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Making Great Ice: Temperature tips

As Chief Ice Technician for the Canadian Curling Association, I am often asked for advice from ice makers in curling centres across the country. One of the most-asked questions is about temperatures for the building, the ice and the pebble.

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Making Great Ice: Starting the season right

Summer is heading out the door and another curling season is upon us.  Some of you have already done your install, while others are just getting ready.   Have you completed your summer checklist? Is your equipment all ready to go?

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Making Great Ice: Season’s End

Another season of ice making has ended for most of us. Now it’s time to make sure we are ready for summer and look ahead to next curling season.

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Making Great Ice: A Day in the Life at a Curling Championship

Here we are at Day 21 in the stretch of ice making at two championship events: the Tim Hortons Brier and the Ford World Women’s Curling Championships. For the icemakers, this is what our typical day looks like.

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Making Great Ice: Avoiding Runs

As we go through our daily maintenance schedule, sometimes we create new problems for ourselves. For instance, there are three types of runs that we can create in our ice.

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Making Great Ice: Answers to Some Mid-Season Questions

As the second half of the season progresses, I’m getting lots of questions about ice making problems.

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Making Great Ice: Tis the Season!

Tis the season! Did you put in your Christmas wish list yet? New pebble heads, a true blade, maybe a new scraper?

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Making Great Ice: Scraping problems

It’s early in the season, but let’s talk about some common scraping problems that arise throughout the year.

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Making Great Ice: Did you scrape?

So your final flood is done, but did you remember to scrape before you put it on?

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Making Great Ice: Circles and lines

The base of your curling ice is made, and the white paint is on and sealed in. Are you ready to paint the circles and run your lines?

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Making Great Ice: Let’s get started!

Let’s make some ice!  Hopefully by now your plant is up and running.  You want to make sure your floor is cooled down to at least 24 degrees F.

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Making Great Ice: Summer Maintenance

Now is the time to make sure your sand floor is ready for ice installation in the fall. If you noticed any dark patches coming through your paint during the season, you may have had a small brine leak.

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