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What about a Water Source?

What about a Water Source?

Experienced backyard rinkers know the importance of having a good source of water for making and maintaining a backyard rink. But what about the ease of use of your water source?  Bringing buckets of water up from a basement isn't an ideal scenario, but this is the type of thing that some folks do when deep temperatures freeze up water taps and create challenges using a hose. Here are some things we have learned over the years. The Hose: There are two options for dealing with a hose.  The first option is to drain the hose after each use so...

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When to start making the rink?

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When to start making the rink?

Many people ask about the best time to set up the rink.  And generally, the answer is this:  when you see a continuous cold spell in the forecast.   Setting up to early introduces risk of wind getting at the liner, animals running around on it, and general yard debris and leaves being added to your rink.   The best thing to do is to set up the liner on the day you will begin adding water.  If snow has fallen, shovel it off to the side. Just make sure the daily high temperature is not above freezing, and the lows are...

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Rink Building 101 - Fill in stages, or one-shot deal?

Rink Building 101 - Fill in stages, or one-shot deal?

We frequently get asked about the best strategy for the initial rink build - add water in stages, or fill to the level you need all at once?  There are a few things to consider. Is the ground frozen?  We always advise to wait until the ground is frozen to begin your rink.  If the ground is not frozen yet, a layer of water can act as an insulator and actually result in a delay of the freezing of the ground and  the freezing of the rink.   What is the current temperature and the forecast?  You want a continuous stretch...

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Get the Kids Outside this Winter!

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Get the Kids Outside this Winter!

Some winter days are fabulously bright and sunny, and there is no substitute for some backyard winter fun on a skating rink! A game of hockey, ice rink soccer, skate tag or practicing your triple axel.   All of these are fun ways to get a bit of fresh air and exercise and interaction with family and friends. If you've ever thought about making a backyard rink but aren't sure how to go about it, take a look around our site and see how the RinkMaster kit is set up here.   Start small, with a 15' x 22' to...

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Hot Water or Cold Water?

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Hot Water or Cold Water?

A frequent question we get asked is the value of hot water versus cold for flooding your rink.  There are no shortage of opinions on this, and there is no right answer.  But here's what we have learned. We've used both hot and cold water for floods here at RinkMaster for many years.  Because the question arises continually, and we periodically want to validate what we have learned.  And that is, there is no noticeable difference. Hot water is usually viewed as preferred for flooding, because that's what we all see in arenas across the country.  The reason is that...

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