Tiling Patents (Class 52/749.11)
  • Patent number: 10208491
    Abstract: A device for leveling and aligning tiles and method for leveling and aligning tiles are disclosed. In one embodiment, the leveling device includes a body and two spaced and parallel strip members extending transversely from the body. Each of the spaced and parallel strip members extend to the front and rear of the body. Two opposing lateral open windows are formed in the body. A breakaway section is defined along the body. A wedge device is provided for penetrating one or more of the two opposing lateral open windows and exerting a force on the tiles for leveling them relative to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2019
    Inventors: Clinton D. Bunch, Joshua A. Bunch
  • Patent number: 10047530
    Abstract: A device for leveling and aligning tiles and method for leveling and aligning tiles are disclosed. In one embodiment, the leveling device includes a body and two spaced and parallel strip members extending transversely from the body. Each of the spaced and parallel strip members extend to the front and rear of the body. Two opposing lateral open windows are formed in the body. A breakaway section is defined along the body. A wedge device is provided for penetrating one or more of the two opposing lateral open windows and exerting a force on the tiles for leveling them relative to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Inventors: Clinton D. Bunch, Joshua A. Bunch
  • Patent number: 9765532
    Abstract: A tile spacing device and accompanying system and method are disclosed for spacing a plurality of tiles having a contour. In one embodiment, the tile spacing device includes two parallel bodies connected by at least one spanning member. The first body, the second body, and the at least one spanning member form a cage-like fused-member structure having a four-tile engagement configuration, a three-tile engagement configuration, and a two-tile engagement configuration, respectively. Within each of the three engagement configurations, engagement of a tile with a spacer can be seen by a user through the cage-like fused-member structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 19, 2017
    Inventors: Clinton D. Bunch, Joshua A. Bunch
  • Patent number: 9487959
    Abstract: A device for leveling and aligning tiles and method for leveling and aligning tiles are disclosed. In one embodiment, the leveling device includes a body and two spaced and parallel strip members extending transversely from the body. Each of the spaced and parallel strip members extend to the front and rear of the body. Two opposing lateral open windows are formed in the body. A breakaway section is defined along the body. A wedge device is provided for penetrating one or more of the two opposing lateral open windows and exerting a force on the tiles for leveling them relative to each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 8, 2016
    Inventors: Clinton D. Bunch, Joshua A. Bunch
  • Patent number: 9347228
    Abstract: A tile spacing device and accompanying system and method are disclosed for spacing a plurality of tiles having a contour. In one embodiment, the tile spacing device includes two parallel bodies connected by at least one spanning member. The first body, the second body, and the at least one spanning member form a cage-like fused-member structure having a four-tile engagement configuration, a three-tile engagement configuration, and a two-tile engagement configuration, respectively. Within each of the three engagement configurations, engagement of a tile with a spacer can be seen by a user through the cage-like fused-member structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2016
    Inventors: Clinton D. Bunch, Joshua A. Bunch
  • Publication number: 20150143776
    Abstract: An aid for laying floor tiles on an adhesive bed applied to a floor surface including a support handle having a first and second end, as well as a supporting surface provided at each end, wherein each supporting surface can be supported on the floor surface and wherein each supporting surface is provided with several projections spaced apart such that a support is realized by means of which the tiler can be supported on the floor surface while carrying out work, so that the occurrence of injuries and other physical discomfort can be reduced as much as possible, and wherein furthermore undesirable disturbance of or damage to the adhesive bed on which the flooring tiles are to be placed is prevented.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 26, 2013
    Publication date: May 28, 2015
    Inventor: Antoon Laurens Gerard Marie Geelen
  • Patent number: 9027308
    Abstract: A tile alignment and leveling device for aligning and leveling tiles as they are being secured to a substrate. The device includes a flexible member, a bottom plate, and an intermediate member. The intermediate member spaces the flexible member and bottom plate a predetermined vertical distance. The flexible member has a first end and a second end. The first end is pivotally combined with the intermediate member thereby allowing the flexible member to pivot between a first position and a second (downward) position. In use and in its second position, the flexible member second end exerts force against the top of the tiles to help align and level the tiles as they are secured to the substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2015
