What is the Process of Installing a Dumbwaiter in a Private Home?
A dumbwaiter, which is a small freight lift or elevator that carries objects, is commonly found in restaurants, schools, and hospitals. A dumbwaiter can also be installed in private homes where it can be extremely handy. A dumbwaiter can make your life easier because you won't have to lug things up and down the stairs.
You can install your dumbwaiter by following these steps:
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- Build a shaft for your dumbwaiter based on the number of floors the dumbwaiter will travel. It can run from the basement to the top floor of your home.
- Purchase a dumbwaiter kit that features an electric dumbwaiter that operates with the push of a button.
- Move to the level of your home with top of the shaft and install the dumbwaiter motor there.
- Hammer two pieces of ¾ inch plywood finished with drywall at the top of the shaft to serve as an anchor for the motor. Using a cordless drill, attach the assembled motor unit to the finished plywood with lag bolts supplied with the motor unit.
- Move to the bottom of the dumbwaiter shaft to attach the lower pulley frame. Drill holes through the lower metal frame assembly, center the assembly unit in the middle of the shaft, and fasten the frame to the floor by drilling screws through the pre-drilled holes into the plywood or concrete shaft floor.
- Slide the guide rail into the clip, secure it to the lower assembly unit, and cut and attach additional rails to extend the entire length of the dumbwaiter shaft.
- Move to the top of the dumbwaiter shaft and secure the drive belt to the top of the lift container. Thread the drive belt through the pulleys located on the assembled motor unit.
- Use metal shears to cut the end of the belt and slip the ring of the long piece of cable over the end of the belt. Secure the cable inside the belt and crimp the cable clamp with a channel lock.
- Decide where you want your dumbwaiter to stop along the shaft and install two stops along the guide rail with one on top and one on the bottom.
- Connect the wires for the stops and pin them back away from the guide rail. Install the call switches at your dumbwaiter stops and cover the main openings with the doors supplied with your dumbwaiter kit.
Order your dumbwaiter kit from a manufacturer that offers dumbwaiter machines that stop on more than two floors and come with rail systems, control buttons, and safety devices for emergencies.