Joe Chan, Bluechem-Canada

Bluechem Fuel System Cleaner Propels Race Car Driver As Sponsor

Joe Chan, Bluechem-CanadaJoe Chan was recently profiled in an online magazine article which enumerated the many different steps involved in becoming a professional race car driver.  Eligible Magazine: How To Be A Professional Race Car Driver lists four distinct phases of career development with the last being the most difficult – finding sponsors. Getting an education and wining races is easy compared to finding money to keep racing. Joe is fortunate to have a racing parts business and has made himself an industry insider becoming a Spec Lube distributor and Bluechem Canada Fuel System Cleaner supplier to the consumer market.

Joe Chan of Paragon Competition is the poster child for the everyman Canadian race car driver. He’s won a few titles over the years, but doesn’t consider himself a professional driver, not anymore. He’s a road racer, and specialty automotive parts entrepreneur.

Lambo3Motorsport has a natural association with vehicle makers and fuel companies. Unlike other racing sports this activity is totally dependent on multinational corporations to make and service the cars. The best drivers are sought out by car companies to race their fastest vehicles because automakers like the association and the publicity of being part of a winning team. Auto racing is kind of an ultimate test arena for parts, tires, lube and fuel.

Bluechem’s synthetic fuel system cleaner penetrates and cleans injectors, carburetors, intake valves and combustion chambers to reduce carbon emissions and yield better gas mileage. The Paragon Racing team would however only use the sponsor’s product to do a fuel system cleaning treatment to the car engine after the race, or while preparing for the next one, as most races are very strict about fuel additives on race day. Yet their logo on the car makes it possible for Joe to pay his staff and race this season, and May 3rd 2015 he was at Laguna Seca in California competing in the IMSA Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo in the very car seen above, provided by Grand Touring Automobiles in Toronto, another generous sponsor.

Consumers Use Fuel System Cleaner Before Vehicle Trade Ins

autoloan solutions, fuel system cleanerA blog post on the Auto Loan Solutions blog in April listed Bluechem fuel system cleaner as a ‘forgotten car fix’ that could lead to increased fuel savings and less vehicle maintenance down the road.

Joe Chan racing in his Bluechem emblazoned Lamborghini serve to remind society of the perpetual quest for automotive excellence, and the scientists, engineers and even the race car drivers who work to continuously improve vehicular transport and make it safer, cleaner and more efficient for the rest of us.

John J with Matthew Robert White

Matthew Robert White, Pop-Up Retail for Valentines – Black Roses

I know exactly how Matthew Robert White makes the Black Roses he sells in his Pop Up Retail Outlets on Roncesvalles High Park and in that rinky dink farmer’s market on Sorauren Ave at Wabash Ave in Toronto, because I showed him how to do it.
Black Rose Valentines, Matthew Robert White

John J with Matthew Robert WhiteAt the Sorauren Farmer’s Market, there is a local beekeeper selling a wax rose standing beside Matthew Robert White holding his bitumen covered black rose, which you cannot really see that clearly against his dark jacket, but i believe the picture expands if you click it. The wax rose is perfect crafty valentine and will be a hot item in Matt’s store.

The secret to popup retail is hosting timely events that resonate with some distinct part of society at a particular time of the year.  Valentines Day is a great opportunity for sell all different types of roses and chocolates and romantic gifts. But this article is about people making different types of roses,including dried roses and even copper metal roses which are great variations on a theme that might not be as relevant to society another other day of the year. Popup retail is huge trend now as the events can double as internet attractions and travel coupon destinations.

Ired roses dipped in flat roofing tar wrote about how I made Black Roses for Valentines on Smart Canucks and this left this piece on D.I.Y bitumen covered roses on Medium last week by photographing and comprehensively documenting a visit to their their tarpots which are known in the industry as ‘tar boilers’, but which are in fact filled with 500 degree bitumen. Dave the flat roofer at the ToughRoof flat roofing job site in Toronto gave me lots of good information and was very accommodating and even   delved even deeper in the science of the operation on this post on Fuel Ghoul which is my chemical science theme Typepad blog.

