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01-13-2010, 11:49 AM
Ference the Finger
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Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Just North of Boston
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Bumps? What kind of bumps. small little bumps or big hump type LUMPS.
For small bumps I would use one of these, it comes with a sharpened edge made for scraping up floor tiles. About $30 each in just about any hardware store worth anything. I would then sweep the ice chips up with a push broom.
One of the most important things to do to a home rink is to CLEAN IT AFTER EVERY USE with a shovel scraper and then a push broom before reflooding.
I swear if you do that you will always have a mirror surface if you do not have a home zamboni type thingie.
I second HF68:The ice scraper is a great idea. Works wonders on just about everything except when the kids shovel slushy snow off of parts of the rink, but not all of it!
This year, I got a new pushbroom, with a squeegee on the flipside. I discovered that suing the squeegee side is about five times faster, and just about as effective as sweeping. You don't get the snow/scrapings falling outof the broom every time you set it down in a new place.
I also last year made a home-made resurfacer out of PVC. I made a tee about three feet wide, with a handle about 4 1/2 feet. On the tee, I drilled holes about every inch or so, and on the "stem", I added a connector so I could screw my hose right to it. I also tied on a towel with zip ties, to evenly spread the water as i drag it behind me. Connect the hose to the laundry hot water with a Y-connector, and it works like a champ. There's a commercial version - Rinkrake, I think - that's about 80-100 bucks. Mine was less than 10!
And this year has been great so far for skating. Friday's going to get up to about 45F or so - I hope it doesn't take too long to recover.
And btw, I have just a small, 24 x 28 rink. I have pretty level yard and just use pressure treated 2x12's as the frame and use a liner I get through my local ice rink. I butt the frame boards together and plate join them with a 1 foot length of PT 2x12, screwing through the plate into each longer board.
Dang, now I want to cut out from work and go skate!
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