Thinking of building an outdoor rink this winter? The Home Depot and the Saskatoon Blades are teaming up to offer outdoor rink makers the chance to face off against members of your Saskatoon Blades in what will undoubtedly be the biggest game on the block this season - and it all takes place right in your own backyard!
If you or a family member is planning on building a backyard rink, be sure to enter to win a chance to play a game of shinny on your backyard rink against members of the Saskatoon Blades hockey team.
To enter, simply email Blades staff member Mitch Nemeth at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include your name, email address and phone number in the application.
All materials needed to build a backyard rink are available at the The Home Depot stores. One entry per person is permitted. Contest closes at 12 p.m. February 1, 2013. The winner will be selected on February 5, 2013. Note that the Saskatoon Blades reserve the right to confirm that the winner built a backyard rink.
Good luck to all contestants!
TIPS ON HOW TO BUILD YOUR BACKYARD RINK
TIP #1: When thickening your ice, create thin layers at a time (0.5 cm). If you flood the rink with too much water at a time the thick layer of ice could crack.
TIP #2: Fill the cracks in the ice with snow rather than water. This prevents the water from seeping through the cracks and thawing the surface underneath resulting in shell ice.
TIP #3: Place your rink on a shaded, flat surface, close to a source of water and a source of light for night skating.
TIP #4: Sweep the ice around the perimeter with a corn broom to prevent a ridge from developing.
TIP #5: The warmer the weather, the finer the spray and the less water you should use. If you over-water in warm weather you will have a thin layer of ice over water commonly known as shell ice.
TIP #6: For warmer climates with less snow and the potential risk of rain, it is best to use a vapour barrier (plastic tarp) over a base of flat packed snow.
TIP #7: To clean the surface of your rink, scrape the ice with a sharp steel flat edge on a wide snow pusher.
TIP #8: When using a tarp under your ice surface, it should be approx. 2ft. longer and 2 ft. wider than the actual size of your rink.
TIP #9: First make your ice after three days of temperatures below 10C to ensure the ground if frozen. Ensure there is enough snow for a strong foundation or if using a tarp ensure the ice is 3 inches thick before you stand on it.
TIP #10: A plastic tarp helps protect grass from ice damage; gives a flatter rink in less time and helps contain the water during a substantial thaw. Also, 2 inch by 6 inch (or 8 inch) pressure-treated perimeter boards will help maintain your ice during a thaw.