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Sand/Salt storage

Discussion in 'Ice Management' started by poorboykc, Oct 4, 2005.

  1. poorboykc

    poorboykc Junior Member
    Messages: 2

    Our storage bins are made out of concrete blocks the opened end is facing west what is the best way to keep the product in the bin (wind) plus they are open ended on the top. We are trying to find a cheap but convenient method to keep the product covered and protected. What would you recommend and why?
  2. bigjoe871

    bigjoe871 Senior Member
    Messages: 166


    Skidsteer or large loader or twenty of you out there with shovels?
  3. poorboykc

    poorboykc Junior Member
    Messages: 2

    skid steer
  4. slade

    slade Senior Member
    Messages: 142

    I cover mine with a cheap blue tarp. Seams to work okay.
  5. Big Dog D

    Big Dog D PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,134

    Depending upon how big you bin is you could use one of those Cover-It type shelters. we had one that we used for about 6 years before somebody put the dump body on one of the bigger trucks all the way up, then drove out at an angle and brought the whole thing down.

    After it came down we rebuilt it bigger with a PT Timber base/foundation then built a 28X54 three sided shed on top.

    Salt shed.JPG
  6. bigjoe871

    bigjoe871 Senior Member
    Messages: 166

    We bought an old shipping container (like on the container ships) for about $600 + $200 to have it delivered and placed. Only thing is that to fill it in the first place you gotta use the skidsteer.
  7. bigjoe871

    bigjoe871 Senior Member
    Messages: 166

  8. SnowGuy73

    SnowGuy73 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 24,870

    Its always worked for me, no problems as of yet.
  9. Big Dog D

    Big Dog D PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,134

    Covering with a tarp will keep it dry, but after awhile you get sick of having to shovel off the tarp, shoveling & pulling the tarp in the rain or snow and getting soaked, get sick of guy's pushing back the tarp with the machine and tearing it, replacing tarp after tarp @ ? $, trying to spread mud, how big a pile do you want to cover etc..

    Yes there are cheaper ways to do things, but they are not always cheaper! When you factor in the unseen costs is it really worth it ???
  10. Vaughn Schultz

    Vaughn Schultz PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,565

    How about a car port? you could use that cheap blue tarp(or ply wood) for walls and now you would not have to shovel snow off the top? very inexpensive :rolleyes: