with the core hole (52) extending between the first and second surfaces. The seal assembly (10) comprises a cover assembly (12) having a cover plate (14) that is configured for engaging the first surface of the concrete slab (54) and seating over and covering the core hole (52). The cover assembly (12) has a lower plate (16) that is configured for being received within the core hole (52). The lower plate (16) is coupled to the cover plate (14) through a support member (20) so that the lower plate (16) is spaced apart from the cover plate (14) when the cover plate (14) is seated over the core hole (52) to define a cavity between the lower plate (16) and the cover plate (14). A locking element carrier (26) is coupled to the cover assembly (12).
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 3, 2014
    Publication date: June 26, 2014
    Inventor: Charles C. Longhenry
  • Patent number: 8752355
    Abstract: A system and method of stabilizing and strengthening wall structures constructed with hollow core cementitious blocks that have not been filled with concrete. Relatively small ports are drilled at the grout line every 4-6 courses along the vertical plain of one hollow core and this and every second core is then filled with a high density expanding resin thus filling the core there by providing sufficient strength and rigidity, yet flexibility to the wall structure to withstand significant seismic activity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 17, 2014
    Inventor: Casey Moroschan
  • Publication number: 20140115990
    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: Application
    Filed: March 5, 2013
    Publication date: May 1, 2014
    Inventor: David Brodowski
  • Publication number: 20140115988
    Abstract: A prefabricated wall assembly receives an exterior covering of a building. The prefabricated wall assembly includes a frame assembly and an insulating foam layer. The frame assembly includes a top member, a bottom member opposite the top member, and a plurality of vertical members coupled to and extending between the top and bottom members. The frame assembly also has an interior side and an exterior side opposite the interior side. The insulating foam layer is disposed between the plurality of vertical members of the frame assembly and also extends from the exterior side of the frame assembly terminating in a plurality of integral ribs. An exterior surface of the insulating foam layer is presented between the plurality of ribs. The ribs space the exterior covering from the exterior surface of the insulating foam layer for allowing airflow and drainage between the prefabricated wall assembly and the exterior covering.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 15, 2012
    Publication date: May 1, 2014
    Inventors: Michael J. Sievers, Michael J. McNulty, Michael Drewery, Rick Davenport, Mary Poma, Paul J. Fox, Colby A. Swanson
  • Patent number: 8711542
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention provide methods and systems for insulating a cavity of a structure. A system may include an insulation machine having an insulation blower that blows insulation into the cavity and a hose having a lumen throughwhich the loose fill insulation is blown. The system may also include a cover positionable atop the cavity of the structure. The cover may include an aperture throughwhich the distal end of the hose is inserted to blow the loose fill insulation into the cavity and an electrically conductive material or layer. The electrically conductive material or layer may electrically contact the hose when the hose is inserted through the aperture. The system may further include a ground wire electrically coupled with the cover to dissipate a charge from the hose by providing an electric path for the charge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 2, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2014
    Assignee: Johns Manville
    Inventor: Thomas John Fellinger
  • Patent number: 8696966
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to a method of fabricating a wall structure that comprises a polyurethane backing. In certain embodiments, no additional layer is coated onto or disposed on the polyurethane backing that is formed through the process disclosed herein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: April 15, 2014
    Assignee: Huntsman International LLC
    Inventor: Jason Smith
  • Publication number: 20140096468
    Abstract: A multi-purpose interlocking masonry unit includes support members extending from its lower surface and port depressions formed in its upper surface. Each masonry unit can be placed on top of a previously placed masonry unit. The interlocking masonry unit allows for the rapid creation of a wall that is substantially straight and aligned while minimizing the need to perform precise measurements and make alignment adjustments during the creation process. Bonding material can be poured through the resultant wall ports, creating a matrix pattern of bonding material throughout the wall, which results in a stronger more durable construction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 4, 2012
    Publication date: April 10, 2014
    Inventor: Joe Balducci, JR.
