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Any time
after the onset of cold weather. It is always best to fill the Liner as soon as
it is in place, to prevent accidental damage from wind, animals, debris under
the Liner, or walking on the Liner with certain types of shoes.

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Typically you should consider installing your frame in November or December and your liner in December or January depending on weather forecasts. If you miss these time periods, don`t worry! You can install your rink during the cold winter months!
In about a week – or a minimum three inches of ice – the rink should be ready for some family fun!
Or should you always use warm water? Yes, using cold water is just fine to make your backyard rink. If the temperature is in the -10 to -20 celsius range your water can be cold or warm. When the temperature is colder than -20 it`s best to flood your rink with warmer water for best results.
Typically, an ice thickness of 3-4 inches (8-10 cm) will hold most kids and average-size adults.
Fill the rink in stages, adding only shallow layers of water between freeze times. Ice doesn`t need to be particularly thick to be usable, but filling it all at once can create undesirable surface conditions. Staggered filling allows water to freeze more quickly and helps prevent uneven, bumpy ice.
People make a mistake by wearing jeans to an ice rink. It isn`t impossible to skate while wearing jeans, but since falls are highly likely, you want something that will dry quickly. Also, you want something that will not constrict your legs, so you can move more easily. Leggings or sweatpants would be a good option.
Most outdoor rinks will use a chiller set at minus five degrees, which is essentially a large refrigerator, running 24 hours a day to keep the ice frozen.
The reason is that hot water contains less dissolved oxygen, or micro air bubbles, which aids with a harder ice surface.
Outdoor ice rinks are subject to the elements and due to rain, unseasonably warm weather, high winds or a combination of these weather conditions, the surface of the ice rink can develop a layer of water. It is not unsafe to skate on a wet rink, just more uncomfortable if you fall and get wet.
How does an ice rink stay frozen? The most common method of refrigeration used in keeping an ice rink frozen is an indirect refrigeration system. This is where a liquid refrigerant (often ammonia) absorbs heat from a secondary liquid (often brine) which has absorbed heat from the source.
Accommodates slope using 3/8-inch-thick plywood and 2X4 framing lumber to create a rigid board height of 16 inches, strong enough for your children to sit on.
To hold the average adult, the ice on your rink needs to be at least 3 inches thick to avoid cracking.
Typically, rink tarps are very suitable for backyard ice rinks. They are made from a medium- or heavy-duty form of plastic – polyethylene, or simply `poly`. Apply your rink tarp up and around your rink boards. Most poly tarps are three-ply.
Most ice rinks will keep the air temperature at a brisk 55-65 degrees and the on-ice temperature between 17 and 29 degrees.
The colour of ice may be an indication of its strength − clear blue to black ice is strongest, and likely the deepest. You should only skate on ice that is 20+ cm thick. White opaque or snow ice should be avoided. Grey ice indicates the presence of water and is unsafe to stand on.
Try to wear thermal layers. Wearing lots of layers or bulky layers can make it difficult to skate, so try to find layers that are specifically meant to keep you warm but are also thin layers (such as Under Armour ColdGear or HeatGear).
They have cooling systems buried inside them. Pipes full of supercooled chemicals keep everything solid. What is the reason that skating rinks don`t ever melt? They have refrigeration pipes in the ice connected to a large refrigeration machine that can keep the ice below freezing.
Ice gets damaged during a game. To maintain an ice rink, it is first manually resurfaced with scrapers, towels, squeegees, and a water hose. Then, ice-resurfacing machines shave, scrape, wash, and squeegee the rink before it gets a fresh layer of water.
If snow has not accumulated, wait until the frost is into the ground at least 2 inches and be sure the weather will remain below -4º (24ºF) for several days before attempting to complete the first flood. This typically requires 7 to 10 consecutive days of minus 10 degree Celsius or lower.
Ice rink refrigerants, much like those in household refrigerators, contain potent greenhouse gases that warm the atmosphere. Common synthetic refrigerants called hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) have a Global Warming Potential (GWP) hundreds to thousands of times stronger than that of carbon dioxide (CO2).
Anhydrous ammonia compressed into a liquid form is commonly used in mechanical refrigeration systems for indoor ice rinks and other facilities. It becomes a gas when released into the ambient air.
Conventional refrigeration equipment can maintain space conditions in a skating rink of 45°F to 60°F at a relative humidity of 60% to 75%. This can result in the air being so close to saturation that it actually forms a fog over the rink and condensation inside the building and on the surface of the ice.
By flooding rink with water, you can build the ice depth during the early months of the winter season. I try to flood my rink a minimum of twice per week. I always plan my flooding around weather conditions and temperatures that are appropriate for rink flooding.
Draining the water

Remove the boards and liner when temperatures start warming in later winter or early spring to avoid damaging grass or the surface underneath the rink. After the ice melts, you can drain the area with a siphon or a submersible pump. You can also cut small holes in the liner to help it drain.

