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Publication numberUS20050050818 A1
Publication typeApplication
Application numberUS 10/653,881
Publication dateMar 10, 2005
Filing dateSep 4, 2003
Priority dateSep 4, 2003
Publication number10653881, 653881, US 2005/0050818 A1, US 2005/050818 A1, US 20050050818 A1, US 20050050818A1, US 2005050818 A1, US 2005050818A1, US-A1-20050050818, US-A1-2005050818, US2005/0050818A1, US2005/050818A1, US20050050818 A1, US20050050818A1, US2005050818 A1, US2005050818A1
InventorsYao-Chung Chen, Shih-Jan Wang
Original AssigneeYao-Chung Chen, Shih-Jan Wang
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Adjuster for elevated floor
US 20050050818 A1
Abstract
An adjuster for an elevated floor comprises a threaded pipe having an inner thread for connecting with a connecting hole which is on the elevated floor, and the threaded pipe is thread connected therein with a footing seat and a fixing screw mounted above the footing seat. The footing seat has an adjustment hole on its upper end, the fixing screw has a through hole extended from top to bottom, which is larger than the adjustment hole of the footing seat, so that the adjustment tool can be extended through the through hole and inlaid in the adjustment hole for adjusting the displacement of the threaded pipe relative to the footing seat. The adjuster can effectively reduce the gross height of the elevated floor and reduce waste of space. Further, it is suitable for use in new and old buildings.
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1. An adjuster for an elevated floor comprising:
a threaded pipe with an inner thread, said threaded pipe is for connecting with a connecting hole which is on said elevated floor;
a footing seat with an external thread on an external upper end thereof for threading and connecting into said threaded pipe, said footing seat further has an adjustment hole on its upper end; and
a fixing screw mounted above said footing seat and thread connecting into said threaded pipe, rotation of said fixing screw presses tight said footing seat, the fixing screw has a through hole extended from top to bottom, which is larger than the adjustment hole of the footing seat, so that the adjustment tool can be extended through the through hole and inlaid in the adjustment hole for adjusting the displacement of the threaded pipe relative to the footing seat.
2. The adjuster for an elevated floor as in claim 1, wherein:
said threaded pipe is in the form of an inversed T which has a hexagonal stub on its upper portion, a bushing is provided between said threaded pipe and said connecting hole which is on said elevated floor, said bushing is with an inner hexagonal hole.
3. The adjuster for an elevated floor as in claim 1, wherein:
said adjustment hole of said footing seat and the hole of said fixing screw are both hexagonal.
4. The adjuster for an elevated floor as in claim 3, wherein:
an inner tangent circle of said hexagonal through hole of said fixing screw is larger than an outer contact circle of said hexagonal adjustment hole of said footing seat.
Description
BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION

1. Field of the Invention

The present invention is related to an adjuster for an elevated floor, and especially to such an adjuster for an elevated floor that can lower the height of an assembled elevated floor, and can adjust the height of the elevated floor above the latter; it has a wide range of application, and can reduce waste of space, it is suitable for use in novel and used spaces of offices.

2. Description of the Prior Art

Following advance of science and technology, people contact more and more lines for use; particularly in office buildings, various lines (such as networks and cables) are arranged in a mutually crossing and gathering mode. Therefore, at the initial of construction of an office building, pipelines are embedded in advance; however, the initial planning often is unable to meet the requirement of continuous extension of pipelines afterwards, and pipelines are differently required in different arts.