Roofing tar may contain coal tar but is mostly petroleum bitumen especially with Canada being blessed with the tar sands in Alberta. This material is certainly a by product of that refining process.

dave beside solid unmelted roofing tar, petroleum bitumen

Roofing tar is solid at room temperature. It gets delivered to the job as a black solid block that when heated to 500 degrees becomes an oily liquid used on flat roofs to fix leaks. It is made from coal tar and petroleum byproducts. Coal tar is a deep brown or black residue, which is made during coal production process. Coal tar must be refined and processed to meet standards for roofing use.

Dave tarring rosesToughRoof seals, bonds or repair areas on the roof that damaged or are slowly deteriorating. Newer formulations of roofing tar are asbestos free, but may contain solvents, surface adherents, plastics and mineral fillers/fibers. Coal tar roof cement is applied by trowel, while other types of roofing tars are applied like paint or caulk.

Most roofing tar formulas are black in color, but some manufacturers have also created versions in lighter colors like silver and white. Some brands of roofing tar can be painted when dry to match the roof’s original color scheme. Roofing tar can be removed by using a tar remover, but removers may cause damage to certain roofing surfaces.

The black rose is certainly beautiful and has inspired both pop-up holiday retailers and copy cats

beautiful black rose

Local Basement Waterproofing Contractor also makes Valentines Day Rose

Bill Korenowsky of Royal Waterproofing is a basement waterproofing contractor in Toronto who also made up some custom treated roses for Valentines Day, but its probably not something Matthew would deign to sell in his fashionable pop-up stores.

Bill Korenowsky with Waterproof Rose

Bill Korenowsky with Waterproof Rose

Bill dipped roses in Bakor Aqua-Bloc® 770-06 which is a one component elastomeric waterproofing compound designed to replace conventional hot mop felt ply and/or pre-formed sheeting systems. It is applied in a single application, which cures through solvent evaporation to provide a heavy-duty, seamless,  rubber-like impervious membrane. This is a liquid applied waterproof product that is good for year round use.

dipping red roses in waterproofing compound

Dipping red roses in waterproofing compound with Bill Korenowski of Royal Waterproofing in Toronto.

Excellent for use on concrete, masonry foundation walls, parking decks, planters and reflective pools its not that great for flowers.  Contractors use with Yellow Jacket reinforcing fabric to treat cracks and joints but the mixture is too stiff to penetrate the plant’s crevices. Heavy bodied trowel grade coating this stuff probably does a wonderful job on cement to provide seamless rubberized asphalt membrane, but it’s terrible for roses.

red rose plastic membrane from waterproofing contractor

In the language of flowers, black roses signify death, or supreme hatred, but a perfectly preserved red rose could symbolize a perpetual romance, and a supernaturally strong enduring love that defies nature.

Waterproofed roses might be considered kitschy or artificial but such a product would satisfy a gift givers desire for originality and quality messaging. The idea of preserving the flower’s beauty in a transparent or beautifully coloured body cast is universally appealing to retailers and romantics.

 

 

interoral camera

The Barrie Dentist with X-ray Eyes

superman with x-ray visionSuperman is the best known fictional hero with “x-ray vision”. This skill lets him see what’s behind brick walls, and in the trunks of cars and transport trailer trucks, so he doesn’t have to break down doors and disrupt other people’s lives everywhere he goes on his missions to save planet Earth and humans in distress.

But there are other types of enhanced vision abilities that other superheroes have… For example have you ever heard of Chemo Vision? That’s the ability to see pheromone output.  Gamma Vision is the ability to see gamma radiation. Emotion Vision is the ability to read auras, and is actually a common skill among psychics, mystics and seers. This vision upgrade lets folks see the emotional well being of others.  Energy Vision is the ability to see hidden and or unused power sources. .. and so on.

