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This is a list of some terms used when filming elevators or escalators. Please note that these are not official elevator terms, rather nicknames/jargon used by some enthusiasts
To describe elevators or escalators
- Please refer to elevator modernization, escalator modernization and major alterations in Elevatorpedia.
A series of change for the existing elevators or escalators.
This is a term to describe an elevator with fixtures replaced by Adams.
BADAMized / BADAMSized
A term used by many elevator enthusiasts to describe bland ADAMS modernizations.
A term used to describe an elevator modernized to match the "Barrier Free Access" (BFA, usually worked under BFA 2008) standard in Hong Kong like they implemented buttons with braille and intercom with flashing indicator. etc. but all the other features are original like the cab design. It was first used by Test Tower to describe his animated elevators and later he extended to the real elevators.
A term created by NingSama1vs100 to describe elevator cab that well-decorated from the plain old cab that someone filmed before. Examples are Siam Paragon south lift lobby (which has being renovated).
A term used by several elevator enthusiasts to describe a horrible EPCO modernization, preferably on otherwise vintage elevators or when a modernization involves a very bland EPCO fixture, e.g. EPCO SSL.
A term used by several elevator enthusiasts in North America to describe a horrible modernization where Innovation was used to replace original elevator buttons.
A term used by Star Asia Elevator and Escalator to describe an elevator which has been already modernized.
A term created by Reza Tanaka to describe an old Otis "black buttons" elevators which already modernized. This term created after an elevator filmer in Hong Kong call the "black buttons" fixtures as "mushroom buttons". The name "Fungidermized" was coined from "Fungiderm" (a balm for mouldy disease), and "modernized".
A term used by several American elevator filmers to describe an elevator with or have been modernized with Innovation fixtures.
A term similar to Murdernized (see below) created by NingSama1vs100.
- Please refer to Lift Upgrading Programme in Elevatorpedia.
A term created by Reza to describe an old elevator that has been modernized into gearless traction with 2:1 transmission configuration usually found in mini machine room (MMR) elevators. An example is Tunjungan Plaza 1's current elevators which is formerly GoldStar (modernized into SIGMA IRIS in 2007).
A term that was believed to be created by mrmattandmrchay to describe an old elevator that has been modernized into machine room-less (MRL). This term was spoken on the second video of his final Bracknell lift tour series when he was explaining about the modernized Kone Marryat & Scott elevators (replaced into Kone MonoSpace in 2013) in Princess Square shopping centre, Bracknell.
Mod or modded
Short for modernization and modernized respectively, this term is used to describe an elevator that has been modernized.
This term is used to describe an old great elevator that has been horribly modernized. This term was created by ElevatorMan5482.
A special kind of modernization in which some of the elevator's original character is returned to the elevator while meeting modern day standards. Elevators that have been restored are called "vintage" elevators.
A term created by CubsRule2040 to describe an elevator that have been modernized by Schindler.
Another term created by IDLift3000 to describe a Schindler or other elevators that have been modernized using STEP fixtures in Asia. However, this term is misleading as the controllers can be used with Monarch Control or any proprietary controllers by any elevator and escalator companies rather than Shanghai STEP.
A term used by multiple elevator enthusiasts, including DieselDucy to describe an elevator which received a "nice" modernization in where the original charm was not disturbed during the upgrade. Some examples of tasteful elevator modernizations on vintage elevators include CJ Anderson VR, GAL VR, Innovation Bruiser, or EPCO WGH halo buttons. The term has been popularized by many elevator enthusiasts.
"330-YAY" or "330 Oh Yeah" is a sarcastic term to describe a Schindler 330A elevator due to its cheap build quality compared to older elevators.
Short for 5400/5400 AP/5400 EU, an elevator model by Schindler. Created by HJ2127.
Short for 5500, an elevator model by Schindler. A term 55 is created by NingSama.
Short for 7000, an elevator model by Schindler
A term used to describe a Schindler 3300 AP elevators with FIGS fixtures that looks the same as the 5500 elevators. This term was created by Reza Tanaka and it was taken from the total of 3300 and 5500, in which 3300 plus 5500 equals 8800. This term is less popular.
This is a sarcastic term created by Georgef551 to describe an elevator with Adams WN button fixtures. The term itself is a pun name from Adams WN. Since Epco also sells these same fixtures, some people say Epco WIN instead.
(Japanese: アメリカンギャル Amerikangyaru, Lit: American Gal) A term created by NingSama1vs100 to describe elevators with GAL fixtures in United States. The term "Gyaru" is came from Japanese transliteration of the English word 'gal'.
A term created by Reza Tanaka to describe an elevator which suspended by belt-style rope (Otis Gen2, Schindler 3300 AP, Schindler 5500 and new generation of Kone Highrise Minispace with UltraRope).
Big Mouth Elevator
A term created by Reza Tanaka to describe an elevator with chime speaker shown to the public, usually Thyssen elevators.
Bird Chirp (or simply "Chirp")
A term used to describe a floor passing sound common on older Dover elevators from the 80s to mid 90s, consisting of a very short high-pitched beep.
This term is used to describe a hydraulic elevators in which its machine room is located directly above the shaft, as with a standard traction. This term mocks this placement because it is not a conventional machine room position; it is normally on the lowest floor. This term was first seen used by Jaymie Treadwell.
A term to describe an elevator with the blue lighting. This term is created by ElevatorsinRussia.
A term used to describe a elevator just opened within one year.
A term used to describe a broken elevator or an elevator doing unusual actions, especially when this behavior is due to poor maintenance.
