Title:
Universal device and method for parquet installation
Kind Code:
A1


Abstract:
A method for installation tongue and groove material comprising steps of: insert tongue or groove of universal device for frontal or side part into groove or tongue respectively of frontal or side part of installing material respectively under a slight angle; pressing universal device for frontal or side part respectively toward installing surface; hitting metal part of universal device attaching tongue and groove. A universal device for parquet installation comprising: metal part painted in green and metal part painted in red. During installation process these metal parts are used for hitting; wooden part painted in red having word “BACK” written on; wooden part painted in green having word “FRONT” written on it; during installation process these two wooden parts are used to press cut segment of parquet material toward metal side; and two parts of the installing tongue and groove material.



Inventors:
Drannikov, Alexandre (Van Nuys, CA, US)
Application Number:
12/311193
Publication Date:
07/22/2010
Filing Date:
01/18/2008
Primary Class:
Other Classes:
52/392, 52/745.21, 52/749.11
International Classes:
E04F15/16; E04B5/00; E04F15/04; E04F21/00
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Primary Examiner:
KWIECINSKI, RYAN D
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
Vera Chernobylsky (Woodland Hills, CA, US)
Claims:
What is claimed is:

1. A universal device for installation of tongue and groove material, comprising first rectangle-shaped metal part painted in red color, second rectangle-shaped metal part painted in green color; first rectangle-shaped wooden part painted in red color; second rectangle-shaped wooden part painted in green color; first part of the tongue and groove parquet material; must be cut off along the side part of the new piece of parquet material; this part is assembled with the first rectangle-shaped metal part; which is painted in red color and with first rectangle-shaped wooden part which is painted in the red color and having word “BACK” written on the top of its surface; second part of the tongue and groove parquet material; must be cut off along the longest side of the parquet material; this part is assembled with the second rectangle-shaped metal part; painted in green color and with second rectangle-shaped wooden part; which is painted in the green color and having word “FRONT” written on the top of its surface; and four Carriage bolts, four Cut Washers, four Lock Washers, four Wing Nut Coarse for assembling the entire device.

2. A universal device for parquet installation in accordance with claim 1, further comprising: first rectangle-shaped metal part painted in red color with two sides which are bent to a 90 degree angle; each of said metal sides are used for hitting with the hummer during installation on the; said metal sides utilized for holding the rest of the parts of the universal device for parquet installation together in attached state; this first rectangle-shaped metal part painted in red color having two square holes of equal sizes in the middle of its base; this first rectangle-shaped metal part painted in red color is used during installation for installation of the parquet from its side (shortest side).

3. A universal device for parquet installation in accordance with claim 1, further comprising: second rectangle-shaped metal part painted in green color with two sides which are bent to a 90 degree angle; and each of said sides are used for hitting with the hummer during installation; and said metal sides utilized for holding the rest of the parts of the universal device for parquet installation together in attached state; this second rectangle-shaped metal part painted in green color having two square holes of equal sizes in the middle of its base; this second rectangle-shaped metal part painted in green color is used during installation for installation of the parquet from its frontal (longest) side.

4. A universal device for parquet installation in accordance with claim 1, further comprising: first rectangle-shaped wooden part painted in red color painted in red color; this wooden part has the word “BACK” written on the top of the wooden part for the quick recognition by the installer; during installation process this part is used to press cut segment of parquet material toward metal side; said wooden part has two round openings in the middle of the first wooden part colored in red; and painting of the wood in different colors necessary for installation process to insure quick recognition by the installer as to for which side it must be used, so that two wooden parts would not be mixed up by the installer.

5. A universal device for parquet installation in accordance with claim 1, further comprising: second rectangle-shaped wooden part painted in green color painted in green color; this wooden part has the word “FRONT” written on the top of the wooden part to insure quick recognition by the installer; during installation process this part is used to press cut segment of parquet material toward metal side; this second wooden part colored in green has two round openings in the middle of it; and painting of the wood in different colors necessary for installation process to insure quick recognition by the installer as to for which side it must be used, so that two wooden parts would not be mixed up by the installer.

