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Old 07-15-2019, 03:30 PM   #1
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From SSM, Ontario, just curious who you guys are buying the bulk of your breakers, panels, receptacles, ect. from for residential.


Anyone new that's in the market?



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Old 07-15-2019, 03:32 PM   #2
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Welcome aboard @onthegravytrain! I think....

Are you an electrician or supplier?

If you filled out your profile I wouldn't need to ask.
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Thanks!

I'm a residential electrician in the Sault Ste Marie, Ontario, Canada region. I've been buying from the same 2-3 guys for the last 15 years and was trying to save a couple bucks. There's a couple companies here in town or from Sudbury I buy from, just wondering if I could be buying from others while not sacrificing quality
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Oh I got you, seemed like another pitch man.

Hopefully some of the Canadian guys will help you out.
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If you’re that close to the border, is it worth it to go south and load up? Not sure about approvals; definitely not panels.
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Coming across the boarder, they'll always give us a hard time and in the end, we found it wasn't worth the trouble. We kinda just like ordering online and having it arrive a couple days later. It's nice not talking to people and having things show up.
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There is not much you can get from the USA that we can install; I live 20 minutes from Buffalo and I never buy electrical supplies from the USA. Now tools for sure and some fixtures, but nothing else is CSA approved.

Here we use mostly Gerrie (Siemens), Guillevin (SquareD) and Westburne (Eaton). I have been looking at doing some work with Nedco / Graybar but they don't have anything different then any one else.

I order most of my network items from a company out of Pointe-Claire QC.

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Reading about Sudbury and Pointe Claire and "Sue" Saint Marie reminds me of when my parents were talking and they said those places a lot of times. I think we mighta taken our boat to one or two of them.
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The Soo probably isn't as glamorous and wonderful as you last imagined it. It's plagued with an Opioid problem and many people in the community are either dying or leaving the city.
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The Soo probably isn't as glamorous and wonderful as you last imagined it. It's plagued with an Opioid problem and many people in the community are either dying or leaving the city.
Sad truth but drug abuse is everywhere. My most recent experience was a long term customer who became unpredictable and had a hard time paying his bills. Cocaine.
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We were using Gerrie in London, On.....lots of nuissance trips with the AFCI breakers,,
went to Homeline and it hasnt been an issue since.
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Sorry didnt mention that it was Siemens panels, lol....Gerrie wasnt at fault for the panels, great people over there
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Gerrie looks like they have a nice website, might give them a try. Yeah, I went through the same thing with Siemens panels. Switched over to Eaton panels a while ago and I get them from Covalin.
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AFCI’s have improved. I don’t have any issues with Siemens panels and they’re made in Canada.
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If I have a short home run to a receptacle, I will run BX to it and install an AFCI receptacle. Leviton even makes an AFCI switch now. It saves a few bucks over a breaker and allows more tandems in a crowded panel. Unlike the purists here, I don’t mind tandems.

No nuisance tripping with AFCI receptacles or dead fronts in my experience.
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If I have a short home run to a receptacle, I will run BX to it and install an AFCI receptacle. Leviton even makes an AFCI switch now. It saves a few bucks over a breaker and allows more tandems in a crowded panel. Unlike the purists here, I don’t mind tandems.

No nuisance tripping with AFCI receptacles or dead fronts in my experience.
Bx? Do you mean mc cable?
I have no problems with tandems as well.
I stock quads as well. Sometimes i have to pull out my rubber mallet to install.

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Bx? Do you mean mc cable?
I have no problems with tandems as well.
I stock quads as well. Sometimes i have to pull out my rubber mallet to install.

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You guys call armoured cable MC. In Canada, the actual term is AC90. Your’s might be a little different but essentially the same chit.
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You guys call armoured cable MC. In Canada, the actual term is AC90. Your’s might be a little different but essentially the same chit.
Bx here (no longer used) was a pain in the neck. Steel armored and a hard to strip.

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We still call it BX even though it probably isn’t.
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Can confirm. BX=AC90 in Canada
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