Captain Ned wrote:
I'd be happy if the 6 inches of ice in my driveway somehow spontaneously melted though, with my luck, it would spontaneously convert to Ice-nine
. The usual January thaw will only take half of it, meaning it's nothing more than the Zamboni From The Sky. Just what I need, ice made smoother.
One step off the front porch and you're on all fours if you don't want to hurt yourself. I even asked a buddy who ice-climbs if he had an old & dead set of crampons he could spare as it's really that bad. If Mr. Sun ever obliges, I'll take pics.
The cheapest way to take care of your slipping on that ice on your driveway is to go out to the store and by 3-4 Big bags of the cheapest kitty litter you can find. Then spread it in a evenly over the driveway with the clay grains around 1/4" apart, some closer uniformly over the driveway. Then lay a little bit extra on the paths you travel most. It is truly unbelievable how much traction you get from the clay pebbles that have millions of pores in them making them grip the ice with ease...thus you do not slip on it unless you are a klutz or trying to fall/going way too fast. I used it as a stopgap measure at my wife's Hair Salon since salt was nowhere to be found in the SE Philadelphia suburbs that has 6 parking spots on 20degree angles sloping towards the road. But the kitty latter does a fantastic job since the salt is not worth a damn when it is 5-10f outside with at least 10mph winds all the time. Kitty Litter works better then sand also.
There is one Big pain in the arse about using it. It tracks all over the place...sure salt does too but kitty litter is about 2x as bad. But if you take your shoes off at the door or in a pantry shed type entrance just remove your shoes in there before entering your house.
Once again I have the praise the amount of traction you gain.
Better then crawling on all 4s or walking on 2 ft ..slipping and breaking a wrist catching your fall, or the mother of all slipping on ice injuries " and nasty head trauma and compound fractures are not included" would have to be slipping and breaking both your left and right wrists at the same time.
No lie in a span or 4 years with 3 different paper boys...2 of them roller skated when doing their paper delivery routes. After approximately 6 months of delivering papers on their routes each of the rollerblader's had fallen and broken their wrists. 3 months later after one of the kids wrist healed he broke the other one. It is actually in most cases safer to fall on your Butt instead of trying to break your fall with your hands, wrist and arm. Always protect your head and face. Do not need any concussions or missing teeth
Kitty litter is also awesome at getting a crappy car unstuck outta the snow. Works well on nice cars also:)
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