6. A universal device for parquet installation in accordance with claim 1, further comprising: first part of the tongue and groove parquet material; said first part of the tongue and groove parquet material must be cut off along the side part of the new piece of parquet material; this part is assembled with the first rectangle-shaped metal part, which is painted in red color; and this part is assembled with first rectangle-shaped wooden part, which is painted in the red color and having word “BACK” written on the top of its surface;

7. A universal device for parquet installation in accordance with claim 1, further comprising: second part of the tongue and groove parquet material, which must be cut off along the longest side of the parquet material; this second part is assembled with the second rectangle-shaped metal part, painted in green color; and this second part is assembled with second rectangle-shaped wooden part, which is painted in the green color and having word “FRONT” written on the top of its surface;

8. A method for installation of tongue and groove material comprising the steps of a). use of universal device for parquet installation for the frontal part of the parquet: 1). Cut off a segment of the frontal part of the new plank/strip parquet material (along the longer part of the parquet material). This cut segment of the parquet material must include tongue of the parquet material. 2). Place the cut segment of frontal part of parquet material on the base of the second metal part painted in green color, so that the longest side will be pressed toward metal side and the shorter side of the two perpendicular sides of said cut segment will be pressed toward the side of the metal part. Cut segment must be placed in such a way that the face part of it will be facing upward and the tongue of the parquet material facing in the opposite direction from the curve of the metal part. On the bottom of the cut segment make a mark (the dot) with the pencil or marker through the holes in the metal part. Then remove the cut segment of the parquet material from the metal part. 3). Drill two holes in said cut segment of the parquet material in the previously marked places with the drill. 4). Take a wooden part painted in green color (with words “FRONT” written on one surface of it). During installation process this part is used to press cut segment of the front part of the tongue and groove parquet material toward metal side. Place said wooden part painted in green color on the top of the installing parquet material in such way that the holes in the wooden part and holes of the cut segment of the parquet material coincide and the word “FRONT” was facing up). 5). Insert two Carriage Bolts into two holes in the second metal part colored in green in such a way that the Carriage Bolts will go through the two holes of the second metal part, two holes of the cut segment of the parquet material, and the two holes of the wooden part painted in green color (with words “FRONT” written on one surface of it). 6). Place described above members on two Carriage Bolts in the following order: first place one Lock Washer HDC, then one Wing Nut Coarse on each of two Carriage Bolts. Then screw in Wing Nut Coarse until all parts of the device are attached tightly. 7). insert the tongue of the universal device for parquet installation for the frontal part into the groove of the frontal part of the installing parquet material under a slight angle. Check whether tongue of the universal device fully inserted into the groove of the parquet material. Then using two fingers of the same hand pressing universal device for frontal part toward the floor or the installing surface. Taking a hammer with the other hand hitting the metal part of the device on the longest side of it with the hummer abruptly but not too strongly, whereby universal device get into the connection with the parquet material. b). use of universal device for parquet installation for the side part of the parquet: 1). Cut off a segment of the side part of the new plank/strip parquet material (along the shortest part of the parquet material). This cut segment of the parquet material must include groove of the parquet material. 2). Place the cut segment of side part of parquet material on the base of the first metal part painted in red color, so that the longest side will be pressed toward metal side and the shorter side of the two perpendicular sides of said cut segment will be pressed toward the side of the metal part. Cut segment must be placed in such a way that the face part of it will be facing upward and the tongue of the parquet material facing in the opposite direction from the curve of the metal part. On the bottom of the cut segment make a mark (the dot) with the pencil or marker through the holes in the metal part. Then remove the cut segment of the parquet material from the metal part. 3). Drill two holes in said cut segment of the parquet material in the previously marked places with the drill. 4). Take a wooden part painted in red color (with words “BACK” written on one surface of it). During installation process this part is used to press cut segment of the side part of the tongue and groove parquet material toward metal side. Place said wooden part painted in red color on the top of the installing parquet material in such way that the holes in the wooden part and holes of the cut segment of the parquet material coincide and the word “BACK” was facing up). 5). Insert two Carriage Bolts into two holes in the first metal part colored in red in such a way that the Carriage Bolts will go through the two holes of the first metal part, two holes of the cut segment of the parquet material, and the two holes of the wooden part painted in red color (with words “BACK” written on one surface of it). 6). Place described above members on two Carriage Bolts in the following order: first place one Lock Washer HDC, then one Wing Nut Coarse on each of two Carriage Bolts. Then screw in Wing Nut Coarse until all parts of the device are attached tightly. 7). insert the tongue of the side part of the installing parquet material into the groove of the universal device for parquet installation for the side part under a slight angle. Check whether tongue of the parquet material fully inserted into the groove of the universal device. Then using two fingers of the same hand pressing universal device for side part toward the floor or the installing surface. Taking a hammer with the other hand hitting the metal part of the device on the longest side of it with the hummer abruptly but not too strongly, whereby universal device get into the connection with the parquet material.

