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Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
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We used to use sand and a small amount of salt. But the best solution was to move to SoCal. Not for everyone, and not a simple solution. LOL

Dec 17, 2016 08:15 AM
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Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of the Manchester NH's area Leading Agents

A flame thrower. Well im not sure how well it work, but i always wanted to try it. I did by some "safe" de icer but not sure how safe it is. I painted my steps with sealer this fall, so hoping it will help

Dec 17, 2016 09:04 AM
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Michael Setunsky
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Roy Kelley Don't use rock salt. I learned from experience. My driveway is paying for it. The only thing rock salt is good for is making home made ice cream.

Dec 17, 2016 08:53 AM
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Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

I know Scott Godzyk was kidding but flame throwers are commonly sold here for just that purpose. They are attachments for 5lb or less propane tanks.

Propane Torch

Dec 17, 2016 12:49 PM
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Bruce Walter
Keller Williams Realty Lafayette/West Lafayette, Indiana - West Lafayette, IN

Roy, if you absolutely have to use a chemical applicant go with a product that is CALCIUM Chloride.  It is a lot easier on masonary products, plants, and concrete.

I use a construction light and have the heat melt the ice and dry up the water, and then I move it to the next part of the steps.  You have to be at home for this to work and change it every 10-15 minutes but it is much easier on the steps and cheaper than a lawsuit.  I also set out some cones to let people know for the moment that they need to be careful.

 

Dec 17, 2016 08:45 AM
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Candice A. Donofrio
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I am so glad to have no clue about this! 3:)
Ask me how to get into a leather car seat in 125 degree weather in shorts and avoid injury. LOL!

Dec 17, 2016 11:17 AM
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Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
Serving the Greater Phoenix and Scottsdale Metropolitan Area - Scottsdale, AZ
Haven Express @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty

We moved to Arizona! 

Dec 18, 2016 03:28 AM
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Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
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Moving to Florida would solve that problem.  

Dec 17, 2016 05:12 PM
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Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA
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I like Scott Godzyk's idea of a flamethrower!

Dec 17, 2016 02:19 PM
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Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
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I have ZERO experience with this yet I trust Bruce Walter does and would go with his recommendation in a heartbeat. 

Dec 17, 2016 12:52 PM
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Susan Emo
Sotheby's International Realty Canada - Brokerage - Kingston, ON
Kingston and the 1000 Islands Area

I use a mixture of warm water & rubbing alcohol.  https://www.reference.com/science/rubbing-alcohol-melt-ice-f742e8ab6a6611e1

Dec 17, 2016 12:12 PM
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Jeff Pearl
RE/MAX Distinctive / LIC in VA - Lovettsville, VA
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I just use a product called " Barn Grip" that I buy at Southern States. It doesn't melt ice, but it provides anti slip grip. Also great to keep in trunk of car. Just sweeps away after ice melts.

Dec 17, 2016 07:44 AM
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Harry F. D'Elia III
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The best way is to move to a warmer climate to avoid the cold

Dec 18, 2016 09:41 AM
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Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI
HomeSmart Realty West - Carlsbad, CA
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No! No! Roy Kelley , not SoCal as Jeff Dowler pointed out to you. Try Sarasota; it was 80F here yesterday and in the 50's in Encinitas, CA per Sandy

Dec 18, 2016 06:41 AM
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Dennis Swartz
Full Circle Property Management - Columbus, OH
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Move those stairs to Florida.

Dec 18, 2016 05:47 AM
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Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
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I have no idea, Roy, as we don't often get ice here in Charlotte... and when there is, I just wait for it to melt.

Dec 18, 2016 04:31 AM
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Lynnea Miller
Bend Premier Real Estate - Bend, OR
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Cat litter.

Dec 17, 2016 08:38 PM
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Patricia Kennedy
RLAH Real Estate - Washington, DC
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Non-clumping kitty litter.

Dec 17, 2016 08:15 PM
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Fred Griffin Florida Real Estate
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
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   When we live in North Carolina, we used hot water to de-ice the steps and the sidewalk.

  

Dec 17, 2016 07:16 PM
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Kat Palmiotti
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Put in an awning.

