How to Make a Dance Floor in your Backyard

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Option 1: DIY Dance Floor

When I was younger, all I wanted to do was dance and listen to music. I even went to a dance school. So this part of the project was right up my alley.

When I got the patio, I wondered how I was going to make the dance floor. It just seemed so complicated for me. However, I looked online and saw so many dance floors. Of course, if you have built in dance floor in your backyard, this part will be a lot easier for you.

I found some nice, bright, colorful tiles online from Garden Kingdom, and I liked the reviews. I contacted them and received an email saying that they could send samples. I was so happy!

When I got the samples, I decided on the kind I would use, and I asked my husband to install it for me. He is the king of DIY, and he did a fantastic job.

Materials I Used To Install The Dance Floor:

We used a hot knife to cut all of the tiles in order to make them easier and faster to install. The hot knife is much quicker than using a tile saw. The tiles are a fair distance apart, so my husband and I had no problems installing it.

Now my backyard is ready if I ever want to host a dance party!

Option 2: Hire Other Pros

Alternatively, you could hire professionals to create a dance floor for you. You can find dance floor builders in your local area or reach out to a company like Starlight Concrete in Wilmington, NC.

The team can create custom dance floors of varying designs, colors, and shapes. They can include lighting, sound systems, and other features, depending on your vision. Your backyard will be better than ever with a custom, beautiful dance floor!

How to Make Wood Furniture

The patio “dance floor” will be practically useless if you don’t have furniture to go on it, so that’s where we started. We first needed to find the perfect furniture.

Materials I Used To Create The Furniture:

I used scraps of wood to make it. I had all of the saws and the materials, so it was the perfect thing to put together. And I didn’t just want to make one set!

Step 1: Determine the Size of the Floor You Need

When you have a good space it's important to properly size the dance floor. This how-to dance floor tutorial is meant to give an idea on how to build a dance floor and not meant for super intricate, fine carpentry. Save that for the pros! You should know, especially if you're planning a wedding, that your floor needs to be bigger than the square footage of your room. In order for everyone to be able to move around, you need wiggle room to avoid any casualties during your first dance.

Because the sound system isn't very expensive, it's best to get a larger dance floor. You can always trim it down later if the dance floor ends up being too big!

The size of the room plus the square footage of the width of your cut wood plus the extra foot of space will give you the size of the dance floor.

For instance, say you have a small converted garage with a door that is 16 feet wide. You plan on making a dance floor for the entire room including the door so you'll give yourself at least 20-25 feet to be safe. The width of the dance floor will be the entire room width which is 16 feet, plus about 6 feet for the wood spacing, which equals about 22 feet.

The length of the entire dance floor will be about two times the room length or 32 feet.

Let's try another example. This time there's no door so you'll have a wider length of dance floor. Say you want to make a big dance floor in your backyard and have a large area which measures 25 feet x 65 feet.

This is going to be a fun project! Because it's so easy to make, you'll be able to do it in no time.

You can make your dance floor much wider by cutting the boards you create more than six inches. If you go very narrow with your dance floor, it will be very thin and won't be super sturdy. If you have very big ideas, that's going to make your dance floor super big.

You can make your dance floor as short as you want, but you'll have less room to walk and move around. You do have the option to go long and narrow and that is a safe option as well. Make sure the length is no shorter than the width.

Step 2: Pick the Location

First, the location of the dance floor should be chosen by choosing the location of the lawn first, because the dance floor must be safe from the elements. It is easy to arrange the tent on the lawn and dance to the music. If the dance floor is an open area it will not have a ceiling to protect the dancers from the outside temperatures, so it will be too cold in the snow in the winter time or too hot in the sun in the summer. In order to ensure that the dance floor is safe, you have to choose a location that has adequate protection from the sun or rain.

Second, do not only locate the lawn, attention should also be paid to the ceiling. While choosing the dance location, you should also consider the interior parts of the dance floor. To avoid the dance floor from being too crowded, dance floor instructions can be employed. Dance floor instructions are basically the rules that you use for the party to ensure that the party runs very smoothly. You can either come up with your own dance floor instructions or you can use those that are provided by the party organizers. Make sure that the instructions reflect the kind of party that you will be having so that the party will run smoothly. Dancing should be fun and enjoyable.

Third, when it comes to choosing the dance location, you will have to be creative since there are different dance floor ideas for you to choose from. The locations will really depend on the number of guests that you are having and the space that you have. If you are having a formal party with a small number of guests, there is really no need to have a large dancing room, just use the courtyard or the patio.

However, for a party that will be held in a large area, naturally, you will have to find a larger space for the party playground. Ideally, it should be a space where there are less trees and walls and more open space. This will ensure that the guests will be able to enjoy their party thoroughly.

Fourth, the location of the dance floor should be chosen wisely so as not to disrupt the traffic in your home. Since the dance floor is a special place for the party, make sure that the dance floor is an adequate distance from the kitchen so that you will be able to enjoy the party without the hassle.

Step 3: Gather Materials

You need to get your hands on some:

  • 3-inch deck screws
  • 1-inch and 2-inch wood screws
  • 1-by-3 foot oak strips
  • 1-by-8 foot oak plywood
  • 8 lags, normally used in roofing
  • 8 wooden feet
  • 3/4 inch plywood for the front
  • A wood primer
  • Your choice of decorative stone for the front
  • A decorative stone – your choice
  • A decorative pole
  • A dance pole for the middle of the dance floor
  • A small fence you can nail on the back to prevent the pole from falling

The dimensions will depend on the size of the dance floor you want. The one in this guide is 6 by 10 feet, but you can increase the size of the dance floor. For the dance pole, I used the size that came with the box, but you can cut two 1-by-3 pieces that are 12 feet long and make your own pole.

Step 4: Build the Dance Floor Frame

Once you have the materials together, you can build the dance floor.

Of course, you will need something sturdy to hold the dance floor up, so in this guide I used a 10-foot-by-4-foot wooden rectangle for a base. It just rests in four legs on the ground. Place a roofing lag at each corner and screw them into the frame.

