In my experience with building backyard rinks, this system was by far the easiest. I was surprised that I could put it together myself faster than I can build most IKEA furniture (unlike IKEA furniture, EZ ICE doesn't require tools!). It's also nice to not have to hammer anything into the ground. This makes it possible to put it on top of a hard surface, but for me it just meant a much faster build, less work, and I can do it all without help. If you'd like to purchase this rink you can use my Promo Code HOWTOHOCKEY to get 10% off and free shipping.