How To Make A Backyard Ice Rink
You love ice skating and want to know how to make a backyard ice rink. Ice skating is a fun sport to enjoy during winter time. During the cold winter months, lakes and rivers freeze over and can be converted into ice rinks. But not everyone has a large frozen body of water around them that they are able to ice skate on. So, building a backyard skating rink is a great solution to be able to ice skate whenever you want to. With the right tools, equipment, and space you will be able to make and enjoy your own backyard ice rink.
To make a backyard ice rink you need:
- space for a rink
- PVP pipe
- tape measure
- Measure your yard. Measure the size and the shape of the area of your yard before hand. This will let you know exactly what size to make your backyard ice rink so that you won't make it too big or too small. You will be able to decide how much material you need at this time.
- Prepare the ground. Pick a spot of land that is as flat as possible. If there is a lot of snow on the ground, you will want to clear the ground by shoveling away a good portion of the snow from the ground. Once you have cleared an area for your backyard ice rink, lay the tarp down directly onto your yard.
- Assemble the PVP pipe. Arrange the PVP pipes over the tarp. The PVP pipes are what holds the tarp down and makes the frame for your ice rink. If necessary, you may need to cut some PVP pipes to help fit properly around the rink.
- Remove the access tarp. Cut away the excess tarp while leaving about an inch of it left on the outside of the PVP pipe. Glue the remaining tarp on and over the outside of the PVP pipe so that the tarp is covering it. This will help to keep water inside the piping just incase the ice melts. Use a heavy sealant glue or bond so that it can withstand winter cold conditions.
- Add the water. Use a hose to fill the backyard ice rink with water. Do not go to high with the water. Fill the surface up with about one to one and a half inches of water. Since water expands when it freezes it will end up being at least two inches once it freezes. It is best to add the water when the temperature is bellow freezing so that it will freeze sooner.
- Allow time for your ice rink to get ready. It can possibly take up to a couple of days for your ice rink to be ready depending upon the temperature. The colder the weather is the shorter amount of time you will have to wait. Once your backyard ice rink is frozen, skate away and enjoy.