Salting the Backyard for Deck Care & Maintenance

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Learn how to salt the backyard deck for care and maintenance in this free video.

Part of the Video Series: Deck Care and Maintenance
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Hi this is Drew Finn for expertvillage.com we are going to talk about cleaning and maintaining a deck. This video is presented by Black Dog Video and you can visit us on the web on blackdogvideo.biz. If there is ice down or you are going to have company and you just cleaned of your deck you want to put down a ice melt. You don't want to use a rock salt. Several thing with rock salt: one it would leave a white stain on your deck. Secondly it doesn't work as well in low temperatures as a ice melter and probably from my vantage point over the long term the rock salt is a lot more corrosive and it could corrode the nails and the fasteners in the deck and especially the stuff attaching to the house. So there is a possibility over a long term use that the deck could collapse cause you are using the rock salt. Now the ice melt we can just spread out. This is a nice little dispenser and we just throw it down. I put it on the snow here so we would see how that works or you can put some also on the areas that we just shoveled, or because there is some ice on areas we also swept and in a very short time this would eat through the ice and make it safe to walk on. So we want to use a ice melter as impose to a rock salt any kind of salt that would be corrosive and would also leave a stain when we are done.

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