Barrie dentist has cameras that let her see cavities and cancer.

interoral camera inter oral camera, back of teeth inter oral cameraInspired by superheroes, Barrie dentist at Big Bay Point Dentistry has purchased some very advanced scientific gadgets that give her super powers – she has enhanced optical  equipment which allows her to look close at her patient’s teeth and go on a hunt for cavities and cancerous lesions. A mouth ulcer is the loss or erosion of part of the delicate tissue that lines the inside of the mouth (mucous membrane). Some causes can include certain prescription drugs, and infectious diseases such as herpes or thrush.

In most cases, mouth ulcers are harmless and resolve by themselves in a few days without the need for medical treatment. Aphthous ulcers are recurring ulcers found in mouth tissue with no known cause that affect one in five people on Earth.

Interoral Cameras Show Clients’ Dental Caries

The CS 1500 Intraoral Camera generates remarkably sharp images and has a great depth of field.  The CS 1500 Camera is an all-in-one solution for dental digital photography stills and videos.  From full arch to macro views, the camera delivers consistently clear, high-resolution images that can be easily shared with patients.

The mechanism makes crisp visuals that help dentists explain treatment options because they can actually show the problems and perfectly describe the solutions.  This particular camera’s advanced sensor and lens can easily view even the smallest cracks, caries and lesions.

Dentist uses Velscope to look for cancer.

velsocope3The Velscope was recently developed by LED Dental and is marketed today an oral cancer-screening device. It does not diagnose cancer, but is an adjunct to the oral examination.  That’s why its called an adjunctive device, It is, by all accounts, a fantastic non-invasive screening device.

Holding onto the pistol grip like a magnifying glass, the dentist shines a safe blue light into the patient’s mouth. Today this device is cordless and lightweight, making it exceptionally portable, but earlier models were much heavier, bulkier, and much more expensive.

How does VELscope Work?

adjunctive device, velscopeWhen viewed through the VELscope’s patented filters, healthy tissue fluoresces green. Suspicious tissue, oral abnormalities that may be oral cancer, has a different fluorescence signature, and will appear as dark, irregularly shaped patches. If a suspicious lesion is detected, the hygienist will normally have the dentist view it using the VELscope as well. In some cases, questioning the patient may reveal that he or she burned her mouth eating hot food.  However if the lesion cannot be explained, the dentist will normally ask the patient to return for a follow-up screening in two or three weeks. If the condition has not improved, the dentist will usually perform a surgical biopsy or refer the patient to a specialist.

velscope2The VELscope is a discovery device, not a diagnostic device. Only a surgical biopsy can provide an accurate diagnosis of a lesion. In some cases the diagnosis will be cancer, pre-cancer or dysplasia, but more often some other type of oral disease will be diagnosed. Examples include lichen planus and bacterial, viral and fungal infections. While these conditions are clearly much less serious than cancer, they are conditions that need to be discovered and treated.

One person in North American dies every hour of every day from oral cancer related illness, and many of those who survive the disease are forced to deal with lengthy, painful treatment and permanent disfigurement. The main problem is that oral cancer is typically discovered in late stages, when the five-year survival rate is only around 30%.

veloscope imagesUsing Velscope the Dentist Can find other anomalies besides cancer. Cleared by the FDA, and approved by Health Canada, and the World Health Organization, the VELscope is the world’s most widely used adjunctive device for the discovery of,

  • Viral, fungal and bacterial infections
  • Inflammation from a variety of causes (lichen planus and lichenoid reactions, allergy to amalgam fillings, etc.)
  • Squamous papillomas;
  • Salivary gland tumors;
  • Cancer and pre-cancer;
  • Other oral mucosal conditions…

