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(NBC Miami)   Things that are better when they're homemade: apple pie, meatloaf, chocolate chip cookies. Things that are not better when they're homemade: elevators   (nbcmiami.com) divider line 29
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2013-07-27 12:31:24 AM
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2013-07-27 04:36:18 AM
Who the fark waits in an elevator shaft for the elevator? Homemade or not, this chick deserves a Darwin award.
 
2013-07-27 04:47:34 AM
maybe they were trying to make meatloaf?
 
2013-07-27 04:47:46 AM
I'm really not seeing how this had ANYTHING at all to do with any faulty components or operation of the elevator... working your way under an elevator as it comes down just sounds like one of those things most people with an IQ over that of an eaten, then shat out potato would know.
Yes, maybe it should have had a shield barring anyone from being able to get underneath it - yet, the article leaves out any info on if it did or not.

I worked in a high-scale/uppity hotel for 2 years after high school to get some money built up for college and even those nice shiny, polished stainless steel elevators had the doors standing wide open with no carriage inside on the basement level, and I got stuck in the damned thing for over 2 hours another time. (They would also randomly go from floor to floor - did that the whole two years I was there, and everyone in the hotel saw it; day or night. LOL Some guests thought it was ghosts! Although it did give you an odd feeling to be walking towards the elevator and it open just as you reached out, but had not yet touched a button...)

Considering they used theirs for 17 years.. sounds like their jerry-rigged lift had/has a pretty good track record, that was spoiled by 12 cans of derp.

/Also, "The "lift," which was found to have dangerous electrical connections...."Really? How did it ever manage to last 17 years then? lol  Why can't they hire people to do this level of "dangerous" work in city buildings so we can stop having electrical fires, broken pipes that flood out offices, sewage pipes breaking and clearing out a floor for a week, etc... and costing taxpayers MILLIONS?
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2013-07-27 04:54:08 AM
Why didn't the stupid lazy visiting biatch use the stairs?
 
2013-07-27 04:55:32 AM
TheMega: I'm really not seeing how this had ANYTHING at all to do with any faulty components or operation of the elevator... working your way under an elevator as it comes down just sounds like one of those things most people with an IQ over that of an eaten,

Years of proofing documentation made me stop at the comma and try to figure out what word you really meant to put there.

I came up with ettin.

Then I read the rest of the sentence and it made more sense.
 
2013-07-27 04:55:45 AM
Forklifts dont move THAT fast up and down. This is the equivalent to someone getting ran over by a steam roller.

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2013-07-27 05:05:13 AM
If anyone read TFA they would know that this wasn't actually an elevator, it was an electric forklift (sometimes called a hi-lo) jerry rigged up with a box for the woman who died to ride her wheel chair up and down the three levels of her house.  TFA doesn't have details of the controls but they were probably also jerry rigged and there was probably an electrical failure that led to a malfunction.
 
2013-07-27 05:27:53 AM

wax_on: If anyone read TFA they would know that this wasn't actually an elevator, it was an electric forklift (sometimes called a hi-lo) jerry rigged up with a box for the woman who died to ride her wheel chair up and down the three levels of her house.  TFA doesn't have details of the controls but they were probably also jerry rigged and there was probably an electrical failure that led to a malfunction.


I did read the article. It was her visitor who was crushed while waiting for the elevator to go arrive in order to go one floor up to the living space.
 
2013-07-27 05:38:01 AM

gravebayne2: maybe they were trying to make meatloaf?


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Who say Meatloaf's name? Who make fun of Meatloaf? I KEEL YOU!!!
 
2013-07-27 05:58:16 AM
my kindergarten teacher was an enormous woman. she was killed when a lift failed while on vacation in the UK. hopefully she didn't take out any locals with her.
 
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2013-07-27 06:34:59 AM
Since it was condemned by the local authorities, could we just assume that their next project will be a trebuchet?

© that would be awesome
 
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2013-07-27 06:45:47 AM
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Hey!  This ewevator is iwweagaw!  You can't seww me this!
 
2013-07-27 07:10:53 AM
There are three-story houses in Florida?
 
2013-07-27 08:11:41 AM
Pfft. That's what you said about my fireworks, Marge.
 
