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12-06-2007, 08:28 PM
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Originally Posted by NewBostonFan View Post
What are you guys using to hold up the plywood sides. My rink will have 4x8 sheets at the ends and the sides will run from 12" to 24" high to handle the slope. I know nicerink has some neat plastic brackets, but I really dont want to invest the money in it. The kids are getting bigger but the yard is not. I don't think wood stakes will do the job, especially at the deep end. Any ideas?
We used 4" treated fence posts - the kind you use for a barb-wire fence. (3" ones would probably work, but these were what we had on hand.) Nailed 2x6s on those, then attached the plywood.
The boards are very sturdy and are still in pretty good shape, but knowing what we know now, the 2x6s should have been nailed at the very top and bottom of the posts as this likely would have helped keep the plywood from warping a bit better. Of course removing the plywood over the summer would have helped, too...

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