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Intro:

so these past 2 days have been just above freezing temp and raining: but, today it is 7 below, typical February Toronto weather. this morning I got to work and my constriction site was a big sheet of ice. I am not prepared for this sort of thing so I don't really have boot studs handy. 

I scrounged up some tie wire in my office and some pliers and figured out a quick temporary fix to give my boots some grip.

here is how you can iceify your steel toes without screwing into them or buying boot studs:

Disclaimer: this DIY is purely a convenience based utility and in no way should it be used as a safety device. ice is dangerous and by no means should someone walk on ice without exercising caution. if you are not capable of walking on ice this instructable is not going to change that.
 
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Step 1: Acquire tools and materials

Get these:
-> pliers with snips (as you can see mine are quite "broken in"
-> tie wire (easy to get, very common on most construction sits.) 
-> steel toed (or not?) boots
-> a cup of hot coffee (because if you need to make ice boots, its probably very cold out.)

Step 2: Prepare piece of wire

OK, don't blink this is going to be quick.

cut a piece of wire about 18-20" long depending on the boot, longer is better because you can always cut off excess.

starting about 1.5" in from the end of your piece twist 3 or 4 little loops about an inch apart (single twist don't go crazy, well tighten those later)

and now you are ready to install.
stefano007 (author) 1 year ago
yea, I guess I am due for a new pair, these ons are about 9 months old now, but rubber and ice don't mix, regardless of the rubber tread on your boots, ice is a real obstacle on the job site.

Us construction workers try to find bags that doesn't have holes when the boots leak water. I thought of patched the holes with gorilla because I done that with those pool mattresses and beach balls

tcambrón4 days ago

That looks like rebar tie wire haha it must be!

You might find a couple strips of 4' of rebar tie wire around construction jobs that is going to pour or just poured the concrete foundation. I used the tie wire to tie the rebar of course but also good for tying up our wood materials we reuse. If you go to a job site, please do not take the whole roll of tie wire haha, omg that is the worse thing for us if we ran out of it in our trunk or different workers are to finish the job. If you take 20' or 30' or 50' then its all good but not the whole roll!

Tie wire rolls can be found at Home Depot for a few-several dollars in the concrete section with all the other concrete tools like the shoes and rebar and rebar ties and clips and its there.

A business owner of a foundation company had taught me to make pants belts with tie wire--- he doesn't wear leather belts, he wears steal rebar tie wire for a belt. So we also use tie wire for our pants belts and to fix our hammer mounts that attach to our belt and whatever else we think of. Tie wire has lots of use hahaha.

slick trick. i may try this next winter. i live in northern indiana, and work outside on a farm. mickey mouse boots are warm and dry, but kinda slickery on the ice. was going to buy surplus boot cleats, but this is cheaper, and less intrusive. you could leave these on permanently, without total floor destruction in your wake. well, not total anyway.
MR..1 year ago
Very Nice!
Great idea. I really like it. But Sir, you might not need this if your work boots had any tread left on them :)
Nice idea :)