We begin by building your ice rink by framing the perimeter of your ice rink with 2x12 boards. Not plywood. Thick boards.
Water is very heavy, which makes the joints between the boards the weakest areas of ice rink construction.
Once the perimeter is set up, it is time to lay out the plastic rink liner.
Two considerations: First, ice rink construction is fastest and easiest when you purchase a rink liner that will cover the entire rink in one piece. Plus include a few extra feet in both length and width so you can cover the boards with the plastic as well. Seriously, this one choice will keep you happy all winter long. If the ice softens in the middle of winter, a 1-piece liner with no leaks means you'll be right back out on the ice the minute the rink re-freezes.
Second is timing. Lay out the lining just a day or two before the weather drops below freezing for good, meaning 3 days in a row. This is so that leaves and debris don't blow into your ice rink. If some do, remove them before adding water. (Dark leaves under the ice tend to soak up the sun's rays and soften the ice...not a good thing when you want to skate on that ice.)
Once you've smoothed the ice rink liner across the space and up and over the perimeter boards, secure the lining to the outside of the ice rink.
It's ice-time! Turn on the hose and let 'er rip. Fill the space 1-2 inches at a time allowing the layers to freeze before putting in the next layer.
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