Home Depot Backyard Rink



2013/14 Contest Details

Thinking of building an outdoor rink this winter? The Home Depot and Soo Greyhounds are teaming up to offer outdoor rink makers the chance to face off against members of your SOO GREYGROUNDS
in what will undoubtedly be the biggest game on the block this season – and it all takes place right in your own backyard!

Enter to win a chance to play a game of shinny on your backyard rink against members of the Soo Greyhounds hockey team.

One ballot per household.
(ballots available at the Home Depot store located at 530 Great Northern Road or the Hounds Marketing Table on all home game days)

Home Depot reserves the right to confirm that the rink is suitable and safe to play on.

Closing date for contest is Monday, February 3, 2014

Tentative date for the game is scheduled for Monday, February 17, 2013 (FAMILY DAY)


TIP #1: When thickening your ice, create thin layers at a time (0.5 cm). If you flood the rink with too much water at a time the thick layer of ice could crack. ۬۬

TIP #2: Fill the cracks in the ice with snow rather than water. This prevents the water from seeping through the cracks and thawing the surface underneath resulting in shell ice. ۬۬

TIP #3: Place your rink on a shaded, flat surface, close to a source of water and a source of light for night skating. ۬۬

TIP #4: Sweep the ice around the perimeter with a corn broom to prevent a ridge from developing.

TIP #5: The warmer the weather, the finer the spray and the less water you should use. If you over-water in warm weather you will have a thin layer of ice over water commonly known as shell ice. ۬۬

TIP #6: For warmer climates with less snow and the potential risk of rain, it is best to use a vapour barrier (plastic tarp) over a base of flat packed snow. ۬۬

TIP #7: To clean the surface of your rink, scrape the ice with a sharp steel flat edge on a wide snow pusher. ۬۬

TIP #8: When using a tarp under your ice surface, it should be approx. 2ft. longer and 2 ft. wider than the actual size of your rink.۬۬

TIP #9: First make your ice after three days of temperatures below 10C to ensure the ground if frozen. Ensure there is enough snow for a strong foundation or if using a tarp ensure the ice is 3 inches thick before you stand on it. ۬۬

TIP #10: A plastic tarp helps protect grass from ice damage; gives a flatter rink in less time and helps contain the water during a substantial thaw. Also, 2 inch by 6 inch (or 8 inch) pressure-treated perimeter boards will help maintain your ice during a thaw.

All of these materials are available at The Home Depot, ask an associate for help in locating them.