GB2440390A - Vertically slotted header with locating means - Google Patents

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GB2440390A
GB2440390A GB0614511A GB0614511A GB2440390A GB 2440390 A GB2440390 A GB 2440390A GB 0614511 A GB0614511 A GB 0614511A GB 0614511 A GB0614511 A GB 0614511A GB 2440390 A GB2440390 A GB 2440390A
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Clive Webberley
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    • EFIXED CONSTRUCTIONS
    • E04BUILDING
    • E04BGENERAL BUILDING CONSTRUCTIONS; WALLS, e.g. PARTITIONS; ROOFS; FLOORS; CEILINGS; INSULATION OR OTHER PROTECTION OF BUILDINGS
    • E04B2/00Walls, e.g. partitions, for buildings; Wall construction with regard to insulation; Connections specially adapted to walls
    • E04B2/74Removable non-load-bearing partitions; Partitions with a free upper edge modular coordination
    • E04B2/7407Removable non-load-bearing partitions; Partitions with a free upper edge modular coordination assembled using frames with infill panels or coverings only; made-up of panels and a support structure incorporating posts
    • E04B2/7453Removable non-load-bearing partitions; Partitions with a free upper edge modular coordination assembled using frames with infill panels or coverings only; made-up of panels and a support structure incorporating posts with panels and support posts, extending from floor to ceiling
    • E04B2/7457Removable non-load-bearing partitions; Partitions with a free upper edge modular coordination assembled using frames with infill panels or coverings only; made-up of panels and a support structure incorporating posts with panels and support posts, extending from floor to ceiling with wallboards attached to the outer faces of the posts, parallel to the partition
    • EFIXED CONSTRUCTIONS
    • E04BUILDING
    • E04BGENERAL BUILDING CONSTRUCTIONS; WALLS, e.g. PARTITIONS; ROOFS; FLOORS; CEILINGS; INSULATION OR OTHER PROTECTION OF BUILDINGS
    • E04B2/00Walls, e.g. partitions, for buildings; Wall construction with regard to insulation; Connections specially adapted to walls
    • E04B2/74Removable non-load-bearing partitions; Partitions with a free upper edge modular coordination
    • E04B2/76Removable non-load-bearing partitions; Partitions with a free upper edge modular coordination with framework or posts of metal
    • E04B2/766T-connections
    • E04B2/767Connections between wall studs and upper or lower locating rails
    • EFIXED CONSTRUCTIONS
    • E04BUILDING
    • E04BGENERAL BUILDING CONSTRUCTIONS; WALLS, e.g. PARTITIONS; ROOFS; FLOORS; CEILINGS; INSULATION OR OTHER PROTECTION OF BUILDINGS
    • E04B2/00Walls, e.g. partitions, for buildings; Wall construction with regard to insulation; Connections specially adapted to walls
    • E04B2/74Removable non-load-bearing partitions; Partitions with a free upper edge modular coordination
    • E04B2/82Removable non-load-bearing partitions; Partitions with a free upper edge modular coordination characterised by the manner in which edges are connected to the building; Means therefor; Special details of easily-removable partitions as far as related to the connection with other parts of the building
    • E04B2/825Removable non-load-bearing partitions; Partitions with a free upper edge modular coordination characterised by the manner in which edges are connected to the building; Means therefor; Special details of easily-removable partitions as far as related to the connection with other parts of the building the connection between the floor and the ceiling being achieved without any restraining forces acting in the plane of the partition

Abstract

A vertically slotted header 2 comprises a web and depending flanges 24, 26. At least one of the depending flanges 24, 26 has two or more elongate slots 30. At least two of the elongate slots 30 are provided with a locating means disposed adjacent a mid point of the associated elongate slot 30.

