Method to Provide Lateral Stabilization of Support Members in Raised Flooring
Original Publication Date: 1986-Jan-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-08
In conventional supported floor structures (Fig. 1), floor panels 15 are supported on pedestals 10 with height adjustment of shaft 12 provided by adjusting nut 11. Improved strengthening is provided by connecting chord members 20 (Fig. 2) that will, in a grid system, prevent pedestals 10 from shifting or overturning due to deflection forces caused by loading of the floor panels shown by panel 15B. The chord member consists of a flat metal piece with notch openings 21 having a center-to-center distance equal to the grid spacing of the pedestal system, and a width which will allow the chord to be positioned above adjusting nut 11. Notch opening 21 allows easy insertion or removal of individual chord members. Installation of chords in a grid system (Fig.