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FINISHING WORK ON BUILDINGS, e.g. STAIRS, FLOORS (windows, doors E06B)
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Finishing work on buildings, like:

  • sunshades, Florentine blinds, awnings, outside screens (E04F 10/00);
  • fixed and moveable stairways, ramps, balustrades, handrails (E04F 11/00);
  • coverings or linings for walls or ceilings (E04F 13/00);
  • floor coverings, parquet, sectional false floors (E04F 15/00)
  • vertical ducts, chimneys, air ducts, light shafts, lift shafts, utility lines channels, disposal chutes, channels for drainage (E04F 17/00);
  • borders, finishing strips, built-in cup-boards, niches (E04F 19/00);
  • implements for finishing work on buildings, e.g. for mounting doors or windows, for mounting plinths, for plastering, for finishing joints, for setting wall or ceiling slabs, for laying floor coverings (E04F 21/00)
References relevant to classification in this subclass/group
This subclass/group does not cover:
Kitchen equipment
Sanitary equipment
Tapestry work
Floor structures
Roof structures
Suspended ceilings
Roof coverings
Repairing
Windows, doors
Ladders
Sunshades, {e.g. Florentine blinds or jalousies; Outside screens (E06B 9/26 takes precedence) } ; Awnings {or baldachins (for caravans B60P 3/343) } ; (trailer awnings E04H 15/08; for tents E04H 15/58)
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Sunshades, e.g. Florentine blinds or jalousies;

Screens on the outside of buildings which provide a shading function;

Outside shading elements mounted to the building;

Awnings; Baldachins

Relationship between large subject matter areas

This subgroup contains outdoor screens, which are designed withstand outside environmental changes, like wind, rain and snow. Screens mounted on the inner side of a window or door, so called indoor screens are classified in E06B 9/24. Operating means for indoor and outdoor screens are classified in E06B 9/68. Venetian-type lamellar outdoor and indoor screens are classified in E06B 9/26. Free-standing screens which are not attached to the exterior of a building are classified in E04H 15/00. Umbrellas in A45B.

References relevant to classification in this group
This subclass/group does not cover:
Venetian-type lamellar screens
Operating means
Awnings for tents
Informative references
Attention is drawn to the following places, which may be of interest for search:
Screening devices inside building
Roller blinds inside a building
E06B/40
Awnings for vessels
B63F17/02
Awnings for caravans
Lamellar or like blinds, e.g. venetian blinds
Sunshades for a roof
{Rigidly-arranged sunshade roofs with coherent surfaces}
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

This class contains shading elements for which the surface that provides the shading function is of a rigid inflexible material, e.g. plexiglass, metal.

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References relevant to classification in this group
This subclass/group does not cover:
Gutters for roofs
Special rules of classification within this group

Details which are not-specific to this kind of non-rollable/foldable surface (e.g. fixing to the supporting structure) should be classified in E04F 10/06

of flexible canopy materials, e.g. canvas; {Baldachins}
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

This class contains shading elements for which the surface that provides the shading function is of a flexible material, e.g. canvas

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Special rules of classification within this group

Details which are not-specific to this kind of non-rollable/non-foldable surface (e.g. fixing to the supporting structure) should be classified in E04F 10/0603 to E04F 10/0685

of a plurality of similar rigid parts, e.g. slabs, lamellae { (E04F 10/005 takes precedence) }
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

This class contains shading elements for which the surface that provides

the shading function is of a series of rigid parts. e.g. lamellae

References relevant to classification in this group
This subclass/group does not cover:
Rigidly-arranged sunshade roofs with coherent surfaces

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collapsible {or extensible; metallic Florentine blinds; awnings with movable parts such as louvres; (shutters E06B 9/04; louvre windows E06B 7/08) }
References relevant to classification in this group
This subclass/group does not cover:
Shutters
Louvre windows
Stairways, ramps, or like structures (mounting or marking-off stairways E04F 21/26; of temporary { use during building} construction E04G 27/00; means for facilitating access to swimming pools E04H 4/144; { means for facilitating access to swimming pools E04H 4/144; appliances for aiding patients or disabled persons to walk A61H 3/00} ) ; Balustrades; Handrails (ladders permanently attached to fixed structures E06C 9/00)
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Fixed stairways and movable stairways, e.g. loft ladders, and their components, e.g. treads and risers; Ramps; Balustrades; Handrails

