Yes it's solid but the cracks do not seem to be going away. I've scraped off the ice that cracked bad. I've used slush to pack the holes. I'm going to flood tonight. Could it be cause by the extreme cold temps.
Building my first back yard rink and having some issues. There is a 9 inch slope in my yard and I can't get the ice built up on the shallow end. There are also several pockets that break when you step on them. A 12 inch snow just dumped on the rink. I have shoveled off but not sure what do do now. How do I fix the pockets and build up the shallow end. It is 7 degrees and will be below freezing for the next few days
Thanks for the welcome. Will be doing my first rink this winter, need all the advice I can get. I have a contractor coming out next week to remove stumps and skid steer the ground nice and level. For now I'm just trying to round up supplies for the boards and lights. My ATV may become a zamboni too!! I'll post pic's when I can.
Thank you...looking forward to starting the planning phase of building my first rink. I plan on building everything over the summer months in preparation to setting everything up rigt after Halloween. I really love the fact that I can come to this site and get all the valuable information I need.
Hey the rink is still holding strong. Got more snow the past few days so I will be able to make the walls higher. I'm planning to go bigger next year and better lighting. This year has been a great success and with the temps warming up to around -10 degree Celsius (14 degree Fahrenheit) we will get lots of skating in before the season ends.
Thanks. I built a smaller one this year as I got my son into skating. Next year's will be bigger and better. My wife thought I was kidding when I said I wanted to put up a rink in the backyard. She's from Chicago. I'm from New England. I had to explain to her that all kids should be out skating during the winter. Next year's rink will be roughly 40x50. We plan to move to a bigger house in the spring of 2012. A pre-requisite of the house will be a big and level backyard.