Detecting oral abnormalities early leads to more treatment options, potentially less invasive or radical treatments and better patient outcomes.  Read about this Barrie dentist on Yelp and search for other dental clinics in Barrie that have this or other super devices. Post by on Oct 18, 2014

Burlington Dentist uses New Dental Technology to Make Beautiful Mouths on Applebee Line

With the advent of new dental technology, modern dentistry is becoming more of an art than a science. When dentists sculpt teeth from putty that turns to stone in ultraviolet light, they become artists with real technique.  Fuel Ghoul describes how urban dentists have become more like high tech beauticians that work from the mouth outwards to both heal and beautify the rest of the body. The dental clinic is morphing into a new age health spa that uses digital x-rays, high technology orthodontics and special lasers to promote wellness and the healthy beauty that radiates from a perfect white smile. Below is Conerstone Dental at 2500 Applebee Line, home of Burlington dentist Dr Anil Ralhan who even calls his facility a ‘medi-spa’ which is short for medical spa, and that’s exactly what I’m talking about – below is the changing face of dentistry in a snapshot.
Burlington dentist, Cornerstone dental office

The most interesting thing about urban dentists is that in order to remain competitive they need to equip their offices with the latest most comfortable and in many cases, the most expensive medical equipment in the marketplace.  That’s because patients communicate with each other, and share personal information about their dentists and when they step into a high tech dental office they’re usually impressed and feel special; They’re actually proud of their relationship with the practitioner and willing to suffer much more pain and discomfort!

Having state of the art technology that makes dental visits more comfortable is mandatory today and dentists without such tech get bad reviews in Yelp. Consequently the scientific instrumentation inside a modern dentist’s office is getting smarter, smaller, and is designed to makes patients more comfortable in what used to be a modern torture chamber.

Kristal works at the Oakville dentist officeKristal is a top rated dentist in Oakville who works alongside Dr Anil Ralhan at the Oak Park Dental Clinic on 6th Line. On the wall behind her head you can see the latest in digital X-rays on flat screen instead of cellophane sheets – this is new tech too.

Laser Dental Treatment

Laser have been around since 1995 but they are just getting spectacular now! Lasers are used to remove decay within a tooth and prepare the surrounding enamel for receipt of the filling and different models. The are used to “cure” or harden a filling. Lasers are used to reshape gums and remove bacteria during root canal procedures.
They are great for biopsy or lesion removal. Lasers can be used to take biopsies, small pieces of tissue that can be examined for cancer. Some dentists even have special laser guns tricked out to use lasers to remove lesions in the mouth, and relieve the pain of canker sores.

Another breed of these devices are teeth whitening lasers, which are used to speed up in-office teeth whitening procedures. A peroxide bleaching solution, applied to the tooth surface, is ”activated” by laser energy, which speeds up of the whitening process. Laser dental technology may is usually gentler on teeth and gums, therefore an anesthetic is often not required..

Recent technological leaps forward in orthodontics make braces less visible and less painful too.
New high tech invisible braces offer an unprecedented level of comfort, convenience and confidence that has truly transformed the once psychologically traumatic childhood event of needing and wearing metal braces into something a lot more cool or well certainly less obtrusive. Having train tracks on their teeth often makes young adults feel shy and unwilling to speak in public and show off their mouth – it can be a personality altering event.  New high tech orthodontics offer exceptional results without the discomfort or embarrassment of traditional metal braces, for about the same cost.

Dr Anil Ralhan, Oakville dentistTo the right is Dr Anil Ralhan holding Invisalign® braces as he explains the differences and stresses the improvements in this field. I put this picture of Dr Anil Ralhan Oakville dentist on Zoomers magazine because this technology is available to people of all ages and its never too late in life to upgrade your smile. Invisalign® takes a remarkably modern approach to straightening teeth by using a custom-made series of aligners that are individually customized by a certified dental practitioner for each patient’s mouth. These aligner trays are made of smooth, comfortable and virtually invisible plastic that people wear over their crooked teeth. Wearing the aligners will gradually and gently shift misaligned teeth back into place or into positions charted out by the dentist or orthodontist. There are no metal brackets to attach and no wires to tighten. Patients just pop in a new set of aligners approximately every two weeks, until their treatment is complete. This is how kids today can get great smiles without shame and little to no interference in their daily lives. The best part about the whole process is that people have to really look carefully to see them and so there is no shame or embarrassment.

