Our Construction Story

Header Racks Get Installed

I won’t bore you right now with exactly what a header pipe is, or why we need racks, but they are a critical component to the refrigeration of the ice.  We are lucky to have an iron worker in our club, and he hand made all these racks.  Things are starting to really look like […]

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Time To Start Lining The Pond

With the sidewalks built, the next step is to finish the pond.  In order to do this, we need to place two inches of foam sheets onto the floor, to act as an insulation layer to prevent the concrete floor from freezing and breaking. With that complete, the next step is to put a waterproof […]

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Time to Build The Headers

To make a curling sheet. you will have thousands of feet of tubing buried under the ice. There is chilled refrigerant in all of this piping that is being cooled by an industrial chiller, typically located outside. Between this small tubing, that is perhaps 0.5″ in diameter, and the chiller, you run large pipe headers […]

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Time to construct the “Pond”

With the ceiling finally done, the next step in construction is to build the frame to support the walls and liner for the ice. We raised a bit more money than we had hoped, so rather than a simple vertical board, we are able to build some sidewalks around the ice. For people new to […]

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The E-Ceiling Gets Installed

So the magnets worked to install the e-ceiling, and ultimately we will be happy with our end result. But I wanted to share a few things about the installation, in case you read this and decide you want to do this on your own. First, you need a Scissor Lift to do this job. We […]

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Do We Need An E-Ceiling?

First, you might want to know what e-ceiling is. If you ever go into a curling rink or hockey rink and see the silver foil on the ceiling, that is e-ceiling. Think of it like a giant mylar space blanket that you sometimes see in a survival kit, or given to people after they run […]

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Our Chiller Tubing Arrives

So one of the things that we are doing to save money is to not buy ice mats. For those of you not familiar with how ice is made, you have a large chiller (industrial giant sized air conditioner) that cools a refrigerant down to a temperature around 14F. You then run this fluid in […]

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We Need To Add A Floor Drain

When building a curling club, an important, but often overlooked detail is adding floor drains. They are needed so that when you melt the ice in the spring, the water has somewhere to go without you having to pump the water out. When we leased the building, there were 3 floor drains already in the […]

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