References relevant to classification in this group
This subclass/group does not cover:
Mounting or marking-off stairways
Stairways of temporary use during building construction
Means for facilitating access to swimming pools
Ladders permanently attached to fixed structures
Appliances for aiding patients or disabled persons to walk
Informative references
Attention is drawn to the following places, which may be of interest for search:
Ladders
Spiral stairways supported by a central column
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Only spiral stairways supported by a central column, where "by a central column" is to be read strictly

collapsible, e.g. folding, telescopic
References relevant to classification in this group
This subclass/group does not cover:
Ship ladders
Stairs for aircraft
Escalators or moving walkways
Treads
Informative references
Attention is drawn to the following places, which may be of interest for search:
Layered products in general
Producing decorative panels or veneers
Special rules of classification within this group

Veneer panels should be classified in E04F 11/108, i.e. of wood, as well as in E04F11/128, i.e. composed of several layers.

Surfaces thereof; Protecting means for edges or corners thereof ( { loosely laid coverings,} floor fabrics, fastenings therefor A47G 27/00)
References relevant to classification in this group
This subclass/group does not cover:
Loosely laid coverings, floor fabrics, fastenings therefor
Informative references
Attention is drawn to the following places, which may be of interest for search:
Guard covers of stairs
Special rules of classification within this group

Documents describing both aspects, i.e. surfaces and protecting means for edges or corners of treads, are classified in E04F 11/16 only.

Balustrades; Handrails (guard-rails on ships B63B; for bridges E01D 19/10; for roads E01F 13/00, E01F 15/00; fences E04H 17/00; { safety measures for persons during the construction of buildings E04G 21/32} )
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Balustrades, balcony balustrades, and handrails.

References relevant to classification in this group
This subclass/group does not cover:
Safety measures for persons during the construction of buildings, e.g. temporary balustrades
Balustrades not having a handrail, i.e. picket fences, fences
Guard-rails on ships
Handrails for bridges
Handrails for roads
Informative references
Attention is drawn to the following places, which may be of interest for search:
Balustrades being an integral part of the structure of a balcony.
{ Balustrades}
Special rules of classification within this group

Use E04F 11/1812 to E04F 11/1851 to completely classify each aspect of the documents to be classified.

{Built-in aids for ascending or descending stairs (lifts associated with stairs B66B 9/08) }
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Balustrades or handrails comprising aids for ascending or descending stairs , e.g. for elderly or disabled people e.g. :

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References relevant to classification in this group
This subclass/group does not cover:
Lifts associated with stairs
Informative references
Attention is drawn to the following places, which may be of interest for search:
Lifts or other hoisting devices on ladders
Coverings or linings, e.g. for walls or ceilings (flooring E04F 15/00; decoration of surfaces, mosaic work B44, e.g. paper-hanging B44C 7/00; made of webs, e.g. of fabrics or wallpaper, { as such, or their manufacturing} D03D, D04G, D04H, D06N, D21H; construction of { false} ceilings E04B 9/00; roofings or similar water-tight coverings against precipitation E04D)
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Coverings or linings, e.g. for walls or ceilings, either made of plastic materials hardening after applying, like plaster, or composed of covering or lining elements and their fastening means.

References relevant to classification in this group
This subclass/group does not cover:
Flooring
Decoration of surfaces, mosaic work
Decoration of surfaces, paper-hanging
Webs, e.g. of fabrics or wallpaper, as such and their manufacturing
Construction of false ceilings
{ made of webs, e.g. of fabrics, or wallpaper, used as coverings or linings (of a number of similar elements carried by a common web E04F 13/0862; paperhanging, tapestry work B44C 7/00) }
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Coverings or linings, e.g. for walls or ceilings, made of webs, e.g. of fabrics, or wallpaper e.g. :

