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11-03-2008, 09:08 AM
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Tips/Tutorial on Building an Outdoor Rink?

such as... in your backyard

tips/suggestions/experience?

Is there another thread covering this altogether?

I did some browsing and came upon this site that appears to sell the rink-shell in a matt form... then you fill it with water... $300

I assume, a waste of money...



any input appreciated


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Actually that's the kit I used when I did my first rink a number of years ago.
If the surface is level enough it will work fine, just forget about the lines as the ice will melt there because of the dark color.
You can find lots of info and tips here -> http://www.hpurchase.com/byrinst.htm

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do this.

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do this.
holy crap! if this is your rink, i wanna come and try it out!!!

i built one with a friend of mine a couple years back. it was great! we waited for the snow to come and then flattened down the area we wanted to build the rink on, laid down tarps on top of the flattened snow, put up some side boards and then flooded the thing day and night for a week little by little. the ice was perfect except i suspect a little brittle because of the minerals in the water and the extreme cold when we were flooding.

ideally, when you flood, you want to do it at the 'warmest' time of the day in the winter so you can get big ice crystals and avoid the brittle ice that i had. also, when you first start out, leave the tap on for about 3-4 hours so you get a good base of about 3" at the shallowest and then let it freeze. after the base is set up, slowly add to it layer by layer. you probably want about 4-5" of ice laid down before you start skating on it just so you don't bottom it out with excessive skating. before you flood again, after a skate or game, shovel off the ice and give it a quick sweep so you can get the big ice crystals again and avoid brittle ice.

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vivian, not that I will be attempting that but what did you use to make the ice?

place a tarp/bags around to create your rink mold?

or are those like jiffy-rinks glued together...

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vivian, not that I will be attempting that but what did you use to make the ice?

place a tarp/bags around to create your rink mold?

or are those like jiffy-rinks glued together...

thanks everyone
my edges were 2x6" staked in to the ground about 12 "below the surface. the boards were 3/4" plywood framed with 2x6 . the boards are covered with white poly 1/4" thick .(got them at burley's rink supply in west. PA.)
the liner is from www.nicerink.com they have a lot of difft. sizes. that rink wwas from my old house in connecticut. it was 32x 55.
heres the rink with ice.


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I use a rinke rake I got from Home Depot and it works really well, I just pack the snow and away I go.

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I use a rinke rake I got from Home Depot and it works really well, I just pack the snow and away I go.
i was debating getting one of these but wasn't too sure about it. how does it work?

i used an old driveway cleaning mechanism my dad had from years ago that sprays water out of the bottom to flood the rink. it did a pretty good job. but then it broke because it's made of cheap plastic and some water was left in it and expanded when it froze.

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Having a rink in your back yard is the coolest thing ever. Sadly, weather doesn't allow it in England!

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i was debating getting one of these but wasn't too sure about it. how does it work?

i used an old driveway cleaning mechanism my dad had from years ago that sprays water out of the bottom to flood the rink. it did a pretty good job. but then it broke because it's made of cheap plastic and some water was left in it and expanded when it froze.
It's actaully something that could be made quite easily if you had the proper tools. They are just plastic so if you aren't careful it would break as well. I've added metal connector pieces to mine. All it is is basically a plastic tube that at the bottom goes to a T shape and has little holes drilled in the bottom so the water all comes out even and smooth.

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There's a good howto in this book:
So You Want to Play in the NHL : A Guide for Young Players
by Dan Bylsma (Author), Jay Bylsma (Author)

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