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October 9th, 2011 at 7:36:04 PM permalink
Quote: kenarman

Elevators for many years usually have 3 key slots on them. 1 for maintenance operation, 1 to test emergency lighting and 1 for fire personnel operation. The lights and fans are usually on any time the elevator is operating now.



Not down here. Some hospital elevators do, but those are special anyway. They also often have doors on both sides of the shaft, too.
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October 9th, 2011 at 8:56:07 PM permalink
Absolutely not! If you watch the interview with the Otis Elevator executive in the "trapped in the elevator" documentary, he straight up admits that the close door button is a decoy. However, in South Korea, the close door button actually functions -- people are more impatient there.

It would be interesting if someone did a test. There are only four major manufacturers of elevators in the U.S.: Otis, Thyssen-Krup, Schindler, and Kone. Maybe some have functioning buttons and some do not?
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October 9th, 2011 at 9:00:26 PM permalink
Quote: teddys

It would be interesting if someone did a test. There are only four major manufacturers of elevators in the U.S.: Otis, Thyssen-Krup, Schindler, and Kone. Maybe some have functioning buttons and some do not?



I'm down for a test. But it begs the question - if some maker did not include a close door option, why do they all have a close door button? In cars, a certain model may have a/c. Often that dash is used in another model car which does not. Here, instead of a button for the a/c, there's just a plug. They don't leave the a/c button in and it doesn't light up if you push it. Why would that be so on elevators?
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October 10th, 2011 at 1:49:26 PM permalink
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