Title:
Wall plate anchors, and methods of using same
Kind Code:
A1


Abstract:
An L-shaped wall plate anchor to secure a wall frame bottom plate in place in preparation to raising a wall relative to a floor. The wall plate anchor is provided with apertures adapted to accommodate standard wall thicknesses of, for example, 3 ½ inch or 5 ½ inch thicknesses.



Inventors:
Smith, Steven A. (Roscommon, MI, US)
Application Number:
11/045444
Publication Date:
09/29/2005
Filing Date:
01/27/2005
Primary Class:
International Classes:
E04B1/35; E04B1/38; F16B1/00; E04B1/00; (IPC1-7): E04B1/38
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Primary Examiner:
PAINTER, BRANON C
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
Irving M. Weiner (Weiner & Burt, P.C. 635 N. US-23 P.O. Box 186, Harrisville, MI, 48740, US)
Claims:
1. A wall plate anchor, comprising: a flexible elongated member having a first elongated portion extending in a first predetermined direction, and a second elongated portion extending in a second predetermined direction, which is disposed substantially perpendicular to said first predetermined direction; said first elongated portion being provided with at least three apertures arranged in a predetermined pattern; and said second elongated portion being provided with at least one aperture disposed at a predetermined location relative to said apertures provided in said first elongated portion of said flexible elongated member.

2. A wall plate anchor according to claim 1, wherein: said flexible elongated member is adapted to be placed and affixed to a wall member of a wall by a first fastener extending through said one aperture provided in said second elongated portion so that said first fastener extends in a third predetermined direction into said wall member, and by a second fastener extending through one of said three apertures provided in said first elongated portion and extending into said wall member in a fourth predetermined direction which is disposed substantially perpendicular to said third predetermined direction.

3. A wall plate anchor according to claim 1, wherein: said flexible elongated member is adapted to be disposed relative to and affixed to a floor member by floor fastening members which extend through two of said apertures provided in said first elongated portion and into said floor member.

4. A wall plate anchor according to claim 2, wherein: said flexible elongated member is adapted to be disposed relative to and affixed to a floor member by floor fastening members which extend through two of said apertures provided in said first elongated portion and into said floor member.

5. A wall plate anchor according to claim 4, wherein: said second fastening member extends in a direction opposite to the direction in which said floor fastening members extend.

6. A wall plate anchor according to claim 4, wherein: said flexible elongated member is adapted to be bent into a U-shaped configuration when said wall is raised to a vertical position relative to said floor member.

7. A wall plate anchor according to claim 5, wherein: said flexible elongated member is adapted to be bent into a U-shaped configuration when said wall is raised to a vertical position relative to said floor member.

8. A wall plate anchor according to claim 1, wherein: said apertures of said first elongated portion and said aperture of said second elongated portion are arranged and located so that fastening members can be placed through said apertures to fit with and be used in conjunction with construction lumber of standard dimensions.

9. A wall plate anchor according to claim 2, wherein: said apertures of said first elongated portion and said aperture of said second elongated portion are arranged and located so that fastening members can be placed through said apertures to fit with and be used in conjunction with construction lumber of standard dimensions.

10. A wall plate anchor according to claim 3, wherein: said apertures of said first elongated portion and said aperture of said second elongated portion are arranged and located so that fastening members can be placed through said apertures to fit with and be used in conjunction with construction lumber of standard dimensions.

11. A wall plate anchor according to claim 4, wherein: said apertures of said first elongated portion and said aperture of said second elongated portion are arranged and located so that fastening members can be placed through said apertures to fit with and be used in conjunction with construction lumber of standard dimensions.

12. A wall plate anchor according to claim 5, wherein: said apertures of said first elongated portion and said aperture of said second elongated portion are arranged and located so that fastening members can be placed through said apertures to fit with and be used in conjunction with construction lumber of standard dimensions.

13. A wall plate anchor according to claim 6, wherein: said apertures of said first elongated portion and said aperture of said second elongated portion are arranged and located so that fastening members can be placed through said apertures to fit with and be used in conjunction with construction lumber of standard dimensions.

