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    CaCl woes

    Last year I got 2 bags of Calcium Chloride for the driveway because there was no salt available. I keep it in a bucket by the door. Put it away in a cabinet in summer. Got it out and it's solidified. Used a masonry chisel to break some of it up but may never get it all out of the bucket. I'll try water, a slurry should work ok. The unopened second bag is still loose so it should be ok.

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    Yea, this is a common issue once the bag is opened....the stuff absorbs moisture.
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    You may find once you get past the first inch or two of hardened stuff that the remainder won't be as bad to break up...
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    Apply brine to your driveway?

    Maybe leave it soaking in your pump sprayer....

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    What I've done is dump what I can into one of those Borg buckets (mine is a Lowe's brand; they're all the same). Those keep the moisture out and then you don't have to break it apart the next winter. Now, what's left over in the bag (if any)... I use some kind of planting or weeding tool I found in the garage to break that apart as needed.
    And there was trouble, taking place...

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    The City here in Calgary applies a liquid brine solution to the roads in advance of a storm. It's more effective at keeping the ice forming than applying it dry.

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    Water will get it out. If you've got the room, spreading the resulting slurry in a very dry environment on plastic sheeting will make it easy to break back into flakes.

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    I get empty screw top buckets for pool chlorine from my sister.
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