In this video, Ask This Old House landscape contractor Jenn Nawada and carpenter Nathan Gilbert help a homeowner build a backyard ice rink for her kids that they can use year after year.
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Landscape expert Jenn Nawada and carpenter Nathan Gilbert help a homeowner build a backyard ice skating rink. Jenn and Nathan explain the best time of the season to build a rink and then ensure that the yard is level enough for the project. Nathan then shows Jenn and the homeowner the hardware and lumber he plans to use to build the rink so it’s level and easy to assemble and disassemble. Jenn then explains which type of plastic to use to form the base of the rink.
Skill: Easy to moderate
Cost: Varies depending on the yard
Time: 6 hours, plus filling time
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Where to find it?
Jenn and Nathan built the ice skating rink out of a series of 2×10”x16’ KD boards [https://thd.co/3plV3oo], which can be found at home centers and lumberyards. To secure the boards together, Nathan used a series of galvanized brackets [https://thd.co/3jn08cy], which are manufactured by Simpson Strong-Tie [https://www.strongtie.com/].
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