36' x 46'
"This year is the second year of our backyard rink.
Last year I went "old school" by just hanging outside
at night during the bitter temps in late January
holding sprinkler on bare ground to make the rink.
After about 4 days and nights I had a good surface.
This year went much better. During the late summer I
had my kids paint up some boards so we could have a
nicer rink. The rink is 36' x 46'.
We assembled the boards just in mid-November. To our
luck the forecast called for freezing temps during the
last week of November. My wife and I put down the
white tarp (under the boards) and tightened a rope
through the eyelits and brought the tarp up around the
outside of the board because I was afraid that the
tarp would be ruined during shoveling. I'm hoping to
get a few uses out of this tarp.
On November 27th we placed the garden hose in rink and
began filling. I pulled an all-nighter. I fell
asleep in front of the TV and awoke in the early hours
of the morning to find that one side of my tarp had
fallen down and lost much of my water, not to mention
the mulch in my wifes flower garden. I fixed the
problem and refilled the rink.
We were skating on a solid 4 inches of ice on November
30th. We had a slight thaw just prior to Christmas
but all has been well since.
Happy Backyard Rinking."
Nice rink Tom. Thanks for the pictures.
Last Updated on November 25, 2009.