    Assignee: Davinci Italia/USA Group
    Inventors: Edward A. Kufner, Ralph Burgin
  • Publication number: 20150113910
    Abstract: Various embodiments provide apparatuses and methods for installing tile with a tile installation guide. In some embodiments, an apparatus includes a tile installation guide including a guide body having a polygonal outer surface and an opening configured to surround a non-polygonal element, wherein a thickness of the guide body is substantially equivalent to a thickness of a tile for which the guide is used.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 4, 2014
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Inventor: Timothy J. Wood
  • Patent number: 9016018
    Abstract: A support for installing facing materials such as ceramic tiles on a substrate such as floors, walls and ceilings wherein the support plate has a plurality of spaced apart recesses in the plate material, with the recesses being open at the top surface and have solid sidewalls and a base, and a plurality of slots in the non-recessed portions of the plate material extending through the top surface and bottom surface, the slots joining one or more adjacent recesses. The support plate of the invention is used for tile installations between the substrate and such tile. Thin-set mortar that is used to secure the tile to the support plate flows into the recesses and into the slots forming a continuous bond between the mortar and the adjacent slots providing for a strong bond between the support plate, mortar and the tiles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignee: Laticrete International, Inc.
    Inventor: Sean P. Boyle
  • Patent number: 8966835
    Abstract: A tile aligning and lippage tuning system that uses an under tile base interstitial strap, which is connected to said under tile base, a shim shell cap configured to slip over the connecting tab. A bottom tile mating shim and a top shim.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 3, 2015
    Assignee: New Standards Manufacturing Co.
    Inventors: James P. Hoffman, Ernest L. Perry, IV, Michele Volponi
  • Publication number: 20150027082
    Abstract: A tile aligning and lippage tuning system that uses an under tile base interstitial strap, which is connected to said under tile base, a shim shell cap configured to slip over the connecting tab. A bottom tile mating shim and a top shim.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 13, 2014
    Publication date: January 29, 2015
    Inventors: James P. Hoffman, Ernest L. Perry, IV, Michele Volponi
  • Patent number: 8919076
    Abstract: An adjustable tile spacer is described. In one example, the tile spacer includes a first support bar connected to a first spacer arm. The first spacer arm has a top face to abut a wall and support a tile. A second support bar is movably connected to the first support bar. A second spacer arm is connected the second support bar. The first spacer arm has a bottom face to abut a wall and to support the second support bar against a tile. A lock fixes the first and the second support bars in a position with respect to each other when the lock is engaged to define a distance between the top face and the bottom face corresponding to a gap between two tiles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Inventor: Christopher S. Kitchens
  • Publication number: 20140360130
    Abstract: A tile alignment and leveling device for aligning and leveling tiles as they are being secured to a substrate. The device includes a flexible member, a bottom plate, and an intermediate member. The intermediate member spaces the flexible member and bottom plate a predetermined vertical distance. The flexible member has a first end and a second end. The first end is pivotally combined with the intermediate member thereby allowing the flexible member to pivot between a first position and a second (downward) position. In use and in its second position, the flexible member second end exerts force against the top of the tiles to help align and level the tiles as they are secured to the substrate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 21, 2014
    Publication date: December 11, 2014
    Applicant: Davinci Italia/USA Group, LLC
    Inventors: Edward A. Kufner, Ralph Burgin
  • Patent number: 8887475
    Abstract: This invention relates to a leveling and aligning device for installing tiles and which comprises a wedge for leveling the tiles and a main body; more specifically, the main body has a supporting base and at least one vertical member extending along an axis substantially perpendicular to the base and connected to the supporting base along a preferential fracturing line; the first vertical member has an opening extending from the supporting base, designed to receive the leveling wedge, and a contact portion designed to engage with the leveling wedge; the first vertical member comprises at least one pair of first side tabs having a thickness greater than the thickness of the first vertical member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Assignee: GHELFI S.r.l.
