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Midwest Ability Summit Featuring The Innovative Stairwell Elevator This Weekend

Midwest Ability Summit Featuring The Innovative Stairwell Elevator This Weekend

Open Wall View - The Stairwell Elevator

The Stairwell Elevator: Creation to Exhibition

When Todd Edmunds’ older brother Fritz suffered a neck injury in a diving accident, Todd found the need to find an efficient way to get him up and down the stairs.  Adding an elevator to their home was not an option, he wanted to find a way to utilize the space already taken up by the staircase.  By way of a salvage yard, eBay, and lots of trial and error, the first Stairwell Elevator was created. 

Once Todd Edmunds received the US Utility Patent on his project, the next step was to bring the product to the market.  The challenge with an innovative product is that the National Elevator Code does not specifically reference the function of how the Stairwell Elevator operates, and designing to meet the National Elevator Code requires some understanding of the code approval process. Country Home Elevator and Stair Lifts Owner Craig Jones was referred to him by industry colleagues who suggested that he could help.  Coming from a long background of experience in the elevator industry, including a position in the Engineering Department and Sales at American Stair-Glide and positions with Thyssen and Access Industries, Craig was a fully qualified elevator expert well before he founded Country Home Elevator and Stair Lifts in 2001. He holds a number of industry certifications, positions and awards, including 6 years on the ASME 5.3 Residence Elevator Code Committee.

Todd Edmunds and Craig Jones soon added Fabrication Engineer Austin Heywood to the team.   Country Home Elevator Licensed Technicians also assisted with the project, including Senior Technician Ron Gist and Service Manager Bill Zarr.  Now, after a lot of hard work and safety engineering, The Stairwell Elevator Team is now ready to share this invention with the world and to help everyone experience the freedom, utility and affordability that only the Stairwell Elevator can provide.

The Stairwell Elevator will make its first public appearance this August.  “I think we have covered all the Safety aspects and will be asking for Inspector input in our upcoming Overland Park, Kansas Midwest Abilities Summit Show”. – Craig Jones

Staircase Normal Position
Staircase Normal Position
Staircase Up, Elevator Rising
Staircase Rising
Staircase Up, Elevator Rising
Staircase Up, Elevator Rising
Elevator At Top
Elevator At Top

Freight Lifts – Where Are We Wednesdays (08/08/2018)​

Freight Lifts
Where Are We Wednesdays (08/08/2018)

Happy Wednesday Folks!

Senior Technician Ron sent in the picture on the left while in Branson, Missouri.  He has returned to Grand Country Inn to complete any final adjustments needed on the Canton Elevators Country Home Elevator has installed over the past few months.  Grand Country Inn has an indoor waterpark, so vacationers will be able to access the elevators instead of chancing fate on potentially slick stairs.  These elevators also give handicapped guests more room options.

The top middle picture is a selfie of Technician Tim in Fayetteville, Arkansas.  He is finalizing an installation of a Symmetry Home Elevator.  The new elevator owners will be able to take their newly finished lift for a ride today!

The final two pictures were sent in by Technician Ivan from Carthage, Missouri.  He is servicing an Autoquip Freight Lift.  Freight Lifts, also known as vertical reciprocating conveyors, provide an exceptional solution for transferring high-capacity freight between mezzanine levels. Autoquip’s Freight Lifts provide a safe, economical, and reliable solution for vertical lifting challenges all within a small footprint. All of their freight lifts meet or exceed the requirements of ASME B20.1 (Safety Requirements for Conveyors and Related Equipment).  These lifts are designed to move freight and materials, they are not for passengers.

Our crews are also in St. Louis, University City, Belton, Prairie Village, Ottawa, Springfield, Edmond, Oklahoma City, Pauls Valley, Kimberling City, and Blue Eye today.  If you see one of our trucks feel free to tag us on Facebook using #countryhomeelevator or #wherearewewednesdays

Thanks for reading, and remember to check us out every Wednesday for updates!

