Construction of any type requires the proper tools. SIP Panel construction and structural foams are no different. The good news is that sip tools are not complicated and the tradesmen engaged in the construction of SIP Panel manufacturing will be able to use these construction tools quite easily. Most of the tools presented here are required to create proper edges for joining sip panels together or properly mixing the foams. These are important because proper construction necessitates clean cuts and joints and well-formed foam.
SIP Panel Tool
The following tools are used to create and shape SIP Panels. These hand tools are tailored for the cutting of thicker panels and edge joining. The specialty saws shown are not required for panels less than 2-1/4″ thick as the panels can be cut using traditional saws used in most construction projects. The edge routers are required to ensure proper fit between the panel splices. The splices are what will hold the panels together so a proper fit is important.
Construction Foam Tools
Manual Mixing Tools
Blending material together is important to proper construction foam creation. Although the process is not difficult several important considerations must be made regarding the tools used. High-speed mixing is very important when mixing manually. Therefore, a mixer and a high-speed drill are essential. Lesser quality of foams can be produced if the recommended tools are not used but this is not recommended. Along with high speed mixing several other tools are essential like a timer to manage how long the foam is being mixed and a means to measure proper amounts of the material.
Automated dispensing and mixing tools
Beyond mixing structural foam with hand tools an automated dispenser is recommended for the best quality products. The dispensers meter the amounts of material being blended and do the blending at the same time. Thus eliminating the need for measuring devices and hand mixers and timers.
SIP Panel Construction Saws
These saws offer deep cutting capabilities. The over sized blades on the circular saw allows for clean and straight cuts on panels up to 6-1/4″ thick. Used together the circular saw will cut most of the edges and the chain saws will get into tight corners. Panel Saw This saw is specially designed to cut through thick panels. Sometimes circular saws do not cut right to an edge, especially on interior opening like windows and doors. Using the Panel saw in conjunction with the circular saw provides the best cutting strategy. Large Circular Saw The circular saw is quite large with a 16-5/16-inch dia. blade, which has a 6-1/4” cutting depth which will facilitate cutting through thicker panels such as the 6-1/4” panels for the roof.
The Edge Router is a specialty tool developed by IADDIC and is used to cut back the structural foams between the panel skins. Cutting back the foam allows for the proper fitting of the splice which holds the panels together. Without an edge router, the foam would be impossible to remove. Edge routers come in widths and diameters to accommodate a wide range of splice materials.
SIP Edge Bevel Tools
The Panel Edge Bevel tool is used to produce a beveled edge along the SIP panel skins. This is especially important on housing projects where the builder desires an interior wall surface where the seams are hidden and a smooth wall finish is achieved. Simple, run the edge beveler along the edge of the panel. Then fill the bevel and finish much like you would if you were taping the seams of a wall made of drywall.
Conduit Chase Drill
The conduit chase drill tool is used to drill holes in panels to accommodate plumbing and wiring. The drill is over 6 feet long and is rotates inside of a fixed outer sleeve which makes it possible to hold and direct the drill through the panel.
Structural Foam Mixing Tool
The Structural Foam Mixing Tool is used to blend the structural foam materials together. It is essential that the mixing bladed slice through the foam materials to assure a complete blending of the foam. Used together with a high-speed drill ensures you will mix good batches of structural foam.
High-Speed Mixing Drill
An indispensable construction tool, the high-speed drill is required to ensure proper blending of the structural foam materials. Standard drills RPM drills should not be used as they do not offer the mixing capabilities of the high-speed drill.
The weigh scale is used to measure out equal parts of the foam materials. Although it is possible to measure material by placing markings on containers, the scale is needed to ensure quality.