Hand Tools For Assembling Building Components Patents (Class 52/DIG1)
  • Patent number: 6131361
    Abstract: A combination clamp and support bracket for transient support of sheet goods during their alignment and fastening to underlying support structures, like joists and studs. The bracket has either one L-shaped longitudinal end, or at least one offset longitudinal end, or, in an alternate configuration, a pair of one L-shaped longitudinal end and the other an offset longitiudinal end. A pattern of bore holes and key slot perforations are arrayed along the bracket longitudinal axis and provide temporarily tacked pivot points and/or ledges for subjacent support of the sheet goods during placements of an abutting edge and permanent fastening. The brackets are handily displaced and ready for reuse in placement of subsequent sheet goods, like dry wall installation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 1999
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2000
    Inventor: James T. Murphy
  • Patent number: 6125593
    Abstract: A self-piercing gutter outlet for connecting a downspout to a gutter. The self-piercing gutter outlet includes a tubular sleeve having open top and bottom ends. An outwardly radiating upper flange is extended around the sleeve at the top end of the sleeve. The bottom end of the sleeve has a serrated lower edge therearound.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 17, 1998
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2000
    Inventors: Darwin Randolph, Mary Randolph
  • Patent number: 6079182
    Abstract: The present invention provides a floor board compressing apparatus and method of use for compressing and tightening a plurality of abutting floor boards. The apparatus has a reel rotationally engaged in a reel housing. An inextensible and flexible tape coiled on and attached to the reel extends to a first hook which attaches to the first end of the boards to be compressed. A second hook is pivotally attached to the reel housing and attaches to the opposing end of the floor boards. A handle which is pivotally engaged to the reel is used to turn the reel within the reel housing so as to draw the first hook toward the second hook. The reel housing preferably includes a plurality of holes and the handle provides a locking peg. After winding in all of the flexible tape by turning the handle, the handle is then rocked on its pivot for engaging and disengaging the locking peg with any one of the locking holes. After the tape has been tightened and locked into place, the reel housing is pushed laterally.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 1997
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2000
    Inventor: Jack Richard Ellenberger
  • Patent number: 6055730
    Abstract: A tool and method provide a labor saving procedure for positioning the collars of screw jacks on base frames at desired heights at construction heights. A conventional electric motor driven drill is coupled to the screw jack pipe by the tool to rotate the pipes for positioning the collar at desired levels on the pipe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 1997
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2000
    Inventor: John Michael Burke
  • Patent number: 6055789
    Abstract: An improved conduit has a cross sectional profile which generally provides an elongate support structure having at least one anchoring structure extending from the support structure to engage any groove on a base board structure to enable the conduit to be "snapped" into a place of consistent support. Generally, the conduit will be pushed down directly against the support structure to enable the support structure to either become anchored or to flex against and secure the engagement of the anchoring structure. A variety of embodiments take advantage of the widest variety of corner configurations in order to provide the widest applicability of the conduit. A tool is disclosed to facilitate installation of the conduit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 1998
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2000
    Inventor: Harry I. Zimmerman
  • Patent number: 6029407
    Abstract: An apparatus for holding a metal stud during wall construction comprises a frame including a pair of spaced-apart longitudinal members generally parallel to each other, a first cross member extending between the longitudinal members, a second cross member located at an intermediate position between the longitudinal members, and at least one stud magnet magnetically engageable with a metal stud. A base member adapted to engage a stud track is connected to the frame. The frame is disposable relative to the base member to position the metal stud substantially orthogonal to the stud track. The longitudinal members and the first cross member can comprise a unitary U-shaped member. The base member can be comprised of a pair of spaced-apart arms pivotably connected to the second cross member. The base member can further comprise a third arm pivotably connected to the pair of arms which pivots between a storage position and a working position. A method for erecting a metal wall partition is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 1998
    Date of Patent: February 29, 2000
    Assignee: S&S Interiors, Inc.
    Inventor: Samuel L. Schillero, Jr.
