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Jan 3, 2015
Andrew Johnston replied to Bryan Demsky's discussion Help with preparing for terrible weather
"Hey Bryan. I'm getting the same here south of Boston. I'm going to let the rain come tomorrow and if need be flood with more water in addition to the rain during the rain. Keeping my fingers crossed!"
Jan 3, 2015
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Nov 18, 2014
Andrew Johnston commented on Andrew Johnston's blog post MA Snow Storm - Need Advice
"Tom, you are very correct!  I have thought about it and I will be securing the hoses into fixed locations so neither the feed or output can be moved.  Its very dangerous, but so is frying a Turkey too.  This is an emergency repair…"
Jan 23, 2014
Tom Pathoulas commented on Andrew Johnston's blog post MA Snow Storm - Need Advice
"Andrew, I'm sure you have already thought of this but mixing very hot oil with water is potentially very dangerous. If you were to get water into the hot oil you would have trouble. I would make sure there is no one around. Just the potential…"
Jan 23, 2014
Andrew Johnston commented on Andrew Johnston's blog post MA Snow Storm - Need Advice
"I agree, I'm not sure 20' of copper is enough...that is the potential flaw in my plan.  However, the reason for using the oil and copper is to counteract the limited length.  Oil has a very high boiling point, Corn Oil is about…"
Jan 23, 2014
Tom Pathoulas commented on Andrew Johnston's blog post MA Snow Storm - Need Advice
"I am curious about the turkey fryer. Why use oil? Heated water will do the same thing. Not sure 20' of coil will be enough to heat the water, of ccourse it depends how fast the water is moving through the coil. I use the trash can over a fire…"
Jan 23, 2014
Magnus Leslie commented on Andrew Johnston's blog post MA Snow Storm - Need Advice
"Thanks for the report!   Love the turkey fryer idea too.  That's one of the best parts of this "hobby"- hearing all the ingenious ways people come up with to solve problems and battle the weather.  Sounds like the…"
Jan 23, 2014
Chris commented on Andrew Johnston's blog post MA Snow Storm - Need Advice
"The turkey fryer is a great idea.  I've heard about using a bonfire to heat a barrel full of water and sticking a copper coil in a fire, but the fryer sounds like a much more efficient way to go.  I want this to work - good luck!"
Jan 22, 2014
Andrew Johnston commented on Andrew Johnston's blog post MA Snow Storm - Need Advice
"Ok everyone…here are the results:  Yes the snow was melted, but the surface is a very rough mess.  If I had left the snow, I think the ice would never have frozen due the insulating properties of snow.  And with a strong cold…"
Jan 22, 2014
Chris commented on Andrew Johnston's blog post MA Snow Storm - Need Advice
"I'm also curious about the re-circulation pump method.  I have no idea if it will work or not, but it sounds like it will accomplish a couple of things that could lead to success - melting the snow as it lands eliminates the shoveling, and…"
Jan 21, 2014
Magnus Leslie commented on Andrew Johnston's blog post MA Snow Storm - Need Advice
"Indeed, 45 x 90 would be tough to keep clear with a roof rake (tried twice on a 32x80 before and couldn't keep up) and 18k is more than you'd want to drain or refill.  If you do end up trying the recirculation pump, please let us know…"
Jan 21, 2014
Andrew Johnston commented on Andrew Johnston's blog post MA Snow Storm - Need Advice
"Thanks for the note.  The rink is 45'x90'.  I thought about the roof rake, but im not sure I'll be able to keep up with the snow given the size.  The rink has about 18,000 gallons of water in it, so I dont want to…"
Jan 21, 2014
Magnus Leslie commented on Andrew Johnston's blog post MA Snow Storm - Need Advice
"Man, that sucks, guys in New England can't seem to buy a break this season.  Seems like it is either 40 degrees or dumping snow on you lately.  We've all been there at one time or another so sure everyone on this site can…"
Jan 21, 2014
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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.See More
Jan 21, 2014

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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.

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