this video is designed to instruct ice makers in the proper techniques of installing tournament curling ice everything from initial surface preparation flooding logo placement and optimization of the speed and curl on each sheet will be covered the first step with any arena installation is to make sure the surface is perfectly level use a transit for laser level and as em bony to rough level the existing ice this helps identify any hills or low spots on the surface a jet ice water system has been set up and has been checked for TDs and pH to make sure that the water quality is 100% use a rubber hose that will not mark the ice and coil it into a figure 8 configuration so that it will not tangle next we will flood the ice to level and fill any low spots on the entire surface we use a stopwatch at all times so that we know exactly how many gallons per minute of water we're putting on the ice make sure the flooding tube is kept about 12 inches away from the water already on the ice ensure the spray is applied very evenly across the field of play and therefore the amount of water on the surface will be distributed and an even case it will become quickly visible where the ice is lower water wants to flow in the low spots if the ice is completely level it will look like a mirrored surface this procedure for a regulation-size rink should take a minimum of one hour to one and a half hours a jedi's painting system has been setup in this ring jet ice white powder paint is mixed and will be used to cover the entire surface with white paint use a small double nozzle to cover any of the existing logos on the ice repeat this step three to four times to completely cover the logos once this process is done switch to a 15 foot spoon to cover the entire ice surface with paint repeat this step four to five times until the entire surface is completely white once the painting is completed the barrel needs to be washed thoroughly and the hoses should be recoiled into a figure 8 configuration next seal the entire surface with water do this a minimum of 12 times with the 15 foot Jedi spoon the ice temperature must be constantly monitored during this process either with the laser gun or a mechanical thermometer after each spray the ice will warm up therefore it is important to wait until the ice cools the original temperature prior to applying the next spray a rink layout is always supplied for every event the world curling Federation rulebook outlines the official layout in this scenario there is a four sheet layout for a Canadian men's championship in all rink layouts always start measuring from the center out to ensure that the design is Square to the hockey rink you measure corner to corner yellow wool is being used to make outside marking lines the wool is sprayed in with a backpack sprayer and will attach very quickly as the water freezes once this is done a tape measure is used to measure all of the markings use a waterproof felt marker to obtain clear lines on the ice do not kneel on the ice as it will leave body marks make all markings and mark them very clearly be careful not to lose them and be sure to follow the supply drink layout at all times once all of the markings are completed it is time to set up the hacks the first step is to drill all the markings that were previously marked occasionally the markings can wash off when you apply water therefore drilling the markings prevents losing them screws are put into the ice and lines are tightly tied to the screws so the lines are clear and accurate always make sure that the lines are perfectly straight this will ensure that the hacks and center pins are in the exact position locate the hack line marks a white will line is used to mark the hack line horizontally across the ice surface everything is sprayed in with backpack sprayers screws are drilled into the tee line markers pink wool is then tied tightly to the screws and stretched across the surface the center points of the house are marked with four small dots at the spot where the tee line and center line intersect once this is completed the hacks are put into place they must line up with the hack line and the tee line once the hack is in position it needs to be sprayed in with some water the wool guiding lines can now be removed and center points need to be drilled a pin is inserted into the hole and will be used to cut the house circles in the future the hog lines are also marked during this stage and shortly I on the hog will be in stone a router circle cutter has been cooling on the ice it is made of aluminum therefore it is very light as you can see in this demonstration it works very well the four routers cut the circles in just a few minutes and the house is then ready to paint always make sure there's someone on hand behind the router cleaning up all the snow immediately so that it doesn't stick to the ice in warm arenas the snow will stick very quickly the jedis paint is already mixed as per manufacturer's instructions it is applied very easily by following the grooves in the house this can be done with a curling brush paint roller or a spraying device rings can also be installed by laying down paper or plastic but paint is preferred because it looks the best here you can see a paint stick in operation this painting device is very handy it is simple to use and does a very beautiful job a 12 foot circle can be painted in about two to three minutes a small brake line connected to a gravity flow can is used to fill the grooves a different color is used to provide contrast the hog line is painted with a heavy four inch brush following the wool that was previously installed after all of the houses are painted a very fine mist is applied to the surface with a backpack sprayer this is repeated a minimum of 12 times after the mists has been completed a fine nozzle is installed on the hose this provides a heavier spray and is now applied and repeated a minimum of 12 times all of the painted areas must