  • Patent number: 6026619
    Abstract: A carpet stay-nail tool for positively holding an area of carpet to a desired location during carpet stretching and laying operations. A basic necessity during carpet laying is keeping a first section of carpet temporarily secured while the balance of the carpet is stretched and fastened to its permanent position. The invention provides a plurality of nails configured together in a row which can be pounded through the carpet into the underlayment. Subsequently, the invention can be easily pried up and reused with no discemable damage to the carpet. For safety and convenience, the tool is configured in nesting pairs of nail rows so the nail points are covered and a second nail row is readily available.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 1998
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2000
    Inventor: Richard J. Hunt
  • Patent number: 6019561
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a collapsible device for assisting a construction worker in erecting a framed wall. The device includes an elongated telescoping arm having a planar foot member at a first end thereof for vertically securing the arm to a floor. A first end of an elongated nylon strap is attached to a retraction mechanism on the arm. A second end of the nylon strap has a bracket thereon for securing to the top of a wall. The telescoping arm has a weight indication means for indicating to a user the weight of a wall being erected thereby. Accordingly, the strap may be secured to a horizontally oriented wall and the nylon strap is retracted causing the wall to pivot to a vertical position. The telescoping arm allows the device to be easily collapsed for transport or storage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 16, 1998
    Date of Patent: February 1, 2000
    Inventors: Shane Thomson, Lee Sweeney
  • Patent number: 6000193
    Abstract: A reusable and adjustable arch-forming assembly employing a flexible sheet for placing construction materials thereon for the purpose of constructing an arch. The assembly has a center pole with a vertex support and two cross beams mounted by their proximal ends in slidable members engaged around the center pole. Each cross beam has an arch end support at its distal end. An auxiliary support mechanism aids in setting the inclination of the cross beams with respect to the center pole and provides mechanical support for the cross beams at the set inclination. The arch is defined by a curvature assumed by the flexible sheet between the vertex support and the two end support mechanisms. Supplementary arrangements of the assembly permit one to prepare any desired arch structure by adjusting the curvature of the flexible sheet.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 3, 1998
    Date of Patent: December 14, 1999
    Inventors: Francisco Javier Valero-Cuevas, Raimund Sulzenbacher, Stefan Hetzenauer
  • Patent number: 5966878
    Abstract: A bracket, for facilitating installation of window units, has a support arm and a lower arm, parallel to and spaced apart from each other, and interconnected by a transitional section. Two or more brackets may be used during installation of a window. The lower arm of each bracket is positioned under the sill member, so that the transitional section comes close to the interior edge of the sill member, and each support arm passes over, and cantilevers beyond, the sill member. The window being installed may then be temporarily supported on the cantilevering support arms. Retainers such as screwdrivers may be positioned in holes provided near the ends of the support arms to prevent the window from sliding off the support arms. The brackets may be nailed or screwed to the sill member through holes provided in the transitional sections.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 3, 1998
    Date of Patent: October 19, 1999
    Inventor: Theodore Freund
  • Patent number: 5964073
    Abstract: A brick laying aid comprising a box-shaped container open at one end and one side to receive a brick as a relatively close fit between two side walls and lying against a base wall and an end wall which may be of adjustable thicknesses, one side wall having an opening enabling the brick to be finger pressed against the opposite side wall to hold the brick in place when the device is grasped by the hand across the base wall, which is equipped on the outside with a handle which may be adjustable for hand size.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 1997
    Date of Patent: October 12, 1999
    Inventor: Michael Philip Harper
  • Patent number: 5953863
    Abstract: A mounting jig for positioning and adhering respective temporarily-retaining clips of a clip set for a window glass at a peripheral edge portion of the window glass includes a body, two nippers positioned at an end portion of the body which nip a pair of strut members of the clip set, and a positioner provided for each nipper which abuts an edge of the window glass to position the nippers at the peripheral edge portion of the window glass.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 1997
    Date of Patent: September 21, 1999
    Assignee: Nifco Inc.
