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United States Patent M 3,032,837 COMBINATION DOOR-HUNG FRAME WITH SPLIT SILL Chanda B. Ramsey, Temple City, Calif, assignor to Ready Hung Door Manufacturing Company of Southern California, Inc., Burbank, Califi, a corporation of California Filed Dec. 14, 1959, Ser. No. 859,203 1 Claim. (Cl. 2016) This invention relates to a combination door-hung split frame structure and has for an object to provide such a structure with a sill that is split to be adjustable with the frame according to the thickness of a wall in which installed.
The present sill construction is especially devised for application to a split jamb unit that embodies a door frame and a door hung thereon prior to installation in a wall. Such combination door units greatly facilitate frame and door installation because installing of the combination completes the installation as regards both the frame and door. Split jamb frames allow for adjustment to accommodate walls varying in thickness. The sill herein contemplated is provided in a manner to adjust according to the adjustment of the jamb frames.
Another object of the invention is to provide a combination of the character referred to in which weather scaling is provided between the door and the sill, thereby obviating an ordinarily diflicult subsequent Weather-stripping installation.
The invention also has for its objects to provide such means that are positive in operation, convenient in use, easily installed in a working position and easily disconnected therefrom, economical of manufacture, relatively simple, and of general superiority and serviceability.
The invention also comprises novel details of construction and novel combinations and arrangements of parts, which will more fully appear in the course of the following description. However, the drawing merely shows and the following description merely describes, one embodiment of the present invention, which is given by way of illustration or example only.
In the drawing, like reference characters designate similar parts in the several views.
FIG. 1 is a broken outside elevational view of the lower portion of a combination door-hung frame and split sill, the same constituting a preferred form of the invention.
FIG. 2 is a cross-sectional view of the combination structure shown in FIG. 1.
FIG. 3 is an enlarged vertical sectional view thereof.
The drawing shows a frame 5 that comprises an inner member 6 and an outer member 7, said members being telescopically joined at a tongue and groove connection 8. Said members are formed to have the shape of an inverted U, thereby having a lintel portion (not shown) and two stiles or jambs that are shown in the drawing as being comprised of the members 6 and 7. The inner member 6 is provided with a door stop portion 9, the same being provided on the comparable member of the lintel, also. As a consequence, the frame 5, rearward of the stops 9, has a door-framing rabbet 10. The door 11 is hung on the frame member 6, as on hinges 12, and, when closed against the stops 9, occupies the rabbet 10.
The above-described door-hung frame is typical and, while transversely adjustable by reason of the tongue and groove joints or connections 8, heretofore was provided with either a wood or metal sill that was of one-piece or integral construction and, therefore, was usually made part of or afiixed to one of the frame members 6 or 7. If the sill was fixed with the inner frame part 6, the thresh- Patented May 8, 1962 old or outer portion thereof did not, at all times, have proper relationship to the outer face of the outer frame part 7. If the sill was fixed with the outer frame part 7, the necessary weather-stripping between the sill and the bottom edge of the door frequently became so mis-aligned as to adversely affect the efficiency of weather-proofing.
According to the present invention, the sill 13 is formed of two relatively adjustable sections, an inner section -14 that is connected to the inner frame 6 and an outer section 15 that is connected to the outer frame 7. Said sill sections are advantageously made of extruded metal, of which aluminum is a preferred example.
Sill section 15 is formed with a front apron 16 that extends downwardly and then rearwardly to shed moisture, the same being in position to overstand the outer facing of stucco, brick or siding of the wall in which the present unit is installed. Said section 14 is formed to have a downwardly outwardly sloping upper face 17 that terminates in a level face 18 at the inward edge of the section which also is formed to have an inwardly directed support leg 19 below the face 18. Anti-slip grooves 20, or the like, may be provided on face 17.
Sill section '14 is formed to have an inward edge 21 that slopes or curves downwardly from a face 22 that is in vertical register with the rabbet 10 in the frame member 6. Outwardly of face 22, the sill section 14 is provided with a sloping face 23 that is slightly'elevated with relation to face 17 and at the same angle of slope. Section 14 has an under face 24 that is engaged by face 18 of the section 15, said two faces 18 and 24 allowing for transverse adjustability of sections 14 and 15 according to the adjustment of frame members 6 and 7. If desired, a mastic or sealing compound may be applied between said level faces. A support rib 25 serves to hold sill section in desired level position on a floor. Anti-slip grooves 26 in face 23 serve the same purpose as grooves 20.
In the present sill structure, the sill section 14 is formed with a longitudinal channel 27 that is partly enclosed by opposite longitudinal flanges 28. Said channel holds a pliable plastic weather strip 29 that is retained in position by the flanges 28. Said strip is preferably formed of vinyl and to yield to the lower edge of the door 11 to be depressed thereby, thus effecting a weather excluding engagement between door and sill.
' As may be seen in FIG. 1, the lower ends of the stiles of the frame 5 are notched at 30 so that a half-lap joint between the ends of the sill and the ends of the stiles is eifected. In practice, a metal band 31 is trained around the outer perimeter of the frame member 6 and beneath the sill section 14 effectively connecting said member and section so that the same constitute a single frame unit capable of a single-step installation. A similar band 32 connects the frame member 7 and the sill section 15. Thus, it will be clear that as one member 6 or 7 is adjusted relative to the other, the respective sill sections are adjusted accordingly.
While the foregoing specification illustrates and describes what I now contemplate to be the best mode of carrying out my invention, the construction is, of course, subject to modification without departing from the spirit and scope of my invention. Therefore, I do not desire to restrict the invention to the particular form of construction illustrated and described, but desire to cover all modifications that may fall within the scope of the appended claim.
Having thus described my invention, what I claim and desire to secure by Letters Patent is:
A door frame structure to fit within a wall opening comprising two separate frame portions each comprising two stiles, a connecting lintel across the upper ends of the stiles, a sill section across the lower ends of the groove means for interconnecting the frame members within said wall opening with said tongue and groove means being adjustable and permitting telescopic'extension of oneframe member with respect to each other so that the'two frame members will completely cover the inside surfaces which define said wall opening, a door hung on and disposed within one frame member, thestiles and lintel of said one frame member having a door stop on-the inside thereof, said one frame portion having the groove of said means extending longitudinally throughout their extent, the stiles and lintel of the otherframe member having the tongue of saidmeans extending longitudinally throughout their extent, and the sill section of said one'frame member being lapped over the sill section of said other frame member, and the overlapped portions of said sill sections being disposed Within the planes defining the overlapped portions of said tongue and groove means.
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