You will see that I used some wood to extend the frame about two inches above the top of the frame. This will be done on both the sides and the back. Use the 3-inch deck screws and place them about 12 inches from the top.

As I said before, the dance floor is 6 by 10 feet, so I just used a long wood strip for the back. I attached it to the front and to the sides by using 1-inch deck screws.

Step 5: Attach the Dance Floor Slats

Using 1 1/2-inch screws, attach the strip to the dance floor by using the 1-inch deck screws. To avoid ruining your dance floor for life, make sure the screws are not inside the dance floor area.

Step 6: Make the Back Wall

Step 4: Create the Base

So now you've got your plywood and your wooden 2X4s, and you're ready to build the dance floor. Cut the 2X4s to size and set them on the plywood to mark where you're going to screw them. Using a miter saw and a 1×4 inch bit, cut the groove that will be used to secure the 2X4s to the plywood. It's easy, and the groove is made just deeper than the head of the screw.

Once your 2X4s are secure, you can work on the strips and the steps. If you're using the 2X4s to create a raised dance floor, you can skip to part 7.

The strips will help to level the dance floor and hold it together. If you're adding them to a raised floor, one strip down the middle works well to help keep the floor strong. Use the level and a pencil to draw a line from one end of the dance floor to the other, or you could measure out a 30 inch distance and mark where you want the strips to go.

Step 5: Level the Dance Floor

Laying out your dance floor is all well and good, but if it's not at the right height, then it's not going to be a dance floor for much longer. So now that you have your plywood and your 2X4s, it's time to level your dance floor.

Head to your local hardware store, where you'll find an assortment of different types of boxes that are designed to help you level objects. They work best when the height of the level is the same as the thickness of the board you want to level.

Consider how you want to use your dance floor. If you have young children, you'll want to create a surface that is safe for them. On the other hand, if you know there are a lot of elderly people in your neighborhood, their health might depend on their ability to get out and dance. Therefore, it might be a good idea to add a box underneath the dance floor.

Following the instructions, you can add sand to a level, pour water in the other, and then level your floor.

Now that your floor is leveled, you can take out the screws from the pieces of 2X4 that are standing upright.

Step 5: Repeat Until You Have Six Bases

Once you’ve added the extra rows on one side, move over to the opposite side. Repeat Step 3, but skip the ridge blocks and place the blocks alongside the center support beam.

Step 6: Fill In the Outer Frame and Add the Ridge Blocks

Using the remaining blocks, fill in the outer frame, placing them side by side – 1 end block to the left of the center support beam, and then a block to the right.

Now all you have to do is fill in the ridge above the frame, using the remaining blocks.

Step 4: Fill in the Outer Frame With Blocks

To complete this side, arrange the blocks between the center support beam and the corner blocks. The outermost blocks should sit on top of the center support beam, with the second layer sitting on top of the first.

^^^Step 2: Make the Base of the Dance Floor, Using Blocks and the Optional Drill

Lay out the pilot blocks, then stack the remaining blocks on top to create the base of the dance floor.

Before you get started, it’s a good idea to put on ear protection. You should also use a drill to make more holes in the blocks to ensure more stability.

Planning before You Build with the Square Dancing Floor Planner

When it comes to square dancing, you can meet anywhere to hold a square dance, whether it be in a gym or on a hilltop. Many cities have their own locations where they hold dances, and they may even be able to give you a location. If not, you can easily find open locations in your area using websites like Open Location Project.

One thing you want to consider when you plan a square dance is the size of the location. You want to have enough room for everyone to be comfortable. The square dancing floor planner will make sure that you have the right dimensions and allow for enough space for everyone to dance.

The square dancing floor planner is made up of several different parts. It has a top sheet with a grid, as well as diagrams that show where to place the different components of the dance floor. At the top, it has three grids with dimensions that show how long to make each part of the floor.

Step 6: Screw or Nail the ½” Plywood Sheets to the Tops of Each Base.

Step 7: Staple and Nail the ½” Plywood Backing to the Back End of Both Sides.

Step 8: Nail the 1 x 2” Strips to the Sides of Each Stage with the OVERLAPS on the Sides…

NOTE: I’ve found that it’s easier to build an outdoor dance floor or driveway covers with 3 trestle stages instead of 4 so that you can cover a wider area.

WHY BUILDING A DANCE FLOOR IS A GREAT IDEA:

I’ve been in rave parties with outdoor dance areas or more elaborate dance floors and it’s always a wonderful time. Not only does it enhance peoples’ ability to dance, but it also helps them to move in time with the music and not focus so much on where to place their feet.

And it’s not just on an outdoor event you can find a wider space to build a dance floor on, but a dance floor can also put a fun twist on your next house party. You could make one of your back rooms into a dance floor area, or you could turn the entire backyard into a dance floor. Pallets can also be used to build a dance floor on any hard surface, such as a driveway, patio, or parking lot.

One great thing about this pallet dance floor design is that it’s extremely easy to build and just as easy to take down. And you don’t need any power tools for the construction, and the only power tool needed for the assembly is definitely a nail gun. Plus, it’s not very expensive, since you probably already have the pallets, which are free. After you’ve built the dance floor, you have a beautiful picnic table to sit at.

The overall dimensions of each stage of my dance floor (all to scale) are:

  • – 15 feet wide by 10 feet deep by 10 feet tall
  • – The width of the middle is 89 inches, and the depth is roughly 63 inches.
  • – The height of the frame is 42 inches.
  • – And the size of the platform is 12 x 12 feet.

Step 7: Lay Out the Dance Floor Sections and Complete a Finish.

You are almost completed with your custom dance floor. The final step is to lay out all of the dance floor sections and apply the finish to the entire dance floor.

When laying out the sections, make sure to space the joints appropriately. For example, if the joints in one section are 4 feet apart then make sure to space the joints 4 feet apart in all sections. This will make your work easier with the finish application.