    Inventors: Yoshio Shibanushi, Keiichi Fukushima
  • Patent number: 5943839
    Abstract: An apparatus which is useful on pitched roofs includes structural features which help keep roofing materials from sliding off the roof. The apparatus also protects roofers from heat and abrasion from the roof surface on which they are working. A substantially solid foam rubber wedge forms one component of the apparatus, and a substantially planar pad forms the other component of the apparatus. These components are placed in proximity to each other so that the roofer, when situated on the pad, can readily reach roofing materials disposed against the wedge. The wedge resiliently compresses when roofing materials are placed on its upper surface. This resilient compression, the angle of orientation of the wedge's upper surface, and the frictional engagement of the wedge with the roof surface each contribute in varying degrees to holding roofing materials in position on the roof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 1998
    Date of Patent: August 31, 1999
    Inventor: James Miller
  • Patent number: 5937613
    Abstract: The present invention comprises a means of marking the placement of holes to be drilled within a foundational sill in a more accurate and time-effective manner. The apparatus includes a pre-measured sliding placement member which further comprises a slot cut to the precise width of a foundational sill to be positioned.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 1997
    Date of Patent: August 17, 1999
    Inventor: Michael Gene Vess, Sr.
  • Patent number: 5930974
    Abstract: A platform and support permit one to walk over freshly tiled areas before the bonding agent cures, without disturbing or shifting the tiles. The support is arranged in the grout joints between tiles and is supported by the subfloor, not the tiles. The platform rests on the supports to provide a larger area for one to walk or stand on. The support is of a height which is at least as great as the height of the set tile. Platforms can cover one tile only or cover several tiles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 1998
    Date of Patent: August 3, 1999
    Inventor: Michael A. Zielinski
  • Patent number: 5921058
    Abstract: A siding application tool that allows one person to apply sheet siding and sub-siding to a building. A verticle guide plate with slightly bent ends joins a base plate perpendicularly making a shelf onto which sheets of paneling will rest. The tool will be attached temporarily to the bottom corner of fastened sheets to hold the next sheet being applied in position for fastening. The tool will also be used with a spacer to attach the first sheet of paneling in the proper location of the corner of the building.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 1996
    Date of Patent: July 13, 1999
    Inventor: William C. Brooker
  • Patent number: 5918439
    Abstract: A roof shingle placement tool is provided. The roof shingle placement tool includes a support member adapted to be disposed generally horizontally on a roof to be shingled. An indexing member is connected to the support member. The indexing member includes a plurality of equally spaced stops. The indexing member is adapted to be indexed upwardly along the roof with succeeding stops engaging a fixed reference point on the roof such that a uniform exposure distance is provided by the support member for succeeding courses of shingles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 1998
    Date of Patent: July 6, 1999
    Inventors: John A. Metzer, James R. Kingham
  • Patent number: 5907940
    Abstract: Alternate methods of adjusting orientation of a wall are disclosed. The first such method includes the steps of establishing a fulcrum on a floor a predetermined distance from the wall, placing a lever in contact with the floor fulcrum, placing a push bar between the lever and the wall, and pushing against the lever towards the wall, whereby the push bar pushes the wall away from the lever. The second or alternate such method of adjusting orientation of a wall includes the steps of establishing a fulcrum on a floor a predetermined distance from the wall, placing a lever in contact with the floor fulcrum, connecting one end of a flexible line assembly to the lever and connecting the other end of the flexible line assembly to the wall, pulling the lever away from the wall, whereby the flexible line assembly pulls the wall towards the lever.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 1997
    Date of Patent: June 1, 1999
    Inventor: Rod Eddie
  • Patent number: 5894705
    Abstract: A floor installation clamp comprising a clamp used for joining floorboards. The clamp includes a tension member with a first end and a second end. The tension member is connectable to opposing counterstays. One or both counterstays of the clamp may comprise suction devices removably attachable floorboard surfaces. Alternatively, the opposing counterstay may comprise an end piece that is removably attachable to a floorboard edge.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 1996
    Date of Patent: April 20, 1999
    Inventor: Joel Sutton
  • Patent number: 5893255
