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#1 Lord_Guy

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Posted 04 October 2012 - 12:39 PM

It's supposed to rain, freeze, and snow in my neck of the woods on Friday/Saturday. I was just curious the best way to melt the ice on my walk way.

Salt is good but there's a lot of animals in my neiborhood and a torch works well but it takes forever, and hurts my back.

Since I don't have access to any incendiary grenades or a heated walk way; What should I do? I'd like a cheap and effective way to melt the ice. Any ideas?

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Posted 04 October 2012 - 12:49 PM

I know Calcium Chloride can be used to melt ice, although it is a specialist chemical, perhaps try to order some off Amazon or something?

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Posted 04 October 2012 - 01:06 PM

Cheapest and most available way will probably be salting dude. Heated strips in your walkway/driveway would the best alternative without lifting a finger.

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Posted 04 October 2012 - 01:18 PM

I'm taking shelter from the 94F degree temps outside right now. I wish I lived somewhere cooler, but melting an iced walkway doesn't sound like too much fun either :lol:. Good luck!

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Posted 04 October 2012 - 01:19 PM

I heard some parts of Colorado already have 6 inches of snow. YUCK

Oh to answer your original question? move somewhere warmer....lol
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Posted 04 October 2012 - 01:40 PM

I good ice chisel is how I always get things done. Along with a scraper they can pound through ice pretty quick.
I used to do this for my parents every winter. You could forgo salt for some coarse sand, that seems to work.

As far as salt goes you shouldn't worry about animals to much, to my knowledge I have never had an animal eat and get sick off sidewalk ice.
I don't chip my ice, I just walk on it. 20 years in Minnesota has taught me how to walk on ice like a champ.

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Posted 04 October 2012 - 01:41 PM

Have a pee-a-thon

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Posted 04 October 2012 - 02:14 PM

Interesting answers. Lol. Being that it is Colorado, it could be 90* Friday/Saturday. I only worry about the Albino Fox we have. I'd rather not kill her and her pups (my dog's a man, he can deal with it). My girlfriend told me to pay some kid $20 and get them to do it. Then I said I'll just make her do it. She hit me.

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Posted 04 October 2012 - 02:16 PM

Interesting answers. Lol. Being that it is Colorado, it could be 90* Friday/Saturday. I only worry about the Albino Fox we have. I'd rather not kill her and her pups (my dog's a man, he can deal with it). My girlfriend told me to pay some kid $20 and get them to do it. Then I said I'll just make her do it. She hit me.

You sure it's an albino fox not a white wolf?

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Posted 04 October 2012 - 02:46 PM

It's a black fox. I don't know if that's the albino version or not. It has 5 pups, 2 black, 3 white. They're cute.

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Posted 04 October 2012 - 02:51 PM

My girlfriend told me to pay some kid $20 and get them to do it. Then I said I'll just make her do it. She hit me.


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Posted 04 October 2012 - 03:04 PM

Montana got a foot of snow today.... ouch
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