be sealed in this manner after this is completed we use the 15 foot boom to seal several times again the boom must be lifted over the newly installed lines to avoid damaging them after each seal it is very important to check the ice temperature always make sure that it is cooled to the original temperature prior to applying the next seal the Canadian curling Association has supplied a feel of play layout wool is used to mark the lines on the ice this can be purchased from any of the major stores in the community will is affixed to the ice with a backpack sprayer and also removes easily if needed typically small spray cans are used to tack the wool into place when that is done and the lines are set a heavier spray seal can be used to freeze it in center lines can be installed with either three lines or two lines in this case the center line is done with three lines two blue and one red try to keep the lines a half inch apart it is easiest to have someone step on the lines and someone else sealing them in any excess line can be cut off with a utility knife do not seal in the lines too much in case any wool needs to be removed in the layout there are some logos that must be installed later therefore the wool lines will have to be removed where the logos are going to be placed this is very important and can't be forgotten make sure to precisely trim and clean the ends of the trimmed wool the eye on the hog is the device that electronically determines hog line and fractions a template has been manufactured to install the magnetic strips used to measure violations there is a small section of wool about one inch wide being cut out of the lines that is where the magnetic strip will be placed in the future the strip is five feet wide and is laid down against the template so that it is exactly one-half of the width of a rock in front of the hog line this is the center bolt of the rock at this point the magnetic strip is laid down and sealed in after all the lines and magnetic strips have been installed use the 15-foot boom to seal several times again it is very important to seal seal seal Center logos have been laid flat on a table to settle previously a small pin was placed in the center hole to aid in the circle routing now that pin is removed prepare for center logo installation a lot of water needs to be applied with this type of logo before it is laid down somebody must watch from the side to make sure that the logo is square once it has been applied it must be rolled to make sure that no air is trapped underneath after rolling is complete and all air is removed from under the logo a flooding pin is installed back into the hole this pin is taller to allow for flooding three by three inch square foam is laid as an outline for all of the tournament sheets this is one of the best products to use for borders and is very easy to work with it is light the rocks bump off it well and is simple to remove after an event this foam is not recommended as a year-round application in a curling club but for a special event it is by far the easiest way to install borders to install run some water along the edges and the foam will stick to the ice at this point only install the perimeter foam all the way around the four sheets of ice a heavier spray nozzle is now used to seal the entire surface this nozzle puts out a lot of water and it is almost like a mini flood this is done three to four times and it will leave a very nice smooth surface the perimeter foam is now complete and heavy seals have been applied to the entire surface roll is now pulled between each sheet to align all of the remaining divider foam this acts as a guide to follow between each sheet all the remaining foam is laid out and is being placed on the wall guidelines soon there will be a total rink layout with all of the individual sheets the foam is frozen in place very quickly with a small amount of water from a backpack sprayer once all the foam has been placed and frozen in a knife is used to cut any excess for things such as walkways once the foam is installed the 15-foot boom is used to slowly flood the ice again this will seal in all lines foam and paint the ice installation with all of the lines and all of the foam is now complete continue sealing with the boom until all the remaining wool is below the ice surface after completing the sealing it is time to install rock boxes a small stencil is used with a screwdriver to mark the line red and yellow wool is pulled along the mark line using a backpack sprayer seal in the rock boxes against the foam on each a yellow and red Rock logo is placed and rolled into the rock box area this is where the rocks will be placed on the sheet at this point all of the logos such as the center area and rock boxes have been completed it is now time to install large logos the logos need to be laid out flat so they will stretch out and we'll lay smoothly on the ice in the meantime corrugated plastic stencils are set out to help position where the logos will be placed using a screwdriver scribe the ice along the edge of the stencil the scribe stencil lines provide a clear location for logo positioning once this is completed the logos are put in place plenty of water is put on the ice and the logo is lined up with the marks that were previously scribe once placed firmly and squarely someone rolls the logos down and pulls all of the water away so there is no air trap this is very important trapped air will cause white spots under the logo when applying large logos such as one about 12 feet wide it must be measured and marked at the center so it can be installed properly begin by watering and rolling the center of the logo down first to ensure that it is square towards the sheet once this has been completed roll the rest of the logo down from the center out until each side is flat on the ice be sure to thoroughly apply water as each side is laid down this will allow the logo to go down very easily continuously rolling