Temporary shelter and method of making same

  • US 5,819,474 A
  • Filed: 03/31/1997
  • Issued: 10/13/1998
  • Est. Priority Date: 09/20/1994
  • Status: Expired due to Term
First Claim
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1. A temporary shelter for use with an existing frame structure having a closeable door-shaped opening for allowing access into the shelter with the door-shaped opening being installable by a user at a desired selectable location, the temporary shelter comprising in combination:

  • (a) a flexible sheet defining an inner shelter space;

    (b) a pair of zipper structures, each zipper structure having a separable zipper chain composed of two interlocking halves having front side edges and first ends, the interlocking halves having fastening elements attached to flexible tapes substantially along the front side edges, the fastening elements being interlocked by a slider in a closed position to provide confronting front side edges with the first ends of the interlocking halves being adjacent to one another, the fastening elements being separated by the slider in an open position with the first ends of the interlocking halves being positionable in outwardly extending directions from one another, the slider operatively connected to the interlocking halves, each flexible tape having an adhesive strip located on a back portion of the flexible tape and extending along side and parallel to the fastening elements, a pair of protective strips, each of said protective strips in removable engagement with the adhesive strip of each zipper structure, the adhesive strips of the zipper structures attached to an outside surface of the flexible sheet when the protective strips are disengaged with back portions of the flexible tapes in confronting engagement with the outside surface of the flexible sheet so that the zipper structures are in a parallel spaced apart upright relationship from one another with each zipper chain being adjacent and parallel to a slit cut into the flexible sheet extending immediately adjacent to the zipper chain to a bottom edge of the flexible sheet to provide the closeable door-shaped opening in the flexible sheet for allowing access into the inner shelter space, the closeable door-shaped opening defining a rectangular shaped door flap having a width selectable by the user, each slider having a pair of pull tabs; and

    (c) a pair of eyeling screws fastened to a floor and a pair of locks, each of said locks securing one of said pull tabs from each zipper structure to one of said screws.

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