US 3653172 A
A wall structure comprising a spacing channel having a cross sectional configuration defining an elongated channel with a secondary channel formed axially thereof and provided with evenly spaced transversely extending slots positioned horizontally through a plurality of metal studding so as to engage each of the metal studdings in one of said transverse slots so as to hold the studding in predetermined spaced relation to one another in pair wall structure.
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United States Patent 1151 3,653,172 Schwartz 1 51 Apr. 4, 1972  METAL STUDDING WALL 1,803,589 5/1931 Bohnsack ..52 241 STRUCTURES 2,245,644 6/1941 Braloff ..52/241 2,958,982 11/1960 Baker ..52/241  Inventor: Paul Schwartz, 249 Brainard Drive, 3 07 9 2 9 3 prick-m 52 2 Youngstown, Ohio 44512 3,482,369 12/1969 Burke ..52/720  Filed: Jan. 30, 1970 Appl. No.: 7,091
Primary ExaminerFrank L. Abbott Assistant Examiner-Leslie A. Braun Attorney-Webster B. Harpman 5 7] ABSTRACT A wall structure comprising a spacing channel having a cross sectional configuration defining an elongated channel with a secondary channel formed axially thereof and provided with evenly spaced transversely extending slots positioned horizontally through a plurality of metal studding so as to engage each of the metal studdings in one of said transverse slots so as to hold the studding in predetermined spaced relation to one another in pair wall structure.
2 Claims, 3 Drawing Figures PATENTEUAPR 4 I972 3,653,172
I I l7 18 i [/15 w A F I G. 3 c I 16 I INVENTOR. I PAUL SCHWARTZ 2O I I BY I M I2 2 l4 l3 l4 ATTORNEY METAL STUDDING WALL STRUCTURES BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION 1. Field of the Invention This invention relates to wall structures and more particularly to wall structures wherein metal studding forms the framework thereof and specifically to a spacing channel positioned within the wall structure and engaging each of the metal studding to hold it in predetermined relation.
2. Description of the Prior Art Prior structures of this type have employed various means of bracing metal studs as may be seen for example in US. Pat. No. 2,275,109 and U.S. Pat No. 3,468,093. The prior art constructions are difficult to form and time consuming in installation and do not provide a uniformly adaptable spacing channel readily registrable with cut out openings in spaced metal studding regardless of the spacing of the studding in the wall construction. The present invention permits the installation of the spacing channel engaging the studding in a framing construction of a partition or wall and provides for automatic registry with the metal studding regardless of the spacing between the metal studding in the wall construction.
This invention eliminates the time and difficulty experienced in attempting to brace metal studding horizontally as has heretofore been common in the art.
SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION A wall structure consisting of a spacing channel having a secondary axially extending channel configuration through which are positioned a plurality of evenly spaced transverse slots is arranged to be positioned through openings formed in substantial alignment in a series of metal studding forming said wall structure without regard to the spacing of the studding with respect to one another. The cross bracing achieved through the use of the spacing channel lends additional rigidity to the metal studding of the wall or partition being formed and insures the maintaining of the individual metal studding in proper vertical alignment and thereby considerably increases the load carrying ability of the wall or partition formed thereby.
This is particularly advantageous when the metal studding are provided with means for supporting outwardly extending shelf-carrying arms as frequently occurs in walls or partitions used in business establishments wherein the walls and/or partitions are used for carrying and displaying merchandise to be sold.
DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWING FIG. I is a perspective view with parts broken away and parts in cross-section showing the spacing channel.
FIG. 2 is a side elevation of a portion of a vertically standing metal stud showing an opening therein and the spacing channel of FIG. 1 positioned through the opening with portions thereof registering with the metal stud.
FIG. 3 is a horizontal section on line 33 of FIG. 2.
DESCRIPTION OF THE PREFERRED EMBODIMENT In the form chosen for illustration, the invention comprises a spacing channel which may be readily formed as a rolled metal shape as will occur to those skilled in the art. As illustrated in FIG. I of the drawings, the metal channel has spaced longitudinal flanges 10, the upper ends of which are down turned at 11 and adjacent horizontal portions 12. The entire longitudinal center section of the spacing channel is depressed as at 13 and the sections thereof defining the depressed area are oppositely disposed angular walls 14. A plurality of transversely positioned slots are formed in the depressed longitudinal center section 13 of the spacing channel with the opposite ends of the slots 15 being enlarged as best seen in FIG. 3 of the drawings wherein the enlargements are respectively indicated by the numerals l6 and 17.
The spacing channel may be of any desired length and may include any number of the transverse slots 15 and the same are preferably spaced longitudinally with respect to one another a distance of approximately 1 inch.
It will be obvious to those skilled in the art that this spacing may be varied if desired.
In utilizing the spacing channel disclosed herein, a wall or partitioned structure including a plurality of metal studding is first assembled with the studding as seen in FIG. 2 of the drawings comprising a middle web portion 18 having oppositely disposed longitudinally extending end configurations l9 and 20 respectively. The middle web portions 18 have cut out openings 21 therein preferably evenly spaced from the ends of the metal studding so that the openings 21 are in substantial horizontal alignment. The spacing channel including the flanges l0 and the depressed longitudinal center section 13 is then positioned through several of the metal studding in engagement with the cut out openings 21 therein so that the transverse slots 15 register with the parts of the web portions 18 of the studding which define the lower part of the cut out openings 21.
By referring to FIG. 2 of the drawings a vertical section of one of the studding may be seen with the spacing channel including the longitudinal flanges l0 and the depressed longitudinal center section 13 engaged thereon.
It will occur to those skilled in the art that the depressed longitudinal center section 13 including the oppositely disposed angular walls 14 of the spacing channel form a secondary channel extending between adjacent pairs of the metal studding and firmly engaging the web portions 18 thereof.
In FIG. 3 of the drawings the enlarged opposite ends 16 and 17 of the slots 15 may be seen to accommodate the deformed sections of the web portion 18 of the studding which occurs by reason of the welding of the web sections to one another as will be understood by those skilled in the art. Additionally, these welding caused configurations serve to anchor the spac ing channel firmly in position as it extends through several of the metal studding in a wall or partition as heretofore described.
In forming a wall or partition with the device of the invention the wall or partition framing is completed through the assembly of the several metal studding employed. The spacing channel is then positioned longitudinally through the several openings 21 in the web portions 18 of the metal studding and pushed downwardly into engagement therewith whereby the slots 15 in the depressed longitudinal center section 13 register with the respective webs I8 of the studding. The wall or partition structure is thus suitably cross braced with no additional steps necessary to position or hold or lock the spacing channel in the construction.
Although but one embodiment of the present invention has been illustrated and described it will be apparent to those skilled in the an that various changes and modifications may be made therein without departing from the spirit of the invention.
Having thus described my invention, what I claim is:
1. A wall structure having apertured metal studding each of which comprises a middle deformed web section with oppositely disposed longitudinally extending flanges thereon and means holding said studding in spaced relation to one another, said means consisting of a spacing channel comprising an elongated channel shape having a longitudinally extending depressed center section with a plurality of slots positioned transversely thereof, said slots having oppositely disposed enlarged end sections, said spacing channel being positioned through said apertures in said studding with said slots registering with said apertures and said enlarged end sections registring with said deformed web.
2. The wall structure of claim 1 wherein said deformed web of the studding is deformed in spaced areas.