Tips from the Experts

Sometimes, there are things you just learn over time. Our team of experts have shared some of the trade secrets they have learned through successes and failures.

Jim Davidson

Jim Davidson is the Managing Partner at SprayWorks Equipment Group. He has 50 years of experience in the spray foam industry and has worked alongside many of the industry pioneers. Jim has designed and created industry equipment such as; Spraybot, Barrel Blazer, Roboliner and Polybot - among others.

John Davidson

John Davidson is the VP of Operations at SprayWorks Equipment Group and is an SPFA PCP Certified Roofing and Insulation Installer. With over 25 years of experience in the spray foam and polyurea industry, John brings a wealth of knowledge and hands-on experience. He has worked on commercial and residential buildings, bridges and infrastructure.

Dave Penta

Dave Penta is the VP of Sales at SprayWorks Equipment Group. For the past 30+ years, Dave has worked with multiple industries including; commercial and residential buildings, along with spray foam and coatings systems.

SPRAY GUNS

Best Tool to Have

As Spray Foam Technicians, we recommend one tool you should have on hand that can keep you and your crew up and running. When you suspect that you may have an electrical issue and need to contact a tech for help, one of the first things you may be asked is to confirm voltage’s through the spray system. Having a Multi-Meter on hand in your spray rig will help you to easily determine the answers you need to get your system up and running asap.

Reduce Pocketing in Studs

There are different ways to spray Open Cell foam to eliminate pocketing when spraying studs. Depending on the manufacturer you are using, they will recommend vertical or horizontal spray techniques – because of the chemical compound and how it settles in. For example; Rhino Linings recommends spraying horizontally with their Thermal Guard Open Cell. In doing so, I can improve my overall spray quality and deliver a better end-product.

Electrical Connections

Often overlooked when owning and operating spray foam equipment, is the electrical system.  When transporting to and from projects, the spray equipment takes its share of bumps and vibrations that can loosen electrical connections. I recommended rechecking all of the electrical connections at least once every three months. Weak connections can prematurely short circuit or shorten the life of the electrical components.

Use the Correct Mixing Chamber & PCT Combo

PMC AP-EX Spray GunWhen using the AP-2 AP-EX extension gun in 16” on center stud wall type spray application – try using PMCs – 00X Mixing Chamber and PCT combination. (PN# KT-814-00X) Set your spray foam machine around 1,000 PSI on you’re A and B gauges. This will allow for further extended control of the AP-2s quick change mixing spray head.

Remove moisture from your drums

The “A” component, while in the drum, will react with atoms in the air resulting in the formation of crystal like skin structures. The “A” material should be sealed properly to limit the potential of these formations that if allowed to form will contaminate the liquid. Contamination may make the liquid impossible to process, requiring disposal and wasting of the product. Once the drum is opened, the air needed to replace the displacement of the “A” material being removed should be dry. This is achieved be either low pressure nitrogen being let in the drum as the material is displaced or filtered through a desiccant dryer.

Making a Record of Your Parts

Proper part identification is extremely important to ensure you are receiving the correct part for your machine. If a part is ordered by the wrong number, the wrong part is shipped and extra shipping charges are incurred for returns. But more important than the extra shipping involved, is the possible loss of production time that this unnecessary delay may cause you.

I recommend making a record of all part numbers, as equipment is purchased. This will help prevent delays and added expense.

Weather Conditions

As seasons begin to change, it’s easy to overlook the still-frigid-nights with the sunny days. Temperatures fluctuate from day to night, even in the spring and summer, so I recommend keeping your material stored and warm overnight. Don’t let the sun fool you!

