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Discussion in 'Homesteading Questions' started by nobs, Dec 5, 2005.
What can I use on the ice on my front deck? Will salt hurt the wood? It is treated.
Sand sprinkled on,it will refreeze into sandpaper,no slip.I do that on cement walkways for traction.
"Ice Melt" pellets will work, no salt. If this deck is your entrance you'll be tracking salt or sand into the house. Think of those floors wether carpet or wooden. Salt will damage them and sand beside getting into carpeting will eat up you finish on wooden floors.
Most store that sell rock salt will also have the pellets....................
Clay kitty litter.
The pellets are calcium chloride. They are harmless to plants growing and they work at lower temps than salt. It is more expensive though. It shouldn't be any problem to the decking but anything you put on the deck will track in however it isn't as bad as salt.
Sand or sawdust either one will work just fine. Real cost effective and will not do a lot of harm,
I use corn meal. Birds in the spring will handle all the cleanup for me.
An old piece of indoor/outdoor carpet solved the problem for us.
Clay cat litter will turn into mud when the ice melts.
I have tried other things, but now use small chicken grit on the sidewalk and near the drive. Sand is easy to use too when I have it.
You do shake your boots off and leave them on near the door don't you?
I bought a product called Multy-tile at Home Depot. They are 9.99 for a box of 10. It took me two boxes of them to cover the steps and half way to the front door. They are about a 1/4 thick with a tread on them. They say they can be "easily" snapped together, but to be safe I screwed them into the porch.
Another benefit from them is that they grab the gravel from my shoes so it doesnt get tracked into the house. (My front yard is covered by turkey gravel.
Have a woodstove? Put he ashes on there.