A common question we get at SprayWorks is “which spray foam material manufacturer is the best?” The answer to this is less about the manufacturer and more about applying the correct ratio of materials, ensuring good heat, and proper pressure. The real question that needs to be asked is, “what’s required to process the foam correctly?” When purchasing a new spray foam insulation there are several things you should consider, but it starts with knowing the manufacturer’s recommendations. After all, new material can impact your spray pattern, selection of gun tip and rate of application. Understanding these things upfront can save you a lot of time and trouble.Continue reading
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How to Choose a Spray Foam Product
With the ever increasing need to save energy, combined with incentives to utilize more efficient insulation, spray polyurethane foam insulation is fast becoming the insulation of choice. These changes have spawned a new generation of foam applicators, in turn, providing a competitive atmosphere in the marketplace. Material manufacturers have flooded the marketplace and knowing which to choose can be a daunting task. Material will ultimately be the most expensive ongoing product your company will consistently need and you can’t afford to play trial and error – especially when your company’s reputation is at stake.Continue reading
How Much Spray Foam Per Minute are you Spraying?
Pounds per minute of spray foam can be determined by 4 factors.
- What spray foam machine you are using vs the output it is designed to perform?
- What pressure is the spray foam being sprayed?
- What spray tip or mixing chamber is being used to spray the spray foam?
- How much spray foam can the spray foam mechanic consistently control given the spray foam application?
How to Bid to Win Residential Spray Foam Insulation Projects
Placing a bid is a slippery slope; bid too high and you price yourself out of reach, bid too low and leave yourself vulnerable in the event of a mishap which all too often leads to cutting corners, delays and having to go back to the client asking for more money. While word of mouth is such an effective tool in residential work, accuracy is as critical to longevity as the profits that sustain your business.Continue reading
Product Review: Graco T3 Transfer Pump
The Graco T3 Transfer Pump is the newest Transfer Pump from Graco, Inc. This quiet 3:1 pump can accommodate low ceiling heights at only 50.3″ and low weight at only 22 lbs.Continue reading
Unpacking and Operation of your Drum Heater
How to Set Up and Operate your Barrel Blazer 55 Gallon Drum Heater
In this YouTube video tutorial, our latest Fix-It Friday shows you how to set up and operate your Barrel Blazer drum heater. Barrel Blazers are an ideal solution for a 55 gallon drum heater.
How to Handle Spray Foam Insulation Barrel Sets
Two component spray foam systems, for sprayed in place or spray on polyurethane foam insulation blends, are primarily packaged in steel 55 gallon barrels and distributed by their weight in volume as a paired set. A Paired Set is two barrels consisting of one “A” side (Activator/Isocyanate) and one “R” side (Resin/Polyol) ranging in a combined liquid weight from 970 lbs. to 1050 lbs. It should be noted that in many instances the components are referred to as “A” and “B”, respectively. In general the spray foam systems are produced having at minimum six months shelf-life within the original unopened barrel. Stored between 60 and 75 degree F (15 – 24C), do not require additives, B sides may require mixing and/or continual agitation.Continue reading
Fix-It Friday! Attaching a PMC Coupling Block to your Hose
In this episode of Fix-It Friday! – the Coupling Block is explained with tips on how to hook up your coupling block to your PMC hose.
PMC’s Universal Coupling Block is designed for the AP1, AP2, AP3, APEX, and PX7 spray guns – as well as the GX7 spray gun. When taken out of the box, your Coupling Block will include plugs and fittings. The larger of the two fittings is intended to connect with the Resin side of your hose. The smaller of the two fittings is intended to connect with the Iso side of your hose.
Fix-It Friday! How to Rebuild the Manual Valve
In this episode of Fix-It Friday! – we discuss how to rebuild the Manual Valve on your Coupling Block. PMC’s Coupling Block features rebuildable valves, which allow you to better maintenance your block.
Fix-It Friday! Installing a TSU on your Heated Hose
In this episode of Fix-It Friday! We teach you how to instal a Temperature Sensing Unit (TSU) on your PMC Heated Hose. An insulated jacket is included with your TSU compatible hose – you’ll want to ensure it is over the hose and in place before installing the TSU, as you cannot add it after the TSU is in place.