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References relevant to classification in this group
This subclass/group does not cover:
Of a number of similar elements carried by a common web
Paper-hanging and tapestry-work
of plastic materials hardening after applying, e.g plaster (surface treatment in painting technique B44D; inorganic or bituminous masses C04B; organic plastics C08L) {implements for applying plasticised materials E04F 21/02}
References relevant to classification in this group
This subclass/group does not cover:
Surface treatment in painting technique
Inorganic or bituminous masses
Organic plastics
Implements for applying plasticised materials
Bases for plaster (sub-ceilings with plaster-carrying means E04B 9/06)
References relevant to classification in this group
This subclass/group does not cover:
Sub-ceilings with plaster-carrying means
Edge-protecting borders { (borders for joints between plaster layers and window or door frames or like E06B 1/62) }
References relevant to classification in this group
This subclass/group does not cover:
Borders for joints between plaster layers and window or door frames or the like
composed of specially adapted, structured or shaped covering or lining elements
References relevant to classification in this group
This subclass/group does not cover:
Accommodating heating conduits
Accommodating electrical cables or lines
Accommodating lighting devices
For insulation or surface protection, e.g. against noise
Characterised by the joints between neighbouring elements
Composed of several layers, e.g. sandwich panels
Stretched foil- or web-like elements attached with edge gripping devices
Special rules of classification within this group

Sub-groups E04F 13/074 to E04F 13/078 are not used; documents are classified according to the table here above.

composed of a plurality of similar covering or lining elements, (E04F 13/072 takes precedence; borders, skirtings E04F 19/02; { of webs or fabrics E04F 13/002; fixing strips E04F 19/06; separate provisional spacers between adjacent tiles E04F 21/0092; implements or means for setting tiles E04F 21/18} )
References relevant to classification in this group
This subclass/group does not cover:
Elements of webs or fabrics
Specially adapted, structured or shaped covering or lining elements
Borders, skirtings
Fixing strips
Separate provisional spacers between adjacent tiles
Implements or means for setting tiles
{ fixed by means of spring action}
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Separate fastening elements for coverings composed of a plurality of similar covering elements, with load-supporting elongated furring elements between wall and covering elements, and with additional fastening elements between furring elements and covering elements, (any of the elements being) fixed by means of spring action, e.g. effecting a clamping, the spring element being integral to or separate from the other elements. e.g. : (spring 8)

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Synonyms and Keywords

In patent documents the expression " snap action" is often used with the meaning "spring action"

{ fixed by means of clamping action}
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Separate fastening elements for coverings composed of a plurality of similar covering elements, with load-supporting elongated furring elements between wall and covering elements, and with additional fastening elements between furring elements and covering elements, (any of the elements being) fixed by means of clamping action. e.g. : (Clamping effected by elements 12-15)

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Synonyms and Keywords

In patent documents the expression " holding tight " is often used with the meaning " clamping action "

{ not adjustable (E04F 13/0857 takes precedence; not used, see subgroups) }
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Separate fastening elements for coverings composed of a plurality of similar covering elements, without load-supporting elongated furring elements between wall and covering elements, (the fastening element being) not adjustable e.g. : no adjustment or compensation means for tolerances, inaccuracy, ... by means of screws, teeth, wedges,...

Special rules of classification within this group

Not used, see subgroups

{ the fastening elements engaging the outer surface of the covering elements, not extending through the covering (E04F 13/0839 and E04F 13/0846 take precedence) }
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Separate fastening elements for coverings composed of a plurality of similar covering elements, without load-supporting elongated furring elements between wall and covering elements, not adjustable, and with fastening elements retaining the edges of the covering elements e.g. :

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References relevant to classification in this group
This subclass/group does not cover:
The fastening elements situated at the corners of the covering elements, not extending through the covering
The fastening elements engaging holes or grooves in the side faces of the covering elements
{ the fastening elements engaging holes or grooves in the side faces of the covering elements (E04F 13/0835 and E04F 13/0839 take precedence) }
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Separate fastening elements for coverings composed of a plurality of similar covering elements, without load-supporting elongated furring elements between wall and covering elements, not adjustable, and with fastening elements engaging holes or grooves in the lateral edge side of the covering elements e.g.:

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References relevant to classification in this group
This subclass/group does not cover:
The fastening elements extending into the back side of the covering elements
The fastening elements situated at the corners of the covering elements, and not extending through the covering
{ fixed by means of spring action}
Synonyms and Keywords

