Rosemont Ice Guys Blog

Tuesday, March 05, 2019

Rookie Mistake...

With a mild -13ºC we had a great crew last night. Kris, Ian, Jeff, Bill, Peter, Craig, and Kurt. We managed to only put on ONE coat. Yes, that's right, ONE.

It was a normal flood, we scraped and put down one coat on each surface then turned the flow of water down in order to "hydrate" ourselves around the fire. We "hydrated" for about 15 min letting the upper water flood to freeze. To all of our surprise as we got ready to turn on the water flow to give the upper another drink, we realized the water had frozen in the hose. Rookie Mistake!

We tried everything to thaw the "snow cone" plug at the end of the hose. Hot water, hose over the fire, and stepping on the hose to loosen the frozen H2O. Nothing worked. We had to pack it up. We put the hose away with a fair amount of water still in the line.

Note: Make sure there is ample water flow to ensure the hose doesn't freeze.

Total Coats:
Lower = 46 coats
Upper = 38 coats

It looks like we can flood Thursday, but then I think Mother Nature is telling us to put down the hose for the season. We will see.

 These guys showed up after we put the gear away. They had the rink to themselves and skated after our single coat.

Keeping the hose on the ice,
AND the water flowing! (next time),


Thursday, February 28, 2019

We are Ready for the Weekend...

Big shout out and thank you to Bill, Kris, Adrian, Ian, Craig, and Kurt for laying down two thin coats before the snow. ( Well; Adrian showed up in "Adrian Style" on a wooden sled).

Total Coats:
Lower = 45 coats
Upper = 37 coats

I know it is still early to be thinking about it, but our Annual Wrap Up party was discussed tonight. The plan is to have our usual at the Riverstone Pub as the ice fades away in the burning sun light. But to really celebrate, we are planning a Brew-Pub Crawl in April? 

For more details, show up Monday and we can lay down some plans and water.

Keeping the hose on the ice,

 Kris was there, but just not in the photo....

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

What a Difference a Day Makes?

Bill and I went down to shed and muscled the snow blower on my truck this morning. I went by to check out the ice this afternoon and met George. He was going for a solo skate and really appreciates the ice.

What COLD! ...

Last night was cold, but it warmed our hearts seeing another two coats go down last night!
Trouble with the snow blower not starting didn't stop us. Peter jumped to the rescue and brought his blower down to really take back the size of the lower rink, which seemed to be shrinking with tall snow banks.
Big thanks to Bill, for giving us a head-start last night. Bill cleared the upper and dug out the benching during the day.

Last night's "fear no cold" team was; Peter, Craig, Kris, Adrian, Ian, Bill and Kurt

Total Coats
Lower = 43 coats
Upper = 35 coats

Keeping the hose on the ice,


Monday, February 18, 2019

Got R Done!

Big thanks again to Bill, who was down this afternoon shoveling the upper for the large amount of people that turned up on this sunny -14ºC day.

Great turn out tonight... with Bill, Ian, Peter, Craig, Scott, Andy and Kurt. We couldn't get the blower to start, so the team went old-school and got R done. Dedication was there tonight for sure.
Good clean and scrape and we put down two coats on each tonight.

Total Coats
Lower = 41 coats
Upper = 33 coats

Keeping the hose on the ice.,

Saturday, February 16, 2019

What Blizzard?...

Big thanks to a great BIG team today!
Peter, Bill, Craig, Andrew Ginter, Ian, Scott (and Scott's friend), John and Kurt.
Three snow blowers (Peter brought his down), going making large areas of clearing fast. Followed by a surgical team behind the blowers, scraping and pushing the white stuff.

Just as we packed up, a family arrives in a mini van full of kids with skates and sticks. Really made it all worth while.

Have a great Family Day weekend,
Hope to see the team Monday Night at 8 PM.

Keeping the hose on the ice,

Monday, February 11, 2019

Work Work Work... -27ºC might be a record low flood...

Total Coats
Lower = 39coats
Upper = 31 coats

Thanks to Kris, Craig, Ian, Bill and Kurt for shoveling and Flooding tonight late ...'til 11 PM.
Bill is till making us look bad. Thanks Bill.
Two coats on the lower at-27ºC, it might be a record.


 The Team Tonight at -27ºC.

Saturday, February 09, 2019

Way To Go Bill!!!

Bill, Bill, Bill.

Bill cleared the upper ice by himself today with temperature at...

Thanks for making the rest of us IceGuys look bad.
The annual Rosemont Valentine's party is today. So any skater brave enough to lace up their skates can do so thanks to Bill.

Keeping the hose on the ice,