Lip injections are no longer exclusive to Hollywood. There are many dentists in Canada who offer the service. The Eligible magazine article Get Your Sexy Mouth On for Summer lists the many different options available for fashion models when they visit the dentist to work on their faces.  Arob12’s Canada blog went even deeper in this idea and showed off more pictures of Katie Lister’s trip to the dentist in Oakville wherein she was amazed at the many high tech options available to beauty queens.. Free Ads Planet has even more shots of Katie with Oakville dentist getting the full briefing.

The Mouth and Overall Health and High Technology Gadgets
Gum disease and tooth decay are still the most common infections in Canada and these maladies put Canadians at higher risk of heart disease, diabetes, lung infections, osteoporosis and preterm births. Unchecked infection in teeth and gums can be dangerous, even life-threatening, because the mouth is situated so close to the brain, lungs and heart, while jaw problems can lead to chronic poor sleep.  But as the New Hive Mashup of Katie Lister at Oakville Dentist illustrates how solving dental pain and filling cavities come second to getting beautiful white teeth and healthy skin and lips.

Stopping tooth decay before it happens.

A decade ago, most dentists opened each patient’s mouth and went poking around with a spike and a little mirror on a hunt for cavities, and of course they drilled and filled everything they found. That’s changing today as dentists can detect the earliest signs of decay using a super technology DIAGNOdent, which is a pen-like instrument that shines a tiny laser beam over a tooth’s surface and detects the differences in reflected light between healthy and decaying enamel.

And CT-scan-like technology called optical coherence tomography, now at prototype stage, can be used to create a holographic image of the entire mouth on a computer screen. Telltale tiny white dots on teeth signal microscopic pits in the enamel, which could be sealed or treated to prevent cavities and restore healthy natural teeth.

Tooth repair

Oakville dentist, crowns for teethTeeth can be made on site in many new age dental offices today – patients no longer have to wear false crowns as they wait for the real things to be delivered from the lab. To facilitate this advanced dentistry, a unique stone powder is mixed with water in a vacuum mixer. The mixture is slowly poured into the impression whilst holding the tray on a vibrating table to prevent air bubbles being trapped. Air bubbles can ruin the resulting stone cast.

Some of the stone mixture is poured onto the white base plate, to try and prevent air bubbles being trapped around the pegs. The mixture is set and baked and birthed in three ore procedures, After the new crown appears it is fitted and polished in under an hour and can be used to restore the shape, appearance and function of the missing tooth an hour after that. You may need a crown if you have a root canal, a large filling in a tooth or a broken tooth.

A crown, also called a cap, is a hollow, artificial tooth used to cover a damaged or decayed tooth. The crown restores the tooth and protects it from further damage. Crowns can also be used to cover a discolored or misshapen tooth. A tooth that has been fixed with a crown looks and works very much like a natural tooth.Behold the brave new age of modern dentistry and the miracles on the horizon for tomorrow.

Red FLag Deals Thread about #GrowthHackTO which hosted the first ever SMOJoe SEO Show

The SMOJoe SEO Show was at Growth Hacking TO Meet-Up happened on Weds April 23rd at 243 College St. It started at 7pm and wrapped up at 10:30 pm. It was solid infotainment
http://www.meetup.com/Growth-Hacking…nts/174390812/
Growth Hacking Toronto This was a free Meet Up event and perfect for people who wanted to learn SEO rudiments so they could properly marvel at the most advanced new technology – it was fashioned for beginners and veterans alike, so both could come away with tips and new techniques for growth hacking to gain more users.
Someone was going to win a coffee maker courtesy of Vigorate Digital ecommerce software which really is a growth hacking tool chest filled with custom digital marketing solutions, pin code loyalty programs, online auction software, and easy to install photo contests templates etc . Growth hackers want more users.

