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Old 01-22-2014, 07:19 AM
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101 things to do with expanding foam filler

Let's start with two things. The Mopar tow-bar receiver does nothing for aerodynamics and off-road it becomes a mud scoop. I taped over the end of the ball-mount to act as a seal, inserted it into the receiver then squirted a bit of expanding foam into the other end of the receiver. If the quantity is judged just right, it makes quite a neat job.

For those that have been using milk bottle crates to hold gas bottles, you might want to try this. I used an old Ikea toy box as the former. Line it with glad-wrap. Place a pressure pack can lid on the bottom to support for the bottle off the bottom of the box. Tape over any catch points on the gas bottle and line with glad-wrap. Place the bottle centrally into the box and onto the pressure pack can lid. Empty a whole can of expanding foam into the box evenly around the gas battle. Leave for a couple of days at least to set. Give the bottle a good hard twist to break any adhesion or catch points and remove. Remove the formed foam from the box. Voilą, you have a very light yet sturdy gas bottle holder but it's not exactly pretty.
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Re: 101 things to do with expanding foam filler

Foam boxes or packing were firmly off our list when we used to do a lot of corrugated road work out in the shrubbery in the good old days.
The foam rubs and any sort of shaking around breaks it up - to say nothing of the awful squeaking it makes. Those foam vege boxes are horrible.
OK - our Patrols didn't ride like the Jeep - and maybe your ears don't mind squeaks.

I confess a milk crate under the bed in the van holds our camp oven and an old electric frypan and the heat beads that go in it. One reason I still carry milk crates is that I can stack them and use to get a bit of height when I just can't reach….

And if you are scooping mud with the tow bar receiver Bob, (by my standards nowadays), you're in too deep!
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Re: 101 things to do with expanding foam filler

I agree entirely about the white boxes but this stuff is different. I coulds be wrong bit I think the white boxes are polystyrene whereas the expanding foam filler is polyethelene. It doesn't squeek as much and is quite a bit tougher.
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I agree entirely about the white boxes but this stuff is different. I coulds be wrong bit I think the white boxes are polystyrene whereas the expanding foam filler is polyethelene. It doesn't squeek as much and is quite a bit tougher.
It is also a middlin' good adhesive, and if you get creative with a smaller hose adapter to get into tight places, a truly great method of shutting up annoying noises on older vehicles.
[NOTE: Do NOT attempt to shut up back seat drivers or offspring with the stuff, it can lead to complications]
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I agree entirely about the white boxes but this stuff is different. I coulds be wrong bit I think the white boxes are polystyrene whereas the expanding foam filler is polyethelene. It doesn't squeek as much and is quite a bit tougher.
If it is yellow, it will likely be Polyeurothane. Typically the stuff that expands and sets rigid has a closed cell structure and is one of the best insulating materials you can get. And as Istowell says it does make and excellent adhesive between different materials. If you need to shape it, a sanding disc on your angle grinder works very well.
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