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    How to Dismantle Your Backyard Ice Rink Successfully

    February 9, 2012
    januarysavage

    Putting away your backyard ice rink for the spring

    Well, it's been a fun winter, not too cold in most parts, but cold enough to set up your backyard ice rink kit for a few months. When the daytime temperatures reach the 50's and the nightime temps are above freezing, it's time to start thinking about packing away our home hockey rink for the warm months. Taking care when draining, cleaning and storing your ice rink can ensure that it will install again next winter, without problems.

    Most people that have a backyard ice rink have installed one of the major home ice rink brands - NiceRink and Ice N' Skate backyard ice rink kits are the most popular types of home ice rinks. You can make your own backyard ice rink, and if you have - the steps to dismantle and store your DIY ice rink is pretty much the same as for a manufactured ice rink kit.

    NiceRink Ice Rink Removal Instructions

    Nice Rink ice rinks for backyard personal home useDraining the Nice Rink

    If you have a sump or a pool cover pump, this is my preferred method to drain the water in the rink formerly known as "Ice".  The manufacturer suggests that you can simply put a small slit in the liner that you can simply patch later. If you follow this method, make the slit in a corner or a low spot to allow the water to slowly drain out.  As it gets almost empty, use a pool brush on your pool pole to help push the water toward the drainage or pumping area.

    If you prefer not to puncture the liner, then you can remove the lowest ground support board and a bracket or two, to let the water rush out of this area. You may find that you get wet feet with this option, or erosion may occur in the area. The water need not be completely melted for this to begin, but it's best to try and drain and clean the liner all in one [warm] day.

    Dismantle the Nice Rink

    1. Begin to dismantle the ice rink by taking off all of the cover pieces around the edge - exposing the liner.
    2. Remove the liner, allowing any remaining water to slide off the end. Be careful not to puncture or tear it!
    3. Move the liner to a clean, dry location and allow it to air dry. A long clothesline works well.
    4. Once dry, fan-fold the liner - accordion style - to make it easier to install next winter.
    5. Work your way around the ice rink, dismantle the brackets and ice rink hardware.
    6. Find a cool, dry location to stack your wood supports for the summer months.

    Ice & Skate Ice Rink Removal Instructions

    Ice N Skate hockey rink - or ice skating rink! Draining the Ice & Skate

    If you have a sump or a pool cover pump, this may be the easiest method to remove the water from the "ice" rink.  If you have no pump available, then locate the lowest spot around the ice rink, and remove the top plastic pieces, down to the level of the liner. Then reach under and slide out one of the tubes to allow the water to drain out.  As it gets almost empty, use a pool brush on your pool pole to help push the water toward the drainage or pumping area. Your feet will probably get wet with this method; to use the "dry feet" method, refer to the Nice Rink instructions above, and make a small slit in the ice rink liner.

    When most of the water has been pumped or drained out, you can remove all of the top plastic pieces to expose the liner. The color of the tubes can vary as they were changed by the manufacturer over the years, but you will find a top cover tube, the tube that covers the liner and also a bottom tube. After removing the top tube, you can  pull the liner up to drain off any excess water (this is easiest with an extra person)

    Dismantle the Ice & Skate

    1. Remove the top tube, all around the edge to expose the ice rink liner.
    2. Remove the liner, allowing any remaining water to slide off the end. Be careful not to puncture or tear it!
    3. Move the liner to a clean, dry location and allow it to air dry. A long clothesline works well.
    4. Once dry, fan-fold the liner - accordion style - to make it easier to install next winter.
    5. Work your way around the ice rink, dismantle the bottom tubes and joiner tubes.
    6. Store the tubes inside of each other, just like they were packaged when new.

    Now, the next step for some of you backyard ice skating and backyard hockey fans may be to have a short cry, over the loss of another season for your home ice rink. Before you know it, it will time to set it up again, so until next year, Happy Skating!  

    January Savage
    SPP Pool (and Ice Rink) Enthusiast  

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