"The rink is approximately
32' x 50'. It's about as big as we can get in our
backyard. It is framed with
2x8s and 2x10s and lined with 6-mil plastic. We flood it with a hose that
we run up from the basement. Don't use any special equipment -- just a
nozzle. The deepest part of the yard gets about 15 inches thick; the shallowest
about 2-3 inches.
We nail some lights to the
backyard trees to illuminate the ice for
night-time skating. The
colored rope lights are for my daughters, both of
whom figure skate. All the
lights are on remote starters that my wife bought this year for our Christmas
lights. (No more running out to the garage because the kids forgot to turn
on the lights before putting on their
We live in Romeo, Michigan,
about 30 miles north of Detroit. It's been a
great rink winter, so far.
We just had a long stretch where high temps were mid teens and lows were
single digits. Highs this past weekend were around 40°F, but cold weather
is coming again.
We've been building a rink
for 8 years now, five in this location. We put it
up mid-to-late December.
Each year we're usually able to skate by New Year's and on through early
Great job guys. Thanks for