im coming over, i need to drop a good 20lbs (thanks COVID!)
No. Probably exponential decay. It feels like you are making progress the first few times you clean and you quickly get frustrated that you can never get to zero.
Yes just before you need to do the next project... and no! That was the first thing I noticed in @mimico_polak post, was the dust on the mat, just gets everywhere
Such a pain in the ass. But it never goes away.
Boards: 2x6, ideally cull lumber from your local Home Depot works best. You can also use ripped 3/4" plywood (or OSB of there is no hockey).Bah. Township closing public outdoor rinks due to continued non-compliance. Building an icerink on the lawn has been added to the honey do list and pushed all the way to the top.
I haven't built one before. Any tips/tricks from the veterans? I was going to use 2x6 frame for the perimeter and super six to hold water. I have the super six but I need to buy lumber for this project. I think I threw out all the stakes I had too, bah. May chop up rebar to use as stakes as driving wooden stakes right now will suck. Minimum useful size for 5 year old learning to skate? Was going to build ~10'x24'
Thanks. I have lots of white tarps. In storage. 1.5 hours away. Fack again. Well, on the upside, I have a lot of snow, instead of clearing down to grass, I may try and use that for my reflecting surface. Put a few thin coats of ice down first so the water doesn't melt all the snow.I tried the last 2 winter exercise in frustration not enough consecutive cold days here. Once it is almost ready it warms up and rains and fucks the whole thing. But I do know it needs to be in a shady area and put a white tarp down first or you will have no chance at all.
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Thanks. With lockdown, I won't have much choice on lumber I suspect. I may try calling the local lumber store as there may be someone with half a brain there that can hook me up.Boards: 2x6, ideally cull lumber from your local Home Depot works best. You can also use ripped 3/4" plywood (or OSB of there is no hockey).
Prepare the base. A deeply frozen base makes things easier, if you have snow on the ground it will have insulated the earth underneath. Wet it out so it collapses into slush then freezes as dark ice. Wait a couple of days and you will not need plastic underneath. If you don't want ot to that, 6mil plastic liner is needed.
Prepare he pad. Thin layers flooded quickly are the best way to build ice. Don't spray from a hose, instead fill 5 gallon buckets then tip them onto the ice. Always let the wet layer freeze before adding another. Once you get past the first 2 inches, you are good to skate. Personally I like about 4 ", that will survive a warm day or two.
Maintenance. To keep the surface nice you have to shovel after snowfalls. It's also a good idea to shovel clean before flooding. Flooding can be done with a wand or using the same bucket technique I mentioned earlier. Don't use just a hose, the ice will become flaky and you'll have a lot of rough spots.
Sounds like a good job for my wife. It's her project after all.You don't absolutely need lumber, you can form a perimeter using snow and ice.
Sounds like a good job for my wife. It's her project after all.
I had a chance to buy a snowmaker earlier in the year and she really wanted it for her birthday to improve the kids ditchboggan hill. The snowmaker wasn't tragically expensive, but you needed to run a pressure washer and air compressor to keep it fed and I was worried about the operating cost (and annoying the *&%# out of the neighbours).
~8" of snow. Rink is layed out and staked. 20'x25'. ~6" slope in two directions. If we went to 40', slope would be 12" and damn is that ever a lot of water to fix.