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ASK THE EXPERT
BY SPFA'S CONSULTANT COMMITTEE, MASON KNOWLES, ROGER MORRISON, PHIL ROBARGE,
JOHN HATFIELD, ROB SMITH
PFA gets calls regularly from customers, designers, architects and others looking for straight answers to their questions on SPF. Here is a question received
recently that our panel of experts addressed:
Why are daily job reports important?
What can I use them for?
The sprayfoam industry - through
suppliers and the trade associations -
has recommended for decades that
contractors keep a daily job record
of their sprayfoam operations.
Information includes: temperature,
humidity and other relevant climate
information at least three times a
day, plus substrate temperature and
moisture content, type of equipment,
pressure and heat settings, where and
how much foam was installed plus the
material lot numbers and where it was
sprayed. (See an example of a daily job
This information can be used in a
number of ways to increase the efficiency and profitability of your projects.
1. Data can be used to more accurately
bid jobs. The data tells you how much
foam your crew can spray under various conditions; what yield to expect;
how much time is spent on maintenance or troubleshooting on the job;
and who your best crews are.
2. Data can be used to determine what
type of training is required for your
personnel and what maintenance is
needed on the equipment
3. In case of foam quality issues, the data
can assist your supplier in troubleshooting the situation, and you will
have a greater likelihood of supplier
assistance with remediation.
4. The job reports can show your due diligence and compliance with industry
best practices, supplier recommendations and government regulations (if
applicable) - all of which can mitigate
damage potential in a legal situation.
Some contractors have told us that
this information can lead to increased
liability by providing ammunition for
lawsuits or government regulators. But,
assuming the contractor is applying the
foam in accordance with industry best
practices and manufacturer's instructions, it can only help.
However the absence of this data
places contractors in a position where
they cannot prove that the work was
performed correctly. In a legal battle,
this can make the difference in winning or losing.
SAMPLE SPF Contractor Daily Log (actual daily job reports would vary depending on the type of job and conditions)
Job Name: ________________________________________________________________________________________________________
Location-City: ____________________________________________________________ State: __________________________________
Applicator(s) Name: ________________________________________________________________________________________________
Foam System: _____________________________________________________________________________________________________
A side: (lot numbers) _______________________________________________________________________________________________
B side: (lot numbers) _______________________________________________________________________________________________
(Note: Indicate areas sprayed with each lot number.)
Coating System, Thermal/Ignition Barrier:
(if applicable) _____________________________________________________________________________________________________
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of SPRAYFOAM Professional - Spring 2014
Executive Director’s Corner – by Kurt Riesenberg Our Place on the Timeline
President’s Post – by Bob Duke Foam in the Forefront
Foam Business News
Legislative Update – the Regulatory Avalanche
Are You Doing Something Stupid?
How Did I Make It Through Life Without This APP?
Respirators: Know Them. Use Them.
Operating Your Business Effectively: Legal Considerations and Managing Your Risk
Speaking Sensibly – by Mason Knowles Inspection of SPF Building Envelope Applications
Behind the Foam – the Insulation Man, Patrick Dundon
ABAA News – Key Code Requirements for Air Barriers
Calendar of Events
Ask the Expert
Index of Advertisers / Advertisers.com
SPRAYFOAM Professional - Spring 2014