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7 surprising ways breaker inspections are more refreshing than new socks

7 SURPRISING WAYS BREAKER INSPECTIONS ARE MORE REFRESHING THAN NEW SOCKS breaker testing voltage tes

Professionally Reconditioned Breakers

Peace of mind and quality service are refreshing in this day and age. With an increasing focus on speed, in communication and in service, quality can often be compromised for the sake of convenience. We feel that those two concepts don’t have to be mutually exclusive. Things can get done in a timely manner while being held to a certain standard of quality; a concept we firmly believe and actively subscribe to. With a little hard work and a commitment to our customers, we strive to do things properly AND efficiently.

Again, doing things properly is a refreshing way to do business; some might say better than a new pair of socks. We thought it best to take you through all the ways our unique testing and inspection process is extremely refreshing and why it makes us Canada’s number one circuit breaker specialist. With all of that said, here are the seven surprising ways breaker inspections are more refreshing than new socks:

Civic Recycling Certified Breakers


1. In-depth breaker Inspections

Each circuit breaker we test goes through a thorough inspection that leaves no stone unturned. When it comes to electrical equipment, no corner should be cut and that’s something we pride ourselves on. Each breaker gets the in-depth treatment that it should, whether it’s one of our own that we’re selling or one a customer has brought in.

2. Certified breaker inspections and Testing

Each of our breakers, when tested, meet or exceed the standards set out by PEARL, NEMA, NETA, IEEE, and those laid out by the manufacturer. We don’t cut corners, as these specifics suggest. We want to keep our customers coming back, as well as attract new ones, and we believe the best way to do this is by offering quality service that we stand behind.

3. We Sell and Reconditioned

Since we’re merely not taking in others breakers and reconditioning them, we sell our own reconditioned breakers as well, we have to adhere to certain standards of quality. This also means we know the products inside and out. You don’t get to number one in the country without having an in-depth and complete knowledge of the products you’re dealing with.

4. Written Test Results

With every breaker we test and recondition comes a unique tracking number. This number corresponds to a written report that details the test results. This acts as a sort of insurance for the breaker you’re purchasing and offers peace of to you, your business, and your potential customers. It shows that we stand behind our work and have no issues letting you know what went into the breaker you purchased; complete transparency.

5. Testing as a Service

Not only do we recondition and sell our breakers, but we’re happy to take in and test any breaker that is brought in to us. It’s part of the service we provide and part of our greater goal, which is to ensure all breakers out there are safe for use. If you ever need some questions answered, don’t hesitate to bring in a breaker for our inspection.

6. Civic 36-point Visual Inspection

Part of the testing service we provide is a complete 36-point visual inspection of the interior and exterior of every breaker we take in after a thorough cleaning of the product. This ensures we take care of any issues with the breaker before the actual testing begins. It may seem like a large undertaking, but it pays dividends in the long wrong and allows us to guarantee all of our products.

7. 100% One Year Guarantee

We guarantee every breaker, new or reconditioned, 100% for a year after we sell it. The guarantee is not something we take lightly, but it’s obviously a testament to how much we believe in all of the products we sell. It’s a simple and straightforward statement and something we really believe in. We love breaker inspections!


Reconditioned Circuit Breakers from Civic Recycling

As always, we provide open lines of communication as well. If any questions need to be answered we can always be reached via email at [email protected], or by phone. Should the purchasing of a new or reconditioned product require our expertise, we’re always happy to answer any questions and to assist in the process.

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Shop online for circuit breakers and your equipment ships free!

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If there’s something we can all agree on, it’s that free things are good. Not the type of “free” things that come with caveats, but things that are truly free. That’s why we like to offer free shipping for any orders over $500 to anywhere in Canada. Shop Online with us to save time and money.

Sometimes it can be difficult to find what you need in store. This means that one must default to shopping online. Many people don’t like shopping online, due to the incessant advertising as well as the overwhelming number of options. We, however, like to think that we have found ways to combat these issues on our own site by offering unique ways to expedite the process and save money.