    Inventor: Stefano Ghelfi
  • Publication number: 20140325936
    Abstract: A tile levelling and spacing device (12) including: a base plate (20) having an upper surface (29) and a base surface; a central hub (22) which includes a stem aperture, each centrally located in the base plate (20), the stem aperture including internal threading; and at least one spacer body (24) which extend outwardly from the upper surface (20) of the base plate (20), wherein the at least one spacer body (24) includes: at least one first engagement portion (25) which is configured to abut against a side of a first tile of a pair of adjacent tiles (16) and be spaced away from the side of the second tile of that pair of tiles (16); and at least one second engagement portion (25) which is configured to abut against a side of the second tile of the pair of adjacent tiles (16) and be spaced away from the side of the first tile of that pair of tiles (16).
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 5, 2012
    Publication date: November 6, 2014
    Inventors: Anthony PSaila, Andy Nicholas Psaila
  • Publication number: 20140325935
    Abstract: A tile aligning and lippage tuning system that uses an under tile base reusable upright connecting tab, which is detachably connected to said under tile base, a reusable flexible edge slotted cap, configured to slip over the connecting tab and latch thereto as the cap is slid further down the connecting tab. The cap has an edge slot so that the connecting tab can be separated from the cap, by merely sliding the cap, so that the connecting tab passes through the slot. A flexible spring-like portion of the cap provides increased force on the tile, even if undesired elongation of the connecting tab occurs.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 30, 2014
    Publication date: November 6, 2014
    Inventors: James P. Hoffman, Michele Volponi
  • Patent number: 8820031
    Abstract: A tile alignment and leveling device for aligning and leveling tiles as they are being secured to a substrate. The device includes a flexible member, a bottom plate, and an intermediate member. The intermediate member spaces the flexible member and bottom plate a predetermined vertical distance. The flexible member has a first end and a second end. The first end is pivotally combined with the intermediate member thereby allowing the flexible member to pivot between a first position and a second (downward) position. In use and in its second position, the flexible member second end exerts force against the top of the tiles to help align and level the tiles as they are secured to the substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Assignee: Davinci Italia/USA Group, LLC
    Inventors: Edward A. Kufner, Ralph Burgin
  • Patent number: 8800246
    Abstract: A tile levelling device includes a base portion having an upper surface and an opposing lower surface, one or more recesses being formed in the upper surface. The tile levelling device also includes a stem frangibly connected to the base portion at or near a low point of said recess, the stem including a hole adapted to receive a wedge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Inventor: Michael Gorton
  • Publication number: 20140116001
    Abstract: This invention relates to a leveling and aligning device for installing tiles and which comprises a wedge for leveling the tiles and a main body; more specifically, the main body has a supporting base and at least one vertical member extending along an axis substantially perpendicular to the base and connected to the supporting base along a preferential fracturing line; the first vertical member has an opening extending from the supporting base, designed to receive the leveling wedge, and a contact portion designed to engage with the leveling wedge; the first vertical member comprises at least one pair of first side tabs having a thickness greater than the thickness of the first vertical member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 25, 2013
    Publication date: May 1, 2014
    Applicant: GHELFI S.r.l.
    Inventor: Stefano GHELFI
  • Patent number: 8708310
    Abstract: A flooring installation tool includes a base having a bottom surface configured to engage a top surface of a flooring material, and a shoe having a connection portion and a vertical surface engaging portion. The connection portion is movably connected to a gear housing supported by the base, and the vertical surface engaging portion is configured to engage a vertical surface of the flooring material. An adjuster is configured to selectively hold the shoe relative to the base in a first position or in a second position that is different from the first position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2014
    Assignee: Stanley Fastening Systems, L.P.
