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Old 01-23-2011, 04:53 AM
 
Location: Western Cary, NC
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How do you get the ice off your walks and drives? The last storm gave us ice, and it took a week of 40 degree days to get in and out of our drive, even after using a salt and small rock mixture on them. I found the rocks did nothing to stop the falling, and tracked in the house too much. The salt which I thought would make the ice come up did nothing. I could get the first layer up than had a solid 1/4 inch glass layer of ice on the drive. We now are waiting for the next storm on Mon. and Tue. I was wondering if there is something better to use, or if I just need to order a flame thrower?
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Old 01-23-2011, 05:15 AM
 
Location: Bradenton, Florida
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Is your drive gravel/stone, or concrete or asphalt? As long as it isn't the former, I'd suggest boiling water poured over it, and then squeegee it off before it refreezes.

I can't say I ever recall having a problem with the driveway icing up, but we had a driveway made up of rocks.
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Old 01-23-2011, 05:43 AM
 
Location: Western Cary, NC
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It is concrete with a stamped design to make it look like paving stones. I think it is not designed to be in a snow and ice environment, but than I am not designed to live in this cold either. I thought of this, but was worried the heat from boiling water on cold concrete would crack it.
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Old 01-23-2011, 05:54 AM
 
Location: Bradenton, Florida
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I think that the ice would tend to insulate it, depending on how thick that ice is.
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Old 01-23-2011, 08:07 AM
 
Location: Perth, Western Australia
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Salt works down to 15 F, you probably didn't have enough salt.

Actualy rocks would probably be useless.
Sometimes they add a sand mix to add grip but even that doesn't work very well.

If you have sun you could cover it with something black (tarp?) and it will melt faster.
Have a pool cover handy?
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Old 01-23-2011, 08:11 AM
 
Location: East of Seattle since 1992, originally from SF Bay Area
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We normally don't get it more than 3-4 times a year but for normal snow, even after it refreezes to ice, salt and other de-icing materials work fine. When you get freezing rain, which it sounds like you had, it's solid clear ice just like ice cubes in the freezer. That basically shuts down the entire region until it turns to rain and warms up and melts, you cannot even open the car
doors never mind driving on it. Flame throwers would work on the walk and driveway but if it's still below freezing the water from melting will refreeze
in the low areas.
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Old 01-23-2011, 10:07 AM
 
Location: Spots Wyoming
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Getting snowed on every 3 or 4 days, melting for a day or two and then refreezing and snowing again, I've found the only thing that can be done is to be proactive. Shovel, scrape, and remove every chance you get.

When it starts snowing here, I don't wait till it's done and then try and clean up. I shovel during the storms. Keep it removed. Then when it warms a little, I go out and shovel or plow the slush. Works pretty good, but you have to keep at it.
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Old 01-23-2011, 12:18 PM
 
Location: Minnesota
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I usually through a bunch of salt down and then about 10 minutes later I go back outside with a shovel and scrape up the ice once it gets loosend up.
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Old 01-23-2011, 05:54 PM
 
Location: Deltana, AK
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Honestly, here in Alaska where there's snow on the ground half the year, there's more emphasis on dealing with it than removing it. Anchorage is pretty good about removing it on the city streets, but that turns everything into a dusty, sandy, salty mess. Gravel or sand in high enough quantities should provide some traction. You might score the ice with a pick axe to rough it up a bit. In the coastal areas up here which get a great deal of ice, the vast majority have studded tires and wear some sort of cleats or other traction devices on their feet.
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Old 01-23-2011, 06:18 PM
 
Location: New York
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Getting snowed on every 3 or 4 days, melting for a day or two and then refreezing and snowing again, I've found the only thing that can be done is to be proactive. Shovel, scrape, and remove every chance you get.

When it starts snowing here, I don't wait till it's done and then try and clean up. I shovel during the storms. Keep it removed. Then when it warms a little, I go out and shovel or plow the slush. Works pretty good, but you have to keep at it.
I agree. the lsat storm, I snow blowed, then shoveled the bits left behing and then used the garden brush to sweep the remainder. My husband was laughing at me but I don't have the same slush or icy patches anyone else in my street has and It save s a trip to the gym !! multitasking !!
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