Non-binding sectional door and method of assembly

CAFC
  • US 6,640,872 B1
  • Filed: 04/24/2002
  • Issued: 11/04/2003
  • Est. Priority Date: 04/24/2002
  • Status: Active Grant
First Claim
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1. A sectional door movable between a closed vertical position and an open horizontal position comprising, a series of adjacent panels, each of said panels having an upper joint member and a lower joint member, said lower joint member having a configuration to establish a clearance with the configuration of the upper joint member of an adjacent panel during angular articulation of said adjacent panels in moving between the closed vertical position and the open horizontal position, end hinge assemblies located proximate the longitudinal ends of said panels and connecting said adjacent panels at a first pivot axis, and at least one center hinge assembly connecting said adjacent panels at a second pivot axis offset from said first pivot axis, whereby a portion of said clearance is maintained irrespective of variations in the deflection of said panels in moving between the closed vertical position and the open horizontal position.

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