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Old 12-17-2012, 03:52 PM   #76
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While I just absolutely love the idea of this private rink thing, I'll go to the coast and hang out on the beach.


Sadly I will not be looking at beach babes as they're not dumb enough to be out there in the not so balmy weather....

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Old 12-17-2012, 06:16 PM   #77
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Looking forward to seeing the completed rink. I wish we could send you some of the cold weather we have been getting. We've only had a couple days near or above freezing for the last month and a half. And about a foot and a half of snow.

Love the Dog photos. Sometimes you have to wonder just what they are thinking as they stare at you.

Here is a shot of one local rink that was created here last year. Notice the garden tractor zamboni and the all important boards to prevent pucks from being lost in snow drifts or breaking the neighbours windows.


What a great rink. Looks like you took out at least one neighbours fence. Did you all take turns clearing and flooding or did it just turn out to be a late night gathering spot for the men to sneak a beer and a smoke

Many a puck turn up in the spring


Not gonna be a white christmas according to Dave at Enviroment Canada, at least not for central and south Ontario. 9 degrees today and tomorrow.

I'm filling it anyway. Experience tells me New Years is when the cold blast sets in.
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It was featured in a contest our local TV station ran.

And yeah, they took out a portion of the fence. It is darn close to the houses so I hope the kids kept the puck inside the rink.

Plus nine sure isn't going to be helping with your rink. i think i just heard the weather person say minus 30 around Christmas around here. I sure hope they are wrong about that. That is even too cold for Frosty.
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minus 30 c is very close to minus 30 f . I'm not entirely sure at which point the two merge, but it is definitely too cold to be outdoors. i can't tolerate much past minus 20

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Just beware of the changes that occur with backyard outdoor rink.

When I lived in Michigan a guy down the street put in a backyard rink for the kids (1x12s around the outside and ice). Eventually, he had a real hockey rink (scaled down) with full nets (not the pond hockey low goals), full height boards and 6 poles with lights and some netting to keep the pucks on the property.

The neighbors did complain about the lights late at night or before school in the morning. He also had a problem when his younger daughters started skated and wanted their own time plus a sound system.

Fortunately, there were finally some indoor sheets of ice that removed the pressure on the backyard rink, but they got overloaded in the fall and cold weather.

In MN (Twin cities area), there are plenty of indoors sheets (most available any time for rentals), but the demand is too great for the wanna be future NHLers, that quit college after 2 years to sign up into the system. Starting college is a great way to get good ice time.

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Old 12-20-2012, 01:29 PM   #81
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Leaves are sure to find their way into the rink. That leaf skimmer sure is handy to fetch them out. Notice how its already sitting on the surface ice. Best crack that open and get the leave out before its too late.

WE just may be skating before christmas
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What? You're going to skate on it with those sharp blades and scratch that nice shiny ice?!
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good idea...I should turn it into a curling rink or ball hockey instead. Its a hassle dragging the hose out to flood it anyway and for 2 bucks we can skate over at the arena
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The rinks are popping up everywhere. This church is building one on the front lawn. They are located right across from the arena. I think its going to be a busy place.

They've got the right idea with the water truck. I've had the garden hose running for days
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We have an area that has about 20 sheets outdoors (over soccer fields) and they are busy except for those than want to go to artificial ice for the future (college scholarships, NHL, etc). The cold ice is hard and can be slow in comparison to the indoor unless the skater has the strength since there is no thin film of water between the ice and blades when they slide.

The curling sheets will never allow a skate on them because they require accuracy and precision.

Pond hockey is the popular sport here because there are so many rinks now that it is finally cold, no high boards and lost teeth and just pure skill.

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Outdoor ice is really hard on the blades. If you skate regularly between arena's and outdoor rinks you will either need two pairs of skates or plan on getting them sharpened constantly.
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Speaking of getting sued

A little hard to tell in the dark, but the boards at the deep end are starting to look a little bendy. This rink is taking a LOT more water than I anticipated.

Cross your fingers we don't have a blow out Lets see. 4 days of constant water pouring from the hose..rough estimate 20,000 - 25,000 litres of water down the hill and into my neighbours yard and potentially into his finished basement family room.

Its really kind of funny if you stop and think about it. At least from this side of the fence.
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How about a 50,000 lb ice cube sliding down the hill. How funny would that be.
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That's an interesting visual, concept!
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My pool fills up in 2 and a half days running the hose into it. The pool is 80,000 litres

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