If you want to learn about the construction process and the steps that are taken to complete a project, you should read my blog. My name is Darren White and I've always been fascinated by the way that a construction crew can erect a building so fast. I work in an industrial park and there's always new buildings being built and I see the progress every day. A few months ago, I was at a neighborhood picnic and I started talking to a neighbor that lived down the street. It just so happened that he was a contractor that worked on the buildings in the industrial park. I asked him how the construction crew could build a huge building so quickly and he explained the whole process to me. That's when I had the idea to write a blog to explain the building process to others who are also interested.
If you have a level, open area of land and a group of kids that are suffering from cabin fever brought on by Father Winter, it's time to make a quick trip to pick up some building supplies so you can get busy building a backyard ice rink. Here, you will learn how to do just that.
Plan the Project
How big your ice rink will be is determined by the size of the tarp that you've purchased. The surround will need to be built slightly smaller than the tarp. Leave about 4 inches on each side so that the tarp can be folded up on the inside of the surround to keep the water inside.
Build the Surround
Start by building the surround using the wood sheets and 2x4 lumber. The surround doesn't have to be tall – just high enough to maintain stability, maybe 12-18 inches high. Cut the sheets of wood lengthwise to make 18 inch tall pieces. Now, cut the 2x4 lumber into 18 inch pieces. Get some help to place the sheet wood and connect them with the 2x4 lumber.
Position the Tarp
Once the surround is complete, position the tarp. Attach the edges to the surround to keep it from slipping down before the water freezes. If the tarp has grommets, be sure to run a nail through each one. If there aren't grommets, get some furring strips and nail them in place over the edges of the tarp to prevent the nails from ripping through the plastic.
Make the Ice
Grab your hose and begin filling the tarp with water. You want about an inch of water to cover the bottom. Let this freeze, and then return with your hose to fill another inch of water. The goal is to have about 4 inches of ice built up on the tarp.
Smooth the surface of the ice by carrying a few buckets of very hot water and dumping it over the ice. This melts the rough surface and creates a smooth surface for easier sliding.
This backyard ice rink will give your kids hours of fun. Get out of the house with your kids and enjoy some brisk winter air instead of sucking in the stale air inside your home. Your family, friends, and neighbors can all enjoy the time and work that you've put into creating an outdoor fun-zone.Share