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FlyingEagle 07-10-2012 08:12 AM

Building backyard ice hockey rink
I know its plenty of time to do this but is it possible to make backyard ice hockey rink on non-flat terrain ? Or you have to excavate the whole area where you want to build it just for this? I know its always easier to make it on flat terrain but thats the problem number 2. We just don't have any :laugh:

PS.: Sorry that I didn't made the thread name accurate according to my problem but that was on purpose. People might like to discuss this even if its too soon :)

Wilch 07-10-2012 08:15 AM

From what I've seen, it should be relatively flat. Snap a photo of it and post it here.

FlyingEagle 07-10-2012 09:10 AM

Sure no problem with that! Hope its visible through the all grass. If its not I have no problem to make more pics. This is the best place for it because of the free space it offers but I think its too downhill. Sadly this is how looks like every free space for backyard rink that I have. I mean yeah at the bottom is flatter terrain but it is smaller and I can't even imagine bringing water and making lights down there. Sorry for the delay my upload speed is sometimes ridiculous.


Halifaxhab* 07-10-2012 09:47 AM

you could either dig out a flat spot or bring in fill and top soild to build up a flat spot but that's what you'll need. Skating downhill is not a great idea unless your doing the red bull crushed ice stuff.

If you go with the fill to build up, you could at least seed it so that in the summer you don't have a large hole. And it is still useable land for summer fun

FlyingEagle 07-10-2012 10:05 AM

I like Redbull Crashed Ice but yeah this is really not what I want :laugh: I think you're right with the digging. Sounds like bit of hard work so I'm glad I asked in summer. Thanks

howeaboutthat 07-10-2012 02:17 PM

If you do fill to build up make sure you pack the earth down well because it goes without saying a large sheet of ice is heavy and you don't want the ground underneath shifting.

johnny1976 07-11-2012 10:17 AM

How much of a slope do you have? When I build mine I deal with a 13 inch slope. I don't have to use fill but I have to stack a couple of boards on top of each other in one corner and I have to wait till the temp is in the mid to low 20's or below to get really good ice in the higher corner. Also I use a liner to keep the water from running out of the rink.

I thought I read that people use 2x4's, palets and plywood to compensate for their slope if it's a major one.

FlyingEagle 07-11-2012 12:21 PM

Thanks for replies and advices. I didn't measured slope yet but I'm afraid I will have to dig because it looks pretty downhill and result could be skating uphill. But I will consider even the stacking thing because it might be enough. Good to know that I have plenty of time for thinking about this. Thanks again every tip helps.

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