This term is used when a motor (in Dry-Powered hydraulic unit) has a certain pitch, sounding like Chewbacca. It was first used by CVE9120 (formerly suzzex), with the help of ih8escalators and SchindlerHaughton, to describe one of the Dover elevators in the bank of two (the other one named Chewbacca Jr.) at Roosevelt Field mall's food court (Garden City, Long Island, NY). Those who live on Long Island or in/near the New York area believe that since the Roosevelt Field elevator is the original Chewbacca, that is the only one. On September 19th 2015 ih8escalators and LongIslandElevators both together took the final ride on both Chewbacca and Chewbacca Jr which after that they got ripped out and got replaced with two new Kone EcoDisc (aka Temporary Elevators that last for about 5 to 10 years before needing to get ripped out or replaced)
Classic (Elevator brand, often Otis) Leveling or Pre-Door Leveling is a term used most commonly (but not exclusively) with Otis elevators and Europe Schindler elevators and Kone ecodiscs ;a term to describe the doors opening while the elevator is still leveling.
Close, Slam, Launch
A term to describe 50 story MontgomeryKONE high rise MontgomeryKONE elevators at the West Tower of the Tropicana Resort and Casino in Atlantic City. These get the phrase due to how they run. The doors close on floor C with a violent slam, then 3/4 of a second later, the elevator violently bangs/launches into a violently fast acceleration at a rate of 54 meters per minute per second (roughly 177 FPM per second). The term was created by Clinton Township Lifts by MagicalLift256 after he got the lights scared out of him on WTP 4, the least scary of the four elevators in the selection. Another alternative to this is "Close, Slam, Bang".
A term used to describe an elevator that has been badly modernized by Epco.
Craptis Crap2 (Generic2)
A sarcasm term first used by SchindlerLift1874 to describe a bad elevator.
Crash Leveling or Big Bump is a term used to describe any elevator that has a violent stop. It is often used to describe an old single-speed traction elevator (AC/1) that abruptly stops on a floor without slowing down. The term "Big Bump" was created and popularized by Dieselducy, though "Crash Leveling" is also used every now and then.
Daim (originally Dajm from Marabou, Dime in UK and Ireland until 2005) is a crunchy butter almond bar covered in chocolate. The pronounciation of this word sounds similar to damn. Using Daim instead of damn came up in Microsoft Network Messenger by ATITANIC1992 and PostTower and experiened a widespread within the European (mostly Nordic and German) elevator community. Nowadays they considered the damn which makes laugh and therefore, less mad. This term is often used if there is something disappointing on an elevator like a heavy modernization or an elevator being locked off or turned off. The expression has a quite similar meaning to fail or epic fail.
Stands for Destination dispatch.
Dewhurst-e-vator is a term describe an elevator with lot of Dewhurst fixture, created by HJ2127.
Death trap is a term to describe an elevator that either makes unusual movements or unusual sounds that renders it seemingly dangerous. One example of a "death trap" elevator is the 1962 OTIS hydraulic elevator (modernized, slap-on, by a third-party elevator maintenance company in possibly the 2000's) located in the Macy's department store at Walt Whitman Shops in Huntington Station, New York.
This term is used when the doors of an elevator, usually Otis or Schindler (or in Thailand case, ThyssenKrupp), do unusual phenomena that sometimes hinders elevator operations.
Term created by NingSama1vs100 to describe Schindler elevators with S-Series fixtures in Bangkok, which are quite common despite they are consider "rare" in other Asian countries.
This term is used to describe the piezo buzzer floor passing sound used on Dover and ThyssenKrupp elevators made pre-2011.
This is a term created by IDLift3000 to describe an elevator that has (or has been modernized with) Dewhurst fixtures.
DVD Player Fixtures
A term used by Mr. S to describe a ThyssenKrupp elevator.
The series of terms to describe when something happens when filming elevators.
Epic Door Close
A term used to describe when something interesting happens when an elevator door closes, such as the doors closing on someone.
Epic Fail is said when something very bad or stupid happens, such as finding an elevator that is broken, turned off, etc. Georgef551 says "E-P-I-C Fail" to The Price is Right Losing Horns. Since then, several elevator enthusiasts have mimicked georgef551 in such situations.
This is used when an elevator's motor is unique (and thus interesting), usually because of how loud it is. It is more common for this to be applied to hydraulic elevators, because hydraulic pumps are usually much more audible than traction motors.
Epic Win is said when something very good happens, such as finding a vintage elevator that has not been modernized at all.
A term created by Reza Tanaka to describe an elevator installation which meets EN81 standards. The formula of this term is just dividing the maximum capacity (in kilograms) with the maximum number of persons. If the result is 75 or larger, the elevator is detected as EN81-coded elevators.
A term created by NingSama1vs100 to describe an elevator indicators which normally light up both side of cabs but they're actually light up only one side. An example is Siam Paragon elevators.
Fail is said when something bad or stupid happens, but it isn't bad enough to be an epic fail. An example of this would be finding an elevator with bad door disease or finicky buttons.
Successfully filming & riding an elevator after an initial epic fail.
A term used to describe an elevator equipped with the Hong Kong Everbright buttons, which resembles the Dewhurst buttons launched in 1999. This term was firstly created by IDLift3000 when he have a Hong Kong tour and commented on one of the Otis elevator video.
"Fujitec Voice" or "Fujitec-Schindler Voice"
A term used to describe an elevator equipped with the Hong Kong Vander "Floor announcement component" voiceover, when those components mainly installed in the both Fujitec and early year Schindler elevators in Hong Kong, China (which both market share combined would be larger than any others). Firstly created by Vincent Chong and HJ2127, also widely used on the other local elevator photographers. However, these terms were misleading as those can be installed on the elevators installed by other companies.
Flatpack is a term used by Beno to describe a very basic elevator. Another alternative name is "bog standard generic" which is used to describe a very basic elevator which installed by the third-party elevator maintenance companies.
An elevator with original call buttons and/or hall floor indicator that has been modernized on the inside.
