Have you ever wanted to build your own home roller-skating rink? You can. Years ago, roller-skating was one of America's favourite pastimes, but now it is hard to find a rink that's in operation. Roller-skating requires only a decent floor and a good pair of skates. With the Roller Derby --- a contest between two roller-skating teams --- becoming popular again, many people are building their own roller rinks at home to train and start a team.
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Things you need
- 24 2x4 pieces of wood
- L brackets
- Square shovel
- Pressure washer or mop and water
- Roll-on floor coating
- Long-handled roller paint brush
- Breathing mask
- Portable wall partitions (optional)
Choose an area to build your rink. It can be outdoors or indoors and can be as large as you want to make it. The average rink is 70 feet by 150 feet --- more than 11,000 square feet --- and is oval shaped, although a rectangle shape is easier to build. Measure the area to make sure it is the size you desire.
If you build your roller-skating rink outside, make sure the floor for your rink is level. Using a shovel, level the ground. Dig the ground until it is as level as possible. If you choose to make an indoor skating rink, the floor should already be level.
Using 2-by-4 pieces of wood, lay out the wood around the perimeter of the area you have chosen for the rink so that it creates an oval outline for your roller rink. Once the wood is in place, screw the L brackets to the adjacent edges to connect the wood.
Pour your concrete mixture inside the area you just framed. Using a square-edged shovel, smooth the concrete until it is flat and level. Drying time is approximately one to two days. Check the concrete requirements on the bag to determine the estimated drying time.
Clean the concrete floor. If it's an outdoor rink, use a pressure washer. If it is inside, mop and water will suffice. Allow the concrete to dry.
Pour the roll-on floor coating in the middle of the newly built rink. Using a long-handled paint roller, spread the mixture evenly across the entire floor. Have another person help you. One person could pour the floor coating while the other person spreads it with the roller. Wear a breathing mask to reduce inhaling the fumes. Allow one to two days for this to dry and set up. This step provides a smooth surface for skating.
For safety, build a wall around your rink. If the rink was built inside, a wall should already exist. If you choose to build your rink outside, use wall partitions supported by L brackets to form a wall around your rink. Leave out one wall partition so you have an entrance to your rink. You may also choose to build your own gate door in lieu of leaving it open.
Tips and warnings
- Now that the rink is built, check the entire skating rink to ensure that there are no openings or hazards --- such as dents in the cement --- in which a person could fall or get hurt. Before each use, check the rink for any maintenance needs and/or hazards.
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