What are these wheeled carts for?
August 22, 2019 10:14 AM   Subscribe

The plates--or bricks, or whatever they are--inside these carts slide out and are made of metal; they're very heavy. These recently appeared in the hallway in the basement of a government office building. Can you tell me what they are?
posted by Tuba Toothpaste to Grab Bag (6 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
posted by Exceptional_Hubris at 10:17 AM on August 22, 2019

Best answer: I've been seeing these in my work building, where there is extensive elevator repair work going on. I assume they're counterweights.
posted by 1970s Antihero at 10:21 AM on August 22, 2019

Best answer: Seconding counterweights.
posted by EndsOfInvention at 10:24 AM on August 22, 2019

Response by poster: They're doing elevator work in our building as well, so that's got to be it. Thanks, guys!
posted by Tuba Toothpaste at 10:30 AM on August 22, 2019

Best answer: They simulate a load for elevator testing.
posted by mygoditsbob at 12:03 PM on August 22, 2019 [4 favorites]

Nth-ing counterweights. In theatre we will use similar carts to transport weights that are used to counterweight loaded linsets.
posted by aloiv2 at 3:45 PM on August 23, 2019

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