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Publication numberUS3371454 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateMar 5, 1968
Filing dateOct 24, 1965
Priority dateOct 24, 1965
Publication numberUS 3371454 A, US 3371454A, US-A-3371454, US3371454 A, US3371454A
InventorsAnderson Richard N
Original AssigneeAnderson Mfg Co V E
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Partition structure
US 3371454 A
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March 5,1968 R. N. ANDERSON 3,371,454

PARTITION STRUCTURE Filed Oct. 24, 1965 2 Sheets-Sheet 1 ee so 72 82 88 22 74 42 e4 78 so it A v 34 40 3e 4s v 43 94 92 INVENTOR.

RICHARD N. ANDERSON 90 9e 24 9| BY W ATT March 5, 1968 R. N. ANDERSON 3,371,454

PARTITION STRUCTURE Filed Oct. 24, 1965 2 Sheets-$heet 2 "JNVENTOR. RICHARD N. ANDERSON ATTORNEYS United States Patent 3,371,454 PARTITIQN STRUCTURE Richard N. Anderson, Rome, Ga, assignor to V. E.

Anderson Mfg. Co., Owensboro, Ky, a corporation of Kentucky Filed Get. 24, 1965, Ser. No. 504,537 12 Claims. (Cl. 52-422) ABSTRACT OF THE DISCLOSURE Partition structure capable of non-destructive erection including vertically extending posts and horizontally extending members having a cross section including an H- shaped central part, diagonal parts extending at forty-five degrees from the ends of the parallel portions of the H- shaped part and V-shaped parts secured at their apex to the free ends of the diagonal parts opening inwardly toward the center of the H-shaped part to define a square, a glazing channel for securing panels of different Widths within the space between adjacent V-shaped parts of the cross section of the vertical posts and horizontal members, joint brackets for securing the vertical posts and horizontal members together at any location therealong at right angles to each other having a generally U-shap'ed elevation with diverging leg portions and a bifurcated closed end, a V-shaped recess in the other end thereof forming leg portions terminating in oppositely outwardly extending flange portions and means for varying the height of the vertically extending posts each including an adjusting block secured within the I-I-shaped central part of a post at the bottom thereof, a nut rigidly received in the adjusting block and a bolt extending through the nut from the bottom thereof.

Prior available interior partition structure has usually been complicated and often aesthetically displeasing. Partition structure made with metal extrusions has required a great many separate shapes and has often presented a cluttered appearance. In addition interior partition structure of the past has usually been erected so that on dismantling considerable scrap has been produced. Also, the requisite versatility, including means for placing electrical outlets where they are desired, has often been lacking in prior partition structure.

It is therefore one of the purposes of the present invention to provide improved partition structure which is capable of non-destructive erection.

Another object is to provide interior partition structure which may be constructed using a minimum number of extruded shapes.

Another object is to provide interior partition structure or the like including a plurality of vertically extending horizontally spaced apart posts, parallel vertical- 1y spaced apart horizontal members extending between the posts and means operable between the horizontal members and posts for securing the horizontal members to the posts non-destructively at any selected position vertically thereof.

Another object is to provide interior partition structure as set forth above and further including single means for securing panels of any desired width between the posts and horizontal members.

Another object is to provide interior partition structure as set forth above and further including means for adjusting the vertical height of the posts.

Another object is to provide partition structure which is simple in construction, economical to manufacture and efficient in use.

Other objects and features of the invention will become apparent as the description proceeds, especially when taken in conjunction with the accompanying drawings, illustrating a preferred embodiment of the invention wherein:

FIGURE 1 is an elevation view of partition structure constructed in accordance with the invention.

FIGURE 2 is an enlarged exploded view of a post and members attached thereto of the'partition structure illustrated in FIGURE 1.

FIGURE 3 is an enlarged cross section of a portion of the partition structure illustrated in FIGURE 1 taken substantially on the line 33 in FIGURE 1.

FIGURE 4 is an enlarged, partly broken away, partial cross section of the partition structure illustrated in FIG- URE 1 taken substantially on the line 44 in FIG- URE 1.

FIGURE 5 is a partial section view of the portion of the partition structure illustrated in FIGURE 4 taken substantially on the line 5'5 in FIGURE 4.

FIGURE 6 is an enlarged cross section of a portion of the partition structure illustrated in FIGURE 1 taken substantially on the line 6-6 in FIGURE 1.

FIGURE 7 is a section view of a portion of the partition structure illustrated in FIGURE 6 taken substantially on the line 77 in FIGURE 6.

