John writes: "This is my
first year building a rink. After 20 years I have found myself on skates
again. This started out as just a project to give my four small kids something
to do in the winter but, the whole family enjoys getting out on the ice.I
can see that next year the preparation will start much sooner and the rink
will be much bigger.
I flooded the rink the first
of December and we were skating 10 days later. It is 20 x 36 with a combination
of 2x8's (deep end 6 inches thick) and 2x6's (shallow end 3-4 inches thick).
The liner is a 24x100 6 mil which I folded in half for extra protection.
We have 2 500 watt lights on 10ft poles for night time skating. We
also hung white rope lights around the inside border for added lighting.
These are great when you turn the big lights off and skate under the stars.
We also had enough plastic
left over to enclose our summer porch and make it into a warming hut using
a propane heater. Three steps off the rink and you have a place to rest
and warm up. I have four small kids (none had ever been on skates) and
this has really turned into a real family activity."
Great job. Thanks for the