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Thanks Mark - it's about 40 yards from the garage with the hot tap to the rink, but it's downhill. I have a cooler mounted on a sled to drag the hot water down to the ice rather than running a hose. Not easy, but not much about this project is...
You've got a pretty sweet setup yourself - I enjoyed your video, too.
Happy "Hockey Day In Canada"! The material that I use to cover my rink is "double reflective insulation" and I think that the brand name is "Reflectix". It comes in a variety of sizes. I use rolls which measure 4' x 25'. Because my rink is 70' long I connect 3 of these rolls together end-to-end to create 4' x 75' sections. I have 6 of these sections so that I can cover my rink which is just under 25' wide. This material is very light so it is easy to move around but is also very durable. I clamp the sections to the top of my boards so that it is suspended over the ice surface and totally shading the rink. Here in the Denver area we get alot of sunshine and the sun is very strong. Needless to say, direct sunshine on the ice is much more damaging than the air temperature. By covering my rink I can go through a sunny 60 degree day and still skate that same night. Oh, by the way, I purchase this material at Home Depot.
I can dig it. Not only have I been having problems with the weather, but we've had some issues with some neighborhood pre-teens jumping the fence and busting up the ice (what little ice that there has been). AND, I had a problem with the liner slipping off it's rail (I have an Ice N Go system) and lost quite a bit of water. GRR. I Keep telling myself to be patient. But then I look at the calendar.
Did you get that liner from a Rona in Southern Ontario. I am having trouble getting anything in Ontario for a good rink liner with out losing my shirt.
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