F*ckingDel or F*ckdel
This term is use to describe a Endel Elevator, that horribly modernizes old heritages like old OTIS. This term was created by lloyd999ify.
Gado-gado or Amburadul Parah
A term use by several Indonesian elevator filmers to describe an elevator (and also unidentified elevators) that has one, two or even more elevator fixtures from other brands. Sometimes, this term is also combined with Dovis. The name "gado-gado" was taken from a traditional Indonesian fruit salad which contains various kinds of fruits and mixed with peanut gravy. Another name is "Amburadul Parah", which is a sarcasm version and was taken from "amburadul" which means "disordered" ("Berantakan" in Indonesian) and "parah" means "severe". "Gado-gado" also used by Indonesian elevator filmers to describe a building which has many elevators installed by various different company (mostly older shopping centres).
- Please refer to Third-party elevator maintenance companies and List of non-proprietary elevator component companies in Elevatorpedia.
This usually is used to describe elevators installed by a lesser-known (usually local) elevator company. These companies usually don't manufacture their own equipment, so they normally have fixtures manufactured by a larger elevator component companies (like Dewhurst or Epco). This term was firstly used by Beno but is now used by most elevator filmers (like Anjasomc and PostTower). This term also describe the larger elevator component companies' component like the ElevatorAdjuster describe the Motion Control Engineering's (MCE) controllers and mrmattandmrchay describe the Thames Valley Controls (TVCL) controllers.
Generic and Lame
The abbreviation of this term is GAL, which means the elevator installed with GAL fixtures. This term used by escalatorgeek881 who firstly describe the elevator at JCPenney (Haywood Mall) in Greenville.
This terms is created by JimLiElevators, used to describe the American Otis Gen2 elevator equipped with the floor announcement. However, this term is misleading as this can be installed in the standard traction (Elevonic model) or hydraulic elevators.
(Thai: แกรนดี้) A term coined by NingSama1vs100 to describe Mid-Late 90s Mitsubishi elevators. A term is actually came from the Japanese model (GRANDEE) of Mitsubishi elevators in that era.
Grocery Store Beep/Grocery Beep/Checkout Beep
A term used to describe thyssenkrupp's current floor passing chime that was introduced in late 2010 and replaced the piezo buzzer (Dover Buzz) around late-2011; it was first discovered by CaptainElevator42189. The trend of elevator enthusiasts calling the floor passing chime the "grocery store beep" was to believed to have started after thyssenelevator95 and DieselDucy mentioning it resembling the beep made by checkout scanners.
HIGHdraulic (sometimes written "Highdraulic") is a term used to describe a very tall hydraulic elevator that serves 6 or more floors (usually describe to the roped hydraulic elevator) or that travels a distance comparable to that. Some filmers use "SKYdraulic" when referring to a hydraulic elevator traveling over 10 stories, such as the elevator to the Whiskey Blue restaurant at the W Hotel in Atlanta, GA, which travels 13 stories.
A Kone HORNRTdisc is a term used to describe a Kone EcoDisc elevator that is either very fast, very abrupt, very loud, very rattly, very rickety and/or very clunky. Clinton Township Lifts by MagicalLift256 was the SECOND to use this term when he found a pair of rattly Kone EcoDisc MRL traction elevators in Elizabeth during his fourth elevator filming trip to that city.
Huge Clown Car
A term used to describe a very small elevator.
Hyuckdai or Yuckdai
It's a Fun/Foul Elevator
This is a sarcasm term/abbreviation created by IDLift3000 (formerly SchindlerLift1874) to describe a Chinese-brand IFE elevator. It's a Fun Elevator refers to a really nice or epic IFE elevator while It's a Foul Elevator referes to a bad or a death-trap IFE elevator. IFE is also known as i F*** elevator by crafthuntergaming
A term created by Beno Lifts to describe the doors opening while the elevator is still leveling when it just have a little distance (within 2 centimeters), usually describe Schindler elevators installed in 1990s or later.
A term created by NingSama1vs100 to describe Mitsubishi and Hitachi elevators in Thailand, which are very common like trees in the jungle.
Used to describe a very rough and sudden elevator start and stop, often found on older Dry-Powered hydraulic elevators.
Jonas refers to something crappy (alternative to 'Filechia').
Just a passing through (brand) elevator
A term used by NingSama1vs100 to describe elevators with common fixtures in her hometown (Thailand). This term means "an elevator has nothing interested for elevator filmers".
A term used by Sumosoftinc to describe a generic elevator branded "Pillar Elevator". This term is combined from "killer" and the brand "Pillar" itself, due to the fact that this brand "kills" old elevators quite often
Same as Dovis above, this term is use to describe a Kone elevator with Otis modernization or vice versa.
This term is used to describe a Kone elevator with Schindler modernization or vice versa. An example is CentralWorld's Zone F elevators.
This term created by NingSama1vs100 is used to describe some thyssenkrupp elevators in Thailand which are very crappy like Magikarp in Pokemon series. This term is came from Magikarp's Japanese name (Koiking) because the term creator is a Pokemon big fan.
This term describes thyssenkrupp elevators in Thailand with rare fixtures yet prone to be death trap ones. An example is FYI Center elevators.
A term created by Clinton Township Lifts by MagicalLift256 to describe an elevator that has been modernized with EPCO SSL, many North American elevator enthusiasts' least favorite elevator fixture. However, he rarely uses this term anymore, as he has gradually stopped caring about elevator buttons so much.
A term created by NingSama1vs100 to describe the elevators which replaced or modernized by the third-party elevator maintenance companies and decommissioned the rare elevators. Examples are Manabhan building elevator, The Ambassador City Jomtien Pattaya tower wing elevators and Rajanakarn Building elevators.