    Abstract: In a method for locating a wall form assembly at an intended position on a floor of a concrete structure, a number of retaining grooves are initially formed in the floor at a boundary of the intended position of the wall form assembly. Thereafter, a number of upright positioning implements are mounted on the floor in the retaining grooves, respectively, before the wall form assembly is hoisted onto the floor such that an outer side of the wall form assembly abuts against the positioning implements to limit deviation of the wall form assembly from the intended position. A positioning implement and a guiding implement for use in the aforesaid locating method are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 1997
    Date of Patent: April 13, 1999
    Inventor: Kou-An Lee
  • Patent number: 5887406
    Abstract: A support for holding or restraining construction or roofing articles on an inclined or pitched roof. The support prevents construction or roofing articles from sliding down or off the inclined or pitched roof of a house or building and allows the construction worker or roofer to position the articles in the immediate area where the construction worker or roofer is working. The support may also have a tray attached to a level surface of the support so that construction tools and/or materials may be located therein for ready accessibility to the construction worker or roofer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 1997
    Date of Patent: March 30, 1999
    Inventor: William R. Bond
  • Patent number: 5873211
    Abstract: A bracket to hold a bricklayer's speed lead in position on a wall. The bracket, which is contoured to fit the speed lead, has two vertical flanges, one of which is longer than the other, a horizontal flange extending perpendicularly between the vertical flanges, and a stepped block beneath part of the horizontal flange at right angles to the horizontal flange and the longer vertical flange. The bracket is also provided with a rotatably mounted cam and a rotatably mounted bushing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 8, 1997
    Date of Patent: February 23, 1999
    Inventors: Marvin W. Post, deceased, by Marvin Post, Jr., executor
  • Patent number: 5833430
    Abstract: On construction sites, the apparatus provides a mast, and a cable-operated winch, for pivot-lifting horizontally-manufactured wall-frames to the vertical position. Upper and lower section of 2".times.6" lumber form the length of the mast. Top and bottom mast-elements have hollow-box sockets, into which the lengths of lumber are telescoped, and a middle mast-element receives both upper and lower lumber sections. The middle mast-element carries a winch, the cable of which is hooked to the top rail of the wall-frame.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 1997
    Date of Patent: November 10, 1998
    Assignee: Douglas Reynolds
    Inventors: Douglas Bradley Reynolds, Lewellyn Boyce Colbourne
  • Patent number: 5787676
    Abstract: A lumber straightening apparatus includes generally a force application section and a lumber engaging section. In a preferred application, the lumber engaging section is inserted over a stud being secured as part of a stud wall. Force is applied to the force application section to cause a first end of the stud to rotate relative to a second end of the stud. After rotation and upon positioning the first end in proper alignment and orientation relative to a cross piece, the first end is secured to a cross piece in a parallel and square manner relative to the cross piece.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 1997
    Date of Patent: August 4, 1998
    Inventor: Robert E. Scharf
  • Patent number: 5787670
    Abstract: A building block with integral hand hold and a method for making same. As with standard prior art masonry blocks, the building block of the present invention includes a central transverse web which provides structural rigidity to the block and divides the interior space of the block into two substantially equal sized areas. However, the building block of the present invention includes a cut-out completely through the central transverse web which facilitates placement of a mason's fingers therein in order to grasp and lift the block. A preferred method for making the blocks includes the use of a mold which allows the transverse web to be formed with the rest of the block, with the central cut-out then being punched out of the transverse web prior to kiln drying the block.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 1996
    Date of Patent: August 4, 1998
    Inventor: Dennis Muncy
  • Patent number: 5735057
    Abstract: A shingle gauge includes a circular collar that is adjustable secured to the hammerhead of a conventional hammer and includes a pair of rearwardly projecting side rails, which are connected by a stud having a cylindrically headed nuts fastened outside the side rails. The distance between the cylindrically headed nuts and a front edge of the shingle gauge is used to measure the desired distance between adjacent rows of shingles fastened to a roof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 1996
    Date of Patent: April 7, 1998
    Inventor: Duane H. Morford
  • Patent number: 5732753
    Abstract: A new Concrete Wall Form Aligning Funnel System for funneling concrete from a concrete truck chute into a narrow form wall without spillage. The inventive device includes a tube, a bottom wall is secured to and enclosing an end of the tube, an opening concentrically projects into the bottom wall, a first and second guide member is secured to the bottom wall adjacent the opening for slidably engaging the form wall. The inventive device also includes at least one handle secured to an exterior portion of the tube for allowing the user to manually manipulate the present invention. The guide members slide within the upper portion of the form wall thereby constantly aligning the opening concentrically within the form wall for preventing spillage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 1996
