Flooring assembly and fastener therefor

  • US 6,237,295 B1
  • Filed: 02/04/1999
  • Issued: 05/29/2001
  • Est. Priority Date: 02/04/1999
  • Status: Expired due to Fees
First Claim
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1. A flooring assembly comprising:

  • a) a plurality of elongated flooring planks, each of said elongated flooring plans having a plurality of opposing ends, one of said plurality of opposing ends having a tongue-containing first longitudinal edge and a second of said plurality of opposing ends having a groove-containing second longitudinal edge;

    b) a plurality of supporting members, the plurality of said elongated flooring planks being arranged on said plurality of supporting members so that said tongue-containing first longitudinal edge of said one of said plurality of opposing ends of a first one of said elongated flooring planks cooperatively interconnects with said groove-containing second longitudinal edge of said second of said plurality of opposing ends of a second one of said elongated flooring planks;

    c) a plurality of clip units, wherein each of said clip units is fastened to one of said supporting members and is arranged between two of said flooring planks, a distal end portion of each clip positioned between a lower face of said tongue-containing first longitudinal edge of said one of said plurality of opposing ends of a first elongated flooring plank and an upper face of said groove-containing second longitudinal edge of said one of said plurality of opposing ends of a second one of said elongated flooring planks;

    d) wherein each of said clip units exerts a force perpendicular to said lower face of said tongue-containing first longitudinal edge of said one of said plurality of opposing ends of a first of said elongated flooring planks and to said upper face of said groove-containing second longitudinal edge of said second of said plurality of opposing ends of a second one of said elongated flooring planks; and

    wherein said clip units each have an offset aperture to prevent the clip units from bending upward during use;

    wherein each of said plurality of clip units is comprised of a base, at least one fastening means to secure said base to a support surface, a leg extending vertically from said base, and a free distal end portion extending from said leg; and

    wherein each of said plurality of clip units further comprise a pair of prongs extending downward from said base portion of said clip units, said pair of prongs engaging said supporting member when said clip units are fastened thereto.

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