A term created by IDLift3000 to describe a section/part of a building which was used as a location of an elevator installation, and the elevator itself is now gone. One of the example is the balconies at the atrium of Tunjungan Plaza 1, Surabaya, Indonesia, which was used as a installation of the rare OTIS Series 1 scenic elevators with rare red floor indicator. These elevators were demolished around 2007-2008 when the mall gets a major renovation.
This term is use to describe a very loud hydraulic elevator.
This term is uses to describe a hydraulic elevator that serves a very low travel distance (usually 10 to 15 feet [3-5 meters]). This term was created by CaptainElevator42189 in 2009 when he filmed an elevator at a UT Austin building that served only 10 feet of distance.
Low on oil
A term to describe a hydraulic elevator with low hydraulic fluid.
A term created by some elevator filmer to describe luxury-looking elevator fixtures, usually OTIS Series 3, Series 4 and sometimes Schindler M-Line (with LED dot-matrix) and D-Line.
A term created by Clinton Township Lifts by MagicalLift256 to describe a bland modernization of a vintage elevator which involved the transition to Monitor TR fixtures without the halo, mostly in New York City. The last 3 letters in T.R.A.S.H are ash, which somewhat translates to death by bland modernization. However, as of August 2018, the original creator of this term began to stop using it as he saw no point in telling negative remarks on a bland looking elevator with a lot of run character in it.
Moving Hornrt Nest
A term created by Clinton Township Lifts by MagicalLift256 to describe a Westinghouse elevator. The term comes from the broken up version of "Westinghouse", known as We-Sting-House. Because hornrts sting, this term was created sarcastically. Coincidentally, a term to describe a bad Westinghouse elevator or a death trap Westinghouse elevator is a "Moving Superhornrt Nest".
A term that created by Reza Tanaka to describe an elevator installation that meets elevator installation code used in Singapore or Malaysia. The formula is same as EN81-coded, but the result must be ranging from 68 to 74.
Macquarie Centre Voice
A term used by Alex Stanton and TheDragonFire123 when a Kone Monospace lift in Australia has the exact same voice as in one of Macquarie Centre's main lifts (i.e. Lift No. 9). It is also used at the Paradise Centre in Surfers Paradise; as well as 333 George Street in Sydney and Westfield Chermside in Brisbane.
Another term created by Georgef551. This term is used to describe a misleading or bugged Schindler Miconic 10 elevator.
A term created by CubsRule2040 to describe a floor passing sound resembling the beeps made when pushing buttons on a microwave oven; this floor passing sound was common on older Otis Series 1 elevators as well as some Dover and ThyssenKrupp elevators. A newer version of the beep has been heard on some ultra-posh OTIS Series 4 elevators, for example, the high rise OTIS Elevonic 411 elevators at the V'dara Resort in Las Vegas, NV.
A term created by NingSama1vs100 to describe Montgomery Kone elevators. This term is came from Monte Kogomery (a wordplay of Montgomery Kone)
A term created by fantech0104 to describe elevator floor indicators say "OK".
A term created by NingSama1vs100 to describe very large elevators. This term is come from Oni (Japanese ogre) and elevator. An antonym of Onivator(s) is Puchivator(s), which used for describe very small elevators.
(Jp: おのれシンドラー) A term created by NingSama1vs100 to describe bad Schindler elevators. This term is came from Narutaki (a villain From Kamen Rider Decade), which he often rants about Kamen Rider Decade (The Protagonist) with a phrase "Onore Decade" (Jp: おのれディケイド) which can be translated into "Curse you Decade".
OOS is short for out of service, which is used to describe an elevator that has been disabled or turned off, probably due to a breakdown. This term was created by Sumosoftinc and was popularly used by several Indonesian elevator filmers.
"Otis Voice" or "Schindler Voice"
A term used to describe an elevator equipped with the Hong Kong Tonic "Automatic Floor Announcement Unit" voiceover, when those components mainly installed in the both Otis and Schindler elevators in Hong Kong, China (which both market share combined would be larger than any others). Firstly created by Vincent Chong and widely used on the other local elevator photographers. However, these terms were misleading as those can be installed on the elevators installed by other companies.
A term created by Georgef551 to describe an Otis elevator installed before 1980's with two nameplates on the door track where, reading from bottom to top, the nameplate on top appears upside down.
A term created by NingSama1vs100 to describe Mitsubishi elevators which modernized by Otis, or vice versa.
(Thai: เป็ด) A funny term created by NingSama1vs100 to describe Mitsubishi elevators with Elepet model or fixtures, in all versions. A term Ped is literally means "Duck" in English.
A term created by IDLift3000 to describe an elevator that has been disabled or decommissioned from service, often boarded up by a large cardboard.
Used to describe when an elevator levels in such a way that it appears to drop, or "plop," into place. Fans and elevators with Mr. Pullchain often uses this term when riding Westinghouse elevators.
Pogo Stick Hydraulic
A sarcastic term created by Clinton Township Lifts by MagicalLift256 to describe a hydraulic elevator which bounces throughout the trip. One example is the National hydraulic elevators at the Embassy Suites in Piscataway, NJ filmed by AP Lifts in Clinton Township by MagicalLift256 on December 31st 2017.
(Thai: ป๊อป) A term used by Worapot25 to describe Hitachi elevators. This term came from old Hitachi ads in Thailand which used celebrity nicknamed "Pop" as a presenter.
Used to describe 1990s model of Hyundai elevators in Indonesia because they're as common as many current models of Hyundai elevators. The term is also a parody of "pre-lexan". It was created by Reza Tanaka.
A term created by Reza to describe a bad or death trap Hyundai BAXCO/BAX-VF elevator. The "rotten meatball" term is also known by its Indonesian word "bakso busuk", where the word "bakso" is used to describe a Hyundai BAXCO elevator (a technician from Hyundai also have done describe this model of Hyundai elevator with the term in a social media).
