Depending on the pit average about 3', use Google, images - "elevator pit". Side clearance are usually with-in inches, had one so close it turned on and off the pit lights as it road up and down.
Originally Posted by dicklaxt
The wall and pit is usually just inches front to back off the wall and the sides just large enough for the rail they ride on...
Of course all this just depends on the elevator and its requirements, but in most all cases there is a pit and there are springs to soften the landing... :grin:
If you are even thirsty, you are two quarts low.