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Old 01-23-2011, 07:42 PM   #1
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Heating wire to melt driveway snow

I know that some companies makes systems that you install into or under the concrete and other smaller heating mats that you lay on top, but I was wondering how effective it would be to just lay some sort of heated wire along the driveway and then just plug it in when the snow starts. What I was thinking is something along the lines of an extension cord maybe a few hundred feet long that runs back and forth along the driveway and is made of a metal that resists the flow of electricity enough that it heats up to maybe 50-60 deg F or so? I imagine its going to use a fair amount of electricity but to run it just while the snow falls cant be that much and is well worth not having to shovel.


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you would have, at best, a line of melted snow where your cord ran. The reason the heating elements are embedded into the paving material is so the paving material is heated which then prevents ice across the surface.


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Effective at melting snow and ice? Maybe.

Cost effective? You probably could not afford the electric bill for such a system you are proposing.

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What I think you would need is this. http://www.allwarm.com/driveway-heat.htm

Now how effective it is and what the costs are to run it I can't really say. I wanted to do this when I redid my drive way and I wish I had, once you have the system in place you can determine if you are going to use it on a case by case basis, if you don't have it, well grab a shovel. You can buy a lot of electric for ten bucks, what does it cost to have a kid shovel it?
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