Description:

TECHNICAL FIELD OF THE INVENTION

The present invention relates generally to parquet installation. In particular, it relates to a device and method for tongue and groove parquet installation. This device and method allows easy, safe and qualitatively install tongue and groove parquet made of wood or laminate.

BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION

Flooring materials having tongue and groove edges are very popular, durable, and producing high quality floorings. Tongue and groove floorboards generally fit together to form a joint in which a projecting rib on the edge of one board fits into the groove on the edge of another board. This type of interlocking joint aids in aligning the floorboards during assembly and also produces a strong, reliable union between the boards.

Floorboards are generally assembled by gluing the floorboards together at the tongue and groove joints. It is important to press the joints together firmly during gluing so that the seal between floorboards is tight, so as to resist moisture penetration. A tightly sealed joint between adjacent floorboards also improves the appearance of the finished floor in that joints become nearly invisible. Additionally, tightly sealed floorboard joints can increase the useful wear-life of the floor.

As tongue and groove materials are installed, it is therefore necessary to apply substantial force to completely insert the tongue of one piece of tongue and groove material into the groove of the adjacent piece, and to apply that force over substantially the entire length of the pieces.

This force is frequently applied as a series of abrupt impacts, accomplished by hitting or tapping a piece of tongue and groove material with hammer or similar tool. One of the obvious drawbacks of such a method is the damage to the tongue and groove material that can and does frequently occur as it is repeatedly whacked with a hammer. The tongues and/or grooves may be damaged, disturbing the structural integrity of the finished area of installed tongue and groove material and/or the sealed edges desired upon installation. Damage to the exposed surface of the material may also result from repeated impacts during installation, resulting in cosmetic damage to the finished installed surface and/or reduced useful life of the installed surface.

Majority of existing inventions designed for installation of the tongue and groove parquet flooring material may be utilized only for laminated parquet material with particular thickness and only for 1-5 types of tongues. However, modernly construction business employs thousand of different types of tongue and groove parquet material using different tongue and groove conjunctions. It is vary in thickness and tongue and groove configuration. Universal device of this embodiment may be utilized for the different type of the parquet material with any thickness and any type of the tongue and groove conjunction.

Another common drawback of existing installation devices is its short lifetime. Existing inventions for tongue and groove parquet installation made out of plastic or wood. Such material very soon becomes worn out due to multiple applications with the hummer. Current invention made out of metal which makes it almost insensitive to the hitting.

Moreover, another drawback of some of the existing installation devices is that its top part is covering up part of the installing parquet material in the area where parquet material connected with the installation device. Such design precludes tight conjunction between installation device and parquet material, which leads to damage to the parquet material during installation. In current embodiment view on conjunction between parquet and installation device is clear, which eliminate said drawback. Also loose conjunction between installation device and parquet material leads to elevation of the parquet material which complicate installation process.

It is therefore desirable to provide methods and device for installing tongue and groove materials which avoid these drawbacks of current installation device and method.

DESCRIPTION OF THE PREFFERED EMBODIMENT AND THE BEST MODE

Present invention intended to be utilized for the tongue and groove materials. Tongue and groove material special characteristics are edges in form of “tongues” which are protruding portions of the material extending along one or more edges and “grooves” which are recessed portions of the material extending along one or more edges. When the tongue and groove material is received within a groove of an adjacent piece of the material, thereby engaging the pieces of tongue and groove material. Examples of tongue and groove materials may include, but not limited to: laminate flooring, wood flooring, other flooring materials, siding, sub-floor, under-layment, framing, ceiling material, roofing material, and so forth. The present invention may be generally applicable to a broader range of materials supplied in pieces having edges adapted to interlock with edges of adjacent pieces. Pieces of such interlocking materials typically are provided with edges having complimentary profiles so that the adjacent pieces fit together.

