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Newbie: Sidewalk salt??

Discussion in 'Ice Management' started by pattytastik, Aug 30, 2011.

  1. pattytastik

    pattytastik Junior Member
    Messages: 1

  2. xtreem3d

    xtreem3d PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,548

  3. hoskm01

    hoskm01 Senior Member
    from AZ
    Messages: 475

    No chemical will do ZERO damage to concrete, or any paved surface for that matter.

    Opinions vary on which is best, but what you are looking at is straight salt and not the least corrosive/damaging. It will also be tracked and left in your customers stores more easily and be more visible than others.

    Go somewhere other than HD, buy wholesale/commercial from a good supplier, start the relationship now!
  4. Plow man Foster

    Plow man Foster PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,153

    We do a hotel and use mostly liquid on walkways and sidewalks. Liquid is a salt solution sometimes with calcium chloride. Also It cost me about 20 cents a Gallon but it usually ranges from 30-50 cents a gallon. I buy it in bulk though.
  5. Matson Snow

    Matson Snow PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,985

    Hungry Salt will Eat 10 Times its weight......So be Very Careful of Hungry Salt....:rolleyes:

    BTW......Cement Mixed with Sand and Stone makes Concrete....Cement alone, The salt Feasts on that.....:eek:
  6. Precision21

    Precision21 Junior Member
    Messages: 10

  7. Plow man Foster

    Plow man Foster PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,153

    trying to get post count up to ten???
    welcome to the site!
  8. joe2025

    joe2025 Member
    from NEPa
    Messages: 56

    We have been using Polar Ice Melt on walks for a few years now and have had great sucess with it. It cost a bit more for a 50lb bag but the concrete walks seem to be holding up well. I have not noticed any salt damage over the past three years that we have serviced these accounts.

  9. Schoenberg Salt

    Schoenberg Salt Member
    Messages: 83

    WIth any deicing product please keep in mind that Concrete which is mixed or cured wrong will be destroyed, no matter if you buy a $5 product or $95 product. You can look into Calcium Chloride, Magnesium Chloride, or blends of those and Rock Salt. Always be aware of who is doing the selling, as someone who only sells Calcium will push calcium just as someone who only sells Magnesium will push Magnesium