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lets create an overall game plan. 

1. Where in my yard will the rink go? You want to make sure there is easy access to your rink, while not blocking any entranceways to and from your house.  You will also need lots of space as rinks are normally large.

2. Is my yard flat? Or, is there a slope and in what direction? Ideally, you want to place your rink in a level location. If your backyard slopes, you’ll need to consider how to counteract this.

3. Does my backyard get a lot of sun? Too much sun on your rink may cause the surface to melt during the day, leaving a layer of water (or puddles) on top of your rink. Although this isn’t a deal breaker, it may make it a little harder to shoot a puck around. If you have the option to put your rink in a shadier spot, this is the better way to go.

4. How will I build my rink? Do I need a rink liner or kit? There are a lot of different options and techniques out there. When deciding which route to take, think about your time, skill level and reason for the rink. For example, you may just want to use a rink-in-a-bag if you’re looking at a smaller rink for recreational skating. If you’re looking to play hockey on the other hand, you may need to build a frame with boards and a liner. Do some research to find out what will work best for you.

5. What water source will I use? You’ll need to plan out your water source for filling and flooding, since outdoor pipes may be frozen or drained for the winter. You’ll likely need to find a way to route your hose outside from an indoor location, such as from your laundry sink’s faucet.

6. Is the rink in a spot that is well-lit if used at night? This will help keep everyone safe and having a good time. If you don’t already have outdoor lights for your backyard, you may want to think about hanging up a flood light for ultimate visibility. If you need to use an extension cord, make sure that it’s rated for outdoor use and take it back inside once you’re done skating for the day.

7. When is it cold enough to start the rink? Temperature plays a big part in creating the perfect rink. Although you can build your rink form ahead of time, you’ll need to wait until the temperature is consistently below freezing (think at least -5°C) to start filling or flooding it with water. This will ensure your rink is frozen solid.



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