Are you in the market for spray foam rigs? Or, do you need a refresher on how to safely use spray foam equipment? Then you’ve come to the right place. While this will be by no means all encompassing, hopefully this article will give you some needed pointers on what to look for when purchasing spray foam rigs, as well as how to use them safely.
What to Look For When Buying Spray Foam Rigs
Keep in mind that spray foam rentals are also an option, especially if you’re not planning on using the rig more than a couple times on a job. However, whether you are renting, or purchasing there are a few things to be aware of, especially if the equipment has been used.
- Check The Numbers. If you’re looking at used spray foam rigs, be sure to copy down the serial code and model number. With this information you can check with a local distributor to make sure that replacement parts are still being made for that particular model. If not, you’ll be left high and dry should anything go wrong after purchase.
- Hoses. Before you finalize any purchases, check the recirculation hoses. If you hear any unusual crunching sounds it means isocyanates have crystallized inside and started affecting the manifold and internal heaters. While ISO cleaners can help clear this issue, if you haven’t bought the rig yet, you’ll probably be better off looking elsewhere.
- Mix Chamber. Another thing to look at his the dimensions of the mixing chamber. If the previous owner used a larger aperture than the rig could support it can be an indication that the proportioner has been over taxed and may give out in the near future. It is best to look into other rigs in this case as well.
These are just a couple tips; however, if you’re ever uncertain about something, checking with a distributor for clarification can be a good course of action.
How Can I Use My Spray Foam Rig Safely?
Spray foam training is essential if you want to use your rig safely, and effectively.
- Spray foam insulation is only safe if you proceed with all appropriate safety steps. This includes always using protective gear, and making sure everything is properly protected before beginning. Polyurethane foam is toxic if inhaled so make sure to secure all protective gear to prevent undue injury.
- To ensure exposure doesn’t occur, always wear eye and face protection, along with a respirator. Full body gear is also advised, including chemical resistant gloves. If any of your gear is too tight, or too loose, stop and don’t shrug it off. Ill-fitting gear means you aren’t adequately protected.
- If you do come in contact with the substance make sure you know what to do, and have a plan. Never work alone if you can help it. Know where your eyewash stations, first aid kits, and fire extinguishers are at all times.
Spray foam rigs require specialized training to operate safely. Before you begin any project make sure you know the appropriate steps and safety procedures. Always work alongside someone else, and don’t take unnecessary risks. If you’re in the market for a rig, don’t hesitate to reach out to a professional, if you have any questions at all. The best way to completely understand the process is to ask questions one on one.