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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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What about a Water Source?

What about a Water Source?

Experienced backyard rink builders 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...

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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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