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Where to buy salt for driveway ice melting? OOS everywhere!

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Where to buy salt for driveway ice melting? OOS everywhere!

Any suggestion about where to buy salt for driveway ice melting today?

I am living in Richmond Hill area, I checked Costco, Walmart, Home Depot, Freshco, Food Basic, SDM, and even convenience stores, all OOS!

Thanks in advance.
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My neighbour got charged $11.99 for a bag of road salt at a convenience store. Lol.

I wonder if water softener salt would work...
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TheFrozenCommunist wrote:
Dec 23rd, 2013 10:46 am
My neighbour got charged $11.99 for a bag of road salt at a convenience store. Lol.

I wonder if water softener salt would work...
Noooooo, water softener salt is a completely different type of salt and it won't melt anything, you'll just be wasting it.

I think almost every store had their salt stock cleared out yesterday morning, good thing my neighbour and I stocked up before hand.
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Well, water softener salt is what I have tried as I have no choice.

What I want to say is that it is just better than nothing. Once it is put on top of the ice, it leaves holes on the ice, and make the 1 inch thick ice a bit easier to break.

But still, desperately looking for the proper ice melter.
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Never tried it but I imagine that if you went to a city yard where they store the mountains of salt they have for the roads and asked them for a pail or two they'd give it to you.

Particularly given current circumstances and stores being oos. Bring ID & a utility bill.

It is after all a safety issue.
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I lined up at Home Hardware yesterday on the Danforth waiting for the store to open...bought 4 bags and dragged them home on a toboggan.

I only got them as I was first in line when the store opened at 11.

CT was already sold out

EDIT: I'll sell you 1 bag for $20...pick up only....lol

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In true RFD style, just scoop up all the dropped salt from your neigbor's driveways and use it on your own :)
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Winkle wrote:
Dec 23rd, 2013 10:51 am
Noooooo, water softener salt is a completely different type of salt and it won't melt anything, you'll just be wasting it. .
There are both potassium and sodium based salts used for softeners.
Both melt ice.
Both are also available in official ice melters.

For this desperation event, use whatever you have available.
Chemistry doesn't care what the label on the bag says.
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arisk wrote:
Dec 23rd, 2013 12:22 pm
There are both potassium and sodium based salts used for softeners.
Both melt ice.
Both are also available in official ice melters.

For this desperation event, use whatever you have available.
Chemistry doesn't care what the label on the bag says.
Ah wasn't aware of that, though it was mainly potassium so it wouldn't be as effective melting ice.
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The last time I checked, table salt would do exactly the same thing albeit at a higher cost.

I'm guessing that the grocery stores would have more than enough stock for your needs.
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sinasdf wrote:
Dec 23rd, 2013 12:20 pm
In true RFD style, just scoop up all the dropped salt from your neigbor's driveways and use it on your own :)
I run behind city plows with a bucket to catch the salt they drop. I saved 5$, but I ruined my clothes.

In all seriouness, when salt is OOS, go with sand and gravel. Traction is traction.
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One advantage of living in a condo/apartment is not having to deal with this. I definitely wouldn't have had enough salt to handle this storm.
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g5sb wrote:
Dec 23rd, 2013 10:42 am
Any suggestion about where to buy salt for driveway ice melting today?

I am living in Richmond Hill area, I checked Costco, Walmart, Home Depot, Freshco, Food Basic, SDM, and even convenience stores, all OOS!

Thanks in advance.
OP, what Costco did you go and when?
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OP did you try Rona, Home Hardware, Target? Garden Centre like Sheridan Nursery (donno if they're open anyway)? Superstore?

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