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Cost effective solutions for traction on icy driveway?

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Cost effective solutions for traction on icy driveway?

I have alot of ice build up on my driveway, what are some cheap solutions for traction? Not looking to melt it away just need some grip while walking on it.
Is kitty litter a good idea?
Last edited by hulk007 on Feb 22nd, 2018 10:25 am, edited 1 time in total.
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Is this because the surface is slippery (usually asphalt) or you just don't shovel and let ice build up?
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Biscayne05 wrote:
Feb 22nd, 2018 11:51 am
Is this because the surface is slippery (usually asphalt) or you just don't shovel and let ice build up?
Im in a new build with no eavestroughs yet and a gravel driveway that i snowblow leaving about 2inches of snowbase so i dont throw gravel. All the rain just poures down my driveway and freezing it. Hopefully this warm weather will help thaw it out as its way to thick and hard to chip away.
I will just go buy $100 worth of ice melt and sand and hope for the best.
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Sand. Many cities/towns provide free sand to residents because they don't want people using salt
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hulk007 wrote:
Feb 22nd, 2018 1:35 pm
Im in a new build with no eavestroughs yet and a gravel driveway that i snowblow leaving about 2inches of snowbase so i dont throw gravel. All the rain just poures down my driveway and freezing it. Hopefully this warm weather will help thaw it out as its way to thick and hard to chip away.
I will just go buy $100 worth of ice melt and sand and hope for the best.
I used sand and pea gravel.
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If you do use kitty litter, make sure it's not the clumping kind.
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Wood chips and heard some cities using beet juice but that may be for melting... not sure if aids in grip
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Biscayne05 wrote:
Feb 22nd, 2018 11:51 am
Is this because the surface is slippery (usually asphalt) or you just don't shovel and let ice build up?
Best preventative is to shovel as frequently and as quickly as possible, eg before freezing rain dumps over snow etc.
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Ask for concrete sand (or traction sand) not fine sand. Most landscaping or garden supply stores will carry it, and it's cheaper.

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