14. A wall plate anchor according to claim 7, wherein: said apertures of said first elongated portion and said aperture of said second elongated portion are arranged and located so that fastening members can be placed through said apertures to fit with and be used in conjunction with construction lumber of standard dimensions.

15. A method of using a wall plate anchor to secure a wall bottom plate in place in preparation for raising a wall relative to a floor, comprising the steps of: fastening a first elongated portion of said wall plate anchor to said floor using fastening members extending through at least two apertures provided in said first elongated portion of said wall plate anchor; and fastening a second elongated portion of said wall plate anchor to said wall bottom plate by using at least one fastener extending through an aperture in said first elongated portion of said wall plate anchor, and by placing at least another fastener extending through an aperture provided in a second elongated portion of said wall plate anchor.

16. A method according to claim 15, including the step of: pivoting said wall relative to said floor until said wall is disposed substantially perpendicular to said floor, and said wall plate member is bent into a U-shaped configuration.

17. A method according to claim 16, wherein: upon raising the wall to its vertical position relative to the floor, no portion of said wall plate anchor remains to interfere with internal or external finishing operations.

18. The method according to claim 16, wherein: said wall plate anchor holds the wall in its proper position relative to the floor when said wall is pivoted to its vertical position relative to the floor.

19. The method according to claim 17, wherein: said wall plate anchor holds the wall in its proper position relative to the floor when said wall is pivoted to its vertical position relative to the floor.

20. The method according to claim 15, wherein: when said wall plate anchor is used on an elevated foundation above the floor elevation, said wall plate anchor serves to hold the bottom wall plate in position during wall framing as well.

Description:

The present patent application is based on and claims priority from U.S. Provisional Patent Application Ser. No. 60/552,532 filed Mar. 12, 2004, the entire contents of which application are incorporated herein by reference thereto.

The present invention relates generally to a novel and unique wall plate anchor, and methods of using same.

More particularly, the present invention relates to a wall plate anchor to secure a frame wall bottom plate in place in preparation for raising the wall to be used in conjunction with a wall hoist.

BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION

Frequently in the construction trade when raising a wood or metal frame wall, the wall moves out of position during the raising process. This results in many necessary adjustments, and unnecessary time consumption and additional unnecessary labor.

The prior, but not necessarily relevant, art is exemplified by the following United States patents.

Roelofsz U.S. Pat. No. 5,444,944, entitled “LOW COST COLLAPSIBLE ENCLOSURE”, issued Aug. 29, 1995.

Schillero, Jr. U.S. Pat. No. 6,029,407, entitled “METAL STUD HOLDING DEVICE”, issued Feb. 29, 2000.

Timilty U.S. Pat. No. 6,308,467, entitled “WALL POSITIONING AND BRACING APPARATUS AND METHOD”, issued Oct. 30, 2001.

Fick U.S. Pat. No. 6,334,287, entitled “WALL HINGE”, issued Jan. 1, 2002.

It is a desideratum of the present invention to avoid the animadversions of the prior art devices and techniques, and to provide a novel and unique wall plate anchor and methods of using same.

SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION

The present invention provides a wall plate anchor, comprising: a flexible elongated member having a first elongated portion extending in a first predetermined direction, and a second elongated portion extending in a second predetermined direction, which is disposed substantially perpendicular to said first predetermined direction; said first elongated portion being provided with at least three apertures arranged in a predetermined pattern; and said second elongated portion being provided with at least one aperture disposed at a predetermined location relative to said apertures provided in said first elongated portion of said flexible elongated member.

The present invention further provides a method of using a wall plate anchor to secure a wall bottom plate in place in preparation for raising a wall relative to a floor, comprising the steps of: fastening a first elongated portion of said wall plate anchor to said floor using fastening members extending through at least two apertures provided in said first elongated portion of said wall plate anchor; and fastening a second elongated portion of said wall plate anchor to said wall bottom plate by using at least one fastener extending through an aperture in said first elongated portion of said wall plate anchor, and by placing at least another fastener extending through an aperture provided in a second elongated portion of said wall plate anchor.