(Thai: ชินด์รั่ว) A funny term used by NingSama1vs100 to describe Schindler elevators.
A rude term to describe a bad Schindler elevator.
A term created by NingSama to describe elevators outside Singapore that using Singaporean generic voices (or Singaporean-similar voice). It's mostly found in Hitachi elevators in Thailand.
Standard epic fail
A term which was created by Reza Tanaka to describe a standard configuration of an elevator which is considered as epic fail. For example, the chimes in some old Hyundai elevators which has 4-stage chime for up and 2-stage chime for down. The another is directional arrow on the floor indicator of some Schindler MRLs (mainly 3300 AP and 5400 AP MRL) which in internal indicator the arrow appear when the elevator stops. .
A term created by Reza Tanaka to describe an elevator installation that didn't meet qualification that used in EN81-coded or Malaysian-coded. Has formula same as the EN81-coded and Malaysian-coded, but the result must ranging between 60 to 67 kilograms.
Stannery The Stannah
Swiss Mushroom is a term that have 2 meanings. This term was created by SchindlerLift1874.
- To describe a Schindler 3300 AP elevator. This term was created by SchindlerLift1874 because he claimed that 3300 AP elevators are everywhere in his hometown, scattered everywhere like wild mushrooms.
- Filming over 10 Schindler elevators in the same day. Maalit72 seconded the term from the original meaning because he filmed at April 22 2014 more than 10 Schindler elevators. It's like a field of mushrooms.
This is a sarcasm term used by elevator filmers in Indonesia to describe a thyssenkrupp (used be ThyssenKrupp) elevator. The term was derived from the word sekrup which means "bolt" or "nut".
A term coined by airtranlover, used to describe hydraulic elevators with a full-glass ceiling, offering a view towards the sky.
Spanish Style Leveling
A term to describe hard 2-speed leveling on a traction elevator (mostly Otis), hard enough for even the camera to pick up the jolt. This term was created after multiple legacy Spanish Otis traction elevators from the 1980s throughout Spain leveled very hard to the point where elevator filmers' cameras noticed it, e.g. Heritage Elevators. This term was created by Clinton Township Lifts by MagicalLift256. A perfect example of Spanish style leveling is the Mexican 1980s Otis scenic elevator which has been modernized with Series 3 fixtures in the 1990s, which is located at the Tesoro Ixtapa hotel in Ixtapa, Mexico.
A term created by Reza to describe generic elevators that have similarity with non-generic ones, even the brand name. An example is modernization of one of the glass elevators in Kelapa Gading Hypermall, Jakarta, which the name is similar to the one of the major elevator manufacturer.
Telephone Button Fixtures
This is a term created by IDLift3000 to describe 1980s Schindler R-Series button fixtures, due to their size and arrangement similar to telephone buttons. He purposely created this term after seeing a low-rise 1980s Schindler elevator using R-Series fixtures in Hong Kong back in May 2016.
Three Thirty AM Special
This is a term created by Clinton Township Lifts by MagicalLift256 to describe a special moment of the day where an elevator filmer films a Schindler 330A hydraulic elevator at around 3:30 in the morning. There probably hasn't been any instance of this happening, but it may happen soon.
A term created by Reza to describe a touch-sensitive buttons (usually found on Schindler 3300) which can only pressed/touched by using thumb. Sometimes, this may also happened to pressable buttons as some pressable button are hard to pressed.
A sarcasm term use by several elevator filmers to describe a bad thyssenkrupp elevator (used be ThyssenKrupp).
Another sarcasm term use by several elevator filmers in Indonesia to describe a thyssenkrupp (used be ThyssenKrupp) elevator. The word kripik in English means "chips" (snack) while krupuk means "rice crackers", which is a favorite meal condiment in Indonesia.
Trac-draulic is a term to describe a very fast and quiet hydraulic (normally for roped hydraulic elevator). The term can also be used for a hydraulic elevator that runs as if it is a full traction elevator.
A term created by Clinton Township Lifts by MagicalLift256 to describe a traction elevator with two-speed leveling.
- Not to be confused with the Upper Ground Floor.
Uninspiring ice panel
This term refers to a Schindler FI GL 100 Line car operating panel which only appears plain (without decoration patterns) like an ice bar. It was created by IDLift3000 (formerly SchindlerLift1874).
This term is used by NingSama1vs100 to describe office building elevators that have been installed VGI global media (media company in Thailand) ads TV, which made annoying sound inside elevators. Examples are Empire Tower main elevators, CyberWorld Tower elevators and most office buildings in Bangkok, Thailand.
An elevator that has lasted beyond its expected lifespan (usually 30 or 40 years) in original condition.
A sarcasm term used to depict a crappy elevator.
Win is said when something good happens, much like Epic Win.
A 'wind-o-lift' is described as an elevator that travels so quickly that it produces a roaring wind sound when traveling. One such example is the MontgomeryKone passenger elevators at the Tropicana Resort and Casino in Atlantic City, NJ. This term was coined by Clinton Township Lifts by MagicalLift256 just recently, after he filmed a MontgomeryKone passenger elevator at the West Tower at the Tropicana Resort and Casino in Atlantic City, which sounded much like a wind tunnel back in August of 2018.
A KONE Ecodisc's colour is white instead of green. Created by HJ2127. However, this term is misleading as the motor can be painted to other colours before leaving the factory such as grey colour in the public access installations.
This term is use to describe an elevator than can go up and down and also side to side. This term was created by dieselducy. "Wonkavator" also used by some elevator filmers to describe an full-glass elevator. This term comes from the 1971 film Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory and its 2005 remake, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
Elevator filming strategy
When all of the floors except lobby/ground levels served by an elevator require a key, a pass card, or pass code, thus rendering the elevator unrideable.
