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Over the years we have come across many 'hack' jobs. It is sad what some installers do to cut corners. The cutting corners they do only hurts the end user by damaging their pool table. The photos and descriptions below are some of the issues we have run across and things you should look out for.

We feel that it is not fair to only show what NOT to do, so we also have a page to show you what TO do.

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The latest in customer attempt to save some money and move their own pool table. The customer managed to get one side of the base frame off, along with the legs, however, snapped two aprons in the process, along with some damage to a pocket. Please Call Us before attempting to move a pool table on your own. Even if you do not have us handle the move, we would be happy to give you instructions on disassembling a pooltable to protect you and your pool table from any damage. broken aprons from moving without taking apart
hacker not lining up corn post The original installer of this Brunswick pool table did not take the time to square the frame and line up the corner supports. As you can see, the screw to hold the corner come out the side of the base frame. The block should be fitted tightly to the other base wood for the slate to attach to, this block stabilizes the pool table. Notice the space - this table was not very stable.
When your pool table is covered, the cloth is stapled to the wood backing on the slate. When your table is recovered - the old cloth is removed along with the old staples. This table we where moving for a customer, had the original cloth cut off for the recover, leaving the old staples behind. Installers do this to speed up the recover time, however, it doubles the work for the next installer. faulure to remove staples
nails in feathering strip The last installer to recover this table used finishing nails to keep the feathering strip in, most likely do to a lose strip, however, this damages the rail and can cause the rail liner to separate from the rail.
This is the WRONG way to move a three piece slate pool table. The slates on this table WILL shift, can cause hair line cracks at the screw locations and WILL disturb the seams. This will not save any one any time and should NEVER be done. To fix the levels after a move like this the table will need to be disassembled, at which point, why not move it the correct way in the first place. wrong way to move a pool table
wrong way to install pool table pockets This is one of our worst nightmares when getting to a job. Staples on the pockets instead of the wood screws there are suppose to use. Besides the difficulty in removing the staples, the staples damage the pockets, sometimes to the point they need to be replaced. The staples cut through the leather, as the leather ages, the staples cause the tabs to simply break off.
Plaster - another NO NO. Back in the olden days of doing pool tables, yes, plaster was used all the time, however, with new technology available, it should not be used. The plaster dries and then becomes very brittle, over time it breaks down and turns to powder, this makes a huge mess and obviously does not fill in the seams. wrong way to do pool table seams
scotch tape on pool table Another issue, Scotch Tape!?! Really, not sure what the installer was thinking, however, Scotch tape is NOT for seams, its for wrapping presents.
Staple happy to say the least. The installer of this table had no idea what they were doing when they attempted to cover this table. Notice on the very bottom, the one staple on the actual base frame. Cloth can be trimmed, it does not need to be stapled up to hide. over kill with staples and wrong stretch
wrong way to store pool table Sad, this is an Olhausen pool table, kicked up on to its side, with rails still attached and all. First, the rails are attached down through the slate, they might have snapped the aprons off the rails just trying to tip it over; second, the weight of the slate on the rail bolts can cause the slate to crack; third, the pressure placed on the legs when tipped up on its side, can damage the supports. Please don't ever do this!
We arrived to move a table for a client who's moving company claimed they could move it. Once the moving company flipped it upside down and removed the legs, they realized they where in over their head. Luckily for the table owner, the slate did not crack. NEVER let ANYONE do this to your table. wrong way to move pool table
staple on cushions While recovering a table we came across this. The past installer must have run into lose rubber(cushions) instead of the correct rubber cement fix they stapled the rubber to the rail, major NO NO. This will not only damage the rubber, it will also change the way this table plays, inconsistent bounce.
This is one of my favorites, found on a classified ad. Can you spot the problem? I really hope the owner of the table didn't pay anyone to do this install. The legs are all on backwards, amazing this table never tipped over. backwards pool table legs
cracked slate This is broken slate from a table being moved incorrectly. The previous mover attempted to super glue and wax to hide the damage. The hole in the slate is the Rail Bolt hole, which is where the rails bolt up to the table. This break is from attempting to pick up the table by the rails, causing the snap in the slate.
Wedges . . . although this one is glued to the table, we do not suggest wedges because they vibrate out over time. Flat shims are the way to level a table. They do not fall out. I am sure some of you are reading this and remember picking up wedges off your floor from time to time. This installer did glue the wedge to avoid it vibrating our, however, when we removed the slate to move the table, a piece of the particle board backing on the slate came with it. If the right material was used in the first place, damage would not have been done. bad wedges
bad seams This is a great example of moving a table incorrectly and how it can disturb the seams. Notice the two lines across the table and how the table looks wavy. When they attempted to move the table without disassembling it, the seams popped. To fix the table needs to be disassembled and the cloth removed, the slate re-leveled one by one and then the seams set with bees wax. Please avoid having this happen to your table.
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