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​​​Twice the speed, half the cost ​

​​Turning a piece of flat Kaiflex sheet into something that can be used to insulate a pipe bend is an essential technique for installing Kaiflex but could you benefit from a few simple tips that make the whole process much faster?

You can find instructions on how to install a ‘two piece’ bend in the Kaiflex Application Guide and an interactive application slider that shows everything step-by-step on our website. Two of the steps highlighted on the interactive application slider deserve particular attention – these are amongst the many ways that experienced contractors save serious time when installing Kaiflex insulation.​

Working to a template

​​Measuring and plotting a shape of Kaiflex is one of the most time consuming parts of working with Kaiflex sheet. A good rule of thumb when working with Kaiflex is that you should only ever need to draw a single pattern once – this should then become your template.

​​Step 6 shows how to use the first piece of Kaiflex you cut as a template to cut the second.

If you know you’ll be insulating multiple identical bends it may make sense to transfer your template to a piece of cardboard – in doing this you can save significant time for each and every pipe bend.

Applying glue more quickly

​​When you know that you have two identical pieces of Kaiflex that need glue along the same edges then the technique shown in step 7 could literally double the speed at which you apply Kaiflex glue.

This technique is also, often, easier than applying glue to the edge of a single piece of Kaiflex at once – particularly when using a lesser thickness of Kaiflex.

Let Kaimann draw your plot

​​Of course one of the most time consuming parts of the process when installing Kaiflex sheet around a pipe bend is calculating and plotting the correct dimensions. This is why the Kaimann fittings plotter, freely available on our website, exists.

Using the Kaimann fittings plotter you can let us deal with the maths, saving valuable time so you can focus on the application itself.​

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3/24/2016
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