from the center out and pulling water away will make the logo go down nice and flat without any problems and no air trap a complete installation should look like this all of the logos are square and in place once installed a fine mist is used to seal in all the logos this is done several times with a single nozzle fine mist the next step is to use a showerhead nozzle like this one and put on a heavy splash flood spray back and forth on each individual sheet until all logos blend in with the ice this is done three to four times to get a good cover on each sheet once the splash flood is complete it is time to start putting actual hose floods on the ice a flood statistical sheet is used to record how many gallons of water how many floods how many gallons per minute the water temperature the ice temperature and all other important details use an open hose flood with a flooding tube that has a nice bend on the end this ensures a nice even water flow along the ice service without leaving bubbles or air coming out of the hose flooding is done evenly at the same speed across each sheet with a nice wave of water flowing forward the wave flowing through the house can be seen here a minimum of 100 gallons per sheet will be applied to get a nice even flood the pressure coming out of this hose will move the water forward by quite a good speed the water pressure should be approximately 10 gallons per minute always check the temperature speed and time for each sheet check the flood speed at the halfway mark to maintain a consistent flow throughout the process flooding will be done on each sheet several times until the ice is completely flat continue to time each open hose flood to determine how many gallons of water are used when the flood is completed it should look like a perfect mirror it is now time for the initial ice preparation here are some of the tools of the trade that are needed to condition the ice pebble heads pH testers water temperature testers different peddling cans a hot water tank and a Jedi system with deionized water this is hooked directly to the hot water tank so that a hot and cold water mix can be used use an ice scraper and a whiteboard to record and control what is scraped at all times the scraper must be checked thoroughly before it is ready for peddling and scraping use a gravity peddling can with straight cold water to apply the first pebble this should be a double pebble once the second pebble is finished bring out a new scraper blade that has not been used and make sure it is perfectly straight if this is not the case some alterations will need to be done on the blade with a small honing stone there is a polar on top of the blade that needs to be adjusted sometimes to get the scraper blade perfectly straight one person is monitoring the front and one person is driving at all times this allows for a perfect view of what is happening with the snow in front of the blade sometimes adjustments will have to be made on the fly to maintain an even scrape always watch the ice to ensure that the pebble is cut perfectly straight continue peddling and then scraping again to get the ice flat this will take out any uneven spots on the ice surface keep the ice clean at all times with mops and brooms before someone reapplies the pebble and scrapes again this is usually repeated about 12 to 15 times before the ice surface is completely leveled during this process check the overlap of each scrape one side of the blade has more snow than the other side because on each pass some of the blade overlaps the last scrape continue peddling and scraping until the sheet is perf we level from one side to the other clear the snow from in front of the scraper regularly during each pass peddling up the outsides of the sheet will help make it level so the ice curls outside in the same as inside out this is a very important task in the preparation of tournament ice the ice must curl the same weather that is inside out or outside in the ice should now be perfectly leveled and ready for the final steps of game preparation apply a double pebble to each sheet with jet ice water the pebble stands up nice and high now scrape this pebble off to make certain the ice is still level always remember to change the scraping patterns and keep track of the patterns on a white board on top of the scraper now a second pebble is applied that is larger in size use the scraper to nip the pebble this is done very gently and should leave very little snow in front of a blade only cut off the heads of the pebble and this will make the ice surface fast and help it curl right from the start after each pass collect the snow put it into a dustpan and melt the snow in a microwave then measure the amount of water to determine that the right amount of snow has been taken off to achieve perfect ice conditions the ice preparation is now complete now the task is to make sure that the ice making machinery and the ice temperatures are staying consistent check the compressor room to make sure that all of the compressors are in proper working order check to verify that the high-pressure temperature and the suction pressure temperature are in the right range and that the chiller is putting out the right brine temperature all of these things are monitored 24/7 a computer system is set up and relied on during the events this system will monitor ice temperature air temperature brien temperature humidity levels and all other critical stats these temperatures are being monitored by the wireless ice monitoring system called I on the ice this system also is configured to facilitate access to the ice conditions from anywhere anytime on cell phones or on any computer it also has a built-in alarm that will notify the ice makers of any changing conditions the ice installation is now complete and the event can proceed with perfect ice it is now the ice makers job to monitor the ice conditions throughout the event making certain that the ice stays perfect

