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Publication numberCA2526931 A1
Publication typeApplication
Application numberCA 2526931
PCT numberPCT/US2005/010539
Publication date13 Oct 2005
Filing date29 Mar 2005
Priority date29 Mar 2004
Also published asCA2526931C, US7797885, US8051617, US20050223653, US20110011010, WO2005094342A2, WO2005094342A3
Publication numberCA 2526931, CA 2526931 A1, CA 2526931A1, CA-A1-2526931, CA2526931 A1, CA2526931A1, PCT/2005/10539, PCT/US/2005/010539, PCT/US/2005/10539, PCT/US/5/010539, PCT/US/5/10539, PCT/US2005/010539, PCT/US2005/10539, PCT/US2005010539, PCT/US200510539, PCT/US5/010539, PCT/US5/10539, PCT/US5010539, PCT/US510539
InventorsBarry D. Mower, Brent Steed, L. Curtis Strong, Jay Calkin, Rich Howe, Neil Watson, David C. Winter, Robert A. Astle, Kent Ashby
ApplicantLifetime Products, Inc., Barry D. Mower, Brent Steed, L. Curtis Strong, Jay Calkin, Rich Howe, Neil Watson, David C. Winter, Robert A. Astle, Kent Ashby
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: CIPO, Espacenet
Modular enclosure
CA 2526931 A1
Abstract
A modular enclosure may include a number of interlocking components, such as panels, that may be interconnected to form sidewalk, roof and/or floor. The panels may be constructed from blow-molded plastic and a first pattern may be disposed on one surface and a second pattern may be disposed on an opposing surface. One or more points of intersection m0y be located where the first pattern and the second pattern overlie, and a depression magi be disposed at the points of intersection. The depressions are preferably sized and configured to increase the strength and/or rigidity of the panel.
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Claims(5)
1. A portion of a shed comprising:
a first panel constructed from blow-molded plastic and including a hollow interior portion formed during the blow-molding process, the first panel including an inner portion and an outer portion that is generally spaced apart from the inner portion by a distance;
a first pattern disposed on the inner portion of the first panel, at least a portion of the first pattern extending towards the outer portion;
a second pattern disposed on the outer portion of the first panel, at least a portion of the second pattern extending towards the inner portion;
at least one position of intersection generally disposed where the first pattern and the second pattern overlie, the first pattern and the second pattern being spaced apart by a distance at the position of intersection that is less than the distance separating the inner portion and the outer portion; and at least one first depression disposed at the position of intersection that extends from the inner portion towards the outer portion.
2. The portion of the shed as in Claim 1, wherein the at least one first depression disposed in the first panel has a length that is less than the distance separating the inner portion and the outer portion, the at least one first depression being sized and configured to increase the strength of the first panel.
3. The portion of the shed as in Claim 1, wherein the at least one first depression in the first panel includes an end that contacts the second pattern disposed on the outer portion of the first panel.
4. The portion of the shed as in Claim 1, further comprising an orientation of the first pattern disposed on the inner portion of the first panel that is different than an orientation of the second pattern disposed on the outer portion of the first panel.
5. The portion of the shed as in Claim 1, wherein the at least one first depression of the first panel includes an end that is spaced apart from the second pattern disposed on the outer portion of the first panel.
7. The portion of the shed as in Claim 1, wherein the second pattern disposed on the outer portion of the first panel is generally offset from the first pattern disposed on the inner portion of the first panel.
8. The portion of the shed as in Claim 1, wherein the first pattern is generally horizontally positioned on the inner portion of the first panel and the second pattern is generally vertically positioned on the outer portion of the first panel.
10. The portion of the shed as in Claim 1, wherein the second pattern disposed on the outer portion of the first panel creates the appearance of siding.

11. The portion of the shed as in Claim 1, wherein the at least one first depression is completely disposed in the first pattern disposed on the inner portion of the first panel.
12. The portion of the shed as in Claim 1, further comprising at least one second depression positioned at the position of intersection that extends from the outer portion towards the inner portion of the first panel, the at least one second depression having a length that is less than the distance separating the inner portion and the outer portion, the at least one second depression being sized and configured to increase the strength of the first panel.
13. The portion of the shed as in Claim 12, wherein an end of the at least one second depression is sized and configured to contact an end of the at least one first depression.
14. The portion of the shed as in Claim 1, wherein one first depression is disposed at each position of intersection.

