SPRAY FOAM EQUIPMENT
“That’s just part of being prepared to
do your job for the day,” said Bender.
Most installers who’ve been through
training understand that spray equipment is specifically designed to do
what it does; it’s specialty equipment.
For some people, though, the temptation of short-term savings on things
like replacement parts can actually
turn into long-term losses. A good
example of this is opting for generic
O-rings rather than OEM.
“The installer puts it in, they start
spraying, and there’s an O-ring failure.
It crosses over, fills the spray gun with
foam all the way up the air line, and
then it solidifies,” explained Bender.
“The headache really starts then.”
Major problems like that can and do
result from the decision to buy cheap
parts–in both cost and quality–that
aren’t necessarily designed for the
conditions in which spray equipment
functions. It really comes down to considering whether sav-ing $20 now is worth potentially losing hours of production
later from equipment failure due to inadequate parts.
“Everybody that’s in this industry has to realize that we’re
using high-pressure heated equipment,” said Bender. “There
is some science to it, from the chemistry to the spray equipment.”
No matter how knowledgeable or prepared you might be,
no one is immune from the occasional calamity. It’s a simple
fact that major, unforeseen problems can and will occur, and
sometimes even the most prepared installers will be unable
to fix, or even unable to figure out the issue.
“You just need to call and have someone to bounce ideas
off of,” said Bender. “If you’re looking at a machine trying
to figure out why it’s not working, and you’re spending too
much time trying to figure it out, that’s when you need to
pick up the phone and call.”
Sure, everyone wants to be self-reliant, and it’s tough to ad-
mit a problem is outside your capabilities, but these things
happen. It’s an asset to be able to rely on a source of experi-
ence with your best interest in mind, or as Bender described
it, a “silent partner.”
The inevitability of major issues can pose an ever-lurking
threat, but the timing of those issues can be truly catastrophic.
Imagine working into the night, when the job comes to a halt.
“It’s 8 o’clock at night on the East Coast, the installer doesn’t
have the issue fixed yet, they’re a whole day behind, they’ve
called everyone in their local area, and there’s no one to call or
help,” said Bender. “Well, it’s only 5 o’clock here in California,
so we pick up the phone because we’re still open.”
Who you call for technical service is just as important as deciding to seek it out altogether. When you’re in a bind, your
phone can be a lifeline, and it’s a huge advantage to have confidence in who is answering the call.
For more information about Diamond Spray Foam, visit
A Spray Gun Spare Parts
Kit helps spray foam
professionals to have
parts available in the
shop or at the job site
when something goes
wrong with a gun
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