|Ed's 4th. backyard
rink in as many years is approx. 85' x 35'. He uses 3 lights (500 watt
floods) for night skating.
He has 2 kids aged 10 (boy)
and 8 (girl) and they love this rink every year. He describes how he built
"I started with a snow base
in the backyard 80' by 30'. First compressing the snow with my snowmobile,
then with snowshoes. I like to leave it overnite and soak it down the next
day. I pump water with a 2" Yamaha gas pump, pumping water right out of
the river which runs by my place. For the next seven days (less if it's
colder than the -10C we have been having) I pump water and start building
up the low spots. Like I said it took 9 days this year, but it's worth
it, we had a great skate tonite, my boy loves his hockey and the daughter
love to figure skate, me, I try both! Right after the kids went to bed,
I did a scrape and flood. Looks great, super flat and level. the trick
with the pump is, not too much water! just enough to cover, and never go
over a spot you just sprayed, or you create slush by running fresh water
into partly freezing water.
I love to build a rink for
the kids and their friends. As a final note:
Once you have the nice sheet
of ice, the only maintenance is scraping and the occasional flood if it
gets chewed up."
Thanks Ed for the pic and