With particular reference to the figures of the drawing, one embodiment of the present invention will now be considered in detail.

The partition structure 10 illustrated in FIGURE 1 includes the vertically extending, parallel, horizontally spaced apart posts 12 and the parallel, vertically spaced apart horizontal members 14 which are secured to the posts 12 at their ends by joint brackets 16 shown best in FIGURES 4 and 5. Panels constructed of material such as sheet rock 18 or glass 20 are secured between the posts 12 and horizontal members 14 by means of glazing channels 22 illustrated best in FIGURES 2 and 3. Closure strips 24 are provided for closing the sides of the posts and horizontal members in which panels are not received while caps 26 serve to close the tops of the posts 12. Structure 28 is provided for vertically adjusting the height of posts 12.

More specifically the posts 12 and horizontal members 14 are aluminum extrusions having the same cross section which is illustrated best in FIGURE 3. As shown in FIGURE 3 the cross section of the posts and horizontal members includes an H-shaped core part 28 having the cross bar portion 30 and parallel portions 32 and 34- connected centrally to the cross bar. Diagonally extending parts 36 and 38, 40 and 42 extent outwardly from the ends of the parallel portions 32 and 34 as shown. The diagonally extendin parts 36, 38, 40 and 42 terminate in inwardly opening generally V-shaped parts 44, 46, 48 and St the outer ends of the perpendicular legs of which are bent inwardly at substantially ninety degrees. The V-shaped parts 44, 46, 48 and 50 define a square cross section periphery.

The cross-bar 30 of the H-shaped part 28 of the horizontally extending members 14 is cut back at the ends thereof as shown best in FIGURES 4 and 5 to facilitate assembly of the horizontal members 14 with the posts 12 by means of the joint brackets 16 as will be considered subsequently.

As shown best in FIGURES 4 and 5 the joint brackets 16 are cast aluminum and are generally U-shaped in elevation having diverging legs 56 and 52. The end 54 of the joint bracket 16 is bifurcated as shown best in FIGURE 4 to receive the cross bar 30 of the H-shaped part 28 of the cross section of the horizontal member 14. A bolt extending through the end 54 of the joint bracket 16 and the cross bar 30 of the cross section of the horizontal member 14 secures the horizontal member and the joint bracket together.

In plan view as shown in FIGURE 4 the legs 50 and 52 of the joint bracket include a V-shaped notch 56 in the end 58 thereof forming leg portions 60 and 62 terminating in the oppositely extending fianges 64 and 66, respectively. The V-shaped notch 56 terminates in a U-shaped apex 68 which is off center of the joint bracket 16. The screw 70 extending through the U-shaped apex portion 68 of the V-shaped notches 56 spreads the leg portions 60 and 62 of the end 58 of the joint bracket 16 into engagement with the V-shaped parts 44 and 46 of the post 12 whereby the joint bracket 16 is rigidly secured to the post 12 in any selected vertical position along the post 12.

Thus it will be seen that the horizontal members 14 and posts 12 may be rigidly connected together at right angles to each other with the horizontal members 14 in any selected vertical position along posts 12 without any damage to the posts 12 or horizontal members 14. The posts and horizontal members may therefore be reused in other installations after being dismantled. Non-destructive erection of the partition structure 10 is thus accomplished through use of the particular extrusion shape for the posts 12 and horizontal members 14 together with the particular joint bracket 16 provided in accordance with the invention.

The glazing channel 22 as best shown in FIGURES 2 and 3 includes a pair of outwardly opening V-shaped portions 72 and 74 connected together by the connecting portion 76 extending between the apex of the V-shaped portions as shown in FIGURE 3. The legs 78 and 80 of the V-shaped portions 72 and 74 extend along the diagonal parts 36 and 42 of the cross section of the post 12, as shown in FIGURE 3, while the legs 82 and 84 extend toward each other outwardly of the post 12. Legs 82 and 84 terminate in portions 86 and 88 extending in opposite directions with respect to each other toward the V-shaped parts of the cross section of the post 12, again as shown in FIGURE 3.

The glazing channel 22 is constructed of polyvinyl chloride or similar semi-rigid resilient plastic and is constructed so that with panels of ditferent width the end portions 86 and 88 of the legs 82 and S4 of the V-shaped portions 72 and 74 will extend outwardly over the V- shaped parts 44 and 50 of the cross section of the post 12 as shown in FIGURE 3 to accommodate the larger panels. Panels of different widths may thus be installed using a single glazing channel.

