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Bay Roberts man builds ice resurfacer from plastic pipe and a towel

Derek Drover says homemade contraption 'works like a charm' on backyard rink

Derek Drover-ice resurfacer

This is the finished product following an application by Derek Drover's unique homemade ice resurfacer. (Derek Drover/Facebook)

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A Bay Roberts man has turned some plastic water pipe, a garden hose and a bathroom towel into the perfect homemade ice resurfacer for his backyard rink.

Derek Drover owns a construction company and spends his days building and renovating homes.

He used some of that know-how to maintain his impressive 9 x 12-metre rink.

He debuted the contraption on Sunday, and posted a video on Facebook.

The reaction was immediate and overwhelmingly positive, with some people encouraging Drover to manufacture the device for sale.

"It took me 20 minutes to put together," Drover told CBC News.

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He used some 1.5 inch PVC piping, a garden hose, a water shut-off valve and a large beach towel.

The key, he said, is to scrape as much snow as possible off the surface, and cover the ice with a thin layer of water.

It's the same principle used by a commercial ice resurfacer at any neighbourhood arena.

When conditions are right, Drover said the ice is ready for skating in about 10 minutes. 

He would previously flood the surface with his garden hose, but that usually meant his two children, nine-year-old Abbigail and Daniel, 6, would have to wait overnight to lace up their skates.

"It works like a charm," said Drover.

Conditions for making backyard rinks have been ideal in recent weeks.

A lack of snow and frigid temperatures also meant ponds throughout the province have been major attractions for skating enthusiasts.

That's welcome news in Conception Bay North, where skaters have been struggling for ice time because of the closure of the Bay Arena on December 18 following an electrical fire.

The Bay Arena, one of the busiest rinks in the province, is not expected to reopen until mid-February.

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