FIGS. 1 through 11 illustrate a preferred method for installing tongue and groove material according to the present invention, using a preferred embodiment of the device for installing tongue and groove material according to the present invention.

The embodiment of the device 12 illustrated in FIGS. 1 through 14 includes:

1. First wooden part 1A (seen best in FIG. 10) is painted in red color. This wooden part has the word “BACK” written on the top of the wooden part for the quick recognition by the installer. During installation process this part is used to press cut segment of parquet material toward metal side. This wooden part 1A having wood thickness 3/4″ and sized 6″ by 3″. Said wooden part has two round openings 10 in the middle of the wooden part 1A, with diameter 5/16. Painting of the wood in different colors necessary for installation process to insure quick recognition by the installer as to for which side it must be used, so that two wooden parts would not be mixed up by the installer.

2. Second wooden part 1B (seen best in FIG. 11) is painted in green color. This wooden part has the word “FRONT” written on the top of the wooden part to insure quick recognition by the installer. During installation process this part is used to press cut segment of parquet material toward metal side. This wooden part 1B having wood thickness 3/4″ and sized 6″ by 3″. Said wooden part has two round openings 10 in the middle of the wooden part 1B, with diameter 5/1″. Painting of the wood in different colors necessary for installation process to insure quick recognition by the installer as to for which side it must be used, so that two wooden parts would not be mixed up by the installer.

3. First metal part 2B (seen best in FIG. 8) is painted in green color. Metal part 2B having metal thickness 1/8″ and sized 6″ by 3″. One side of said metal part 2B having height 1 3/8″ and the other side of the metal part 2B is 1⅜″. During installation process this sides are used for hitting with the hammer. Further this metal part 2B has two square holes 8 in the middle of the metal part 2B, both having size 5/16″ by 5/16″.

4. Second metal part 2A (seen best in FIG. 9) which painted in red color. Metal part 2A having metal thickness ⅛″ and sized 6″ by 3″. One side of said metal part 2A having height 1⅜″ and the other side of the metal part 2A is 1⅜″. During installation process this sides are used for hitting with the hammer. Further this metal part 2A has two square holes 8 in the middle of the metal part 2A, both having size 5/16″ by 5/16″.

5. Four Carriage bolts 3 (Carriage bolt 5/16″ by 2½″) FIG. 7, having lengths 2½″ and thickness 5/16″.

6. Four Cut Washers 4 (Cut Washer 5/16″ by 1¼″ wide and having opening 5/16″ in diameter.

7. Four Lock Washers 5 (Lock Washer HDG) FIG. 7, having opening 5/16″ in diameter.

8. Four Wing Nut Coarse 6 (Wing Nut Coarse 5/16″) FIG. 7, having thickness 5/16.

9. One drill 11 with diameter 5/16″ for drilling an opening in installing parquet tongue and grooves material.

10. Two parts of the tongue and groove parquet material. Both parts are size 4½ by 7″. Each tongue and each groove are different in size and configuration for different parquet material therefore it is necessary to cut off a new piece of installing parquet material each time. First part of the parquet material 3A, FIG. 12, must be cut off along the side part of the new piece of parquet material 4A, FIG. 12 along the line 5A, FIG. 12. This part is assembled with the metal part 2A, FIG. 9 which is painted in red color and with wooden part 1A, FIG. 10 which is painted in the red color and having word “BACK” written on the top of its surface. The second part of the parquet material 3B, (seen best in FIG. 12), must be cut of along the longest side of the parquet material 4A, FIG. 12, which will be installed along the line 6A and 7A, FIG. 12. This part is assembled with the metal part 2B, FIG. 8, painted in green color and with wooden part 1B, which is painted in the green color and having word “FRONT” written on the top of its surface 1B, FIG. 11.

Assembly of the Device for the Installation of the Frontal Part of the Parquet

1. Cut off a segment of the frontal part of the new plank/strip parquet material (along the longer part of the parquet material) 4A, FIG. 12. This cut segment must be cut off along the lines: 5A, 6A and 11A, FIG. 12. Said segment of the parquet material sized 4½″ by 7″ including tongue of the parquet material.

