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How much salt

Discussion in 'Ice Management' started by albhb3, Dec 21, 2007.

  1. albhb3

    albhb3 PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,523

    One location i do have 3 school parking lots how much salt would you need for approx. 140000sq. ft. Thanks.
  2. Runner

    Runner Senior Member
    Messages: 957

    140,000 sq. ft. should use about ton and a half (a little less) of dry material at normal temps around the high teens or 20's.
  3. 4evergreenlawns

    4evergreenlawns Senior Member
    Messages: 552

    Also take into account what you are trying to melt and what type of equipment you are using.

    We have seen an unusually high amount of ICE STORMS to date. It takes some salt to melt down even just 1/4" of ice compared to snow or even snowpack. Furthermore, as the ice is melting off is dilutes much quicker resulting it revisits where if it was snow you would not have to return a couple of hours later to prevent the refrezze. Clients have been on the phone in a panic. Good thing the local news has been reporting the HIGH USAGE of salt by Local, county, and state agencies so people have something to compare too.

    When estimating coverage I found most fomula's are off by as much as 50% to low. Just keep an open mind and know that what is SHOULD take and what it WILL take depending on conditions, equipment, and operator doing the application will vary greatly. NEVER lock your self into what is WILL TAKE to get the job done. Your client will make you eat those words and you could find yourself doing business at a loss.

    Ron G.