15. The portion of a shed as in Claim 1, further comprising a second panel constructed from blow-molded plastic and including a hollow interior portion formed during the blow-molding process, the second panel comprising:
an inner portion;
an outer portion that is generally spaced apart from the inner portion by a distance;
a first pattern disposed on the inner portion of the second panel, at least a portion of the first pattern extending towards the outer portion;
a second pattern disposed on the outer portion of the second panel, at least a portion of the second pattern extending towards the inner portion;
at least one position of intersection generally disposed where the first pattern and the second pattern overlie, the first pattern and the second pattern being spaced apart by a distance at the position of intersection that is less than the distance separating the inner portion and the outer portion; and at least one first depression disposed at the position of intersection that extends from the inner portion towards the outer portion;
wherein the first panel is sized and configured to be connected to the second panel to form a portion of the shed.

16. A panel constructed from blow-molded plastic, the panel comprising:
a first side;
a second side that is generally spaced apart from the first side by a distance;
a hollow interior portion disposed between the first side and the second side, the hollow interior portion formed during the blow-molding process;
a first pattern disposed on the first side of the panel, at least a portion of the first pattern extending towards the second side;
a second pattern disposed on the second side of the panel, at least a portion of the second pattern extending towards the first side;
at least one position of intersection generally disposed where the first pattern and the second pattern overlie, the first pattern and the second pattern being spaced apart by a distance at the position of intersection that is less than the distance separating the first side and the second side; and at least one first depression disposed at the position of intersection that extends from the first side towards the second side, the at least one first depression having a length that is less than the distance separating the first side and the second side, the at least one first depression being sized and configured to increase the strength of the panel.
17. The panel as in Claim 16, wherein the at least one first depression includes an end that contacts the second pattern disposed on the second side.
18. The panel as in Claim 16, further comprising an orientation of the first pattern that is different than an orientation of the second pattern.

19. The panel as in Claim 16, wherein the at least one first depression includes an end that is spaced apart from the second pattern disposed on the second side.
20. The panel as in Claim 16, wherein the second pattern is generally offset from the first pattern.
21. The panel as in Claim 16, wherein the panel is sized and configured to form at least a portion of a shed.
22. The panel as in Claim 16, wherein the first pattern is generally horizontally positioned on the first side of the panel and the second pattern is generally vertically positioned on the second side of the panel.
23. The panel as in Claim 16, wherein the first pattern creates the appearance of siding.
24. The panel as in Claim 16, wherein the at least one first depression is completely disposed in the first pattern.
25. The panel as in Claim 16, further comprising at least one second depression located at the position of intersection that extends from the second side towards the first side.

26. The panel as in Claim 25, wherein an end of the at least one second depression is sized and configured to contact an end of the at least one first depression.
27. The panel as in Claim 16, wherein one first depression is disposed at each position of intersection.
28. A panel as in Claim 16, further comprising a plurality of panels that are sized and configured to be connected to form at least a portion of a shed, one or more of the plurality of panels including a living hinge that generally divides the panels in half and allows the panels to be moved between a generally planar position and an angled position, the panels with the living hinge being sized and configured to form at least a portion of one or more corners of the shed.
29. The panel as in Claim 28, wherein the plurality of panels are capable of being stacked to facilitate packaging of the shed when the panels with the living hinge are in the generally planar position.
30. The shed as in Claim 28, further comprising a height and a width of each of the plurality of the panels that are generally the same.
Classifications
International ClassificationH01B17/32, E04F15/00, E04F19/00, E04D3/40, E04C2/54, E04B1/346, E04D3/35, E04B7/20, E04B7/16, E06B5/02, H01B17/60, A47B13/08, E04B1/343, E04C2/00, E04B7/02, E04F13/00, E04H1/00, E04H1/12, E04C2/20, E04C2/40
Cooperative ClassificationE04B7/20, E04B1/34321, E06B5/02, E04B2001/34389, E04D3/40, E04B7/022, E04H1/1205, E04D3/357
European ClassificationE04D3/40, E04B7/02A, E04D3/35B, E04B7/20, E06B5/02, E04B1/343C1, E04H1/12B
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