In patent documents the expression " snap action" is often used with the meaning "spring action"

{ fixed by means of clamping action}
Synonyms and Keywords

In patent documents the expression " holding tight " is often used with the meaning " clamping action "

{ composed of superposed elements which overlap each other and of which the flat outer surface includes an acute angle with the surface to cover}
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Coverings or linings composed of superposed elements which overlap each other and of which the flat outer surface includes an acute angle with the surface to cover, where the expression "acute angle" is to be read strictly

References relevant to classification in this group
This subclass/group does not cover:
Case of absence of an acute angle
{ composed of several layers, e.g. sandwich panels or layered panels (layered products as such in general B32B; producing decorative panels or veneers B44C 5/04; E04F 13/0864, E04F 13/0875 take precedence) }
References relevant to classification in this group
This subclass/group does not cover:
Layered products as such in general
Producing decorative panels or veneers
Composed of superposed elements which overlap each other and of which the flat outer surface includes an acute angle with the surface to cover
Having a basic insulating layer and at least one covering layer
{ with sealing elements between coverings (sealings of joints between building constructions in general E04B 1/68) }
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Coverings composed of a plurality of similar covering elements, characterised by the joints between neighbouring elements, with sealing elements between coverings (regardless if the sealings are integral with the panel or separate elements ) e.g. :

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References relevant to classification in this group
This subclass/group does not cover:
Sealing of joints between building constructions in general
of elements attached to a common web, support plate or grid { (not used, see E04F 13/0862) }
Special rules of classification within this group

Not used, see E04F 13/0862

stone or stone-like materials, e.g. ceramics { concrete, } ; of glass { or with an outer layer of stone or stone-like materials or glass (E04F 13/0864 takes precedence; producing shaped elements from concrete, ceramic compositions or other stone-like materials B28B; prefabricated panels in general E04C 2/00) }
References relevant to classification in this group
This subclass/group does not cover:
Producing shaped elements from concrete, ceramic compositions or other stone-like materials
Prefabricated panels in general
Composed of superposed elements which overlap each other and of which the flat outer surface includes an acute angle with the surface to cover
of organic plastics with or without reinforcements or filling materials (of plastic-bound fibres or chips E04F 13/16) { or with an outer layer of organic plastics with or without reinforcements or filling materials; plastic tiles (E04F 13/0864 takes precedence) }
References relevant to classification in this group
This subclass/group does not cover:
Of plastic-bound fibres or chips
Composed of superposed elements which overlap each other and of which the flat outer surface includes an acute angle with the surface to cover
Fastening means specially adapted for covering or lining elements { (not used, see E04F 13/0801) }
Special rules of classification within this group

Sub-groups E04F 13/21 to E04F 13/30 are not used. Documents which fall under the title of sub-groups E04F 13/21 to E04F 13/28 are classified in E04F 13/0801, documents falling under the title of E04F 13/30 are classified in E04F 13/0883. E04F 13/30 takes precedence over E04F 13/24.

Flooring (stair treads E04F 11/104; coverings not specially adapted for floors E04F 13/00; borders, skirtings E04F 19/02; { implements for laying flooring E04F 21/20;} gratings for cleaning soles of footwear A47L 23/24; { built-in gratings E04F 19/10; removing floor coverings E04G 23/00; carpets A47G 27/00;} of similar materials to roads E01C; basic or rough floors { , structural floors} E04B 5/00)
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Floor coverings, parquet, resiliently-mounted floors, joints in floor coverings, sectional false floors, e.g. computer floors

References relevant to classification in this group
This subclass/group does not cover:
Stair treads
Coverings not specially adapted for floors
Borders, skirting
Implements for laying flooring
Gratings for cleaning soles
Road paving
Structural floors
Built-in gratings
Removing floor coverings
Carpets
Flooring or floor layers composed of a number of similar elements (of webs E04F 15/16)
References relevant to classification in this group
This subclass/group does not cover:
Flooring composed of webs
{Construction of joints, e.g. dividing strips (E04F 15/024, E04F 15/04, E04F 15/06, E04F 15/10 and E04F 15/14 take precedence; Separate provisional spacers E04F 21/0092) }
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Construction of joints for flooring composed of a number of similar elements, with sealing elements between coverings (regardless if the sealings are integral with the panel or separate elements) e.g. :