A glazing channel 22 may be used on any of the four sides of a post 12 or a horizontal member 14 to which it is desired to secure a panel such as the sheet rock 18 and glass 20. On the sides of the post 12 and horizontal members 14 to which it is not desired to secure a panel, the closure strips 24 are provided extending between the adjacent V-shaped parts of the cross section of the posts and horizontal members.

The closure strips 24 may also be of polyvinyl chloride and of substantially any desired color. The strips 24 as shown best in FIGURES 2, 3 and 6 are generally U-shaped and include recessed parallel sides 90 forming locking abutments 91 and 92 which cooperate with the adjacent V-shaped parts of the cross section of the posts and horizontal members to secure the strips to the posts and horizontal members.

The H-shaped part 28 of the post 12 and horizontal members 14 may be provided with knock-outs 98 as illustrated in FIGURE 2 where desired to permit passing of electrical wiring or the like through the posts 12 and horizontal members 14. The electrical wiring may be contained within the portion of the posts and horizontal members defined by the H-shaped part of the cross section or may be placed in the space between the V-shaped parts of the posts and horizontal members enclosed by the strips 24 or both.

The structure 28 for adjusting the vertical height of the posts 12 is best shown in FIGURES 6 and 7. The structure 28 includes the adjusting blocks 100 and 102 having locking ears 104 and 106 thereon and fitting generally within the H-shaped part of the cross section of the lower end of posts 12. The upper ends 108 and 110 of the adjusting blocks 100 and 102 are bifurcated to receive the cross bar portion 30 of the H-shaped part 28 of the cross section of the posts 12 which is cut back from the end of the post as shown in FIGURE 7. Internally the adjusting blocks 102 and 104 are shaped as shown in FIGURE 7 to receive the hexagonal nut 112 therebetween and to permit movement of the bolt 114 through the nut 112.

The vertical height of the posts 12 is thus adjusted by screwing the bolts 114 into and out of the nut 112. The posts 12 are secured in a predetermined position on a floor or the like by means of the fioor bracket 116 illustrated best in FIGURES 6 and 7 having the upright portions 118 and 120 in engagement with the parallel portions 32 and 34 of the H-shaped part of the cross section of the posts 12 and having the horizontal portion 116 secured in position on the floor by means of the bolts 122 extending therethrough.

The cap 26 which may be used to close the top of the posts 12 if desired is a cast aluminum member having an upper generally pyramidal portion 101 and a lower generally rectangular flange 99 dimensioned to exactly .fit around the exterior of the square defined by the cross section of the posts 12. A connecting bracket 103 cooperable with a slot 105 in the upper end of the posts 12 as shown best in FIGURE 2 is provided to lock the cap 26 on the post 12 if desired.

Thus in overall assembly a plurality of posts 12 are positioned in vertical, parallel, spaced apart relation and secured to a floor or the like by means of the floor brackets 116 with their height vertically adjusted by the height adjusting structure 28. Lower horizontal members 14 may then be secured to adjacent posts by means of the joint brackets 16 at any vertical position therealong. A panel such as the sheet rock 18 or glass 20 may then be positioned in glazing channels 22 positioned in the posts 12 and horizontal members 14 as shown best in FIGURE 3. A top horizontal member 14 may then be connected between the vertical posts and by the joint brackets 16 at a desired height to complete a single section of a partition.

The open sides of the posts 12 and horizontal members 14 to which it is not desired to secure additional panels or other partition sections may be closed by means of the closure strips 24. The top of the posts 12 may be closed by the caps 26 if desired. A reverse procedure may be followed in dismantling the partition structure 10.

Thus it will be seen that the partition structure 10 requires a minimum of parts which may be pre-manufactured to exact lengths at a factory prior to assembly. The premanufactured parts may be non-destructively erected as desired and dismantled for complete reuse. Also, it will be noted that the partition structure 10 as disclosed is particularly versatile in, for example the positioning of electrical outlets since it is possible to run electrical wires through the posts 12 and horizontal members 14.

While One embodiment of the partition structure of the invention has been considered in detail, it will be understood that other embodiments and modifications thereof are contemplated. It is envisioned that the partition structure disclosed may be used for exterior partitions as well as interior partitions, in low priced housing developments and in mobile homes and the like. It is the intention to include all embodiments and modifications as are defined by the appended claims Within the scope of the invention.

What I claim as my invention is:

1. A joint bracket for use in connecting extrusions or the like at right angles to each other comprising a member generally U-shaped in elevation having diverging leg portions and a bifurcated closed end, said member further having a generally V-shaped notch in the other end thereof forming the leg portions terminating in oppositely outwardly extending flange portions, the apex of the V-shaped notch being U-shaped and offset from the center of the joint bracket.

