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Have you ever wanted to play hockey or just do some skating, but didn't feel like packing up all the gear to go to the local rink or that pond out in the woods where you have to be part mountain lion to get to? Well I use to have that problem, but not any more. I decided to put a rink in my backyard. After a season of having my very own backyard rink I found a Yahoo Group dedicated to just such a thing. I decided to build this site to keep track of my journey and see if I can inspire others and help them on their journey as well.
BackyardRink.net is dedicated to all those crazy fanatics out there that go through the time and effort to build a rink in their backyards every year. This site will highlight some of the trials and tribulations, tips and tricks and share some pictures of my rink and rinks that others have done. This site is intended to be a resource for those just starting and a place to get new ideas for those already seasoned vetrans.
As one of those crazy fanatics I can say it is a labor of love that we do this. My wife thinks I am 100% off my rocker, especially when I go out to resurface the rink @ 11:30 pm, but the kids love it. Winter 2013 - 2014 will be season 9! I wonder what this season will bring?
Depending on liner availability and the size of your rink you may find yourself in a position that you need to join two sheets of liner together. Many in the BackyardRink realm do this and have great success with it.
Here is what I know from reading what others have done...
You need to make sure to seal the seam as tight as paoosible. This can be done with several products. Some of which are as follows:
From what I have read it is a combination of one of the first three in the list above finished off with the Duct tape. I know I have tried to locate acoustical sealant, but did not have much luck. Roof tar and hot glue are very readily available. I myself use roof tar and white duct tape to seal leaks in the liner after water has been added, so from a certain point of view I can speak on the reliability of roof tar and duct tape. The combination worked prefectly for me and sealed the leaks with very little issues afterwards.
One of the Yahoo group members has a tree inside his rink and has to cut and reseam the liner to get around the tree and i believe he used the hot glue and duct tape method for his and he does this year after year with no major failures.
As already stated it is extremely critical that you get enough sealant/tar/glue between the sheets that you ensure a water tight seal. The addition of the duct tape helps seal and also keeps the sheets in place while you continue down the seam.
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