As an engineer, it’s a bit embarrassing to admit that I do have some unconventional choices when it comes to entertainment. One of the things I love to watch are educational videos and tours of elevators, because they involve electrical control gear, microprocessor and relay logic, and mechanics. I don’t know exactly why I got onto this, but I do know that I’ve thoroughly enjoyed watching the videos by Mr. John Fellin.
Those who are new to the area of elevator filmography probably won’t recognize the name, but he was the elevator mechanic/technician behind the ElevatorAdjuster Youtube channel, and ElevAider.com, which provided unique information on the service and maintenance of elevators from his daily job. No other elevator service technician has come anywhere close to this, or even bothered to release such information.
Through his videos, I was able to see many aspects of machinery which I wouldn’t otherwise be able to see, be it Motion Control Engineering elevator controllers, thin-client serial debug monitors, dedicated dispatcher/iCue/iView systems, relay logic controller troubleshooting, DC generator sets, brushes and commutator maintenance, brake adjustments, slipping traction, heat management and modernization processes.
Very little of this is existent in any other Youtube channel, except perhaps a little on relay logic and selectors over at MrMattandMrChay.
He was also very much capable of telling it like it is – he made his thoughts clear on the dangers of being an elevator technician, being exposed to various sorts of fumes and carbon dust, involved in dangerous or awkward positions in the machine-room, shaftways and car-tops, dealing with electricity, angry clients, dirty working conditions amongst others. He mentioned that he would be on the road to retirement, as many of his fellow technicians weren’t lucky enough to see retirement, or didn’t survive long enough to enjoy it.
Recently, just this week, I found his channel devoid of videos and his website to be down. Just today, it came back up again, with a simple message:
My Dear Local 3 IBEW Elevator Division Brothers and loyal subscribers.
I am approaching retirement. In order to meet restrictions outlined by the Pension Trust Fund else possibly putting at risk amenities that come packaged with my future pension I acted promptly and removed my elevator related sites. You have noticed by now that my ElevAider.com educational website and almost 700 how to fix elevators tutorials on my Youtube/Elevator Adjuster.com site have been removed. I am so sorry that I could not supply advanced notice. With almost 1 million hits in 5 years I drew the interest of many.
I hope that all my nearly 2000 fellow subscribers have gained great knowledge in this short amount of time we have been together and continue to work safely. Wishing you all the best, May God Bless and and always keep you safe.
In closing may I humbly add:
I hope you found this little lesson useful.
Thankyou and have a nice day.
At this time, all of the content is no longer available and no contact is available. It is a big shame to see that, due to some legal restriction, the world has lost a unique, leading resource.
In closing, I would like to present this open letter, in the hope that one day, he might see it:
Dear Mr. John Fellin,
While I was not a subscriber to your ElevatorAdjuster Youtube channel, I was a regular visitor and thoroughly enjoyed the videos you put together.
The effort you must have gone to, to produce around 700 videos detailing the service and maintenance of elevators was very unique and insightful. Your delivery was excellent and engaging, and your catch phrase “I hope you found this lession useful. Thank you, and have a nice day!” still resonates in my head.
As an engineer who is not in the area of elevator maintenance, it was fascinating to watch, and to have the opportunity to see things which I would have never had the ability to gain access to. The breadth of your experience in troubleshooting has taught me a lot about how elevators are made to be reliable and safe, and how to troubleshoot machinery of different vintages, be it relay-logic or solid state control, from mechanics to electronics.
It must have been a difficult but necessary decision for you to have to close your channel and remove the content from your website. It is no understatement to say that the world has lost access to a large chunk of elevator knowledge and experience the day you closed your channel. To me, it feels like I have lost a friend.
I do hope that one-day, someone will pick-up and continue with the concept.
In all, I congratulate you on your retirement and hope that you are able to enjoy every day of it.
From a fan of your channel,