|Publication number||US3555757 A|
|Publication date||Jan 19, 1971|
|Filing date||Apr 8, 1969|
|Priority date||Apr 8, 1969|
|Publication number||US 3555757 A, US 3555757A, US-A-3555757, US3555757 A, US3555757A|
|Inventors||Volent Stanley C|
|Original Assignee||Dacor Mfg Co|
|Export Citation||BiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan|
|Referenced by (40), Classifications (11)|
|External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet|
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I SIMULATED BRICK Original Filed Aug. '28-, 1967 v 3 sheets-sheet s United States Patent 3,555,757 SIMULATED BRICK Stanley C. Volent, Auburn, Mass., assignor to Dacor Manufacturing 'Co., Inc., Worcester, Mass., a corporation of Massachusetts Continuation of application Ser. No. 663,648, Aug. 28, 1967. This application Apr. 8, 1969, Ser. No. 816,162
Int. Cl. E041? 13/18 US. Cl. 52 -309 3 Claims ABSTRACT OF THE DISCLOSURE This invention has to do With a simulated brick formed of plastic, a method for making the brick, and a wall structure incorporating the brick and simulated mortar. The brick has sharp edge portions penetrating the mortar and engages a board backing element.
This application is a continuation of my application Ser. No. 663,648 filed Aug. 28, 1967 now abandoned.
BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION It has been common practice in the building arts to use artificial brick formed of plastic. However, in most cases, the resulting brick has had an artificial appearance and does not really look like real brick. Furthermore, extreme difliculty has been experienced in placing these bricks so that they are properly arranged on a wall. Also, they have suffered from the disability that they come oil? of the wall easily. These and other difiiculties experienced with the prior art devices have been obviated in a novel manner by the present invention.
It is, therefore, an outstanding object of the invention to provide a simulated brick which has all the appearance of a real brick.
Another object of this invention is the provision of a method of forming a simulated brick by which excellent appearing brick can be made by inexperienced labor.
A further object of the present invention is the provision of a wall covered mastic and using a simulated brick, wherein the exact appearance of real brick and mortar is obtained.
It is another object of the instant invention to provide a simulated brick which is inexpensive to manufacture, which is capable of a long life even in unfavorable conditions, and which can be washed and kept clean by usual cleaning methods.
With these and other objects in view, as will be apparent to those skilled in the art, the invention resides in the combination of parts set forth in the specification and covered by the claims appended hereto.
SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION In general, the present invention has to do with a simulated brick having a plastic body of generally thin, plate-like conformation, one side of the body being formed to resemble the rough surface of a brick and the other side being formed with a peripheral flange having a sharp edge. The invention also has to do with a method of forming such a brick making use of an opencavity mold formed of a rubber-like material, each cavity being filled with plastic in a liquid condition and passing a rigid blade over the mold to compress it and carry away suflicient plastic so that less plastic than the normal capacity of each cavity remains behind; this permits the mold to return to its normal condition so that the level of the plastic in each cavity is below the upper edge of the cavity but the plastic around the edges of each cavity is drawn up by capillary action to the upper edge to form a sharp-edged flange. The simulated brick formed in this way is applied to a wall by use of a mastic resembling a Patented Jan. 19, 1971 sand-bearing mortar, which mastic is also formed of a suitable plastic material.
BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS The character of the invention, however, may be best understood by reference to one of its structural forms, as illustrated by the accompanying drawings, in which:
FIG. 1 is a perspective view of a simulated brick embodying the principles of the present invention, 7
FIG. 2 is a sectional view of the brick taken on the line IIII of FIG. 1,
FIG. 3 is a sectional view of a wall making use of the brick and showing it in use with a mastic.
FIG. 4 is a plan view of a mold used in forming the brick,
FIG. 5 is a sectional view of the mold showing the plastic being applied,
FIG. 6 is a view of the mold after the plastic has been inserted in the mold cavity and a blade has been passed over it,
FIG. 7 shows the method of removing the brick from the mold,
FIG. 8 shows the manner in which the brick is cured and processed,
FIG. 9 shows a mold useful in forming a corner brick,
FIG. 10 is a sectional view of the mold of FIG. 9 taken on the line X--X of FIG. 9, and
FIG. 11 shows the manner in which the brick formed in accordance with the practice shown in FIGS. 9 and 10 is cured.
DESCRIPTION OF THE PREFERRED EMBODIMENT Referring first to FIG. 1, which best shows the general features of the invention, a simulated brick, indicated generally by the reference numeral 10, is shown as comprising a plastic body of generally thin, plate-like conformation. One surface 12 of the body is formed to resemble the rough surface of a brick and the other side, as is best evident in FIG. 2, is formed with a peripheral flange 11 having a sharp edge. As can be readily seen in FIGS. 1 and 2, the surface 12 which faces outwardly is provided, as a rough brick is, with re-entrant angles; that is to say, the grooves are such that, if the material were formed in the usual manner, it would not be possible to draw out of the mold. For instance, in FIG. 2, a groove 13 is provided with a side 14 that lies at an acute angle to the bottom, which means that, in normal casting practice, the groove would not draw. The brick is formed of a polyester plastic using a catalyst of ethyl methyl ketone and a filler of powdered limestone.
Referring to FIG. 3, the manner in which the brick is used is clearly shown. A wall 15 of interior dry wall construction has an outer vertical surface 16 which it is desired to ornament with simulated brick. The wall is covered with a thin layer of a mastic 20 and a layer of mastic is applied to the back surface of each brick and leveled off by drawing a putty knife across the edges of the peripheral flange 11. The bricks are then pressed into place until the edges of the flanges 11 strike the surface 16. This flange assures that the outer surfaces of the brick are perfectly flat and in the same plane with one another. The mastic extrudes from behind each brick into the space between the bricks in the manner of mortar in a real brick wall. The mastic is formed of a co-polymer plastic mixed with a limestone filler and sand and is colored to be slightly off-white to best resemble mortar.