    Date of Patent: March 31, 1998
    Inventors: Robert Danzi, Anthony Danzi
  • Patent number: 5660006
    Abstract: A bracing apparatus for use with a partially or fully built wall. The wall extends upward from a base surface and has a top surface, a first face and a second face. The wall is constructed from a plurality of stacked masonry forms. The bracing apparatus includes first and second support members, a lock and a base securing mechanism. The first support member rests on the top surface of the wall and has a first brace extending downward adjacent the first face. The second support member is movably connected to the first support member and has a second brace extending downward adjacent the second face. The lock is connected to the first and second support members and is capable of securing the first and second support members in a position substantially equal to the width of at least one of the masonry forms. The ground securing mechanism is connected to at least one of the first and second support members and the base surface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 1996
    Date of Patent: August 26, 1997
    Inventor: Tim R. Emerson, Jr.
  • Patent number: 5642591
    Abstract: A multi-purpose hand tool apparatus includes an elongated shank, a first U-shaped tool attached to a first shank end portion, a second U-shaped tool attached to a second shank end portion, and a jack retainer attached to an elongated shank on an intermediate shank portion. The jack retainer is attached to the top side of the elongated shank and may be in the form of a bucket. The second U-shaped tool is comprised of a single, unified U-shaped tool member which is oriented at an oblique orientation angle with respect to the elongated shank. A line connection assembly is attached to the intermediate shank portion and includes a base member connected to the intermediate shank portion, a line hook, and a pivot pin connected between the base member and the line hook. The line connection assembly is attached to the bottom side of the elongated shank. A flexible line assembly is connected to the line connection assembly, and a wall hook is connected to the flexible line assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 1996
    Date of Patent: July 1, 1997
    Inventor: Rod Eddie
  • Patent number: 5603195
    Abstract: A tile mounting system for mounting tiles of stone or other appropriate material to a wall or other supporting body. The system includes a tile engaging member and an aligning member. The tile engaging member includes three substantially mutually orthogonal portions including a rear face engaging portion adapted to engage the rear faces of adjacent tiles, an extending portion extending beyond and spaced from the front faces of the adjacent tiles and a connecting portion extending between the adjacent tiles and connecting the rear face engaging portion and the extending portion. The aligning member comprises a wedge and includes a slot therein for receiving the connecting portion and is adapted to be slid between the front faces of the tiles and the extending portion of the tile engaging member to align the front faces of the tiles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 1996
    Date of Patent: February 18, 1997
    Inventor: Edward Cosentino
  • Patent number: 5586420
    Abstract: Apparatus and method for filling holes and other flaws in substantially planar surfaces such as walls and floors of structural buildings. The invention includes an independent template having a bore therethrough. An alternative embodiment comprises a filler material receiving tray, a bottom portion of which is a template with a bore therethrough and constructed integrally therewith. A tapered and funnel shaped rim is provided to an exterior of the bore for insertion into the hole to be filled. Additionally, an extension tube may be provided for conveying the filler material to holes and recesses below a planar surface. It is contemplated that a mixing and storage section may be constructed integrally therewith for the filler material prior to distribution through the bore.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 1993
    Date of Patent: December 24, 1996
    Inventor: Olan D. Harris
  • Patent number: 5575132
    Abstract: A T-Lock shingle installation tool comprises a plate having a hand grip provided therein, a pair of tapered leading insertion edges at a forward end of said plate that are separated by a recessed portion. The plate may taper from back to front, and the insertion edges each may have a knife-like forwardly projecting tapered edge. The plate may be provided with an aperture located near a back edge of the plate with the hand grip being defined between the back edge and the aperture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 1995
    Date of Patent: November 19, 1996
    Inventor: Richard H. Garsjo
  • Patent number: 5564236
    Abstract: Disclosed and claimed is a deadman for temporarily holding panel material in position while the material is being fastened to a supporting structure, such as in wall and ceiling construction and methods of use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 1995
    Date of Patent: October 15, 1996
    Assignee: Rockmate, Inc.
