POOL TABLE FAQ & GUIDES

Can I move my pool table in one piece? 

 

Only if you have a coin operated one piece slate table.  Any other pool tables, it can damage the pool table.  All other pool tables must be dissembled and moved correction without damaging the frame or slate pieces.  Moving a table in one piece can cause permanent and severe damage to the frame, legs and rails. 

How much does a pool table weigh? 

 

Depending on the size, type of wood and thickness of the slate, a pool table can weigh anywhere from 600 to 1200 pounds.  This should be taken into consideration when moving it upstairs, as the floor support may cause a flex and create the level of the table to change.

 

What’s so special about Aramith and Brunswick pool balls? 

 

These higher grade pool balls are made of phenolic resin rather than cheaper acrylic balls.  Higher grade balls have a higher resistance to friction and won’t burn your felt.  Overtime, you may notice white dots on the playing surface of your pool table felt.  Those are actual burns in the fabric.

 

Maintenance required for a pool table?

 

Pool tables don’t require too much maintenance.  It’s suggested to keep the table covered with a thick plastic, leather or naugahyde cover when not in use.  Table should be brushed periodically and brushed only in one direction.  It’s ok to keep the wood frame polished but suggested that no sprays are used, as overspray can get on the cloth.  One thing you should never do is vacuum your pool table felt!  Vacuuming can make the felt come loose or make the felt fuzzy. 

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Choosing A Pool Table

After finding out your room size and which sized table would fit, next is to choose what type of table you’d want.  If there’s a brand you have in mind, you can always start there. If not, there are other things you can look at before purchasing a pool table.  Preferably, it is best look at the construction of pool table and the materials that are used.  It is usually best to look for a pool table with a solid hardwood frame (no laminates, processed particle boards and other artificial materials).  Another element to inspect is the slate thickness.  Professional pool tables will have 1” or thicker slate.  Pool tables with slate less than 1” will be less stable.    Next to look at, is the finish of the pool table.  It is best to find a pool table with a polished varnish or hand rubbed oil finish.  Pool tables with polyurethane finishes will cloud up over time. 

Now that you’ve gone over the materials used, next is to look at the overall construction of the pool table.  A high quality pool table will have noticeable differences.  One noticeable difference is the solid wood brackets used and hardwood-cross beams for the slate bed.  Another feature to look at is the reinforced wood leg mounting structure.  Before making a purchase on a pool table, you can perform a simple test by bumping the pool table and watching for it to move or quiver.  If you see the pool table vibrate, this is usually an indication that the pool table has a poor design.

If searching for a used pool tables, some other things to consider are pool table pockets, rubber cushions and pool table cloth (also referred to as felt).  Among the three, it’s most important to check the rubber cushions.  Test the cushions by rolling the ball into the rail.  The ball should make 3-4 contacts with a cushion before coming to a stop.  A sign they are usual dead is if they make a thud sound on contact.  Pool table felt can often times be reused unless it has been glued on instead of stapled on.  If the felt is glued on, the felt may not stretch back out right and will need to be replaced. 

 

Pool Table Felt Size

To find out the cloth or felt size needed for your table, begin figuring out the table size you have. 

If the pool table is assembled, measure the playing area from where the ball makes contact (from side rail to rail).

If the pool table is disassembled, measure the distance from a rail marker sight (diamond or circle) to the next rail marker sight on the SAME rail.

Felt Replacement- Bed

  1. With the right side up (smooth side of cloth) lay the bed cloth giving just enough room to staple the cloth at the Head and Left side.  Staple the cloth at location (1) with a few staples about one inch apart.

  2. Stretch the cloth across the table and place another few staples about one inch apart at location (2).

  3. Next, stretch the cloth from location (1) to location (3) and staple, making sure that it is secured.  Be sure to leave a good amount of cloth on the left side of the table.

  4. Stretch the pool table from location (3) and pull from location (2), then staple cloth at location (4).

  5. On the left side, stretch cloth tightly from location (1) toward side pocket and staple at location (5).

  6. Repeat step 5, stretching from location (3) and stapling at location (6).

  7. On the right side, stretch across table from location (5) and toward side pocket from location (2) and then staple at location (7).

  8. Repeat step 7, stretching across table from location (6) and toward side pocket from location (4) and stapling at location (8).

   9. At location (9), cut a short incision in the cloth right to the centered edge with the side pocket opening.  Holding the cloth firmly, pull the cloth into the side pocket opening and staple cloth under the slate frame.  Complete by stapling cloth to side pocket opening and making sure the cloth is stapled to undercut of slate frame.

  10. Stretching the cloth tightly across the pool table from location (9), repeat step 9 at location (10).

  11. From the head end of the pool table, staple the cloth at location (11).

  12. Pull cloth from location (11) toward location (12) and staple securely.

  13. Stretch cloth tightly from location (11) to foot end and staple at location (13).

  14. Stretch cloth firmly from location (12) and (13) toward location (14) and staple securely at (14).

  15. Staple all along left side (15) about 2 inches apart.

  16. Staple all along head side (16) about 2 inches apart.

  17. Stretch cloth tight towards foot end (17) and staple along foot end about 2 inches apart.

  18. Stretch cloth tight towards right side (18) and staple along right side about 2 inches apart.

  19. Stretch pool table cloth into corner pocket openings and tack to underside of slate frame (19).

  20. Cut holes at all rail bolt locations using scissors or a razor blade (20).

  21. Finish by trimming off excess cloth with scissors or a razor (21).

Please note: Occasionally cloth will stretch due to humidity or other reasons, leaving wrinkles at the pockets or along the sides.  To re-tighten cloth, remove just one end rail and one side rail and pull while stapling along that end and side to restore original tightness.  For Carom tables, ignore steps 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 and 19.

