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August 1, 2015
Being on top of a lift is a potentially risky situation, and when you realize that something isn't quite right it is rather scary.
If I had not followed procedure properly, and put it straight onto automatic, then I could have been on top of a lift not fully in control.
LIFT SURFING PROCEDURE --------
This is for informational purposes only, do not attempt this yourself.
1. Check your surroundings. Make sure you are not at risk of people making you jump, or getting caught by security / building owner.
2. Open doors stopping lift in correct place (try to get it right first go as some logic goes out of service)
3. Risk assess lift shaft and check for lift surfing alarm and sensors (IR beam or PIR sensor).
4. Without getting on the lift, put lift on manual mode (inspection), turn on all the lights that you can.
5. From the floor you are on, shut the doors (so that the doors are closed and you are NOT on top the lift), and then verify that the lift will not move by the normal lift buttons.
6. Double check it won't move and then open it up and go on top the lift (make sure its close enough to the floor so that you can reach the door latch if it won't move), then double check risk assessment (check the headroom and counter weight location, also if 2:1 cabling check cables location).
7. Make the lift move in manual mode (Hold both GO and UP OR DOWN buttons at same time). First check it moves up and down without moving it out of reach of a door. Only once your happy with this (and that everything is OK,) can you drive it all the way along the shaft.
Only continue these steps if you want to go full speed ----
8. If you want to go full speed then think about safety with going full speed. Is it safe for you with people in the lift (if not then the logic may still do one downward ride at full speed). Also some logic won't move unless you simulate getting off the lift. Also is there enough room for full speed. Is there room at the top.
9. Put the lift back into automatic (take it out of inspection). Keep your hands on the switch at all times so that you can stop the lift. The lift might move to lowest floor OR it might move to nearest floor. Be ready for this (especially if you don't want it to go to top floor). If lift doesn't move then put it back to manual, wait 5 seconds, open a door (just unlatch it to break safety circuit), wait 5 seconds, put the lift into automatic, wait 5 seconds, reconnect safety, immediately move you hand back to inspection switch just in case you need to stop it. The lift will start moving (you might have to wait 10 seconds). Also if there is a second person on then they will need to keep a finger on the stop (the stop button must be verified first).
10. If you don't want people in the lift then put it back to manual just before it opens its doors. You will also have a door switch on top the lift. This only works in manual mode (but it often does not work at all). If you do let people in the lift then be very quiet and always at all times keep thinking about what could go wrong.
Please do not attempt to do any of my lift surfing stuff yourself. Although a lot of what I do looks fun, the lift surfing stuff is a totally different story. There are many dangers that you won't necessarily know about. It is very risky to copy what I do if you don't have much experience on the subject. By watching my videos doesn't mean that you now have the knowledge to safely lift surf yourself. At no point am I wanting people to copy what I do.