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OK Goodman, here's your chance to get out of the free Okra dinner next year @ IW......

Can you tell me what this is?

Kibble probably knows, and if Fabry wants to play, I bet he might know too. I just thought I'd let my man Brian go double or nothing. That's double or nothing, BG.

(1890's building, very interesting inspection)

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Ahh, the heck w/Goodman.....

This place was the neighborhood carriage house in 1890. It's about 3 minutes from my house in Evanston.

The "freight elevator" was to carry the carriages to the 2nd fl. where they were stored; horses were kept on the first floor. I see a lot of old freight elevators, even a few remaining hand cranked dumbwaiters, but never a complete carriage elevator.

This sucker still works like a charm; I ran it up and down myself. Runs on waxed ways, and is tensioned w/some old springs that look like they were hammered by hand. It's all held together w/tapered pins and mortise joints.

You oughta see the truss in this joint; giant 18"x18" timbers, notched into the bottom cord w/an iron shoe, tensioned with 1 1/2" iron threaded rods. I've got a ton of pics, and am still sorting through them. I think the customer is gonna go for it; I've already put in the request for "hanging around rights" when the get into the renovation, and they said sure. [:-bonc01]

They want to "save" the carriage lift; not sure how, but at least they get it for the time being.

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Sorry to be so late checking in. It's obviously a freight elevator, but I never would have gotten the "carriage" part.

Originally posted by kurt

OK Goodman, here's your chance to get out of the free Okra dinner next year @ IW......

Get out of it? I'm looking forward to it. Besides, when the Saints cream the Bears next season I'll get it back. [:P]

Brian G.

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I had a job inspecting many funeral homes a few years back. Several were old mansions that had been converted. I saw an elevator like this that was used to move caskets from the first floor to the basement and then back up when they were needed.

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I agree, Brian. The company will be well worth the dinner. BTW, it was nice to see Manning win a Super Bowl ring wasn't it?? I felt so good for Archie after all those great years he put into the Saints.

Originally posted by Brian G.

Sorry to be so late checking in. It's obviously a freight elevator, but I never would have gotten the "carriage" part.

Originally posted by kurt

OK Goodman, here's your chance to get out of the free Okra dinner next year @ IW......

Get out of it? I'm looking forward to it. Besides, when the Saints cream the Bears next season I'll get it back. [:P]

Brian G.

Optimist [^]

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