Category: Business Tips

The Right Way to Load Fiberglass In An Insulation Blowing Machine

Blown-in insulation is becoming more and more densely packed when it comes from the manufacturer.  The good news is that you can now carry more products and complete more jobs (or square footage) without having to reload the truck.  That said, the change in density changes how material loads into the machine.  A common habit […]

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Machine Settings Can Help You Make or Lose More Than $900 a Day

Is your insulation blowing equipment rapidly eating your profit? Blowing machines all have the same objective: take a dense fibrous material, fluff it up, and blow it into an attic or wall cavity.  Most fiberglass or cellulose insulation blowing machines were designed years ago, for the fiber sizes years ago. The problem is, today’s fiber […]

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The MOST Important Element of Survival in Contracting Today

It’s Never Been More Important. The least fun things in contracting have now become the most important element of survival. That’s right, job costing, constantly focusing on account- receivable, eliminating waste, tightening productivity, cutting back on crews, and squeezing everything you can get out of everything you find. No doubt, a few of the competitors, […]

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The House Failed! Blaming the Insulator After Turning Down the Solution – Proof Top Plate Gaskets Fix Problems, Increase Margins, and Decrease Headaches

As municipalities adopt new codes, code officials are beginning to verify compliance. And in some cases, it has not gone well. One recent example is an apartment building in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Blower door tests were done on the first completed units. When the official reviewed the results, it showed a one-bedroom unit (less […]

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Don’t Throw Away That Mixing Chamber.

Mixing chambers can last forever… okay that’s a stretch, but the truth is too many get thrown away when new life can be given to them. As a spray foam tech, I always recommend keeping spare parts for your foam gun (new chambers, new seals, new o-rings, etc.) and resurfacing your mixing chambers. Through trial […]

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A Picture Is Worth A Thousand Dollars

Everyone’s been told a picture’s worth a thousand words, but for those of us working on building envelopes, a picture can be worth thousands of dollars. According to Sam Rashkin and the department of energy, showing a customer infrared images of specific problems in their  home or building is very motivating. In fact, it makes […]

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