Making Our Backyard Rink
By: Rebecca Kerscher | Added: 7 January 2018 | Updated: 12 January 2020
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QOTD: Like a sandcastle, all is temporary. Build it, tend it, enjoy it. And when the time comes let it go. ~Jack Kornfield
Every year we make a ice rink in our yard. Here's how!
16 2x8x10 boards
30x50 Tarp (preferably white)
25 2 foot rebars
Lots and lots of water
Step One - Set up your boards making sure they are aligned.
Step Two - Use miscellaneous boards to screw together the outline.
Step Three - Pound in 1 to 2 rebars per miscellaneious board to support them when the water is put in.
Step Four - Lay out your tarp.
Step Five - Screw the tarp to the outside of the boards, making sure that the tarp is still touching the ground on the inside.
Step Six - Get out the leaves and sticks that are leftover if necessary.
Step Seven - Fill with water. This step takes a long time.(It took us about 14 hours). If you are on city water make sure you are not charged for the water. Some cities you can use an outside faucet and not get charged.
Step Eight - Wait untill it freezes.
Step Nine - Scrape any imperfections. We use a 6 inch floor scraper from a hardware store.
Step Ten- Skate you butt off!
After you skate this is how to make your ice rink smooth
Step One - Use a razor blade floor scraper to scrape off some of the bumps.
Step Two - Use a leave blower to clean the ice. It will get ice shavings out of the groves
Step Three - Build a home made Zamboni (see my other blog on building the Homeboni)
After a snowfall or bad weather that wrecks the surface, just doing the normal homeboni will not always work.
Step One - Fill 55 gallon drums full of water. Do not pour any until all are full. The number of drums you need depends on the rink size (our rink is approx. 30'x50').
Step Two - Once all drums are full, dump them all on the rink one after another. The goal is to make a new layer over the top, and the temperature does make a difference. If the water freezes too fast, the top layer cracks, so it is just trial and error testing.
Step Three - Repeat the after skate steps above.