The present invention provides a novel and unique wall plate anchor to secure a wall bottom plate in place in preparation for raising the wall, and a novel method of using such wall plate anchor.

It is a primary object of the present invention to provide a wall plate anchor as described hereinabove, wherein such wall plate anchor may preferably, but not necessarily, be used in conjunction with a wall hoist.

Another object of the present invention is to provide a wall plate anchor as described hereinabove, wherein such wall plate anchor comprises a simple strap with a single 90° bend therein, and holes formed or punched therethrough to accommodate the use of various fastening elements, such as nails or screws.

A further object of the present invention is to provide such a novel and unique wall plate anchor as described hereinabove, which is fabricated or cut to fit predetermined wall thicknesses, such as, for example, a 3 ½ inch or a 5 ½ inch wall thickness.

Another object of the present invention is to provide a wall plate anchor strap as described hereinabove, wherein the anchor strap will attach the bottom wall plate to the floor or foundation sill plate, and hold the wall in correct position safely during the raising of the wall.

Yet another object of the present invention is to provide a novel and unique wall plate anchor as described hereinabove, wherein such wall plate anchor will work with wood or metal frame walls.

Another object of the present invention is to provide such a novel and unique wall plate anchor as described hereinabove, wherein such wall plate anchor prevents the wall from moving out of position during the raising thereof.

Yet another object of the present invention is to provide such a novel and unique wall plate anchor as described hereinabove and a method of using same, wherein such wall plate anchor is used on an elevated foundation above the floor elevation, and the anchor straps will hold the bottom wall plate in position during the wall framing as well. This is common in garage construction where the wall often rests on an elevated foundation.

Yet a further object of the present invention is to provide a novel and unique wall plate anchor as described hereinabove, wherein the wall plate anchor may preferably, but not necessarily, be fabricated from flexible metal banding.

Yet a further object of the present invention is to provide such a novel and unique wall plate anchor as described hereinabove, wherein the holes in the wall plate anchor have a predetermined position to help prevent the wall from moving during the early stage of the lifting operation.

Another object of the present invention is to provide such a novel and unique wall plate anchor as described hereinabove, wherein such wall plate anchor finds particular usage in installing the wall plate anchor on a stem wall, or an elevated foundation wall.

Another object of the present invention is to provide such a novel and unique wall plate anchor as described hereinabove, wherein such wall plate anchor provides both the support for the frame wall at the proper level to allow tilting up onto the stem wall, and a positive anchor to position the frame wall accurately when in the raised position, and to prevent the frame wall from moving out of position during the process of tilting it up.

Another object of the present invention is to provide such a novel and unique wall plate anchor and methods of using same which yields several important benefits to the contractor or other construction person, such as, for example, speed in set up, convenience in supporting the work, accuracy in placement, and safety during construction.

Another object of the present invention is to provide such a novel and unique wall plate anchor and methods of using same wherein the wall plate anchor will be completely covered by wall finishes under normal conditions, without additional time spent on removing such wall plate anchor.

Other objects, advantages, applications and features of the present invention will become more apparent to those persons skilled in this particular area of technology, and to other persons, after having been exposed to the detailed description of the present invention as set forth hereinbelow when read in conjunction with accompanying patent drawings.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

FIG. 1 is a perspective illustration of a first preferred embodiment of the present invention.

FIG. 2 is an elevational view, partly in section, showing the wall plate anchor of FIG. 1 in place before the wall is raised.

FIG. 3 is an elevational view, partly in section, showing the FIG. 2 arrangement after the wall has been raised into place.

FIG. 4 is a perspective view of the wall plate anchor being used for an elevated floor arrangement.

FIG. 5 is an elevational view, partly in section, of the arrangement shown in FIG. 4 before the wall has been raised.

FIG. 6 is an elevational view, partly in section, of the FIG. 5 arrangement, after the wall has been raised.

FIG. 7 shows an elevational view, partly in section, of an arrangement where the wood mud sill is wider than the wall plate anchor.

FIG. 8 shows the FIG. 7 arrangement, but wherein the wall has been raised into final position.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE INVENTION

With reference to FIG. 1, there is shown the wall plate anchor 10 in accordance with the present invention as affixed to a wall plate 11.