As to the above stated situation, elevated floors are generally provided; and various pipelines are embedded in channels under the elevated floors. A conventional adjuster for an elevated floor A is shown in FIG. 6, which comprises a floor plate B; the floor plate B is provided with a connecting hole C to connect a threaded pipe D which has therebeneath a nut E, and a footing seat F provided on the upper end thereof with a thread is thread connected with the threaded pipe D and the nut E, thereby the footing seat F can be used to adjust height of the floor and then can be fixed by using the nut E. The above structure can acquire the function of hiding pipelines; however, it still has the following defects:

  • 1. The floor itself has a thickness of about 3 cm, plus the footing seat and the fixing nut beneath the footing seat (about 1.5 cm), an elevated floor after assembling will have a height of at least 6 to 10 cm, and this is the maximum limitation of such elevated floor in assembling and production presently; for a new building preserved with larger heights in space, it will not result a too large problem in space; but for an old building with lower indoor heights originally, it will result waste of space in that the indoor heights will be reduced to make feeling of oppression.
  • 2. A conventional elevated floor structure has a footing seat screw connected with the threaded pipe and further has the nut beneath the threaded pipe for fixing the footing seat, when the floor is adjusted to a suitable height, by pressing tight of the nut to fix the footing seat, the footing seat can be avoided from loosening in use to fail in supporting the floor. However, in fixing the footing seat with the nut, an adjustment tool shall be extended in from one side of the floor for adjustment, so that the side of the floor shall be left with a space for extending of the tool therein, and for the convenience of adjusting the nut; the thickness of the nut shall not be too small that may induce inconvenience of adjusting. According to the above stated causes, the height after assembling of the conventional elevated floor is unable to reduce, and adjusting for use of the floor will be quite inconvenient.

In view of the above defects to be solved, an adjuster for an elevated floor not only can have the total height of the elevated floor reduced, but also the elevated floor can have its height adjusted from above the latter; the inventor provides the present invention based on his professional experience of years and continuous studying and developing.

SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION

The primary object of the present invention is to provide an adjuster for an elevated floor, wherein a threaded pipe is thread connected inside with a footing seat and a fixing screw, without to use a nut under the elevated floor, this can reduce the total height of the elevated floor to a degree smaller than 4 cm.

The secondary object of the present invention is to provide an adjuster for an elevated floor in which the fixing screw has a through hole extending from top to bottom, and the through hole is larger than an adjustment hole of the footing seat, so that an adjustment tool can be extended through the through hole to adjust the height of the elevated floor.

To get the above stated objects, an adjuster for an elevated floor of the present invention is disposed for connected with a connecting hole which is on the elevated floor. The adjuster comprises a threaded pipe, a footing seat and a fixing screw, wherein the threaded pipe has an inner thread for connecting with the connecting hole which is on the elevated floor. The footing seat has an external thread on an external upper end thereof for threading and connecting into said threaded pipe, and further has an adjustment hole on its upper end. The fixing screw is mounted above the footing seat and is thread connected into the threaded pipe, rotation of the screw can press tight the footing seat, the fixing screw has a through hole extended from top to bottom, which is larger than the adjustment hole of the footing seat, so that the adjustment tool can be extended through the through hole and inlaid in the adjustment hole for adjusting the displacement of the threaded pipe relative to the footing seat.

The present invention will be apparent after reading the detailed description of the preferred embodiment thereof in reference to the accompanying drawings.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

FIG. 1 is an analytic perspective view of an adjuster for an elevated floor of the present invention;

FIG. 2 is a sectional view of the adjuster for an elevated floor of the present invention after assembling;

FIG. 3 is a schematic sectional view showing use of the adjuster for an elevated floor of the present invention;

FIG. 4 is a schematic view showing the positions of pipelines in use of the adjuster for an elevated floor of the present invention;

FIG. 5 is another schematic sectional view showing use of the adjuster for an elevated floor of the present invention;

FIG. 6 is a sectional view of a conventional adjuster for an elevated floor after assembling.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE PREFERRED EMBODIMENT

Referring firstly to FIGS. 1 and 2 showing a preferred embodiment of an adjuster 1 for an elevated floor 2 of the present invention, the adjuster 1 is connected with a connecting hole 21 provided on the elevated floor 2. It comprises mainly: a threaded pipe 3, a footing seat 4 and a fixing screw 5.

