Setting & Plumbing the Hoistway

→ Open the Door – The elevator is shipped with the car in between stops 1 and 2. When the hoistway is partially lowered into the pit, open the door and enter the pit.  A pin with a streamer attached to the end is holding the door partially open.  Reach your arm through the opening, feel your way up the streamer to the pin, and pull it away from the door to release (Photo 1).

→ Anchor bolts should have a ¾” nut and washer on them (Photo 2). Lower the tower over the anchor bolts until they are resting on the leveling nuts (Photo 3).

→ Using the appropriate wrench, tighten/loosen leveling nuts in each corner until the plumb bob (Photo 4) is not touching the edge of the loop. A laser level should be run up the rail to fine-tune adjustments and get it perfect. The crane can lift the tower slightly.

→ Once the hoistway is level and plumb, place a washer and nut on top and tighten the nut. A laser level should again be run up the rail to make fine-tune adjustments and get it perfect.

→ When the hoistway is plumb, install provided washers and nuts on top of the base plates and tighten. Then, pack non-shrink grout below the base plates to support them (Photo 5).

→ If there are additional towers, they simply bolt together. No additional plumbing is needed on upper towers since the rails and towers are built and aligned in the factory. Also, our elevators have temporary work platforms at the top of each tower (Photo 6), with nuts and bolts strapped to the rails nearby.  From that platform, guide the upper tower onto the alignment pins and ensure the rails seat to each other.  Then, bolt the tower corners together and the upper rails to the fishplates.

→ The jacks and buffer stands should be set the same distance off the pit floor as the hoistway base plates.  Use the included steel shims (strapped to a beam in the pit area) to support them, use concrete anchors to bolt them in place permanently, and grout below (Photo 7).

Installing an elevator in less than a week starts with this step.


Setting the Hoistway - Leveling the hoistway for the modular elevator is very important. It starts with anchor bolts and leveling nuts and washers.


Setting the Hoistway - The hoistway of the modular elevator by Phoenix is the best product available.


Setting the Hoistway - A plumb bob comes already installed in the hoistway of the manufactured elevator.


Elevator Manufacturers like Phoenix Modular Elevator makes for easy elevator installation.


All elevator brands have different ways to tie in the additional towers.


Piping the pit of a hydraulic elevator is easy with the supplied pipes from Phoenix Modular Elevator.



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