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01-13-2012, 05:06 PM
Ference is my binky
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Far NortheasternMass
Originally Posted by
heres a quick question for you experts.
my rink is frozen, but it rained here yesterday so the ice is like a frozen bumpy ice from the rain and sleet.
What the next thing to do before it gets really cold this weekend?
Do i spray it down with hot water? or do i flood it a little more tonite??
You will probably have to spray it with hot water several times to get it back to a skatable smoothness. Even if it's pretty rough that first skate, just the act of skating on it will help with evening it out - at least it always has for us.
I'd recommend against flooding it again, as in my experience, this often results in air pockets and shaling of the top layer. Several very thin layers of hot water shouldn't cause that problem for you. Time between the layers will depend on how cold it is, and how quickly the layer you just put down will be completely frozen.
I hoping that this weekend's cold weather will be enough for mine to refreeze to the point where at least my kids can get out on it. This winter has been as awful as last winter was great for my rink...
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