Originally Posted by Quick Hands
Spartan 94 glad to see you back and improving the theater I have no idea about drains but I have a question for you. I've decided to make my second row of seating a bar also and thought you might have some advice on things you'd do different or improve and do you still enjoy the bar as your second row.
Thanks -- it's good to be back!
As for the bar I built, there are a couple of things. In no particular order:
The surface: I used 12"x12" granite tiles and absolutely love how they turned out. However, the surface under the tiles was probably way overkill. If memory serves me right, I used 5/8" particle under hardibacker board screwed in every 4 (or 6?) inches. The problem with this is that the screws popped out the bottom of the particleboard and I had to go back and add pine 1/4"s underneath the bar so that people wouldn't get there legs stabbed by screws! Another nice thing about using the 12x12 granite tiles is that I didn't have to cut any of them. Big bonus there!
There is a natural "bend" in the bar right at the middle leg and for whatever reason, I can't keep the grout from cracking. It's barely noticable since the grout is dark and the line is thin, but I notice it. I worry that it will crack out someday. I've redone that seam by digging it out and redoing just that grout line, but based on how I built it, I don' think there is anything I can do prevent it from happening in the future.
Lets see, what else -- the height and length and depth (42" by 10'6" by 24" + 4 for the top) is perfect for 4 sitters and you can squeeze a couple of standers in on the ends. I am glad I put in the electrical outlets on the top of the bar, even though they are not hot yet. I still need to run new electric over for the bar and my a/v components. I will do that when I get going on the kitchenette.
And yes, we use it quite a bit. The latest thing we are doing is host "Man Movie Night" where all of the men that I work with come over and watch something that our wives would refuse to watch. Last week it was "Machete". (Awesome flick, btw). I was able to squeeze in 14 people comfortably down there. Otherwise, we will sometimes take our dinner down there and watch something -- which helps in that the kids don't have grubby hands and fingers and food on the fancy chairs.
I think that's about it. If you have any further or more detailed questions, drop me a line!