    Inventors: David McKinney, William Pratnicki
  • Patent number: 5560117
    Abstract: A spacer or gauge is provided for maintaining accurate spacing between adjacent wooden boards of a deck, patio, walkway or the like incident to the performance of a nailing operation. The spacer is formed from two members, namely, an elongated leg welded in transverse relationship to a support member. A lower flat surface of the support member rests upon and spans adjacent deck boards while a lower leg portion of the elongated leg has opposite substantially parallel space defining surfaces which are spaced a predetermined distance from each other. The space defining surfaces are contacted by opposite edges of the deck boards, and the support member has a pair of apertures which allows a person to view the deck board edges and ascertain that the same are in contact with the space defining surfaces.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 1994
    Date of Patent: October 1, 1996
    Inventor: Brett Tallman
  • Patent number: 5555691
    Abstract: A drywall repair kit which includes a hollow tubular guide and a solid plug for fitting into the guide. The solid plug includes adhesive on its insertion end to secure the plug in place. After the plug is secured the guide is removed. The length of the plug is only slightly less than the stud space between drywall sheets plus the thickness of the drywall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 1995
    Date of Patent: September 17, 1996
    Inventor: Thanh T. Nguyen
  • Patent number: 5531239
    Abstract: A recreational vehicle awning tightener including a generally planar rigid plate sized for receiving a user's foot thereon, the plate having an upper surface and a lower surface bounded by a front edge, a back edge, and a pair of side edges extended therebetween and with the rear edge of the plate positionable upon a recipient surface and the front edge extended upwards to thereby create an acute angle between the lower surface and the recipient surface; a hook removably couplable to an outboard portion of a cover of an awning; and a generally taut line having one end coupled to the hook and another end coupled to the plate, whereby when the user's foot is placed upon the plate and then applies a downward force, the hook pulls the outboard portion of the cover of the awning downwards.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 1995
    Date of Patent: July 2, 1996
    Inventor: Delbert R. Hannah, Jr.
  • Patent number: 5526618
    Abstract: The present invention entails a kit of components for constructing a cased-arched opening and also involves a method of installing the components of the kit. The kit comprises a pair of side columns with each column being generally U-shaped and designed to be inserted around a terminal edge of a wall that borders an open passageway. Further, the kit includes a curved arched assembly that is opened at the top and includes a void that permits the arched assembly to be sandwiched around a lower terminal edge portion of an upper wall section that surrounds the passageway. The respective columns are designed to fit under and support the curved arched assembly and all of the components can be nailed or otherwise secured to the structure to form a cased-arched opening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 1993
    Date of Patent: June 18, 1996
    Inventor: John S. Thomas
  • Patent number: 5493837
    Abstract: A laminated construction board comprising a kraft board support backing adhesively bonded to a foam insulating panel is disclosed. Also shown is an improved method for attaching laminated construction boards with fasteners. The fasteners are driven through the foam panel, until the retaining portion thereof engages the support backing, securing it in abutting relationship with an underlying wall substructure. The insulated surface of the board may be covered with various surface finishes, and is especially suited for use with acrylic mortar systems.Also disclosed is a building structure, a method of constructing a building structure, a wall surfacing system, and a method of constructing a wall sheathing, all utilizing construction boards attached to a substructure with staples wherein the crown of the staple engages the support backing of the construction board.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 1994
    Date of Patent: February 27, 1996
    Assignee: Anthony Industries, Inc.