This refers to a locked door preventing access to the elevator.
Become Someone's/Security Guard's prey
Term used by NingSama1vs100 to refer being got questioned by someone or security guard during filming elevators.
Busted/Denied/Turned Away/Game Over
Told not to film, denied permission to ride or film, and/or kicked out. A term Game Over was created by NingSama1vs100 as she is also a game enthusiast.
This term created by NingSama1vs100 is used to describe elevator filming in at least two banks in the same building, without changing floors by stairs or escalators. An example of the building which can chained filming is Amarin Plaza and Tower and SV City, Bangkok.
Deciding not to film an elevator and leaving due to thoughts of what might happen, or being too scared to even try it, usually because of a high risk of getting caught, or because the elevator is a major death trap (see Death Trap, above).
A race with another elevator filmer or other people to see which elevator will reach a floor first. Only possible with more than one elevator in a bank. This term and trend was popularized by DieselDucy with his original one with Jimster586 at the Rush Rhees Library.
Elevator filmer's greatest enemy
This is a term to describe security guards in buildings who often asking or telling elevator filmers to stop filming inside buildings. It was created by SchindlerLift1874.
- Not to be confused with public elevators.
When the main elevator bank opens out to the street, in an open entryway, or close to the street, and does not require a card, key, or pass code to enter it. Often found in commercial buildings which located in high density area.
Elevator Filming Hazard
To describe staffs or security guards who entered the elevator or near elevator filmers when he or she is in elevator hall. It was created by NingSama.
A floor that is locked off because it's abandoned, but the elevator still serves at least two other floors. This is usually found in a dead mall.
Locked Out/Locked Off/Keyed Out/Keyed Off
When an elevator requires a card, passcode, or key to use it or to select a certain floor.
Otaku Mode, Harajuku Mode or Anime Mode
When the elevator filmers wear harajuku/cosplay costumes when filming elevators, there are cosplayers in the elevator which the elevator was currently filmed (include the elevator filmers are followed by one or more cosplayers), the elevator filmers describe the elevator in Japanese, the elevator filmers use the anime merchandise (e.g. manga front cover or plush doll for opening signature) or another which is the elevator filmers filming elevators with some thing which is correspond to the J-stuffs. This term is first introduced by Reza Tanaka who is one of person in the elevator community who has a cosplay costume and a plush doll for opening signature.
Access controlled (see Locked Out/Locked Off/Keyed Out/Keyed Off, above).
A term created by Reza Tanaka to describe the elevator chime which heard from a buzzer with bad condition.
Strict no sandals
A term created by Reza to describe an escalator with broken/missing parts that make they seems to be dangerous. This term was coined from "No sandals" sign which have been seen by Reza in a small mall in Surabaya which is now abandoned.
A term that was created by sumosoftinc to describe a security office in a building.
A tenant is an entity who has leased a space in a building. A single-tenant is an office building or floor with one tenant in it, bi-tenant has two, tri-tenant has three, quad-tenant has four, etc.
Turnstiles (or Security Gate)
A device with either a gate or rotating bars used for access control that requires a card, pass code, or ticket to pass through, or used as a one way exit. NingSama1vs100 often refer turnstiles as "security gates" (gates for short) because a term "Security Gate (Jp: セキュリティゲート Sekyuritigēto)" in Japan means turnstiles.
An elevator bank behind turnstiles. Often found in office buildings with high security, observatories and paid area of railway/metro stations.
(Thai: ลุงยาม/ป้ายาม) A cute term coined by NingSama1vs100 to describe security guards in any kind of the buildings. This term is came from her university security guards when she studied there.
Terms used to describe other elevator enthusiasts/YouTube channels
Please keep it appropriate for all ages!
Note YouTube is the most common, but it can refer to any video-sharing site.
Any elevator enthusiast who is frequently filming elevators and uploading them to YouTube.
Any elevator enthusiast who has either (1) not fulfilled a promise to return after their specified break period, (2) announced their intention to quit, or (3) not uploaded any elevator-related video to YouTube in the past 90 days. The YouTube channel of the dormant enthusiast is still open and their videos are watchable.
A term created by Clinton Township Lifts by MagicalLift256 to describe an elevator photographer in a high rise building who switches elevator banks extremely quickly, without filming the transfer, much like how a hornet quickly flies from point A to point B. However, EleHornrt can be used to amp up the speed.
(JP: エレ鉄 Eretetsu) Any Japanese elevator enthusiast who is also a railfan. This term is came from Elevator (JP: エレベーター Erebētā) and Tetsudou (Railway) (JP: 鉄道 tetsudō)
Gender inversion filmer
Any female elevator enthusiast. Examples are NingSama1vs100 in Asia, European Lifts by OLML in Europe and CrazyLiftLady.Chile in South America.
Any elevator enthusiast who has announced that they are taking a break from filming elevators with the intention of returning, or has not uploaded an elevator video in the past 30 days without notice.
An active elevator enthusiast with no other active elevator enthusiasts within reasonable driving distance of him or her. May also refer to elevator enthusiasts living in rural areas.
An elevator enthusiast who does not film elevators or upload to YouTube, but is actively interested in elevators.
Any elevator enthusiast who is shorter than 160 cm (5' 3"), both old and young. Examples are NingSama1vs100, GlobalLifts and TRG (Thailand).
Senior filmer/Senior elevator filmer
Any elevator enthusiast who has been active on YouTube for five years or longer. This term was created by Clinton Township Lifts by MagicalLift256. The oldest senior elevator filmer is DieselDucy, who has been a part of the elevator community for 25 years, and is the original king of the elevator community.