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References relevant to classification in this group
This subclass/group does not cover:
Sectional false-floors
Flooring only of wood
Flooring of metal
Flooring of other material
Construction of joints in flooring made of masses in situ
Separate provisional spacers
Sealing of joints between building constructions in general
Sectional false floors, e.g. computer floors { (height-adjustable supports for terrace roof coverings E04D 11/00; underfloor heating using water F24D 3/142, using air F24D 5/10; installation of cables, lines or protective tubing in floors H02G 3/28) }
References relevant to classification in this group
This subclass/group does not cover:
Height-adjustable supports for terrace roof coverings
Underfloor heating using water
Underfloor heating using air
Installation of cables, lines or protective tubing in floors
{with integrated feet (E04F 15/02417 takes precedence) }
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Sectional false floors composed of a number of similar elements, comprising f loor panels with integrated feet e.g. :

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References relevant to classification in this group
This subclass/group does not cover:
Floor panels made of casing elements filled with plastic materials hardening after application
only of wood { or with a top layer of wood} , e.g. with wooden { or metal} connecting members (rollable parquet E04F 15/16)
References relevant to classification in this group
This subclass/group does not cover:
Rollable parquet
of metal, whether or not in combination with other material (gratings as building elements E04C 2/42; { of elements with a metal upper layer; E04F 15/02405 takes precedence; metal treads E04F 11/112} )
References relevant to classification in this group
This subclass/group does not cover:
Gratings as building elements
Metal treads
Floor panels for sectional false floors
only of stone or stone-like material, e.g. { ceramics} , concrete; of glass { or with a top layer of stone or stone-like material, e.g. ceramics, concrete or glass (E04F 15/02005 takes precedence) }
References relevant to classification in this group
This subclass/group does not cover:
Construction of joints in floorings
of other materials, e.g. fibrous or chipped materials, organic plastics, magnesite { tiles} , hardboard {, or with a top layer of other materials}
Informative references
Attention is drawn to the following places, which may be of interest for search:
Layered products
Producing decorative panels or veneers
Flooring or floor layers made of masses in situ, e.g. seamless magnesite floors, terrazzo {gypsum floors} (inorganic or bituminous masses C04B; organic plastic masses C08L)
Informative references
Attention is drawn to the following places, which may be of interest for search:
Inorganic or bituminous masses
Organic plastic masses
Structural floors
Filling elements for building-up floors
Installation of cables, lines or protective tubing in floors
Construction of joints, e.g. dividing strips ( {E04F 15/02005 takes precedence;} sealing joints not restricted to flooring E04B 1/68, { construction of joints in roads or airfields E01C 11/02} )
References relevant to classification in this group
This subclass/group does not cover:
Construction of joints not restricted to flooring
Construction of joints for floorings composed of a number of similar elements
Informative references
Attention is drawn to the following places, which may be of interest for search:
Construction of joints in roads and airfields
Flooring, e.g. parquet on flexible web, laid as flexible webs; Webs specially adapted for use as flooring; { Parquet on flexible web} (resiliently-mounted floors, e.g. sprung floors, E04F 15/22; linoleum D06N; { carpets A47G 27/00} )
References relevant to classification in this group
This subclass/group does not cover:
Resiliently mounted floors, e.g. sprung floors
Informative references
Attention is drawn to the following places, which may be of interest for search:
Webs in general, manufacturing of webs
Linoleum
Carpets
Separately-laid insulating layers; Other additional insulating measures; Floating floors (insulating of buildings in general E04B 1/62)
References relevant to classification in this group
This subclass/group does not cover:
Boundary strips in layers made of masses in situ
Informative references
Attention is drawn to the following places, which may be of interest for search:
Insulating of buildings in general
Resiliently-mounted floors, e.g. sprung floors (laid as webs E04F 15/16)
References relevant to classification in this group
This subclass/group does not cover:
Resiliently-mounted floors laid as webs
Vertical ducts; Channels, e.g. for drainage (pipes in general F16L; pipe-line systems F17D; { drainage devices in floors E03F 5/04; roof drainage E04D 13/04} )
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Vertical ducts for carrying away gases, chimneys, air ducts, light shafts, channels for receiving utility lines, channels for drainage, chutes for the disposal of refuse, lift shafts.

