Hinge assembly for supporting a fan on a roof

  • US 8,535,128 B2
  • Filed: 09/19/2012
  • Issued: 09/17/2013
  • Est. Priority Date: 10/20/2006
  • Status: Active Grant
First Claim
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1. A mounting hinge assembly configured to connect to a fan assembly positioned on a roof or wall, the fan assembly being defined by a fan secured to a fan base that is positionable over a vent on the roof or wall, the mounting hinge assembly provides for an easy cleaning and servicing procedure for both the fan and the vent on the roof or wall, the mounting hinge assembly comprising:

  • a pair of hinge sides, each hinge side including;

    a fan base support bar having a fan base mounting section and a fan base support arm extending from the fan base mounting section, the fan base support arm having an upper edge and a lower portion, the lower portion having at least one tab extending outwardly and upwardly towards the upper edge and being opposed to the fan base support arm such that a channel is formed between the at least one tab the fan base support arm, the at least one tab having an aperture aligned with at least one opening on the fan base support arm, and at least one fastener configured to be inserted through the at least one aligned aperture and opening capturing a portion of the fan base resting in the channel;

    a surface support bar having a surface support mounting section and a surface support arm extending from the surface support mounting section, the surface support arm having at least one surface support opening configured to receive a mounting fastener to secure the surface support bar to a surface defined on the vent, roof, or wall;

    a hinge plate mutually connecting the fan base mounting section to the surface support mounting section such that the fan base support bar is moveable in relationship to the surface support bar, the hinge plate having a hinge plate opening corresponding to a hinge support opening positioned on either the fan base mounting section or the surface support mounting section, a hinge fastener securing through the hinge plate opening and the hinge support opening thereby hingedly securing the hinge plate to either the fan base mounting section or the surface support mounting section, and the hinge plate further having at least one adjustment aperture corresponding to at least one aperture on the fan base mounting section or the surface support mounting section, and an adjustment fastener securing through the at least one adjustment aperture and corresponding aperture on the fan base mounting section or the surface support mounting section, thereby securing the hinge plate to either the fan base mounting section or the surface support mounting section, whereby the surface support bar is hingedly connected to the fan base support bar; and

    each hinge side is thereby configured to be secured to the fan assembly, by securing at least a portion of the fan base in the channel between the at least one tab the fan base support arm and fastening the at least one fastener through the opening in the tab through the fan base and into the aligned aperture on the fan base support arm, and securing by at least one mounting fastener the surface support arm to either a surface of the vent below the fan base or a surface of the roof or wall, such that the fan base is moveable from vent.

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