that was interesting to read ⬆️
Need some more details... mainly why and how?
@FoxnEagle Gladly. I was working as a maintenance man in this building. I was probably 18 years old at the time and was pretty fearless when it came to climbing. Fearless or just young and dumb.I got a call at home on a Sunday morning, when the building was normally unoccupied, that a building tenant had unsuccessfully tried to access the freight elevator from the ground floor and it was my job to get it taken care of.When I arrived, the tenant was no longer there, nor was anyone else there.This was a building built in the early 20th century with the original elevators still in use. The building was occupied by individual tenants, typically leasing an entire floor for each company. I had no keys to access any of the tenant areas.So, I headed to the penthouse where I was able to look down into the elevator shaft.I could see that the car was, I think, on the third floor.I checked to make sure that the elevator equipment had main and control power, which it did. This was, to restate, a freight elevator that had exterior doors that had to be manually pulled open and shut, with an inner wooden gate which was also manually raised and lowered. There are switches on the doors that will not allow the elevator to travel unless the doors are all completely closed.More of the story to come. It was too long to fit in one reply.
@FoxnEagle Since I didn't have keys to access the tenant areas to check all of the doors from each floor, the only thing I could think to do was to start climbing down the shaft, checking to see that the doors were secured at each floor as I went.When I got all the way down from the penthouse on the 11th floor to the car itself on the 3rd floor, I found that the last person to use the elevator must have closed the outer door in a hurry, allowing it to bounce back open a couple of inches. That can happen very easily if you're not paying attention.I closed the door completely, which enabled the elevator.I rode it to the ground floor, called in that it had been repaired, and went on my merry way back home. And I still love to tell the story.That building was used as a light industrial building at the time of my adventure in the late 1970s.Since 1997 it has been the home of The St. Louis City Museum.It's a pretty popular museum. You can see and read about it online.Thanks for asking about it!
That is awesome! Thank you for the story."Fearless or just young and dumb." Yeah... I'm at that point right now; who needs 30 minutes safety equipment setup plus backups when I have good balance and a strong grip for a 10 minute job? :D
@FoxnEagle You're welcome!All I had was my hands and feet.Young and dumb, but I survived!
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In my case, it wasn't that scary since I was on the basement floor going into the elevator to go up. So I pushed the floor to go up and the elevator didn't do anything. Then I tried to push the button to open the door and that didn't work either. So the elevator was just stuck at the bottom and didn't budge.
I did try jamming all sorts of other buttons first to see if I could get the elevator to do anything, but it seemed completely dead after the door closed. Then the only thing left to try was the emergency stuff, and thankfully that was still working.
I think I was around 6 or so at the time. The Gameboy hadn't been released yet so I had nothing to do the whole time. I didn't even have a comic book or anything. So it was like the most boring thing ever. It wasn't very scary but it traumatized me with boredom.
wow 😅 that is intense `thank you for telling your story
Ok... what's up with your alphabet then? I thought those were Cyrilic characters.Honestly, I'm curious but my keyboard is not equipped with those characters.
I don't speak Cryilic but I like the alphabet, that's why