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US20070022710A1
US20070022710A1 US11/338,628 US33862806A US2007022710A1 US 20070022710 A1 US20070022710 A1 US 20070022710A1 US 33862806 A US33862806 A US 33862806A US 2007022710 A1 US2007022710 A1 US 2007022710A1
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    • EFIXED CONSTRUCTIONS
    • E04BUILDING
    • E04GSCAFFOLDING; FORMS; SHUTTERING; BUILDING IMPLEMENTS OR OTHER BUILDING AIDS, OR THEIR USE; HANDLING BUILDING MATERIALS ON THE SITE; REPAIRING, BREAKING-UP OR OTHER WORK ON EXISTING BUILDINGS
    • E04G21/00Preparing, conveying, or working-up building materials or building elements in situ; Other devices or measures for constructional work
    • E04G21/14Conveying or assembling building elements
    • E04G21/16Tools or apparatus
    • E04G21/18Adjusting tools; Templates
    • E04G21/1891Cut-marking templates for rafters; Templates used for assembling building frameworks
    • EFIXED CONSTRUCTIONS
    • E04BUILDING
    • E04BGENERAL BUILDING CONSTRUCTIONS; WALLS, e.g. PARTITIONS; ROOFS; FLOORS; CEILINGS; INSULATION OR OTHER PROTECTION OF BUILDINGS
    • E04B9/00Ceilings; Construction of ceilings, e.g. false ceilings; Ceiling construction with regard to insulation
    • E04B9/001Ceilings; Construction of ceilings, e.g. false ceilings; Ceiling construction with regard to insulation characterised by provisions for heat or sound insulation
    • EFIXED CONSTRUCTIONS
    • E04BUILDING
    • E04BGENERAL BUILDING CONSTRUCTIONS; WALLS, e.g. PARTITIONS; ROOFS; FLOORS; CEILINGS; INSULATION OR OTHER PROTECTION OF BUILDINGS
    • E04B9/00Ceilings; Construction of ceilings, e.g. false ceilings; Ceiling construction with regard to insulation
    • E04B9/06Ceilings; Construction of ceilings, e.g. false ceilings; Ceiling construction with regard to insulation characterised by constructional features of the supporting construction, e.g. cross section or material of framework members
    • EFIXED CONSTRUCTIONS
    • E04BUILDING
    • E04FFINISHING WORK ON BUILDINGS, e.g. STAIRS, FLOORS
    • E04F21/00Implements for finishing work on buildings
    • EFIXED CONSTRUCTIONS
    • E04BUILDING
    • E04FFINISHING WORK ON BUILDINGS, e.g. STAIRS, FLOORS
    • E04F21/00Implements for finishing work on buildings
    • E04F21/18Implements for finishing work on buildings for setting wall or ceiling slabs or plates
    • E04F21/1838Implements for finishing work on buildings for setting wall or ceiling slabs or plates for setting a plurality of similar elements
    • E04F21/1844Implements for finishing work on buildings for setting wall or ceiling slabs or plates for setting a plurality of similar elements by applying them one by one
    • E04F21/1855Implements for finishing work on buildings for setting wall or ceiling slabs or plates for setting a plurality of similar elements by applying them one by one of elongated elements, e.g. sidings

Abstract

A device providing a quick and easy alignment tool for installing acoustical ceiling grid for ceiling tiles and grid for drywall ceiling. The tool is especially useful in situations where space and time constraint prohibit the use of a laser or when additional alignment functions are required in addition to a laser.

