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Ice management on parged concrete steps

Discussion in 'Ice Management' started by peterng, Dec 24, 2011.

  1. peterng

    peterng Senior Member
    Messages: 249

    Summer 2011 the church parged the steps to 4 entrances. The existing concrete was deteriorating. The parging is only 1/4" thick on average.

    They have asked that I use no deicing products on or anywhere near the steps. Also no metal edge shovels on the steps.

    How do you propose dealing with this?



  2. csi.northcoast

    csi.northcoast Senior Member
    Messages: 320

    well they should of sealed the steps after the repair, but i would let them know how dangerous the steps will become. esp if the parishoners are older

    plastic shovels and no ice melt = some one is going to get hurt...make them sign something to cover your butt
  3. Moonlighter

    Moonlighter Senior Member
    Messages: 643

    I have had this issue before at a residence I used to take care of. I made a rubber edged shovel (using an old deflector for the materials) just for their stairs and we used a mixture of sand and small gravel almost a crushed gravel for traction. I saw this Ecotraction stuff at the snow show, it bonds to the ice and provides a gritted surface the package says "all natural volcanic mineral that grips ice". www.ecotraction.com the demo the guy gave surprised me a bit that it worked. I am by no means selling the product just thought it may add a solution for you.
  4. NickT

    NickT Senior Member
    Messages: 707

    Sand I guess but its going to look like a beach front inside the church
  5. peterng

    peterng Senior Member
    Messages: 249

    That is an awesome suggestion. I like the reuse it after every season idea as well. I could lay down plastic left and right of all steps. I'm going to look into this stuff and pick some up Tuesday.

    Thanks Moon,
  6. G.Landscape

    G.Landscape Senior Member
    from Ontario
    Messages: 834

    Never heard of that stuff, but seems like a pretty good idea, you will have to review it for us and let us know how it works after the season.

    Also going to need to pick up some snow plow shovels...
  7. peterng

    peterng Senior Member
    Messages: 249

    I certainly will as I have as as much interest in doing as much as I can for those seniors as I do avoiding lawsuits.