Used to describe several elevator filmers who often subscribed to new elevator channel that just introduced in the elevator community. This term is come from Thailand elevator community group, which new elevator filmer which just introduced in the elevator group will gain several subscribers to his or her channel from older elevator filmers in Thailand.
ACME Indicator is used to describe a non-proprietary digital floor indicator (dot-matrix or segmented display) made by CEElectronics and used for many modernizations and third-party installations. This term was created by Georgef551 and was accepted in the community when TheElevatorChannel used the term in one of his videos.
Banjo refers to a traction elevator that feels like it isn't supported very well, as if it is being held up by banjo strings. This nickname is believed to have been created by musicfreakcc.
Cab View is a filming technique which involves panning the camera horizontally and vertically to show most or all of the interior of the cab.
Dinner Bell refers to the bell that Westinghouse used on their elevators from the late 1960s until the RT fixtures were introduced. This name was given to it because of the way it sounds.
Elevator Drag Race
Elevator drag race is a trend in an elevator community where one elevator filmer held an elevator race with another elevator filmer. This trend was created and popularized by Dieselducy.
This term is used when two, three or four elevator filmers film an elevator together.
Elevator Music Video (EMV) / ElevaMix
To describe elevator enthusiast-made music videos consisted of elevator videos. ElevaMix was first originated by Star Asia Elevator and Escalator while Elevator Music Video was coined by NingSama1vs100.
Epic Motor Wednesday (EMW)
This term is used when an elevator filmer films and/or uploads an elevator with a very loud motor on Wednesday. NationalElevator and CubsRule2040 have the most Epic Motor Wednesday videos, but recently JimLiElevators joined the trend. EMW is believed to have been started by NationalElevator.
- Please refer to Unlucky floor numbers in elevators in Elevatorpedia.
A term created by Sumosoftinc to describe buildings that omits floors 40 to 49 (after 39, then directly goes to 50) due to the "4" superstition.
A term created by Reza to describe floor passing beep in some older KONE elevators which sounds similar with button beep of some Nokia phones.
Fixture View (or Fixture Cam)
Fixture View is a filming technique that involves getting a close-up view of a lit-up elevator button (usually on the car operating panel), either by zooming in or holding the camera up close. This term was created by CubsRule2040, although the technique has been done by other elevator filmers such as NationalElevator, MMTfan1, and suzzex (now CVE9120).
see Impact cam
Impact Cam is a filming technique which involves placing the camera on the floor of the elevator cab to document ride quality.
Riding an elevator up and down without filming it.
Lucky Guy/First Blood
The first person to film an elevator that has never been filmed by any elevator filmer before. The term Lucky Guy was created by Clinton Township Lifts by MagicalLift256, and the term First Blood was created by NingSama.
Man Powered Elevator (MPE)
Meat slicer (also known as "Bacon slicer") refers to an old Otis mechanical floor selector from the 1970s (in the United Kingdom) which resembles a meat slicer machine. This term came from mrmattandmrchay.
A term that was created by Georgef551 in April 2016 to describe an elevator chime that is extremely loud, some at the point it literally hurts.
The lighting in an elevator. Usually referred when using a flashlight while filming. Created by Star City Elevators
New Jersey Rite of Passage
To describe an event where an elevator filmer is brave enough to take on the challenge of an alone trip on New Jersey's most fearsome elevators. These elevators are located at the West Tower of the Tropicana Hotel in Atlantic City, and were installed by MontgomeryKONE in 1996, later modernized slightly by Schindler in 2003, with original call buttons. These elevators have been known to cause slight anxiety to hotel guests, and visitors. An elevator enthusiast steps into the elevator by themself, going to the 50th floor, or highest floor unlocked, pressing the "RECORD" button on their camera. While enroute, the elevator filmer cannot make a stop at any other floor, and must complete one full round trip on any of the four elevators in the set. Once the elevator filmer has made it back to the concourse floor, without voluntarily stopping on any other floor besides the concourse floor and the highest floor unlocked, every other elevator they encounter in the entire state of New Jersey will be a piece of cake for them. Clinton Township Lifts by MagicalLift256 came up with this term after taking on the challenge during his third trip to Atlantic City. So far, the only four known elevator enthusiasts to have ever taken upon this challenge are Clinton Township Lifts by MagicalLift256, Maor Edry, American Elevators, and suejoshappy. Some elevator enthusiasts are SO BRAVE doing this, that they willingly take MORE round trips on the elevators after taking the first round trip.
- Main article: Opening signature
This refers to something that an elevator filmer does at the beginning of each video, such as DieselDucy holding up his Matchbox 24 Shunter, Reza Tanaka with his Killua Zaoldyeck plush doll, and others; not every elevator filmer does this.
This is a term to describe an elevator that have been either replaced by another elevator or permanently removed but it has been filmed before by only one elevator enthusiast. Therefore the no-longer-exist elevator can only be seen "exclusively" on that YouTube (or Dailymotion, if the person have one) channel.
For example, this is the only existing video of this elevator before modernization: https://youtu.be/Zu4uwobtHPE
Pratt & Whitney
This is describing an obnoxiously loud fan found in Otis elevators (not other brands). Otis's parent company, United Technologies, owns a turbine facility called Pratt & Whitney, making machines that moves lots of air (such as Turboprop Engines for airplanes). Being that the fans are so loud, they're called as such. This term was created by Georgef551.
- Main article: Rocket Thursday
Abbreviations used for elevator and escalator brands
These are some abbreviations used to call elevator and escalator brands, most of these were created by many elevator enthusiasts. Some are also used in the elevator industry as well as an official abbreviation for the elevator companies. Some of them were also applied not just elevators and escalators, but also filming devices.