Step 8 – Mixing the First Area with a Paint Roller

The first section that you should paint is the dance floor closest to the lighting. This is because you will want the dance floor to be as bright as possible. The closer the dance floor is to the light, the brighter it will be. Be sure to place all of the uninstalled dance floor sections on top of the painted section so that you do not lose any pieces.

Now, gather your rollers and the first coat of paint. I have found that it is best to mix the paint in a paint pan or spray-on paint can. This is because you want to ensure that you do not mix paint with anything that will change the overall color of the paint. Also, you do not want to use a cup or anything else that will cause the mixture to become too thick.

Once you have mixed the first coat of paint, apply it to the dance floor section in a rolling motion. Continue to paint the dance floor until the entire section is covered with paint.

Tip: When painting the first section, you do not need to apply the paint in very heavy coats. This is because you will be applying two coats of paint, and you will use a roller for the second application. If you apply too much paint with the first coat, it can affect the second as well as the others.

Step 9 – Mix the Second Coat of Paint in a Paint Pan or Spray-on Can

You have now completed the first section with the first layer of paint. Now, you must apply the second layer of paint to the section in the same way that you applied the first. This is because, in an ideal world, the second layer of paint will cover all of the roller marks that were left over from the first layer.

Step 8: Secure the dance floor

To the wooden beams of the deck. To do this, drive roofing nails through the 1/2" plywood into the 2x8s with a nail gun or hammer. Space the nails 6" apart and space the rows of nails 3" apart.
*ALTERNATIVE BUCKET-BOARD TILES: You will also notice three boards of stained 1×6 or 2×6 from a previous project. The gray stain was too ugly so we cut these boards into 12" pieces to use as cutting boards and serving trays. You do not have to be concerned about staining or painting the 1/2" boards and you can paint the 1/2" boards if you want a decorative look.

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Petersburg, VA – The making of a Greco-Roman column starts with a steel I-section. The steel is then fixed to a chopped-down spray-paint can, which becomes the mold for the concrete. The three videos below, by 985 Design and founding dean Tad Simpson, discuss the process of designing and building a column to support a sculpture on the campus of Virginia Commonwealth University.

The column was one of 25 custom-made pieces that support a circular stone sculpture by sculptor and VCU Chancellor Nancy Cantor. The sculpture was exhibited at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, and today it is part of Cantor's personal collection. "There is no doubt that this sculpture, at Vanderbilt Place, was a considerable engineering feat. All those people who passed by during the Olympics saw this work of art, but not the engineering that went into designing and making it," writes Tad Simpson. The engineering feat is on full display in this video that completes the story from start to finish.

While Simpson and his team from VCU's School of the Arts can be pleased with a job well done, the installation marks the beginning of another process: how to move a 2-ton, 40-foot column from VCU to a private residence.

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An air hockey table works by using atomized air to produce a cushion of air under a smooth playing surface. The playing surface is horizontal and its always kept frozen using a cooling system.

Many modern air hockey tables are equipped with automatic score counters. They also have an electronic scoreboard or LED display to track remaining time, counts and shots on goal.

Step 9: Get out and dance!

Finally, you can get out and dance! You can have parties for family and friends, or use it as a dance hall for your child’s birthday party or an annual family reunion.

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Additional Steps Required

You may need different permits; check with your city, county and state rules to see if you need to get additional or different permits. You might even need to show the city or county a plan or design of your project. Some counties require you to have a landscape plan in place before issuing permits. You may also need to provide a stamped set of plans for your architect or certified structural plans for your local building code official. Certifying structural plans will ensure that they will not issue building permits for a structure that will not meet code requirements.

For example, in California, every homeowner is required to have a Homeowner Handbook, which provides guidelines for installing a retaining wall as described in California Code of Regulations section 1396.20.

Retaining Wall Treatments

For additional requirements, you can check with your local city and county governments for specific requirements. Or, you can check with the filing office.

Landscape Plan Design Tips

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An Alternative to Option 1: Use Recycled Wood Pallets

Reusing material is important in the world today, so you are obviously already on the same page. In fact, I’m sure you could think of several ways that you would love to use pallets in your backyard.

A possible option for you would be to repurpose them for a deck. Obviously, they aren’t the most favorable hardwood, but they would be ideal for a deck as long as you wouldn’t be walking on them.

If you’ve been following us for any length of time, you might know that one of the areas we’re currently working on here is our deck area. We have a super old deck that is starting to become our curse.

I mention this as an option not to let you slack off on your deck project! We’ve been working on the same deck for close to three years now! At this rate, it should be done by the time I’m 90. Seriously, a deck takes some work, so be patient!

Option 1: Build a wood dance floor for your backyard

The first option is to build a wood dance floor. This has been done for as long as I can remember, and it’s an easy option to get a relatively long lasting wood dance floor.

Things you will need:

As you can see, it’s not a complicated process. You may even have some of these materials lying around. If not, they can easily be obtained at your local hardware store.

I actually designed this dance floor plan to be built by a beginner carpenter. There are some plans available out there that require a master-carpenter to build them, and I think it’s important that anyone who wants to build a backyard dance floor be able to do so easily.

Option 2: Use a Flexible Material for your Dance Floor

The second option is to sculpt a dance floor out of some sort of flexible material. This is actually super easy. Remember, it doesn’t have to be perfect, because it’s just a dance floor. I mean, there are people who make their own concrete or sand floors, and those are a lot harder to make than this.

Option 2: Use What You Have

A dance floor is a useful addition to your outdoor entertainment space, and is relatively easy to construct. Some basic tenets of dance floor design are to cover the floor with a smooth material, and to add a leveling base that is always at least 1/4-inch higher in the middle than at the edges.

Create a level, smooth surface.

Create a level, smooth surface.

Option 3: Add Carpet Pads

Even if you already have a playground area in your backyard, you can still add an exciting new feature to your landscape with the addition of a dance floor. The inclusion of a soft and colorful dance floor can bring a classy look to your fun zone that children and family members of all ages will enjoy.