2. Partition structure comprising a plurality of vertically extending, parallel, spaced apart posts, and parallel vertically spaced apart horizontal members extending between the posts, which posts and horizontal members have a cross section including an H-shaped part having parallel portions, diagonal parts extending outwardly from the ends of the parallel portions of the H-shaped part terminating in inwardly opening V-shaped parts in spaced relation defining a square and positioned at the corners thereof, means operable between said horizontal members and posts for nondestructively securing the ends of the horizontal members to the posts at any selected height including a joint bracket having a generally U- shaped elevation with diverging legs and a vertically bifurcated end adapted to pass on both sides of the crossbar of the I-I-shaped part of the cross section of a horizontal member, each of the legs of the bracket having a recess in the ends thereof which is V-shaped in plan view providing leg portions terminating in outwardly extending flanges adapted to hook behind the legs of adjacent V-shaped parts of a post cross section, and means operably associated with the posts and horizontal members securing panels between the posts and horizontal members.

3. Structure as set forth in clahn 2 wherein the apex of the V-shaped recess is positioned off center of the bracket.

4. Partition structure comprising a plurality of vertically extending, parallel, spaced apart posts, and parallel vertically spaced apart horizontal members extending between the posts, which posts and horizontal members have a cross section including an H-shaped part having parallel portions, diagonal parts extending outwardly from the ends of the parallel portions of the H-shaped part terminating in inwardly opening V-shaped parts in spaced relation defining a square and positioned at the corners thereof, means operable between said horizontal members and post for non-destructively securing the ends of the horizontal members to the posts at any selected height, and glazing channels inserted within the cross section of the posts and horizontal members for securing panels between adjacent V-shaped parts of the cross section of the posts and horizontal members which glazing channels include a pair of V-shaped portions positioned within the cross section of a post or horizontal member each having one leg extending adjacent a diagonally extending part of the cross section and terminating at a V-shaped part of the cross section, a connecting portion between the apexes of the V-shaped portions of the glazing channel adjacent the H-shaped part of the cross section, the other legs of the V-shaped portions of the glazing channels extending outwardly to the edge of the square defined by the -shaped posts or horizontal member terminating in portions extending toward the adjacent V-shaped parts of the cross section in opposite directions.

5. Partition structure comprising a plurality of vertically extending, parallel, spaced apart posts, and parallel vertically spaced apart horizontal members extending between the posts, which posts and horizontal members have a cross section including an H-shaped part having parallel portions, diagonal parts extending outwardly from the ends of the parallel portions of the H-shaped part terminating in inwardly opening V-shaped parts in spaced relation defining a square and positioned at the corners thereof, means operable between said horizontal members and posts for non-destructively securing the ends of the horizontal members to the posts at any selected height, means operably associated with the posts and horizontal members securing panels between the posts and horizontal members and means operably associated with the posts for adjusting the height of the posts each including a post adjusting block split centrally and having a bifurcated end for receiving the cross-bar of the H-shaped part of the post cross section and having projections at the other end thereof in surface-to-surface engagement with the diagonally extending parts of the cross section of the posts, a recess within the post adjusting blocks for receiving a bolt adjacent the bottom thereof and a bolt extending through a nut from the bottom of the post and post adjusting blocks.

6. Partition structure comprising a plurality of vertically extending, parallel, spaced apart posts, and parallel vertically spaced apart horizontal members extending between the posts, which posts and horizontal members have a cross section including an H-shaped part having parallel portions, diagonal parts extending outwardly from the ends of the parallel portions of the H-shaped part terminating in inwardly opening V-shaped parts in spaced relation defining a square and positioned at the corners thereof, means operable between said horizontal members and posts for non-destructively securing the ends of the horizontal members to the posts at any selected height including a joint bracket having a generally U-shaped elevation with diverging legs and a vertically bifurcated end adapted to pass on both sides of the cross-bar of the H-shaped part of the cross section of a horizontal member, each of the legs of the bracket having a recess in the end thereof which is V-shaped in plan view providing leg portions terminating in outwardly extending flanges adapted to hook behind the legs of adjacent V-shaped parts of a post cross section, means operably associated with the posts and horizontal members securing panels between the posts and horizontal members, and glazing channels inserted within the cross section of the posts and horizontal members for securing panels between adjacent V-shaped parts of the cross section of the post-s and horizontal members, each of which include a pair of V-shaped portions positioned within the cross section of a post or horizontal member each having one leg extending adjacent a diagonally extending part of the cross section and terminating at a V-shaped part of the cross section, a connecting portion between the apexes of the V-shaped portions of the glazing channel adjacent the H-shaped part of the cross section, the other legs of the V-shaped portions of the glazing channels extending outwardly to the edge of the square defined by the V-shaped posts or horizontal member terminating in portions extending toward the adjacent -shaped parts of the cross section in opposite directions.