Cristian Contreras is the face of Growth Hacking in Toronto.

What is Growth Hacking?
A marketing practice with an absolute focus on growth – the discipline encourages marketers to use advanced methods, tools, and best practices to grow user base or data, content or customer reach. Growth hackers often use resources that weren’t available in the traditional marketing repertoire a few years ago, and very often they made these tools themselves. The quintessential growth hacker is the coder who writes script to collect content and customers from larger more unwieldy corporate websites – ie like how Airbnb fed on Craigslist.

The second part of the show is a live diagnostic and content publishing festival whereby people in the room win prizes from an office coffee solutions company that is sponsoring the event. Don’t miss this unique educational evening – it will be like nothing you’ve seen before or likely to ever see again – stay tuned here for updates on how it evolves and what happens and why .

Every participant who is willing to play along, tweet, blog and do Facebook updates right there in the room is eligible to win bags of free coffee, and somebody is going home with a brand new office coffeemaker.

Follow #GrowthHackTO and Rob Campbell is @roberrific on Twitter. Last edited by Arob; Apr 16th, 2014 at 11:43 AM.

People are talking on Twitter and adding voices to the discussion about Growth Hacking on Smart Canucks and we’re expecting some contributions to this beautiful post about GrowthHackTO on Free Ads Planet.

Then after weeks of planning IT WAS SUDDENLY HAPPENING..
Toronto is Awesome ran this picture on Sunday April 20th,

There are still quite a few seats left and even if you don’t reserve a spot or get ticket you should just come anyway because you’ll probably get in – some of the people registered have already said they cant come in the comments at the side of the Meet-Up page . .

Rob Campbell and Jane Wang of MyHealth Sphere dot ca
UPDATE – The event was a big success. Jane Wang won the charity choice SEO spot in a heated race between eight contenders!  She volunteered her domain and won the crowd’s sympathy.

Edwin Frondozo

https://twitter.com/drgnmeme/status/459148906295615488/photo/1

After Jane won, we all took a whack of pictures and then endeavoured to use them in our homemade media; at this point we all went to work optimizing her health apps domain and her intriguing game Health Challenger. Its cool. She’s helping people get healthy and that’s a great cause.

You can read more in a terrific blog post about it courtesy of Dan Wood, http://seohowto.ca/2014/04/seo-growth-hacking-session/ and he wrote that while sitting in his chair in the audience . Dan’s a real smart guy. and Cristian Contreras wrote here,
http://growthhackingtoronto.ca/seowinnerhealthapps/
Jane Wang a start-up health apps designer takes paper from the bowl

Cristian was blogging at the front of the class in front of the audience, who were dropping off more and more every minute . aha  ah well live blogging isn’t the most exciting thing to watch at ten pm.  I dont take it personal. The audience dropped from fifty to less than twenty souls watching in the second half of the show – it was exciting for me. Maybe this should be a daytime event. A weekend workshop.

The grand finale, the draw for the office coffee maker – the ticket was pulled from the popcorn ceramic bowl by Jane Wang.

Smojoe – Rob Campbell holds the Bowl for Jane Wang who picks David Woogan, to win the coffee maker . .

Dan Wood sitting in the audience did a tremendous courtesy by listing the process and order of things necessary to achieve page one rankings. He writes, “…in a simple form these are the steps:

  1. Choose a keyword that will have a valuable return for your website (or your client).
  2. Take original photos and host them on trusted websites (Flickr, WordPress)
  3. Devise creative, interesting stories that relate to your product/service in some way and get this article published in the best, biggest, most trusted magazine or newspaper or other publication that you can
  4. Bookmark this article on social bookmarking sites and social media
  5. Write secondary articles and publish those on other sites. Use the same photos from their original source
  6. Bookmark and interlink those with the original article.