Clean your screen filter

Materials entering the proportioning unit may require screening or filtering. Therefore, manufactures of the spray equipment commonly install y-strainers or filter housings on or near the machine to pre-screen the materials as they are transferred from the storage vessel prior to entering the proportioning unit. Proper cleaning or replacement of the screen filter must be completed daily or as needed to ensure proper material supply is achieved. Clogging and restriction of the screen filter may cause cavitation and/or poorly dispersed product known as off-ratio.
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HOSES

Best Tool to Have

As Spray Foam Technicians, we recommend one tool you should have on hand that can keep you and your crew up and running. When you suspect that you may have an electrical issue and need to contact a tech for help, one of the first things you may be asked is to confirm voltage’s through the spray system. Having a Multi-Meter on hand in your spray rig will help you to easily determine the answers you need to get your system up and running asap.

Reduce Pocketing in Studs

There are different ways to spray Open Cell foam to eliminate pocketing when spraying studs. Depending on the manufacturer you are using, they will recommend vertical or horizontal spray techniques – because of the chemical compound and how it settles in. For example; Rhino Linings recommends spraying horizontally with their Thermal Guard Open Cell. In doing so, I can improve my overall spray quality and deliver a better end-product.

Electrical Connections

Often overlooked when owning and operating spray foam equipment, is the electrical system.  When transporting to and from projects, the spray equipment takes its share of bumps and vibrations that can loosen electrical connections. I recommended rechecking all of the electrical connections at least once every three months. Weak connections can prematurely short circuit or shorten the life of the electrical components.

Use the Correct Mixing Chamber & PCT Combo

PMC AP-EX Spray GunWhen using the AP-2 AP-EX extension gun in 16” on center stud wall type spray application – try using PMCs – 00X Mixing Chamber and PCT combination. (PN# KT-814-00X) Set your spray foam machine around 1,000 PSI on you’re A and B gauges. This will allow for further extended control of the AP-2s quick change mixing spray head.

Remove moisture from your drums

The “A” component, while in the drum, will react with atoms in the air resulting in the formation of crystal like skin structures. The “A” material should be sealed properly to limit the potential of these formations that if allowed to form will contaminate the liquid. Contamination may make the liquid impossible to process, requiring disposal and wasting of the product. Once the drum is opened, the air needed to replace the displacement of the “A” material being removed should be dry. This is achieved be either low pressure nitrogen being let in the drum as the material is displaced or filtered through a desiccant dryer.

Making a Record of Your Parts

Proper part identification is extremely important to ensure you are receiving the correct part for your machine. If a part is ordered by the wrong number, the wrong part is shipped and extra shipping charges are incurred for returns. But more important than the extra shipping involved, is the possible loss of production time that this unnecessary delay may cause you.

I recommend making a record of all part numbers, as equipment is purchased. This will help prevent delays and added expense.

Weather Conditions

As seasons begin to change, it’s easy to overlook the still-frigid-nights with the sunny days. Temperatures fluctuate from day to night, even in the spring and summer, so I recommend keeping your material stored and warm overnight. Don’t let the sun fool you!

Clean your screen filter

Materials entering the proportioning unit may require screening or filtering. Therefore, manufactures of the spray equipment commonly install y-strainers or filter housings on or near the machine to pre-screen the materials as they are transferred from the storage vessel prior to entering the proportioning unit. Proper cleaning or replacement of the screen filter must be completed daily or as needed to ensure proper material supply is achieved. Clogging and restriction of the screen filter may cause cavitation and/or poorly dispersed product known as off-ratio.
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TRANSFER PUMPS

Best Tool to Have

As Spray Foam Technicians, we recommend one tool you should have on hand that can keep you and your crew up and running. When you suspect that you may have an electrical issue and need to contact a tech for help, one of the first things you may be asked is to confirm voltage’s through the spray system. Having a Multi-Meter on hand in your spray rig will help you to easily determine the answers you need to get your system up and running asap.

Reduce Pocketing in Studs

There are different ways to spray Open Cell foam to eliminate pocketing when spraying studs. Depending on the manufacturer you are using, they will recommend vertical or horizontal spray techniques – because of the chemical compound and how it settles in. For example; Rhino Linings recommends spraying horizontally with their Thermal Guard Open Cell. In doing so, I can improve my overall spray quality and deliver a better end-product.

