2019-06-01 Elevator Telephones Were Scary

from FB group Bell Telephone of.. June 3

If the elevator phone wasn’t working, I had to hustle over and find out why. If the phone was not working, the security was supposed to tag it as out of service. That was definitely my scariest job. Most of the time the POTS line came into the big box with all the relays that controlled the pump, each relay having 208 V three phase AC. It was tough trying to clip my butt set on to the pair without getting zapped. And if someone used the elevator while I was working there, KA-CHUNK! the relays actuated and the big pump started up and the first few times it scared the crap out of me! I finally got to the point where I wasn’t surprised, I just expected it to go off anytime.

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