Outstanding Stock AND Online?

As with any shopping experience, be it online or at a brick and mortar, we believe that simplicity and ease of access to products are the keys to success. On our site, there are a lot of options for which product to purchase, but that doesn’t mean it’s overwhelming. When searching for a product there are a number of different parameters that can be set to narrow a search. This includes being able to narrow down a search by volts, amps, poles, and manufacturer. Having this ability takes out the needle in a haystack element to online shopping, and simplifies the process.

Shop Online for Reconditioned Equipment

What our online shopping experience also features is a “my account” function, allowing products and previous purchases to be saved and revisited. When searching for products, they can be “favourited” and revisited upon the next visit to the account. Once a product has been “favourited,” it will be automatically saved on the site and can be seen again from any computer. It makes choosing products much easier and streamlines the process for the next times a purchase needs to be made. With a lot of product options on the site, it’s nice to have the peace of mind knowing that past purchases can be referenced. This will go a long way in saving time for subsequent purchases and guiding future decisions.

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How reconditioned breakers can help you live a better life

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We spend a lot of time talking about the time and effort we take into reconditioning our circuit breakers, why this is important, and what separates us from other companies doing the same thing. This has been discussed at length, and rightfully so; it’s important to know what goes into a product that has been previously used and how reliable it can be. With that said, something we don’t discuss as often is some of the other tangible and intangible benefits that come along with purchasing a reconditioned product from a company like ours. Some of these things seem obvious, some less so.

We thought today, we’d take the opportunity to discuss these benefits and why they should mean something to you. Again, some of these benefits will strike you as quite obvious, but we also thought this to be a fine opportunity to explain why some of these benefits are unique to our company. Circuit breakers may seem like a simple tool, but there is a lot that goes into them and there is a lot to think about when purchasing them. So, with that in mind let’s discuss four major benefits to buying reconditioned breakers, and why they will only serve to help you live a better life.

Electrical Breakers (and peace of mind):

Something that we take pride in, as has been discussed here before, is the amount of work and rigorous testing we put into our reconditioned breakers. What this testing process produces, aside from a reliable product, is peace of mind for the person who is purchasing the breakers. There’s an inherent skepticism that comes along with used products, often times rightfully so, but with our process being as thorough and transparent as it is, there’s no reason to doubt anything ever purchased. Peace of mind, especially in regards to electrical equipment, goes a long way and allows you to purchase great products at a reduced rate without having to doubt their veracity.

Used Electrical Supplies (they’re green):

Another benefit to buying reconditioned products is their effect on the environment. Reconditioning products versus manufacturing new ones is always going to have a net benefit on the environment. Not only that, but when breakers are reconditioned and tested, older pieces are often replaced by newer, state of the art ones. What this does is allow the breaker to become much more efficient. It’s a pretty simple and beneficial concept, something that is certainly worth considering.

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Circuit Breakers – when Amazon isn’t the best place to buy

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As the world changes, so do the ways in which we shop. With technology constantly evolving many people have begun to do a lot of their shopping online. When there’s the option to shop from sites like Amazon, who seemingly carry any and every product available, it streamlines life and makes shopping for hard to find items a lot easier. Having the ability to get some of your groceries and clothes and a baby seat all in one place makes life a whole lot easier. It would appear, on the surface at least, that buying everything from a site like this is a no-brainer. So what about Circuit Breakers?

Benefits of a Specialty Service

While there’s truth to a lot of what was just mentioned, occasionally purchasing a product that requires more thought from a place like this is a little risky. While a site like Amazon caters to everyone, it lacks the specific advice and personal touch some of these products require. Buying certain things, like circuit breakers for instance, require knowledge to ensure the right product is being purchased for specific jobs. Some buying circuit breakers know what they’re looking for, many others, however, do not. Going into Amazon and arbitrarily purchasing a circuit breaker in the hopes that it will get the job done is not a smart way to operate.

