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Pictures of mechanical Dumbwaiter?

Posted by old-fashioned (My Page) on
Sat, Oct 25, 08 at 19:03

We are building a new home with old-world look. We want a dumbwaiter - but not electric. It will be mechanical pulley system - pull the rope to move the car from floor to floor. I'd love to see pictures - anyone have one that could send photos?


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RE: Pictures of mechanical Dumbwaiter?

Hi - are you really planning to move the "car" from floor to floor :-)? My grandfather's house had a DW, but the problem of showing it to you (or at least a similar one) is that it's inside he walls, and unless you can Google "images" of one, it might be hard for anyone to show you much about its structural aspects.


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RE: Pictures of mechanical Dumbwaiter?

How about an online book/reprint from 1909.....

Handy Farm Devices (and how to make them) By Rolfe Cobleigh

Chapter #3....."the step saving dumbwaiter"

http://journeytoforever.org/farm_library/device/devicesToC.html#contents


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RE: Pictures of mechanical Dumbwaiter?

There is a very good reason why we hardly ever see a dumbwaiter in modern construction and before you specify one you better do your homework.

In most states a dumbwaiter is classified as a variation of an elevator and there are very strict laws concerning their installation and operation.

In most jurisdictions you have to apply for a special elevator license then the installation has to be done by a licenses elevator installer.

After it is installed you are required to have it inspected and renew the license annually.


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RE: Pictures of mechanical Dumbwaiter?

lucy - picture from front with door open (what is opening size H & W?, what are inside dimensions side-side and front-back?), picture of the vertical rails (wood or metal?, on sides or in back?), picture of the rope (on sides or in middle?) would all be helpful. Structural stuff I can figure out. For the look, I'm hoping to copy some real (old) installations.

abnorm - if I can figure out how to find the book, I will definately take a look.

lazypup - I did check with building dept early on. The only real requirement mentioned at the time was self-closing door. I'll recheck.


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The book is Online....FREE.......I left you a link.....Try this.....Click on the link

Here is a link that might be useful: LINK


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RE: Pictures of mechanical Dumbwaiter?

Old-F... I should have been clearer about what I said - my grandfather's house passed into others' hands many years ago and many, many miles away (now), and I seriously doubt the new people would have kept the DW in any case even if I were to have access, but it was a great old place at the time!


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RE: Pictures of mechanical Dumbwaiter?

The other problem with a dumb waiter is that it is an open air shaft which is a fire hazard. You may need special closures to make it meet current safety standards. I run into similar problems when people want me to include laundry chutes when we are designing new wings for their houses.


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