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Eileen updated their profile
Mar 23
Eileen replied to Daniel robitaille's discussion Done for the year (planning for next year
"I broke down my rink over the weekend.  It was long overdue.  It was my first year and I…"
Mar 22
Daniel robitaille replied to Brooks Traina's discussion Liner tear where Nicerink bracket meets liner
"Could be liner too tight and as the water freezes it weight more and stresses more Air pockets also…"
Mar 21
Brooks Traina posted a discussion

Liner tear where Nicerink bracket meets liner

Looking to see if anybody has any advice on how to avoid this next season. During a midwinter thaw,…See More
Mar 21
Daniel robitaille replied to Daniel robitaille's discussion Done for the year (planning for next year
"Oh sure let have -10 for 5 days in March What the heck is with this. I already drained the…"
Mar 13
Daniel robitaille replied to Broadway Blueshirts's discussion For Sale
"If you build it he will skate My traveling Pee Wee is always the first on and the last one to leave…"
Mar 8
Broadway Blueshirts and mybackyardicerink are now friends
Mar 7
Broadway Blueshirts posted a discussion

For Sale

Unfortunately my son is heading to Middle School next year and it will be hard to justify building…See More
Mar 7
Daniel robitaille posted a discussion

Done for the year (planning for next year

To warm for too longOh well, will start planning for next year. some things I tried this year…See More
Feb 28
Daniel robitaille replied to Chad Hodgkins's discussion Happy January Thaw!
"WE are done in Whitby, Ontario  +13 tomorrow should remove the last bit of Ice out of the…"
Feb 28
Daniel robitaille and Brooks Traina are now friends
Feb 21
Brooks Traina updated their profile
Feb 20
Chad Hodgkins replied to Chad Hodgkins's discussion Happy January Thaw!
"I'm afraid the whole season is done here in SE Michigan.  The past two winters have been…"
Feb 20
Daniel robitaille replied to Chad Hodgkins's discussion Happy January Thaw!
"January how about a February Thaw -12c tonight +9c next day Very odd year for temps"
Feb 16
Daniel robitaille replied to Frank's discussion slush
"Frank it happens even after 10 years of rink building I still do the odd thing If it cold enough to…"
Feb 15
Frank posted a discussion

slush

Over the past week we have had:1. a small snow storm 2 inches or so, followed by a mix of rain and…See More
Feb 14
Jim replied to Daniel robitaille's discussion THE COLD HAS RETURNED
" Got some cold weather here in Chicago but the 10 day looks for skating :( The season started…"
Feb 8
Daniel robitaille replied to Daniel robitaille's discussion THE COLD HAS RETURNED
"Nooooooooooooo say it not so there still a month of very cold weather coming"
Feb 8
LaSHOOOOSH replied to Daniel robitaille's discussion THE COLD HAS RETURNED
"Early spring here we go! Status of our rink = dead.. "
Feb 7
Frank replied to Daniel robitaille's discussion THE COLD HAS RETURNED
"Cold weather finally returned to the Boston area this week. Our pond had just about frozen back…"
Feb 1
 
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mybackyardicerink.com's Second Win-a-Rink Video Contest 2015-16!

Enter our Win-a-Rink Video Contest for your chance to win an NHL looking, backyard ice rink.

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For almost six years I have admired your contributions to this site.  We want to thank everyone for sharing your knowledge, your unique and creative ideas, for helping each other, and for being so hospitable to the new members!

Together, and because of our passion,  we have reached many milestones!

I would like to ask everyone for input. Please send us your thoughts about this site.  If you have any ideas on on how we can make improve this site in order to provide a better experience for everyone, let us know!  We will try and implement new ideas and features by this coming season.

You can email me directly at john@mybackyardicerink.com

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Posted by mybackyardicerink on July 20, 2015 at 6:00pm

Ice Dragon review?

Any one out there own a Ice Dragon?  Reviews?  Always looking for the easier, faster, better way of making and maintaining ice.

Ken - Cheboygan, MI

Posted by Ken Milne on January 13, 2015 at 10:40am — 1 Comment

On Frozen Ponds Web series

Learned about this project via another website last year.   At that time they were in the midst of a Kickstarter campaign to fund their filming efforts and the first of their four installments was published yesterday, with remaining three to follow over the next several weeks.   Looks to be a great little series celebrating the love of outdoor hockey and dealing with mother nature as we all do to maintain the ice.

(not sure if the this site will successfully embed Vimeo files, but will give it a shot.  Worst case, click on the link below)   

 

Episode 1: Only in New England from On Frozen Ponds on Vimeo.

Posted by Magnus Leslie on January 22, 2014 at 12:24pm — 1 Comment

MA Snow Storm - Need Advice

Hey rink builders, rookie rink guy here!  I only on about 1" of ice right now, and I am expecting about 10" of snow.  Waiting for the snow to melt is not an option.  Here is my potential solution...get ahold of a high volume trash pump from my contractor buddies and circulate the water during the storm to "melt" the snow and keep everything in a liquid state.  Thoughts?  Am I crazy?  I just cant sit on the sidelines with the deep freeze approaching again.

Posted by Andrew Johnston on January 21, 2014 at 1:30pm — 11 Comments

Winners of mybackyardicerink.com's Win-a-Rink Video Contest for 2013-14!

We are pleased to announce the winners of our Win-a-Rink Video Contest for 2013-14.

Congratulations to all!

Winners of Win-a-Rink video Contest!

We also want to congratulate all of the participants who entered. We received many amazing videos!

All the videos entered were outstanding and lots of fun to watch! Thank you to ALL the participants for sharing your moments and rinks with us and for your great efforts! All videos will remain online.

