2021 Backyard Ice Rink

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2021 Backyard Ice Rink

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So I figured I’d give the rink it’s own thread this year instead of clogging up the cool season forum. Today we layed out the rink, rand the lines to determine the ice depth and painted lines for where we roughly want to put the boards. I’ll probably start hammering stakes in this week.

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I always struggle getting perfect 90 degree turns, but because the boards are curved, there is a little wiggle room.

Dimensions are 72' x 24'. I wish I could go wider, but the slope prevents that. My high point of the rink will only get about a 1.5" of water on it for ice, but the "deep" end will get 13"+. The hight of the board is 16", so I wouldn't want to go any deeper, plus that is a lot of water. For those who are curious, it takes about 15-17 hours to fill the rink from the hose. Since I am on a well, I try and split it up over a couple of days when I see cold weather coming.

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Check 90 by measuring diagonally, should be the same.
Thank you for posting this, I forgot this was a thing people did, and I should be considering.

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BobLovesGrass wrote:
Sat Nov 06, 2021 11:57 am
Check 90 by measuring diagonally, should be the same.
Thank you for posting this, I forgot this was a thing people did, and I should be considering.
I do that, and I try the 3-4-5 method, but I am always a few inches off. It shouldn't bother me, but it does

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@bosox_5 Pumped to see this again and a great reminder to keep things fun in the lawn. You had a great season in the lawn and it'll be fun to follow along this winter.

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An ice rink in the backyard, that takes me back to my childhood. Enjoy it!

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@bosox_5 I do one as well here in Nebraska..still in the 60s here it’s been an odd fall…I usually get my boards up at the end of Nov.

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@rhart that looks fantastic. I love the lights setup. That location looks perfect for a rink with it being flat and away from stupid trees and their stupid leaves.

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I love this project. Always excited to see when you start posting updates. Can’t wait to see it take shape.
I may not have the best lawn and I may not have a clue what I’m doing but that’s pretty much all I have to say.

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Got me considering doing the same.

In your old ice rink topic you seem to be using some type of stands to hold up your boards. What are they?

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San wrote:
Wed Nov 10, 2021 10:07 am
Got me considering doing the same.

In your old ice rink topic you seem to be using some type of stands to hold up your boards. What are they?
Someone who's kids aged out of Ice Rink building gave me them. They are from Nice Rink

https://www.nicerink.com/category/nicer ... nce&page=1
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Thanks!

Assuming the ones without spikes will be good enough/less damaging.

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The damage from the spikes in minimal. I get dead rectangles from where the bottom lies on the grass. It fills back in by early May. If you are putting a rink on your lawn you need something to support the boards because the water will try and blow them out. Before I had these brackets, I would just use wood stakes and hammer them in, but I wouldn't trust that unless the water depth was less than 10 inches.

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All four corner boards are in and three sides are done. Tomorrow we finish the fourth side (long side on the shallow side) and then put the light towers up and test the lights.

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Finished the boards, lights, backstop netting and stairs are up. Now we wait for the cold weather to put the liner down. In the meantime the kids can use it to play outside after school when it’s dark


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Adjusted the lights. We are good to go for winter now.


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Quick update to this is... no update. Winter isn't in full swing yet, but temps at the end of next week look promising. I picked up my poly sheeting (40x100) for $263 this year from a local hardware store that caters to builders. Normally it is around $220 so COVID prices are still in full effect.

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I just checked my journal from last year and I am about 2 weeks past when we were skating last year...kind of a catch 22 as the temps here have been actually kind of decent, but that means no skating on the pond.

Good luck with getting everything flooded and the ice setting well.
2021 Lawn Journal: viewtopic.php?f=27&t=25759
2020 Lawn Journal: viewtopic.php?f=27&t=15449
2019 Lawn Journal: viewtopic.php?f=27&t=10437

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Cold Weather is here. I think it might be time to put the plastic down this afternoon and start filling.

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Pulled out the plastic and started to fill. It takes about 15-18 hours to fill. Since I am on a well, I like to break it up over a couple of days


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