How to Create Your Very Own Home Hockey Rinks
It’s that time of year again when the leaves start to change color, the air becomes crisper and hockey season is in full swing. If you’re like me, you love watching the pros play but also enjoy a game of pick-up with your buddies. But what do you do if there’s no ice rink nearby? You could go to the park, but then you have to wait in line and sometimes there are scheduling conflicts. Or, you could build your very own home hockey rinks! It might sound daunting, but with a little bit of planning and preparation it can be done relatively easily and cheaply. So read on for some tips on how to make your dream of owning a backyard rink a reality!
The first thing you need to do is find a level spot in your backyard. This is important because if the surface is not level, the rinks will be uneven and the game won’t be as much fun. Once you’ve found the perfect spot, mark out the dimensions of the rink with some string or chalk. For a regulation size rink, you’ll need an area that is 200 feet long and 85 feet wide.
Next, you’ll need to build a frame for the rink. This can be done with PVC piping or wood boards. If you use PVC piping, make sure to get pipes that are at least 10 feet long so they can be buried in the ground. The frame should be 2-3 feet high so that the boards can be placed on top.
Once the frame is built, it’s time to insulate the rink. This will help keep the ice from melting too quickly in warmer weather. You can use styrofoam sheets or blankets for this. Place the insulation inside the frame and then cover it with a tarp. Make sure the tarp is tight so there are no wrinkles.
Now it’s time to fill the rink with water. Start by filling a hose with water and then placing it in the middle of the rink. Turn on the hose and let the water flow until the rink is full. It’s important to make sure that the water is evenly distributed so that there are no low spots. Once the rink is full, turn off the hose and let the water freeze.
You can now enjoy your very own backyard hockey rink! Just be sure to keep an eye on the ice so that it doesn’t get too slushy. And if you really want to step up your game, you can add some lights so you can play at night. There’s no reason to wait for winter to hit before you can enjoy a game of hockey. With a little bit of effort, you can create your own home hockey rinks right in your backyard!
Creating your very own backyard hockey rink is a great way to get into the winter spirit and have some fun with friends and family. It’s also a great way to improve your skills as a hockey player.
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