It was a very fun contest. Our next contest will be announced in September. Get ready,....

Posted by mybackyardicerink on January 21, 2014 at 12:00am — 1 Comment

how do you fix a corner that is very shallow and cracks when you step on it

My rink has a 9 inch slope and I can not get ice in one of the shallow corners.   It freezes but then cracks when you step on it.  Advice?

Posted by susan silsby on January 3, 2014 at 2:53pm — 3 Comments

It's a Canadian Thing

I remember when I was a young boy. The year was 1967.

You may remember that year.

It was the last time the Leafs won the cup, and I watch every game with great anticipation. 

I was just six years old, but had a good understanding of this Canadian made tradition.



My two brothers and I, Dino who is a year older and Steve, a year younger live with our mom in Ontario Housing in the Jane and Finch area for those that know TORONTO.

Yes it was a “Tough area!”

We were very poor to say the least, but managed to survive.

Even so, my memories of that time are still heart warming.

We played a lot of “Street Hockey.” Organized ice hockey was not possible.

We played on the parking lot of our development year round.

It was a great game and cheap too.

Memories of picking teams, I was always picked last. Never a captain.

I was a very shy and timid kid, but when it came to street hockey, I was fierce and played with the heart of a lion. If I had a nickel for every time the guys called me slasher. Here comes Tony the slasher. “Be afraid……. be very afraid! Ha ha. 



Sporting my favorite team’s jersey and playing until the street lights came on,

I wore out that Montreal Canadians sweater that my mom had given me. 

I pretended to be Ken Dryden. I never understood why the other kids called me a traitor. “Traitor, Slasher” that was me!

I remember the goalie pads were made from the seat foam of a discarded sofa, and a bit of string. It worked quite well and saved a few knee caps along the way I’m sure, especially from my slashing stick. 



I remember the hockey net that was so warn from over use. It had old shoe laces tied in to repair the holes. And the arguments that ensued as to whether or not the puck went through the netting or shot wide.



New hockey sticks were far too costly for us to…
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Posted by Tony in Campbellville, Ontario on October 30, 2013 at 5:29pm — 2 Comments

mybackyardicerink.com's First Ever Win-a-Rink Video Contest 2013-14!

Enter our Win-a-Rink Video Contest for your chance to win an NHL looking, backyard ice rink.

Posted by mybackyardicerink on October 30, 2013 at 2:30am

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    Done for the year (planning for next year 2 Replies

    To warm for too longOh well, will start planning for next year. some things I tried this year worked well1: Used a Board for the bottom step the water had to just touch it to know I had enough water.1a: Saved about 4 inches of water over 25X50…Continue

    Started by Daniel robitaille. Last reply by Eileen Mar 22.

    Liner tear where Nicerink bracket meets liner 1 Reply

    Looking to see if anybody has any advice on how to avoid this next season. During a midwinter thaw, I noticed my ice level decreasing an inch or two per day only to find that I had a tear in the liner where the liner met my bracket. My ice survived…Continue

    Started by Brooks Traina. Last reply by Daniel robitaille Mar 21.

    For Sale 1 Reply

    Unfortunately my son is heading to Middle School next year and it will be hard to justify building the rink next winter - especially since he will be heading into Pee Wee travel.Just not enough time !!So, with that said, if anyone knows of somebody…Continue

    Started by Broadway Blueshirts. Last reply by Daniel robitaille Mar 8.

    Happy January Thaw! 7 Replies

    To all my Great Lakes brothers and sisters.Here is my forecast for the next 10 days:Gave the rink a long last look before shutting off the lights this evening.Probably start on all of the projects that I've neglected the past few months.  The amount…Continue

    Started by Chad Hodgkins. Last reply by Daniel robitaille Feb 28.

    slush 1 Reply

    Over the past week we have had:1. a small snow storm 2 inches or so, followed by a mix of rain and freezing rain.2. 1 foot of snow two days later3. another foot of snow over the weekend.I was out of town working for 1 & 2, so I got the snow…Continue

    Started by Frank. Last reply by Daniel robitaille Feb 15.

    THE COLD HAS RETURNED 5 Replies

    The cold weather has returned to OntarioJumped on it Friday and did a watering to fill in all the holes from twigs and leafs on the Ice. (That Just adding cold Water)Saturday the Rink look great but for the one corner (Melt was a bit much on the…Continue

    Started by Daniel robitaille. Last reply by Jim Feb 8.

    Snow then ice and now rain covering my ice! 1 Reply

    So after this latest storm in Maine, I am left with about 2 inches of snow layered on top with a sheet of ice and now being hit with rain. I am not sure of the snowblower will have a fighting chance in removing this mess. The weather looks to be…Continue

    Started by Brooks Traina. Last reply by Daniel robitaille Jan 26.

    looking for advise on how to recover from a leak and a big thaw 8 Replies

    So it has been incredibly mild here in the Boston area over the past week or so. We had a leak in our liner and have lost a heck of a lot of ice / water. We are now at a point where we have some exposed liner showing in our shallow end.I think that…Continue

    Started by Frank. Last reply by Frank Jan 21.

    Rain is not always a bad thing 3 Replies

    My rink was ready the kids were Skating and them mother nature said "Let it Rain"Oh and here 2 inches of snow first.I was thinking what a mess the rink is going to be, the driveway and roadways sure were.SO I waited for the rain to stop and the WIND…Continue

    Started by Daniel robitaille. Last reply by Jim Jan 18.

    My Rink is not this long 1 Reply

    And you thought YOUR rink was longhttp://www.davemayerconstruction.com/414476976This Was Cool check out the Video a 59.00 secondsContinue

    Started by Daniel robitaille. Last reply by LaSHOOOOSH Jan 10.

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