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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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A New Season

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A New Season

It's that time of year when the nights start to cool down, and the warm and long summer days start to fade.  Which means it's time to start thinking about hockey and skating and backyard rinks! We'll be blogging weekly on our RinkMaster site, so drop by periodically for hints and tricks and general musings on all things rink. Nothing better than skating in the fresh winter air.  Drop back in to visit us now and then!

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