Panel attachment system

  • US 6,202,377 B1
  • Filed: 12/23/1998
  • Issued: 03/20/2001
  • Est. Priority Date: 12/23/1998
  • Status: Expired due to Term
First Claim
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1. A finished wall construction comprising a plurality of rectangular generally planar panels arranged in a vertical plane with their edges lying in vertical and horizontal orientations and runners adjacent the edges of the panels, the panels having a front face and a rear face and being constructed of a material selected from wood material and material which is susceptible to warping because of ambient humidity conditions, the runners being formed of a material selected from metal and relatively stiff structural material that is substantially free of a tendency to warp due to ambient humidity conditions, the runners being attached adjacent each of the four edges of the panels, each panel having outwardly opening horizontal grooves adjacent their horizontal edges formed by clips secured to rear faces of the panels and extending along substantially the full horizontal length of their panels, each panel having a pair of said runners on opposite edges attached to a supporting wall in a manner that permits such runners to hold the panel in place relative to the supporting structure with adjacent horizontal panel edges vertically spaced apart and in a manner that prevents removal of a panel while another panel is installed above it.

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