How to Build Your Own Backyard Ice Skating Rink
Winter is on the way, and what better way to enjoy it than by spending some time on the ice? If you're a DIY enthusiast and want to create your very own backyard ice skating rink, we've got you covered! In this post, we'll show you how to build an ice rink using a tarp liner from Tarps.com. We'll go over the materials you need, the steps you need to take, and some tips to help you get the most out of your backyard ice skating rink.
Step 1: Prepare the Ground
Make sure the area you choose is level and free of sharp objects like rocks and sticks to avoid puncturing the liner. Once you've cleared the area, measure and mark off the outline for your rink. Remember to add a few extra feet to the measurements when you order your liner so it will cover the bottom and sides of the rink.
Step 2: Order Your Liner from Tarps.com
Once you have the measurements for your rink, order your liner from Tarps.com. Their Ice Rink Liners are a heavy-duty white 6-ounce poly liner that is UV-treated, waterproof, and tear-resistant, making them perfect for outdoor use in cold weather. The grommets are spaced every 18 inches on all sides for easy installation inside your structure.
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Step 3: Set Up Your Frame
You can use PVC pipes, wood, or metal to build your frame. A popular choice is PVC pipes as they are inexpensive and easy to work with.
Step 4: Install Your Liner
With your frame in place, it's time to install your liner. Spread out the liner over your frame and make sure it is centered. You can secure the liner to the frame with zip ties or bungee cords. Be mindful of the corners and edges to ensure there are no gaps in the liner.
Step 5: Fill the Rink with Water
You can use a garden hose to fill your liner. As the water freezes, make sure to add additional layers until you reach the desired thickness. This can take up to a few days depending on the weather conditions. Once the surface has frozen over, it's time to skate!
Step 6: Maintain and Enjoy Your Ice Rink
Remember to be careful when stepping over the liner edge. Sharp skate blades can cause punctures. Maintain the ice by regularly shoveling off any loose snow and adding a layer of water to smooth out any bumps or divots in the ice.
Creating your own backyard ice skating rink using Tarps.com's Ice Rink Liner is an easy and affordable way to enjoy the winter season with family and friends. If you have any questions, feel free to call us at (864) 479-4880.