Description

<p>Improved Header The present invention relates to an improved header,
and in particular for a header for use in a building assembly comprising a header and a plurality of wall studs.</p>
<p>Such headers are known and are adapted to allow the header to move in relation to vertical wall studs to which the header is attached. One example of such a header is disclosed in WO 92/01848 Al. By allowing the header freedom of movement in a vertical plane the walls carried from the vertical wall studs are protected from the mechanical stresses that may be applied to the header. The header is provided with a number of vertical slots, the header being secured to a vertical wall stud through a slot such that the header can rise or fall in response to forces applied to the header, either through the floor or the roof of the building assembly as a result of environmental conditions. WO 92/01848 Al describes a number of such conditions.</p>
<p>In order to provide the best possible range of deflection, the fastener securing the header to the vertical stud should be disposed at a mid point of the respective slot. However, it has been found that this does not always occur.</p>
<p>For instance, during installation, the importance of allowing for the best possible range of deflection may not be appreciated leading to the fastener being located simply with a clearance above and below the fastener in the slot. Further, during assembly securing of the first few fasteners results in the header being installed at an angle if the first few fasteners are not properly aligned. If the header is still provided over its length with a range of deflection, the person conducting the installation may view this as acceptable. However, it will be understood that such installation is incorrect since it means that the building assembly will not function to allow vertical deflection of the header across the proper range.</p>
<p>It is an advantage of the present invention that it assists in the proper installation of a header with respect to a vertical wall stud.</p>
<p>According to a first aspect of the present invention, a vertically slotted header comprising a web and depending flanges, at least one the depending flanges having two or more elongate slots therein, in which at least two of the elongate slots are provided with a locating means disposed adjacent a mid point of the associated elongate slot.</p>
<p>Preferably, the web has first and second flanges depending generally vertically along first and second sides of the web.</p>
<p>Preferably, the elongate slots are disposed generally vertically.</p>
<p>Preferably, each slot is provided with a locating means.</p>
<p>Preferably, the or each locating means comprises at least one indentation to one side of the associated elongate slot.</p>
<p>Alternatively, the or each locating means comprises at least one indentation to each side of the associated elongate slot. -3.--</p>
<p>Preferably, the or each locating means comprises at least one cutaway portion formed in one side of the associated elongate slot.</p>
<p>Alternatively, the or each locating means comprises at least one cutaway portion formed in each side of the associated elongate slot.</p>
<p>According to a second aspect of the present invention a building assembly comprises a header according to the first aspect of the invention, a plurality of vertical wall studs and at least two fasteners for securing the header to at least two vertical wall studs, each wall stud being provided at an upper end with an opening to receive a fastener, each fastener passing through an elongate slot in alignment with the locating means to secure the header to the vertical wall stud while permitting vertical displacement of the header with respect to the vertical wall stud.</p>
<p>According to a third aspect of the present invention, a method of constructing a building assembly comprises the steps of locating a header according to the first aspect of the invention over at least two vertical wall studs, each vertical wall stud being provided at an upper end with an opening to receive a fastener, inserting a fastener through an elongate slot in the header into the opening in the vertical wall stud, adjusting the header so that the fastener and the locating means are aligned, tightening the fastener to secure the header to the vertical wall stud, and repeating the last three steps until the header is secured to at least two vertical wall studs.</p>
<p>The invention will now be described, by way of example only, with respect to the accompanying drawings, in which:-Figure 1 shows a part of a header in accordance with the present invention on a vertical wall stud; Figure 2 shows a section of Figure 1; Figure 3 shows a side view of a header according to the present invention illustrating a number of locating means; and Figure 4 shows a section of a header similar to that of Figure 3.</p>
<p>Referring first to Figures 1 and 2,there is shown a section of a header 2 in accordance with the present invention secured on a vertical wall stud 4.</p>
<p>In the illustrated embodiment the vertical wall stud 4 is of generally C-section comprising a central web 6, with first and second limbs 8,10 extending normally from first and second sides of the central web 6, each of the first and second limbs 8,10 being provided with a normally extending flange 12,14 extending from a side of each first and second limb 8,10 remote from the central web 6. It will be understood that other constructions of vertical wall stud may be used. The vertical wall stud 4 is provided at an upper end with an opening 16 into which a suitable fastener 20, such as a headed screw, may be received and secured. In the illustrated embodiment such an opening 16 is provided to each side of the vertical wall stud 4. The wall stud 4 may be an individual wall stud or form part of a larger wall stud assembly.</p>
<p>The header 2 and wall stud 4 are formed of any suitable material and are typically fashioned from steel sections.</p>
<p>In the illustrated embodiment, the header 2 is shown comprising a central horizontal web 22 having first and second depending flanges 24,26 extending from first and second sides of the central web 22. Each of the first and second flanges 24,26 is provided with a plurality of elongate slots 30.</p>
<p>Conveniently, the elongate slots 30 are disposed vertically. Conveniently, each end of each slot 30 terminates in a smooth arc.</p>
<p>The header 2 to be used is chosen such'that the width of the central web 22 allows the depending flanges 24,26 to fit either side of the first and second limbs 8,10 of the wall stud 4 to which the header 2 is to be secured.</p>
<p>As may be seen from Figure 1, location means 40 are provided to the right of each elongate slot 30 at point in line with a vertical mid point of each slot 30.</p>
<p>The person assembling the header 2 to the wall stud 4 as part of a building assembly adjusts the header 2 such that an opening 16 in the wall stud 4 is visible through an elongate slot 30. A suitable fastener 20 is inserted through the slot 30 into the opening 16. Ensuring that the fastener 20 is aligned with the location means 40 at the side of the elongate slot 30, the fastener 20 is tightened to the wall stud 4 to secure the header 2 in position in relation to the wall stud 4, but not so tight so as to prevent the header 2 from moving relative to the wall stud 4 in response to environmental forces. Conveniently, a suitable fastener 20 is provided to each side of the wall stud 4 (Figure 2).</p>
<p>By repeating this process on each occasion that the header 2 is secured to a wall stud 4 as part of a building assembly it is ensured that the header 2 is correctly secured to the wall studs 4 to allow for the full range of vertical movement of the header 2 when subject to environmental forces.</p>
<p>A number of location means 41,42,43,44,45 will now be described by reference to Figures 3 and 4. Conveniently a header 2 will be provided with a repeating pattern corresponding to a single form of location means. A variety of forms of the locating means are shown on a single header 2 in Figures 3 and 4 for the purposes of illustration only.</p>
<p>Starting from the left in Figure 3 a first form of the location means 41 is shown. A corresponding form of location means 41 is shown to the left in Figure 4. The location means 41 comprises a single indentation in the surface of the flange depending from the central web of the header. The indentation is located to the left of the elongate slot 30 in line with a vertical mid point of the slot 30. The indentation may be formed in any suitable manner.</p>
<p>Second from the left in Figure 3 a second form of the location means 42 is shown. A corresponding form of location means 42 is shown to the middle of Figure 4. The location means 42 comprises a single cutaway portion at one side of the elongate slot 30 in the flange. The cutaway is located on the left hand side of the elongate slot 30 in line with a vertical mid point of the slot 30. The cutaway may be formed in any suitable manner and may be of any convenient shape.</p>
<p>In the centre of Figure 3 a third form of the location means 43 is shown. A corresponding form of location means 43 is shown to the right in Figure 4.</p>
<p>The location means 43 comprises a single cutaway portion at each side of the -.7-elongate slot 30 in the flange, each cutaway being located in line with a vertical mid point of the slot 30.</p>
<p>Second from the right in Figure 3 a fourth form of the location means 44 is shown. The location means 44 comprises a pair of vertically arranged indentations in the surface of the flange depending from the central web of the header 2. The indentations are located to the left of the elongate slot 30, the mid point between the pair of indentations being in line with a vertical mid point of the slot 30. The indentations may be formed in any suitable manner.</p>
<p>On the right hand side of Figure 3 a fifth form of the location means 45 is shown. The location means 45 comprises a first pair of vertically arranged indentations and a second pair of vertically arranged indentations, each pair of indentations being formed in the surface of the flange depending from the central web of the header 2. Each pair of indentations is located to one side of the elongate opening, the mid point between each pair of indentations being in line with a vertical mid point of the opening. The indentations may be formed in any suitable manner.</p>

