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post #1 of 31 Old 12-23-2017, 05:20 PM Thread Starter
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Well I'm hosting Xmas eve at my place tomorrow. Estimate about 50 people. The weather in Northwest RI has been about 33 degrees and freezing rain since last night. My driveway is about 75 yards long with a decent incline incline and a slight side pitch. Well it is covered in ice. Forecast said high of 47 today well that wasn't true. Tomorrow is a high of 37 and sunny. Monday 3 inches of snow. If thrown down 30 pounds of salt with no luck. Just seems to unfreeze a top layer of ice. Driveway is impassable right now
Ive been stuck in the house all day. Any tips or tricks to clear this up. I don't think mu guests will be safe entering or leaving my driveway tomorrow. I don't want to ruin Xmas. Thanks.

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sand and salt, more sand to get traction.
if u can get gallons of rubbing alcohol then mixed w/water it will melt what u got and lower the freezing point or windshield washer fluid
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Yup, sharp sand and salt down. Get a few good floor mats to keep it from tracking inside. Iím surprised we donít have that here in NJ. Just rainy and 56į here.
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i would skip the salt and go with just sand thats been warmed over night in a basement or other spot thats above out door temps.

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Street parking? People have to understand that weather is weather and you don't control it, so aside from treating the ice there isn't much you can do. Make Christmas happen on New Years Eve this year maybe?
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...or just park 'em on the street and issue ice-skates, or a sled...


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Just finished up using a stihl back pack fogger with two gallons of washer fluid. Hopefully it helps. I have no sand on hand and just used the last of my salt. Can't leave safely. The road is an unlit dark swervy country road. If the weather persists I wouldn't want any one members parking out there. Looks like it's all over Northern RI and Mass as well. Rt95 closed in certain areas due to ice. Ive never seen that before.

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We've survived a couple ice-storms up here. At the beginning of the season, I usually pick up a 50lb bag of 'play sand' from Lowes/Home Depot & a big bag of salt. I mix that in a 5-gallon bucket, alternating layers & mix with a shovel. Letting it stay warm in the (heated) garage helps as well. The salt helps melt the top & the sand gets in & gives traction. It's gotten us up our 100' slanted driveway many times. Salt alone just won't do it.
Of course, that only helps if you can get out & acquire that stuff....worst case, dig up some dirt & mix that with salt if you have no other options. Good luck!

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I do have a sandy/ soil pile a few yards back on the property. Worst comes to worst I'll take the tractor or Quad off road into town for some salt. Thanks guys.

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