2. Place the cut segment of frontal part of parquet material 38, FIG. 12 on the base of the first metal part painted in green color 2B, FIG. 8, so that the longest side 7A, FIG. 12 will be pressed toward metal side 11A, FIG. 8 and the shorter side 5A, FIG. 12 of the two perpendicular sides of said cut segment will be pressed toward the side 12A, FIG.8 of the metal part. The cut segment must be placed in such a way that the face part of it will be facing upward and the tongue of the parquet material facing in the opposite direction from the curve of the metal part (see FIG. 5). On the bottom of the cut segment make a mark (the dot) with the pencil or marker through the holes in the metal part 8, FIG. 8. Then remove the cut segment of the parquet material from the metal part.

3. Drill two holes 9 in said cut segment of the parquet material in the previously marked places with the drill 11.

4. Assemble the entire device for the front part of the cut parquet material including first metal part painted in green, the cut segment of the parquet material with the tongue, two Carriage bolts 3, two Lock Washer HDS 5, four Wing Nut Coarse 6, two Cut Washer 4 according to the FIG. 4,5,6 in the following order:

a. Take first metal part 2B, FIG. 8 painted in green (during installation process this part is used for hitting it with the hammer) and assemble it with the previously cut off parquet material 3B, FIG. 12 on the top surface of the metal part (from the side of the curve). Place the cut front part of parquet material 3B, FIG. 4 on the first metal part 2B, painted in green color, so that the longest side 7A, FIG. 12 would be pressed to the sides of the metal part 11A, FIG. 8 and the shorter side 5A, FIG. 12 was pressed toward side of the metal part 12A, FIG. 8. The cut segment must be placed in such a way that face part of it will be facing upward and the tongue of the parquet material facing in the opposite direction from the curve of the metal part (see FIG. 5).

b. Take a wooden part 1B painted in green color (with words “FRONT” written on one surface of it). During installation process this part is used to press cut segment of the front part of the tongue and groove parquet material toward metal side. Place wooden part 1B painted in green color on the top of the installing parquet material 3B, FIG. 12, in such way that the holes 10 of the wooden part 1B and holes 9 of the cut segment of the parquet material coincide and the word “FRONT” was facing up).

c. Insert two Carriage Bolts 3 into the two holes of the first metal part 8 in such a way that the Carriage Bolts will go through the two holes 10 of the first metal part 8, the two holes 9 of the cut segment of the parquet material 3B, FIG. 12 and the two holes of the wooden part 10 painted in green color (with words “FRONT” written on one surface of it) according to described above instruction.

d. Place described above members on two Carriage Bolts in the following order: one Lock Washer HDC 5, then one Wing Nut Coarse 6, FIG. 7 on each of two Carriage Bolts 3, FIG. 7. Then screw in Wing Nut Coarse until all parts of the device are attached tightly FIG. 4, 5, 6.

Assembly of the Device for the Installation of the Side Part of the Parquet

1. Cut off a segment of the side part of the installing parquet material 4A, FIG. 12 (from the side part of the parquet material) 3A, FIG. 12. This cut segment must be cut off along the lines: 5A, FIG. 12. Said segment of the parquet material is sized 4½ by 7′ including tongue of the parquet material.

2. Place the cut segment of the side part of parquet material 3A, FIG. 12 on the first metal part painted in red color 2A, FIG. 9, so that the longest side 5A, FIG. 12 will be pressed toward metal side 13A, FIG.9 and the shorter side 14A, FIG. 12 of the two perpendicular sides of said cut segment will be pressed toward the side 15A, FIG.9 of the metal part. The cut segment must be placed in such a way that the face part of it will facing upward and the tongue of the parquet material facing in the opposite direction from the curve of the metal part (see FIG. 2). On the bottom of the cut segment make a mark (the dot) with the pencil or marker through the holes in the metal part 8, FIG. 9. Then remove the cut segment of the parquet material from the metal part.

