My driveway is fairly long and dusty. I'd like to put down some calcium
chloride to help hold the fines together and keep the driveway in better
shape, as they do with the local ( SE MI) roads here.
I can buy the stuff in chip form in50 lb bags. the county puts down the
stuff on the roads in liquid form though.
I was thinking I'd buy a bag or 2 and mix it with water and then put it in a
sprayer or pour it out on the driveway.
anyone done something like this before?
I've read that the liquid is often a 35% solution, how can I come close to
that same percentage when mixing my own?
any idea's on how to apply it? I've got a dinky weed sprayer, but that
would take forever....
thanks for you ideas
Certainly won't ever get chipped form to dissolve sufficiently to spray
w/ anything other than a big nozzle...
If the driveway is of any size at all, would think going to need a lot
more than just a couple of 50-lb bags to make any real difference, though.
No experience, though, that would be _far_ too much expense for county
road here! :)
We use it (the solution) _in_ the tires w/ the water for anti-freeze and
ballast, not on the roads, though! :)
In fact, calcium chloride is extremely hygroscopic (attractive to
molecules). That's _why_ it's so often used to keep down dust- it
attracts atmospheric moisture, thus dampening surface.
Around here, highway crews have used plain flakes for many years,
to keep down project dust. In short oder, it's wet.
You'll find that it's hard to keep calcium chloride _dry_.
And that's why you have so many rust rotted cars in your area. Calcium
chloride is quite corrosive but if your rolling stock is already
pretty rough, than go ahead and just sprinkle the chips down the
drive. The compound tries to suck up all the moisture from the
environment around it so it will turn lquid all by itself in no time.
Saves on manpower, sprayers don't clog up like spreaders do. Maybe
they add a rust inhibitor to it?
On Mon, 16 Jul 2007 14:37:41 -0400, "Zephyr" <an address @ some place
.com> wrote:>Hey folks,
I'm in Texas where we only use it in tires for ballast. My
recommendation is to water your drive and THEN spread the calcium
chloride. If you add water to a bucket of calcium chloride, it will
get extremely hot; possibly boil over. Always add the calcium chloride
to the water.
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