|Publication number||USRE34547 E|
|Application number||US 07/978,737|
|Publication date||Feb 15, 1994|
|Filing date||Nov 19, 1992|
|Priority date||Jan 28, 1987|
|Publication number||07978737, 978737, US RE34547 E, US RE34547E, US-E-RE34547, USRE34547 E, USRE34547E|
|Inventors||Derrell J. Weldy|
|Original Assignee||Lewis Hein, Derrell J. Weldy, Michael D. Weldy|
|Export Citation||BiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan|
|Patent Citations (36), Referenced by (27), Classifications (11), Legal Events (2)|
|External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet|
This is a .Iadd.Reissue of application Ser. No. 07/438,942 filed Nov. 17, 1989 now U.S. Pat. No. 5,086,598, which is a .Iaddend.continuation of application Ser. No. 07/328,759 filed Mar. 23, 1989 now abandoned which is a continuation of 07/205,424 filed Jun. 10, 1988 now abandoned; which is a continuation of 07/007,570 field Jan. 28, 1987 now abandoned.
The invention is in the field of finishing interior walls, and specifically relates to finishing the edges at intersections where two or three walls meet, either as an inside corner or as an outside corner.
Currently, any intersection between two drywall planes, which is an obtuse or "outside" intersection, is covered with a metallic strip which defines a corner bead and has orthogonally oriented flanges which are nailed to the adjacent drywall, with the central bead falling over the intersection itself. These strips have been used for many years and are in widespread current use. Because of their construction however, they have certain inherent defects. One of the major defects is the fact that even though they are galvanized or otherwise coated with a non-corrosive coating, the strips will sometimes corrode or rust anyway, and bleed through the overlying plaster or mud, creating an unsightly appearance.
Another drawback of the metallic strips is inherent in the fact that the malleable metal from which they are made has a very poor memory, and is subject to being dented or wrinkled, after which it is difficult to straighten to produce a smooth finish. Because of the rough handling to which most of the material at a work site is subjected, it is not uncommon for the strips to be wrinkled, dented and perhaps twisted, thus rendering them either unuseable, or useable only to produce a slightly inferior end result.
Additionally, the metal strips are used in large quantities in construction, and can up to a considerable cost. A means of reducing this cost would find a warm reception in the buidling industry because although the cost savings on one strip may be not be significant, the enormous numbers of the strips that are used would provide a substantial savings to builders of even a single dwelling, not to mention a whole tract or large office building.
Attempts have been made to create other types of strips which are made of plastic rather than metal to resolve some of the above-stated problems. Among these are those described in U.S. Pat. No. 2,114,044 issued to W. L . Bonnell; U.S. Pat. No. 3,712,003, issued to Edward C. Hallock et al., and U.S. Pat. No. 4,315,390 to Michael Schafsma. These attempts toward resolving the problem have produced edge beads which by and large lie underneath the drywall at the intersection between two drywall panels. This approach does not conform to present techniques, whereupon the bead is put on after the drywall has already been put in place, and this requires the re-education of construction workers, who tend to be set in their ways.
Another approach is taken in U.S. Pat. No. 4,012,878 issued to Robert T. Ellingston. This strip can be put in place after the drywall is in place. It is characterized by having an air pocket and a double layer for providing resilience to impact, so that the underlying wall corner or edge is not damaged from impact. However, not only does the double-walled construction not lending itself to ease in manufacture by extrusion, but it could also somewhat problematic in that the paint and plaster or mud which is applied over the trim would be cracked and would tend to flake because of the deformation of the underlying strip when it is impacted.
There is a need, therefore for a simple, plastic strip which is designed to be easily extruded, and which is provided with accompanying corner pieces to accomodate the most commonly encountered intersections of edges into corners, which includes both inside outside corners, and corners with two or three lines defined by intersecting wall planes.
The instant invention fulfills the above-stated need and provides as its central element an elongated strip having an arcuate central portion which ordinarily would arc in cross section on the order of 90 degrees, but as a smooth curve rather than a sharp angle. Extending outwardly from the edges of the arc are a pair of flanges which define a 90 degree angle relative to one another. The flanges are either striated externally to help the mud adhere thereto, or provided with punched-out holes periodically along the flanges, or both. In addition, the central area and perhaps the flanges as well, are preferably factory-coated with a primer. This will adapt the surface of the strip, which is petrochemical in nature by virtue of the strip being plastic, to an overlying water-based coating of paint. This primer will also help the adhesion of the plaster or mud, which of course is also water-based.
In addition to the central strip, and of substantially the same construction in its straight lengths, there are as many as four molded corner pieces to create a complete set. These corner pieces each have extending legs which terminate in a short flange which will engage beneath the adjacent straight strip. Because of the construction of orthogonal rooms and dwellings, there are intersections of outside two-planed edges which come in the form of two-edge intersections, and three-edge intersections, both inside and outside. There are thus four corner pieces which, together with the strips, would define a substantially complete system for an entire dwelling. The legs extend from the corner pieces about three inches, and the straight strips are butted into end along any particular edge, and can be easily ut to length to fit between two adjacent strips, an adjacent strip and an adjacent corner piece, or two corner pieces.
