ice: good in drinks, bad on sidewalks

February 15, 2007 at 12:00 am 1 comment

ice covered berries

Like everyone else in the country, we got hit by this week’s winter storm. Some places got snow, we got nuttin but ice. The city of Boston is one big ice rink. I personally saw my neighbor wipe out 2 times. (I shouldn’t be laughing but oh, I am.) In my fight against evil ice build up on the sidewalk I started thinking about salt and wanted to know if it truly was the fastest and safest way to combat my enemy. Why does salt melt ice? Salt is some pretty nasty stuff. There are different compounds that are better than others. It seems that Calcium magnesium acetate (CMA) is the best of the worse. Ice Melter is a commercial product that uses this compound. The Salt Institute (yep, I’m not kidding) brags there are more than 14,000 uses for this wonder rock and provides a list of a few.


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  • 1. Jenn  |  February 16, 2007 at 1:37 pm

    What do you think the chances are that all the snow and ice will magically disappear when I move up there next week?


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