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    BACKGROUND AND SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION
  • In order to install acoustical ceiling grids for ceiling tiles or for drywall ceilings, conventional devices require the placement of nails or clamps or screws to hold string lines or the placement of a laser set up. The use of the nails or clamps or screws to retain string line is a cumbersome task which is especially difficult in small spaces or in otherwise confined areas where the ceiling tile or drywall is to be placed. Even when a laser set up is possible, the placement of the laser and the holding of the laser is oftentimes inconvenient (the cost of laser device is prohibitive where multiple lasers are required on projects involving two or more simultaneous or parallel installations).
  • The present invention provides a device which fills the need for a quick to install and easily and inexpensively produced alignment tool for use when installing acoustical ceiling grids for ceiling tiles and grids for drywall ceilings.
  • One object of the present invention is to provide a device which is relatively inexpensive and is useful in situations where space and time constraints do not allow the setup of a laser and/or the alignment function is required even with the use of a laser.
  • According to the present invention, a device is constructed to be removably installed without additional tools and without leaving marks on the walls. The device is constructed so that a pair of devices can be positioned behind the molding at appropriate points on opposite walls with the device being held in place by friction between the molding and the wall.
  • The proper alignment is enabled by a construction whereby each device has a hook in which the looping of a string around the hook on each device allows for proper alignment when the string is drawn taut.
  • BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS
  • FIG. 1 is an illustration showing the various elements of the tool in a perspective view.
  • FIG. 2 is a drawing showing a front view of the tool.
  • FIG. 3 is a pictoral representative of the tool in use.
  • DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS
  • The tool 10 of the present invention is shown in a perspective view in FIG. 1. The tool may be constructed of plastic having three plane element 11, 12, and 13, and a hook 14. Two of the plane elements 11, 12 are joined on one common edge 15 with the third plane element 13 in a vertical position centered on a horizontal element 12 as shown in FIG. 2. The hook 14 is also centered and formed in alignment with the third plane element 13. In one preferred embodiment, the hook and the third plane are spaced apart by approximately ⅛ inches and the hook 13 is inclined at an angle of 20° toward the plane element 13 in order to retain a string in position.
  • Proper use requires a pair of tools for each required alignment, as shown in FIG. 3, wherein two cross grids 40 and 50 used to illustrate proper alignment. Each tool 100, 200 and 300 is placed in its respective position by sliding the plane 11 behind the molding 45 at appropriate points on opposite walls. The devices are each held in place by friction between the molding 45 and the wall 55. As shown in FIG. 3, a string 30 is slipped over the hook of tool 200 and stretched to the hook of tool 300 opposite tool 200 and looped around the second hook. When the string is pulled tight, accurate alignment and leveling of the string in each direction is accomplished.
  • Because of its extreme ease of use, its rapid deployment and its cost effectiveness, this allows for accurate alignment without the need for lasers or otherwise modifying the wall structure requiring nails, screws or other attachment devices which are time consuming and can affect the appearance of the wall or molding being worked on. Additionally, the use of such tools being constructed, for example, of an inexpensive material allows for ease of use and a significant reduction in cost, especially where multiple alignments are being worked on at the same time. The devices are effectively self-aligning and require no precise measurement.
  • The foregoing disclosure has been set forth merely to illustrate the invention and is not intended to be limiting. Since modifications of the disclosed embodiments incorporating the spirit and substance of the invention may occur to persons skilled in the art, the invention should be construed to include everything within the scope of the appended claims and equivalents thereof.

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1. A ceiling grid positioning device comprising:
a first planar segment;
a second planar segment substantially perpendicular to said first planar segment wherein said first and second planar segments are joined along a common edge of said first and second planar segments;
a third planar segment centered on said second planar segment and extending in a direction opposite an extension of said first planar segment;
a projection extending from said second planar segment on a same side of said second planar segment as said third planar segment wherein said projection is aligned with said third planar segment, wherein said projection acts as a retainer, and wherein said first planar segment and said third planar segment are adapted to provide a friction retention when said first segment is slidably mounted between two adjacent overlapping construction materials.
2. The device according to claim 1 wherein said projection is inclined at substantially 20°.
3. The device according to claim 1 wherein each of said planar segments is constructed of plastic and the projection is adapted to retain a string when said string extends parallel to said second planar segment.
4. The device according to claim 1 wherein said building construction materials include a wall and a molding wherein said first planar segment is positioned behind said molding on said wall and said third planar segment bears against said wall in order to provide friction which holds said device in place between the molding and the wall.
5. The device according to claim 1 wherein said second planar segment constitutes a horizontal plane segment and said third planar segment constitutes a vertical plane segment and said third planar segment constitutes a vertical planar segment.
6. A grid alignment tool comprising a plurality of planar elements with the first planar element extending from an edge of a second planar element and a third planar element extending from an edge of a second planar element and a third planar element extending from a surface of said second planar element wherein said third planar element has one edge in alignment with an extent of the first planar elements;
a projection device positioned on said surface of said second planar element and in alignment with an extent of said third planar element along said surface of said second planar element;
said device is held by friction when said first planar element is positioned between two overlapping building materials and said third planar element is positioned against one of said two building materials.
7. The device according to claim 6 when said projection functions to retain a string-like element extending parallel to said second planar element.
8. The device according to claim 6 wherein each of said planar elements and said projection are plastic.
9. An alignment tool including two devices constructed according to claim 1 whereby when each of said segment are positioned on respective opposite pairs of construction units, a string extending from each respective projection provides an accurate alignment without requiring any fastening devices.
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US9873589B1 (en) * 2017-05-04 2018-01-23 Nicholas Halker String dispensing assembly for use in connection with ceiling installation
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BE1025525B1 (en) * 2017-09-05 2019-04-05 Jürgen MEERSCH Cord conductor

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