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How To Calculate Sand/salt Amount/ Coverage

Discussion in 'Ice Management' started by ALEX516, Oct 24, 2003.

  1. ALEX516

    ALEX516 Senior Member
    Messages: 103

    Hi, I've been working on a bid/proposal and this is the first year we'll be doing more than simply plowing, we'll be running two full bed sanders.

    How, or rather is there a formula to calculate how much sand /sand-salt or strait salt is needed to cover a certain area???

    Another question would be how should I offer the service, in advance of a severe icinc condition, during a rain in which it will shortly freeze, etc,etc....???

    I guess in short I need to know how to market/ write in the contract/bid how the sanding operation and when it will occur.

  2. GeoffD

    GeoffD PlowSite.com Veteran
    Messages: 2,266

    The amount of salt needed to remove ice or snow from an area will change depending on:

    amount of snow or ice

  3. ALEX516

    ALEX516 Senior Member
    Messages: 103


    thanks , but how about sand or sand/salt mix,,,,

    What's an average amount requied for a 50x50 parking lot?

    Amount meaning, quantity of materials?
  4. BRL

    BRL PlowSite.com - Veteran
    Messages: 1,277

    Welcome to Plowsite!

    I don't use sand or mix so straight salt: Figuring a rough average of 500 pounds per acre (sometimes the conditions Geoff mentions will cause you to require more, sometimes less), you would need about 30 pounds of salt for that lot per application.