Note: Carpeting is among the most popular choice for dance flooring because of its durability and softness, but it is also an expensive option. On the plus side, the carpet will remain in good condition for a long time. Another option would be to install a colored tile floor. Tiles are relatively inexpensive, and come in a wide variety of colors and designs. It’s also important to bear in mind that tile and certain other surfaces can be slippery when wet.

Whatever option you choose, having a dance floor in your backyard will be a great way to keep the entertainment flowing throughout your next party, and will also give the venue an inviting and professional appearance.

Make a Tree House or Teepee for the Kids!

Did you know that the over growing population of children are losing their regular source of outdoor playtime? It seems that video games and television are claiming our kids. One way to avoid this is through building a tree house or teepee in your backyard.

Tree Houses

Building a tree house is a fun and exciting way to get children to get outside, exercise and burn off energy that would normally be used surfing on YouTube or Xbox. A tree house can also instill a sense of self-confidence in a child. The act of climbing up to a tree house and being able to call it your own space can be very rewarding to a young person.

“Kids that build their own tree houses are much happier!”

Dirt or Gravel

If you are thinking of putting in a dance floor outside, you might think of laying down gravel/dirt. Why not do the same inside. Unfortunately this is a very bad idea. Gravel and dirt will both absorb the heat of the music and will turn your floor into an oven. You will need a bit more expensive material to go for an outdoor dance floor.

Waterproof Flooring

You could use some plastic sheet which is self-adhesive. These come in rolls and you just have to lay it down and stick it together. You will have to cover the entire dance floor. Another option is to use a waterproof flooring. This is just like Tarmac and is a lot smoother and has better grip. This is the material you will find in modern airplane or boat floors. You could also just lay some ordinary Tarmac, which is the usual flooring for driveways. You need a good weatherproof adhesive so it doesn’t get dirty.

Wooden Dance Floor

The best material for you if you want a wooden dance floor is an oak, or some type of durable wood. The floor has to be treated with a clear sealant to protect the wood. It has to be solid wood so that it is durable enough.

Your dance floor will need to have a good groove to it and be at a suitable height apart from your lawn. It must be smooth enough for you to do whatever moves you choose. Gravel, which is commonly used as ground for a dance area, is great for this. However, you must not forget that if it is hot, it would reflect high heat back onto your body, so it may make your dance uncomfortable if it is too hot.

The best option would be to find an area that is at least somewhat shaded. This way, when you are playing, you will not have to worry all that much about the heat from the sun. If you want to use gravel, you will just have to lay it down to make the dance floor. You can choose to add some color to your dance floor and bring in some style into the whole thing.

It is recommended that you use your dance floor somewhere where you can use it for many times in the future. You should create it in areas that will be safe from rain or sun. You can also choose to use your dance floor in different parts of your home.

Step 1: Pick a Level Area of the Yard

You might not have a basement in which to work on your dance moves, so you have to move your talent somewhere else. Usually, people find a good level parking lot or a flat piece of land, and consider neatening it up as part of the preparation for practice. Well, I had no place for a dance floor in one level of my yard, except a small area by the fence.

I considered just laying down a few boards, but I wanted a dance floor that would look good, and I wanted to be able to move into place easily, without being overloaded with a bunch of pieces of lumber. So I built a dance floor that would fit easily into the area I needed it, and I made it real easy to move when I want to.

I decided I would build a dance platform by building a frame first, then a platform that I could easily remove and set up in another location. I wanted to make it movable to make it easy for me to move it back and forth as I saw fit. To do this, I built the floor out of 4×4 plywood and 2×4 fencing.

Of course, you can make your dance floor any size you want, but I decided to keep it relatively small, to make it easy to move. You can see the faces of the red fencing because the plywood finished pieces were short, but they sit on top, so you never see it. The 2×4 fencing was used for everything except the bottom piece, which had the plywood, completing the plywood floor.

Since the flooring is removable, it has to be attached permanently to one another. I did this with nails. Finally, to make the floor heavy and so that there was no danger of it blowing away, I attached two bricks to each corner of the plywood floor, and used these to hold the 2×4 fencing from sliding around.

The table is another removable piece, that can be moved with ease, sits on top of the 2×4 fencing as a top cover as well, but has a 2×4 brace to hold the dance floor half together.

Step 2: Define the Boundary

Define the boundary of your dance floor. Use garden rope, bamboo sticks, and/or a chalk marker just to start. Later, you will amend your design as you finalize the elegance of your own dance floor. Pick a well-lit area where you can see the outline easily.

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Step 1: Establish Drainage

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Hiking Boot Logos – Which Brand of Boots Have the Best Logos?

Adidas is out. It was once the gold standard of logos, but people have been getting tired of this athletic brand. Adidas created some newer logos for hiking boots, but they still don’t work on boots.

Asics is in. Asics logos not only look better, they are also better quality. I like the shoe logos but the boot logos are ugly – awkward shape. I probably would never purchase a pair of Asics shoes…no way!

North Face is also in. So North Face 3D logos are getting more popularity now. Instead of an arrow like the Adidas boot, the logo is a mountain shape, but it is 3D. It is a better log than the Asics boot logo but still not good.

So what shoes do you think have the best logos?

How to Apply an Arcade Style Marquee

Step 1: Prep for Painting

The first step to creating an excellent arcade sign is to prep the target surface for painting. This is not something that can be done in just minutes, but the more time you put into this the better the sign will look.

First you need to make sure the surface is free of dust, dirt, and other unwanted debris. A quick grabbing of a rag will probably not get the job done, so use a commercial degreaser and a scrub brush to get a good cleaning. A pressure washer is even better but be careful because it can ruin the graphics on your sign if you are not careful.

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Step 1: Check for Level

Step 3: Dust Control

The bottom side of the floor will have wood chips for comfort and a sealed surface that will protect the concrete from construction dust. Ideally the floor should be left covered with its protective tarp until the next step.