2013-07-27 08:12:46 AM

wax_on: If anyone read TFA they would know that this wasn't actually an elevator, it was an electric forklift (sometimes called a hi-lo) jerry rigged up with a box for the woman who died to ride her wheel chair up and down the three levels of her house.  TFA doesn't have details of the controls but they were probably also jerry rigged and there was probably an electrical failure that led to a malfunction.


Also, Gremlins.
 
2013-07-27 08:42:13 AM
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2013-07-27 09:10:40 AM
My take on the article is that there was no door interlock to prevent the door from opening with no cab at the landing (even if the cab was a wooden box on a forklift).  It sounds like the elevator shaft was likely a finished closet space originally, so the guest probably opened the door and went in, not realizing a box was descending on her.

As for the dangerous connections, that could've been anything from high-voltage wires taped together without a wirenut, to just a junction box missing a cover.  In any case, a homemade elevator should not have been transporting guests, period.
 
2013-07-27 09:25:11 AM
This was a co-workers in-laws house, a church lady coming by to visit was the victim
 
2013-07-27 09:47:09 AM
Next thing they'll tell me my homemade helicopter isn't safe.
 
2013-07-27 09:49:35 AM
Next thing, they'll tell me my homemade helicopter isn't safe.
 
2013-07-27 10:05:53 AM
Skinner and Chevette Washington do not approve.
 
2013-07-27 10:32:00 AM

TheMega: /Also, "The "lift," which was found to have dangerous electrical connections...."Really? How did it ever manage to last 17 years then? lol  Why can't they hire people to do this level of "dangerous" work in city buildings so we can stop having electrical fires, broken pipes that flood out offices, sewage pipes breaking and clearing out a floor for a week, etc... and costing taxpayers MILLIONS?
//rant has ceased.. please continue scrolling (c:


I'm guessing the 'dangerous wire connections' were just splices with caps but no official junction box.  Yeah, its not 'code' but I wouldn't exactly say its dangerous.
 
2013-07-27 10:36:53 AM

Kimpak: TheMega: /Also, "The "lift," which was found to have dangerous electrical connections...."Really? How did it ever manage to last 17 years then? lol  Why can't they hire people to do this level of "dangerous" work in city buildings so we can stop having electrical fires, broken pipes that flood out offices, sewage pipes breaking and clearing out a floor for a week, etc... and costing taxpayers MILLIONS?
//rant has ceased.. please continue scrolling (c:

I'm guessing the 'dangerous wire connections' were just splices with caps but no official junction box.  Yeah, its not 'code' but I wouldn't exactly say its dangerous.


Until the caps come off and leave the exposed wire.
 
2013-07-27 12:32:30 PM
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what a home made elevator might look like
 
2013-07-27 01:31:45 PM
As usual, the comments bring a lot of the value to this article. I like the guy who has appointed himself public defender to Rube Goldberg there:

None of us want to become disabled but if you do end up there I sure hope everything goes perfectly for you and you have a one level home so you never have to try to understand the husbands love to build something to help his wife.

That's one perspective, I suppose. But wouldn't things have turned out better if the husband's love had motivated him to move them to a one-story house? Those are certainly a lot more common than three-story houses in that ares.
 
2013-07-27 02:02:49 PM

Pangit: Forklifts dont move THAT fast up and down. This is the equivalent to someone getting ran over by a steam roller.


You know how we know you've never operated a forktruck before?
 
2013-07-27 02:07:41 PM
Captain Horatio Mindblower: [...]

That's one perspective, I suppose. But wouldn't things have turned out better if the husband's love had motivated him to move them to a one-story house? Those are certainly a lot more common than three-story houses in that ares.

Exactly, or move her bedroom to the first floor, another common solution to elderly in a multi-level dwelling.
 
2013-07-27 02:24:49 PM
When you lowers the forks on a forklift you have to be sure that there's nothing below it . This lift probably had up/down controls on all levels and no video system to check if area on the ground level were cleared. The wiring issues were probably the control buttons were spliced when hubby built the "elevator". If he mounted controls on the platform then the wiring could easily become frayed. Forklifts run on 48V DC or something like that but I think he only took the pillar from the forklift and used a normal hydraulic pump to get rid of batteries, charger and bulky hydraulics. Up buttons were wired directly to the engine and down button to the release valve. Which means running 110V in the controls.

Normally you install a safety system that blocks descent when it hits something, like the frame mounted underside the platform on larger scissor lifts, and warning lights. The contraption in TFA probably had no safety controls whatsoever.
 
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