Electrical Connections

Often overlooked when owning and operating spray foam equipment, is the electrical system.  When transporting to and from projects, the spray equipment takes its share of bumps and vibrations that can loosen electrical connections. I recommended rechecking all of the electrical connections at least once every three months. Weak connections can prematurely short circuit or shorten the life of the electrical components.

Use the Correct Mixing Chamber & PCT Combo

PMC AP-EX Spray GunWhen using the AP-2 AP-EX extension gun in 16” on center stud wall type spray application – try using PMCs – 00X Mixing Chamber and PCT combination. (PN# KT-814-00X) Set your spray foam machine around 1,000 PSI on you’re A and B gauges. This will allow for further extended control of the AP-2s quick change mixing spray head.

Remove moisture from your drums

The “A” component, while in the drum, will react with atoms in the air resulting in the formation of crystal like skin structures. The “A” material should be sealed properly to limit the potential of these formations that if allowed to form will contaminate the liquid. Contamination may make the liquid impossible to process, requiring disposal and wasting of the product. Once the drum is opened, the air needed to replace the displacement of the “A” material being removed should be dry. This is achieved be either low pressure nitrogen being let in the drum as the material is displaced or filtered through a desiccant dryer.

Making a Record of Your Parts

Proper part identification is extremely important to ensure you are receiving the correct part for your machine. If a part is ordered by the wrong number, the wrong part is shipped and extra shipping charges are incurred for returns. But more important than the extra shipping involved, is the possible loss of production time that this unnecessary delay may cause you.

I recommend making a record of all part numbers, as equipment is purchased. This will help prevent delays and added expense.

Weather Conditions

As seasons begin to change, it’s easy to overlook the still-frigid-nights with the sunny days. Temperatures fluctuate from day to night, even in the spring and summer, so I recommend keeping your material stored and warm overnight. Don’t let the sun fool you!

Clean your screen filter

Materials entering the proportioning unit may require screening or filtering. Therefore, manufactures of the spray equipment commonly install y-strainers or filter housings on or near the machine to pre-screen the materials as they are transferred from the storage vessel prior to entering the proportioning unit. Proper cleaning or replacement of the screen filter must be completed daily or as needed to ensure proper material supply is achieved. Clogging and restriction of the screen filter may cause cavitation and/or poorly dispersed product known as off-ratio.
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SCREENS & FILTERS

Best Tool to Have

As Spray Foam Technicians, we recommend one tool you should have on hand that can keep you and your crew up and running. When you suspect that you may have an electrical issue and need to contact a tech for help, one of the first things you may be asked is to confirm voltage’s through the spray system. Having a Multi-Meter on hand in your spray rig will help you to easily determine the answers you need to get your system up and running asap.

Reduce Pocketing in Studs

There are different ways to spray Open Cell foam to eliminate pocketing when spraying studs. Depending on the manufacturer you are using, they will recommend vertical or horizontal spray techniques – because of the chemical compound and how it settles in. For example; Rhino Linings recommends spraying horizontally with their Thermal Guard Open Cell. In doing so, I can improve my overall spray quality and deliver a better end-product.

Electrical Connections

Often overlooked when owning and operating spray foam equipment, is the electrical system.  When transporting to and from projects, the spray equipment takes its share of bumps and vibrations that can loosen electrical connections. I recommended rechecking all of the electrical connections at least once every three months. Weak connections can prematurely short circuit or shorten the life of the electrical components.

Use the Correct Mixing Chamber & PCT Combo

PMC AP-EX Spray GunWhen using the AP-2 AP-EX extension gun in 16” on center stud wall type spray application – try using PMCs – 00X Mixing Chamber and PCT combination. (PN# KT-814-00X) Set your spray foam machine around 1,000 PSI on you’re A and B gauges. This will allow for further extended control of the AP-2s quick change mixing spray head.