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    <p>1. A vertically slotted header comprising a web and depending flanges, at least one the depending flanges having two or more elongate slots therein, in which at least two of the elongate slots are provided with a locating means disposed adjacent a mid point of the associated elongate slot.</p>
    <p>2. The vertically slotted header of claim 1, wherein the web has first and second flanges depending generally vertically along first and second sides of the web. S. * $</p>
    <p>3. The vertically slotted header of claim 1 or claim 2, wherein the * S..</p>
    <p>elongate slots are disposed generally vertically.</p>
    <p>4. The vertically slotted header of any preceding claim, wherein each slot is provided with a locating means. 5.* S. ** * * S * .</p>
    <p>5. The vertically slotted header of claim 4, wherein the or each locating means comprises at least one indentation to one side of the associated elongate slot.</p>
    <p>6. The vertically slotted header of claim 4, wherein the or each locating means comprises at least one indentation to each side of the associated elongate slot.</p>
    <p>7. The vertically slotted header of claim 4, wherein the or each locating means comprises at least one cutaway portion formed in one side of the associated elongate slot.</p>
    <p>8. The vertically slotted header of claim 4, wherein the or each locating means comprises at least one cutaway portion formed in each side of the associated elongate slot.</p>
    <p>9. A building assembly comprising a header according to any of claims I to 8, a plurality of vertical wall studs and at least two fasteners for securing the header to at least two vertical wall studs, each wall stud being provided at :..::: an upper end with an opening to receive a fastener, each fastener passing through an elongate slot in the header in alignment with the locating means to secure the header to the vertical wall stud while permitting vertical * displacement of the header with respect to the vertical wall stud. *.S. ***.</p>
    <p>r* :* 10. A method of constructing a building assembly comprises the steps of: locating a header according to any of claims 1 to 8 over at least two vertical wall studs, each vertical wall stud being provided at an upper end with an opening to receive a fastener, inserting a fastener through an elongate slot in the header into the opening in the vertical wall stud, adjusting the header so that the fastener and the locating means are aligned, tightening the fastener to secure the header to the vertical wall stud, and repeating the last three steps until the header is secured to at least two vertical wall studs. I. * . * *S. **.* * * * *** * * S.. * * S. * * S S</p>
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