  • Patent number: 8671645
    Abstract: The present invention relates safing insulation and, particularly, to safing insulation with pre-applied smoke sealant and methods for using the same. In one exemplary embodiment, safing insulation sheets are formed from individual safing insulation sections having a layer of smoke sealant applied to the upper surface of the safing insulation sections. In order to form the safing insulation sheets, individual safing insulation sections are arranged with the fibers of each individual section extending in a vertical direction and a smoke sealant is applied thereto. The smoke sealant acts to mechanically secure the individual sections of safing insulation to one another and also eliminates the need to apply smoke sealant to the safing insulation after installation. Advantageously, by pre-applying the smoke sealant to the safing insulation, the need to use spraying equipment to apply the smoke sealant to the safing insulation at a job site is eliminated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2014
    Assignee: Owens Corning Intellectual Capital, LLC
    Inventor: James Shriver
  • Patent number: 8656680
    Abstract: Disclosed is a method of reinforcing a structure (10) having an elongate hole (14) or drilling the hole having an open proximal end (11) and a closed distal end (16). The method comprises the steps of inserting into the open end of the hole an elongate reinforcement core (20) carrying over at least part of its length an expandable sock (30), introducing a settable liquid (40), such as grout, into the sock at a first pressure so as to cause expansion of the sock toward the wall (18) of the hole (14), the sock being formed from a material which is permeable to the grout so as to allow the liquid to seep through the sock, reducing the pressure in the hole by means of a vacuum tube (23), whilst said introducing step is taking place, to at least a second pressure lower than the first pressure so as to encourage the grout to seep through the sock, to substantially fill the hole.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2014
    Assignee: Cintec International Limited
    Inventor: Peter James
  • Publication number: 20140033638
    Abstract: A method of constructing a wall to meet an applicable building code, and a wall created by this method. The method may include placing insulating concrete forms, having a cavity, where the wall is to be constructed; placing a limited quantity of metal reinforcement steel within the cavity, such that the limited quantity of reinforcing steel is insufficient to meet the applicable building code; and pouring a mix of aggregate, sand, cement, fly ash, and mineral fibers into the cavity; and allowing the mix to cure, thereby meeting the applicable building code without additional metal reinforcement. The mix may between 45 and 50% stone, between 30 and 35% sand, between 10 and 12% Portland cement, between 5 and 8% fly ash, between 1 and 2% mineral fibers, and between 0 and 1% admixtures by weight. The mix may contain mineral fibers of different grades and/or dimensions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 30, 2011
    Publication date: February 6, 2014
    Applicant: CEMEX RESEARCH GROUP AG
    Inventors: Bryan Goerger, Marcelo Ortiz, Francisco Uzcategui, Patrick Thiel
  • Patent number: 8640422
    Abstract: Systems and methods for modifying existing walls are disclosed. In certain embodiments, a masonry wall is constructed near an existing wall, and the cavity between the two walls is filled with a foamable, adhesive material. The foamable, adhesive material adheres to both walls, creating an adhesive connection between them. Certain embodiments create multiple layers of the foamable, adhesive material, allowing each layer to expand before the next is introduced. Certain embodiments utilize a brush device to reduce the amount of mortar left between the two walls. Certain embodiments utilize clips for temporarily securing the masonry wall to the existing wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2014
    Assignee: SR Contractors, LLC
    Inventor: Ronald G. Vandehey
  • Publication number: 20140020306
    Abstract: The subject invention relates to an inflatable structure that can be inflated and deployed by being pressurized with a fluid, said inflatable structure comprising: a plurality of cell members having an inner space and walls, wherein the walls of the cell members enclose the inner space within the cell members, wherein the walls of the cell members include at least two rows of fibers wherein the rows of fibers extend through the walls of the cell members at an angle that is offset by 15° to 75°, wherein the plurality of cell members are affixed together to provide the desired shape of the inflatable structure, and wherein there is at least one orifice in each cell member through which said fluid can be added to inflate the inflatable structure into the desired shape.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 25, 2013
