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PostPosted: 15 Nov 2014, 23:38 
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Okay I have a problem. It wasn't supposed to snow this weekend where I'm at and I haven't gotten any trap anti freeze yet. I was wondering if anyone has ever used regular drive way ice melt as a trapa trap freeze? If you have and it hasn't work out well what recommendations do you have as a quick temporary fix until I can get some ordered? First winter season trapping and I will admit I'm a little unprepared. :? :oops:


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PostPosted: 16 Nov 2014, 00:31 
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Jase and CMJ use a driveway heat, I think it's Prestone. PM one of them if they don't post it. You could also try a search as they have mentioned it in a few posts.

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PostPosted: 16 Nov 2014, 09:08 
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TrapperAL wrote:
Jase and CMJ use a driveway heat, I think it's Prestone. PM one of them if they don't post it. You could also try a search as they have mentioned it in a few posts.

You are correct Al. I also use it. It is fantastic. Driveway heat has calcium chloride and that is what you want. Home Depot has it. I use it at every set. It is better than that crap you can buy at the supply houses and is cheaper. :wink:

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PostPosted: 16 Nov 2014, 11:27 
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Yes we use driveway heat by prestone, which is just a type of salt. If you use commercial salts, make SURE it contains no magnesium, or it will eat your traps up.

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PostPosted: 16 Nov 2014, 17:03 
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Thank you guys for the advise. I appreciate it.


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PostPosted: 16 Nov 2014, 17:46 
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cat-man-jr wrote:
If you use commercial salts, make SURE it contains no magnesium, or it will eat your traps up.



Now that's something worth knowing.


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PostPosted: 16 Nov 2014, 18:38 
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Dont use rock salt either because its caustic (sp?) and will also eat your traps up. You about cant stop it either. Calcium chloride and plain old table salt is fine.

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I bought hundred pound sacks of calcium chloride at concrete pre-mix locations. They use it to keep wet concrete from freezing in the trucks during winter. ANY salt will rust traps when it gets wet. Just be sure your traps are treated and waxed to keep the salt away from the metal.


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PostPosted: 23 Nov 2014, 19:19 
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remrogers wrote:
ANY salt will rust traps when it gets wet. Just be sure your traps are treated and waxed to keep the salt away from the metal.

After one catch there is not much wax left on a trap and they will rust some anyways. That's why we dye and wax them every year to contain the rust and bring it to a halt until the following season. Then it starts all over again. :wink:

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