When purchasing circuit breakers, whether new or reconditioned, there needs to be a certain expectation that it’s the right product for the job and that it’s going to work to the levels expected. Where sites like Amazon fall short is ensuring that all of these prerequisites are met. Amazon does a lot of things extremely well, offering nuanced advice and guidance specific to circuit breakers doesn’t happen to be one of them.


Why Choose Breakers from Civic Recycling?

When purchasing a circuit breaker, doing so from a place that specializes in such products is the best plan of attack. There are a number of reasons why looking at sites like our own, Civic Recycling, specializes in circuit breakers and have an intimate knowledge the products, will bear fruit in the long run. There are a number of reasons why specialty sites will be beneficial when purchasing products such as these, and here are a few of them:

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How breaker testing can give you peace of mind

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Trust Quality Breaker Testing from Civic

When you’re purchasing reconditioned circuit breakers, whether it be for personal or business purposes, it’s important to know that they’re going to work exactly as advertised. At Civic Recycling, it’s not something we merely take for granted; it’s something that we take pride in and have the utmost confidence in. What’s more, every reconditioned circuit breaker comes with a written test report, to offer peace of mind. We’ll discuss this in greater depth in the subsequent text. Now, we understand that simply saying these things won’t convince you that our products are any better than anyone else’s, which works just fine as we have ample evidence to show you.

Reconditioned and Tested Circuit Breakers

At Civic, we put each and every reconditioned circuit breaker through a rigorous testing process that includes multiple stages. The first stages are a complete cleaning of the inside and outside, followed by a 36-point visual inspection of the interior and exterior of the breaker. Once things have been properly visually inspected and cleaned comes the actual breaker testing. Molded circuit breakers consist are three main parts: the insulation, the contacts, and the trip unit. Three different tests are required to test the three different components, which are as follows:

  • Insulation Resistance:

This test is done to verify the condition of the breaker’s insulating materials. Testing is performed using an insulation resistance test set at 1KV. The results of this test are included in the test report we spoke about.

  • Contact Resistance:

The second test performed is done to verify the current path in the breaker. Loose or bad connections, dirty hinge points or contacts, and burnt contacts will all show up as a high resistance reading. Testing is performed on each phase individually using a digital low resistance ohmmeter at 10amps, results are measured in milliohms and recorded, again, in the test report.

  • Over Current Trip Test:

The third test is to verify the time-current characteristics of the breaker. Testing is performed with direct injection to simulate an overload current. We have assembled over 2000 manufacturer’s trip curves, and test each phase on every molded case circuit breaker to ensure that it trips according to the manufacturer’s very own factory specifications. These results too will end up in the test report.

Civic Test Reports

If you’re not well-versed in this type of language, what we’re saying is that each and every circuit breaker we recondition and sell goes through a battery of tests to ensure it will perform at the highest levels possible. Each reconditioned breaker also has a test report attached to it. What this report includes the detailed results of each breaker. It’s something of an insurance policy when purchasing breakers, as you know that the breaker has been put through the necessary paces to perform the way it should. The test report has a unique tracking number attached to it so that it’s always there to reference for you.

As a further insurance policy on each breaker, testing is performed only by Certified Low Voltage Circuit Breaker Technicians. Not only that, but each reconditioned breaker will meet or exceed the standards set out by NEMA, NETA, IEEE, as well as the manufacturer’s own testing standards.

Our Breakers Just Work!

What all of this amounts to is that the breakers we sign off on are simply going to perform to the highest of specifications set out in the industry. Our breakers will work and not break. We stand behind the work we put into them and the products that we, in turn, sell to our customers. Should you have any further questions regarding our testing processes or what the right product for you is, don’t hesitate to contact our sales staff with any and all of your queries. We’ll get you properly outfitted with the product and services that are right for you.

