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Ice scraper shoe attachment?

ice on a walk way and the best way to scrape it

A thick layer of ice on our new walk way was no match for the wimpy snow shovel.

This coal shovel broke it up nicely, but turned out to be more work than chopping wood.

Maybe someone should make a hand ice scraper that snugs up on the toe of your boot? That way you could kick away at the ice with leg muscles instead of straining the back.

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Hey--I jsut want to say that, to make a walkable path over ice, I've used ashes when I had them (or clinkers, which you might not have, but we did, when we burned coal), or now, dirt (from the basement). These are good grippers. In a pinch, I guess you could throw down straw or even wood chips, or, maybe leaves...?
Comment by adrianne Fri Jan 25 16:48:59 2013
Mom --- That's a great idea! Plenty of ashes to go around.... I'll bet the dark color would also prompt the ice to melt faster.
Comment by anna Fri Jan 25 17:39:28 2013

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