Referring to FIG. 4, it can be seen that the mold -17 is a large rectangular body having a plurality of mold cavities 18. The mold is formed of polyvinyl chloride which is an elastomer having soft, rubber-like qualities.
'Ihernethod of forming the bricks is shown in FIGS. 5, 6, 7, and 8. Referring to FIG. 5, the cavity 18 of the mold 17 is filled with the plastic and a rigid blade 19 is scraped over the mold. As is evident in the drawing, the edge of the blade compresses the mold so that, after the blade has gone by and the mold returns to its former position, the cavity 18 is less than filled with the plastic. However, because of capillary eflect, the flange 11 remains behind. When the blade has been completely passed over the mold, the cavity and the plastic therein have the appearance shown in FIG. 6. The upper side of the brick (which forms the back) is depressed except for the outer periphery which is raised to form the flange 11.
After the brick has had a chance to cure for a short time, the operator is able to bend the mold in the manner shown in FIG. 7, so that a corner of a brick protrudes from the mold. He can then graps this corner and remove the brick. Another way of removing the bricks is to lay the mold face down on a flat surface and to peel the mold with a bending motion away from the bricks. The operator then places each brick on a rack 21 for final curing and treatment. The stand has an upper portion 22 supported on legs 23. The upper portion has two inclined surfaces '24 and 25 at the bottom of which are formed flanges 26 and 27, respectively. The bricks are thus supported to take up as little room as possible and yet be fully suported so that they will not deform until curing is completely accomplished. At the same time, they are in a good position to be worked on for coloring, burning and like treatments, which will be described hereinafter.
FIGS. 9, l0, and 11 show the making of a corner brick. In this case, the brick 28 is L-shaped and is formed of the same plastic as the brick 10. The mold 29 is also L-shaped in cross-section. Here again, because the mold is formed of an elastomer plastic, it is possible to deform the mold to remove a brick, which, otherwise, could not be drawn. After the brick has been removed, it is placed on a special stand 31 with its long leg lying on a steeply inclined surface 32 and its short leg on an only slightly inclined surface 33. In both cases, the simulated brick is formed of a resin mixed with sufiicient limestone filler to give a dull, claylike appearance and also mixed with a color. In the case of a simulated brick which is to have an antique appearance, while the brick is on the stand 21 (in the case of the brick and the stand 31 (in the case of the brick 28), it is subjected to burning with a blow torch or the like, which acts to give a slightly black or tinged appearance. This antique appearance may also be accomplished by using a black spray paint and just passing it lightly so that certain points of the brick are high-lighted by the paint. In the case of the mastic 20, a suitable formula for forming about 80 gallons of mastic is as follows:
.The plastic used in the brick is a polyester manufactured by Reichold Chemical, Inc. under the trade name of Polylite and it is used with a catalyst known as MEK 60 which is ethyl methyl ketone. A plasticizer of dibutyl phthylate is used. The coloring material is selected from those known as earth colors; such a.
coloring material is iron oxide red. In order to fireproof the brick, antimony oxide may be used. In the case of the mold, the elastorner is polyvinyl chloride as manufactured by B. F. Goodrich, used along witha plasticizer, astablizer, and s ome fillers in the usual manner. i
It is obvious that minor changes may be made in the form and construction of the invention without departing from the material spirit thereof. It is not, however, desired to confine the invention to the exact form herein shown and described, but it is desired to include. allsuch as properly come within the scope claimed. U
The invention having been thus described, what'is claimed as new and desired to secure by Letters Patent 1s: a
I claim: V A
1. A simulated brick, comprising a plastic body of generally thin, plate-like conformation, one side of the body being formed to resemble the rough, surface of a brick, the other'side of the body being formed with a peripheral flange having a sharp edge, the body being formed of a resin mixed with sufficient limestone filler to give a dull, clay-like appearance, the body having been subjected to burning to give an antique appearance.
2. A simulated brick construction, comprising (a) a wall havin a broad, flat surface,
(b) a mastic res mbling sand-bearing mortar overlying the flat surface, the mastic being formed of a copolymer plastic mixed with a limestone filler and sand, and containing a coloring agent causing it to resemble mortar, and
(c) a plurality of flat plastic bodies of generally thin, plate-like conformation formed of a plastic mixed with coloring pigment embedded in the mastic, each body having an outwardly-facing surface formed to resemble the rough surface ofa brick, the other side of the body being formed with a peripheral flange having a sharp edge which extends through the mastic and engages the said flat surface of the board, the body being formed of a resin mixed with sufficient limestone filler to give -a dull, clay-like appearance, the body having been subjected to burning to give an antique appearance.
3. A simulated brick construction, comprising (a) a'wall having a broad flat surface,
(b) a mastic resembling sand-bearing mortar overlying the flat surface, the mastic being formed of a co-polymer plastic mixed with a limestone filler, sand-like material, and a coloring agent to resemble mortar, and
(c) a plurality of flat plastic bodies formed of a plastic mixed with coloring pigment embedded in the mastic,
each body having an outwardly-facing surface formed to resemble the rough surface of a brick, each plastic body being formed on the inwardlyfacing side lying in a single plane, except that it is provided with a sharp-edged flange extending completely around its periphery, which flange extends through the mastic and engages the said flat surface of the board.
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|International Classification||E04C2/10, E04C2/20, E04F13/18|
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