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Civic Recycling – How Green Is The New Expert

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Being Green In the Electrical Industry

Recyclable material is a leading renewable energy resource. Initiatives taken to dismantle equipment and separate into appropriate parts not only aids in the production of low energy resources such as varying metals but also provides countless job opportunities. In Canada, research has shown that green/recycling industry accounts for 10 times more employment and revenue than the waste industry.

Recycling Programs in Alberta

Alberta has the honorable distinction of initiating Canada’s first electronics recycling program back in 2004 and Civic Recycling is proving themselves as being one of the leading companies to help the movement. Alberta alone has recycled well over 8 million pieces of electrical equipment which mean that our landfills have been saved from incredibly hazardous materials such as lead, mercury or cadmium found in circuit boards or cathode ray tubes.

Civic Recycling’s ongoing commitment to the environment, recycling and being a company to offer a full range of services within the electrical industry is clear in their 3 main strategies to properly dispose of hazardous equipment:

1. Fluorescent Ballast Recycling

Civic Recycling now accepts NON-PCB fluorescent ballasts. Your business will be provided with a Certificate of Recycling which can support various LEED programs within your industry.

2. Fluorescent Lamp Recycling

Did you know that a standard fluorescent lamp contains approximately 23mg of toxic mercury? That is enough mercury to contaminate 20,000 L of water! Civic Recycling’s on-site “55 VRSU Premium Bulb Eater” effectively removes over 98% of the mercury and phosphor dust contained in standard lamps.

3. Fluorescent Fixture Recycling

These fixtures pose many unique recycling problems which many landfills and metal recyclers do not accept because of their mix of metals and low-grade tin that makes the fixtures themselves and the ballast. Our unique approach of stripping down each component into separated smaller groups makes it easier for recyclers to process.

 


We love being Green

For the past 20 years, Civic Recycling has been creatively seeking unique solutions for our valued customers. Our passion and dedication in providing expert knowledge with our wide array of products from Circuit Breakers to Fuses fully translates our proficiency and environmental prowess with our recycling efforts.

 

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5 Ways To Build Better Electrical Safety Management Systems

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Electrical Safety Management

Just about every business uses electricity and, in fact, the use of electrical power is so commonplace that it’s easy to take for granted in some respects. Any electrical system has the potential to cause harm to both life and property and accidents occur every day somewhere here in Canada, often because proper procedures in the treatment and use of electricity aren’t followed. Personal injuries may be suffered in a variety of ways, including:

  • Direct contact with either an energized electrical conductor or a live circuit. The human body is an efficient electrical conductor and when an electrical charge enters the body the energy will travel through it seeking a ground. This can be fatal, as the electricity can cause a malfunction of the heart, the lungs, and other muscles.
  • Electrical energy can arc or jump from an exposed circuit or conductor through the air to a person who is grounded, causing similar death or damage as that of direct contact.
  • Thermal burns may be suffered from the heat generated by electrical arcs as well as burns received from materials catching on fire as a result of contact with arcs or the heat created by electrical currents. Contact burns caused by being shocked may show little damage to your skin yet create significant damage to internal tissue.
  • Receiving a shock while on a ladder or otherwise working above ground can cause a fall that may result in serious injury.

Your Electrical Safety System

Every business should have an electrical safety management system in place that provides basic training regarding ways to avoid being injured or killed by electricity and ways to prevent property damage or destruction. Here are some tips on building a better electrical safety management system.

  1. Conduct semi-annual safety meetings for all employees stressing the dangers of electricity and how to protect against property damage/personal injury.

  2. Ensure personnel know what to do in an electrical emergency.

  3. Ensure all extension cords are of the proper size for the appliance they’re used to power, that they’re only used for temporary use, not coiled in use and inspected before use.

  4. Ensure all circuit breaker panels are properly labeled and any breakers that are replaced are certified safely operational.

  5. Conduct regular workplace assessments to ensure safe practices are being utilized throughout.

  6. When it’s time to replace a piece of electrical gear, utilize the services of a certified professional for replacement parts.