Making Championship Curling Ice
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34 thoughts on “Making Championship Curling Ice

  • July 31, 2019 at 12:46 pm
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    Always wondered what those circles were. The rink i saw them at while PLAYING HOCKEY doesnt follow the "cover any markings" rule

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  • July 31, 2019 at 12:46 pm
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    I can't believe I watched the entire video.

    Even more shocking is how much time it takes to make a fucking curling rink.

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  • July 31, 2019 at 12:46 pm
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    Oy, my brain hurts! I think an intelligent rocket-astrophysicist with a master's degree in calculus mathematics would stress out to this tedious job. I give LOTS of credit to who works and breathes this profession.

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  • July 31, 2019 at 12:46 pm
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    Fahkin Curlin who the fuck wakes up one day and wants to be a professional curler

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  • July 31, 2019 at 12:46 pm
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    Who the fuck curls? For real who picks this up as a hobby in line de?

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  • July 31, 2019 at 12:46 pm
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    I love how he has a tiny little dust pan just for the excess ice even tho there was barely any

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  • July 31, 2019 at 12:46 pm
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    once they irrigate on the surface and freeze the water, to maintenance it would cost huge electric bill.

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  • July 31, 2019 at 12:46 pm
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    Finally, after 2 and a half weeks of preparation, the 3 hour event can take place…

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  • July 31, 2019 at 12:46 pm
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    This dude is sweating so much…

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  • July 31, 2019 at 12:46 pm
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    That guy looks like he must be fun at parties!

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  • July 31, 2019 at 12:46 pm
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    I've changed my mind and NOT installing a back yard curling rink.

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  • July 31, 2019 at 12:46 pm
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    Whatever…I like dumb shit too.

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  • July 31, 2019 at 12:46 pm
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    Welp, these were easy instructions. Just built one in 22 minutes at the house.

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  • July 31, 2019 at 12:46 pm
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    Melt the snow in a microwave

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  • July 31, 2019 at 12:46 pm
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    I feel like I need to go seal something.. anything..

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  • July 31, 2019 at 12:46 pm
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    Brilliant video who would have thought I would have ended up here , life is like a box of chocolates .

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  • July 31, 2019 at 12:46 pm
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    Ok, I just have 2 things to say after all of this. First, I always thought they paid close attention when making hockey ice, but this is like anal retentiveness on steroids! And second, Throughout the video, it seems like stress the importance of making sure everything is PERFECT, like not kneeling on the ice, getting rid of ALL strings, etc. to not cause an imbalance in the ice…but then they quickly cut to someone kneeling on the ice or scraping off chunks of ice and then flooding the entire thing to make everything flat again. Then repeating it 12 times. I mean, I get that the ice has to be level, but I mean that just seems way overly excessive. As if a couple of bad scrapes 50 layers down will mean the difference between a gold and a silver medal.

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  • July 31, 2019 at 12:46 pm
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    Awful lot of work for the dumbest sport ever created

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  • July 31, 2019 at 12:46 pm
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    whats wrong with people? -_-

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  • July 31, 2019 at 12:46 pm
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    Why did I watch this?

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  • July 31, 2019 at 12:46 pm
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    the fuck did i just watch… I'm never ever gonna need this

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  • July 31, 2019 at 12:46 pm
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    Ah, Jet Ice, not Jedi… also This is very important.

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  • July 31, 2019 at 12:46 pm
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    First curling event held in 1924. Did they have laser levels back then? HOLY CRAP! I was always amazed at how good the ice is for an NHL game. Thanks!

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  • July 31, 2019 at 12:46 pm
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    Seal, Seal, SEAL SEAL SEAL DAMMIT!!!!

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  • July 31, 2019 at 12:46 pm
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    Make it a drinking game! Every time he says “seal” take a shot! You might get alcohol poisoning by the end lol

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  • July 31, 2019 at 12:46 pm
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    Check this, monitor this … but if something isn't what it should be, what do you do then?

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  • July 31, 2019 at 12:46 pm
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    2:15 curling is racist.

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  • July 31, 2019 at 12:46 pm
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    Jesus H Christ what a pain in the ass!

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  • July 31, 2019 at 12:46 pm
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    i love how when he talks it’s like you looked up a tutorial on how to make a curling rink. “make sure when you do this” “after this step you will want to” “don’t do this or this though” etc. lmfao

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  • July 31, 2019 at 12:46 pm
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    Repeat this 12-15 times. Scape it off then spray 12-15 times. repeat. WTF

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  • July 31, 2019 at 12:46 pm
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    all this for a sport that you know started with some drunk hoser on a frozen lake yelling hold my beer.

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  • July 31, 2019 at 12:46 pm
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    Hows your silver medal 🥈?

    🇺🇸🥇

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