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Warm weather means additional jobs for D & D Elevator

By: Judy Uliano

Warm weather means additional jobs are blooming for D & D!


A Westchester luxury, gated condo/cooperative, located in the Village hamlet of Tuckahoe,  has awarded D & D the modernization of their elevator equipment.  This high end location was built in 1974 and with the elevator equipment 40+ years old it was time for an upgrade.  The four (4) units will be totally “moded” with new controllers, brakes, fixtures, etc.  These are hydro units with 5 stops, 5 openings, 1500 pounds, 100 FPM.

This regal residential complex, located in Westchester County, made a decision to modernize the 50 + year old elevator equipment and has given D & D the job.  We will be upgrading the original two (2) overhead traction units with new controllers, machines, cabs, bronze fixtures, and many added ADA necessities.  They are 7 stops, 7 openings, 2000 pound units.

This fashionable, private balcony residential building located near Van Cortlandt Park neighborhood was in need of upgrading their original 30+ year old overhead traction elevator.  With this modernization of the elevator it will continue to attract the fashionable residents that are looking to relocate.  This complete modernization of the controller, machine, fixtures, etc. will include a new cab interior and fixtures.  This traction elevator is 7 stops, 7 openings, 2000 pounds, 100 FPM.

D & D was awarded this construction job for a new public facility in Rockland.  The architect, who designed the new building, spec’d out a new a holeless hydraulic elevator which fit the buildings needs and will consist of 4 stops, 4 openings, 2000 pounds and run at 100 FPM. 

A combination business/private residential building with plenty of sun and balconies needed a modernization on their 35+ year old elevator equipment.  The building is not only modernizing the controller, machine, motor, and fixtures, etc. and we will install a new cab interior for their private residents.  This is an overhead traction elevator is 2000 pounds, 100 FPM, 7 stops, with 7 openings.

An old retail space, located in the New York county area, was in desperate need of modernizing their 50+year old copper relay freight elevator and awarded it to  D & D Elevator.  We will be putting in a new controller, machine, fixtures, doors/entrances and will renovate the cab interior, all of this will attract new retail business to this location.  The overhead traction elevator will continue to have 5 stops, 5 openings, 2500 pounds and run at 150 FPM.

Two large private, luxurious, residential complexes need to modernize their six elevators and awarded D & D Elevator the job.  These two buildings are located in the Bronx area and were originally installed in 1999.  D & D will be replacing the overhead traction elevators with new controllers, machines, fixtures and revamping the cab interiors for a more update look.  These units are 22 stops, 2500 pounds each, and run at 300 FPM.


‘Tis the Season to… Prepare your Elevators for Winter!

By: D&D Elevator

Clean Elevator Door Tracks

Keeping your elevator door sill tracks clean year-round – both on the car and hall sides – is always best practice to help prevent problems and unnecessary calls for service. But it is particularly important at this time of year, when clogging by packed snow, ice, salt, pine needles from holiday trees and all manner of dirt can severely aggravate the situation and create door-opening and closing issues.

Elevators are typically subject to heavy traffic and accumulation of debris in their door sill tracks. While service contracts typically specify regular cleaning by building management of these tracks, this task is often overlooked. Many commercial cleaning personnel are either unaware or unwilling to clean this area. Although tracks are actually quite simple to clean, many cleaners skip doing so out of failure to notice the amount of debris in the tracks and or avoiding the buzzing noise made by the elevator when the doors are held open.

Cleaning elevator tracks typically involves spraying a suitable metal cleansing compound directly onto the track, then wiping side to side until the dirt and debris are cleared. Stiff paint brushes and high pressure computer compressed-air cans may be useful for removing track obstructions. Also available to facilitate this process are specialty brushes filled with “tiger claw” steel wire, crimped and oil- tempered especially for cleaning and scraping metal parts.

Whatever methods you may choose, be sure to heighten your attention to these vital parts of your elevators as winter brings with it the increased necessity to properly maintain your door sill tracks.

