size wood do I use?
We recommend 2" x ? The question mark is because
all back yard rink sites/yards are different and your wood width will depend
on your site level or non-level. If you are confident in your site being a gentle slope of up to 6" then just get 2" x 8" 's If by chance your water ends up coming close to the top of the frame at one end or the other then your solution is easy. Just get another 2 x 8" and add a second tier. Pull out your J-Brace and re fasten at the next level and bind then together with your J-Brace. Now your back yard rink frame is strong and secure and ready for more water. p.s. You may need more Braces every 5-6' as your water is deeper and heavier. You also may need a support 45.
I use boards that are 1" in thickness?
There is nothing stopping you from using 1"x ?.
Having said this consider the following a.) There is a potential
for a large amount of water weight from within your back yard rink perimeter
depending on how level your site is a 1" thick board
solution is, in our opinion, inadequate. Water weighs approximately
10 lbs per gallon and this would do a poor job of containing
your water. Having said this if you were feeling inclined
to stake your back yard rink boards every 2 feet you may have enough support
to hold your water within the perimeter.
Should I paint lines on my back yard rink
Lines sound great!! We have received many e mail pictures
from back yard rink rink building friends across the U.S. and Canada
with rinks with lines however consider the following. The
darkness of the color of the fallen leaf attracts heat
from the sun and quickly melts a hole through your ice and
often several inches deep in a given day. This most often
happens when the sun is shining any time in the season and
especially as you are trying to prolong your quality surface
in the spring. The same thing would happen with dark lines
on the surface as they would attract heat and cause a softening
and melting effect . Secondly if you were to paint lines
on your liner then the possibility of snow falling (this happens
in many areas)as it freezes and coloring your back yard rink ice white and
obscuring those lines would be great too! Its your choice
and many have had success in the shaded areas..
happens if I have checked and my site is not very level?
Having an back yard rink unlevel site is not the end of your ice rink
dream however having an unlevel site is your biggest challenge.
The way to accommodate an unlevel site is to place your widest
boards on the lowest sides of your site. REMEMBER if you
do wish to level your backyard rink site you only have to do it once in
all the years you will build rinks. We think its worth while
however you will be the judge in your own yard based on your
own time and effort. This can be done in the summer months
by adding some top soil or other fillers to your back yard rink low area
and topping it with fresh soil and seeding the fresh earth
area. Do this early in the spring/summer and give your new
grass in that area a chance to mature. We have encountered
a spring die off only when there is immature grass plantings
from the previous year. Generally it is somewhat temporary
and does fill in as the summer progresses.
Should I paint my back yard rink boards white?
Inevitably the sun will shine on your back yard rink and there will be at least one side
or two that the wood will absorb the suns rays and warm up the area next to
the boards causing what we call a burn off. There is a product called puck
board that is a permanent solution to keeping your back yard rink framing white. Other
than that painting your boards white to reflect the suns rays is a good idea.
Remember the discussion earlier about the leaf and the painted lines. This
same phenomenon of absorbing the warmth of the sun will happen with your back yard rink
is checking your back yard rink level of your property important?
Would you like to get started
with the best chance for success. If you were to ASSUME your
back yard rink site is level and make the mistake of confusing the words flat and level the
likely scenario would be..............You assemble your
frame and lay your back yard rink liner and your boards are carefully
selected as 2" x 8" 's. You start to fill your
rink with water and several hours later one end/side is
collecting all the water and eventually the water is pouring
over the frame in that area. You can't push or pull or
force the ice or water up hill. It just doesn't work that
way. Now picture a wider frame that will contain
the water and as the water fills the lowest area it starts
to spread out across the rink bottom gradually filling
in the rest of bare liner area. We think you should CHECK YOUR LEVEL!!!
I build my back yard rink?
Here are some general tips
on when you could start to build.1.) frost on the grass
in the A.M. 2.) you have had a light snow but it has melted
. 3.)there is frost on your car windows in the morning. 4.)
the leaves have fallen off the trees. These are all
indications of a time to start to check your rink sizing
and your site. CHECKING to see how level your site is can
be done sooner but if this important step hasn't been done
DO IT. Do not omit this step from your plans. See QUESTION #6 or #1