We're frequently asked about the best approach for that crucial initial rink build: should you layer the water or opt for one substantial load from a tap or a water truck? Here are some key considerations:
1. Ground Frost: Wait until the ground is frozen before beginning your rink. If it's not frozen yet, applying a layer of water can act as an insulator, potentially delaying both the ground and rink freezing processes.
2. Temperature and Forecast: Look for a consistent stretch of at least -5°C before commencing your rink project. Deep freezes, like -20°C weather, offer prime conditions for rapid ice formation. However, avoid leaving the hose on a trickle in extreme cold temperatures.
3. Water Source: The availability of your water source matters. If you draw water from a well, filling in stages might be your only option. On the other hand, if you have access to a water delivery service, a one-shot fill can be a game-changer.
4. Rink Liner: Consider the condition of your rink liner. Filling the entire rink at once, only to lose water due to liner punctures, can be frustrating. It can result in "shell ice," a frozen layer with air pockets beneath. To avoid this, contemplate using a new liner each year.
5. Yard Levelness: The slope of your yard plays a role in determining your water needs. Depending on your rink's structure (boards or a RinkMaster kit), you might prefer filling in stages. With a RinkMaster kit, this is often advisable. If your yard has a significant slope and you're using boards, ensure that your boards can support the weight of the water when filling all at once.
In conclusion, we typically recommend filling in stages, with the exception being when you have easy access to one-shot water delivery, like a water truck.
Happy Rink Building!
The RinkMaster Team