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When to Start your Backyard Rink Setup

When to Start your Backyard Rink Setup

This is one of the most common questions we get – when should I set up? We always advise people to wait until winter has arrived to stay.  There are some drawbacks to setting up too early: Leaves and debris will collect in the liner Animals can run through the rink area and damage the liner Unfrozen ground becomes insulated by the layer of water for the rink, causing a delay in the freezing of the rink. It is best to set up the liner on the day you intend to begin filling with water, reducing the time the liner...

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Autumn means.....hockey and figure skating!

Autumn means.....hockey and figure skating!

Back to school and back to the rink

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Willie Nylander needs a RinkMaster kit

Willie Nylander needs a RinkMaster kit

We've been having some chatter in the shop while we pack and ship rink liners and things all across the continent.  And Willie Nylander is becoming a frequent topic of discussion. We were pretty intrigued when our own shipper Stokesie, indicated that his "reliable" Leafs insider source promised a signed contract within "the next 48 hours".  That was October 29th. So here we sit over a week later, and poor Stokesie is getting beaten on by his RinkMaster colleagues.  A couple of times he's wanted to bet on a particular date when the Leafs will sign Willie.  The guys have taken to...

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Get the Kids Outside this Winter!

Get the Kids Outside this Winter!

Some winter days are fabulously bright and sunny, and there is no substitute for some backyard winter fun on a skating rink! A game of hockey, ice rink soccer, skate tag or practicing your triple axel.   All of these are fun ways to get a bit of fresh air and exercise and interaction with family and friends. If you've ever thought about making a backyard rink but aren't sure how to go about it, take a look around our site and see how the RinkMaster kit is set up here.   Start small, with a 15' x 22' to learn...

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Rink Building 101 - Fill in stages, or one-shot deal?

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Rink Building 101 - Fill in stages, or one-shot deal?

We frequently get asked about the best strategy for the initial rink build - add water in stages, or fill to the level you need all at once?  There are a few things to consider. Is the ground frozen?  We always advise to wait until the ground is frozen to begin your rink.  If the ground is not frozen yet, a layer of water can act as an insulator and actually result in a delay of the freezing of the ground and  the freezing of the rink.   What is the current temperature and the forecast?  You want a continuous stretch...

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