[Noisebridge-discuss] Elevator repair

David Stainton dstainton415 at gmail.com
Mon Jan 31 16:39:26 PST 2011

I don't think this is correct because I recall an elevator repair
person "fixing" our elevator
in the early days of 2169.


On Mon, Jan 31, 2011 at 4:02 PM, Rachel McConnell <rachel at xtreme.com> wrote:
> My understanding is that if an elevator repair person were brought in to
> fix the elevator, then it would lose whatever grandfathered status it
> has and city code would require vastly more upgrades to it than the
> landlords are interested in paying for.  Which is why we've been hacking
> it in various ways since we moved in.  I don't remember where this
> understanding came from though, so it could be wrong.
> I'll return to thinking about other options.  It would be simple to run
> another button that maybe just makes a Different buzz upstairs, and
> turns on a light saying "Elevator Help Please" or some such.  I actually
> like that better than the walky-talky idea anyway.
> Rachel
> Jake wrote:
>>> Wait you debugged the elevator?  Let's fix it then!  Having it
>>> actually work properly would be the best solution.  I'll be happy to
>>> be the one to Do it if you can show me this microswitch of which you
>>> speak.
>> i am just mentally picturing the problem.  The elevator comes to our
>> floor, which is the top floor, and there's a button "A" on the rail to
>> keep it from going too far.  There is another button "B" which tells the
>> system that it's on the third floor, and is ready to be called to
>> another floor because it's done moving around.  The button "A" is being
>> triggered before button "B" and the elevator stops moving before it
>> really "arrives" at the third floor.
>> When one goes in there and presses the 3 button again, the button
>> bypasses the stop switch for long enough to run the motor enough to bump
>> it up a quarter-inch until it presses button "B" telling the system it's
>> arrived at the third floor and everything is okay.
>> It might not be as simple as adjustment however, because it could be
>> that the capacitor or diode protecting the buttons' contacts from the
>> inductive kick of the relay it triggers has failed to protect the button
>> contacts, and the button needs to be replaced.  Only an
>> elevator-repairfolk will have the exact correct replacement button, and
>> really know how to adjust it.
>> As much as I would be okay with getting covered in grease and mouse-shit
>> trying to find both buttons and adjusting them, and hoping that the
>> problem is only adjustment (which is slightly unlikely) i think it's
>> probably better to have the repair made by the professional.  However if
>> the landlord/property owner flat-out says that they'd rather us try to
>> fix it first, we should go for it.
>> But at this point, with the elevators' behavior properly sussed out (the
>> note on the door is excellent) it should be easy for a repairperson to
>> do the job without wasting too much time.
>> -jake
>>>> Another option for elevator love is to install a little dinger-chimer
>>>> thing which "reminds" people that the red light is on upstairs, meaning
>>>> the elevator needs to be "jiggled" so that it can be called downstairs.
>>>> Another option would be to move the microswitch on the elevator rails a
>>>> quarter or a half inch higher, because whats happening right now is that
>>>> the elevator stops moving upward because of switch A but before pressing
>>>> on switch B which is the one that allows the elevator to be called.
>>>> But that's probably something we are not supposed to be messing with.
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