[SCA-Dance] Dance Floor Maintenance

David Learmonth david.a.learmonth at gmail.com
Wed Jul 2 08:56:23 EDT 2008


I'm making one quick last request that someone hopefully confirm what
type of Plywood I am supposed to be ordering for replacement Floor
Boards for the Pennsic Dance Floor?

I'm also emailing SCA Dance, just in case Flip and other original
builders aren't on the Pennsic dance list.

So, if anyone can confirm what I should be calling this plywood in
particular, please let me know.  Here were my and other guesses so
"3/4 inch, tongue in groove"
that the flooring itself is actually subflooring, rather than another
grade of plywood.

If anyone can confirm this for sure, before I order 16 new sheets of
it and completely screw up the floor, and our budget, please please
please let me know!  I am no expert in the materials, and I need to
order this Now, because my car won't fit the plywood once I get there,
so I need pennsic staff to grab it for me.  Thank you for the feedback
on this.

Oh, and secondly, if anyone knows exactly what procedure to follow for
waterproofing and priming the new boards, that would also be helpful.


On Thu, Jun 26, 2008 at 3:00 PM,  <pennsicdance-request at pbm.com> wrote:
> Hello all,
> I'll probably want Flip or other key dance floor reconstructionists to
> contact me on this, but I basically just wanted to confirm a detail or
> two, as we the floor staff are planning some much needed maintenance
> for this year  (it is time to buy some new plywood and start making
> some new floor boards).
> Basically, I wanted feedback asap on what we need to order, as I am
> putting in a request to the pennsic supply people this week, so that I
> don't have to figure out how to move plywood in my honda civic.  :)
> Our intention is to purchase 16 sheets of plywood this year, and to do
> all the initial treatments required.  As for painting designs on them,
> some of that might happen this year, but most of it will be in the
> next year or two.  Gwommy and I were discussing, and based on how the
> floor has been holding up since initial construction in 2001, we are
> thinking that making a purchase like this, and a larger construction
> effort, should happen every 3 years, and that 16 sheets should be
> around 1/4th of the size of the floor, so something in the order of a
> 12 year lifespan.  (but this is flexible.  We've just realized that
> especially with the heat, we want to be reasonable in our undertaking,
> while still planning to get the floor up and running by the middle of
> the first week).  Oh, and by doing this job every few years in
> batches, it should be more economical on supplies (less paint drying
> out and such), and easier for production purposes.
> What I wanted to know is any details about the supplies, and initial
> treatment of the plywood, so that we get the right stuff (And enough
> of it).  I have been a part of it in the past, however I do not
> remember all the details.  Of course we can buy some supplies when we
> get to Pennsic, so it isn't critical to get it perfect right now,
> Except:
> What is the plywood actually called???  I think it is:
> "3/4 inch, tongue in groove"  but I am not sure if there is anything
> else about it.  Chip board?  Not sure.  I haven't purchased plywood
> before.
> Oh, and does anyone think there would be any financial deals if we
> bought a different number of sheets?  Otherwise, we'll get 16 for now.
> I think that is most of what I need to know.  Other than that, it
> sounds like we need some sort of Waterproofing?  And then Primer, and
> the base colour, and the border colour.
> Does anyone have notes on this?  I think I mostly have notes regarding
> putting the floor together.  What is the process?  How long should it
> sit after Waterproofing?  How many square feet would a quart/gallon
> cover?
> Thanks everyone!!!
> Darius
> cell phone at Pennsic, either:  519-384-4938
> Or toll free:  1-877-384-4938
> Message: 4
> Date: Thu, 26 Jun 2008 10:45:20 -0400
> From: "White, John" <john.white at drexel.edu>
> Subject: Re: pennsicdance: Dance Floor Maintenance - Quick questions
> To: <pennsicdance at pbm.com>
> Message-ID: <6C5331B39A8B1343BA05E22EBC9C265F0F67A28B at ace.drexel.edu>
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> I was there for the initial build of the dance floor, and I remember
> that the flooring itself is actually subflooring, rather than another
> grade of plywood.  This was done initially, I believe, because they
> were putting together the bulk of the floor and subflooring is less
> expensive than regular plywood, while being just as strong (and perhaps
> being tongue and groove automatically - i.e. not requiring extra
> milling).
> As I recall, the main drawback was that its definitely a rough surface
> to paint any detail on - not even masking tape made it easier to get
> crisp
> lines because the tape just couldn't be secured well enough to make a
> seal.
> Now, if the floor is being replaced/upgraded in sections, it might be
> cost effective to replace it with a better grade of wood.  However,
> subflooring
> is designed to be walked on, while regular plywood isn't necessarily,
> possibly
> increasing the cost yet again.
> Hopefully someone with the details will chime in - I know that the first
> floor wasn't built on a whim or an impulse ...
>> Thanks
>> Darius
>      \\Dafydd C

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