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‘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.






D & D Going into the Fall and Winter of 2016 with new projects.

By: Judy Uliano

Fall Projects Booked at D & D Elevator


A duplex modernization has been booked for an affordable housing community in the Westchester Area. The Traction cars will be 9 stops, 2500 pounds each, 200 FPM .


A prominent up and coming Senior assisted living facility, in Rockland County, has many amenities to assist their tenants.  They have elected to conduct a total modernization on their elevators.  The modernization will be on two holed hydraulic units that will be 2500 pounds, 125 FPM, with 4 stops.


A national hotel chain, located in Westchester, has chosen D & D Elevator to assist in the construction of their new hotel.  We will install two (2) Hydraulic Units, at 3500 pounds, 150 FPM with 4 stops.


An upscale Soho location that supports the high end fashion district has awarded D & D Elevator the job of installing a new elevator.  The new unit will be a 3 stop, twin post telescopic, hydraulic unit.


A traditional Westchester medical & business location is updating their building for the future has awarded D & D Elevator the project of modernizing the two elevators. The new modernized elevators will be geared traction machines that will be 2500 pounds running at 150 FPM and has 5 stops.


A classical Bronx Residential location awarded us the modernization of the elevator units, to not only be brought up to code, have a smoother ride but also they will be aesthetically pleasing for their tenants.  The new traction units will be 2500 pounds, with an increased speed of 150 FPM23, with 7 openings.


An already luxurious office building, located in the Garment District of New York, chose D & D Elevator to upgrade their elevators.  The process would include making the two units into a duplex system for the geared traction units.  These units will be 3000 pounds, 300 FPM, with 11 stops.


This unusual 19th century, cast iron building that now has retail and residential business, chose D & D to modernize both their passenger and freight elevators.  The passenger elevator with overhead traction (3,000 pounds), was a 7 stop but is being converted to a 6 stop with front and rear openings and the freight elevator is an existing basement drum machine (2,500 pounds) that is being converted to an overhead gearless elevator with 7 stops along with front and side openings.


An expanding Yonkers Residential location awarded D & D Elevator the seven (7) car modernization for the tenants of these buildings.  The three (3) duplex units and 1 simplex unit will be upgraded using the latest technology.  This will enable the tenants to have smoother, ADA compliant and upgraded cabs for their use.