There are two options for controlling dust during the next phases of construction. The first is to rent a blower that will make a big enough gust of wind to clear the dust away from the floor work area. The other is to hire someone to push the dust away with their feet.

I’ve seen hard core dance floors covered with such a light amount of dust that they could pass a sneeze test. That requires doing a very thorough job of cleaning as soon as the work is complete. I’ve seen other examples where there were thick piles of dust on the unfinished section of the dance floor.

You need to do more than just gather the dust from the floor. You also need to keep dust from blowing around using tarps protected by weights, plywood shields, or tall pyramids of cardboard.

Step 4: Floor Tiles

Each tile needs to be secured using a small layer of cement all along the edges. This is a small task but will create a very strong floor. I’ll explain more about the importance of securing the floor, and a possible improvement later.

Next cover the whole floor with 1/8-1/4 inch of cement. This will provide the base the tiles will definitely need to hold securely. I’ve seen some impressive jobs where the floor was fully finished in only a few hours.

The downside of that fast process is they probably used a saw and a cement mixer to mix the cement. Long before the mix was fully set, the saws dried cement was probably rubbing off on the tiles. If that’s the case, then you’ll have to use wire brushes to remove the dried cement from the tiles.

Don’t worry, that’s an easy process with enough patience and elbow grease. You can see the first photo below shows a tile with lots of cement residue. The photo below it shows just how far you can take the process of scrubbing a tile.

Deck or Cement

Pad?

You can put down a dance floor pretty much anywhere and still have a dance floor. However, you need to figure out, ahead of time, whether the dance floor will be placed on a deck or on a cement pad. Obviously, if you plan to place the floor on a deck, you need to make sure that the deck can support it. The dance floor will definitely put some extra weight and pressure on your deck. If your dance floor will be placed on deck, you need to use a jig to ensure that the dance floor is exactly where you want it to be. Putting the dance floor directly on the deck will add stability to the dance floor, as well as add to the overall aesthetics of the floor.

If you lay the dance floor directly on the ground, level it out as much as possible. Usually, you will want to make the dance floor as level as possible, without level it out so much that it becomes uneven. When the dance floor is placed directly on the ground, it makes for a better dancing surface than those placed on decks. You will want to put down a layer of vinyl or another non-slip material for the bottom of the dance floor. The vinyl is easily installed and is very affordable.

You may want to create a concrete pad for the dance floor to sit on, especially if you don’t plan on having a deck in that area. The back scenario is easy enough to plan for, but there is a little more work involved in creating the pad for the dance floor. The area has to be cleared of all debris for the pad to be built. Once the area is clear, you need to be sure that the ground is flat and level. This will ensure that your dance floor remains even and straight. If you do not clear enough land for the pad, it could cause the dance floor to sink into the ground.

Once the pad is ready, the actual construction of the dance floor can begin. The dance floor is built up from layers of plywood. To ensure that the joints between the layers of plywood are aligned, you will have to use some kind of wood stiffener. The stiffener helps the layers to stay aligned and also creates a barrier that will prevent the layers from separating. You may have to do this more than once, depending on the types of wood joints that you’re using. The work may seem tedious, but it is well worth the results in the end.

Option 3: Buy One

If you’re looking to buy a pre-made dance floor for your next outdoor event, then the easiest solution is to just buy one that’s already made.

While most of the pre-made dance floors on the market are made of wood, there is one made from PVC. It isn’t as durable as the wood, but it’s considerably cheaper and probably includes enough features to meet most recreational needs.

The pre-made dance floors featured in this article are a bit simpler than some of the professional vinyl or wood dance floor setups. This makes them easy to set up and take down, which means they’re highly portable outdoor dance floors for a fraction of the price.

Although we opted for a pre-made dance floor, we did make a list for people who want to DIY their own. This should give you a pretty good idea of what type of dance floor you want to DIY. Be sure to read through the entire article because we give some details on what questions to ask before making purchases as well.

If you are looking for a professionally built dance floors, visit our favorite local flooring company right here: The Floor Mall – Dance Floor Specialists .

Do You Need an Optometrist near You?

Do you know if you need an optometrist near you?

The majority of people around the world have excellent vision. Sometimes, it’s not always apparent is that your vision is declining.

People who are training vision loss often don’t complain about the vision problems that bother them. This is because they either can’t see anything wrong or they’re feeling that the vision quality they’re experiencing is insignificant.

To avoid vision problems, you must be aware that you may not be able to see the early signs of eye and vision problems. They’re often so insignificant that you’ll probably choose to ignore them.

One of the most common vision problems that rarely brings any symptoms is presbyopia. If you are experiencing Vision problems, it’s best to get checked by an optometrist near you.

Step 1: Research Options and Pick What You Like Best

Lights of any kind are optional to have on your dance floor. Mood lighting is always a nice add on but it isn’t necessary for a good dance floor.

I did a little research online to see what different dance floors looked like and what the best way to install them was. Just like any project, I didn’t want to go through all the effort and end up with a bad looking dance floor that was too light weight to stand on. After a little research I decided that parquet flooring was the best option for me.

Parquet floors are back-lit by LED lighted panels and they look awesome! Parquet floors are glossy hardwood floors that have been fitted with beautiful, subtle patterns and a glass tile top. They are non-slip, easy to install, and they’re even water resistant. Parquet floors were by far the best solution for my backyard dance floor.

Rules of the Dance Floor Game

Ok, you’ve just got the step to the perfect song and the moves that will have the ladies cooing at you. But what to do with all that revelry, to the point where your wit and persona shine through? Should you go the traditional route, with a classy suit and a slick tie or is it time to wear something that’s more you? Find out.

RULES of DANCE FLOOR GAME

Suits

The correct choice of attire is crucial to making the best impression on the dance floor.

Over the last few years, the suit has lost much of its distinction when it comes to clothing for parties. Now, wearing anything from a cheap tux to a Puma nylon jacket to a rather opulent leather jacket can be considered correct attire. As long as you look sharp, you’re pulling it off.