Informative references
Attention is drawn to the following places, which may be of interest for search:
Drainage devices in floors
Roof drainage
Pipes in general
Pipe-line systems
for carrying away waste gases, e.g. flue gases (free-standing chimneys E04H 12/28; connections between fireplace and chimney, chimney fittings, covers for cleaning holes of chimneys F23J; chimney tops F23L) ; Building elements specially designed therefor, e.g. shaped bricks or sets thereof { (coke-ovens C10B; working measures on existing vertical ducts E04G 23/02; apparatus for inserting new lining elements in existing ducts E04G 21/16; metallic chimneys, linings, joints and spacers therefor F23J 11/00, F23J 13/00) }
References relevant to classification in this group
This subclass/group does not cover:
Free-standing chimneys
Connections between fireplace and chimney, chimney fittings, covers for cleaning holes for chimneys
Chimney tops
Coke-ovens
Working measures on existing vertical ducts
Apparatus for inserting new lining elements in existing ducts
Metallic chimneys, linings, joints and spacers therefor
{Exterior cladding, e.g. of chimney parts extending above the roof; Rain covers for chimney tops without draught-inducing aspects (inducing draught in chimneys F23L 17/00) }
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Vertical ducts or channels for carrying away waste gases, e.g. flue gasescomprising an e xterior cladding, e.g. of chimney parts extending above the roof or rain covers for chimney tops without draught-inducing aspects e.g. : or

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References relevant to classification in this group
This subclass/group does not cover:
Inducing draught in chimneys
Air-ducts or air channels { (heating in general F24; ventilating rooms in general F24F) }
Informative references
Attention is drawn to the following places, which may be of interest for search:
Heating in general
Ventilating rooms in general
Light shafts, e.g. for cellars
Informative references
Attention is drawn to the following places, which may be of interest for search:
Daylight conveying tubular skylights
for receiving utility lines, e.g. cables, pipes (covers giving access to the ducts or channels, covers of inspection holes E04F 19/08)
References relevant to classification in this group
This subclass/group does not cover:
Covers giving access to the ducts or channels, covers of inspection holes
Shafts or channels arranged underground outside buildings
Arrangements in buildings for the disposal of refuse (refuse bins, gathering or removal of refuse B65F)
References relevant to classification in this group
This subclass/group does not cover:
Refuse bins, gathering or removal of refuse
Other details of constructional parts for finishing work on buildings (ladders, e.g. climbing irons, E06C 9/04)
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Borders, finishing strips, light-coves, built-in cup-boards, niches, covers of holes enabling access to installations, built-in gratings, chimney mantel pieces

References relevant to classification in this group
This subclass/group does not cover:
Borders for protecting edges of plaster
Climbing irons
Borders; Finishing strips, e.g. beadings; Light coves (for protecting edges of plaster E04F 13/06)
References relevant to classification in this group
This subclass/group does not cover:
Borders for protecting edges of plaster
Informative references
Attention is drawn to the following places, which may be of interest for search:
Lighting devices in general
{for use at vertical intersections of walls (E04F 19/028 takes precedence) }
References relevant to classification in this group
This subclass/group does not cover:
Borders adapted for cushioning impacts at protruding corners
for use between floor or ceiling and wall, e.g. skirtings
Informative references
Attention is drawn to the following places, which may be of interest for search:
Edge details of ceilings
{characterised by the fixing method (not used, see subgroups) }
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Borders or finishing strips for use between floor or ceiling and wall, e.g. skirtings characterised by the fixing method (group not used, see subgroups) e.g. by hooking in a direction perpendicular (E04F 19/0463) or parallel (E04F 19/0468) to the wall, by means of magnets or hook and loop-type fasterners (E04F 19/0472), by means of glue (E04F 19/0477):

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Special rules of classification within this group

