Category: Business Tips

When You Can’t Breathe…

Has a sprayer ever said to you, “I’m not dragging that hose around!” 0r “I hate those things,” or “I don’t care,” when you’re asking them to wear fresh air on a job site? What about a sprayer who wears a mask but refuses to shave, or won’t use supplied air when spraying inside a […]

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What In the Blazes Is Heat Training and Why Does It Matter?

Few people will ever work in spaces as hot as attics in July, where the highest recorded temperatures hit over 180°. Yet, insulation and spray foam contractors work in these spaces wearing hooded suits making them sweat even more. That much heat requires some very cool and innovative ways to keep your crews safe. From […]

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Flushing Your Cares Away

Have you ever left a spray foam gun on the hose over the weekend and showed up Monday with crossed fingers hoping it works? Remember how it felt opening the valves and pulling the trigger, only to have the gun plug up instantly? Yep, the A-side or isocyanate, crystallized in one of the fluid passages, […]

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Boomerangs & Poachers – Construction Labor Is Hard To Find

In construction, the labor pool has run dry. Every day we talk to contractors who could add services if they could find people to do the work. While contemplating how to help IDI’s contractors with this, I remembered that Bryon from AI in Fort Myers, FL has added or gathered up to 12 crews over […]

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Blowing Your Troubles Away

A large portion of the customer satisfaction and safety issues related to Spray Foam Insulation are rooted in the failure to properly ventilate during and after the installation. The amines and other chemicals introduced during the process are much harder to remove after the application. The easiest way to avoid problems in the first place […]

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Keep Your Generator Out Of The Graveyard

What’s the second most expensive, and maybe the most important piece of equipment in your spray foam rig? It’s that generator. And when it dies, as far as your insulation company goes, money is only going out instead of coming in. As a spray foam tech for IDI, a massive amount of my troubleshooting calls […]

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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. Blowing machines are […]

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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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