18.104.22.168 Sidewalk Door Operation. Elevator operation with the bow-iron in contact with
sidewalk doors and gates should be included in periodic tests.
6.3 RESIDENCE ELEVATORS
Elevators in residences cannot be classified as "residence" type unless they meet specific
requirements set forth in the A17.1 Code: Maximum load capacity of 700 pounds, maximum
inside car area of twelve square feet, rated speed not exceeding forty feet per minute and rise not
exceeding fifty feet. Figure 6-2 shows a typical overhead traction residence elevator
arrangement with component names which will be used in this manual. An elevator in a
residence may be a conventional electric or hydraulic unit. Inspection for such units should be
based on requirements of Chapters 2 and 3 of this manual, with reference to this Section and the
A17.1 Code for allowable variations from commercial installations. The most common
residence elevator is electric, with cable drum or chain drive. Other applications such as screw
machines, and direct roped hydraulic may be encountered. Since these are rare, this Section will
be limited to the overhead suspension type. Even with this limitation, the possible variety in
equipment is very wide. Inspectors must use common sense and these instructions as guidelines
with special equipment they encounter.
6.3.2 Inside The Car Inspection
22.214.171.124 Enclosure. The c.r enclosure should be structurally sound and securely fastened to the
platform. Open grillwork is permitted if openings reject a 1/2" diameter ball. Use of glass is
subject to A17.1 Code, Rule 204.1h. As previously noted, car capacity may not exceed 700
pounds and area inside the car may not exceed 12 square feet. Also, report any alterations
or additions which might have increased the car weight. The only equipment in the car should be
that used for elevator operation. other equipment may be a hazard and should be removed.
Examine the car floor and platform. Both should be in good condition and should feel "firm".
Look for any loose fastenings in the car and on the landing sill.
126.96.36.199 Illumination. Verify that car lighting is adequate and examine the fixture to be sure it is
188.8.131.52 Car Door or Gate. Examine the car door or gate (one is required.) Note any broken or
bent components. Operate the closure means to determine free operation. Sill guides should be
securely fastened and not worn enough to permit the door or gate to leave the track.