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Патент USA US2114710

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«ApriE 19, 1938»
c. D. HoLcoMB
Filed oct. 2S, 193e
D. HoLcoMB
Patented Apr. 19, 1938
Cora D'. Holcomb, Akron, Ohio
Application October 26, 1936, Serial No. 107,588
1 Claim.
This invention relates to improvements in tile
construction and has particular relation to im
provements in means for mounting blocks of tile,
rubber, wood, glass or other suitable material
on a wall, floor or other surface to form a per~
manent covering therefor.
The use of tile as a floor or wall covering is
very desirable, particularly in bathrooms. While
tile can be manufactured at a low cost the process
of mounting such covering is slow and requires
the services of an expert workman. This results
in a cost which greatly restricts the use of tile
for this purpose.
Objects of the invention are to» pro-vide a tile
construction of attractive appearance which can
be quickly and accurately laid by an ordinary
workman and which will provide a strong, du
rable construction at a low cost.
Other objects are to provide a material which
can be nailed, glued or otherwise secured to the
floor, wall or other surface and which will be
provided on the outwardly presented face thereof
with integrally formed styles corresponding to
joints between the tiles and forming sockets each
2 OX adapted to snugly receive and hold the tile.
A further object is to provide a method and
means for mounting tile which will securely hold
the same in place and which can be used to mount
smooth, imperforate blocks constructed of glass,
30 rubber or any material which cannot be securely
held in place inrtile structures of ordinary con
The above objects are accomplished and addi
tional ends are attained by the novel construction,
35 combination and arrangement of parts herein
after described and illustrated in the accom
panying drawing wherein there is shown a pre
ferred form of the invention, it being understood
that changes and modifications may be made or
40 resort had to substitutions which come within
the scope of the claim hereunto appended.
In the drawing:
Figure l is a plan view of a portion of a mat
employed iny my improved tile construction,
Figure 2 is a similar view showing tile opera
tively mounted therein,
Figure 3 is a cross sectional view taken as in
dicated by the lines 3_3 of Figure 1,
Figure 4 is a perspective view of one of the
tiles or blocks constructed in accordance with
this invention,
Figure 5 is a vertical, sectional view of a wall
construction taken as indicated by the lines 5_5
of Figure 2.
In the particular adaptation of the invention
(Cl. 'l2-24)
illustrated, there is shown a mat 6 which is pref
erably formed of rubber, rubber composition or
other similar material and which is provided on
the forward face thereof with integrally formed
stiles 9 and I0. The stiles 9 are arranged in 5
parallel, spaced relation to extend across the
mat in one direction and the stiles I0 are like
wise arranged transversely of the stiles 9. The
stiles 9 and I9 are preferably rectangular in
cross sectional shape and are arranged with the 10
outwardly presented faces thereof disposed in the
same plane. The stiles 9 and l0 thus fo-rm a plu
rality of sockets 1, each adapted to snugly receive
a block 8, which when positioned therein will be
disposed with its forward face substantially flush 15
with the forward face of the Stiles 9 and I0.
The mat 6 including the rear wall 6a and the
stiles 9 and I0 are preferably composed of elastic
rubber whereby a block 8 may be forced into
each socket 'l and will be retained therein by the 20
elasticity of said stiles. When the back wall 6a
of the mat 6 is formed of relatively stiff material,
it is provided within each socket 'I with a plu
rality of openings Il for a purpose presently to
In Figure 5 there is shown a wall construction
in which the numeral lli denotes a studding and
the numeral I3 sheathing which is secured to
the studding I4 in the ordinary manner. A mat
6 is positioned against the sheathing with the
Stiles Sand IU positioned outwardly and nails or
other fastening means I 2 are entered through
the openings Il and driven into the sheathing
I3 thus securely mounting the mat 6 on the
sheathing I 3.
While blocks 8 composed of any material will
be retained in the sockets l, I prefer to use suit
able adhesive which is applied to the walls of each
socket 'l for the purpose of positively retaining
the blocks therein. The blocks 8 are preferably
formed to ñt in the sockets 'l flush with the outer
faces of the stiles 9 and Ill.
While the mat 6 and the stiles 9 have been
described as preferably formed of elastic rubber,
it is understood that the mat is in a fully vul
canized or finished form before it is secured to a
wall or other supporting structure and before
the blocks 8 are inserted in the sockets 1.
It will be seen that the outwardly presented
faces of the stiles 9 and I9 will have the appear 50
ance of mortar joints and that such joints will
be of uniform thickness. It will also be seen
that the walls of each socket ‘l will form a cushion
which will protect the blocks 8 against break
age. As the stiles 9 and I0 are composed of elas
tic rubber, blocks 8 varying slightly in size may
be used.
Having thus illustrated and described a pre
ferred form of the invention, what I claim as new
5 and desire to secure by Letters Patent is:
In a tile construction, a mat of completely vul
canized elastic rubber having a plurality of cavi
ties on the outer face thereof, each of said cavi
ties adapted to receive and hold a block which
when forced therein will be held in place by the
elasticity of said Stiles.
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