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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 ?
 

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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.
 

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

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

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

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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.
 

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

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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!
 

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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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