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6.3.2.4 Operation. With the gate (door) in the open position, actuate up and down controls. The
car should not move. Check other control switches. As a minimum, these should include: car
light switch, car stop switch and alarm. An operational phone should be located in the car.
Close the car gate (hoistway doors also closed if provided.) Operate the car in both directions.
Note that buttons function correctly and operate freely. Operation may be constant pressure or
single automatic. If constant pressure, the car should stop when the button is released. Test
operation of the emergency stop switch.
6.3.2.5 Operating Clearance. At each floor, open the car door or gate and notice the relationship
between the car and landing sills. (minimum clearance is 1/2", to a maximum 1-1/2". Clearance
between hoistway doors and the edge of the landing sill may not exceed 3", and the door may not
extend beyond the sill edge. Total space between the hoistway door and car sill may not exceed
5".)
6.3.3 Outside The Hoistway Inspection
6.3.3.1 Hoistway. The primary inspection made outside the hoistway is the check of hoistway
doors. Residence elevators do not require complete hoistway enclosures and hoistway doors
under certain circumstances. For example, an enclosure is not required at the lower landing if the
platform is equipped with a device sensing obstruction. (See Figure 6-3). Similarly, the upper
floor enclosure on a two-stop elevator can be omitted if the floor opening is protected by a 36"
high enclosure and gate. Carefully check the specific installation and report any potentially
dangerous conditions.
6.3.3.2 Hoistway Entrance. Where doors are provided in an enclosed hoistway, each should be
carefully inspected including their manual latches. Note any broken glass panels or structural
defects in solid doors and door frames. Try to open each door with the car away from the floor,
both by pulling and lifting while pulling. The door should not open. Try to run the car with each
door open. The car should not run. Inspect the mechanical lock and contacts for proper
operation. Generally, this can be accomplished by visual examination of the relationship
between the electrical contact, the mechanical locking mechanism and the car door latching
member. Checking car operation and door locking in conjunction with this visual examination
should insure correct operation of this most important safety feature.
6.3.3.3 Operation. Actuate controls at each floor. If the car gate and hoistway doors are
properly closed, the car should start and travel to the floor. Conversely, if any door or gate is not
closed, the car should not run. Buttons should operate freely and be securely fastened to the wall.
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