What he left out was the secret ingredients that I don’t tell anyone. Dan went on the record how I compared my modern day existence to a 14th century troubadour who goes from tavern to tavern and sings about heroes and highwaymen who pay him to make their exploits more well known , so they are feared , respected and paid tribute or presented with big opportunities. Its the same today online – the more famous and important you are in a particular  category and have earned links in articles, blogs and forums etc, the more likely your URL will show up on pg1 in searches done by needy townspeople.  So a modern SEO practitioner is a digital troubadour.

Assembling New Maid of the Mist Tour Boat in Niagara Falls Canada.

Without too much fanfare, Hornblower Canada’s new Maid of the Mist tour boat arrived at the Niagara chasm in mid January 2014. It new tour boat, maid of mist, Niagara fallscame in pieces. The vessel was shipped here by truck and had to be assembled on shore. This is the latest and most state- of -the- art example of a prefabricated water vessel that can be built on site and thereby eliminate more expensive sailing and towing expenses. Plus the spectacle of building such a large vessel on shore in the shadow of a frozen waterfall in the background has perhaps added to the news bubble surrounding the birth of this new local tour company.

The Niagara Region enjoys approx 14 million tourists per year and that makes this area one of Canada’s busiest tourist destination wherein there is a single tourist attraction commanding the public’s attention.

Assembling New Maid of the Mist Tour Boat in Niagara Falls Canada.

Assembling the new Maid of the Mist Tour Boat in Niagara Falls Canada. The prefabricated hull and pilot house and various other nautical bits arrived by trucks which were unloaded in January in the Niagara River chasm, beside the frozen water system, in the middle of the first polar vortex of 2014.

In the photo above you can see the men wrestling to get the pilot house locked into place. They are following a plan set by the boat’s manufacturer and followed by the foreman who came up from the factory to oversee the assembly. The Pilot house component of the craft would be very sensitive as its where the Captain of the ship and the river pilot sit and navigate the craft.  As this vessel is far more technically sophisticated than previous boats, one can only assume that this metal pilot house box will be stuffed full of sensitive electronics and other nautical instrumentation.

Spray foam guys insulate upscale Toronto

What is it like to be a spray foam guy?  There is a good story on Bizcovering magazine with an inside look at life as a spray foam insulation guy in Toronto and the piece used some pictures seen below.  This is Tim, a spray tech, who is also the truck driver and generator operator.  He’s on site to meet me first thing in the morning, opening up the back of the company truck and getting ready to help his teammate, the prime applicator. The prime is the rock star spray foam applicator who has had lots of training in the fine art of insulating residential houses with polyurethane rigid foam insulation. The pictures below shows Rob Campbell’s ride along on Oct 22nd to document a Toronto spray foam insulation company at work insulating a new home construction in a posh Forest Hill neighbourhood.

Opening Sprayfoam truck , day in the life  of spray foam guy

Spray foam insulation is an excellent albeit more expensive choice for home insulation.  The cost is minimum $3 per square foot of wall and roof, and the price varies depending on whether its open cell or closed cell foam being installed. Spray foam comes in two varieties, open-cell and closed-cell composition, and both types have different properties which make them good for one thing or another.. i might explain. Of the two options, closed-cell foam is the better insulator. Once cured, it also becomes a vapor retarder (because the tiny cells are closed moisture cannot enter the foam). but its disadvantage is price and weight.  Its heavy and expensive and sometimes you dont need that much insulation , and sometimes its too much and open cell is better.  Open cell foam has open bubbles Open-cell foam has a lower R-value, and acts as more of an air temperature and acoustic barrier; open cell foam is not an effective vapor barrier. Open cell foam is lighter, less dense and cheaper (because less material is used as it expands larger) and is applied as interior wall home insulation in places where moisture isn’t a variable.