    Inventor: Eric J. Hepler
  • Patent number: 5483746
    Abstract: A hand operated slot-forming tool has an elongated nose portion having a mechanically advantaged dual edge cutting blade which is pivotally mounted over a slotted dual element anvil blade having shearing edges which work in opposition to the dual edges of the cutting blade in response to squeezing of handles on the tool which cause the cutting edges to close together in gradual shearing contact with stock to be slotted. The cutting blade can be placed in abutting contact with the right angled leg to produce a slot having one edge lying at the intersection of fight angle legs of a channel member. Uniform reproducible slots are produced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 1992
    Date of Patent: January 16, 1996
    Inventor: Gerald W. Beyers
  • Patent number: 5465499
    Abstract: A tool for installing siding on a building wall is disclosed wherein only two formed metal parts are shown which are of utter simplicity and are relatively adjustable one to the other to provide variation in desired exposure to weather of each underlying siding member as determined by the positioning of the parts in assembled relation. A generally J-shaped bracket and an adjustable U-shaped siding support are provided with the support being releasably attached to the bracket with a pair of legs on the support extending through a pair of a series of openings in the bracket. The bracket has a lower hook with a reversely bent lip which may be inserted into wedged engagement between a building wall and an affixed strip of siding for readily securing the tool in position to enable a leg of the support to provide the only assistance required for a single worker to install an overlying strip of siding.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 1994
    Date of Patent: November 14, 1995
    Inventor: Daniel J. LaPlante
  • Patent number: 5458169
    Abstract: A grout distributing device having a body including a bottom wall and inner and outer sidewall assemblies which cooperate to define a common upwardly open grout receiving hopper in the upper portion of the body. The common hopper communicates with a pair of funnel-like grout distribution passageways therebelow which open through the bottom wall. The inner and outer wall assemblies are formed by trapezoidal plates, the inner wall assembly being disposed wholly within the confines of the outer wall assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 6, 1994
    Date of Patent: October 17, 1995
    Inventor: John A. Biafore
  • Patent number: 5383320
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to an improved tool for use in mounting a joist hanger on a header. The tool can be made to accommodate a joist hanger of a single size or can be made so as to be adjusted in size to accommodate joist hangers of different sizes. In the latter cases, a first set of bars can separate from the adjacent, second set of bars to expand the width of the space at the side of which a number of magnets are carried. This allows for greater versatility than when the bars are stationary.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 1, 1993
    Date of Patent: January 24, 1995
    Inventor: Steven W. Sorton
  • Patent number: 5371992
    Abstract: At least one scored screw is driven into the squeak area with a specialized driving bit and an alignment and depth control fixture. The alignment and depth control fixture is used to direct the scored screw to the proper point into the floor so that the scored area is at or beneath the surface of the floor. The driving bit can stop driving the screw at the desired position. After the alignment and depth control fixture is removed, a gripping tool is used to apply force to the screw and break the screw at the prescored position. The barrel of the screw being left in the floor locks the floor or the step to the desired support. One screw or series of these screws in usually an arcuate or a radial fashion around the squeak area, can eliminate the squeak.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 1993
    Date of Patent: December 13, 1994
    Inventor: Jon L. O'Berry
  • Patent number: 5372466
    Abstract: Squeaks in a floor or stair are eliminated by driving screws in the area. At least one scored screw to be driven into the squeak area combines with a specialized driving bit and a alignment and depth control fixture to eliminate the squeak. The alignment and depth control fixture can be used to direct the scored screw to the proper point while the driving bit can stop driving the screw at the desired position. After the alignment and depth control fixture is removed, the screw is broken at the prescored position. To minimize damage to an in place carpet, a tape is wrapped around the threads of the screw.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 1993
    Date of Patent: December 13, 1994
    Inventor: Jon L. O'Berry
  • Patent number: 5371994
    Abstract: A new and improved ceiling sheet installation apparatus includes a set of four ceiling-mounted sheet material support assemblies. Each sheet material support assembly includes a ceiling mounting portion and a sheet retaining portion. The ceiling mounting portion includes a channel for receiving a fastener for attaching to a fixed object in a ceiling. The sheet retaining portion includes a sloped upper surface for receiving an edge of the sheet material and for retaining the sheet material adjacent to the ceiling by supporting the edge of the sheet material. With the sloped upper surface, the edge of the sheet material is wedged between the sloped upper surface and the ceiling. The channel is oriented in the ceiling mounting portion such that the sheet material support assembly is capable of selectively rotating around the fastener to and from two positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 1993
