New Shipping Classification for Versi-Foam Kits

by katie on Tuesday April 1st '14, 9:43 am

US DOT has changed the UN product classification on the Versi-Foam low-pressure spray polyurethane foam systems. The prior product description fell under : UN1956 Compressed Gas, N.O.S. (Fluorinated Hydrocarbon, Nitrogen). The new product classification for shipping by all modes of transportation (road, air, and vessel) will be as follows: UN3500 Chemical Under Pressure, N.O.S. (Fluorinated Hydrocarbon, Nitrogen).

As part of these regulatory changes, additional packaging requirements dictate that "the cylinders must not be offered for transport when connected with spray application equipment such as a hose and wand assembly." Beginning May 1, 2014 all Versi-Foam medium size kits (9, 9SR, CL9, 15, 15SR, CL15, 10, 31) will be shipped with the gun/hose assembly detached within the box, rather than already attached to the tanks.  Going forward, each medium size kit will be equipped with a wrench for the user to properly secure the hose fittings to the tanks.
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Cold Weather Tips

by katie on Friday December 6th '13, 9:24 am

It’s that time of year again – when cooler temperatures can affect the performance of your Versi-Foam® System.  To ensure the peak performance of your Versi-Foam® System and quality foam production, here are a few helpful reminders:

Never store Versi-Foam® products in temperatures lower than 40°F (5°C). Storing at these temperatures may cause the chemicals to freeze.  If the "A” component freezes, it will crystallize, creating blockages in the dispenser.  Once this occurs, it cannot be fixed.

 Always warm the chemicals to a temperature between 65°F to 90°F (18°C to 32°C) before using.  Refer to the temperature sensing strip to be sure it is well within the green zone.  During application, continue to monitor the temperature strip.  If it begins to move toward the blue zone, warm the chemicals again. Cooler chemicals will result in foam that is “A” rich, which will be darker in color and have a crunchy surface.     

 Bring your Versi-Foam kits into a warm/conditioned space for at least 24 hours prior to using.  After warming the chemicals, be sure to shake the tanks well to ensure uniform temperature throughout.

Always warm the surface onto which you are applying the foam to a temperature between 65°F to 90°F (18°C to 32°C). Colder surface temperatures may result in adhesion problems and reduced yields.




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New Anti-Microbial Class I Formula

by katie on Tuesday June 4th '13, 12:18 pm

All of the Versi-Foam Class I Systems are now being manufactured with a new anti-microbial formula that make make Versi-Foam even better for stopping mold growth on the surface of the foam.

The Class I formula should be used in all residential applications. Residential building codes require polyurethane foams to meet flame spread and smoke development requirements as defined by ASTM-E84 testing.  Versi-Foam Class I kits will meet these requirements.

Class I kits are recommended for use in inhabited buildings, including residential applications or any application in which flammability is a concern. 
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by katie on Tuesday March 19th '13, 10:49 am

Versi-Block is the newest product to join the Versi-Tite product line. It is a one component polyurethane foam sealant that inhibits the passage of smoke through residential utility penetrations. It is bright orange in color to allow for inspectors easy identification of an approved fire block.  This innovative low pressure low expansion formula creates a durable, airtight, and waterproof seal that stops air infiltration and provides high insulation value. 

Versi-Block has been tested according to ASTM E814 (modified), NFPA 268, and meets the requirements for fire blocking penetrations around wires, pipes, ducts, and other penetrating items in single family residential construction. It is ICC rated and tested.  The foam is considered flame retardant, with an ASTM E814 flame spread rating of 15 and a smoke developed index of 20.  It is a Type V Residential Fire Block. This means it has been tested and approved for use in "non-rated" single family construction only.

It is not to be used as a fire stop in commercial applications or intended for use in hourly rated assemblies.  A fire stop is a caulking product that provides 1 to 2 hour fire ratings. Fire stops are required in hospitals, multi-housing units, and commercial buildings.
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2012-2013 Energy Tax Credit

by katie on Friday January 25th '13, 10:30 am

Federal tax credits for energy-efficiency home improvements are back. The law allows homeowners to claim tax credits of varying amounts on improvements such as insulation, energy-smart windows and highly efficient furnaces. Congress has made the credits retroactive, so improvements made in both 2012 and 2013 will qualify.

The program has a cap of $500 in total credits. The limit goes back to 2006, when the very first credits became available.  If you've already claimed $500 in credits for energy-efficiency improvements you're not eligible for more.

You can receive credits for 10% of the cost of insulation materials and systems, not including installation. The improvements must be made to the taxpayer's principal residence and must be placed in service by the end of 2013.

To claim a tax credit, you need to file Form 5695 along with your federal income tax return for the year the improvement is made. The credit will be subtracted from the amount of tax you owe or added to your tax refund. Before you file, you are required to get a Manufacturer's Certification Statement - a signed statement from the manufacturer certifying the product qualifies for a tax credit. You should keep it in your files, but do not have to submit a copy of the statement with your return.

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