Saturday, December 27, 2008

Damage Assessed...

It's not nearly as bad as I thought it would be... Temp hovered just above zero today, and the rainfall was actually VERY minimal. It just made all the existing snow sticking... and HEAVY. Laura shovelled most of the snow to the sideboards of the rink while I slept today (working midnights) so her son could play... I had to get that snow off the rink, less it freeze into an unmanagemable mess. 1/2 hour later, it was done. I'm hoping to clear it right off tomorrow and do some flooding to repair the damage that was caused last Monday.

Friday, December 26, 2008


Yes, it's raining in Thunder Bay. December 26th, 2008. It's raining, and +5C.

Had I known that, I would have shovelled the rink today... But I didn't, I slept before my midnight shift instead. Hopefully it's just a sprinkel tonight, and I can get at it tomorrow afternoon after I get up... Or maybe early this morning if I have any energy left.

Scooter asked how the side boards are holding up: VERY well indeed! I didn't put any bracing behind them this year - I simply screwed them down to the frame, and then screwed in 1' pieces of 2x4 between every panel - holding them together. They were quite sturdy before - and now they're rock solid due to the reinforcement of snow behind it. :)

Hopefully I can shovel and do a flood to get the ice back up to skateable level this week :)

Merry Boxing Day!


Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Red Wings Skate

Red Wings Skate
Originally uploaded by Big Swede Guy

Well the Holidays are settling in... Hannah's Red Wings won their final game of the 2008 year in fine fashion (7-2) and had a post party at Boston's Pizza. Hannah asked if she could have some of the girls over to play hockey on Monday afternoon...

Sure, why not.

So 5 of them spent 3 hours out on the rink after Dad spent 2 hours shovelling the 2.5' of snow off of it. Things would have been MUCH worse, if it wasn't for the fact that I figured out that the fan belt slipped off inside the snowblower...

The girls had great fun... and so did I. I ended up playing goal for them for the first hour... just can't keep up to those 10yr old legs anymore!

They did do quite a number on the ice though - it's going to need some patching and repair work once the snow stops falling her...

Anyways, MERRY CHRISTMAS folks! Hope everyone has a festive and safe season, and may your rink by solid and smooth in 09!

- Kev

Monday, December 8, 2008

These skates are made for walk'in... and that's just what they'll do...

So during a normal conversation with my father, I asked him if he knew anyone who had access to old converyor belt rubber... And he did! One of his buddies buddies owns a shop here in town...

Last week he dropped off a 60' roll of 3' wide converyor belt rubber! :D

I placed a piece inside my shed, on the walkway into the shed and all along the western edge of the rink where the kids get on to it... So now the kids can put their skates on in the relative warmth of the shed, and walk right out onto the rink without worries of dulling their blades or falling.

Way to go dad!