A bush 22 is provided between the threaded pipe 3 and the connecting hole 21 on the elevated floor 2, and has an inner hexagonal hole 221. The threaded pipe 3 is in the form of an inversed T and has an inner thread 31, and has on the bottom end thereof a circular base 32. The upper portion of the threaded pipe 3 is a hexagonal stub 33 for connecting with the inner hexagonal hole 221 of the bush 22.

The footing seat 4 has a base 41 for standing on the ground, the footing seat 4 is provided on the external upper end thereof with an external thread 42 for threading and connecting with the threaded pipe 3, and the footing seat 4 further has an hexagonal adjustment hole 43 on its upper end.

The fixing screw 5 is mounted above the footing seat 4 and is thread connected into the threaded pipe 3, the fixing screw 5 has a hexagonal through hole 51 extending from top to bottom, the inner tangent circle of the through hole 51 is larger than the outer contact circle of the hexagonal adjustment hole 43 of the footing seat 4.

Referring to FIG. 3 showing use of the present invention, when present invention is used to assemble with the elevated floor 2, the footing seat 4 can be rotated to adjust the elevated floor 2 to a suitable level, then the fixing screw 5 above the footing seat 4 is rotated to move downwards, and the footing seat 4 can be pressed tight for fixing. When the ground is uneven, or the elevated floor 2 needs to be slightly adjusted in height, the fixing screw 5 is loosened, and an adjustment tool (not shown) can be extended through the through hole 51 of the fixing screw 5 from above the elevated floor 2 to be inlaid in the adjustment hole 43 of the footing seat 4 for the convenience of adjusting the displacement of the threaded pipe 3 relative to the footing seat 4, while at the same time, the elevated floor 2 is moved up or down. After the adjustment and positioning, the fixing screw 5 is then rotated to be tight by against the footing seat 4. The above stated adjustment of height of the elevated floor 2 is thus performed on the elevated floor 2 and is convenient for operation.

Referring to FIG. 4, by the fact that in practicing the present invention, the elevated floor 2 is directly pressed tight by using the fixing screw 5, hence the nuts used conventionally under an elevated floor can be saved, and the gross height of the elevated floor 2 can be reduced to be smaller than 4 cm after deducting the adjustment space of the tool, this breaks through the conventional limitation for an elevated floor. When the height after assembling of the elevated floor 2 is largely reduced, the elevated floor 2 further leaves a sideward space for pipelines 60 without influence the goal of providing the elevated floor 2.

Referring to FIG. 5 showing application of the present invention to a conventionally designed elevated floor 2 (with a height larger than 4 cm), by using the fixing screw 5, the present invention can also achieve the same function of locking and adjustment, and can be operated completely on the elevated floor 2 and is more convenient in assembling.

The present invention thereby has the following advantages:

  • 1. The present invention uses the fixing screw to press tight the footing seat to reduce the gross height of the elevated floor to be smaller than 4 cm, it is suitable for use in new and old buildings, particularly in an old building wherein the planned spaces in floors are insufficient, this can reduce waste of space and can avoid the feeling of oppression.
  • 2. In using the present invention, with the fixing screw having a through hole extending from top to bottom and being larger than the adjustment hole of the footing seat, an adjustment tool can be extended through the through hole from above the floor to be inlaid in the adjustment hole for the convenience of adjusting height of the elevated floor, which adjusting is performed on the elevated floor rather than from a side of the floor, it is more convenient in operation.

In conclusion, according to the above disclosed, the present invention can get the expected objects thereof to provide an adjuster for an elevated floor which is able to lower the total height of the elevated floor and is convenient for adjusting above the elevated floor, it is undoubtedly industrially valuable.

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Classifications
U.S. Classification52/263
International ClassificationF16B35/04, F16B5/02, E04F15/024
Cooperative ClassificationF16B35/045, E04F15/02476, F16B5/0233
European ClassificationE04F15/024D6B2, F16B5/02B4