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04-25-2012, 08:09 PM
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How to tell if ice is thick enough?

I like to play on ponds in the winter, but its hard to tell whether the ice is thick enough for multiple skaters.

I'm sure there is a better way than our current method which is to draw straws. Shortest straw has to go test out the ice. We usually attach a tow rope to him in case he falls in, but the rope is only 20 feet long.

Any tips?

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This link might be of use. http://www.wikihow.com/Know-When-Ice-is-Safe

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Eh, just drive a car out there. Call that the Bombay test.

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I heard you can drill into the ice to check the thickness.

that's a very dangerous way to test the ice. One wrong move and someone's drowning in frigid water below 0 degrees. 2-3 minutes in that and they're in shock/hypothermia.

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Just send out the friend or relative you like the least and tell them to jump on the ice. If they don't fall through you're good, if they do they aren't.

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Just send out the friend or relative you like the least and tell them to jump on the ice. If they don't fall through you're good, if they do they aren't.
and make sure they are bigger than you.

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for me i live right next to the pond and i just watch it everyday and kinda know based on the weather but when i test it ill have a buddy with me and slowly go out, jump around on it. we used to drill it but if u drill the ice it gives it a place to move and allows it to crack. the ice is thickest in the middle so if the edge cracks a bit its okay

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This about covers it and puts an end to all the dumb answers.........
http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/safety/ice/thickness.html

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Surprised to see this topic in April, is it still that cold in some places for their to be thick ice?

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