7. Partition structure comprising a plurality of vertically extending, parallel, spaced apart posts, and parallel vertically spaced apart horizontal members extending between the posts, which posts and horizontal members have a cross section including an H-shaped part having parallel portions, diagonal parts extending outwardly from the ends of the parallel portions of the H-shaped part terminating in inwardly opening V-shaped parts in spaced relation defining a square and positioned at the corners thereof, means operable between said horizontal members and posts for non-destructively securing the ends of the horizontal members to the posts at any selected height including a joint bracket having a generally U-shaped elevation with diverging legs and a vertically bifurcated end adapted to pass on both sides of the cross-bar of the H-shaped part of the cross section of a horizontal member, each of the legs of the bracket having a recess in the end thereof which is V-shaped in plan view providing leg portions terminating in outwardly extending flanges adapted to hook behind the legs of adjacent V-shaped parts of a post cross section, means operably associated with the posts and horizontal members securing panels between the posts and horizontal members, and means operably associated with the posts for adjusting the height of the posts each including a post-adjusting block split centrally and having a bifurcated end for receiving the cross-bar of the Hshaped part of the post cross section and having projections at the other end thereof in surface-to-surface engagement with the diagonally extending parts of the cross section of the posts, a recess within the post adjusting blocks for receiving a bolt adjacent the bottom thereof and a bolt extending through a nut from the bottom of the post and post adjusting blocks.

8. Partition structure comprising a plurality of vertically extending, parallel, spaced apart posts, and parallel vertically spaced apart horizontal members extending between the posts, which posts and horizontal members have a cross section including an H-shaped part having parallel portions, diagonal parts extending outwardly from the ends of the parallel portions of the H-shaped part terminating in inwardly opening V-shaped parts in spaced relation defining a square and positioned at the corners thereof, means operable between said horizontal members and posts 'for non-destructively securing the ends of the horizontal members to the posts at any selected height, glazing channel-s inserted within the cross section of the posts and horizontal members for securing panels between adjacent V-shaped parts of the cross section of the posts and horizontal members which glazing channels include a pair of V-shaped portions positioned within the cross section of a post or horizontal member each having one leg extending adjacent a diagonally extending part of the cross section and terminating at a V-shaped part of the cross section, a connecting portion between the apexes of the V-shaped portions of the glazing channel adjacent the H-shaped part of the cross section, the other legs of the V-shaped portions of the glazing channels extending outwardly to the edge of the square defined by the V-shaped posts or horizontal member terminating in portions extending toward the adjacent V-shaped parts of the cross section in opposite directions, and means operably associated with the posts for adjusting the height of the posts each including a post adjusting block split centrally and having a bifurcated end for receiving the cross-bar of the H-shaped part of the post cross section and having projections at the other end thereof in surface-to-surface engagement with the diagonally extending parts of the cross section of the posts, a recess within the post adjusting blocks for receiving a bolt adjacent the bottom thereof and a bolt extending through a nut from the bottom of the post and post adjusting blocks.

9. Partition structure comprising a plurality of vertically extending, parallel, spaced apart posts, and parallel vertically spaced apart horizontal members extending between the posts, which posts and horizontal members have a cross section including an H-shaped part having parallel portions, diagonal parts extending outwardly from the ends of the parallel portions of the H-shaped part terminating in inwardly opening V-shaped parts in spaced relation defining a square and positioned at the corners thereof, means operable between said horizontal members and posts for non-destructively securing the ends of the horizontal members to the posts at any selected height including a joint bracket having a generally U-shaped elevation with diverging legs and a vertically bifurcated end adapted to pass on both sides of the cross-bar of the H- shaped part of the cross section of a horizontal member, each of the legs of the bracket having a recess in the end thereof which is V-shaped in plan view providing leg portions terminating in outwardly extending flanges adapted to hook behind the legs of adjacent V-shaped parts of a post cross section, glazing channels inserted within the cross section of the posts and horizontal members for securing panels between adjacent V-shaped parts of the cross section of the posts and horizontal members which glazing channels include a pair of V-shaped portions positioned within the cross section of a post or horizontal member each having one leg extending adjacent a diagonally extending part of the cross section and terminatingat a V- shaped part of the cross section, a connecting portion between the apexes of the V-shaped portions of the glazing channel adjacent the H-shaped part of the cross section, the

