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12-07-2009, 06:20 PM
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I was an icemaker/caretaker at an outdoor rink last winter. I wasn't there when they first made the ice, but as far as I know after you lay down the big thick layer you'll want to do multiple thin layers to get a good smooth surface. Its also very important to never flood over snow, always remove every last bit of it. As soon as you turn the hose on snow it'll turn to lumpy slush which will completely ruin your surface.

The colder it is, the thinner you layer your floods. My understanding is that -15 is the sweet spot when you can lay down the best flood. When I was flooding at 2am when it was -40 out the water was freezing so fast I had to keep it super thin...just sort of an even misting of water.

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