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line continued construction in Bay 6,
West needed to deploy (3) Graco H-40
Reactors for the foam application and (2)
Graco Bulldog Coating rigs to meet the
deadline and impending cold weather.
The company divided each section of the
bay into three working areas, utilizing a
45' man lift for the walls, a 65' man lift
from the eave to mid-way up the slope
and an 85' man lift for the highest portions of the work area.
This required significant choreography between the three applicators
and the respective man lifts to keep
things moving smoothly. Each lift had
an applicator and an operator in the basket to keep the applicator spraying and
not operating the man lift. The coating
applicators were continually struggling
with hose lengths and wand extension
lengths. They installed a "T" in line of
the main coating line and provided each
of the coaters with two guns with one
long wand and one short wand which
they could switch in between as they
worked their way through the maze of
structural steel. An additional struggle
with the DC 315 application was the
humidity levels. As the project was creating an air barrier with the SPF application, installers were not getting enough
air flow in the work areas to keep the
humidity levels below the recommended
application ranges. West mounted large
industrial fans to the upper roof framing to provide airflow in the application
area keeping the humidity levels within
acceptable ranges. The foam technicians came up with numerous depth
probe gauge devices so that they did not
need to be closer than they were spraying they used depth probes attached to

poles to keep them spraying rather than
moving up and down to verify depth.
Most days were 12 hours long with
a couple requiring double shifts to keep
up with the construction schedule that
required us stay in front of the ongoing
processes in the facility. The applicators
and the man lift operators wore full body
disposable Tyvek protection including
hoods, peel away face protection and
PAPR's. Rather than employ a system
with a compressor and hoses West
chose to use battery powered PAPR's.
Keeping the cartridges changed and
batteries charged was the responsibility of the ground support person who
closely monitored the "in-work" time
and change out schedules. Harnesses
and lanyards we employed 100% of the
time while operating the lifts. Great care

Looking at the proposed duration
for the next viable option
(insulated metal panels), we completed the
installation in less than half of the time
the other system had proposed."

was required operating the man lifts
between the structural steel "spiderweb" and the great trenches we had
to work over.
Insulating 492,664sf of a 61 year old
steel plant is no small task. Combine the
scale of the project with the logistics
of working around numerous trades,
100% aerial lift work and impending
cold weather and a tight schedule all
required an efficient application. Each
of the three applicators had to average
two sets of product applied on a daily
basis providing enough time to install
6,700 gallons of intumescent coating.
Constant pressure from the third
party construction manager required
West to employ 10 day shifts with the 8
men with one full day off to recuperate.
As an average the team installed 17,000
board feet of insulation each day and
averaged 200 gallons of intumescent
coating installed daily. Based on the
duration, plant manager Steve Shaw
said, "Looking at the proposed duration for the next viable option (insulated metal panels), we completed the
installation in less than half of the time
the other system had proposed". In fact,
West Roofing was able to complete the
insulation installation before the exterior trades could install all of the new
metal siding and sheet metal roofing. o

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of SPRAYFOAM Professional - Summer 2017

Sprayfoam 2017 Wrap Up
How SPF and Hvac Contractors Should Work Together
Bringing Spray Foam to Social Media
2017 SPFA Contractor Awards
California STSC Announces Next Regulatory Stage for SPF
Engaged Employees Make or Break Your Business
Ask the Expert
Executive Director’s Corner
President’s Post
Foam Business News
SPFA Today – Membership News & Numbers
Legislative Update
Calendar of Events
Index of Advertisers | Advertisers.com
SPRAYFOAM Professional - Summer 2017 - Intro
SPRAYFOAM Professional - Summer 2017 - cover1
SPRAYFOAM Professional - Summer 2017 - cover2
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SPRAYFOAM Professional - Summer 2017 - 4
SPRAYFOAM Professional - Summer 2017 - 5
SPRAYFOAM Professional - Summer 2017 - 6
SPRAYFOAM Professional - Summer 2017 - Executive Director’s Corner
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SPRAYFOAM Professional - Summer 2017 - President’s Post
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SPRAYFOAM Professional - Summer 2017 - 11
SPRAYFOAM Professional - Summer 2017 - Foam Business News
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SPRAYFOAM Professional - Summer 2017 - SPFA Today – Membership News & Numbers
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SPRAYFOAM Professional - Summer 2017 - Sprayfoam 2017 Wrap Up
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SPRAYFOAM Professional - Summer 2017 - Legislative Update
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SPRAYFOAM Professional - Summer 2017 - How SPF and Hvac Contractors Should Work Together
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SPRAYFOAM Professional - Summer 2017 - Bringing Spray Foam to Social Media
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SPRAYFOAM Professional - Summer 2017 - 2017 SPFA Contractor Awards
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SPRAYFOAM Professional - Summer 2017 - California STSC Announces Next Regulatory Stage for SPF
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