Historic Toronto Street Signs for Sale

Toronto street signs

According to City News Toronto, the city is selling pieces of its history to the highest bidder. That’s not as dramatic as it seems as the items being sold are street signs too degraded to be read. The act is in keeping with Toronto’s 2007 policy of harmonizing street name designs. Over 1,700 signs are up for auction, with the proceeds going to Toronto’s traffic sign revenue account.

The city replaces over 1,800 street name signs every year, and the new signs cost the city government a considerable amount! The figure can rise over time as 200 to 300 new signs are expected to be added each year.

Prevent your facility’s own traffic signs from following the fate of Toronto’s street signs. Follow these two simple tips:

1. Set a schedule for traffic, parking and street sign inspection.

Many businesses make the mistake of replacing signs only when they’re too degraded to use. This poses problems! Illegible signs in heavily trafficked areas make drivers more vulnerable to traffic accidents.

Thus, it’s important to regularly inspect all signs you are responsible for and quickly repair or replace damaged or undecipherable parking signs. Set a schedule based on the recommendations of your hazard assessment officer or the expected lifetime of your signs.

2. Choose traffic signs with durable protection.

Just as an ounce of prevention can be worth a pound of cure, choosing high-quality traffic signs such as stop signs can save costs in the long run. Go for signs with protection such as Seton’s UltraTuff overlaminate, which resists grime, dirt, chemicals, and inclement weather. They’re also easy to clean and require little maintenance, with long years of guaranteed service.

Follow these quick and easy tips to save you a great amount of hassle and cost. Think ahead, and don’t skimp when it comes to ensuring your employees’ safety!

 

Installing U-Channel Sign Posts

Sign PostsThe truth is, not all sign  posts are alike. Sign posts come in different shapes, sizes, styles, and materials.  Choosing the right one depends on the location, the sign, and your general preference.  You can even choose a portable sign post that you can easily carry with no installation needed. In terms of style and shape, there are tubular or cylindrical posts, traditional square posts, and u-channel posts.

U-Channel posts are the most popular choice because they are easy to install and very versatile.  They feature  perforations which means different size signs can be conveniently displayed at almost any height. These posts are available in a variety of heights and colours suitable for outdoors and indoors.

Installing u-channel sign posts in the ground is easy compared to tubular posts where you have to actually dig up the ground. For u-channel posts, all you need are a post driver, level, marker, and measuring tape. You’ll need washers, nuts, and bolts when installing the actual sign to the sign post.

Here’s a step by step guide to installing your u-channel sign post:

Step 1: Find the best location for your sign post. Choose a highly visible spot with no trees or shrubberies that may hide the sign. Make sure no underground utility like electricity or water line is present on the sign post spot.

Step 2: Determine the length of the post that needs to be buried. You need to drive the post far into the ground according the sign post’s height. This is to prevent the post loosening up over time and falling over. Use a measuring tape (start from the bottom) and mark the appropriate length of the post. Here’s a short guide:

  • 4 ft. post – 1-1/2 ft. deep
  • 6-7 ft. post – 2-1/2 ft. deep
  • 8-12 ft. post – 3-1/2 ft. deep

Step 3: Mark the spot for the post with spray paint. This is especially helpful if you need to install many posts in your facility or streets.

Step 4: Aim the bottom of the sign post directly on the mark.How to Install Sign Posts

Step 5: Enlist the help of an assistant. Ask him or her to bring you the post driver.

Step 6: Hand over the post to your assistant as you slip the driver on top of the post.

Step 7: Carefully walk the post up into an upright position with you holding on to the handles of the post driver. Use a ladder if you need one to drive the post.

Step 8: Drive the post manually using the driver by simply pushing the driver up and letting it slide back down, essentially hammering the post into place. Repeat as needed.

Step 9: After burying the post a few inches deep, check to see if the post is straight with a level tool.

Step 10: Install the sign on the correct side of the u-channel post. This is the open side of “u”, the one with the two pairs of flaps that should sit flat on the back of the sign, giving it extra support which prevents the sign from folding. Use the nuts and bolts to secure the sign to the post.

 

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Selecting Traffic Sign Materials

Traffic Signs

Traffic signs are one of the most essential tools to prevent chaos on the highways and streets of every town and city on the planet. From makeshift wooden boards to professionally designed and manufactured LED-illuminated traffic signs, they help travelers arrive at their destination.

Standards for Canadian traffic signs specifying materials, wording, installation, etc. can be found in the MUTCD (Manual of Uniform Traffic Control Device) which closely follows the MUTCD for the United States. Since the two countries have fairly similar driving situations, it makes sense to have uniformity of traffic signs. In Canada, provinces and territories may also have their own manuals based on the MUTCD standards such as the Manual of Standard Traffic Signs and Pavement Markings from the British Columbia Ministry of Transportation and Highways.

The effectiveness of traffic signs depends on a number of elements. The most important, of course, is the legibility of each sign followed by durability. The material the sign is made of will effect both of those.    There are a variety of road sign materials that are available and each one has its own benefits and disadvantages.

Traffic Sign Materials:

Aluminum – Traffic safety signs made of aluminum are able to withstand the outdoor conditions of the road. Aside from the fact that aluminum is more durable than plastic, it’s also rust and corrosion-proof. Because of its lightweight characteristics, aluminum road signs are easy to install. One drawback of using aluminum, though, is that it’s prone to dents and scratches. It’s also more expensive than plastic.

Steel – In terms of durability, nothing compares to heavy-duty galvanized steel signs. With its 18-gauge steel sheet that’s .05 inches thick, signs could last decades without needing replacements. Steel doesn’t easily bend or dent making it virtually maintenance-free. However, galvanized steel signs are fairly heavy which means they need heavy-duty hardware for installation.

Polyethylene – High-density plastic is the least expensive material used in signage. Typical signs are .125 inches thick which is strong enough to withstand indoor as well as regular outdoor conditions. Because polyethylene signs are easy to install and to customize, these signs are ideal for parking lots where companies can include their logos and employee names to reserve parking spaces. And while its most obvious weakness is that it easily buckles and collapses upon impact, plastic signs can actually reduce injuries to people and vehicles because of this very reason.

The material’s reflectivity is another aspect of traffic and parking signs that should be considered. Drivers and pedestrians need to be able to read the signs even under low-light and nighttime conditions to prevent accidents and collisions.

Traffic Sign Reflectivity:

Non-Reflective – Modern road signs usually need reflective materials or illumination during the night to guide drivers and motorists. Non-reflective signs are recommended only for well-lit areas and signs that are not vital at night. Parking signs and other facility signs can be made with non-reflective materials. For official traffic signs, however, the standard is still retro-reflective or illuminated signs.

Engineer-Grade Reflective – Materials that are classified Engineer-Grade reflective are visible for up to 500 feet. The material’s reflectivity has a lifespan of 5 to 7 years. It’s recommended to use engineer-grade reflectivity on non-critical signage only such as parking lot signs and way-finding signs.

High-Intensity Reflective – Most traffic signs are made with high-intensity reflectivity. The material is visible up to 1,000 feet which makes it ideal for highways, roadways, and essential street signs.

 

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