If they were commercial tables you can dance on them with no harm. They
are built to take the abuse. Sounds like some bunch of idiots if they
don't even level a pool table after installing it. Sounds like you
didn't care either. Like with many new products with wood and bolts,
they are going to need maintenance. Even if it was only used by some
little old lady from Pasadena, the rails with need tightening.
Depends on the model. Irving Kaye was known for very high quality
tables, but to stay competitive most all manufactures built some cheaper
low quality stuff also.
Nice looking tables, don't know if they were any
You're either psychic or psychotic. If psychic, tell me what I'm thinking
of you right now. Go put in an app with NSA, and you can make some big
bucks. If you're psychotic, just keep taking your meds.
?Like with many new products with wood and bolts,
They serviced the tables, and split the money. I never saw a loose rail.
When I hire someone to do something, I don't stand there and watch them.
That's called micromanaging, and a bad management technique. When we had a
stuck ball, they'd be right over to get it loose. Tell me someone doesn't
care when an income stream is interrupted. Wait, you already did. Sorry.
You wrote "I don't recall our supplier ever leveling it after the install."
What exactly did that mean?
You wrote "Never ever tightened the
rails, tho. Told them if they were loose and they did it."
That sounded as if a customer complained the rails were loose and they
were told "Told them if they were loose and they did it." What did you
Oh definitely Psychotic! OK, I'll start taking the meds again. ???
(not sure who needs the meds?)
OK, I get it. Still when I was in the business the tables were checked
for level at least every time they were recovered, normally more often.
We even kept a little vacuum cleaner like the little plastic *Dirt
Devil* in the truck. When collecting the money the felt also got
vacuumed every week or two. Besides cleaning the top, it also cuts down
on chalk buildup under the felt that can effect game play.
It's worse than you think, I'm like this without alcohol or other mind
I suppose I was so picky because I was also very picky about the upkeep
of the coin-op equipment I owned, and also just as picky for the
equipment I serviced full time for a different coin-op operator.
It isn't that hard to do. But it may be a little time consuming if
you've never done it. If it is 3 piece slate, fill the seams with
either bees wax (prefered) or some type of plaster of paris.
Start by setting up the frame and leveling. Then install the slate and
re-level by placing shims (usually matchbook covers or the like
between the slate and frame). Let it stand a day or two to settle into
the carpet, if you have carpet (if you have the time). It will
probably need leveled again after everything is installed tho. So no
Install the bed cloth from end to end first. Then the sides, then cut
and fit the pockets. Don't stretch too tight, but firm. The tighter
you stretch it, the faster it will play.
Install the rail cloth. Most home tables have pieces of wood that hold
the top of the rail cloth. Be carefull not to break these. They are
not expensive, just a pain in the ass to get them. Usually pulling the
cloth up will release them. If it don't have the wood strips, them
both the top and bottom rail cloth is stapled. Wrapping the corners of
the rails are where it gets tricky. Take your time. A good installer
will be able to wrap the side pocket corners rather than fold them.
So, if you decide to hire someone, ask them if they wrap the side
pocket corners. Some of the less experienced only fold them over.
Which is ok, but not quite as good.
There are many good brands of cloth. Simonis is the prefered cloth of
pro's because it will allow the cue ball to spin more. But there are
others that are almost as good. Don't buy too cheap tho.
If you decide to hire someone, call a FEW poolhalls and ask them for
names. Just because they charge alot doesn't mean they are good at it.
Again, they best will wrap the side pocket rails. The beginners will
fold them. <~~~~key to hiring a pool table mechanic
If you have any questions, feel free to email me.
Hank <~~~not the best player, but won a few State and national
It sounds as tho you will be one of the few that will get their
money's worth out of a pool table. Most use it for a short period and
then stack shit on it.
reply: People in my house know better than to put stuff on my pool table.
I let others play with the same rules I learned by: you have to be as tall
as a stick to play. Knock the ball off the table, and you're out for an
hour. Second time, the day. No slam banging. Funny, after I show some of
the kids the right way to do it, they just slow down by themselves seeing
that aim is better than strength.
There are a couple of books available only on the internet called...
"Pool Table Sales and Service" - Conway
"Secrets to a Perfect Pool Table Recovering Job" - McCauley
Most of the pool players hang out at the following forum. Might want to ask
Billiard table cloth...
I watched a "pro" recover a snooker table and he repaired some flaws in the
slate at the same time. It took less than half an hour to make the repairs
and put a new felt on, replace the rails and re-level the table. It was fun
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