    Date of Patent: December 13, 1994
    Inventor: Paul S. Waters
  • Patent number: 5363560
    Abstract: In the thin set laying of stone or ceramic tile, tiles are set by floating them over a uniformly applied screed of adhesive applied to a level substrate. In this invention combination spacing/levelling devices are used to equally space the corners of adjacent tiles and to maintain them at an equal elevation over the adhesive and substrate. The spacer/leveller device may comprise spacing fins and a guide for maintaining the corner of adjacent tiles flush while mortar is setting. The device works as a guide to facilitate level installation with uniform grout joints and it becomes part of the permanent fabric of the installation. Tiles are temporally supported by spacer/levellers at each corner (while adhesive is drying) and by virtue of the spacer/leveller design they are automatically flush to each other with equal joint spaces separating them. The invention substantially reduces the dependence on the skill of the tile layer to space tiles equally and set them on the same horizontal plane.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 1993
    Date of Patent: November 15, 1994
    Inventor: Stan P. Makow
  • Patent number: 5357730
    Abstract: A metal stud spreader for the U-channel of metal studs comprising a handle portion; an intermediate body portion; head portion; and at least one boss on the head to be placed in the U-channel whereby the U-channel is prevented from inward collapse.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 4, 1993
    Date of Patent: October 25, 1994
    Inventor: George R. Pickeral
  • Patent number: 5322404
    Abstract: A lifting device for pivotally raising a prefabricated wall section from a substantially horizontal position to a vertical position on the floor of a building under construction comprising a trolley having a frame, a pair of spaced rollers mounted for rotation thereon and defining an opening for receipt and passage therethrough of an elongated beam with the rollers in frictional, gripping engagement with the beam, motors mounted on the frames in operative driving engagement with the rollers, and a hinge pivotally mounted on the frame for attachment to the ultimate upper end portion of a prefabricated wall section to permit pivotal movement of the hinge about its point of attachment to the frame during wall-lifting operations. The trolley travels along the beam as the beam pivots on the floor of the building from vertical to diagonal position during corresponding pivotal movement of the prefabricated wall from horizontal to vertical position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 1992
    Date of Patent: June 21, 1994
    Assignee: Bobby E. Keller
    Inventor: Bobby E. Keller
  • Patent number: 5319909
    Abstract: A tool for lap siding installation includes a current board slot, a reference board slot and a lower surface, all three of which are disposed at an angle .alpha. from a reference surface at the top of the tool. The angle .alpha. corresponds to the angle between properly installed siding boards and the wall upon which they are installed. The current board slot has dimensions conforming to the dimensions of the siding being installed. The reference board slot is shorter than the current board slot by the amount of overlap that is desired between adjacent boards after the siding is installed. Optionally, a second set of these features with alternative dimensions can be disposed on the back of the tool making it suitable for use in installing a second type of siding when its orientation is reversed. To use the tool, a current board to be installed is lifted until it is close to its desired position and then fitted within the current board slot of the tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 1991
    Date of Patent: June 14, 1994
    Inventor: David S. Singleterry
  • Patent number: 5291719
    Abstract: A device of novel design employed as a support and guide during the installation of horizontally-disposed building siding, said device comprising principally a shelf-like component and a means incorporating a camming action for clamping the shelf-like component onto an installed length of siding. When two or more of the devices are clamped vertically at spaced intervals onto the uppermost length of installed siding, the shelf-like components provide a horizontal base on which the siding to be installed at the next higher level can be supported during installation, thereby enabling an installer to work alone. The shelf-like components further function to correctly position the siding to be installed relative to the siding already in place without the need for constant measuring and leveling. The device operates in a quick, easy and trouble-free manner, and it assures efficient, accurate and uniform siding installation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 1993
    Date of Patent: March 8, 1994
    Inventor: Claude Buster