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01-17-2011, 04:54 PM
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Post pics of your backyard rink

I know there is a thread for backyard rinks already but I just wanted to take a look at exactly how the rinks are laid out. So if you got pics of your rink....POST EM!

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ill show you mine if you show me yours

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I have to get my post count up. here are a couple of links:

http://i195.photobucket.com/albums/z...1-02202427.jpg

http://i195.photobucket.com/albums/z...1-09154937.jpg

This link is an album of misc rink photos:
http://s195.photobucket.com/albums/z...20rink%202011/

The rink is 30X25. This was my first attempt. It helps that I live in Northern MN and it hasn't been above freezing in a long time. I only used plastic in the deep end, which is about 8" deep (Mainly where the boards are).

I made and use a flooding tool out of PVC. It works awesome to get a thin layer of ice to fill in grooves:
http://i195.photobucket.com/albums/z...2-19211659.jpg

Right now I have a 4 year old and it is great to have a rink outside the door. Sometimes he skates for two hours, some times he skates for 5 minutes. It is great not having to drive to find ice. He actually can skate with no assistance now, so that is great.

We have had several gatherings. Neighborhood kids (with helmets and parents), just my son and I, and a mini adult tournament which involved a campfire, grill, and a decent number of adult beverages jammed in the snowbank

Overall it has been great. Next year I am going to go bigger. I am still looking for a decent way to edge the rink, and a better system than shoveling/snowblowing and then sweeping before flooding.

Thanks for listening to my story.

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I have to get my post count up. here are a couple of links:

http://i195.photobucket.com/albums/z...1-02202427.jpg

http://i195.photobucket.com/albums/z...1-09154937.jpg

This link is an album of misc rink photos:
http://s195.photobucket.com/albums/z...20rink%202011/

The rink is 30X25. This was my first attempt. It helps that I live in Northern MN and it hasn't been above freezing in a long time. I only used plastic in the deep end, which is about 8" deep (Mainly where the boards are).

I made and use a flooding tool out of PVC. It works awesome to get a thin layer of ice to fill in grooves:
http://i195.photobucket.com/albums/z...2-19211659.jpg

Right now I have a 4 year old and it is great to have a rink outside the door. Sometimes he skates for two hours, some times he skates for 5 minutes. It is great not having to drive to find ice. He actually can skate with no assistance now, so that is great.

We have had several gatherings. Neighborhood kids (with helmets and parents), just my son and I, and a mini adult tournament which involved a campfire, grill, and a decent number of adult beverages jammed in the snowbank

Overall it has been great. Next year I am going to go bigger. I am still looking for a decent way to edge the rink, and a better system than shoveling/snowblowing and then sweeping before flooding.

Thanks for listening to my story.
Nice job! As for a better system than shoveling/snow blowing/sweeping before flooding, I have no idea if this would work, but how about covering the rink with a real big tarp when you're not using it? With small amounts of snow you could quickly remove it all, with a bigger snowfall you'd still have to shovel off most of the snow so it's not too heavy to move/lift, but at least you wouldn't have to sweep? Maybe this is totally impractical, never tried this idea myself as I grew up in downtown Toronto where there were always tonnes of city maintained rinks close by.

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here is mine PAUL STUFF 651.JPG

this is the before pic ill take another one tomorrow so u see what it looks like after a 2nd flooding and a resurfacing

There are also many rink pics on my fb backyard rinks group

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here is mine Attachment 43083

this is the before pic ill take another one tomorrow so u see what it looks like after a 2nd flooding and a resurfacing

There are also many rink pics on my fb backyard rinks group
Your FB group gave me the confidence to try it. Thanks

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The tarp idea is interesting. I picture what they do at baseball games when it rains. I get exercise sweeping and stuff I guess. Maybe I will get totally out of control next year and build an indoor rink, but I am guessing the divorce would put the cost sky high

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ill show you mine if you show me yours
I live in jersey. I WISH I coudl have a backyard rink.

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Here's mine... good thing I broke my leg late November.

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Here's mine... good thing I broke my leg late November.
My god thats amazing.

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Nice, sorry to here about the leg.

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It is a perfect size for a 2 on 2 game for my 6 year old boy and his friends or for practicing skating and shooting.


We have had snow almost daily this winter. Maintenance has been never ending, but the kids love it and use it almost every day.



My 4 year old daughter loves to skate. You can see how well she is balanced in the pictures. Good skating posture, good balance, good edge control.















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Here's mine... good thing I broke my leg late November.
what kind of lights do you have running around there? luckily, i have a rite aid store with a really bright driveway light that works great til about 10:30.

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Nice, sorry to here about the leg.
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what kind of lights do you have running around there? luckily, i have a rite aid store with a really bright driveway light that works great til about 10:30.
6x floods on the posts (although, one is burned out in the picture-- also not sure of the wattage), and LED Christmas lights zip-tied to clothes line around the edges. The LED's are surprisingly helpful.

The rink got pretty mushy in the day last year that's why we added lights. Plus it's fun at night... and I keep hoping Bill Barilko will appear from the shadows to have a shinny.

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