When to get a home dumbwaiter

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Deciding when to get a home dumbwaiter can be a matter of luxury or necessity

Some of you may not know what a dumbwaiter is, particularly if you are young. The word "dumbwaiter" is not so much a part of the lexicon as it once was.

A dumbwaiter is a small elevator that is used to connect two floors. A dumbwaiter delivers foods or goods from one floor to another. When does a home dumbwaiter make sense? If you are considering when to get a home dumbwaiter, consider. A home dumbwaiter makes sense anytime you live in a multi-level home and especially if you have someone living on the second floor that isnít mobile and requires food.

Donít forget about the laundry that kids generate on the upper levels and the laundry room that is inconveniently located in the basement. This is a terrific way to send the laundry downstairs without having to haul burgeoning baskets of dirty clothes yourself.

This is a modern day version of the laundry shoot. However, with a residential dumbwaiter you can send the clean clothes back up to the upper stories and donít have to carry it. Hurray!

The term dumbwaiter refers to a waiter that is silent (or dumb) and is essentially a portable serving table or stand. The well-heeled households of yore were commonly equipped with dumbwaiters, which were used primarily by the household staff. Some of the older homes had kitchens situated in the basement which made dumbwaiters a necessity. Dumbwaiters were quite common in upscale homes and restaurants in the U.S. during the 19th and early 20th century. Dumbwaiters became motorized in the 1930s.

Dumbwaiters are often found in commercial buildings, such as in restaurants. In the past, the food orders would be shouted down the dumbwaiter shaft and then of course the completed order would be sent back up via the dumbwaiter. The dumbwaiter is usually situated in or near the kitchen (often in the pantry).

The construction of a dumbwaiter is simple. In the old days it involved shafts, a pulley and ropes. The dumbwaiter was manually operated in the past by pulling on the ropes but now you can get the electric version.

Consider installing a dumbwaiter in your home. It is a great way to transport laundry to the basement from the upstairs level as well as transfer groceries or any heavy or cumbersome item from one floor to another. Dumbwaiters can carry 100 to 200 pounds depending on the model that you install and are generally in the range of two feet wide, two feet deep and 2.5 feet high, although you can have them custom made larger.

Modern dumbwaiters donít rely on the pulley system. They come pre-assembled and are electrically run, but it is not a complex electrical system. The dumbwaiter plugs into a grounded outlet. However, there must be an available shaft in your home or one needs to be constructed before a dumbwaiter can be inserted. Dumbwaiters can travel 20 feet a minute up to 28 feet. However, you can stop the dumbwaiter anywhere from two to four times as it progresses from floor to floor. If you have four levels in your home, this would be great asset. Think of the stair-climbing that would be eliminated and the time saved.

Dumbwaiters are a huge asset when an elderly person is being cared for in the home and canít make it down the stairs to the kitchen or dining room for meals. The personís meals can easily be delivered to the upper floors.

Dumbwaiters can be locked so that you can keep mischievous children from using it as an elevator.


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