other legs of the V-shaped portions of the glazing channels extending outwardly to the edge of the square defined by the V-shaped posts or horizontal member terminating in portions extending toward the adjacent V-shaped parts of the cross section in opposite directions, and means operably associated with the posts for adjusting the height of the posts each including a post adjusting block split centrally and having a bifurcated end for receiving the crossbar of the H-shaped part of the post cross section and having projections at the other end thereof in surface-to-surface engagement with the diagonally extending parts of the cross section of the posts, a recess within the post adjusting blocks for receiving a bolt adjacent the bottom thereof and a bolt extending through a nut from the bottom of the post and post adjusting blocks.

10. Partition structure comprising a plurality of vertically extending, parallel, spaced apart posts, and parallel vertically spaced apart horizontal members extending between the posts, which posts and horizontal members have a cross section including an H-shaped part having parallel portions, diagonal parts extending outwardly from the ends of the parallel portions of the H-shapcd part terminating in inwardly opening V-shaped parts in spaced relation defining a square and positioned at the corners thereof, means for non-destructively securing the ends of the horizontal members to the posts at any selected height including a bracket having a bifurcated end for receiving the center portion of the H-shaped part of a horizontal member cross section therebetween and a V-shaped other end including end portions engaged with the legs of adjacent V-shaped parts of a post cross section and means operably associated with the posts and horizontal members securing panels between the posts and horizontal members.

11. Partition structure comprising a plurality of vertically extending, parallel, spaced apart posts, and parallel vertically spaced apart horizontal members extending between the posts, which posts and horizontal members have a cross section including an H-shaped part having parallel portions, diagonal parts extending outwardly from the ends of the parallel portions of the H-shaped part terminating in inwardly opening V-shaped parts in spaced relation defining a square and positioned at the corners thereof, means operable between said horizontal members and posts for non-destructively securing the ends of the horizontal members to the posts at any selected height, and glazing channels inserted within the cross section of the posts and horizontal members for securing panels between adjacent V-shaped parts of the cross section of the posts and horizontal members having a cross section including a U-shaped part having converging free ends inserted within the cross section of the posts and horizontal members between adjacent V-shaped parts of the cross section of the posts and horizontal members with converging leg portions terminating in flange portions extending away from each other toward the outer edge of the V-shaped parts of the cross section of the posts and horizontal members and portions secured to the U-shaped part of the glazing channels for securing the glazing channels within the cross section of the posts and horizontal members.

12. Partition structure comprising a plurality of vertically extending, parallel, spaced apart posts, and parallel vertically spaced apart horizontal members extending between the posts, which posts and horizontal members have a cross section including an H-shaped part having parallel portions, diagonal parts extending outwardly from the ends of the parallel portions of the H-shaped part terminating in inwardly opening V-shaped parts in spaced relation defining a square and positioned at the corners thereof, means for non-destructively securing the ends of the horizontal members to the posts at any selected height including a bracket having a bifurcated end for receiving the center portion of the H-shaped part of a horizontal member cross section therebetween and a V-shapcd other end including end portions engaged with the legs of adjacent V-shaped parts of a post cross section, and means operably associated with the posts and horizontal members securing panels between the posts and horizontal members, and glazing channels inserted within the cross section of the posts and horizontal members for securing panels between adjacent V-shaped parts of the cross section of the posts and horizontal members having a cross section including a U-shaped part having converging free ends inserted within the cross section of the posts and horizontal members between adjacent V-shaped parts or" 10 the cross section of the posts and horizontal members with converging leg portions terminating in flange portions extending away from each other toward the outer edge of the V-shaped parts of the cross section of the References Cited UNITED STATES PATENTS 2,949,984 8/1960 Daniels 52-422 3,265,416 8/1966 Downes 52238 FOREIGN PATENTS 931,667 7/1963 Great Britain.

JOHN E. MURTAGH, Plilnal') Examiner.

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Classifications
U.S. Classification52/126.4, 52/239, 52/775, 52/665
International ClassificationE04B2/76, E04B2/78, E04B2/74
Cooperative ClassificationE04B2/7424, E04B2/7854, E04B2/766
European ClassificationE04B2/78C, E04B2/76D, E04B2/74C3D1