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Fix'n it 01-15-2013 09:14 PM

salt on treated wood ?
we had freezing rain the other day. i went to get the paper, and nearly fell on my a--. i didn't see the ice on my front steps.

what will happen if i put some salt on those steps, every now & then ?

Gac66610 01-15-2013 09:41 PM

I don't know what effects salt would have, never tried it.

I just use sand, I keep a small covered bucket outside door, when needed it's handy.

joecaption 01-15-2013 09:54 PM

Use Calcium Magnesium Acetate which guards against concrete and corrosion instead of salt.
Any hardware or box store should have it.

ToolSeeker 01-16-2013 07:37 AM

Since it's pressure treated wood I don't think the salt will have any effect.

joecaption 01-16-2013 07:39 AM

But it will effect any fastners it some in contact with and will be tracked into the home.

PoleCat 01-16-2013 01:50 PM

The worst thing about any "de-icer" is it will allow water penetration. If your wood is really well sealed this is not much of an issue. Otherwise you may see some freeze -thaw damage to your finish or wood.

danpik 01-16-2013 01:57 PM

Been salting mine for about 10 years now. No damage that I can see from it. Stainless steel fasteners used and still shiny

PoleCat 01-16-2013 02:00 PM

I love stainless steel. After ten years they are still sparkling at my Aunt's place. And she lives in the woods where they are wet more than they are dry!

Fix'n it 01-16-2013 09:08 PM

thanx folks. i have some of that non salt deicer. i will use that up first. the steps and porch will be replaced in a few years. but id does have cheap fasteners in it.

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