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genecolleen

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In April of 2013, then again in April of 2014, we came through the Eisenhower Tunnel(Loveland Pass) during a "chain up" storm. I'm not sure what they put on the road, but I got to tell ya, it sure is hard on things. What I have found that works fairly good, is a lawn sprinkler, attached to a 2X4. I have a whirly bird type that puts out a strong spray, and just lay the hose out at one end of the truck and/or camper, let in run for a few minutes in one spot, then pull the hose about 4', and repeat until done. It does a good job on that junk, and also on the Florida beach sand, and salt. Just sayn'.

 

Dick T

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I'm not sure what they put on the road, but I got to tell ya, it sure is hard on things.

 

It's called calcium chloride, Dick, and it's nasty stuff. Some states, particularly in the northeast, are now using it to "wet" their rock salt, both to increase the effectiveness (CaCl will melt ice and snow at lower temperatures than does rock salt) and to help it stay where it's laid, rather than scattering off of the lane of travel. Other states just apply the CaCl alone directly to the road surface. The downside of it is that it's far more corrosive than is rock salt alone, and its residue is much more difficult to remove.

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Do not even get me started on the chemical cocktail mixes being used on the roads. They spray the stuff on the highway sometimes 48 hours before any forecast precip, and frequently it doesn't happen, so you get the corrosive action on the vehicle, and there was never any reason to put in on the road in the first place.

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It's called calcium chloride, Dick, and it's nasty stuff. Some states, particularly in the northeast, are now using it to "wet" their rock salt, both to increase the effectiveness (CaCl will melt ice and snow at lower temperatures than does rock salt) and to help it stay where it's laid, rather than scattering off of the lane of travel. Other states just apply the CaCl alone directly to the road surface. The downside of it is that it's far more corrosive than is rock salt alone, and its residue is much more difficult to remove.

I know in Dallas they started using CaCl on bridges before it ices. Probably more cities using it because it's cost is less than salt and more effective. But also more corrosive as stated.

 

Glad to be in Florida where ice is not in the forecast.

 

JC

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