March 06, 2005


Much as I hate to bitch about work (Pause to allow the guffaws of laughter to die down), I have to complain a little bit. It's not really the Job's fault per se, but the owners of the elevator's. We recently picked up a big contract to service all the elevators in the local teaching hospital, and we need to do a re-rope job on a few of their older ones. Unfortunately, they have this "thing" about shutting down a bank of elevator's during bidness hours, so we have to do the work as quickly as possible. Therefore we need to run two shifts. Guess which shift I got? Yep, the night shift.

Here's the bitch though. The night shift starts at 9:00 PM, tonight. Ugh. I've been running "wide open" all weekend, and now I have to go in and work until something like 5:30 or 6:00 in the morning. Stupid hospitals with their stupid elevators. Another thing that will be interesting about this job is that it is more complex than the last little one I just did. The one in Union city was roped "1 to 1", and these are roped "2 to 1". Since it's difficult to explain the difference without writing a full technical manual, I've decided to draw you a pitcher. (BTW the heavy blue line is a "rope")

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As you can see, the "2 to 1" is a lot more complex thatn a simple "1 to 1". The five-stop in Union City used about 50 feet of rope for each strand (there is always multiple strands). If the eight-stop over at the hospital was 1 to 1 as well, we'd be using around 8o feet of rope per strand, but in the 2 to 1 configuration it will use around 400 feet of rope per strand. Times six ropes per elevator, times 3 elevators. I'm gonna be dealing with a LOT of wire rope. Ah well. I wanted to be an elevator man.

See you all in the morning.

Posted by Johnny - Oh at March 6, 2005 07:52 PM

Yeah! Those stupid hospitals with their stupid elevators! They need to make all those frickin' people walk up the stairs right after surgery!!! heh heh heh

Posted by: boudicah at March 6, 2005 09:19 PM

Hee, Hee..."draw you a pitcher" - what of beer? Are you blogging drunk?

Posted by: TNT at March 6, 2005 10:29 PM

Yeah Bou! Testify! Stupid sick people. In my defense though, there's something on the order of 50 (that's right Fifty) elevators in the hospital complex. So they've gotta walk another 20 feet to the next car. No big whoop.

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Posted by: Johnny - Oh at March 7, 2005 01:41 AM

I hereby vow to never use another hospital elevator in Tennessee.

Don't say I never done nuthin' for ya, Johnny :-)

Posted by: Harvey at March 7, 2005 01:51 PM
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