    Inventor: Jeffrey Edgerly
  • Patent number: 8671628
    Abstract: An intake manifold (2) of comburent air is presented for an internal combustion engine (1) provided with a recirculating conduit (60) of exhaust gases. The intake manifold (2) includes a first inlet mouth (213) of the comburent air, a second inlet mouth (214) in communication with the recirculating conduit (60) of the exhaust gases, and a plurality of outlet mouths (201), having a wall (7) positioned in front of each of the outlet mouths (201) and configured for dividing the internal volume of the intake manifold (2) into two chambers (215, 204), the first chamber (215) being placed in communication with the first inlet mouth (213) and the second inlet mouth (214) and the second chamber (204) being placed in communication with the outlet mouths (201), the wall (7) defining an opening (70) adapted for placing the first chamber (215) and the second chamber (204) in communication.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 18, 2014
    Assignee: Raimondi S.p.A.
    Inventor: Giorgio Sighinolfi
  • Publication number: 20140033640
    Abstract: A tile levelling device includes a base portion having an upper surface and an opposing lower surface, one or more recesses being formed in the upper surface. The tile levelling device also includes a stem frangibly connected to the base portion at or near a low point of said recess, the stem including a hole adapted to receive a wedge.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 27, 2013
    Publication date: February 6, 2014
    Inventor: Michael Gorton
  • Patent number: 8635815
    Abstract: A leveling spacer for laying wall tiles, paving tiles and the like with the interposition of gaps, which comprises a base with spacing protrusions for the abutment of the edges of corresponding tiles so as to define the width of the gaps, a threaded stem, which is fixed at right angles to the base in at least one easily breakable point, a knob for clamping and removing the threaded stem, which comprises a female threaded portion adapted to be screwed to the threaded stem.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2014
    Assignee: Progress Profiles SpA
    Inventor: Lino Bordin
  • Patent number: 8590268
    Abstract: Methods for installing underlayment systems include the steps of laying at least one piece of a pre-formed board over at least one first portion surface area of a sub-floor. The pre-formed board is preferably fire-resistant gypsum board, which may also be water- and/or moisture-resistant. A second portion surface area of the sub-floor, which is adjacent to each first portion surface area, is designated to receive a poured underlayment after a tub is installed over the laid at least one piece of pre-formed board. In some instances, a sound mat may be laid over each first portion surface area of the sub-floor, prior to laying the at least one piece of the pre-formed board, and, then, another sound mat may be laid over the second portion surface area of the sub-floor, after laying the at least one piece of pre-formed board and prior to pouring the poured underlayment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2013
    Assignee: Maxxon Corporation
    Inventor: Patrick H. Giles
  • Publication number: 20130298497
    Abstract: A kit for fixing tiles to a wall comprising: a tile having a protrusion extending from an edge thereof; and a fixing element arranged to be fastened to the wall and to accommodate the protrusion so as to secure the tile in position.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 14, 2013
    Publication date: November 14, 2013
    Inventors: Paul Neil Sullivan, Neil Anthony Sullivan
  • Publication number: 20130255182
    Abstract: A tile alignment and leveling device for aligning and leveling tiles as they are being secured to a substrate. The device includes a flexible member, a bottom plate, and an intermediate member. The intermediate member spaces the flexible member and bottom plate a predetermined vertical distance. The flexible member has a first end and a second end. The first end is pivotally combined with the intermediate member thereby allowing the flexible member to pivot between a first position and a second (downward) position. In use and in its second position, the flexible member second end exerts force against the top of the tiles to help align and level the tiles as they are secured to the substrate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 29, 2013
    Publication date: October 3, 2013
    Inventors: Edward A. Kufner, Ralph Burgin
  • Publication number: 20130247508
    Abstract: A tile aligning and lippage tuning system that uses an under tile base reusable upright connecting tab, which is detachably connected to said under tile base, a reusable flexible edge slotted cap configured to slip over the connecting tab and latch thereto as the cap is slid further down the connecting tab. The cap has an edge slot so that the connecting tab can be separated from the cap, by merely sliding the cap, so that the connecting tab passes through the slot. A flexible spring-like portion of the cap provides increased force on the tile even if undesired elongation of the connecting tab occurs.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 2, 2013
    Publication date: September 26, 2013
    Inventors: James P. Hoffman, Ernest L. Perry, IV, Michele Volponi
  • Patent number: 8505267
    Abstract: A holder to be placed in floating floor slabs and the installation system thereof, the holder comprising a cubic holder having a pair of tubes on each side thereof, parallel with the supporting base, with facing sides in identical position; within said sides a section designed for placing rods on which the different layers of the rebar mesh are supported and a system for fitting the mesh on the rods, and also the securing of the corners of the different levels of the rebar mesh by means of linking of the holder s using the rods.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2013
