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So weather over the next 7 days (in Toronto) shows lows of - 7 over nights Friday sat sun. Next week highs are 0 - 4 degrees and overnights are low single digit negatives.

Thoughts?

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Steve

My plan is liner in this weekend and fill, I'm just east of you (Whitby)

I like to wait till -10 for a few nights but I'm running out of time to get it done this year.

Good luck guys.  I'm hoping for clear, cold weather for you folks so you can fill and freeze soon

Daniel... Do you fill by hose? How many hours does it take for whatever size rink you have?

Figures... Next weekend doesn't look great weather wise. 

Hopefully if I fill tomorrow it will have frozen solid before then. 

I have a 50X25 with 4 inch high side and 8 in the low end take and 4-5 hours to fill by hose

goes quite quickly I found. I always plan for filling all after noon

Once you have everything covered in few inches you can wait and top up later

Once you start DO NOT LEAVE Liner not covered in a least 1/2 inch of water.  it can freeze and the wind can move the liner cause it to cut on the ice. was not a good year that one.

Steve said:

Daniel... Do you fill by hose? How many hours does it take for whatever size rink you have?

What do you mean do not leave the liner in a half inch of water? Do you mean once you start filling it.. Fill it completely? 

You doing yours tonight? 

Is the inch or two of snow on the ground an issue at all? First time flooding! 

I have a question regarding topping off.  I started filling Wednesday and filled overnight.  It usually takes me 24 hours to fill by hose.  Thursday morning I noted water on one side of the rink and back/high ground corner not filled.  I could not see a definite tear but due to moisture on the boards I decided the general area and put that flex tape stuff over it.  Then was able to fill some more and did so until back corner had about half an inch.  Then I decided to stop to see if I lost water.  (Perhaps I should have kept going?) Did not lose water.  I now have about an inch of ice thickness in the deep end. 

Two questions:

Remind me how much ice thickness I should have before my kids get on the ice?

What should I do about topping off?  

Weather conditions actually now with daytime highs on Wed and Thurs of 37 and 38 with rain.  Should I wait until then to top off and tell boys to stay away from the edges/liner if we can get on before then.

Going to see if I can upload photo I just took. Rink is 20'x48'.  Deepest area 10 inches currently

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Clarification:  Temperatures mentioned in my post are Farenheit!

Almost 12 hours of 2 hoses... Hoping it will be done in a  Hour or so. 

Eileen... I think you want a base of 4 inches. 

Eileen said:

I have a question regarding topping off.  I started filling Wednesday and filled overnight.  It usually takes me 24 hours to fill by hose.  Thursday morning I noted water on one side of the rink and back/high ground corner not filled.  I could not see a definite tear but due to moisture on the boards I decided the general area and put that flex tape stuff over it.  Then was able to fill some more and did so until back corner had about half an inch.  Then I decided to stop to see if I lost water.  (Perhaps I should have kept going?) Did not lose water.  I now have about an inch of ice thickness in the deep end. 

Two questions:

Remind me how much ice thickness I should have before my kids get on the ice?

What should I do about topping off?  

Weather conditions actually now with daytime highs on Wed and Thurs of 37 and 38 with rain.  Should I wait until then to top off and tell boys to stay away from the edges/liner if we can get on before then.

Going to see if I can upload photo I just took. Rink is 20'x48'.  Deepest area 10 inches currently

I also somehow caused a tiny tear hole in my liner. Probably poked it when I was putting in nicerink L kick plates.

Used some of the glue they gave in the kit and a small piece of liner. Already had a couple inches of water in the rink by that time. Hoping it holds. 

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