Using Ice Melt on New Front Walk

Old 12-30-08, 05:54 AM
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Exclamation Using Ice Melt on New Front Walk

In Morristown, New Jersey, we have a new masonry front walk and stoop. It's has limestone treads and brick risers and it was built this past August. The slightest frost conditions makes the treads slippery.
We would like to be prepared with some kind of ice melt substance for when things get really icy this winter.
Many of the ice melt products mention that they are safe for cured concrete that is over a year old. But say nothing about relatively new masonry.
What should we use? Is Calcium Chloride the best? I have a bag of Magnesium Chloride: Mag Flakes. I that good to use? How about other some other ice melt such as the "Pet Safe" ice melter, (I believe it's Propylene Glycol). Is that the right thing to use?
Or, should we just rope off the front and tell people to use the back stairs?

Jimi O.

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Old 12-30-08, 05:26 PM
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Your back stairs idea maybe the best followed by calciuim chloride.
Old 12-30-08, 08:32 PM
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if i remember correctly propylene glycol will be safe for the new walk, or just keep some sand or kitty litter sprinkled on it for traction.

if we're not supposed to eat animals why are they made out of meat?

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