GCI Canton Elevator
GCI Canton Elevator
Tim in Hoistway
Tim in Hoistway
Autoquip Lift
Autoquip Lift
Autoquip Lift 2
Autoquip Lift

Elevator and Stair Lift Service – Where Are We Wednesdays (08/01/2018)​

Elevator and Stair Lift Service
Where Are We Wednesdays (08/01/2018)

Happy Wednesday Folks!

Installation Manager Bill, Lead Technician Adam, and Technician Austin are in Springfield, Missouri uninstalling two out-of-service elevators for Bass Pro Shops.  They sent in the two pictures on the left, Wonders of Wildlife can be seen in the background of the first.  Although uncommon, mobility equipment removals are one of the services we offer.

The top middle picture was taken by Senior Technician Ron, he and Technician Ivan are also in Springfield today.  They met up with a Savaria Factory Rep, and are completing on the job factory training with a Savaria Telecab.  Continuing Education is not only important for crew efficiency, it is actually required by State and National Standards. 

Our newest employee, Technician Jake, sent in the bottom middle picture from Branson, Missouri.  He is on a service call for a Stannah Stair Lift.  Welcome to the team Jake!

The final two pictures were sent in by Sales Consultant John while in Osage Beach, Missouri.  Several weeks ago, our crews finished the installation of a Symmetry Vertical Platform Lift at Dog Days Bar and Grille.  This lift services three levels, the boat dock, the pool, and the restaurant.  The lift is in such a beautiful spot John was excited to see the final product. 

Our crews are also in Jefferson City, Kansas City, Leawood, Oak Grove, Ottawa, Oklahoma City, Orongo, Eureka Springs, Bolivar, Nixa, and Luther today.  If you see one of our trucks feel free to tag us on Facebook using #countryhomeelevator or #wherearewewednesdays

Thanks for reading, and remember to check us out every Wednesday for updates!

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Crew Unistalling
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Stannah Service
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Dog Days
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Lake Views

Curved Stairlift Installation and Safety Upgrades – Where Are We Wednesdays (07/25/2018)

Curved Stairlift Installation and Safety Upgrades
Where Are We Wednesdays (07/25/2018)

Happy Wednesday Folks!

Starting with the two pictures on the left, Kansas City Technician Darren and Technician Ivan are in Belton, Missouri today.  The top picture is of Ivan finishing up the installion of a Handicare Curved Stair Lift.  Most staircases go straight up and down, but when a staircase has a turn, we can install a custom-fitted lift to accommodate.  These lifts have many customizable options, as you can see the rail matches the woodwork of the home.  The bottom picture is of the happy customer, taking his new lift for a spin!

The top middle picture was taken by Operations Manager Jim in Skiatook, Oklahoma.  He is with Technician Owen installing a Symmetry Home Elevator.  This hydraulic elevator will service three floors once completed.

The bottom middle picture was taken by Lead Technician Adam in Springfield, Missouri today.  He is servicing an old ThyssenKrupp Access Vertical Platform Lift.  Although many of these lifts are still operating today, their original manufacturer is no longer in business.  Country Home Elevator has decades of experience with these lifts and are commonly called even when we were not the original servicing company.

Inclinator Company of America is another manufacturer that we have worked with for decades now.  They recently requested Country Home Elevator to assist in taking over service for many of their lifts that were installed by other companies.  All of lifts they reached out about require safety upgrades, maintenance, adjustment, or even replacement.  Senior Technician Ron is in Kimberling City, Missouri today running tests on one of these units.

Our crews are also in Fayetteville, Eagle Rock, Warrensburg, Bethany, Luther, Berryville, Moran, Moundville, and Nevada today.  If you see one of our trucks feel free to tag us on Facebook using #countryhomeelevator or #wherearewewednesdays

Thanks for reading, and remember to check us out every Wednesday for updates!

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Ivan Installing
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Happy Customer
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Symmetry Installation
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Ron Testing Lift

Symmetry Elevator Installation and Elevator Service – Where Are We Wednesdays (07/18/2018)

Symmetry Elevator Installation and Elevator Service
Where Are We Wednesdays (07/18/2018)

Happy Wednesday Folks!

