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Foam Pipe Insulation Keeps “Tire Slime” From Leaking
Harry Tichav uses a tractor and brush shredder to maintain 30 acres in central Texas. With an abundance of mesquite and cactus, flat tires are a constant problem, especially on the tractor’s front tires.
    “I wanted to use commercial tire slime as a puncture sealant, but it isn’t supposed to be used in tube tires because slime doesn’t seal as well around the wheel rim of a tube tire as it does with a tubeless tire,” says Tichav. “I solved the problem by removing the tube and wrapping foam pipe insulation around both sides of the rim. Then I filled the tire with air, injected tire slime, and trimmed off any excess material from the foam pipe insulation.
    “Problem solved - no more air leaked out around the rim,” says Tichavsky. “The same idea should work with any size automotive, tractor, ATV or lawn mower tire. It also might help with tires that have damaged or rusted rims.”
    Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Harry Tichavsky, 603 Prause Rd., China Spring, Texas 76633 (ph 254 723-3462; htichavsky@yahoo.com).    

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2020 - Volume #44, Issue #4