backyard rink question - lighting
posted at 8/9/2012 12:47 PM EDT
Anyone have any experience lighting your outdoor rink? I'm thinking of setting up a pole with a light that I would only use during the season and take down after winter.
Can I run an extension cord from an outside outlet - and have it be safe against the snow and/or rain?
What kind of light to buy?
I figure I have to do this before the ground freezes solid.
summer backyard rink notes for those who might be inspired.
bigger is better.
make sure the liner is white, as dark colors absorb light.
Make sure the leaves stay out of the water before it freezes, or the spots with leaves under the ice will melt faster, a leaf barrier isn't a bad idea.
Your yard might be flat, be not dead level. Even a little out of balance over 50 feet might give you a foot of ice on one side and 2 inches on the other.
You must make a "zamboni" of some kind by spreading the water with a cloth or towel. Just throwing water on the ice doesn't work well because you get uneven freezing or it may turn to slush and you have to use much more water.
hot water or cold water? it depends, if your hot water comes from your house and if you have a water softener and/or hard water, the hot water might chip off because the 2 different water types don't "bond" (as in my case).
I divert the rain gutters from the house into my rink, saving on the water bill and "natural" water is better than well or town water.
Finally, look behind all the trees in your backyard and make sure Campbell isn't hiding behind any of them, money in hand looking to bribe yet another ref.