 

Learn more about how we test our electrical products, safety is our top priority. Civic Recycling is committed to delivering fantastics products to our customers across Canada. Think of us for Electrical Equipment and breakers including:

 

 

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From Home Builders to Electricians: Civic Has You Covered

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It’s important to understand your needs. Whether you’re going to be buying in bulk for a business, performing smaller residential projects, or simply tackling something on your own, knowing what you need and what you don’t, no matter the job, can’t be overstated. All this leads us to talk about the services we offer at Civic Recycling. Some places specialize in supporting larger scale businesses, and some places specialize in supporting the little guy and the handyman- at Civic we have the products and the infrastructure to support anyone who’s looking for a quality product.

 

Civic Recycling: Outstanding Electrical Stock

What makes our stock so great is not only the variety- we have circuit breakers, transformers, fuses, motor control- but the fact that we offer all of these products at varying prices. This, paired with our knowledgeable staff, will assist you in finding the product that perfectly suits your needs. Whether you’re a wholesaler, working in oil and gas, or in the agricultural industry, we have the products and services that will suit the needs of any person or business. A brief conversation with any of our well-versed sales team will position you to purchase the best product for your needs.

 

Professionally Reconditioned Equipment

In addition to our wide selection of electrical products and services, we offer professionally reconditioned and refurbished circuit breakers. While some may be put off by the idea of a second-hand piece of electrical equipment, our breakers go through rigorous testing. Not only that, but each breaker is reconditioned by a Certified Breaker Technician, come with a written test, and are backed by a one year 100% guarantee. Not only will the product perform to the highest of standards, as you would expect, but the product guarantee offers peace of mind as well.

 

Breaker Testing and Inspections

To further provide peace of mind and quality, each breaker once cleaned goes through a 36-point visual inspection. Once the visual inspection has taken place, each breaker goes through a three different tests to further inspect its reliability and quality. The three tests are an insulation resistance test- to verify the condition of the breakers insulating materials, a contact resistance test- to verify the current path of the breaker, and an overcurrent trip test- which verifies the time-current characteristics of the breaker.

What we’re trying to say here is that even though these breakers are reconditioned, the vigorous testing and thoroughness of each test guarantees that the product will operate exactly how a new product would. The refurbished product also realizes a cost saving which is passed along to the customer.


At the end of the day, no matter who you are and what size your business is, we have the products and the knowledge to take care of your needs. As we said, our fantastic selection and the option to purchase reconditioned products means that there is going to be something here for everyone at every price point.
Should you have any question regarding what the right product for you is, don’t hesitate to contact our sales staff with any and all of your queries. We’ll get you properly outfitted with the product and services that are right for you.

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Electrical Infrastructure in Canada: What’s Next?

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New Blog Post: What’s Next for Electrical Infrastructure in Canada?

As the world changes, Canada changes with it. The slow move away from fossil fuels is in progress, and this provides us the opportunity to take a look at where Canada is moving as well. As the economy works around energy generation it’s important to have a firm grasp on where things are going and where they’re coming from. We thought it would be an enlightening topic of discussion to take a look our own electrical infrastructure and see where things are headed.


Electrical Energy Generation in Canada

Canada is quite diverse in its energy generation, being the second largest producer of hydroelectricity in the world. With the demand for electricity, especially in the industrial sector, only expected to grow, Canada has some interesting ways with how it’s going to keep up with demand. Change in electrical infrastructure, generation and production are always subject to government changes, and what parts of the country are most and least in demand.

In terms of generation, according to the government of Canada, the country is expected to continue producing hydroelectricity at high levels but will see its share decrease from 55% to 51% of total production by the year 2040. Where the slack will be picked up is in wind generation, which is expected to rise from 7% of total electricity produced to 11% by 2040. We will also see a rise in production from biomass, solar, and geothermal, which will account for about 5% also by 2040. We will also see natural gas rise from 15% to 22% over that same time span. In terms of decreasing production, nuclear energy is expected to shrink down to about 6% from 10% by 2040.

