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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 like the season has come to an end. Earlier than I was hoping, but we still got an excellent 6 weeks or so out of the rink.
I've come across a tip for emptying the rink that I thought I'd pass along and see if anyone has tried it or has other recommendations. Since I want to empty it away from the actual rink so it doesn't flood my backyard or the neighbors. The idea was to use a hose, by placing one end in the rink and getting the flow started on the other end with the help of a Shop-Vac. That way I can allow the rink to drain downslope near where it'll flow toward a town drain. I would be using a 50' or 75' hose.
Update: This method worked. You may have to cup your hand around the hose/shopvac connection to create a seal and force better suction, but it worked for me on a 50 ft hose.
I like the shop vac Idea
My trick for this one is fill the hose, plug both ends (with a stick)
put one in the rink and hold with a clip or rock, the other end goes downhill as far as I can
check I didn't pull it out of the rink which I have done
then unplug at the rink, then the downhill end let the water run.