Below Montana Mike puts on a full has-mat suit with respiratory system, boots and gloves, helmet and visor. Its intense.

put on suit for spray foam insulation application, back of truck,

Like any good chemical reaction there are some rather noxious chemicals produced as a bi-product of spray foam reaction between Isocyanates and the Walltite resin, both components are prepared by BASF and detailed on Fuel Ghoul blog about spray foam insulation in Toronto which outlines the process by which a Graco H40 component proportioner heats and pumps both liquids to the sprayer unit whereupon they combine at the nozzle tip of the gun.

mixing spray foam components together on job site with Graco H-40 Plural Component Reactor

The two substances must be hot when they combine to create the best chemical effect, and to make the best R-value rigid foam insulation. In the photo below, the tech tweaks a Graco H-40 Hydraulic Series Plural Component Reactor‘s front panel , adjusting temperature on the 12.0 kW heater in the machine. From residential foam insulation projects to high-volume commercial projects, Graco brand proportioners are a mainstay in the mobile spray foam industry. This rig alone, not including the truck and generator could cost about thirty five thousand dollars and comes with fifty foot of hose, and ten feet of heated whip and a Fusion AP  spray gun applicator.

Graco H-40 Hydraulic Series Plural Component Reactor With 20.4 kW Heater

Spray foam insulation is a bit of phenomenon especially here in Canada partly due to celebrity endorsements the home renovation TV shows that have propelled spokespeople to fame and fortune. These TV personalities have made deals with spray foam insulation manufacturers to endorse the product as being green and environmentally responsible, energy efficient, and 100 % cost effective – all of which is true.

spray foam tech basement wall headers in Forest Hill neighbourhood TorontoAll the same, spray foam insulation has been in the news lately and the people and processes have been called into question by a CBC Marketplace TV news doc that shows ‘how spray foam can go very wrong’ by examining the unlivable homes of unhappy customers.

The History Spray Foam Insulation

Otto Bayerm Germanchemieist who created polyurethane riigid foamWhat we know today as rigid foam insulation was invented in the 1950s by the German scientist Otto Bayer. He was trying to come up with something to replace rubber tires. He was eventually quite successful, but polyurethane wasn’t used to make wheels until the 1970s . Today the wheels under the folding metal steps of modern escalators are made of polyurethane, as are skateboard wheels.

Polyurethane has been around for about sixty years now – it has history stretching back to Germans scientists who pioneered many synthetics before World War II.  They were searching for synthetic textiles, rubber and silk. Twelve years after the war ended, in 1957 Otto Bayer and a German research team made advances with alkyd resins when they modified them with diisocyanates for the first time and made coatings and the first ever rigid foam products.  Today, anyone that has ever taken high school shop class, or refinished furniture, or stained a deck knows something about urethane wood finishes and the hard substance created when it hardens on the brush.

spray foam technician doing basement headers in Toronto Here is the crew starting work insulating the basement of a new home in Forest Hill.  They start at the bottom of the building doing the exterior wall ‘headers’. The team takes over the job site for a few hours each day and they often work lunches and late into the evening to be there when the other contractors are absent.  These guys are very careful not to expose any other tradespeople to the noxious gasses often created during the spray foam application process (I had to wear a breathing mask, visor and cover-alls as I followed the applicator around the basement).

Spray Foam in Toronto

Fuel Ghoul reports that the Canadian Urethane Foam Contractors Association (CUFCA) estimates that spray foam insulation was installed in approx 350,000 homes in Canada last year, a number that has been growing by 33 percent every year over the last decade. Part of the product’s appeal is that, when properly installed, spray foam insulation can reduce heating and cooling costs by up to fifty (50) per cent, according to the Canadian Urethane Foam Contractors Association (CUFCA) and so this really is advanced chemistry at work.