On top of that, the country is linked to a number of exciting projects moving forward, including smart grids, small-scale renewable and clean energy products, and ecoEnergy. Diversification and a smaller reliance, if ever so slightly, on the types of energy Canada has always produced seem to be what’s going to be the norm in the coming decades.


Electrical Infrastructure and Civic Recycling

I guess this all begs the question of what does it all mean? Well, it’s important to know where Canada stands on energy as there are a great many jobs and investments that rely on what the future may hold. With climate change also becoming a greater concern, finding ways to combat its effects is an important discussion and process to begin. We also must ask; how does this impact us? As an electrical supplies company, we always need to know what comes next, whether that means changes in commercial or personal sales. The rules of the game are always changing and if you can’t keep up then you’ll get left behind.

At Civic Recycling we strive to be a part of Canada’s future energy goals while maintaining the things we do that we feel make us great. The world’s, and Canada’s, consumption of electricity and electrical infrastructure will change over the coming years and we plan on being right there with it.


 

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From the Obsolete to the Obvious

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Civic Recycling Obsolete and Obvious Reconditioned Products

For many of us, the idea of buying something “used” or supposedly “obsolete” doesn’t carry a positive connotation. Buying something that isn’t fresh out of the package can often mean that it’s not in working condition or is not as aesthetically pleasing. Sometimes this is the case, but making that declaration before seeing or using the product is a mistake, and no one knows that better than we do.


 

Outstanding Stock Tested and Inspected Rigorously 

At Civic Recycling we take pride in our reconditioned products. We can certainly understand the reticence of people out there to take the plunge into “used” parts, but we would like to explain why we believe so deeply in our reconditioned products. While some places may take shortcuts when it comes to refurbishing a product, we most certainly do not. Each of our reconditioned circuit breakers is professionally done and accompanied with a 36-point interior and exterior visual inspection. Once that’s been completed, we begin our actual testing of the circuit breaker. Molded case circuit breakers consist of three parts- the insulation, the contacts, and the trip unit. Each one of these components is tested using three different pieces of equipment, which we’ll quickly summarize:

  1. Insulation Resistance: this test is done to verify the condition of the breaker’s insulating materials;
  2. Contact Resistance: this test verifies the current path in the breaker;
  3. Over Current Trip Test: this test is done to verify the time-current characteristics of the breaker, and is done to ensure it trips to the manufacturer’s exact factory specifications.

After our rigorous testing has been completed we issue a test report for each breaker that has completed testing. This not only offers peace of mind, but acts as a sort of insurance policy for those purchasing the breakers.


 

Reconditioned Circuit Breakers and Electric Parts

So what does this all amount to? Well, it allows us to call ourselves Canada’s #1 circuit breaker specialist and provide an absolutely fantastic array of products. Not only do we carry a wide variety of reconditioned circuit breakers (which, again, have gone through our rigorous testing), but a wide selection of new products as well. Our outstanding stock is what we consider our advantage, and we are now able to offer these products for purchase online. Obsolete is now the obvious and our customers love it!

What we want everyone to know is that reconditioned products, when dealt with properly and tested rigorously and thoroughly, can perform to the exact same levels as a new product, all the while saving money. With the testing our products go through, as well as the test reports that accompany all of our reconditioned products, we know that they will perform exactly how they should. Along with the cost savings, the peace of mind that comes along with that is invaluable. That’s why we don’t believe that “used” products are obsolete, and in many cases, have become the obvious choice for our customers.

Buy Circuit Breakers and Outstanding Stock

Should you need assistance, we’re always here to offer a helping hand whether that be through visiting our store, sending in an email, or calling one of our professionals for the opinion you need. We’ll assist with any inquiries that come our way and look forward to assisting anyone who has questions. We have the answers.

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