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EViS

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151 posts

59 months

Thursday 17th January 2013
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I would like to get ahead of the game and reduce the amount of snow and ice that will settle on our driveway and that I inevitably have to shovel. Is sand in any way effective? Is salt the only answer? Or a mixture of both?

How much should I spread per m2? And should I spread it now before it snows, after, or both?

I have some dishwasher salt and a fair amount of sand lying around, so just need some educating.

Edited by EViS on Thursday 17th January 20:01

okie592

2,711 posts

63 months

Thursday 17th January 2013
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Dishwasher salt dissolves concrete so don't use that

LuS1fer

31,990 posts

141 months

Thursday 17th January 2013
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Sand does bugger all on its own. I know, I tried it in the last snow and after it melted (after the snow went away, nothing to do with the sand), I had to sweep it all up again.

s p a c e m a n

8,600 posts

44 months

Thursday 17th January 2013
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Buy a powerful leaf blower, it makes moving fresh snow more fun biggrin

Marcellus

5,159 posts

115 months

Thursday 17th January 2013
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The best thing you can do is move the snow away from where you want it whilst it's still fresh.

If you walk/drive on it you compact it which makes it harder to clear.

Even worse if you allow/encourage it to melt and then it re-freezes that forms ice which is a right pita to clear.

Whereas, sweep (or blow) it away when it's fresh and you don't get these issues.

It's not uncommon to have to clear a driveway several times during a day (6 was my record)

davepoth

24,584 posts

95 months

Thursday 17th January 2013
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Marcellus said:
The best thing you can do is move the snow away from where you want it whilst it's still fresh.

If you walk/drive on it you compact it which makes it harder to clear.

Even worse if you allow/encourage it to melt and then it re-freezes that forms ice which is a right pita to clear.

Whereas, sweep (or blow) it away when it's fresh and you don't get these issues.

It's not uncommon to have to clear a driveway several times during a day (6 was my record)
That. Salt will make the snow liquid down to -4, but it'll refreeze as ice below that. Bad times. The very best thing is to shovel it all out of the way.

DozyGit

220 posts

67 months

Thursday 17th January 2013
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The PH way of doing it would be to use a flame thrower, naturally powered by a V8 engine. But a more sensible solution for the bone lazy would be to bury some underfloor heating pipes and run a separate boiler or use an isolated circuit off the main one (maybe via a heat exchanger) to get the drive a few degrees above freezing :-)

Edit, just wanted to add that you can use an electrical system as well, if you are not a company director ...

http://www.heatizon.com/products/radiant-snow-melt...


Edited by DozyGit on Thursday 17th January 21:00

hman

6,356 posts

90 months

Thursday 17th January 2013
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Why not just make a bonfire and pour a gallon of v power on the drive.

Chrisgr31

9,358 posts

151 months

Thursday 17th January 2013
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Shovel the snow out the way and then sprinkle road salt around.

Simpo Two

62,826 posts

161 months

Friday 18th January 2013
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A £10 snow shovel, and do it when the snow is fresh. Sweep up what's left with a broom and you'll have a clear surface. Once you start compacting it it gets harder (literally!).

944fan

3,386 posts

81 months

Friday 18th January 2013
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hman said:
Why not just make a bonfire and pour a gallon of v power on the drive.
Was going to suggest the same. Kill it with fire.

Marcellus

5,159 posts

115 months

Friday 18th January 2013
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I used to drop off/pick up from a chalet with a heated drive and it was great.. long flowing steep driveway which was always clear!

There was one issue though... The 1st season they had it installed throughout the winter the road which the driveway came off always had a large patch of thick clear ice on it from the melt water from the drive frown

The Marie kicked up a right fuss about it and to be fair it was quite dangerous/selfish of the chalet owner.... during the interseason the chalet owner had a small Cattle grid built into the bottom of their drive which during the winter acted as a soakaway and after that there were no issues.

AndrewEH1

1,864 posts

49 months

Friday 18th January 2013
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Adding cat litter to the salt mix helps to absorb some of the water...

Sand won't really help as it doesn't disolve!

Andrew[MG]

3,000 posts

94 months

Friday 18th January 2013
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Do you have a coal fire/woodburner? Ash is better than salt at melting snow - it's what they use in Japan

EViS

Original Poster:

151 posts

59 months

Friday 18th January 2013
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We just had our chimney swept the other day. All the ash, and there was a fair amount of it, has now gone frown. I shall remember for next year.

I guess broom and shovel it is.

LuS1fer

31,990 posts

141 months

Friday 18th January 2013
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I imagine ash and cat litter will leave your drive very grey for some time.

What you need to do is lie some poor people across the drive and ask them to get up when you're ready to leave. Snow is a good insulator.

EViS

Original Poster:

151 posts

59 months

Friday 18th January 2013
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So, I threw a couple of handfuls of dishwasher salt between my driveway access and the pavement's drop curb. No snow settled there all day! I've just swept the driveway into a nice pile, ready to get a monster snowperson, as the politically correct would say, built!

hman

6,356 posts

90 months

Saturday 19th January 2013
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Swept the the drive, chucked some rock salt from the builders yard on it... No snow or ice !!

Galileo

3,015 posts

114 months

Saturday 19th January 2013
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Does anyone know if road salt effects block paving in any way?

Simpo Two

62,826 posts

161 months

Saturday 19th January 2013
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LuS1fer said:
What you need to do is lie some poor people across the drive and ask them to get up when you're ready to leave. Snow is a good insulator.
Work for the homeless - an excellent idea! No more need to clutter up street corners selling Big Issue.