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Even after you remove the snow from walks and drives, you still have to deal with the ice that’s left behind. Ice forms a bond with concrete or asphalt which isn’t easily broken. The solution is a de-icer or an anti-icer.

De-icers go down on top of snow or ice to break that bond, which makes it easier to remove the snow and leaves behind a safer walking surface.

The most common of these is rock salt. If you apply them just as the snow starts falling, they tend work a lot better so you don’t have to use as much.

The anti-icers, on the other hand, go down before the snowfall begins and prevent the bond between ice and pavement from ever forming.

In either case it’s important to read the labels closely and follow all instructions.



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  • Joe Says:
    June 1st, 2016 at 8:37 pm

    Where can I purchase corner blocks in Hudson Valley NY.

    Thank you

  • Judy Stephens Says:
    April 10th, 2016 at 9:22 am

    Thank you for that easy tip .Now what if you have a wall that will join another room and it is short corner and has a slant to meet the other room.

  • Official Comment:

    Ben Erickson Says:
    October 9th, 2010 at 8:29 am

    Hi Pat,
    Actually the video is titled “How to Install Crown Molding the Easy Way” to indicate that it takes a different approach from traditional crown molding installation. As discussed in the text that accompanies the video, the reason it’s so easy is that the corner blocks are purchased premade. As someone who’s mitered and coped their share of crown molding the traditional way, I would have to agree that this is a much easier approach.

  • Pat Cantwell Says:
    October 9th, 2010 at 7:49 am

    Adding corner blocks is an interesting approach;however, the movie is titled “how to install crown molding.”

    The title of the video is not appropriate and misleading.

    Using corner blocks likely are more involved than illustrated. First of all how do you make a corner block and then properly fit to the corners of both walls.

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