But a man never wants to look fabricated. For the party animal, a sandwich board or gym wear is more likely to do the trick. It’s better than what you already have on, and you can give yourself a quick but effective makeover. All you need is a span of time of around 15 minutes to prepare.

The recipe is pretty simple:

  • Cold/wet hair
  • Shower

Step 2: Buy and Ship to Your House

If you are too busy to make your own dance floor planks, you can search the Internet for dance/parking pavers, bricks, or slats. It will help you to see images of what you are buying.

Brick pavers allow for more stability when using them to build a dance floor.

Wood slats are good if you want a wood look to your floor.

Parking pavers are made from rubber and create a harder dance floor surface.

You can buy all sizes of pavers and slats on the internet. Just go to Google and search for dance floor pavers, or dance floor slats.

You can find anything from 2×4 inch, to 4×4 inch, and 4×8 inch slats. You choose whatever is best suited to the size of your dance floor.

Give Kids a Room to Call Their Own

If you have lots of kids in your household, and you have tight budget, then the best thing to do is to build your kids a bedroom.

As soon as a couple of kids start growing up and entering their preteens, they need to have a bedroom to call their own.

While you cannot afford to build them separate bedrooms, you can certainly build one for them, where both can share.

How to Make a Bedroom for Kids

First of all, you need to make a plan about how it will be designed. Decide how much money you are willing to spend on the project.

Then get the list of the materials for the project.

Using the tools you have, start constructing the room.

Since you are building a room for kids, you need to build it in such a way so that it can be transformed easily into any other design if the kids require it in the future.

10 Situations when You Should NOT Use a Swimming Pool Cover

Using a pool cover in your swimming pool every now and then is a great investment to make. Not only can it help you save energy, but it can also help you save money and avoid incurring unnecessary water damage to your swimming pool.

However, there are instances when a swimming pool cover is not recommended. Here are a few situations that may require you to take off the swimming pool cover and swim in your pool all year long:

Step 3: Install the Dance Floor in Your Backyard

When you take your dance floor out of the box, it may be something you’ll be excited to play on. .. for a second. But then it’s going to look more like this:

With so many big and small holes that you can easily trip over, you’re going to want to protect your newly purchased dance floor.

Fortunately, this isn’t that hard to do. Just place some plywood underneath the dance floor.

You can also place some outdoor carpet in your backyard to cover up the plywood from the puddles.

We put our dance floor over the grass, so we installed the plywood for added protection.

The dance floor is now protected from getting wet as well as from the slanted surface in the backyard.

How to Cover a Hot Tub for Winter

If you use your hot tub year round, having a cover for the hot tub year round will make sure the hot tub stays clean, cheaper on electricity and gas, and helps you take full advantage of your spa in any season.

Covering a hot tub with a winter cover during winter will ensure that the hot tub stays clean and protects it from the elements. You must remember to clean it every year to keep it nice and clean without any muck. You will also find it easier to use the hot tub if it is protected from the snow and rain.

The right cover for your hot tub will protect your hot tub from the elements that are harmful to the hot tub such as dropping debris on hot tub such as bird droppings, leaves and blowing snow. It may also protect from different weather conditions such as hot summer sun and freezing rain. If you cover your hot tub with a fabric cover, you will notice fewer insects and bugs in your hot tub.

Hot tub covers come in different styles and material. Make sure the cover you buy is appropriate for the size of your hot tub.

Step 4: Disassemble and Store

Once the dance floor has been used enough for your liking, or if it is a one-time event, you will need to disassemble the dance floor and store it away. The disassembly process is actually quite simple, though it will take more time than the assembly process. This is because you will have to remove ALL of the tiles and brass inserts. It’s important to remember to put the tiles back exactly as they were from the beginning (ie. facing the correct direction) so it will be easy to put back together.

Step 5: Liquid Nails

Once the bricks or pavers are placed, use Liquid Nails to glue the tiles, metal inserts and wheels in place. This material is designed for surfaces like concrete and will hold your floor firmly in place.

How to Build a BBQ Pit

A BBQ pit is an excellent addition to any home with a swimming pool. Having a BBQ pit allows you to enjoy the outdoors and enjoy a meal around the fire at night with friends and family. Building your own BBQ pit can be a lot of fun. Building your own BBQ pit will give you a lot of satisfaction and will save you money by not having to pay for a professional to build one. You can spend a day with a group of friends or family members and build a BBQ pit in a weekend.

The design of your BBQ pit can be as unique as your personality. You can build your BBQ pit to consist of a fireplace with a BBQ grill. Or, you can build your BBQ pit to include a BBQ grill and a sink. In order to build you a BBQ pit, you will need the components, tools, and materials that will all be discussed in the following steps. The plans that you find on the internet could include any number of different designs and components. Our plans are for a basic unit with a firebox and a BBQ grill. Depending on your design and needs you may need to go out and get additional components.

Locate and Acquire Components

You will need to have a fireplace liner, flue connector, fireplace vent, fireback, and screen for the fireplace. In addition to this, you will need a BBQ grill and a sink for the BBQ pit. If you don’t already have a BBQ grill and a sink you can find these items at a local department store, at a more affordable price than the price listed on the internet.

Option 4: Rent a Dance Floor

If you are having an adult pool party or a dance party, you will need flooring that can be left outside. Whether it's a tent or an inflatable pad that's structure can hold the weight of guests, but the dance floor rentals are perfect for the job.

When you hire a dance floor, you will be able to rent it, but you also need to rent the floating system to keep it in place. Because of its weight, you need the floating system to keep the dance floor secure.

There are a lot of dance floor rentals that would be perfect for your party. With a rented dance floor, once you have the music playing, you'll have a set of speakers to go with it.

The dance floor is perfect for a pool party. No worries of guests going in the pool and getting hurt. They are also great for games of pool volleyball, etc.

Most of these visuals are offered with an MC, with custom lighting, and other things to help make the party happen.

