You’re probably tired of the elevator you have sitting on the ground.
You’ve been looking for something to fix it and there’s no easy solution, so you’ve decided to try a bit of DIY work.
There are many ways to fix your freight elevators, but here’s how to fix one you can install yourself.
Clean the elevator surface.
It’s a common practice to remove any dirt or debris from the elevator shaft.
If you’re unsure of how to remove debris, check with your local building inspector to determine what you need to do.
Clean up the elevator with soap and water or with vinegar.
Remove the two pieces that hold the elevator together.
If the elevator has two elevators side by side, remove the upper one first.
If there is only one elevator, remove both of them.
If one elevator has an arm or a handle, you can remove the handle by pulling the handle to the ground, then removing the arm.
If this is the case, the arm is still attached to the elevator.
If the elevator’s arm is attached to a handle and the handle is attached at the top of the arm, you need not remove the arm from the upper elevator.
You can remove both the arm and handle by loosening the handle until it is free of the upper arm.
The elevator should now look like this:Step 3.
Remove any cables.
The upper elevator has a standard 3-prong connector that goes into the wall of the lower elevator.
To remove the cable, the lower floor should be on the floor below the connector.
If your elevator doesn’t have a connector, the cable can be removed by pulling out the cable with a pair of pliers.
Remove an elevator cable.
The cable is not removable.
Instead, the elevator cable will be removed from the shaft by inserting the connector into the shaft and then pulling the cable out.
The connector will need to be pulled out with a small screwdriver.
Install a cable tie.
Install the cable tie and a new connector at the end of the shaft.
To install the cable ties, cut the cable and then replace the connectors.
Remove a cable connector.
The cables are now connected and should look like the following:Step 7.
Replace a cable cable.
Remove all the cables that are attached to your elevator and replace them with new ones.
You will need two connectors per elevator and two cables.
This should be done on the upper and lower floors.
Check the elevator for leaks.
Check for leaks using a vacuum.
If any of the cables are leaking, check for a vacuum hose on the elevator floor and the ceiling.
If a vacuum is not working, you may need to check your wiring.
Replace elevator cables.
Replace the cable connections and cables that come with your elevator.
This is done on each floor.
Install your new elevator.
If it doesn’t work, you will need a new elevator cable and connectors.
You should also replace any cable ties and cables on your elevator floor.
If all of the connectors and cables are attached, you have an elevator.
Install electrical brackets.
Connect a bracket to the top floor and to the floor above.
This will connect to the connector on the top elevator and the cable on the lower elevators.
You might need to remove some of the brackets, but that will not affect the elevator itself.
Replace cable ties.
Remove cables from the ceiling, ceiling joists, or the elevator cables and replace all the cable loops.
Check your elevator to see if it is leaking.
If so, check the elevator to make sure the connectors are attached.
If they are not, you should replace the cable links.
If not, the cables should be reconnected and the elevator should be running.
Check to see that the cable connectors are not loose.
If these connectors are loose, you probably need to tighten them.
The easiest way to do this is to use a screwdriver and loosen the cable link, then tighten the cable to the connectors until they are tight.
If cables are loose on the ceiling joist, check your electrical wiring.
If none of the wires are loose at all, the connectors may need replacing.
If wires are damaged, you might need a pliers to loosen them.
Remove elevator cable ties if they are loose.
Remove your elevator cables from any loose cables and reinstall them if needed.
If you’re unable to replace the elevator wiring, you’ll need to install a new cable tie in order to connect the elevator and to your freight lift.
Replace your elevator cable tie if it’s loose.
Replace any loose cable ties you have attached to elevators and cables.
Check elevator cables for leaks if they’re loose.
Check if the cables on the floors below