3. Drill two holes 9 in said cut segment of the parquet material in the previously marked places with the drill 11.

4. Assemble the entire device for the side part of cut parquet material including first metal part painted in red, the cut segment of the parquet material with the tongue, two Carriage bolts 3, two Lock Washer HDS 5, two Wing Nut Coarse 6, two Cut Washer 4 according to the FIG. 1 in the following order:

a. Take first metal part 2A, FIG. 9 painted in red (during installation process this part is used for hitting it with the hammer) and assemble it with the previously cut parquet material 3A, FIG. 12 on the top surface of the metal part (from the side of the curve). Place the cut segment of the side part of parquet material 3A, FIG. 9 on the first metal part 2A, painted in green color, so that the longest side 5A, FIG. 12 would be pressed to the sides of the metal part 13A, FIG. 9 and the shorter side 14A, FIG. 12 was pressed toward side of the metal part 15A, FIG. 9. The cut segment must be placed in such a way that the face part of it will facing upward and the tongue of the parquet material facing in the opposite direction from the curve of the metal part 3A, FIG. 2.

b. Take a wooden part 1A, FIG. 10 painted in red color (with words “BACK” written on one surface of it). During installation process this part is used to press cut segment of the side part of the tongue and groove parquet material toward metal side. Place wooden part 1A painted in red color on the top of the installing parquet material FIGS. 1 and 2 in such way that the holes 10 of the wooden part 1A and holes 9 of the cut segment of the parquet material coincide.

c. Insert two Carriage Bolts 3, FIG. 7 into the two holes 8, FIG. 9 of the first metal part in such a way that the two Carriage Bolts will go through the two holes 8 of the first metal part, the two holes 9 of the cut part of the parquet material 3A, FIG. 12 and the two holes of the wooden part 10, FIG. 10 painted in red color (with words “BACK” written on one surface of it) according to described above instruction.

d. Place described below members on two Carriage Bolts in the following order: one Lock Washer HDC 5 then one Wing Nut Coarse 6. FIG. 12 on each of two Carriage Bolts 3, FIG. 7. Then screws in Wing Nut Coarse until all parts of the device are attached tightly according the instruction (see FIGS. 1, 2, and 3).

Installation Method of the Tongue and Groove Parquet Material Utilizing Current Invention

After assembling this device for installation of the tongue and groove parquet material according to the described above assembling process, which consists of two parts: first part painted in red color (with words “BACK” written on one surface of it), used for hitting with the hammer on the side part of the tongue and groove parquet material. And second part painted in green color (with words “FRONT” written on one surface of it), used for hitting with the hammer on the front part of the tongue and groove parquet material. Painting of the parts in different colors necessary for installation process to insure quick recognition by the installer as to which side must be used, so that two wooden parts would not be mixed up by the installer.

1. Forty eight (48) hours prior to parquet installation tongue and groove parquet material must be brought into the room where it will be installed later. This procedure is necessary to insure that the humidity inside tongue and groove parquet material would be the same as humidity of the room in which it is intended to be installed later.

2. The floor of the room must be cleaned thoroughly before installation of the tongue and groove parquet material.

3. Then installer should check the floor or any surface where tongue and groove parquet material will be installed for any humps, inequality, or bumps. For this installer needs take a cord and place it in one corner of the room (place piece or plank of said parquet material underneath the cord on top of the surface intended for installation, so the plank makes a space between the installation surface and the cord). Place some weights on the cord if there is only one installer in order to hold the cord in that place. Then place piece or plank of said parquet material underneath the cord on top of the surface intended for installation in another corner of the room, so the plank makes a space between the installation surface and the cord and both ends of the cord are on the same level from the surface. Then slowly moving along the side of the wall stretching the cord from said corner of the room toward the opposite corner. Then looking underneath the cord for the existence of the bumps, inequality, or humps. In the case where there any of them present installer must remove the bumps and humps and in the case of any holes to concrete it when the surface is made out of concrete or use plywood where the surface is made out of wood, so making surface smooth.

4. Then in the case where surface does not have any pads installer should place some foam 16A, FIG. 13 connecting each row of it with the tape 17A, FIG. 13 (it is necessary to leave a space between the rows from ⅛″ to ¼) and checking that the foam rows do not overlap.

5. Then we have to decide how to install parquet material. Usually, in order that the lines between planks in the joints would not be seen, parquet material must be installed parallel to the sun rays from the windows toward the doors 18A, FIG. 13.

