Tech Tip - Ever Break a Drillbit in a Mixing Chamber???
Posted By DEMILEC
Often times while applying spray foam, hardened material gets stuck in
the mixing chamber that the purge-air just won’t blow out; in most
cases this happens while applying
closed cell foams. When hardened material is noticed or the pattern from the chamber is
unsatisfactory a drill bit that is sized for the desired chamber is necessary
to carefully remove the hardened material.
Once in a while, and with the necessary cumbersome PPE that is required
for the applicator, a drill bit will break off while drilling the hardened
material from the chamber. If this happens, follow these simple steps,
it may save from having to purchase a new chamber.
Step 1: If there is hardened material still in the chamber at the time the drill
bit broke than it will need to be soaked in solvent for several hours.
Step 2: Break two small wires from a wire wheel or brush; make sure that the wires
are approx. 1.5”-2.0” in length.
Step 3: Insert each wire into two of the flutes of broken drill bit. Wiggle the
wire as far to the bottom as possible.
Step 4: Using a pair of pliers, turn the chamber clockwise. This will tighten the
wires into the flutes of the broken drill bit.
Take care not to over-tighten as this could break the wires off in the drill bit.
Step 5: Once the wires feel secure gently pull the wire with the pliers and the
broken drill bit should slide out.
* NOTE: Although this tip has been successful in many cases, it is only to help
save a chamber that is otherwise thought to be damaged and is in no way
a 100% fix in every case.