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Alright E-MAN..... I want to know some fun facts about elevators. 1) do all elevators have a hatch in the roof of the car? 2) if stuck in an elevator (which happens at my work all the time) how can one get out of the damn thing instead of waiting for the maint. lackys?

thanks mac

Posted by mac at December 14, 2004 07:31 AM


Damn Johnny-Oh! Yer just a freakin' NUT! :-D

Posted by Harvey at December 15, 2004 12:20 AM

Mac, since my baby brother is still on the job site I will help to enlighten you. (I work for the same company he does, just a different field.) Answer to #1 question: yes they are supposed to, but they are locked from the top. Sorry, no climbing out like the things we see in movies. Answer #2: You are stuck until someone arrives to free you.
Sorry, I know they are ugly answers. Sounds like the elevator in question needs more than just TLC. Oh, amzingly enough they all don't have those ladders we see in movies either lol. Really bursted my bubble the first time I saw the inside of a hoistway.

Harvey - you are right, he is nuts. lol

Posted by ME at December 15, 2004 06:47 PM

Mac, to further expound upon what my Sister was telling you: As she said, the openings on the top of the cab are all locked from the outside. Can't have any adventurous teenagers clinbing around on top of the elevator and getting crushed at the top, or falling off the sides. Also, the "gates" on the cab are electro-mechanically operated, and are "locked out" by the controller when the car is between floors. They can be manually opened, but you have to be a mechanic, and on top of the cab to do so. I'm sure you've notived the little "hole" thingy in the elevator door when you're standing outside wiating for the durn thing to arrive. There's a special key that goes in there to unlock the hoistway door, so that a mechanic can access the hoistway when the car is not at that level. (Like the gates, these are electro-mechanically operated as well) There is quite a series of electrical, and mechanical failsafes built into the system to make it pretty-much impossible to get out of an elevator that has stopped between floors if you're in it (Unless you have all kinds of heavy machinery, and a willingness to destroy the elevator in the process of extracting yourself.)

As Sis' says, start complaining loud and long to the people at you're work who have control of the money, and get them to sign a service contract with a decent elevator company. There are a lot of things that can cause an elevator's safeties to "set", and none of them are good for you, or the elevator. Bitch until they fix it, I sez.

Posted by Johnny - Oh at December 17, 2004 03:13 PM

CUDOS!! Baby Brother!! I really wanted to talk about what I always thought was a peep hole in the outer elevator doors but you did great. You could imaging my hubby going into hysterics when I learned exactly what the peep hole was. Especially knowing that I am not tall enough to even try to look in it. Now quit laughing and do something useful, like go fishing and enjoy your weekend.

Posted by ME at December 17, 2004 11:04 PM
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