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Old 11-18-2016, 09:10 AM   #1
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Question Tire Grooving iron to use on XPS Foam

Will a tire groover do the job to make the channels for the pex tubing in a radiant floor? Anything better?
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I believe it would, easily.
But you might have to make more than one pass unless you get a blade big enough.

If you already have it, try it.
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somewhereinusa has suggested elsewhere to use a router with half-round bit. Sure it'll make a shower of foam bits probably with static cling that's out of this world, but I expect it'll also make a very nice channel for the tube and that the mess shouldn't be TOO hard to clean up with a vacuum. That's the way I'm planning to go.

Of course a hot knife should also cut nicely. Some kind of temperature control might be necessary to keep the burning to a minimum. I couldn't say how easy or not it may be to control the shape of the channel. Probably depends on the skill and patience of the operator.
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Will a tire groover do the job to make the channels for the pex tubing in a radiant floor? Anything better?
Axesome tool use. -I don't have any foam, but picturing my grooving iron (it has a looped heated section) I bet it would work great.
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