FIG. 1. is an elevation illustrating a corner piece exploded from adjoining straight strips;
FIG. 2. is a section taken through a typical wall construction outside corner illustrating the corner strip in place after it has been nailed and butted into position;
FIG. 3. is a section similar to FIG. 2 illustrating the striations on the strip flanges and the primer coating on the outside of the strips;
FIG. 4 illustrated a two-leg inside corner;
FIG. 5 illustrates a three-leg outside corner;
FIG. 6 illustrates a three-leg inside corner; and,
FIG. 7 illustrates a typical strip.
A strip 10 is shown overall in FIG. 7, and is seen in detail in FIGS. 1 through 3. As shown in FIG. 2 and 3, the strip has a thickened, arcuate central portion 12 and a pair of orthogonally related extend flanges 14 which fit on a two-plane edge as shown in FIG. 2. As illustrated in the drawings, the central arcuate portion is wider than the side flanges, and has a chord length or width between two opposing points on its opposite side edges which is greater than the width of a side flange (see FIG. 6). The central arcuate portion 12 is recessed or indented at its outer side edges, as can be seen in FIGS. 2 and 3, to form a stepped or tapering transition or junction between the central portion 12 and the side flanges 14. The strip is a length or extruded plastic, and the plastic is generally rigid, but is adequately soft and resilient to permit nails to be hammered through the flanges with a normal hammering effort. As shown in FIG. 2 nails 16 are hammered directly through the flanges 14 and through the drywall 18 into the wooden stud 20, all of which is typical, standard corner construction in residential and low-rise office construction.
Once the strip has been secured in place with nails as shown in FIG. 2, the drywall mud 22 is applied over the nail heads and over the joint between the strip and the adjoining drywall. It can be seen from an examination of FIG. 2 that a finished surface is provided, and when painted, a smooth, finished surface is provided.
In order to assist the mud in adhering to the strip, several things can be done. First, the flanges can be striated as shown at 24 on their surface which will face outwardly when secured over an inner or outer wall intersection, as illustrated in the drawings. These striations, much like record grooves, will engage and hold the mud. The may be spaced from the thickened portion 12 of the strip by space of about 0.006 inches, or six thousandth of an inch. This space provides a transition zone between the drywall and the strip itself to ensure the striations do not show through the paint. The striations extend out to the outermost side edge of each side flange, as can be seen in FIG. 3, to provide a purchase for mud or plaster applied over the side flanges as in FIG. 3 and to reduce the risk of the plaster separating from the strip.
There may also be provided holes 26 which permit the mud to ooze through the strip and bond directly to the drywall. These holes are not needed for nail holes and are not used as such, as the nails are pounded directly through the flanges as shown in FIG. 1, without the necessity of holes being provided. The holes are strictly to provide a "keying" or purchase for the mud.
Additionally, at least the central portion, and possibly the entire unit is ideally covered with a primer 28 to help both the paint and the mud bond to the strip. A strip with the striations, the punched holes, and the primer will have no trouble in holding both the drywall and water-based paint to its surface.
The strip itself can be provided in any desired length, inasmuch as it is extruded, although 8 feet being an industry standard. It can be very easily cut to any desirable length. In addition to the strips, there are corner pieces, which, as indicated above, may have either two or three legs and be either inside corners or outside corners.
FIG. 1 illustrates a two-leg, inside corner. Each of the legs 30 extends outwardly from the central portion of the corner and terminates, and at the termination defines a tongue 32. The tongue extends beneath the adjacent strip as shown in FIG. 1, for a secure, flush surface. This is also a very strong surface. It can be understood that by using the molded corners so that there are not two mitered pieces butting into one another at the corner, and the tongues which engage under the adjacent straight strips, the corners are a very strong part of the construction when this system is used, and do not suffer from the weakness sometimes inherent in the use of traditional corner bead construction.
The other corner pieces that are shown in the drawings are similar in construction both to the straight strips and to the two-leg inside corner of FIG. 1 there being modifications of geometric configuration necessary to accomodate three legs instead of two, and outside corners instead of inside corners. However, the punched hole construction and the end tongues are present on all the corners, inside or out, whether two leg or three. The entire system will accomodate any generally orthogonally oriented system of rooms or spaces. Clearly, the cross-section of the strip and the corner pieces could be modified to accomodate other than 90 degree walls, and the radius of curvature of the central portion can be expanded or contracted for a smaller or larger curvature, or even a substantially angular corner. However, one of the main benefits of the system is the fact that it can easily make rounded corners, which are increasing in popularity.
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|U.S. Classification||52/288.1, 52/257, 52/241, 52/716.1, 52/276|
|International Classification||E04F19/02, E04F13/06|
|Cooperative Classification||E04F13/06, E04F19/028|
|European Classification||E04F19/02D2, E04F13/06|
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