    Inventor: Juan Jose Martin Hernandez
  • Publication number: 20130133283
    Abstract: A handle assembly having a handle and a carrier arm. A receiving channel included in the carrier arm. A plurality of flange openings in the receiving channel being wider and extending deeper into the carrier arm than the receiving channel. A flange slot included in the carrier arm adjacent each of the flange openings and recessed from the receiving channel. An attachment unit having an attachment rail including a base rail running along a portion of a top side of the attachment unit. A plurality of securing flanges positioned on the base rail that project laterally outward and above the base rail. The securing flanges being received into the flange openings and the base rail being received into the receiving channel so that a sliding movement of the carrier arm along the attachment rail directs the securing flanges into and out of the flange slots.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 24, 2012
    Publication date: May 30, 2013
    Inventors: Karen Floyd, Angel Cox, Tom Wilke
  • Patent number: 8448409
    Abstract: A plurality of decorative pieces, such as chips, stones, or tiles, are temporarily attached to a rigid film by a releasable adhesive. First and second tile sections are fixed to a floor or subfloor surface to create a gap between the first and second tile sections. A tool is provided having a plurality of teeth which are configured so that they can be inserted in the gap between the first and second tile sections. The tool may also include two shoulder or wing portions which engage and overlap portions of the first and second tile sections and which thereby prevent the plurality of teeth from penetrating farther than a certain distance into the gap. The gap may be formed by gluing the first tile section and the second tile section to the floor or subfloor surface with a first glue. The method may further include gluing the plurality of decorative pieces, with a second glue, inside the gap, and then peeling off the rigid film from the plurality of decorative pieces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 28, 2013
    Inventor: Alex Xie
  • Publication number: 20130118115
    Abstract: A tile aligning and lippage tuning system that uses an under tile base reusable upright connecting tab, which is detachably connected to said under tile base, a reusable flexible edge slotted cap configured to slip over the connecting tab and latch thereto as the cap is slid further down the connecting tab. The cap has an edge slot so that the connecting tab can be separated from the cap, by merely sliding the cap, so that the connecting tab passes through the slot. A flexible spring-like portion of the cap provides increased force on the tile even if undesired elongation of the connecting tab occurs.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 13, 2012
    Publication date: May 16, 2013
    Applicant: NEW STANDARDS MANUFACTURING, CO.
    Inventors: James P. Hoffman, Ernest L. Perry, IV, Michele Volponi
  • Publication number: 20130104497
    Abstract: A device for spacing, bracing and leveling tiles during installation on a ceiling substrate, comprises a, spacer and a bracer having a threaded substrate penetrating screw to releasably engage with the substrate for bracing and leveling tiles. The spacer and bracer are made of rigid material to support the weight of tile. The spacer carries at least one spacer ridge that when placed between tiles will create an equal distance between adjacent tiles. When the screw is inserted through a hole defined in the spacer and screwed until a first surface of the spacer frictionally contacts an exposed surface of the tile, the spacer will secure the tile and prevent a ceiling tile from falling until an adhesive dries.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 30, 2011
    Publication date: May 2, 2013
    Inventor: Frankie Laine Ross
  • Publication number: 20130067854
    Abstract: A leveling spacer for laying wall tiles, paving tiles and the like with the interposition of gaps, which comprises a base with spacing protrusions for the abutment of the edges of corresponding tiles so as to define the width of the gaps, a threaded stem, which is fixed at right angles to the base in at least one easily breakable point, a knob for clamping and removing the threaded stem, which comprises a female threaded portion adapted to be screwed to the threaded stem.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 19, 2012
    Publication date: March 21, 2013
    Applicant: PROGRESS PROFILES SPA
    Inventor: PROGRESS PROFILES SPA
  • Publication number: 20130055675
    Abstract: An intake manifold (2) of comburent air is presented for an internal combustion engine (1) provided with a recirculating conduit (60) of exhaust gases. The intake manifold (2) includes a first inlet mouth (213) of the comburent air, a second inlet mouth (214) in communication with the recirculating conduit (60) of the exhaust gases, and a plurality of outlet mouths (201), having a wall (7) positioned in front of each of the outlet mouths (201) and configured for dividing the internal volume of the intake manifold (2) into two chambers (215, 204), the first chamber (215) being placed in communication with the first inlet mouth (213) and the second inlet mouth (214) and the second chamber (204) being placed in communication with the outlet mouths (201), the wall (7) defining an opening (70) adapted for placing the first chamber (215) and the second chamber (204) in communication.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 29, 2012
    Publication date: March 7, 2013
    Applicant: RAIMONDI S.P.A.