- DY - Dong Yang
- GEC - General Electric Company
- GS - GoldStar
- HELCO - Hyundai
- Hitchy or Hi - Hitachi
- LG - Lucky Goldstar
- LL - Louser Lift
- Mitsy, Mitsu or MELCO - Mitsubishi
- Monty - Montgomery
- MCE - Motion Control Engineering
- MK - Montgomery KONE
- MS - Marryat & Scott
- SM, ShanMi or SMECO - Shanghai Mitsubishi
- Toshi - Toshiba
- TKDY - ThyssenKrupp Dongyang
- TK/TKE/Kruppy - thyssenkrupp Elevator
- TVC - Thames Valley Controls
- Westy - Westinghouse
- XO - Xizi Otis
Notes and References
- ↑ The full name of this standard is called as "Design Manual - Barrier Free Access 2008" (by Buildings Department, HKSAR, PRC).
- ↑ Refer to this photo in Elevatorpedia.
- ↑ Siu Sai Wan Sports Ground, Hong Kong: Schindler Hydraulic Elevator
- ↑ LOSERIZED Fujitec Lifts at RS Harapan Kita, Jakarta (Paviliun Sukaman)
- ↑ (The final) Old lifts of bracknell town centre tour - (2) Princess Square (skip to 6:41)
- ↑ BARBARICALLY MODERNIZED 1950's Otis traction elevator at PARLIN HALL (therm is written at the description)
- ↑ Chewbacca! Super-Obnoxious Dover Hydraulic Elevators - Roosevelt Field - Garden City, NY
- ↑ In fact, leveling is not applied for AC single speed traction elevator.
- ↑ Dover/Otis "Dovis" Elevator at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta Hospital
- ↑ MUST WATCH! "Dovler" Traction Service Elevator at the Buffalo Marriott Niagara, Amherst, NY
- ↑ Epic Motor Wednesday: Otis Bottom-Drive Traction Elevator @ the UTEP Union West in El Paso, TX
- ↑ BUSTED: Schindler Freight elevator @ Ikea Bloomington MN with EPIC DOOR CLOSE!
- ↑ Otis "Hybrid Compass" High-speed Traction Elevators at Energy Plaza, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong
- ↑ KALEA hydraulic elevator, KONE "Fakespace" mod. @ Torggatan 10B
- ↑ 16.0 16.1 Hitachi Traction Elevator at Shui Shing House, Tin Shui (1) Estate, Tin Shui Wai, New Territories, Hong Kong
- ↑ OTIS Traction Elevator at Public Stand, Block F, Sha Tin Racecourse, Fo Tan, Sha Tin, New Territories, Hong Kong
- ↑ 18.0 18.1 日常我們聽到d電梯迷常話某公司品牌廣播其實是錯誤的觀念 應叫共用廣播 奧的斯、迅達、Thyssen、日立、其士是用通力電子為主的共用件 (Facebook Group: hkelev.com)
- ↑ 19.0 19.1 Generic lift companies (Beno.org.uk)
- ↑ KONE/Schindler/Generic lift at Boots, County Mall, Crawley
- ↑ 1958 Bruno Haack lift (md. generic) at Robert-Schuman-Berufskolleg. Essen, Germany
- ↑ Elevator Mod RipOut. The Final Product.
- ↑ OLD LIFTS and now the NEW LIFTEC CONTROLLER (Bennie lifts vids part 4 of 4)
- ↑ Escalatorgeek881 experiences the awesome old Dominion elevator @ 132 N Campbell
- ↑ Otis Hydraulic "Morse Code" Elevator at JCPenney (Haywood Mall) in Greenville
- ↑ Otis Elevator Voice Announce Vocabulary
- ↑ Boisterous OTIS Hydraulic Elevator - Mandarin Oriental - Boston, MA
- ↑ ThyssenKrupp Hydraulic Elevator at the Allandale HEB
- ↑ Otis Elevatiors
- ↑ Dover Traction Elevators at peoples park complex
- ↑ W350-BEAUTIFUL 1962 Imperial Hydraulic Elevator @ Seattle Center Parking Deck, Seattle,WA.MP4
- ↑ Interesting ThyssenKrupp Traction Elevators @ the UTEP Bioscience Research Building in El Paso, TX
- ↑ Central Jersey "OK-O-Vator" Elevator @ Paterson New Jersey Transit Station - Paterson, New Jersey
- ↑ OTIS Traction Elevator at Po Shun House, Po Heung Estate, Tai Po, N.T., Hong Kong
- ↑ 「星島日報」特稿 - 富士達(香港)有限公司
- ↑ 筲箕灣香港海防博物館升降機塔Fujitec消防升降機(Lift No.2 2號升降機)
- ↑ 2000 Fujitec Traction Service Lift/Elevator @ Ibis Hong Kong North Point
- ↑ 元朗三聯書店文化生活薈Sabiem升降機
- ↑ 大埔綜合大樓ThyssenKrupp升降機
- ↑ Introduced in this wiki
- ↑ Woking (where the martians landed) | IT'S LIFT TOUR TIME!
- ↑ The Wonkavator: an elevator that goes up and down side to side Featured in Anger Management
- ↑ The Hydraulic Zoo O Vator @ Harrison Metro North Station Harrison NY
- ↑ Really?! Another Zoo O Vator?! @ Ardsley On Hudson Train Station Irvington NY
- ↑ Examples are Shinjuku, Tokyo, Japan and Thaniya Street, Bangkok
- ↑ 2013 retake: Dover Impulse hydraulic elevator at Sears, Crossroads mall, Omaha NE
- ↑ The Skyscraper Simulator Forum - Terms Used When Filming Elevators
- ↑ Introduced in this wiki
- ↑ MCE IBox Car Call Eligbility ( Disabling Elevator Buttons )
- ↑ 50.0 50.1 50.2 50.3 50.4 50.5 50.6 50.7 Official abbreviations by the companies.
- ↑ This is also applied to filming devices.