Only the subgroups of this group are used

specially designed for securing panels {or masking the edges of wall- or floor-covering elements (E04F 19/022, E04F 19/026 and E04F 19/04 take precedence) }
References relevant to classification in this group
This subclass/group does not cover:
For use at vertical intersections of walls
Specially adapted for cushioning impacts
For use between floor or ceiling and wall
{used to finish off an edge or corner of a wall or floor covering area (in connection with floor fabrics A47G 27/045; sealings between walls and baths A47K 3/008) }
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Borders or finishing strips, specially designed for securing panels, used to finish off an edge or corner of a wall or floor covering area e.g. floor transition pieces

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References relevant to classification in this group
This subclass/group does not cover:
In connection with floor fabrics
Sealings between walls and baths
A47K3/04B
{ used between similar elements (separate provisional spacers E04F 21/0092) }
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Borders or finishing strips, specially designed for securing panels, used between similar elements, e.g., a bridger strip for a gap created by two panels, e.g.

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References relevant to classification in this group
This subclass/group does not cover:
Separate provisional spacers
Built-in cupboards; Masks of niches; Covers of holes enabling access to installations ( { inspection openings in bathtub aprons A47K 3/1615; covers for electrical distribution boxes H02G 3/14; movable ceiling parts E04B 9/003; removable wall partitions E04B 2/74; } clean-out doors of chimneys F23J)
References relevant to classification in this group
This subclass/group does not cover:
Inspection openings in bathtub aprons
Cleanout doors of chimneys
Covers for electrical distribution boxes
Movable ceiling parts
Removable wall partitions
Implements for finishing work on buildings (for working or treating building elements of stone or stone-like material B28D; designed specifically for special details provided for in the other groups of this subclass, see the relevant groups for the details { working measures on existing buildings E04G 23/00; measuring angles or linear dimensions in general G01B, G01C; measuring inclination, e.g. by clinometers or levels G01C 9/00; reference lines, planes or sectors, generated by active optical means G01C 15/004} )
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Implements for finishing work on buildings, e.g. for mounting doors or windows, for mounting plinths, for applying plasticised masses to surfaces, for finishing joints, for setting wall or ceiling slabs, for laying flooring, for mounting staircases, for glazing.

References relevant to classification in this group
This subclass/group does not cover:
Implements for working or treating building elements of stone or stone-like materials
Informative references
Attention is drawn to the following places, which may be of interest for search:
Working measures on existing buildings
Measuring angles or linear dimensions in general
Measuring inclination, e.g. by clinometers or levels
Reference lines, planes or sectors, generated by active optical means
Special rules of classification within this group

Implements designed specifically for special details provided for in the preceding groups, see the relevant groups for the details

{ for mounting doors, windows or frames; their fitting (door-liftersB66F 15/00) }
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Implements for mounting doors, windows or frames, e.g. door jamb setters

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References relevant to classification in this group
This subclass/group does not cover:
Door-lifters
{for marking doors, windows or frames (templates for marking the position of hinges E05D 11/0009; templates for marking the position of doorlocks E05B 17/06) }
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Implements for marking doors, windows or frames, e.g. tools indicating the location of closures or closure frames

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References relevant to classification in this group
This subclass/group does not cover:
Templates for marking the position of hinges
Templates for marking the position of doorlocks
{ Separate provisional spacers used between adjacent floor or wall tiles (E04F 13/0889, E04F 15/02005 takes precedence) }
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Separate provisional spacers used between adjacent floor or wall tiles, with at least parts of it being removed after installation. e.g. removable tile spacer

