Building our Homemade Zamboni
Building a zamboni or "homeboni" is very simple. We used 1 inch PVC pipe. Glued it together in the shape you see in the picture.
Once you hook a hose to it, you just need to adjust the water to the right amount. The right amount is very hard to know. We put one hole in the top T so we could easily see the water flow. After a few trials we know how much to adjust based on the top hole. On our homeboni we adjust until the water lands on the outside PVC and no farther.
Another thing that we did with trial and error is scond and third coats. We adjust the water so that it freezes fast and by the time we are at eh end we can go over it again with a second coat. This give a really nice smooth surface to skater on.
One other tip is to use a leaf blower to clean out the the ice particles fromt he groves. This makes a cleaner ice before you zamboni it.
We then drilled holes on the lower front and also installed hooks on the bottom to keep it up off the ice.
We then bought a kit from Fleet Farm for installing grommets on an old towel. To hang the towel on the PVC we installed some hooks.
Make sure that you have a way to hook it to a garden hose. We used a quick disconnect.