Dec 17, 2016 04:02 PM
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Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
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I saw a neighbor use hot salt water on both his steps and the windshield of his car this morning; not me!!!

Dec 17, 2016 01:29 PM
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Dorie Dillard Austin TX
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I'd use sand..but what do I know I live in Central Texas!

Dec 17, 2016 12:39 PM
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Barbara Todaro
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not rock salt.... but there are melting agents sold at many discount stores that have no rock salt in it...

Dec 17, 2016 11:21 AM
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FN LN
Toronto, ON

The sun or other heat and non-freezing weather.

Dec 17, 2016 11:20 AM
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Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
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That is a good question worth asking. I'm reading.

Dec 17, 2016 08:28 AM
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Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties
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Salt is the culprit and will break down mortar and cement. I would use sand.

Dec 17, 2016 08:12 AM
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Carol Williams
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I'm watching for answers.  We're one of the frigid zones now too.

Dec 17, 2016 08:11 AM
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Wayne Martin
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A combination of salt and sand allows melting while providing a grip!

Dec 17, 2016 08:06 AM
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Debe Maxwell, CRS
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We use salt here but, ice is so rare for us, I'm sure it doesn't damage the mortar.  Stay safe in MD, Roy Kelley!

Dec 17, 2016 07:27 AM
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Michael Jacobs
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And I woke up again this morning and said to myself --- here's something else that's pretty nice about living in Southern California....

Dec 18, 2016 12:47 PM
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Debbie Laity
Cedaredge Land Company - Cedaredge, CO
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That's a good question, and unfortunately one I can't answer. 

Dec 18, 2016 10:10 AM
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Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
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Fire I would have to say, stay away from salt.

 

Dec 18, 2016 10:05 AM
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Bob Betel
Allstar Home Mortgage, Inc. - Sweetwater, TN
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Years ago we bought outdoor heated mats from Costco and they work great. You can buy them at Home Depot also. Just google "heated outdoor mats" and you'll find them. 

Dec 18, 2016 06:01 AM
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Bob Crane
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Be careful Roy, don't worry about the mortar, it is more replaceable than a person.

Dec 17, 2016 07:45 PM
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Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

I wonder how many members have sand in their home to use on icy steps.

Dec 17, 2016 04:17 PM
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Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
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Roy Kelley - a spray, perhaps?

Dec 17, 2016 03:20 PM
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William Feela
WHISPERING PINES REALTY - North Branch, MN
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I am thinking of some kind of hear.  but, I would cover the steps with a rug when it snows so I would not have that iissue.

Dec 17, 2016 02:18 PM
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Richie Alan Naggar
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salt has always aided those who resist ice and snow that's all I know

Dec 17, 2016 11:53 AM
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Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
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Sand

Dec 17, 2016 09:50 AM
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Les & Sarah Oswald
Realty One Group - Eastvale, CA
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I guess the  consensus is sand? Stay safe and indoor. Enjoy a nice hot cup of tea.

Dec 17, 2016 09:45 AM
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J.R. Schloemer, CRS
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I like to keep sand inside and throw it out on the ice. Always the option of getting a heat gun to melt and dry the affected area. When I was growing up there was a neighbor with a heated driveway, I was alwasy pretty envious of their clear drive when I drove by their house.

Dec 17, 2016 08:26 AM
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Debbie Gartner
The Flooring Girl - White Plains, NY
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Probably kitty litter...and use the garage in the meantime.

Dec 17, 2016 08:22 AM
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Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
ReMax Realtec Group - Palm Harbor, FL
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Cat Litter......

......providing the roaming cat population is minimal.

When I was upstate NY, water and a broom worked well.

OR

Use the following sign at the first indication of a problem.

Roy Kelley upon further thought, consider the devices used to keep gutters deiced and prevents of ice daming.

Dec 17, 2016 08:17 AM
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Jennifer Mackay
Counts Real Estate Group, Inc. - Panama City, FL
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I always thought it was kosher salt - that'w what we used to use when I lived in Jersey

Dec 17, 2016 07:49 AM
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Raymond E. Camp
Ontario, NY
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One with a chloride in it; I use a calcium chloride.

Dec 17, 2016 07:25 AM