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Salt or sand/salt mix?

Discussion in 'Ice Management' started by vmj, Nov 13, 2011.

  1. vmj

    vmj Senior Member
    from conn
    Messages: 762

    I'v been on the fence about this for a couple of years now.... When i look at other parking lots and see them all wet knowing they use just salt i want to go that way... But i'm consern obout the tracksion end of it and being able to see that material is down..
  2. vmj

    vmj Senior Member
    from conn
    Messages: 762

    no opions..... thats odd for this site..... lol
  3. EIB

    EIB Senior Member
    Messages: 258

    When the pavement is wet you have traction.

    I use salt. Sand has issues with being track into buildings and then there is the mess it makes on the pavement.
  4. leon

    leon Senior Member
    Messages: 872

    The salt versus salt and sand mix deicing issue

    It is not true all the time in that you everytime
    you have wet pavement you have traction.

    If the pavement has oil on it or grease a
    pedestrian can slip and fall and sand wil help
    reduce that possibility to a bare please forgive
    the pun minimum.

    A stockpile of sand can be used to aid in traction
    for automobiles and pedestrians. a heavy film of salt
    water will get greasy.

    The more sand you use the less costly salt becomes
    as it aids in traction for a pedestrian.

    Sand was used long before halite was used as a traction aid.

    Adding windsheil washer fluid to the salt sand mix also makes it
    more easily moved by a walk behind or truck mounted spreader.

    A fifty percent mix will give you good visibility for determining the coverage
    of a specific area and you can always spread more if needed.
  5. northernsweeper

    northernsweeper Senior Member
    Messages: 397

    The larger retailers (at least in my area) want NO sand, because of what it does to their waxed floors. The only time I use sand, is when the temps are going to be to cold for the salt to work, and slippery conditions still exist.:drinkup:
  6. vmj

    vmj Senior Member
    from conn
    Messages: 762

    Thanks,,I never spread salt before, so can u tell/see where u applyed and how much do u apply for coverage. I'm useing a fisher procaster.