steep hills

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  1. Rufur

    Rufur LawnSite Member
    from md
    Posts: 143

    I just moved into a rental house with a very steep hill leading up to it..I can park at the bottom if neccessary but long walk..the driveway goes along a hill side and there is an extremely steep area about 50 feet long how would I best plow this area and keep from sliding off the road and down the hill? the road is narrow and very little room for error
     
  2. plowking35

    plowking35 LawnSite Bronze Member
    from S.E. CT
    Posts: 1,687

    We used to do a driveway very similar to the one you describe. What we did , was back up as far as possible, and plow going down, then just keep repeating the process till you are able to back the entire driveway. Of course we had a spreader with us, and sanded the enitre driveway heavily as we backed up, so that aided in being able to back further up the drive. Use 4 low and the lowest forward gear as possible, plow very slow, and good luck. Our driveway that we did was about 800-1000' long, very scarry. With your only being 50', purchase a good dricer, and apply that material before a storm, that way you will have a good brine under the snow, for traction. And if it is a light snow, you may not need to plow at all. If it is possible, just keep reapplying the deicer and that will greatly reduce the x of times you have to plow.
    Dino
    K-I-S-S

    [Edited by plowking35 on 11-09-2000 at 12:42 AM]
     
  3. Rufur

    Rufur LawnSite Member
    from md
    Posts: 143

    hey Dino...(this may sound stupid) do you mean put the salt down before the storm?
     
  4. GeoffDiamond

    GeoffDiamond LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Maine
    Posts: 1,651

    Yea thats what he is saying man. Dino knows his ice and snow removel stuff, and i guess can keep a lot black all storm?

    Geoff
     
  5. Chuck Smith

    Chuck Smith LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 849

    Yes, before the storm. Basically the same as what is done on most roads. By applying before, as the snow falls, a "brine" is created, which prevents the snow from bonding to the pavement. Even after more snow covers the brine, when you plow it, there is blacktop underneath. The snow can't bond to the pavement. Plowing and reapplying deicer, keeps the brine there, because as more snow falls, the brine gets diluted, and it can freeze to the pavement.
    So you might apply salt when it starts snowing, then after 2 - 4" falls and accumulates, plow it off, and salt it again. Repeat as necessary. With the brine beneath the snow, traction is improved a lot.

    ~Chuck
    <img src="http://www.snowplowing-contractors.com/images/gmcanim.gif">

    [Edited by ChucksChevyPages on 11-09-2000 at 04:39 AM]
     

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