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References relevant to classification in this group
This subclass/group does not cover:
Sealing elements between coverings composed of a number of similar elements
Construction of joints in floorings composed of a number of similar elements
for applying plasticised masses to surfaces, e.g. plastering walls ( {wall covering made of hardening materials E04F 13/02} ; specially for flooring E04F 21/20; implements for painting or decorating B44; applying liquids or other fluent materials to surfaces, in general B05)
Informative references
Attention is drawn to the following places, which may be of interest for search:
Wall coverings made of hardening materials
Joint tapes
Drywall taper tools
Specially for flooring
Implements for painting or decorating
Applying liquids or other fluent materials to surfaces, in general
Patterns or templates; Jointing rulers { (profile trowels E04F 21/16) }
Informative references
Attention is drawn to the following places, which may be of interest for search:
Profile trowels
Implements for applying plaster, insulating material, or the like { (finishing E04F 21/16) }
References relevant to classification in this group
This subclass/group does not cover:
Implements for after treatment of plaster
Mechanical implements (E04F 21/14 takes precedence; spraying in general B05B; sand-blasting B24C)
References relevant to classification in this group
This subclass/group does not cover:
Implements for applying plaster in shafts
Spraying in general
Sandblasting
Implements for after-treatment of plaster or the like { before it has hardened or dried} , e.g. smoothing-tools, profile trowels { (E04F 21/04, E04F 21/165 take precedence) }
References relevant to classification in this group
This subclass/group does not cover:
Implements for finishing joints
Patterns or templates; Jointing rulers
for finishing joints, e.g. implements for raking or filling joints, jointers (bricklayers' tools E04G 21/16; repairing, e.g. filling cracks, E04G 23/02; { wallpaper scrapers or the like B44C 7/02; implements for cleaning joints A47L 13/10} )
References relevant to classification in this group
This subclass/group does not cover:
Bricklayers' tools
Repairing, e.g. filling cracks
Wallpaper scrapers
Implements for cleaning joints
for setting wall or ceiling slabs or plates (tools for mosaic work B44C)
References relevant to classification in this group
This subclass/group does not cover:
Tools for mosaic work
{Ceiling panel lifting devices}
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Lifting devices for installing ceiling panels in place e.g.

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Informative references
Attention is drawn to the following places, which may be of interest for search:
Suspended ceilings comprising panels
{with hand-driven crank systems, e.g. rope, cable or chain winding or rack-and-pinion mechanisms (E04F 21/1816 ,E04F 21/1822 andE04F 21/1827 take precedence) }
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Lifting devices for installing ceiling panels in place, with hand-driven crank systems, e.g. rope, cable or chain winding or rack-and-pinion mechanisms e.g.

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References relevant to classification in this group
This subclass/group does not cover:
Fluid pressure-operated
With pivotally mounted arms
Lazy-tongs mechanisms
{fluid pressure-operated (E04F 21/1822 and E04F 21/1827 take precedence) }
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Lifting devices for installing ceiling panels in place, operated by fluid pressure e.g.

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References relevant to classification in this group
This subclass/group does not cover:
With pivotally mounted arms
Lazy-tongs mechanisms
{for setting a plurality of similar elements (E04F 21/1805 and E04F 21/1894 take precedence; separate provisional spacers E04F 21/0092) }
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Implements for setting a plurality of similar wall or ceiling slabs or plates: e.g.

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References relevant to classification in this group
This subclass/group does not cover:
Ceiling panels lifting devices
Lever-type lifters
Separate provisional spacers
{Lever-type lifters gripping the bottom edge of wall panels (door lifters B66F 15/00) }
Definition statement
This subclass/group covers:

Lever-type lifters gripping the bottom edge of wall panels e.g. e.g. fulcrum-type device, e.g.

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Informative references
Attention is drawn to the following places, which may be of interest for search:
Door lifters
for laying flooring (made of similar material to roads or pavements E01C; { arrangements for removing of previously fixed floor covering E04G 23/00} )
References relevant to classification in this group
This subclass/group does not cover:
Implements for laying flooring made of similar material to roads or pavements
Arrangements for removing of previously fixed floor covering
of single elements, e.g. flooring cramps; {flexible webs (cutting tiles B28D 1/225) }
References relevant to classification in this group
This subclass/group does not cover:
Cutting tiles
of masses made in situ, e.g. smoothing tools { (E04F 21/04 takes precedence; finishing of concrete roads or pavings E01C 19/40; devices for levelling concrete floors E04G 21/10; devices for solidifying concrete floors by vibrating E04G 21/066) }
References relevant to classification in this group
This subclass/group does not cover:
Pattern or templates for applying plasticised masses to surfaces
Finishing of concrete roads or pavings
Devices for levelling concrete floors
Devices for solidifying concrete floors by vibrating
for glazing (glass cutters C03B 33/10)
Informative references
Attention is drawn to the following places, which may be of interest for search:
Glass cutters
Putty squeezers or guns {not used, see B05C 17/002}
Special rules of classification within this group

Group not used, see B05C 17/002

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