    Publication date: January 23, 2014
    Applicant: UNIVERSITY OF AKRON RESEARCH FOUNDATION
    Inventor: Wieslaw K. Binienda
  • Patent number: 8613180
    Abstract: An insulated door comprising a door shell having spaced first and second exterior panels. The door includes a plurality of stiffeners bonded to a liner panel, with thermal insulation between adjacent stiffeners, disposed within the door shell. The liner panel may extend along one side of the stiffeners and the thermal insulation along the liner panel between the stiffeners and the first and second exterior panels. The stiffeners and the liner panel are preferably made of steel and the stiffeners are welded to the liner panel. The stiffeners are preferably not welded to the first and second exterior panels of the door shell. The liner panel is preferably insertable into the first or second exterior panels of the door shell. The insulation material fills substantially all of the space between the liner panel and one of the first or second exterior panels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 24, 2013
    Assignee: Assa Abloy Door Group, LLC
    Inventors: Bobby Neal Strickland, John A. Wilkinson, Dale Childers, Michael Campbell
  • Publication number: 20130318902
    Abstract: A structural unit includes a first face shell; a second face shell positioned opposite the first face shell; at least one central web connecting the first face shell to the second face shell; a first partial web forming a gap between an end of the first partial web and a first edge of the second face shell, and defining a first cavity; and a second partial web forming a gap between an end of the second partial web and a second edge of the second face shell, and defining a second cavity.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 31, 2013
    Publication date: December 5, 2013
    Applicant: R. I. Lampus Company
    Inventor: Donald L. Lampus
  • Publication number: 20130312362
    Abstract: A method of inserting material into a hole formed through a building structure includes inserting a cover assembly into the hole formed through the building structure, moving at least a portion of the cover assembly from an insertion position to a deployed position, and inserting material into the hole with the cover assembly in the deployed position. An apparatus for filling a hole formed between first and second sides of a building structure includes a cover assembly insertable into the hole from the first side of the building structure, a connector configured to be positioned on the first side of the building structure, and a fastening mechanism configured to secure the cover assembly relative to the connector.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 29, 2012
    Publication date: November 28, 2013
    Inventors: Thomas C. James Maanum, Thomas Johnson
  • Patent number: 8555598
    Abstract: A method of making thermal insulation includes, forming a thermal insulation product precursor having randomly distributed inorganic fibers and about 5-500 wt. % heat-expandable hollow microspheres in dry or slurry form and having a polymeric shell and having disposed therein a blowing agent or gas, and calcium acetate or cupric carbonate, or a combination of calcium acetate and cupric carbonate, and heating the precursor to expand the microspheres.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2013
    Assignee: Certainteed Corporation
    Inventors: Christophe Wagner, Murray Toas, Kurt Mankell
  • Publication number: 20130255912
    Abstract: A system for installing tubing of hydronic thermal control systems in the walls, including ceilings, of buildings. It allows for the stable incorporation of the tubing in the walls while ensuring good thermal conductivity between the tubing and the building's room. The system features a wall including a hydronic thermal management system. The wall comprises a vertically-extending wall support structure, tubing panels secured to the wall support structure, the panels being constructed from wood material, tubing in the tubing panels for carrying a heat transfer fluid, and drywall panels secured over the tubing panels. A filling material is applied between the tubing and the drywall panels. Also a high thermally conductive layer, such as aluminum foil, is used between the filling material and the drywall panels or between the filling material and the tubing panels.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 24, 2012
    Publication date: October 3, 2013
    Inventor: Joachim Fiedrich
  • Patent number: 8522506
    Abstract: A system for the placement of modular fill material forming co-joined assemblies that promotes increased efficiency in fill material building methods by utilizing the capabilities of aerial conveyance devices, the pre-assembly of forms, the rapid bracing of forms, and the sequential placement of enclosure forms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 3, 2013
    Assignee: ThermoFormed Block Corp.
