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Heating our driveways

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  1. sp4rk

    sp4rk Banned

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    Does anyone know of a product, like some kind of mat, that you plug in, lay on your driveway and heat snow and ice away?

    I am very familiar with hydronic and electrical heat systems that go down before concrete / asphalt is poured; I need a solution that can lay on top of my driveway.

    Being in a condo, well, you get it. Can't mess with driveway. Only thing I can think of is to hang infra red bulbs off my deck which happens to extend a few feet over the drive and see if their energy reaches.
     
  2. mknox

    mknox Well-Known Member

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    With the cost of the energy to do this, wouldn't you be better off just sprinkling some salt or other ice melter down?
     
  3. mkjayakumar

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    .. And live with pollution of those rundowns into our streams and lakes ?
     
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    ... or just move to a warmer place that doesn't get snow :smile:
     
  5. Zythryn

    Zythryn MS 70D, MX 90D

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    Non that have any energy efficiency what-so-ever.
    Mirrors to bounce sunlight directly onto the driveway would likely be a more effective and cheaper route.
    Ice melt would be most effective.
     
  6. AudubonB

    AudubonB Mild-mannered Moderator Lord Vetinari*

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    I've got a 240V/30A (for motor) diesel-powered (for steam) pressure washer that will do the trick licketysplit....and cost less than $4,000...... Am sure your condo would love to have that around. And think of all the money you could save from car washes!
     
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    Powerblanket.com If the guys installing the Superchargers in Minnesota (& Wisconsin & Illinois) don't have some on the job site, they should! The ones I use at work are 3.5X9 ft. They have a lot of sizes. The really big ones will get unwieldy for home use though. Some you can chain like Christmas lights, mine are 900Watts each and don't chain. Don't drive on them, they are (maybe too) $$pricey$$.
     
  9. strider

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    So the redneck in me is thinking a chain link fence and jumper cables :)
     
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    /r/holdmybeer
     
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    AudubonB Mild-mannered Moderator Lord Vetinari*

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    Someone's seen far too recently a re-run of Killdozer.
     
  12. bonnie

    bonnie Oil is for sissies.

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    Y'know, even when iced over, that chain link would still provide some traction til you got around to hooking up the jumper cables. Not bad, strider ... not bad.
     
  13. JST

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    Just remember to turn it off before you get out of your car.

    Or wear thick soled boots.
     

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