Jamie & Tara's Backyard Rink 2010
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Lyndon McFate's rink building tip:
"I have a NiceRink 20x40 starter kit in it's 3rd season. The kids really
enjoy it! I didn't want to put holes in the liner by stapling it to the 12"
high plywood boards, so once the liner was in place, and draped over
the boards, I used the standard white vinyl "J" channel used home vinyl
siding installations. It comes in 12 foot lengths and is relatively
inexpensive to buy at your local home center. It's perfect for keeping
the liner from blowing around in the wind, and helps protect it from
skate and stick tears, as the kids step in and out of the rink."
Al Duncan's rink location tip:
"BEWARE - BEWARE - Steer clear of any septic lines when considering where to place your rink. I thought having a front
yard rink would be great fun for our kids and provide hours of fun for relatively little funds. $12,000 later I now have a new
septic system and septic bed replacing the one that I ruined by saturating the ground with water. Once the spring thaw comes
any excessive water in the ground can move the tiles in a septic bed rendering your system useless. Frost is your enemy in
Don Storer's rink building tips:
- "On very cold nights (below 10 degress F), shovel the rink as usual, then use your leaf blower... starting
in the middle and working outwards. Then shovel again to get the remaining snow which will be fine and heavy. You will
get amazing results when you resurface as there is less snow to melt."
- "Best trick to add two weeks of life. I am from MI but a Canadian buddy told me this trick. On the boards
the sun hits in the afternoon, pack in snow along the boards each morning then shovel as the sun is going down or
when you get home from work. That edge will not melt. I've had skates as late as March 21st in lower MI when most of my
buddies are done by end of Feb."
- "Pee. May sound weird, but deer like to get an easy drink. While the water is just starting to freeze, pee around
the outside of the boards. This will detract animals."
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