Re: Ever have the rink to yourself? What to do?
posted at 12/7/2011 6:42 PM EST
In Response to Re: Ever have the rink to yourself? What to do?
[QUOTE]In Response to Re: Ever have the rink to yourself? What to do? : Thanks, BadHab... I used to do that a few years ago at Walter Brown Arena at BU as well... Skated with Matt Gilroy once...it was pretty cool... They kick you out so quick these days though...its too bad... But do any of you guys build rinks in the back yard? Is it easy?
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You might make some mistakes first 2 seasons, but then you'll have it down.
First and most imporant is LEVEL ground, not to be confused with FLAT.
FLAT may not be level.
I was surprised to see that one edge over 20 feet was 5 inches lower, (I was sure my yard was level) that means 5 inches of water before the other end gets any.
Levelling my yard was no big deal. I have a pickup and loading it with loam was like $15 or $20 - dirt cheap! Even paying a landscaper to do it couldn't cost that much.
Liner - you must use white or light colors, the colors absord the sun and you get melting much faster. For starters you could go to home depot or lowes and get one of their tarps with the silver side.
I don't have boards, just enough to hold the water in. I just have 12 inch high plywood. Whatever you have is fine. I made a backstop to shoot pucks at out of pipe and bought netting off ebay, get small mesh, my first one it could stop pucks, but I found they could get through with a hard enough shot or get stuck.
Then comes the recipe for ice, since I'm Polish we have a family recipe that's been passed down from generation to generation. We combine water and cold!
This year I'm not so sure, we haven't had consistent freezing temps yet. 3 days of freezing weather should do it.
Bring the hose in or somehow get the water out or it freezes inside the hose and that's a problem. Make sure to disconnect the hose and make sure you keep aware of potential frozen pipes.
And then you skate to your heart's content, even to the point where you get bored. There's a million drills out there, but how to remember them all?
Yah, there's a million videos on stick handling drills, and power skating, but the stick handling drills aren't in book form that I can find.
I should start a thread asking if anyone ever found they had the rink to themselves and if they know of any books.
But probably what will happen is that people will talk about all kinds of other stuff and never answer my question.