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    Carl Moreland

    I am starting a new house in NC and it will have a
    pretty steep drive. In the winter we get ice storms
    so I would like to install snow melting capability.
    I’m on a pretty tight budget so initially I only want
    to do what’s absolutely necessary.

    My idea is to install tubing in the concrete when the
    drive is poured and then finish it up at a later date.
    I read through a number of radiant heat threads and
    still have some questions:

    1: Can I use polyethylene tubing in air-entrained
    concrete?

    2: My drive is 10ft wide by approx. 100ft long. I
    thought I would snake the tubing back and forth
    horizontally from the top (house) to the bottom
    (street) spacing each run about 1 ft apart, then run
    the return line straight back up. Does this sound
    reasonable?

    3: Do I need to do anything special at the stress
    joints?

    4: Should I put a foil reflector down first? I don’t
    want to put any foam insulation under the drive, but
    thought foil might help some.

    Any help is appreciated.

    – Carl

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