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By constantine70043805, Jan 8 2019 02:37PM

Winter time in the northeast means snow and ice events over the next 3 months. As a home owner or business owner you may need to ask yourself; should I be using salt or ice melt?

Rock Salt

This has been the go-to product for melting ice during the winter months of the year. Unbeknown to many people, rock salt (also known as halite) is basically sodium chloride in mineral form. It works by penetrating the surface of ice thus forming a strong solution of water and salt, which is commonly referred to as brine. Since salt and brine’s freezing point is significantly lower than that of water, the ice will start melting, and won’t form again provided that adequate rock salt is available. Typically, rock salt establishes grit and gravel particles that increase traction on driveways, walkways, and even stairs.

Pros and Cons of Rock Salt

Rock salt remains one of the cheapest ice melting products. It is also readily available in retail outlets except when there are extreme shortages due to weather. This means homeowners should think ahead and purchase before they need it What’s more, rock salt can effectively be used to prevent the accumulation of salt in surfaces since it has a low freezing point of 25 degrees Fahrenheit.

Despite its effectiveness, several factors ought to be considered before choosing rock salt. This product may be harmful to plant life. Therefore, it shouldn’t be used near vegetated areas. Rock salt is similarly dangerous to pets since it causes gastrointestinal disorders when ingested.

Ice Melt

Ice melt products are made from magnesium chloride, calcium chloride, potassium chloride or sodium chloride. Ice melt made from calcium chloride is the most effective, and also the most widely used. Ice melt differs from rock salt because it is more pet friendly. In addition, it doesn’t harm plant life as much as rock salt. Nonetheless, some ice melt is coated with Calcium Magnesium Acetate (CMA) to make it safer.

Pros and Cons of Ice Melts

Most ice melting products that contain calcium chloride have the ability to lower the freezing point of water. Ice melt not only forms brine but also has the ability to generate chemical heat. This means it is effective at melting ice, and also does this faster than other products. Besides this, there are different varieties of ice melts, all of which serve different purposes.

Ultimately the choice is up to you. Ice melt will offer other benefits in addition to melting the snow/ice. If you have pets you may consider the additional benefits of ice melt. Of course there is always a price tag along with additional benefits.

By constantine70043805, Sep 10 2018 05:29PM

July 22 2018

We had a blast up at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. The car looked awesome. We had to wait out the rain but it was all worth it in the end. We spent most of the day in the garage and walking around the infield. We got to meet Matt, tour the hauler, and watch the race from the top of the pit box. Matt started 31st, and finished 15th. Check out some of the pictures from our trip.

By constantine70043805, Jan 8 2018 04:18PM

We lost my Grandfather Bill Constantine Sr. on 1/4/18 to a battle with cancer. My Grandfather helped my father buy Constantine Sealing back in 1979. When I say ‘I wouldn’t be here without my Grandfather,’ that would be an understatement. Not only would this opportunity have not existed but my Grandfather has unconditionally helped me out regardless of any situation in my life, good or bad. I am 30 years old and he has been there every step of the way in my life. He was ready to drop anything, at any given time, to help me or anyone else out that he could. That is the type of person he was. He owned and managed Constantine Hardware of which most of you have visited or have had a lawn mower or snow blower repaired there. You could usually find him out front with a big smile on his face because he was just a happy person. A person anyone could have benefited from knowing or following his example. His heart was full of love for his family and friends. I wanted to share with you a few of my favorite memories of my Grandfather.

1) We used to visit him at the Hardware store quite regularly when we were younger. He had the coolest hardware store imaginable because there were toys, bikes, trains, candy etc. It was full of awesome kids’ stuff and of course, my Grandfather, who just couldn’t get enough of all his Grandkids. He had this whiskey barrel out front of the store which was filled with sand. Every time we would come down to visit he would hide quarters in there when we weren’t looking and tell us to dig for them. We would usually use our quarters for the candy machines or kept them for our piggy banks. Just imagine yourself at 4,5,6 year of age digging in the sand to find money... Obviously something I’ll never forget.

