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    mechanical lifts (ie not powered by electricity)

    I just bought an acreage (its about 5000sq metres) for an investment property. It has a 2 storey house on a slope gentle enough that if I wanted to I could just go out the front door and down and around to the back door. Not always ideal though. I have looked into elevators, but the fact they are powered by electricity makes me uncomfortable. I remember watching an american movie. It might have been vintage B&W I cant remember where there was people living in an apartment complex, I would assume no more than 3 levels where when they were in the lift they had to turn a wheel to go up and down levels. It has got me intrigued. Has anyone heard of elevators that are independant of electricity, like a pulley and lever system?
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    It's funny you mention this because I was just thinking of this guy the other day ... I *LOVE* his lift ... I'd be incredibly uncomfortable with electrical lifts too unless there's a back-up generator.

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    Pretty close to what I'm looking for. I was beginning to think I was dreaming. Gonna see what I can do to make this happen. Not very mechanically minded so I'll have to find someone who knows what they are doing.
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    This is a fully manual "invalid" lift I had installed, (circa 1900 device)
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    Put the capstan in the car, but how do you then call it to another floor?
    Normal lifts don't use much power. Power is reasonably reliable. Need phone in case you get stuck.

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    Both of these manually-powered elevators are really neat devices.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zagam View Post
    Put the capstan in the car, but how do you then call it to another floor?
    If the wheelchair user is the only one who ever uses the elevator, then that is not an issue. How would they get to the other floor to call the elevator to...except by taking the elevator?

    You would also need to be sure that this would meet building codes where you live, which may be a requirement for your homeowners' insurance to also cover it. Also, there are home elevators with battery back-up for power failures.

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    Yes, but-my wife uses it to move large bulky stuff from floor to floor or basement and has the habit of either leaving the elevator stuffed with stuff or on another floor!

    Another floor is easy-just pull the appropriate rope until the cab is home.
    Stuffed with stuff? Requires patience!

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    What is a capstan?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mutley View Post
    What is a capstan?
    https://www.britannica.com/technology/capstan

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