Preferably, but not necessarily, the wall plate anchor 10 is fabricated from a flexible metal banding, and is sized for common wood wall thicknesses or common metal wall thicknesses.

The wall plate anchor 10 includes a first section or a bottom portion 12 having predetermined and pre-positioned apertures 13, 14 and 15 therethrough for accommodating various fasteners such as screws or nails 16, 17 and 18.

The wall plate anchor 10 also includes a second section 20, which is initially oriented substantially perpendicular to the first section 12, and said second section 20 includes at least one predetermined and pre-positioned aperture 21 therethrough for accommodating various fastening members such as a nail or screw 22.

It should be noted that the second section 20 of the wall plate anchor 10 has a hole 21 to permit a fastener 22 to be placed approximately ¾ of an inch down from the top edge 23 of the wall plate 11.

It should be noted that two of the apertures 13 and 14 in the first section 12 of the wall plate anchor 10 permit fasteners 16 and 17 to be placed into the floor 24, foundation or wood mud sill upon which the wall 25 is to be raised.

Preferably, but not necessarily, a preferred version of the wall plate anchor 10 has its first section 12 approximately 7″ long, and its second section 20 approximately 5 ½ inches long, and having a width of approximately 1″.

Preferably, but not necessarily, another preferred version of the wall plate anchor 10 has its first section 12 approximately 5″ long, its second section 20 approximately 3 ½ inches long, and its width approximately 1″. This is sized for common wood and metal wall thicknesses.

FIG. 2 shows the arrangement after the fasteners 16, 17, 18 and 22 have been placed through the wall plate anchor 10 into the foundation, floor 24 or wood mud sill and into the wall plate member 11. FIG. 2 shows also a stud 26 of the wall 25 to be raised further down from the section showing the wall plate anchor 10.

FIG. 3 shows the position after the wall 25 has been raised to show how the wall plate anchor 10 has been bent into final position when the wall 25 is upright.

FIGS. 4-8 show the arrangement of the components when the wall plate anchor 10 is used on an elevated foundation, such as in garage construction, where there is a wood mud sill 27 on top of a masonry foundation 28 above the level of the floor 24.

FIGS. 4-6 show the arrangement of the components where the wall 25 to be raised is approximately the same width of the wood mud sill 27 upon which the wall 25 will be raised.

FIGS. 7 and 8 show the arrangement when the wall plate anchor 10 is used with a foundation 29 and wood mud sill 30 which is wider than the wall plate anchor 10 in its final arrangement after the associated wall 25 has been raised relative to the elevated foundation 29.

An important feature of the wall plate anchor 10 in accordance with the present invention is that no portion of the wall plate anchor 10 remains in the room to interfere with finishes.

From the foregoing it can be seen that the novel and unique wall plate anchor 10 is used for securing a frame wall bottom plate 11 in place in preparation for raising the wall 25.

Preferably, but not necessarily, the wall plate anchor 10 is used in conjunction with a wall hoist.

It should be noted that the wall plate anchor 10 comprises a simple metal strap with a single 90° bend and predetermined and pre-positioned holes 13, 14, 15 and 21 provided for nails or screws 16, 17, 18 and 22. The wall plate anchor 10 may be fabricated or cut to fit a particular wall thickness, such as a 3 ½ or 5 ½ inch thick wall.

The wall plate anchor 10, its bottom section 12 attached to the floor 25 or foundation sill plate 30, holds the wall 25 in the correct position safely during the raising of the wall 25.

The wall plate anchor 10 in accordance with the present invention will work with wood or metal frame walls, and prevents the wall 25 from moving out of position during raising.

When the wall plate anchor 10 in accordance with the present invention is used on an elevated foundation 29 above the floor 24 elevation, the wall plate anchor 10 straps will hold the bottom wall plate 11 in position during wall framing as well. This is an important feature. This is common in garage construction where the wall 25 often rests on an elevated foundation 29.

Although some preferred embodiments of the present invention have been described in detail hereinabove, all improvements, modifications and other foreseeable variations and applications are included in the scope of the invention.