2) My brothers and I used to play outside every nice day we could. One day we decided to race our bikes down the hill in our backyard. I wasn’t going to lose to my little brothers so there was no way I was planning on using my brakes, ever. Somehow my bike slipped on all the pine needles from one of the trees and I smashed my face into my handlebars. My nose was bleeding, I was crying, my brother Kyle ran to get my mom… not like she wasn’t used to it at this point. My father was working so she called my grandfather to come over and check on me. He came over and had this comforting presence about him. I felt like when he was there any situation was going to be okay. He started making jokes and got me to laugh and calm down. He put some ice on it and made sure it wasn’t broken (even though today it’s still a little crooked). I remember sitting on the deck; I was bleeding everywhere just looking at him looking at me making sure everything was okay. Which is what the guy always did…

3) One day at the beach he let me take his boat over to Block Island with a few of my friends. Everything was going great, no breakdowns and we were keeping the boat clean. We had a good day over on the island and came back in the afternoon. We got back to the pond and made it through the breach way when one of my friends fell into the windshield and broke it right before we got back to the dock. I was so mad because it wasn’t my fault and the first time he lets me take the boat, I broke it! So after everyone got off I cleaned it and went to the house and said “Pop, we had a little problem. I broke the windshield on the boat” and he looks at me and said “if that’s the only thing you broke then we don’t have any problems.” I offered to pay for it and fix it and he refused to take any of my money. Making sure i was alright and didn’t feel bad was his priority, the boat was secondary.

4) I bought a house in 2014. That summer my water heater started leaking when I wasn’t home. Fast forward a few hours later, I find a flooded basement. I call my Dad for guidance who was busy at work. He told me to call my Grandfather, who I should have just called in the first place. It was 9:00 pm and I knew he had to be relaxing but 10 minutes later he was at my front door with a box of tools ready to fix the problem. He showed me where the shut off was and we turned off the water, hooked a hose to the water heater to drain anything left in the pipes so it didn’t make the basement any worse and started pumping water out. The guy could fix anything, anytime, anywhere.

As you can see my Grandfather had many qualities you would look for in a Grandfather, father, husband, brother, uncle, local business owner, town councilman, fire commissioner, chamber of commerce leader, community advocate, etc. He was a role model to me and I admired everything about the guy. I know that I will miss him along with the rest of our family and our community.

You can click to read the obituary from the Hartford Courant. Service hours are from 4-7 at Mulryan’s Funeral Home 725 Hebron Ave Glastonbury CT In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Marine Corps League Peter P. Monaco, Jr., Detachment 40 at Mcldet40.org.

By constantine70043805, Oct 9 2017 03:27PM

We recently paved a driveway for a customer who had an awful Angies List experience. Our customer went on Angie' List thinking he would find a well trusted paving company to pave his driveway. Unfortunately the company he hired removed the existing asphalt and never showed up again. The owner continuously gave him dates and kept missing his deadlines. He gave excuses such as his paving box broke down, he didn’t have enough help, he would come when our customer wasn’t home etc. 3 months went by and our customer had finally had enough. He decided to give us a call. Our customer explained his situation and we were able to get it graded and paved in a timely fashion.

As far as I know you have to pay to be a part of Angies List. Meaning any contractor can join. Most of the time I would believe a contractor would pay to join a group because his work product does not speak for itself and is having trouble finding business. I know you have to pay to be a part of Home Advisor as well. These groups sound good on paper but when it comes down to it can they really deliver? In my opinion the better contractor’s don’t need to be a part of these organizations in order to drive business. Obviously everyone has their own opinion and can form their own assumptions. When hiring a contractor usually your local contractor would be the most trusted and loyal in your community. Your local contractor usually has ties to the community. We put our last name on everything we do. With that comes a social responsibility to our family and our customers. We understand the future of our business heavily relies upon our work product we create today.

Check out some of the pictures below and thanks for reading!

By constantine70043805, Jul 14 2017 01:35PM

I am proud and extremely honored to announce Constantine Sealing Service has been named to Pavement Maintenance and Reconstruction Magazine's TOP 50 Contractors list in 3 categories; Pavement repair, Sealcoating, and Line Striping. The list is made up of contractors across the country who all meet a certian criteria determined by the editors.

This is the second year in a row that we have made the list and it is a humbling experience. It honestly keeps me motivated to make it again next year. This list shrunk from 75 contractors to 50 this year. There are alot of pavement concrators across the country and let alone in Connecticut. As the competition gets bigger and the list gets smaller we have to adapt to changing market conditions.

My fathers work ethic is unmatched and is the biggest reason we have been fortunate to make this list 2 years in a row. With out him this doesnt exist nor do we even come close to this honor. I would like to personally congratulate him on his current and continued success!

You can check out the article online by clicking here or the top 50 lists by clicking here

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