Car Side Track, Hall Side Track

Prepare for Harsh Weather & Major Storms

During winter, check to ensure that the motor room is properly heated – ideally to at least 70 degrees – to avoid the congealing of fluids. If your location is prone to flooding, and a severe storm is on the way, several proactive steps – taken before the storm – can avoid serious problems and downtime resulting from weather damage:

  • Check the condition of the pits and make sure that sump pumps are functional and not clogged.
  • Close any vents and openings atop the hoistway to keep water out of the shaft.
  • During potential flood conditions, position the cars at the top floors and shut down the system and power, making sure there are no remaining building occupants dependent on the elevators to vacate.
  • In severe flooding areas, barricade the motor room to prevent, best as possible, entry by major amounts of water.

As always, D&D stands ready to assist with any seasonal difficulties you may encounter, but some common-sense preventative maintenance can go a long way toward avoiding trouble!

Be prepared for flooding

D & D Goes into the Cold Weather With the Following Jobs

By: Judy Uliano

D & D Goes into the cold weather with the following jobs:

An already established building in Westchester, must now install an elevator and D & D was chosen for the job.  Keeping with tradition to support this facility, we will be installing a Dual Piston Holeless Hydro elevator that will be 2 stops, 2500 pounds and 100 FPM.


A building, that is now under construction, in New York City, needs the installation of two (2) new elevators. These two new impressive buildings will be used as both new retail space and residential units.   D & D was awarded the job and we will be install A/C gearless passenger cars, each will be 21 stops, 2500 pounds and 500 FPM.


A classic 35-year-old Art Deco building, in the Hamilton Heights Section of New York, is undergoing a complete transformation of the building.  The upgrade of the elevator, is being conducted so that the tenants will have a safe, code compliant unit.  The modernized elevator will not only include a new controller, motor, fixtures but a new swing door and will travel to 7 stops, 1800 pounds at 100 FPM.


Harlem is continuing to expand with new structures.  A new building is now being erected for a residential facility and D & D was award the job to install two elevators.  One will be the installation of an overhead passenger elevator, 8 stops, 3500 pounds, 200 FPM and one twin Holeless Hydro passenger elevator that will be 2 stops, 2500 pounds, 100 FPM.


An additional, upscale, luxury residential building is being constructed in Washington Heights  This new development will support 36 new elegant apartments, some with beautiful balconies and D & D was given the job to install the required elevator The unit will be an overhead traction, 8 stops, 3500 pounds, 200 FPM to support the tenants that will be living there.


A West Chelsea location is now under a revitalization which includes a newly constructed building.  This new space will include a bookstore, library and office space.  D & D will be providing the two elevators for the establishment.   One will be a gearless traction, 2500 pounds, 300 FPM, 6 Stops, with multiple rear openings and 1 new geared traction freight, 6 stops, 15,000 pounds at 150 FPM.


 This elegant, prewar building in the city, already has a beautiful stone façade and European style columns but is now upgrading their elevator.  The modernization of the elevator will not only be beautiful for those that are now living there but, will attract possible tenants that are interesting design of the structure.  D & D Elevator was chosen to assist in this project and we will be upgrading the now 1500 pounds, 7 stops, 100 FPM unit to be added to the list of new amenities.


A 1940’s location in the city, is a unique retail and residential building that was looking to upgrade the entire facility chose D & D Elevator to modernize the elevator at this location.  The elevator will have all the safety and code requirements that is needed in today’s world.  It will not only have a new overhead geared machine, controller but all new fixtures and  will be 1800 pounds, 5 stops, 100 FPM.


An original structure, built in 1900, is now entering the Upscale Harlem arena.  This retail location that is upgrading the entire facility location and keeping with the trend awarded D & D Elevator the modernization of the elevator.  A full modernization will be conducted that will include, but not limited to, a new basement geared traction machine, controller motors and a new cab which will be 5 stops, 1800 pounds, 100 FPM.


This prewar building, built in 1941 in the Tremont area of NY, was looking for an elevator company to bring their elevator up to code, make all the safety changes necessary and make the fixtures as attractive as possible.  D & D was given the responsibility of doing this modernization.  The upgrade for the 7 Stop, 1800 pounds, 100 FPM elevator will include but is not limited to a new controller, new machine and fixtures.


This 1930’s multi-family Jackson Heights location, is upgrading their facility and modernizing the elevator to make it more aesthetically pleasing and adding all of today’s safety features for their tenants and D & D was awarded the job.  The upgrade will include a new geared machine with 7 stops, 7 openings, 1800 pounds, 100 FPM.