 

Felt Replacement- Rails

PREPARE RAILS

  1. Begin by removing the rails from the pool table and removing all the staples with a staple remover.

  2. Carefully remove the feather strips and put aside for re-use later.

INSTALLING FEATHER STRIPS

  1. With rail face up, place the new pool table cloth on rail with the playing surface down.  Center the cloth on the rail so there is approximately 3-4” of cloth at each end of the rail and ½” of cloth past the feather strip groove.

  2. For the corner pockets, using a pounding block or rubber mallet, tap feather strip in place except for 3” at each end.  Begin approximately 2” from the end of the strip and pull cloth towards rubber cushion 'til the edge of the cloth is about ¾” from the end of the feather strip.  Finish this step by tapping feather strip in place.

  3. For the side pockets, begin about 3” from the end of the rail and pull cloth toward rubber until the edge of the cloth is about ½” from the end of the feather strip.  Finish this step by tapping feather strip in place.

  4. Pull rail cloth tight and finish tapping the strip into place.  Trim excess cloth along the cushion side of the feather strip with a razor blade.  Proceed to fold cloth over cushion and tapping along the feather strip again until the feather strip is even with the rail.

Additional step:  In case feather strips are loose, apply masking tape to the full length of the feather strip.

STAPLING POOL TABLE CLOTH

  1. For corner pockets, pull rail cloth firmly downward and staple four staples along the bottom of the rail (1).  Continue pulling cloth tightly over the end of the rail and staple 2-3 staples in back of the cushion supporting pad (facing).

  2. For side pockets, pull cloth firmly over the nose of the cushion toward the bottom without altering the cushion contour.  Pull the rail cloth firmly toward side pocket before stapling.  Finish this step by stapling cloth to rail bottom about one inch from pocket opening.

  3. Make an incision at nose of cushion and pull strip (1) down to groove.  Staple the strip in place.  Follow it up by cutting or folding excess cloth leaving enough for small fold (2) at the top.

  4. Fold the cloth over and staple at the bottom (1) of the rail and at the groove (2) (about 3 staples each).

  5. Stretch the balance of the rail cloth firmly over the cushion and staple at bottom of rail, starting at the center of the rail and working towards the ends.  Space staples about one inch apart.  Make sure that the rail cloth is snug but not tight enough to alter the shape of the cushion.

  6. Trim excess rail cloth from rail with scissors or a razor blade, making sure that only ¼” of cloth remains after trimming.

 
 

Replacing Rubber Cushions

1.  When installing the cushions bumpers, do not cut the rubber prior to installing.When gluing the cushion to the rail, be sure to have some overhang on each side of the rail.It is important that you identify the top side of the cushion and it’s not being installed upside down.You can check this by looking at it from the side.The top side will appear slightly curved while the bottom side will appear to be flat.

 

2.  Before installing the new cushion bumpers slightly sand and clean off any residue on the rail.Having a clean and smooth surface will help the rubber cushions bond better to the rail surface.

 

3.  Apply a coating of contact adhesive (we recommend using Barge All Purpose Cement) to the rubber and wood surfaces to be bonded.Follow the recommended manufacturer instructions on the can.

4.  When applying the rubber to the rail, it’s important to do in a straight line aligning the top edge of the cushion with the top edge of the rail.Do not attempt to stretch the rubber but make sure it is in contact with the wood the whole length of the rail.

5.  If time allows for it, we recommend letting the cushions sit for several hours before cutting the excess rubber off to ensure that the rubber cushions are dry.To make sure that the cushions keep contact with the wood, we recommend applying a thin strip of scotch tape to the top side where the rubber and wood make contact (this step is preferred but optional).

 

6.  Trim any extra cushion rubber so it is flush with the mitered and flat sides of the rails.We recommend using the Hyde Cushion Rubber Knife but a sharp razor knife will work as well.Continuously dipping the blade in water will make the cutting process a lot easier to prevent the blade from getting caught in the rubber.

7.  When the extra cushion is removed, install the cushion facings.Coat the facing and the end of the rail/rubber with adhesive.If using new facings, allow for glue to dry before trimming the facings.Once dry, trim the extra facing rubber following the outline of the rubber cushion and rail.To ensure the facing doesn’t move around while trimming excess off, we recommend applying a staple or two to the facing into the wood part of the rail.

 

Pool Table Room Size

When figuring out how much space you need for your pool table, begin with measuring the inside playing surface.  A 9’ regulation size pool table is going to require more room size than a bar size 7’.  A good rule of thumb is to have at least 4’-5’ space between your pool table and walls.

 

Table size:

7’ Foot Pool Table – 38”x76” playing area (7’x3.5’ Table Size)

8’ Foot Pool Table – 88”x44” playing area (8’x4’ Table Size)

9’ Foot Pool Table – 50”x100” playing (9’x4.5’ Table Size)

 

Now that the size of your table has been determined, it’s time to figure out the minimum room dimensions needed.  Given that the standard pool cue used is 58” long, you should have close to 5 feet of space on all sides.  Here is a basic reference, but a lot depends on how much space you are willing to sacrifice and which size cues you’re using.

 

Room size needed for a:

7’ Foot Pool Table – 13’ 6” x 16’ 8”

8’ Foot Pool Table – 13’11” x 17’ 4”

9’ Foot Pool Table – 14’ 6” x 18’ 4”

 

Please note that if you use a shorter cue you will be able to use a smaller space.

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