    Inventors: Robert T. Barnet, Bradley J. Barnet, Donald H. Dworkes
  • Patent number: 8516772
    Abstract: A pressure injecting caulking construction technique for gaps between building door/window hole (4) and common additional frame or side frame (1), which involves steps as follows. Firstly, positioning the common additional frame or side frame (1) of the building door/window in the hole (4). Secondly, the technique includes injecting insulating materials (7) in the middle of the gap (3) between the frame and hole, or installing occulting bars (2) at outer side of the additional framework or side framework, or installing combined frameworks (9) on the sides of the common additional frame or side frame and the wall of the hole. Lastly, the technique includes pressure injecting filling materials into the gap (3).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2013
    Assignees: Shenzhen Fucheng Technology Development Co., Ltd., Shenzhen Fucheng Curtain Wall Decoration Engineering Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Xianci Cai
  • Patent number: 8499526
    Abstract: The present invention encompasses a method, on a building site, of forming a stable and, in terms of weight, heavy modular unit under the utilization of prefabricated, in terms of weight considerably lighter, modular unit (12) transported to the building site, where said heavy modular unit (12a) can be adapted to serve as a complete modular-built cellar unit. Said modular unit displays a base slab (14) and double-walled wall sections (10, 11) anchored to the base slab. Inner and outer wall portions (10, 11) are mutually coordinated and secured to one another via supports (18) oriented within a free space formed and structured between the wall portions. The free space is completely filled with a concrete mass, which is caused to cure or set, in order in such instance to form the in terms of weight heavy modular unit. The present invention also discloses a heavy modular unit thus produced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 30, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2013
    Inventor: Hans-Berth Klersy
  • Publication number: 20130192161
    Abstract: A method of constructing a building includes erecting a wall panel extending vertically. A hollow post form attaches to one side of the wall panel, and an insulation panel is placed adjacent to the inner wall panel. The method includes attaching an outer wall panel to the hollow post form on a side opposite the inner wall. The panels are sandwiched together by connecting the panels with a fastener that extends through all of the panels. The hollow post form is filled with a structural binder such as concrete. A ceiling structure is attached to the wall structure and includes layered panels. The ceiling structure defines a floor beam void and, along with the wall structure, defines a tie beam void. The hollow posts and the beam voids are filled with a structural binder such as concrete after the walls and ceiling are constructed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 28, 2013
    Publication date: August 1, 2013
    Inventor: Mark W. Barker
  • Publication number: 20130139453
    Abstract: Tower foundations and structures, kits and methods for making the tower foundations. Aspects of the present invention operate to decouple the required mass for the foundation from the structural components needed to resist compression and tension forces. Aspects of the present invention include a foundation structure made of structural components including pre-cast concrete, cast-in place concrete, reinforced concrete, pre-stressed concrete, pre-tensioned concrete and post-tensioned concrete, for resisting the expected forces transferred from the tower.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 29, 2013
    Publication date: June 6, 2013
    Inventor: Tony Jolly
  • Publication number: 20130104469
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention provide systems and methods for insulating a component of a home or building. An insulated component may include a generally planar surface and a frame positioned atop one side of the generally planar surface. The frame may include a plurality of outer studs coupled together to form an outer periphery and inner studs that divide the frame into one or more sections. One or more of the sections may include a cavity or hollow space. The insulated component may also include a first layer of insulation within one or more of the cavities. The first layer of insulation may include a pour insulation material that transitions from a liquid state or phase to a solid state or phase.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 1, 2011
    Publication date: May 2, 2013
    Inventor: Ralph Michael Fay
  • Patent number: 8418427