Remove moisture from your drums

The “A” component, while in the drum, will react with atoms in the air resulting in the formation of crystal like skin structures. The “A” material should be sealed properly to limit the potential of these formations that if allowed to form will contaminate the liquid. Contamination may make the liquid impossible to process, requiring disposal and wasting of the product. Once the drum is opened, the air needed to replace the displacement of the “A” material being removed should be dry. This is achieved be either low pressure nitrogen being let in the drum as the material is displaced or filtered through a desiccant dryer.

Making a Record of Your Parts

Proper part identification is extremely important to ensure you are receiving the correct part for your machine. If a part is ordered by the wrong number, the wrong part is shipped and extra shipping charges are incurred for returns. But more important than the extra shipping involved, is the possible loss of production time that this unnecessary delay may cause you.

I recommend making a record of all part numbers, as equipment is purchased. This will help prevent delays and added expense.

Weather Conditions

As seasons begin to change, it’s easy to overlook the still-frigid-nights with the sunny days. Temperatures fluctuate from day to night, even in the spring and summer, so I recommend keeping your material stored and warm overnight. Don’t let the sun fool you!

Clean your screen filter

Materials entering the proportioning unit may require screening or filtering. Therefore, manufactures of the spray equipment commonly install y-strainers or filter housings on or near the machine to pre-screen the materials as they are transferred from the storage vessel prior to entering the proportioning unit. Proper cleaning or replacement of the screen filter must be completed daily or as needed to ensure proper material supply is achieved. Clogging and restriction of the screen filter may cause cavitation and/or poorly dispersed product known as off-ratio.
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WEATHER

Best Tool to Have

As Spray Foam Technicians, we recommend one tool you should have on hand that can keep you and your crew up and running. When you suspect that you may have an electrical issue and need to contact a tech for help, one of the first things you may be asked is to confirm voltage’s through the spray system. Having a Multi-Meter on hand in your spray rig will help you to easily determine the answers you need to get your system up and running asap.

Reduce Pocketing in Studs

There are different ways to spray Open Cell foam to eliminate pocketing when spraying studs. Depending on the manufacturer you are using, they will recommend vertical or horizontal spray techniques – because of the chemical compound and how it settles in. For example; Rhino Linings recommends spraying horizontally with their Thermal Guard Open Cell. In doing so, I can improve my overall spray quality and deliver a better end-product.

Electrical Connections

Often overlooked when owning and operating spray foam equipment, is the electrical system.  When transporting to and from projects, the spray equipment takes its share of bumps and vibrations that can loosen electrical connections. I recommended rechecking all of the electrical connections at least once every three months. Weak connections can prematurely short circuit or shorten the life of the electrical components.

Use the Correct Mixing Chamber & PCT Combo

PMC AP-EX Spray GunWhen using the AP-2 AP-EX extension gun in 16” on center stud wall type spray application – try using PMCs – 00X Mixing Chamber and PCT combination. (PN# KT-814-00X) Set your spray foam machine around 1,000 PSI on you’re A and B gauges. This will allow for further extended control of the AP-2s quick change mixing spray head.

Remove moisture from your drums

The “A” component, while in the drum, will react with atoms in the air resulting in the formation of crystal like skin structures. The “A” material should be sealed properly to limit the potential of these formations that if allowed to form will contaminate the liquid. Contamination may make the liquid impossible to process, requiring disposal and wasting of the product. Once the drum is opened, the air needed to replace the displacement of the “A” material being removed should be dry. This is achieved be either low pressure nitrogen being let in the drum as the material is displaced or filtered through a desiccant dryer.

Making a Record of Your Parts

Proper part identification is extremely important to ensure you are receiving the correct part for your machine. If a part is ordered by the wrong number, the wrong part is shipped and extra shipping charges are incurred for returns. But more important than the extra shipping involved, is the possible loss of production time that this unnecessary delay may cause you.