6. Take two planks of the tongue and groove parquet material and assembling them together checking which side is more easily slide into the tongue 9A, FIG. 14. That side of the parquet material which slides into the tongue more difficult goes to the wall 8A, FIG. 14. On the other hand, the side which is slides easily into the tongue faces the direction opposite to the wall.

7. Then we place parquet material in one row along the wall from which we will start installing the parquet material 19A, FIG. 13 (that side of the parquet material which slides into the tongue more difficult goes to the wall). Parquet planks must be installed in such a way so that the side parts of the parquet are tightly attached one to the other without any gaps 10A, FIG. 14.

8. Installer must leave a gap of ¼, FIG. 13 in places where side parts of the parquet material joint 21A, FIG. 13 (from the wall side). In the gap between the wall and the parquet, which is about ¼ we must insert wooden or plastic spikes to fill the gap completely, providing immobility of the parquet material in instances of hitting it.

9. Placing the parquet material so that gaps between rows are not less then 1″, 22A, FIG. 13 and marking parquet material in said disposition. Then cutting of parquet material according to markings. One part of the parquet material goes to the beginning of the row where other goes to the end of the row.

10. Now we will use universal device for parquet installation for the frontal part 23A, FIG. 13. Attaching by hand previously cut segments of the parquet material which will be installed in the beginning of the row, which we installed according to 25 A, FIG. 13. Starting attaching from the biggest part 26A, FIG. 13 and finishing with the smallest 27A, FIG. 13. Spacer 24A, FIG. 13 must be installed between the wall and the installing parquet in advance. Thickness of the spacer should be minimum 3/16″ and maximum 5/16″. Wooden spacer may be 4 ft. in lengths or spikes could be used too. In case when tongue of the parquet material is difficult to insert into the groove use universal device for parquet installation for the frontal part 23A, FIG.13 according to the following: insert the tongue of the universal device for parquet installation for the frontal part into the groove of the frontal part of the installing parquet material under a slight angle. Check whether tongue of the universal device fully inserted into the groove of the parquet material 10A, FIG. 14. Then using two fingers of the same hand pressing universal device for frontal part toward the floor or the installing surface. Taking a hammer with the other hand 28A, FIG. 13, hitting the metal part of the device on the longest side of it with the hummer abruptly but not too strongly 11A, FIG. 13, whereby universal device get into the connection with the parquet material.

Note: In case when the parquet material wasn't fully inserted after the first or second hitting with the hummer, parquet material must be checked for any particles inadvertently or accidentally placed inside of the groove. Then said above procedure must be repeated again.

11. Now we will use universal device for parquet installation for the side part of the parquet material 30A, FIG. 13. We take a couple pieces of the parquet material and placing it on the floor the way that the tongue faces the installer. Then taking one plank/strip of the parquet material and inserting the groove and tongue of the different pieces of parquet material along its frontal side using small angle and a minimum force. We must leave a minimum gap in the connecting place of the side parts of the parquet material 29A, FIG. 13. Usually installation begins from left to right, but the other way is also appropriate.

In case when tongue of the parquet material is difficult to insert into the groove use universal device for parquet installation for the side part 30A, FIG.13 in the following order: insert the tongue 9A, FIG. 14 of the universal device for parquet installation for the side part into the groove of the side part of the installing parquet material under a slight angle. Check whether tongue of the universal device fully inserted into the groove of the parquet material 10A, FIG. 14. Then using two fingers of the same hand pressing universal device for side part toward the floor or the installing surface. Taking a hammer with the other hand hitting the metal part of the device on the longest side of it 13A, FIG. 9 with the hummer abruptly but not too strongly, whereby universal device get into the connection with the parquet material 10A, FIG. 14.

Then continue installation of the parquet material simultaneous toward different directions.

12. At the end of the raw it is necessary to mark and to cut off an extra parquet material. The gap between the wall and the installing parquet material must be ¼″. Then we are finishing installation using universal device for the side part of the parquet material.

Possibility of adjustment of the Wing Nut Coarse allows install parquet material of any thickness. Due to tight connection between claimed device and parquet material the later is protected from damage during hitting on the device.