Starting on the top left, Technicians Tim Ivan and Jesse are on a jobsite in Sunrise Beach, Missouri.  They are installing a Symmetry Home Elevator in a home with these beautiful lake views!  They quickly unloaded on the jobsite before the storms in the top right picture settled in, these heavy storms brought on flash flooding which did affect our crews.

The bottom right picture is of Senior Technician Ron on a jobsite in Kansas City, Missouri.  He joined Kansas City Technician Darren to takeover service on an existing Savaria Concord Home Elevator.  The Savaria Concord Home Elevator is no longer manufactured and this particular elevator was installed by a different company that is no longer available to service it, so Ron is reviewing the schematics before beginning work.  These documents outline the wiring and installation for this specific elevator, and were thankfully let onsite when the elevator was installed well over a decade ago.  This crew was also affected by the flooding, they had to detour from a potentially dangerous situation.

The final picture on the bottom right was sent in by Country Home Elevator Owner Craig Jones.  He is in Arkansas this week assisting the team there on some projects.  During his travels he picked up this beauty for our new sister company, Barn Find Classic Cars

Our crews are also in Chanute, El Dorado Springs, Belton, Parkville, Overland Park, Luther, Bonner Springs, and Topeka today.  If you see one of our trucks feel free to tag us on Facebook using #countryhomeelevator or #wherearewewednesdays

Thanks for reading, and remember to check us out every Wednesday for updates!

Lake Views
Crew at the Lake
Radar
KY3 Keeping Us Updated
Ron
Ron Researching
Classic Car
Barn Find Classic Car

LEV Service and Elevator Installations – Where Are We Wednesdays (07/11/2018)

LEV Service and Elevator Installations
Where Are We Wednesdays (07/11/2018)

Happy Wednesday Folks!

Starting on the top left, Senior Technician Ron and Lead Technician Adam are in Warsaw, Missouri today.  They are responding to a service request for a Savaria Telecab elevator.  Although Country Home Elevator has been installing and servicing Savaria products for well over a decade, we are expanding our line to include the Savaria Vuelift.  These elevators are comprised of glass walls, giving customers full views.  We will be releasing more information soon on all of our upcoming products!

Oklahoma Operations Manager Jim took the middle left picture today while in Edmond, Oklahoma.  He is visiting the jobsite for a new office building that will feature a Symmetry Limited Use/Limited Access (LU/LA) Elevator.  This elevator will service 3 floors once completed.  Jim met with the contractor to discuss the hoistway construction and recheck framing measurements.  These visits are crucial when installing any of our products, it is simple to correct any issues at this stage before the elevator is built.

The bottom picture on the left and the top picture on the right were taken in Rogers, Arkansas by Technician Tim and Technician Ivan.  They are preforming a retro kit installation on a LEV Home Elevator.  This elevator is no longer manufactured, and the manufacturer is no longer operating in the States so when components fail or are damaged they are replaced with Symmetry parts.  Due to damage, they are replacing almost all of the electrical components today.

The final picture on the bottom right was sent in by Kansas City Technician Darren.  Installation Manager Bill met up with him in Lawrence, Kansas to install a Transporter Elevator.  The Transporter Elevator is the industry’s only battery powered residential home elevator, virtually eliminating concerns regarding power outages. The unit can run multiple trips (up to 10+ times), in BOTH directions, on its own batteries.

Our crews are also in Ozark, Branson, El Dorado, Mission Hills, Oklahoma City, Perkins, and Springfield today.  If you see one of our trucks, like the one in the final picture above, feel free to tag us on Facebook using #countryhomeelevator or #wherearewewednesdays

Thanks for reading, and remember to check us out every Wednesday for updates!

Ron at Cook
Ron in Telecab
Ivan Retro
Drive System Repairs
Tim
Switch Checks
KS Customer
Transporter Installation

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