I recommend making a record of all part numbers, as equipment is purchased. This will help prevent delays and added expense.

Weather Conditions

As seasons begin to change, it’s easy to overlook the still-frigid-nights with the sunny days. Temperatures fluctuate from day to night, even in the spring and summer, so I recommend keeping your material stored and warm overnight. Don’t let the sun fool you!

Clean your screen filter

Materials entering the proportioning unit may require screening or filtering. Therefore, manufactures of the spray equipment commonly install y-strainers or filter housings on or near the machine to pre-screen the materials as they are transferred from the storage vessel prior to entering the proportioning unit. Proper cleaning or replacement of the screen filter must be completed daily or as needed to ensure proper material supply is achieved. Clogging and restriction of the screen filter may cause cavitation and/or poorly dispersed product known as off-ratio.
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PROCESS & DOCUMENTATION

Best Tool to Have

As Spray Foam Technicians, we recommend one tool you should have on hand that can keep you and your crew up and running. When you suspect that you may have an electrical issue and need to contact a tech for help, one of the first things you may be asked is to confirm voltage’s through the spray system. Having a Multi-Meter on hand in your spray rig will help you to easily determine the answers you need to get your system up and running asap.

Reduce Pocketing in Studs

There are different ways to spray Open Cell foam to eliminate pocketing when spraying studs. Depending on the manufacturer you are using, they will recommend vertical or horizontal spray techniques – because of the chemical compound and how it settles in. For example; Rhino Linings recommends spraying horizontally with their Thermal Guard Open Cell. In doing so, I can improve my overall spray quality and deliver a better end-product.

Electrical Connections

Often overlooked when owning and operating spray foam equipment, is the electrical system.  When transporting to and from projects, the spray equipment takes its share of bumps and vibrations that can loosen electrical connections. I recommended rechecking all of the electrical connections at least once every three months. Weak connections can prematurely short circuit or shorten the life of the electrical components.

Use the Correct Mixing Chamber & PCT Combo

PMC AP-EX Spray GunWhen using the AP-2 AP-EX extension gun in 16” on center stud wall type spray application – try using PMCs – 00X Mixing Chamber and PCT combination. (PN# KT-814-00X) Set your spray foam machine around 1,000 PSI on you’re A and B gauges. This will allow for further extended control of the AP-2s quick change mixing spray head.

Remove moisture from your drums

The “A” component, while in the drum, will react with atoms in the air resulting in the formation of crystal like skin structures. The “A” material should be sealed properly to limit the potential of these formations that if allowed to form will contaminate the liquid. Contamination may make the liquid impossible to process, requiring disposal and wasting of the product. Once the drum is opened, the air needed to replace the displacement of the “A” material being removed should be dry. This is achieved be either low pressure nitrogen being let in the drum as the material is displaced or filtered through a desiccant dryer.

Making a Record of Your Parts

Proper part identification is extremely important to ensure you are receiving the correct part for your machine. If a part is ordered by the wrong number, the wrong part is shipped and extra shipping charges are incurred for returns. But more important than the extra shipping involved, is the possible loss of production time that this unnecessary delay may cause you.

I recommend making a record of all part numbers, as equipment is purchased. This will help prevent delays and added expense.

Weather Conditions

As seasons begin to change, it’s easy to overlook the still-frigid-nights with the sunny days. Temperatures fluctuate from day to night, even in the spring and summer, so I recommend keeping your material stored and warm overnight. Don’t let the sun fool you!

Clean your screen filter

Materials entering the proportioning unit may require screening or filtering. Therefore, manufactures of the spray equipment commonly install y-strainers or filter housings on or near the machine to pre-screen the materials as they are transferred from the storage vessel prior to entering the proportioning unit. Proper cleaning or replacement of the screen filter must be completed daily or as needed to ensure proper material supply is achieved. Clogging and restriction of the screen filter may cause cavitation and/or poorly dispersed product known as off-ratio.
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