One of the downfalls to living in an older building without on site maintenance is problems that can occur from normal wear and tear of the facility. The photo above was taken while we were stuck inside the freight elevator in our building for over an hour today (with two dogs and our camera!). Like many buildings, most people clear out for the day while they are at work or out running errands and ours is no different. Find out what we did to fix the problem after the jump!
On this particular trip, we happened to be without our phone (it was charging) so we were unable to call. We tried to remedy the problem ourselves, but the elevator just wouldn't move. After 20 minutes someone from another floor heard our pleas to be freed and helped us break out of our 12'x6' suspended prison cell in the air. After examination of other floors, someone had flipped the catch and opened a gate on another floor and thus the elevator stopped.
The whole event got us thinking, what else in our building could go wrong that we might need to know about? Breakers for the washer and dryers downstairs? Should we have phone numbers of people who might be home during the day (and remember to charge our phone ahead of time!)?
Have you ever had a problem in your building that could have been avoided? Your comment might help someone else discover something they didn't know about their own building!