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I have a multifunction sports watch that i bought from Big W, (no brand name)

By accident i set the watch to 24 hour time, originally it was set to 12 hour time, how do i set it back? ive tried every button combo including the button combo i used when i accidently set it on 24 hour time, the instructions only say how to set the time and date, it doesnt say how to toggle between 12 hour and 24 hour time, is there a generic way to toggle it on sparts watches? btw, holding the mode button in does nothing on my watch, no matter how long i hold it in for

ANSWER : Hi. How may buttons do you have, 3 or 4 buttons?if you have the 4 buttons, try this:You need to go through the time and date settings again. The 24 and 12hr format select is at the end of time/date adjustment.To set the time and date:-press the top-left button then right-top button to set the seconds, press bottom-left button to set hour then press top-right button to adjust hour, press bottom-left button to set the minute then press top-right button to adjust minute. To set date, press the bottom-left button then press top-right button to adjust month, press bottom-left button then top-right button to adjust day and finally press bottom-left button to set the time format then press top-right button to select 12hour format. Press top-left button when done.Since you have a generic sports watch, it is hard to write specific instructions to set the time format. If your watch has different ways of setting the time, just remember that the 12/24hour format is usually at the end of time and date adjustment.Let me know if you have questions. Good luck.

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I have a Backyard Ice Rink. my question is will the blades on my ice skates cut the rubber lining on my rink?
ANSWER : No because they
feature a Liner protection system that uses flexible ribbed PVC caps that snap
over the frame, protecting the Liner from shovel & skate cuts. If you do
get any small cuts in the liner you can use duct tape to cover them.

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I had been playing ice hockey for a few years. But I have not played for some time now. I would like to get back to playing as a goalie. I am not sure if I will have regular access to rinks for some time. So how do I start training for it?
ANSWER : If you have been playing ice hockey for a few years,
you should know well what is expected of a goalie in terms of skills and
training. Sharp reflexes, hand eye-coordination and response times. Not to
mention different saving techniques and moves that only comes with practice. If
your skills are a little rusty and you don’t have regular access to the rinks,
you should consider opting for some short goalie camp which would help
you get back in touch with your form and skills and help you improve them. You
can then slowly practice when you get the opportunities and build from there.

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Suddenly stops recodring
ANSWER : I love my Sanyo mp3 recorder I’ve been using it in church for 4 or 5 years. It never quits it can hold an extra gig with a chip and i can plug it into my computer to upload it in seconds. I say replace the old recorder

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My swimming pool. I have just had my fifth IC 40 Intellichlor chlorine generator installed in 4 years at a cost of over $900 today. Each one has worked for no more than 8 months. The first three were replaces under three year warranty, the fourth by a factory rep and I bought the fifth today. The first three all failed with Flow Chk PCB error message. The fourth just stopped working on Sunday, no power or lights. A local Pentair warranty person, whom I paid a Service Call, unplugged the unit, opened the small power center cover, showed me the green light indicating that there was power, plugged in a new IC 40 which worked immediately (as did the other four). I asked if I should replace the power center and he said that it’s basically just a transformer and is working fine. We do get occasional power blips that make the clocks on microwaves, etc blink, but I thought that the power center essentially isolates the cell from these. I do have a Florida Power and Light surge protector on the electrical box that brings power into the house. I have now talked to the pool builder, two Pentair warranty repairmen and one factory rep. I am at a loss. They all tell me they have no idea why these units fail after less than a year. This last IC 40 was installed 3/24/2010, version 2.0 and now failed in less than 5 months. Should I replace the power center that the IC 40 plugs into. Any other suggestions. I have been told that this is the best chlorinator. I don’t want to keep replacing units. By the way, each unit had been spotless inside. I keep the water chemicals and salt levels at ideal levels. The units have never worked long enough to get dirty inside. The power center is connected to an Intellitouch control system outside with an indoor control panel. Last time I called Pentair North Carolina and got some smart alec tech person that had no suggestions. Please Help if you can.
ANSWER : I’ve had the same experiance. On my fifth one as well. Fail every year. No idea why.

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Timing had to change out water pump in order to do so had to remove timing belt tryed and tryed again to lineup correct timing wanted to start but didnt im fed up can you help me
ANSWER : Set timing on what??? I’ll give you a generic answer pertaining to engines: Cam & crankshafts carry a index marks on them. Cam gear is indexed to a mark on the cylinder head, crankshaft indexed to “0” degrees on main damper pulley/timing mark on cover scale.Or, they are indexed to each other, example: Chevy smallblocks : cam gear indexes straight down to crank gear@straight up position (which is also, “0” when checked on timing index pad on cover) This info can be found in any general repair manual. A more complex way to establish positions is with dial indicators and a degree wheel, but in most cases this is unnecessary!

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Every time I replace the 4 AA batteries all camera
ANSWER : There is an internal battery back up for storing settings. It’s soldered to the main board and I don’t think it’s a rechargeable battery judging by the amount of people who have owned these cameras who have encountered the same problem.
It’s a watch type battery and these things do go flat after a few years and unless you know the type and voltage only fuji service centres can replace.
It won’t affect the camera’s performance it’s just a pain having to set up each time you change the batteries.

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