The dumbwaiter began as a movable serving stand with many tiers that allowed waitstaff to serve dinner guests; it was created by Thomas Jefferson. The dumbwaiter later evolved into a little service elevator or lift that could be raised or lowered through ropes on pulleys between flooring, and electrical motors were added from the 1920s.

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Dumbwaiters permit food, laundry and other items to be raised and lowered between flooring. A cupboard with 2 open sides is elevated or lowered in a chute, either manually through ropes and pulleys or with the aid of an electrical motor.

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The dumbwaiter was an invaluable mechanism before refrigeration was available. Milk, butter, vegetables and other perishable items could be lowered into the basement and saved where it was cool. A cleat ties off rope on manual versions to keep the dumbwaiter from falling.

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Dumbwaiters may also be utilised to bring suitcases upstairs to guest rooms or freight downstairs for storing in the basement.

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This basement is the only thing with this particular dumbwaiter. Springs on the base of the dumbwaiter guarantee a gentle landing.

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Not all dumbwaiters seem like antique 19th-century kitchen cabinets. This sleek instance has aluminum shelves and high-gloss cupboard doors from electric blue.

The lucky occupants of this tree house enjoy the advantages of a basket dumbwaiter, saving excursions up and down the ladder with biscuits and other necessary items.

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Before adding a dumbwaiter to your kitchen, check the local building codes. Fire travels fast upward in the closed compartment of a dumbwaiter or laundry chute, thus fire doors and fireproof materials are needed.

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