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Karen Noto
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Despite Temps in the Teens, My Rink Won't Freeze!
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We have had temps in the low 20's and teens for 4 days, and yet my rink doesn't freeze solid.I am just south of Chicago and we had 6 inches of snow (which fell when the rink was all water) and it…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Karen Noto Jan 29, 2012.

After the Blizzard, My Rink Is Trashed....
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Well folks, I officially give up on the rink for this year! The blizzard ruined my rink and I just can't seem to get it back to a good smooth surface anymore. They are forecasting temps in the upper…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Karen Noto Feb 11, 2011.

How To Prepare The Rink For a Blizzard
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I have been watching the weather very carefully the last 24 hours or so and it seems very obvious that we are about to get hit with the biggest blizzard in 5 years. I have been preparing my home,…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Karen Noto Feb 5, 2011.

Laid lines and it is sunny and a lot warmer.

Well, I should have kept my big mouth shut. I was telling a friend that we haven't had any bright sunshine in over 2 weeks.I got up early and resurfaced the rink before daylight, it was 17F. Once the…Continue

Started Jan 28, 2011


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Karen Noto and Mike M are now friends
Feb 1, 2013
Karen Noto replied to Jim Melachrinakis's discussion Need Help
"I am in the Chicagoland area as well, and have been doing this for several years. I say, fill it up and hope for cold. I have tried to make ice layers, but it has never worked well for me. I usually go with about 4-5 inches of water in my shallow…"
Jan 2, 2013
Karen Noto replied to Mike M's discussion new to site
"Hi from north central Illinois Mike!"
Jan 1, 2013
Karen Noto replied to Mike M's discussion Need Help
"Patience, patience, patience. I know it sucks, I have been going through it myself here in north central Illinois. The rink was finally solid enough for my son to skate on it today, and with temps being cold the next few days, hopefully I will be…"
Jan 1, 2013
mike sander and Karen Noto are now friends
Dec 31, 2012
Karen Noto replied to James Temple's discussion Put my liner down today and started to fill
"Very nice! Damn that some slope you have there!!"
Dec 29, 2012
DAVID OUTZEN commented on Karen Noto's photo

Rink on 12-26-12 daytime

"Looks like glass! Nice work!"
Dec 27, 2012
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Dec 26, 2012
Karen Noto replied to Carey Barton's discussion Liner repair
"I also used a pool liner patch kit I got at the local pool supply store. It can be used underwater, and I used it on two small rips in my liner and it worked fine. My rink is now frozen and should be solid enough for a skate by tomorrow. Just need…"
Dec 22, 2012
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Karen Noto commented on Rob Duthie's photo

2012-13 Duthie Backyard Rink - Calgary

"How did you get the picture of Snoopy on the ice? Don't you worry about the sun burning holes in your ice because of teh colors of the picture? I wanted to put a BlakHawks Indianhead on mine two years ago but had problems with the sun burning…"
Dec 14, 2012
Karen Noto replied to Karen Noto's discussion Despite Temps in the Teens, My Rink Won't Freeze!
"Finally got the rink to freeze, but we only got 4 days of skating out of it before the temps went back into the 40's and made it a slush fest. Not to mention the 8 inches of snow we also got that didn't help matters much. Now, it just…"
Jan 29, 2012
Karen Noto replied to David Niles's discussion Wow, what a winter.
"I am a fellow crazy here, temps supposed to be in the 50's for 3 days this coming week and then down into the 30 through the week end. UGGGHHH!! I thought this was winter in Illinois, not spring all winter long!!! Put a ton of work into a…"
Jan 29, 2012
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Ottawa Mom Sets Up Hockey Heaven For Son

An article printed in the Times Newspaper by Dan Churney


Karen Noto is a mother whose thinking is stuck in the Ice Age.

But her 11-year-old son Travis wouldn't want it any other way.

The Ottawa woman developed the goal of building an ice skating rink this winter in her backyard for Travis, who has been a hockey buff three years and dreams of turning pro. The project, which was not without its tribulations, came to life during the heat of last…


Posted on January 20, 2011 at 2:24pm

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At 8:38am on February 5, 2011, mike sander said…
Karen, just wanted to thank you for the advice. I left the rink alone and it froze up again and i flooded it twice since the ice storm. We were back on the rink last nite and it was smooth as ever.  Thanks again, Mike     p.s getting more rain, ice and snow today, here we go again !
At 11:38pm on January 17, 2011, Jim Boisvert said…


Thanks for the compliments about my rink. It's been a labor of Love. Yeah, Bobby sure has gotten older, but he still is cool. He was amazing at my place. I'll tell you more about his visit the next time we chat, OK?


Jim B.

At 11:34pm on January 17, 2011, Jim Boisvert said…


Thanks for inviting me to be your friend. I gladly accept.


Jim B.

At 11:22pm on January 17, 2011, mybackyardicerink said…

Welcome Karen to the community! 

Hope we can help you make it better next season!


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