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Hey Fellow Rinkers, the final tally for my charity backyard rink project was over $34,500 raised for my charities (Easter Seals NL, Rainbow Riders and Mazol Shriners) whose mandate is to assist children and young adults with special needs like my son Carter. I am now embarking on a new effort by rapelling from a 9 storey building this summer to raise money for Easter Seals NL as part of the 2013 St. John's Drop Zone. Last year I raised over $8,000 by rapelling dressed as Mr. Incredible (my wife who is morbidly afraid of heights also rapelled as Elastogirl with me) and survived to tell about it. If you liked my rink project this winter and my new Drop Zone effort, you can click the link to make a donation on my sponsor page. There are videos there of my rapel in St. John's (9 storeys) and Toronto (17 storeys) last year. …Continue
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Posted by mybackyardicerink on February 27, 2013 at 10:00pm
Posted by David Gibbons on January 16, 2013 at 1:17pm
Saw this posted on Facebook somewhere and wanted to pass it on, as it's certainly an interesting idea. Paralleling efforts from climatologists who use data from weather stations across Canada, a group of geographers from a university in Ontario created a website for users to register their backyard rinks and then track the number of skating days in a given winter, presumably to map/chart winter weather trends.
From their website : "We want Canadians from coast to coast to coast to tell us about their rinks. We want you to pin the location of your rink on our map, and then each winter record every day that you are able to skate on it. Think of it as your rink diary. We will gather up all the information from all the backyard rinks across Canada, and use it to track the changes in our climate. The RinkWatch website will give you regular updates…
Posted by Magnus Leslie on January 15, 2013 at 11:46am
Just put up my rink and put the liner down. We got an inch or so of slush and while I was checking it out found several rips in the liner. I've had good luck using the wide white plastic tape in the past but that was alway put on dry. I need to get this fixed ASAP as we have cold weather for the next week and want to take advantage of it.
My question is how do I repair the rips that are in the wet areas? I thought I might try and use a pool repair kit.
Got the liner installed today and started filling. Unfortunately, unlike mainland Canada, Newfoundland doesn't get as cold as fast, most days now are still above freezing but I wanted to get it filled before Christmas. So far, I have raised over $16,000 in mostly corporate donations in exchange for advertising space on my boards and in my ice. I am raising money for Easter Seals NL, Mazol Shriners (Shriners Hospitals for Children) and Rainbow Rider which are all charities that assist children living with physical challenges like my son Carter. Check out my website www.reasonfortherink.com.
Getting ready to set up the rink for my 5th year. Have learned alot over this time, some good, some not so good. My rink will be 42x62, liner method with boards and it has an 9" slope. This year I am going to try and add a very modest kick board with top to go over the liner. I am hoping it will add a clean look and also preserve the top and front of the liner so I can re-use it. Purchased a 50x70 white heavy duty tarp for $325. The boards will be painted exterior white. I have attached a rendering for your consideration to help you improve your rink.
Please check out the new website that I have created to promote my hockey rink fundraiser and raise awareness of the charities that I am supporting. There is also a sponsorship page of all my current corporate sponsors and encourage everyone to use the services/products of these very community minded companies.
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Who got a good idea on storing all the stuff till next rink season?Looking for tips,What not to do,past failures we can learn from (and not repeat)Things to do before putting it all wayExample should I repaint the boards NOW?What can I added to the…Continue
Started by Daniel robitaille Mar 28.
I think my last skate of the season is today, March 24, 2013!! I started skating on December 22, 2012 and skated a total of 62 days. This is the latest I have ever skated in the 23 years of making ice here in southeastern Wisconsin. The old record…Continue
Started by Jim Boisvert. Last reply by Daniel robitaille Mar 26.
Had a pretty decent rink season. First skate was on 12/21/2012 and last skate was on 3/13/2013, a total of 82 days. During that time we had 19 days where the temperature was over 40 degrees, 23 days over 50, and 7 days over 60. Had a guest list of…Continue
Started by DAVID OUTZEN Mar 20.
Here's why I ask. Mine is 10 inches deep on the one side and 12 inches deep on other side. I'd like to put a floor in it so I can use it when the ice thaws. My thought is adding a floor with the floor being based off of 2x6's. That would drop my…Continue
Started by Maverick2011. Last reply by Maverick2011 Mar 1.
Started by Matt Purtill Feb 24.
Started by Matt Purtill Feb 24.
It was a tough year last season in Iowa. We only got a dozen or so days in. Before this season, the landlord said that one of the neighbors didn't like us having a rink so she complained to him. So he didn't want us to have one. We're leaving Iowa…Continue
Started by Matt Purtill. Last reply by Matt Purtill Feb 24.
Greetings from Utah, USA. I've been building rinks for quite some time, however, given our temperate climate here, they never seem to last for very long. This year has been a different story and my rink should last quite long now that it's about 8…Continue
Started by Timmer. Last reply by Gerard Sac Feb 9.
The weather patter appears to be changing here in Western New York by weeks end rain to ice then to snow/poss lake effect snow. Question is: Should I drop the plastic this weekend it and hope we get a true pattern change or wait till there is a…Continue
Started by Christopher Lane. Last reply by Aaron Briggs Jan 21.