A great dance floor will have a nice, smooth surface, but will still be durable. Many dance floors are just the floor only, with no lighting feature.

One of the reasons that guests enjoy dancing at a lot of pool parties is that they know the dance floor will be there in the evening. They won't have to worry about the deck or lawn being slippery, like when it's wet from a rain shower. The dance floor won't be cold and hard, like the deck, and it gives a little cushioning to your feet.

How to Make a Basketball Hoop

There are two types of basketball hoops that you can use for your homemade court, the wall mount and the pole mount. A wall mount hoop is attached to a wall while a pole mount one is stuck at the ground.

Pole Mount

A pole mounted basketball hoop could be built with tubing, just like the wall mounted one, but there will be a need to find a spot for a strong backboard. You need a two-by-four box made with four pieces of wood that will be 10 feet long. It will be mounted on top of the pole that is in the ground and should be 8 feet tall.

Step 1: Check Out Local Rental Companies

Before You Go Out to Buy.

Before you buy anything for your back yard dance floor, make sure to go to one of the many local rental companies. Some will rent you a floor to for your wedding for a small price, and you can get your wife to talk the manager into giving her a huge discount. This is a great way to have a wood floor for really cheap, and rental companies are always looking because it provides good business.

Step 2: Layout the Area for an 8×10 Foot Square Dance Floor

Get to know the square footage you have in your backyard by using some measuring tape and graph paper. Put down the tape on the ground and mark it off into 1 foot increments so you can visually divide the area into a 8×10 foot square. Find a area in your backyard that has room for 8×10 square.

Step 3: Buy Wood Planks for a Square Dance Floor

Now that you know the proper dimensions for your square dance floor you can go and buy your wood. Make sure you get the best quality and make sure that you can stain it. When selecting the wood you will want to try to find a color you won’t mind looking at. I suggest you first buy the wood and get it home and stained before you place it in your backyard. This way you are not forced to keep it in your yard if you do not like it after seeing it right in your backyard.

Step 4: Lay down a Wood Floor in Your Backyard

Once you have the wood it is time to lay it down. A dance floor made of wood will have some sort of grovers in them. The grovers will allow water drain through the dance floor. It is best to lay down a wooden floor through the winter time when the ground water levels are lower. If you do this, the floor will easily drain the excess water.

Step 5: Enjoy the Dance Floor

So you now have a nice wooden dance floor in your backyard. This is something that will be fun for you to enjoy year after year from now on. If you keep your wood clean and wax the floor, it will look great for years to come. It is a great investment in your home.

Step 2: Choose the Floor

Now that you have dimensions as well as a vision in your mind, it's time to talk to a business that specializes in dance floor installation. We chose to install the dance floor over the concrete patio area. Had the concrete patio area been in need of repair, we would have repaired it first and then installed the dance floor. This way is much easier on the installers, and also cuts down on costs. We landed on a product called Woodtex Cambria from the dance flooring manufacturer Perma-Stone. It's durable, has a non-slip surface as well as a thick, beveled edge to hide any imperfections underneath. The people at the store were extremely helpful in choosing colors based on other things that were going on in our backyard as well as colors from other elements of our home like our front porch railing.

Step 3: The Preparation

Make sure you have a nice, level base or surface for whatever flooring you choose. This is especially true of interlocking slate, which can be difficult to install on uneven surfaces. You want to do whatever leveling is necessary so that your flooring lays properly. We found that we did not have to do any prep work because our patio area was already on a nice leveled surface.

Step 4: Start Installing the Dance Floor

You will only have a narrow time frame to install your flooring because of the weather, so you want to get the installation done as quickly as possible, stopping only for lunch breaks. The dance flooring we chose was easy to install. The only thing we had to do was make sure that we allowed about a 1/8 inch space between the interlocking tiles so that they would fit nicely together. We started first by placing the border which we cut to size with a masonry wheeled hoe. Once the border was in place, we snapped the tiles in place.

Once we were ready to put them down, we started with the long wall. After the end of the wall was finished, we started the side of the room. We then started the next side and met up with the end of the wall. The final step was to snap the final row of tiles next to the edge of the border and that was it!

Step 4: Get the Dance Floor Ready for Dancing

First, you want to sweep up all of that debris that you have accumulated from ripping out your concrete. Nothing like a little extra motivation to get everyone sweeping.

Step 3: Enjoy the Dance Floor with Less Headache!

This will make your dance floor stay nice and sturdy. Different size pilings can be used to keep the dance floor from shifting. If by chance you don’t want to worry about securing the dance floor, then you may just want to use a wooden dance floor as shown above.All you have to do is place it directly on the dirt. This will give you a very sturdy dance floor and it will still look good to your eyes. The only drawback of this type of dance floor is that it can get sort of dirty. Just leave it out in the yard for an hour and the dirt will easily wipe off.

How to Choose the Right Fence for Your Yard

More often than not, the fence you choose for your property or yard can make or break your property in terms of value and aesthetics. As such, it is important to choose the right type of fence for your needs and for the look you are aiming for. While there are many types of fence out there, here are the major types to give you an idea of what to expect and how they differ.

Wooden Fences

Because wood is one of the most aesthetically pleasing materials out there, wooden fences are a great choice for many properties. While they tend to be a bit thicker and less stable than other types of fence, they are incredibly good at holding up against severe weather conditions and could last for a long time if maintained properly. [50]

Concrete Fences

Concrete is a material typically not associated with fences, but many homeowners are going to and courthouses for their guard rails. As it is known for its durability, it is also used in the construction of barbed-wire fences, which is a style that is becoming increasingly popular for residential properties. [51]

Wire Fences

Wire fences are another common type of fence, especially in farmlands where it is essential to keep livestock in a contained area. Wire fences are popular because they are relatively easy to set up and take down depending on what you’re using it for. [52]

Post and Rail Fences

As the name implies, post and rail fences are made with simple wooden poles from which you can attach the rails and other accessories. While they may be the simplest type of fence to set up, they also tend to be the shortest and are limited in what you can do with them. [53]

Final Touches to Your Backyard Dance Floor

Once you have completed the dance floors with interlocking bricks, you’re going to want to finish it off so it looks like a real dance floor.

