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Ice Rink Piping. Easy to install ice rink piping both for portable rinks and permanent rink installations.

Ice Rink Piping. Our ice rink piping made from flexible tubing grids evenly spaced that are uniformly raised over the rink floor by preinstalled, rigid, plastic spacer strips, purposely designed for ice rinks and that eliminate the guesswork of installing a backyard ice rink rink system.

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About Me: I have a passion to build backyard ice rinks. Plus, find out how the idea of mybackyardicerink.com began!

Backyard Ice Rinks Liner Method

Backyard ice rink liner method, the easy way to build your home ice rink. Use ice rink liners when your winters are mild or you like easy maintenance of backyard ice rinks.

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Second Rink year...first time build though

So last year had a company install my rink to see how it would be during the winter.  Thinking of…See More
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Daniel robitaille replied to Daniel robitaille's discussion Yes it time to start the rink
"Very cool Post pictures as you build and thru the season"
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Kris Jackson replied to Daniel robitaille's discussion Yes it time to start the rink
"Boards are 90% up.  Lights installed and cables run.  Almost ready to lay a liner down in…"
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Yes it time to start the rink

Now is the time before it too cold to make sure you have the boards, the stakes  the ground is…See More
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"Weather has been very unpredictable lately.  It's like spinning a roulette wheel. We…"
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Patrick left a comment for Patrick
"I'm on the fence.. set it up last year but only had 3-4 skates.. wasn't a good winter. We…"
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"Nice surface!"
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"Welcome Patrick!  Nice rink for your first year.  Are you setting up this year?"
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Home Zamboni Ice Resurfacer - Neat design !

Posted by John Vlahos on September 14, 2018 at 6:00pm

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.

Posted by John Vlahos on July 28, 2015 at 9:30pm

Thank you to all our friends and fans for sharing! Please send us your thoughts!

THE WORLD'S PREMIERE ONLINE COMMUNITY FOR BACKYARD ICE RINKS

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 John Vlahos 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 John Vlahos 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

Entries to Win-a-Rink Video Contest 2013-14

Posted by John Vlahos on December 29, 2013 at 4:30pm

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

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    Second Rink year...first time build though

    So last year had a company install my rink to see how it would be during the winter.  Thinking of going with a nicerink.com 24x44 version this year with their plastic boards, etc.Had a question about watering.  Last year the company had a pool truck…Continue

    Started by Steve 11 hours ago.

    Yes it time to start the rink 2 Replies

    Now is the time before it too cold to make sure you have the boards, the stakes  the ground is level, Screws nails nuts and bolts PaintLights, more lightsDraw out this years plan if you need onePrepaint the boards or touch up the paint jobs from…Continue

    Tags: rink

    Started by Daniel robitaille. Last reply by Daniel robitaille on Thursday.

    Tips for emptying the rink 2 Replies

    Yes, it's that time of year already :(With temperatures forecasted to reach into the 60s for a couple of days next week, but more importantly even when it settles back down the highs will be in the 40s and the lows in the low to mid-30s. So it seems…Continue

    Started by arn. Last reply by Daniel robitaille Feb 20.

    Warm weather tips 4 Replies

    At time like this I just keep it clean pick leafs, pucks stick etc up and wait for the cold at night.I get ice melt around the edges on the sunny side, I like to pack a little snow on around the edges on the inside to slow it down.Also pack snow the…Continue

    Started by Daniel robitaille. Last reply by Daniel robitaille Feb 2.

    First time rink... 33 Replies

    Decided to put in a 24x44 rink into my backyard, having someone do this with 2x12's (just don't have time due to work unfortunately!).  They will also fill it using pool water.Have a couple "newbie" questions:1. What do folks recommend for a…Continue

    Started by Steve. Last reply by Daniel robitaille Jan 22.

    Big thaw, refreeze question 5 Replies

    Hi All,Still have a solid block of ice, with anywhere between 1-4" of water on top.  Let freeze naturally or pump some water out of the deeper areas to prevent two layers of ice with water in between or will it adhere together naturally? Never had…Continue

    Started by Jason. Last reply by Daniel robitaille Jan 13.

    Snow shavings on broom 5 Replies

    Morning all,First time rink builder here. I'm having an issue with snow shavings sticking to my broom when I'm cleaning the ice before resurfacing. Anyone else run into this issue?Continue

    Started by JR Pedersen. Last reply by Daniel robitaille Jan 11.

    Intro, and lake rink questions 7 Replies

    Hello!  This is my first post.  I’m a father of four (6, 4, 2 and 6months). The 6yo is in hockey for two years now and our 4yo is just getting going on skates.  The 2yo has Skate-eez and walks around a little.  We live on a lake and this is my first…Continue

    Started by Craig. Last reply by Craig Jan 9.

    60F weather this week 4 Replies

    Hello all and hope your Monday is going well. So I've looked at our 5 day forecast and the temps are supposed to rise till Thursday where they're calling for a high of 59F! Any precautions or items I should or shouldn't do to my ice?Continue

    Started by JR Pedersen. Last reply by JR Pedersen Jan 9.

    Evaporation / Refill Question 5 Replies

    Hi everybody!First time rinkbuilder and poster here. Thanks to all of you guys that have provided information, ideas and datatpoints about their experiences. First a little background on the rink design and specifics:My rink is roughly 23'x38'. I'm…Continue

    Started by arn. Last reply by Daniel robitaille Jan 9.

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