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Conor and Daniel Monchek's Backyard Rink 2004/05
Ho-Ho-Kus, New Jersey  USA

February 2005
40' x 20'

Coner and Daniel write: 

"Your web site proved invaluable for this project. Ice any thicker than to crash a car by is a challenge in my part of the country, but with your help, our first attempt met with pretty sound success. We planned in November. Built in December. Laid out the liner and flooded on January 14th. The kids were skating 4 days later.

The 20 x 40 rink was framed out in 10 foot lengths of pressure treated 2 x 10's. They are held together by 8 inch mending strips and angle iron. We reinforced the sides with 3 foot lengths of rebar hammered 2 1/2 feet deep. The frame was more than ample to handle 2.000 gallons of water.

When the forecast was favorable, we laid out the 6 mil liner and flooded for 7 hours. After the flood, we attached the liner to the boards with staples supported by small cardboard squares to prevent tearing.

I purchased and used The Ultimate Flooder for grooming every night when the temps reached 25 degrees F or colder. I used hot water that made it possible to flood at 30 degrees. Shell Ice was never a problem.

We have had 20 skates and are still counting, with a favorable forecast for the next 2 weeks. Detractors and critics said it couldn't be done (not it the state of New Jersey). When it worked, they said it wouldn't last a month. But now that we are looking at March, my nieghbor is eating his heart out. Thanks!

Lessons learned for next years expansion (25 x 50...things got a little ugly when the adults got competetive as 20 x 40)

1) Use a white liner instead of clear. Melting around the boards was a problem and reflecting the sun can only add days.

2) Start with a thicker base. The shallow end is 3 inches thick, the deep end more than 8 inches thick. During warm spells the deep end was skatable while the shallow end was fragile. The length of the rink held up, but we would have gotten more use out of it if the minimum thickness was 5 inches or so.

3) Shovel "Wet Snow" immediatly. The weight of a heavy snow fall forces any water under the ice up over the edges to the surface. Removal is heavy with slush and freezing would be a disaster.

4) When flooding at single digit Fahrenheit, WEAR GLOVES! A piece of my thumb is still frozen to the brass end of our hose. I'll re-attach after the thaw...I hope."

Great job guys. Thanks for the pic.



Last Updated on Dec 30, 2005