    Inventor: Giorgio Sighinolfi
  • Publication number: 20130055674
    Abstract: The present invention is a tile spacing device utilized to precisely space and mounts a plurality of tiles. The tile spacing device includes an elongated rectangular spacer made of wood, plastic or synthetic material that serves as a bridge instrument that is utilized as a tile spacing device in between rows of tiles to keep the tiles aligned in a straight orientation. The elongated rectangular spacer distributes the tiles' weight evenly as a wall is being tiled. The elongated rectangular spacer is approximately 5 feet long, 1 inch wide and ΒΌ inch high. The elongated rectangular spacer can be made of hard plastic material or recycled hard plastic material and is reusable.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 1, 2011
    Publication date: March 7, 2013
    Inventor: Benny Sandlin
  • Publication number: 20130031867
    Abstract: A shake jig which comprises a base member which supports an adjustable member and a releasable fastener which facilitates releaseable retention of the adjustable member in a desired relative position with respect to the base member. The base member is substantially planar and has a shake shelf for abutting against a surface of a shake to prevent further insertion thereof, between an installed topmost shake and an at least partially overlapped shake, and facilitate desired alignment of the shake jig with respect to the installed topmost shake. At least one projection is formed on a surface of the base member, adjacent a leading end thereof, to facilitate retention of the shake jig following insertion of the base member. The adjustable member has a ledger shelf for engaging with a ledger board to retain the ledger board in a desired horizontal orientation with respect to the shake shelf and to assist with installation of shakes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 1, 2011
    Publication date: February 7, 2013
    Inventors: Dan R. DUQUETTE, Gerald F. BRIGGEMAN, III
  • Patent number: 8336279
    Abstract: A device for aligning and leveling tiles as they are laid in floors, walls, countertops, or the like. The device has a locking assembly and a bottom plate. The components are combined with a shaft that extends from the bottom plate through the locking assembly so that the locking assembly is movable along the length of the shaft. In use, the device is placed between adjacent tiles so that the locking assembly and bottom plate hold adjacent tiles at a desired height as the setting bed dries.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2012
    Assignee: Davinci Italia/USA Group, LLC
    Inventors: Edward A. Kufner, Michele Volponi
  • Publication number: 20120297714
    Abstract: The disclosure relates to tile spacing devices for insertion between tiles being spaced apart from one another and/or from other features on a surface. The spacers include a wedge portion and a tongue portion. Unlike previous wedges used for tile spacing, at least one face of the wedge described herein is indented. When inserted between adjacent tiles, at least the indented portion of the face will not contact a tile, which can minimize adhesion of grout, mortar, and adhesives to the spacer, facilitating its removal. The tongue portion of the spacer extends beyond the face of adjacent flat tiles, even when the entire wedge portion is inserted into the inter-tile space. The tongue portion can be gripped by a user to facilitate removal of the spacer from set tiles.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 27, 2011
    Publication date: November 29, 2012
    Applicant: Tavy Enterprises, LLC
    Inventors: Armen TAVY, Jeffrey Maguire
  • Publication number: 20120227344
    Abstract: A plurality of decorative pieces, such as chips, stones, or tiles, are temporarily attached to a rigid film by a releasable adhesive. First and second tile sections are fixed to a floor or subfloor surface to create a gap between the first and second tile sections. A tool is provided having a plurality of teeth which are configured so that they can be inserted in the gap between the first and second tile sections. The tool may also include two shoulder or wing portions which engage and overlap portions of the first and second tile sections and which thereby prevent the plurality of teeth from penetrating farther than a certain distance into the gap. The gap may be formed by gluing the first tile section and the second tile section to the floor or subfloor surface with a first glue. The method may further include gluing the plurality of decorative pieces, with a second glue, inside the gap, and then peeling off the rigid film from the plurality of decorative pieces.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 7, 2011
