|Mark's rink is
approx 49' X 19'. It is very similar to my
own rink actually.
"This is the sixth year I've
put this rink up. The boards and bracings are
all numbered so it all goes
together like a puzzle. First year it took me a
long time to figure out
but now I can put it all up in two or three hours.
Two 500 watt halogens light
it up well enough."
"The majority of the rink
is over grass. This year I "moved" my wife's
perennials flower bed to
get an extra 8 feet at the near end (I hope
everything still grows in
the spring). Normally I wait until the first snow fall, tramp it down,
leveling out the base. One corner is about ten inches
lower than the others but
otherwise, my backyard is quite level. A couple
years I couldn't wait for
snow so skipped that part."
"After tramping and leveling
the snow, I lay out plastic, staple gun it a
foot or so up each side
and end, and fill it up with water. I found a roll
of plastic at Home Depot
that is 20x100'; good enough for two seasons. Its only medium weight so
I have to be very careful to avoid leaks. Its a bit
tricky laying out the plastic
since you cannot walk on it. I staple the fence side first then get someone
to help me (that's when she found out about the flower bed) spread out
the rest of the plastic. Using a long pole with foam duct taped to the
end, I can safely push it into place on the
fence side then staple the
hockey board side."
"TIP: Don't drop the staple
gun on the plastic!"
"The first year I used two
10' strips with a seam up the middle. What a
disaster... leaks all over.
But with the 20x100' plastic, I literally lay it
out, staple it up, fill
the bowl with 4+ inches of water, and let it freeze.
The more the better on the
first flood. I've had a few leaks but they are
easily fixed with some plastic
and roofing tar. This past year we actually
skated on the rink after
this first flood. I'm not kidding!"
"My son is now 12 and just
finished his first year of Pee Wee's in the St
Albert Minor Hockey Association
so the rink is barely big enough for him to scrimmage with friends. But
it is good for puck handling and shooting
practice and my daughter
has lots of fun on it with her friends."
"Note the orange catch fencing
along the far end between my son and the
neighbours glass patio doors.
I've only lost a couple basement windows on my own house due to poor placement
of barriers... :( "
Thanks for the picture Mark.