    Abstract: An insulated door comprising a door shell having spaced first and second exterior panels. The door includes a plurality of stiffeners bonded to a liner panel, with thermal insulation between adjacent stiffeners, disposed within the door shell. The liner panel may extend along one side of the stiffeners and the thermal insulation along the liner panel between the stiffeners and the first and second exterior panels. The stiffeners and the liner panel are preferably made of steel and the stiffeners are welded to the liner panel. The stiffeners are preferably not welded to the first and second exterior panels of the door shell. The liner panel is preferably insertable into the first or second exterior panels of the door shell. The insulation material fills substantially all of the space between the liner panel and one of the first or second exterior panels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2013
    Assignee: Assa Abloy Door Group, LLC
    Inventors: Bobby Neal Strickland, John A. Wilkinson, Dale Childers, Michael Campbell
  • Publication number: 20130086868
    Abstract: Systems and methods for modifying existing walls are disclosed. In some embodiments, a form assembly is provided with a form member facing an existing wall, to which sheathing panels are attached. The cavity created between the sheathing panels and the existing wall can be filled with a foamable, adhesive material which adheres to the sheathing panels and the existing wall and creates an adhesive connection between them. In some embodiments, the form assembly is vertically adjustable to facilitate the installation of multiple rows of sheathing panels. In some embodiments, the foamable, adhesive material is introduced in successive layers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 8, 2012
    Publication date: April 11, 2013
    Applicant: SR Contractors, LLC
    Inventor: SR Contractors, LLC
  • Publication number: 20130086867
    Abstract: Systems and methods for modifying existing walls are disclosed. In certain embodiments, a masonry wall is constructed near an existing wall, and the cavity between the two walls is filled with a foamable, adhesive material. The foamable, adhesive material adheres to both walls, creating an adhesive connection between them. Certain embodiments create multiple layers of the foamable, adhesive material, allowing each layer to expand before the next is introduced. Certain embodiments utilize a brush device to reduce the amount of mortar left between the two walls. Certain embodiments utilize clips for temporarily securing the masonry wall to the existing wall.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 8, 2012
    Publication date: April 11, 2013
    Applicant: SR Contractors, LLC
    Inventor: SR Contractors, LLC
  • Patent number: 8365496
    Abstract: The invention provides a method of constructing a composite building using plastic foam pieces and Glass Fiber Reinforced Concrete or GFRC, by providing pieces of plastic foam to a building site, joining the pieces of foam with a bonding agent to create at least a portion of the building from the foam pieces, providing the GFRC in a dry form according to a GFRC formula having various ingredients, blending the ingredients to premix the GFRC, placing the dry form GFRC into a mixer, adding water to the dry form GFRC and mixing the water and dry form GFRC to form a wet form of GFRC, allowing the wet form of GFRC to hydrate, providing a tower, placing a pump on the tower, the tower being higher than portion of the building to be sprayed, placing the wet form GFRC in the pump, pumping the wet form GFRC through a hose having a spray nozzle and spraying the GFRC onto the foam surface of the at least a portion of the building.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 10, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2013
    Inventor: Nasser Saebi
  • Patent number: 8365497
    Abstract: The insulated panel comprises exterior sheathing, studs, rigid foam panels and a spray-pour foam. The rigid foam panels are placed up against the sheathing between the studs, and the spray-pour foam is used to fill in the voids.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 19, 2009
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2013
    Inventor: Jordan Byron Rothwell
  • Patent number: 8365498
    Abstract: A thermal board including a first layer, a reflective layer a spacing device and a second layer bonded together as a single unitary structure. The spacing device forms a cavity between the first and second layers in which insulation may be positioned. It is contemplated that in one embodiment the first layer is provided as gypsum board and the second layer is a paper material. In another embodiment, a third layer is positioned between the first and second layers, where the third layer is a dense fiber board. Reflective layer(s) is/are provided as thermally reflective layers are provided as, for example, a spray coating and/or a metallic foil acting like a mirror to Infrared Radiation. The thermal board may be provided as a 4?×8? sheet of material as a single bonded, unitary structure that may be cut and installed in the same manner as standard drywall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2013
    Inventor: Thomas Lucian Hurlburt