    Publication date: September 13, 2012
    Inventor: Alex Xie
  • Publication number: 20120198789
    Abstract: In an embodiment, a tile spacer for providing spacing between adjacent tiles during installation on an installation surface includes a body portion defining a substantially planar surface, a flange portion extending outward from the body portion along the planar surface and at least one arm member extending from the flange portion substantially perpendicular to the planar surface and configured for insertion between adjacent tiles.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 3, 2012
    Publication date: August 9, 2012
    Inventor: Photios Noutsis
  • Publication number: 20120144773
    Abstract: Manual tool (1) for application of a tile laying device (100) to tiles (150a,150b) on a surface (200) to coat comprises a working head (15) having a support surface (16) that is arranged, in use, next to a face (122) of a portion (120) of the device (100). In particular, the working head (15) has a side opening (20) through which the band member (160), connected to a portion (110) of the device (100) and protruding from the second portion (120) through the tiles (150a and (150b), is arranged according to the working head (15).
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 2, 2010
    Publication date: June 14, 2012
    Applicant: MOLLIFICIO APUANO S.R.L.
    Inventor: Bondielli Mauro
  • Publication number: 20120131881
    Abstract: An installation tool for installing floor tiles includes a base and an arm. The base and the arm each have opposing top and bottom surfaces and opposing sides. The sides of the base extend substantially perpendicular to the sides of the arm. At least one spacer is provided on at least one of the sides of the base and at least one spacer is provided on at least one of the sides of the arm. Each of the spacers has an alignment member extending substantially perpendicular to the top and bottom surfaces of the base and the arm. Each of the alignment members has a thickness equal to a desired spacing between adjacent floor tiles.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 30, 2010
    Publication date: May 31, 2012
    Inventors: Michael T. Pham, Michael E. Buckwalter, Kean M. Anspach, Heath E. Harrington
  • Patent number: 8181409
    Abstract: An improved rotatable wedge spacer to be removably positioned in a gap between opposing upper and lower surfaces (e.g., tiles) that are being bonded (e.g., by means of mortar) one above or adjacent the other to a flat surface (e.g., a wall or a floor). The spacer includes a curved (e.g., circular) body having a thin tip at one end and a thick tail at the opposite end. The height of the circular body between an upward sloping top surface thereof and a flat bottom surface increases from the thin tip to the thick tail. A series of flat load-supporting plateaus having predetermined increasing heights are regularly spaced from one another along the top surface so as to lie parallel with the flat bottom surface. With the flat bottom surface of the wedge spacer seated upon the lower tile, the curved body is rotated within the gap until one of the flat load-supporting plateaus along the top surface engages the upper tile.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2012
    Inventor: Grant B. Jones
  • Patent number: 8181420
    Abstract: The device has a first lower substantially flat body, which has in its upper part a flexible post with a narrowed or weakened portion and a second upper body with the passage for receiving and securing said post. The flexible post, which has a rectangular cross section, has in its main surfaces respective mutually opposed toothings, which teeth are offset in the lengthwise direction and the passage of the second body has two latching pawls mutually opposed, so that in the operative position of the devices, the teeth of the flexible post engage in an alternate form with said latching pawls. The second body has a bell like hollow form with a lower widened contact mouth or border.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2012
    Assignee: Germans Boada, S.A.
