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(12) United States Patent ao) Patent No.: us 6,332,299 Bi
Stewart, III (45) Date of Patent: Dec. 25,2001
(54) CONNECTOR FOR MULTIPLE MEMBER FRAME SYSTEMS
(76) Inventor: Kenneth G. Stewart, III, P.O. Box
1117, Sarasota, FL (US) 34230
( * ) Notice: Subject to any disclaimer, the term of this patent is extended or adjusted under 35 U.S.C. 154(b) by 0 days.
(21) Appl. No.: 09/496,669
(22) Filed: Feb. 3, 2000
Related U.S. Application Data
(60) Provisional application No. 60/118,687, filed on Feb. 5, 1999.
(51) Int. C I. E04C 3/292
(52) U.S. CI 52/696; 52/506.05; 52/666;
52/655.1; 52/714; 52/715; 52/729.4; 52/729.5;
(58) Field of Search 52/506.05, 693,
52/696, 666, 643, 317, 713-715, 654.1, 655.1, 733.2, 729.4, 729.5, 733.3-733.4, 737.3-737.5, 281, 283; D8/349, 354, 373;
25/119, 122, 164
(56) References Cited
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CONNECTOR FOR MULTIPLE MEMBER
This application is a continuation and claims priority of U.S. Provisional Application Ser. No. 60/118,687 filed Feb. 5, 1999.
BACKGROUND AND SUMMARY OF THE
The present invention relates to a device for connecting and spacing various members of a building frame, and particularly to a connector which secures and reinforces the various members of a wooden framed building. More particularly, the present invention relates to a galvanized steel connector to join space and reinforce studs, trusses, joists, or any frame consisting of regularly repeated building members in wooden framed buildings.
Other objects, advantages and novel features of the present invention will become apparent from the following detailed description of the invention when considered in conjunction with the accompanying drawings.
BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS
FIG. 1 is a top perspective view of a frame connector in accordance with the present invention coupled to several successive floor joists or wall studs showing the main body of the connector positioned to lie flat across the outward faces of four successive joists or studs and multiple rigidity flaps coupled to the main body of the connector and folded into the spaces between the successive joists or studs; and
FIG. 2 is a top perspective view of an alternative embodiment of a frame connector similar to FIG. 1 with a rigidity crease formed into the main body of the connector and running the entire length of the connector.
DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS
As shown in FIG. 1, a frame connector 10 includes a main body 20, multiple rigidity flaps 12, and multiple attachment flaps 14. The entire frame connector 10 is produced from a single sheet of material so that rigidity flaps 12 are created simply by cutting the material of frame connector 10 along multiple flap edges 16 and folding rigidity flaps 12 along multiple folds 18. In this way, rigidity flaps 12 remain directly coupled to main body 20 along folds 18, but are positioned generally perpendicular to main body 20. While rigidity flaps 12 are folded to positions generally perpendicular to main body 20, attachment flaps 14 also remain coupled to main body 20, but are positioned in generally the same plane as main body 20. Attachment flaps 14 are further formed to include multiple attachment holes 32.
Frame connector 10 is formed so that within a particular connector, rigidity flaps 12 are formed and folded in consistent lengths and are consistently spaced. In other words, within a particular frame connector, the multiple rigidity flaps will all be of the same length and will all be spaced equidistant. In this way, attachment flaps 14, which lie between rigidity flaps 12, will also necessarily be equally spaced.
Typical construction employs frame members made of common building materials such as wood and steel spaced equidistant to create a barrier of a building such as a wall, floor, ceiling, roof, etc. FIG. 1 depicts this typical construction method showing joists or studs 22 spaced equidistant with spaces 28 therebetween and having outward faces 24 and perpendicular faces 26. In operation, the builder (not
shown) places the bottom face 30 of main body 20 flush against outward faces 24 of joists or studs 22. In this position, rigidity flaps 12 extend down into spaces 28 and flap edges 16 of rigidity flaps 12 abut perpendicular faces 26
5 of joists or studs 22. Further, attachment flaps 14 remain in generally the same plane as main body 20 and lie flat on outward faces 24 of joists or studs 22. With frame connector 10 in this position, the builder then couples frame connector 10 to joists or studs 22 by driving nails (also not shown)
10 through attachment holes 32 and into outward faces 24 of joists or studs 22. In this position, frame connector 10 holds joists or studs 22 in perfectly equidistant relationship with each other and keeps outward faces 24 in a single plane. It should be noted that, to one of ordinary skill in the art,
15 it will be readily apparent that frame connectors within the scope of this disclosure can be produced for joists or studs which are not equally spaced, but which are desired to be kept in some other spacial relationship with one another, and that other methods of attachment may be used other than
20 nails. For example, if frame connector 10 is being employed in a steel framed building, bolts, metal screws, or other suitable connectors may be positioned through attachment holes 32 to secure frame connector 10 to joists or studs 22. In an alternative embodiment, shown in FIG. 2, main
25 body 20 of frame connection 10 is formed to include a rigidity crease 40 running the length of the frame connection. Rigidity crease 40 is formed by folding a portion 44 of the entire width 46 of the main body 20 of frame connector 10 so that ridge 42 of rigidity crease 40 stands up away from
30 the plane formed by the remainder of main body 20.
In each embodiment shown in FIGS. 1 and 2, frame connector 10 operates to secure joists or studs 22 in a precise, predetermined spacial relationship with one another. However, the embodiment shown in FIG. 2 is preferably used to secure roof trusses rather than floor joists or wall studs where rigidity crease 40 might interfere with the floor decking or drywall which covers the joists or studs. Further, main body 20 and rigidity flaps 12 of frame connector 10 operate to add rigidity in the x, y, and z axes of the building frame created by joists or studs 22.
The embodiment shown in FIG. 1 can be used to add strength and rigidity to a building frame where wall covering or floor decking is to be used over the frame connector. Main
45 body 20 of frame connector 10 is flat. Therefore, flat floor decking or drywall may be placed directly over it, unimpeded, to allow the floor decking or drywall to sit flush against outward faces 24 of joists or studs 22.
The embodiment shown in FIG. 2 adds strength and
50 rigidity in addition to that supplied by the embodiment of FIG. 1. However, rigidity crease 40 makes the embodiment of FIG. 2 inappropriate for locations where floor decking, drywall, or other coverings are to be used over frame connector 10.
55 The frame connector is made from flat rectangular stock, with cuts formed inwardly from opposing longitudinal edges to define the outline of the depending rigid flaps 12 and the bending downwardly the rigid flaps 12. The support rib 40 can be created by bending either prior to or after the bending
60 downward of the rigid flaps 12.
While the drawings show depending flaps 12 at the end of the frame connectors, the connectors could be formed such that the ends could be located with securement flaps 14. Under either condition the number of securing flaps equals
65 the number of frame members 24 to be connected and the number of dependent rigid flaps 12 equals one more, or one less, than the number of frame members.