The first thing that you’re going to want to do is make sure the dance floor has flat surfaces so it’s safe for dancing. You may need to build up walls around the dance floor so it will have a consistent level surface.

You can also make the dance floor out of concrete so you’ll want to level the ground out to be able to put the concrete down. You’ll want to make sure you put sand down to make it easier for the concrete to set and for people to walk on. Also, adding anti-slip texture to your concrete will also make it safer for the dancers.

When you’re finally ready to bring on the music, be sure to leave enough space between your speakers because you don’t want them to be opposite each other. Sounds waves can actually cancel each other out when played off of opposite speakers.

You’ll also want to have some background lighting for your dance floor area or for your bar if you have one. A dance floor and a bar are going to need some ambient lighting so people can actually dance or see the drinks.

Contrary to what a lot of people think, you can have the best dance floor in all of town. Just follow these steps to make the perfect dance floor.

Step-By-Step: No-Sew Solar Clothing for Kids

I’m a big believer in teaching kids about environmentally-friendly living before they get too old, but it’s a challenge on the homestead. You can’t go into a store and find good stuff that’s non-toxic or sustainably made.

I’m always looking for projects for the grandkids (I’m their favorite grandma! <Grin>), and I came across something recently that would be fun to create.

It involved little, if any, sewing, and it used some special techniques I had never used before. The end result was a really professional-looking piece that would be fun to wear and a great educational tool.

Lighting Options

You'll probably want to light up your dance floor, but doing so can be tricky. I'll speak from experience when I say that strings of normal light bulbs don't look good, if you want your dance floor to look like a real dance floor. The main reason for this is that your bulbs will be spaced too far apart, and will have a light hanging straight down.

The best option I've found for lighting a dance floor is tape lights. They don't look as fancy as commercial lighting options, but they give off a heatless glow that looks very dance-floorish.

You can get tape lights at the supermarket, hardware store, or lighting store. They're as basic as can be. I've had some tape lights for over a year, and they're still going strong.

Marti Michell offers some other great ideas for inexpensive (but still very attractive) dance floor lights.

She offers an all-string light kit, a single light kit, and enough light to cover a 4×8 foot dance floor.

Tips to Keep out of Debt

Here are a few things I get/do to make it hard for me to fall into too much debt.

Make a List of Things I Need

One thing that I do to help me spend less is making a list of things that I think I need. I try to think about things that I'll need in the near future. This helps me focus my shopping for things that I actually need. I think that if I take a month to consider the things I'll need in the near future, I'll buy those things and won't buy any impulse things.

Make a Budget and Stick to It

As for budgeting I do on-line with a site call Virtual Wallet. If you have a debt problem and are too busy to sit down and go through all your bills and figure out what you're spending money on and where – you can use this solution.

This is a free service that helps you to align your spending with your monthly income. It is very easy to install, and you can keep track of your net income and expenses in an easy to use format.

Get a DJ

Contact a DJ in your area and ask about their DJ lighting and fog machines. Most have these accessories for special effects which are required for indoor lighting, but keep in mind that they also will turn your backyard into the discotheque your friends are hoping for!

If you’re not sure which DJ to hire or if you’re just not sure of prices, these editorial sites have been helpful to me when getting quotes in the past:

How to Make the Dance Floor

Once you have the DJ and the music you want, you’ll need to figure out how you’ll be making the dance floor.

Inflatable Dance Floor

This is a more inexpensive idea, however it is not exactly what I would call a permanent solution. If you are hoping to build this floor once and never have to worry about it again, this may not be your best option.

The main reason for this is that the inflatable dance floor doesn’t exactly need to be a dance floor. It can be any item, such as a hammock, a tent, a pool, etc. By the time you cover the top of your dance floor with the top layer of wood, there probably won’t be a whole lot of room left for dancing.

Now that doesn’t mean that you can’t dance on it, but it will be a problem if half of the party is dancing and the other half wants to play volleyball. So it’s important to choose a dance floor that is big enough to accommodate everyone that you expect to show up.

The inflatable dance floor can be purchased in two different options. The first is a floor with 2 separate layers, an inner layer and an outer layer. The second option is a floor with only one layer. The 2 layer version comes with a double-sided tape that you stick down on your yard for traction. The single layer version doesn’t have this, so you’ll need to think of a solution for the floor. If you have wood on your dance floor to put the floor over, this shouldn’t be a problem. Or, you can just have the DJ spray down the ground with his fog machine to add some slippery traction.

Conclusion

If you’re looking for a way to spice up your backyard, you can consider building your own dance floor. There are tons of different kinds of dance floors that could fit in perfectly with the theme of your backyard.

At the end of the day, dancing is a great form of enjoyment, and a pretty awesome way to interact with your friends, family, and neighbors. Now all you need to do is find a way to build one.

Budget

Before you start drawing up plans on how you’re going to build that dance floor, you need to think about the timeframe you have to get the job done. The last thing you want to do is go out and buy all of your materials before the job is even started. The last thing you want is to have various tools and materials lying around and to be trying to create a dance floor that isn’t going to get built anytime soon.

So if you do have a time restraint, build your floor based on that time restraint and don’t get too carried away. Don’t fall into the trap of getting overwhelmed with tools and materials. Just take a step back and think about what you’re going to need to complete the job. There’s no need to go overboard just because you can.

Materials

When it comes to building a dance floor, you’re going to need a few tools and materials. For example, you’re going to need a saw of some sort to cut the plywood. So if you don’t have a saw, make a list of tools that you could use. If you don’t have a tool, write that down, and you can figure out a way to get it.

Now you’re going to need some plywood. If you’re using a saw, there are some woods home improvement stores that you can’t use, so make sure you check to make sure your plywood is going to work. If you’re doing something complicated with your floor, you might also want to consider using metal as well.