How-To: DIY Elevator Controller

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How-To: DIY Elevator Controller

Kevin had the beginnings of a homebrew elevator in his house. The cab was lifted and lowered by a hydraulic forklift ram, but it didn’t have the right logic circuits to make it work like an elevator does. He approached Michael, who helped him plan and install the control system for it. After a few revisions, they got it just right. Be sure to read the full story of how they got it working and check out the video of the elevator in action:

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7 thoughts on “How-To: DIY Elevator Controller

  1. t-bird says:

    That is cool. Industrial-strength cool. Love that you did it without throwing a computer into the mix. That makes it a beautiful piece of work.

  2. elevatorradioshow says:

    This is about as scary of an article as I can remember reading. This is a dangerous set up and eventually will kill someone. You should remove this post/article from your website. There is an elevator code that specifically requires that equipment be built and designed to specific safety requirements which this home made system does not meet. Have fun getting sued!

  3. Eng. A.A. Momen says:

    Dear Kevin, Dear Michael,
    Very interesting.
    I am looking for a maul or a book to direct me how to assmble an elevator controllers of different types such as Geared , VVVF, Hydraulic or even geraless.
    Teach me what is the parts needed for each type and how the wiring diagram for each of them.

    Looking to hear from you,

    Eng. A.A. Momen

  4. Elizabeth Vaughan says:

    A lift makes it possible for all kinds of people to live and feel at
    home there, and the home becomes attractive to a greater range of
    purchasers. As a bonus, a lift is an exclusive, stylish feature that
    adds luxury and distinction to the home
    Home Elevators

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Matt Richardson is a San Francisco-based creative technologist and Contributing Editor at MAKE. He’s the co-author of Getting Started with Raspberry Pi and the author of Getting Started with BeagleBone.

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