Patent Number: 7,131,240

Title: Bucket column base and installation support

Abstract: A building foundation anchoring and interface system for receiving supporting the base of an upright structural column. This system and interface includes an open-topped bucket-well structure which is embedded in a foundation, and which is sized so as to permit the received base of an inserted column to be adjusted laterally, in a multidirectional sense, vertically angularly, and axially rotationally, and with substantial clearance, so as to enable easy correct positioning of a column. Poured into the bucket-well structure after the same has received the base of a column is an appropriate fluid-flowable, hardenable, bulk anchoring material, such as conventional building grout material. An opening may be provided in the wall of the base of a column so that such flowable material flows into the interior of a column, as well as into the space between the outside of the column's base and the inside of the receiving bucket-well. The column which has its base received in the bucket-well optionally carries a shoulder-extending foot plate which cooperates with the bulk-anchoring material, and the configuration of the bucket well, to inhibit vertical lifting of a column out of the bucket-well.

Inventors: Simmons; Robert J. (Hayward, CA)


International Classification: E02D 27/32 (20060101); E02D 5/74 (20060101)

Expiration Date: 2019-11-07 0:00:00