Patients is needed when building an outdoor skating rink. I have learned this over the last week. That and a few other things about making a skating rink outside. Just to be clear, I have never made ice indoors either so this has been a fun learning curve. The location of my small rink is in my backyard which I thought was relatively flat, that was until I started putting water on it and it all flowed to one end. I also learned that my yard drains quickly. Since I didn't put a plastic cover down I put a great deal of water into the ground as opposed to on my ice surface. This weighs heavily on my conscience as a watershed conservationist, but my son asked and I said we could, so what am I to do?
Don't get me wrong it is getting better but the weather is not as cold as I would like. It is late into the evening before I can get the first flood on so the ice building has been slow. Stay tuned though as I am sure I will get a skating rink before the end of winter.