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Old 11-18-2014, 10:04 PM   #1
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Ice Melt Solution Instead Of Throwing Down Salt


Winter is coming and I'm looking for ice melt ideas. Does anyone know of any salt/water/brine solution that I can spray out of a pump sprayer instead of having to spread ice melt crystals/salt? Would something like this even be effective?
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Old 11-18-2014, 10:31 PM   #2
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in my experience, keeping the snow shoveled is the best way. at my house, i never use melter. when i lived in the condo, the lazzy people would stomp the snow into ice, before i (i was the only one out of several able bodied people that shoveled) got to it. i then had to use a lot of salt.
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Old 11-19-2014, 01:07 AM   #3
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There is a video too.

http://www.harborfreight.com/propane...ter-91037.html

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One of the benefits of using a de-icer that is solid is the fact that once it is put down it stays in place. Liquid has the tendency to run off. When i worked for the highways department, we used a brine solution taken from gas wells to deice roadways. For a while it was cheap and we dumped it on roadways to help clear ice. If the brine didn't flow off the roadway, it worked just OK. It did melt the ice slowly but had not traction ability. after a while the price of brine got to the point that pure rock salt was purchased to gain the traction factor. If you are worked about the chlorides getting into the ground water, use urea.
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Urea...?

http://www.wisegeek.com/what-is-urea.htm
Yep...
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What I was referring to , is this type of urea.

http://www.ehow.com/way_5449208_use-...ow-cement.html
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landfill...
I knew you was talking about the synthetic formula.
But you know the old saying, " Don't eat no yellow snow."
By the way, hows it working out with the other site.?
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Not what you're looking for, but do you have a wood stove or fireplace? Wood ashes can help melt ice.
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Ron,

Much better. Some of the oldtimers are finding their way back!
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