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Treehouse Bicycle Elevator every Kid would Want

Bicycle Elevator

Ethan Schlussler of Sandpoint, Idaho built a treehouse 30 feet in the air. When he realized how tiresome it would be to climb a ladder that high every time he wanted to hang out in his treehouse, he knew there had to be a better way.

Schlussler, 22, came up with an idea to build an elevator powered by his bicycle to carry him up to his treehouse. When he came up with the idea, Schlussler knew he had to make it a reality because “It would be so incredibly fun and whimsical”. The treehouse builder would never put any plans on paper, he would just spend hours designingBicycle Elevator GIF the elevator in his head, figuring out how to stabilize it, attach it, and configure the gear ratios.

Schlussler had to modify the bike to turn it into an elevator by cutting and welding pieces of scrap metal to the frame for attachment points and pulleys. His first attempt to use the elevator was futile, as the gear ratios were too high, making it impossible for him to peddle up to the tree at all. After changing the gear ratio and adding a pulley into the system, his dream of a bicycle elevator came true.

A counterweight made from an old water heater tank is what makes the elevator work. If someone other than Schlussler takes the elevator, water can be added or taken away from the tank to adjust for the different weight. The whole design and build process took him about one week. He is still putting the finishing touches on the tree house and hopes one day who could live in it full time.

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Some of the Most Unique Elevators from Around the World

Many people think of elevators as just a way to get from one floor to another. In many building throughout the world, elevators are also unique centerpieces that catch the eye. Many businesses spend the extra money to go above and beyond to have an elevator that is unique to their building. Here are some of the best looking, and sometimes odd, elevators from around the globe.

Hammetchwant Lift, Switzerland

This breathtaking elevator, or lift as they say everywhere but the U.S., is the highest exterior elevator in all of Europe. It takes riders along a rock path between Lake Lucerne and the Hammetschwand lookout point above, creating amazing views.

Hammetchwant Lift

Falkirk Wheel, Scotland

Not all elevators are for people!! This giant elevator was built in 2002 to transport boats between two canals. It is the only rotating boat elevator in the whole world!

Falkirk Wheel

Globen SkyView, Stockholm

The people of Sweden and tourists can enjoy taking a ride in a gondola made of glass that takes them over the largest spherical building in the world. The elevator takes the riders 426 feet above sea level and gives them a spectacular view of Stockholm.

Globen SkyView

Bailong, Zhangjiajie, China

This incredible outdoor elevator was built into a cliff. Riders take the elevator up 1,000 feet and get to view quartzite sandstone pillars.

Bailong Elevator

Mercedes-Benz Museum Elevators, Germany

At this museum in Stuttgart, there is automotive memorabilia and one of the most unique looking elevator cabs. Sleek, pill-shaped elevator cabs bring passengers up the atrium to the roof.

Mercedes-Benz Museum

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Statue of Liberty gets Rescue Elevator

Statue of Liberty

With approximately 3.5 million visitors a year, the Statue of Liberty is one of the most recognizable icons in the world. With such high traffic and tourism, it was time to give the iconic landmark a few upgrades. The Statue of Liberty went through a $30 million renovation that was completed in October of 2012. “Life and Safety Upgrades” were conducted by the National Park Services, which included a rescue elevator, upgraded bathrooms and fire suppression systems, and new mechanical and electrical systems for climate control.

For the first time ever at the Statue of Liberty, people in wheelchairs or with accessibility needs are able to visit one of the observation decks at the top of the pedestal. The new renovations are estimated to allow for 26,000 more annual visitors because of better traffic flow.

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Thousands of people visit the Statue of Liberty every day, but only a small portion of them will be able to visit the top of the crown. Reservations are limited to three groups of 10 per hour, meaning a total of 240 guests will get to visit the crown each day. Tickets to reach the crown are normally sold out months in advance, and 393 steps must be climbed to reach it. The stair rails and protective glass on the spiral staircases were upgraded in the renovation. Another major part of the renovation was the rescue elevator that was installed. The rack and pinion elevator is custom made and similar to those used in mines, steel mills, airports, and manufacturing facilities.

Rescue Elevator Design

The rescue elevatElevatoror was installed for emergency personnel and maintenance purposes. It is the only elevator installed inside the statue and travels from the pedestal to the crown. It is installed adjacent to the spiral staircases, allowing emergency personnel to reach distressed guests at four different intervals. The carrying capacity is three, but the elevator’s much enhanced safety feature allows a visitor to be transported safely to the main elevator for complete egress from the monument without having to navigate the tight and crowded stairwell. The elevator is custom designed to work specifically for this application and location and is the only elevator of its kind in the world.

The Statue of Liberty is now a safer, more convenient attraction that can accommodate more guests than ever before. With the new rescue elevator, people who are unable to use the stairs will not be restricted from reaching the crown, and emergency people will be able to reach guests in need quicker and more efficiently.

Barclays Center gets Innovative Elevator and Parking System

Barclays Center

The Barclays Center just had an upgrade so cool to their parking garage that even the Nets are impressed. The Brooklyn NBA team’s new elevator and parking system are the buzz around the league. Players’ cars and team buses are easily transported from the street into the underground parking area of the stadium.

Denver Nuggets forward Wilson Chandler, after using the innovative elevator system for the first time, recently said, “Just pulling up to it is just crazy. It’s very futuristic.” When you pull up to the arena along Dean Street, youCommercial Elevator will enter one of two, 14 ½ foot by 81 foot freight elevators that are manned and gated. The giant commercial elevator then takes you down 2 ½ stories underground to the private parking area. Once your ride is over, there is little room to maneuver your vehicle. To alleviate this problem, a turntable was installed at the bottom of the elevator. The massive turntable will rotate a vehicle to an angle that allows the driver to pull out and park. It can hold up to 100,000 pounds and rotate a full 360 degrees within four minutes.

The turntable is able to rotate away teams’ buses and is always impressing visitors. Daniel Brooks drives the visiting teams’ buses and said he can’t even count how many jaws have dropped after experiencing the new parking system at Barclays.

The high-tech system was created to save space and was used instead of huge driving ramps that are typically used at other sports venues. Los Angeles Laker forward Antawn Jamison said, “I wish I would have thought about that when I built my house, because that’s some 007 stuff.” It seems like everyone around the league is impressed with the innovative new elevator system.

Custom Elevators: the Next Step in Design

Home elevators have become an affordable product. Typically, the product with installation costs between $20,000 and $30,000 for standard types. But, for those with additional budget, and the desire for something custom, elevators can be designed to match any décor. Designing the elevator car allows it to blend in with the rest of your home – and appear as if it were added there originally. From the materials added to the style of the car, many factors are involved in designing a custom residential elevator.

Of course, with any type of elevator, finding the type best suited to your home needs to be done before any architectural planning. Some homes or building, because of location, may be better suited to a hydraulic lift. Others, not wanting the additional cost of a machine room, may find a winding drum or machine traction drive style fits better. Once this type has been decided and the best location found, the planning can begin.

Essentially, when a home elevator is designed, nothing is off limits, as long as the design meets code. Typically, the most common request is that the elevator blends in with the rest of the home. This includes often the same types of woods or metals used in the home, from the paneling to the trim. The car, really, becomes an extension of the rest of the house. Of course, this may become more elaborate. Often-requested custom elevators sometimes go for a classic or antique look with a birdcage-style car. For a futuristic look, panoramic elevators, made entirely of glass, are another common design for homes.

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