to preferred barn-style doors, stating that barn-style doors
are more popular with their clients than ramps. The reasons
given ranged from: Good in tight spots, easy to load with a
forklift (and many contractors have forklifts), easier to deal
with in bad weather, and as NCFI’s Loftis points out, can be
quadruple hinged for added strength and reduced stress.
The rig interior walls, ceilings, and floor can all be foamed.
Not only will this maintain temperatures, but it will also add
strength to the rig itself. The floor can be steel, diamond plate,
spray polyurethane foam, or plywood, but remember that
chemical spills and drips can damage the floor. Protecting the
floor with an epoxy coating may be a solution. Jeremy Slosek
of Christian Fab recommends, “plywood painted with regular
paint as their rigs come with a lifetime guarantee.”
The necessary equipment will determine the interior design
of the rig. The typical rig includes a sectioned off work area
with a toolbox; a sectioned off area for the machinery (pumps,
compressor, generator, etc.); and a material storage area.
IT’S A WRAP
The exterior design of the rig is literally a blank billboard.
ADVICE FOR THE DO-IT-MYSELFER
While many of the shops do not have the capability in-house,
each recommends a graphics designer who can design and
create a custom wrap for the rig’s exterior. As Brett Adams
says, “The rig is free billboard space, put the rig to work. We
have contractor clients who have actually won jobs, while
sitting in traffic, because of their wraps. One guy was at a
dead stop in Atlanta traffic and had two calls go through to
his office from people stuck in the same traffic. If you work on
rehab construction, the rigs sit in neighborhoods and generate
word-of-mouth buzz. If you work in new construction, the
other subs will remember you and talk.” John Davidson
agrees. “A clean, neat rig speaks for itself.” There is, however, a
downside to the wrap, Adams cautions. “The world is full of
bad people. Say you have your wrapped rig sitting in a parking
lot. You’re advertising that the rig is full of very expensive
spray foam. You can easily get robbed. So you must be secure
at all times.”
You have an existing rig and you want to try your hand at
retrofitting it yourself? Or you want to try outfitting one
from scratch? We asked our experts for their Top Three
Precautions for which the DIY Rig Restorer should look out.
The consensus was:
Make sure that the electrical work is
preformed by an electrician
Make sure that the proper weight loads have
been calculated for your trailer
Make sure the trailer is equipped with the
proper safety gear.
Regardless of whether you retrofit your existing rig, upgrade to
a new one, or are entering the industry for the first time, your
spray rig is your mobile office and your lifeline on the jobsite.
Taking the time and effort to make an educated investment
now, will pay off on current and future business.
“Your spray rig is your mobile
office and your lifeline on
site. Taking the time and
effort to make an educated
investment now will pay off on
current and future business.”
A BLANK CANVAS The rigs here from Lapolla (left) and PMC (right) demonstrate creative wrapping skills