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post #1 of 84 (permalink) Old 09-16-2007, 06:37 AM Thread Starter
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Ice on Stairs

As winter is getting closer I have been trying to think of something that would make my back stair's safer for the boys.

In order for them to get out into the back yard they have to go down about 7 stairs off my back deck. Last winter when I only had Riley I always had problems first thing in the morning, they always seemed slippery more so right at the begining and end of the season from the frost. A lot of times I would just carry him up and down but now with 2 I'm so affraid someone is going to get hurt. Riley did get the idea they are slippery and would take his time coming up (it was cute how he would always test the first stair) but it is so different having the two, we all know the energy these guys have first thing in the morning and some times it's a race to see whom can get back to mom the first.

I was thinking of putting either rubber or carpet stair mats down to add some traction. Any thoughts or ideas what would be best to make this winter safe for my boys?

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This might be a pain but you could put down a tarp each night that you just had to lift up to remove snow and ice. I have seen people do this for their winshield so that they didn't have as much scraping to do.
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Now that's an idea I never thought of. The only time it would really be a pain is when we would get a foot of snow in the middle of the night. But then again I always keep my deck clean of snow so when it would snow during the night and I let Riley out first thing in the morning he would feel the snow under his paws and just pee on the deck not realizing he has not gone down the stairs LOL.

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At Menards(a home improvement store)they have a kind of paint you put on as tread.I realize your deck is wood,but I thought you might be interested in checking it out to see if it was safe and effective on wood.If so,you could tape off a tread line(so it looks nice)and this would work.I do not know if this is effective however on wood steps.......just an idea.I believe it is a sand additive in the paint.

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Hi Leeann, how about radiant heated steps? LOL. I think the rubber or carpet could work. I would be more afraid for you than your little limber agile little boys..




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My MIL uses black roofing shingles on her steps so she doesn't slip. She just tacks them at the edges so they are easy to remove in the summer.

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Julie I thought of the paint with the sand also but when I mentioned it to my DH he thought the sand may end up coming off with the shoveling, shoot it was a great idea.

LOL Missy, the sad part is I asked my DH if it could be done last year... I even thought of the stuff you use on the roof that heats up the edges so ice does not form on the gutters from the snow melting. I think DH thinks I'm crazy.

Roofing shingles Debbie, now that's an idea, does your MIL have any problems shoveling the snow off with them on the stairs? I like the thought of being able to remove them in the summer.

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We don't get snow here, so I am not even sure if it would work, but I was thinking of those rubber mats with the ridges in them (lines going parallel with the mat), but I guess they would collect snow too.

Hey, I found the perfect solution: a snow-melting mat.
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post #9 of 84 (permalink) Old 09-16-2007, 02:03 PM Thread Starter
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Those mats are great I got all excited reading until I got to the bottom and saw the price ..yikes.

I HATE winter. I'm still trying to convince DH to move from New England to a warmer state but that's not going too well either.

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LOL! Sorry. I purposely didn't post the price.
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