Due to character of the device allowing its use for any type of tongue and groove material, such device might be also used during installation of the plywood-type material on the roof, floor, wall, or ceiling.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE FIGURES

FIG. 1 depicts embodiment of the assembled universal device for the side part of the parquet material along the longest side of the device.

FIG. 2 depicts view from the top on the assembled universal device for the side part of the parquet material.

FIG. 3 depicts side view on the universal device for the side part of the parquet material along the shortest side of the device.

FIG. 4 depicts embodiment of the assembled universal device for the frontal part of the parquet material along the longest side of the device.

FIG. 5 depicts view from the top on the assembled universal device for the frontal part of the parquet material.

FIG. 6 depicts side view on the universal device for the frontal part of the parquet material along the shortest side of the device.

FIG. 7 depicts all of the parts employed for assembling universal device for frontal and side parts of the installing parquet material.

FIG. 8 depicts metal part painted in green color employed for assembling universal device for the frontal part of the installing parquet material.

FIG. 9 depicts metal part painted in red color employed for assembling universal device for the side part of the installing parquet material.

FIG. 10 depicts wooden part painted in red color employed for assembling universal device for the side part of the installing parquet material.

FIG. 11 depicts wooden part painted in green color employed for assembling universal device for the frontal part of the installing parquet material.

FIG. 12 depicts the entire plank/strip of the installing parquet material being marked for the cutting process.

FIG. 13 depicts layout of the method for installation parquet material employing universal device for the frontal and side part of the parquet material.

FIG. 14 depicts two parts of the installing parquet material with correct junction between tongue and groove.

SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION

Present invention intended to be utilized for the tongue and groove materials. Tongue and groove material special characteristics are edges in form of “tongues” which are protruding portions of the material extending along one or more edges and “grooves” which are recessed portions of the material extending along one or more edges. When the tongue and groove material is received within a groove of an adjacent piece of the material, thereby engaging the pieces of tongue and groove material. Present invention may be generally applicable to a broader range of materials supplied in pieces having edges adapted to interlock with edges of adjacent pieces. Pieces of such interlocking materials typically are provided with edges having complimentary profiles so that the adjacent pieces fit together.

Certain aspects of present invention may overcome one or more aforementioned drawbacks of the previous art and may meet one or more of the following objects.

To provide device and method for installing tongue and groove materials that prevent the damage to the tongue and groove material that can and does frequently occur as it is repeatedly whacked with a hammer. In current invention hammer hit metal part of the device, not wooden part. Therefore current invention prevents damaging of the tongues and/or grooves and disturbing of the structural integrity of the finished area of installed tongue and groove material.

To provide device and method for installing tongue and groove materials that prevents damage to the exposed surface of the material which may also result from repeated impacts with the materials during installation, resulting in cosmetic damage to the finished installed surface and/or reduced useful life of the installed surface.

To provide device and method for installing tongue and groove materials that may be utilized not only for laminated parquet material with particular thickness and only for 1-5 types of tongues, as most of the prior art devices. Because, modernly construction business employs thousand of different types of tongue and groove parquet material using different tongue and groove conjunctions, which is vary in thickness and tongue and groove configuration. There is a need for a device which will overcome such drawbacks. Universal device of this embodiment may be utilized for the different type of the parquet material with any thickness and any type of the tongue and groove conjunction.

To provide device and method for installing tongue and groove materials that will overcome another common drawback of existing installation devices that is its short lifetime. Existing inventions for tongue and groove parquet installation made out of plastic or wood. Such material very soon becomes worn out due to multiple applications with the hummer. Current invention made out of metal which makes it almost insensitive to the hitting.

To provide device and method for installing tongue and groove materials that will overcome another common drawback of some of the existing installation devices wherein its top part is covering up part of the installing parquet material in the area where parquet material connected with the installation device. Such design precludes tight conjunction between installation device and parquet material, which leads to damage to the parquet material during installation. In current embodiment view on conjunction between parquet and installation device is clear, which eliminate said drawback.

To provide device and method for installing tongue and groove materials that will overcome another common drawback of prior art installing devices where loose conjunction between installation device and parquet material leads to elevation of the parquet material which complicate installation process.

It is therefore desirable to provide methods and device for installing tongue and groove materials which avoid these drawbacks of current installation device and method.