    Inventor: Josep Torrents I Comas
  • Patent number: 8166727
    Abstract: An automated brick laying system (10) for constructing a building from a plurality of bricks (16) comprises a robot (12) provided with a brick laying and adhesive applying head (18), a measuring system (13), and a controller (14) that provides control data to the robot (12) to lay the bricks (16) at predetermined locations. The measuring system (13) measures in real time the position of the head (18) and produces position data for the controller (14). The controller (14) produces control data on the basis of a comparison between the position data and a predetermined or pre-programmed position of the head (18) to lay a brick (16) at a predetermined position for the building under construction. The controller (14) can control the robot (12) to construct the building in a course by course manner where the bricks (16) are laid sequentially at their respective predetermined positions and where a complete course of bricks for the entire building is laid prior to laying of the brick for the next course.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 2, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2012
    Assignee: Goldwing Nominees Pty. Ltd.
    Inventors: Mark Joseph Pivac, Michael Barrington Wood
  • Publication number: 20120085066
    Abstract: A device for aligning and leveling tiles as they are laid in floors, walls, countertops, or the like. The device has a locking assembly and a bottom plate. The components are combined with a shaft that extends from the bottom plate through the locking assembly so that the locking assembly is movable along the length of the shaft. In use, the device is placed between adjacent tiles so that the locking assembly and bottom plate hold adjacent tiles at a desired height as the setting bed dries.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 20, 2011
    Publication date: April 12, 2012
    Applicant: Davinci Italia/USA Group, LLC
    Inventors: Edward A. Kufner, Michele Volponi
  • Patent number: 8099926
    Abstract: A device for aligning and leveling tiles as they are laid in floors, walls, countertops, or the like. The device has a locking assembly and a bottom plate. The components are combined with a shaft that extends from the bottom plate through the locking assembly so that the locking assembly is movable along the length of the shaft. In use, the device is placed between adjacent tiles so that the locking assembly and bottom plate hold adjacent tiles at a desired height as the setting bed dries.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2011
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2012
    Assignee: Davinci Italia/USA Group, LLC
    Inventors: Edward A. Kufner, Michele Volponi
  • Patent number: 8082714
    Abstract: A rotatable wedge tile spacer to be removably positioned in a gap between adjacent upper and lower tiles that are being bonded one above the other to a vertical surface (i.e., a wall). The tile spacer includes a curved (i.e., circular) body having a thin tip at one end and a thick tail at the opposite end. The height of the circular body increases along a tile-supporting top surface thereof that runs from the thin tip to the thick tail. With the tile spacer seated upon the lower tile, the circular body is rotated continuously around its longitudinal axis until the tile-supporting top surface engages the upper tile. Accordingly, the circular body of the rotatable wedge tile spacer will fill the gap and thereby prevent the upper tile from moving through the gap towards the lower tile during the bonding process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2011
    Inventors: Jason W. Burns, Grant B. Jones
  • Patent number: 8079199
    Abstract: A device for aligning and leveling tiles as they are laid in floors, walls, countertops, or the like. The device has a locking assembly and a bottom plate. The components are combined with a shaft that extends from the bottom plate through the locking assembly so that the locking assembly is movable along the length of the shaft. In use, the device is placed between adjacent tiles so that the locking assembly and bottom plate hold adjacent tiles at a desired height as the setting bed dries.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2010
    Date of Patent: December 20, 2011
    Assignee: Davinci Italia/USA Group, LLC
    Inventors: Edward A Kufner, Michele Volponi
  • Publication number: 20110271639
    Abstract: A tile spacer punch device 10 comprises a rigid elongate body 12, which has a punch element 16 at one end and a grip 18. The punch element 16 has at least three arms 24, each arm 24 is at right angles to an adjacent arm 24. Preferably the arms 24 intersect and may also be in a common plane. More preferable, for of the said arms 24 are provided. Furthermore, the arms may form part of plates, and the plates may taper inwardly away from the grip. An upper surface 22 of the punch head 14 is preferably convexly domed and suitably resilient to accept repeated striking, for example, from a hammer or palm of a user's hand.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 19, 2010
    Publication date: November 10, 2011
    Inventor: Gregg Robert Flanegan