Here are some tips to look for when Purchasing a used pool table.
As with any major purchase, buying a used pool table can be a difficult and at times lengthy process. The more informed and educated that you are about pool tables can make this process a lot easier.
Pool Table Room Dimensions: Weather your placing your newly purchased used pool table in a game room, garage, bar, patio, or outhouse, you must make sure that your pool table comfortably fits in the area that you have provided. Different pool table sizes and pool cue sizes are available to make this possible. The "Regulation" size for a pool table simply means that the width is half of the length.
Table sizes are as follows:
~ 3 ft X 6 ft (Kid's Size)
~ 3 1/2 ft X 7 ft (Bar Style)
~ 4ft X 8 ft (Most Common Size)
~ 4ft 3in X 8ft 6in (Oversized)
~ 4 1/2ft X 9ft (Professional Size)
~ 5ft X 10ft (Snooker size)
~ 6ft X 12 ft (Snooker Size)
Pool cue sizes are as follows:
- 36" inch
- 42" inch
- 48" inch
- 52" inch
- 57" inch
Cloth Inspection: Inspect cloth for visible tears, dings and scratches specially near or inside of the pockets. Normal wear will also be seen by dings in the "Breaking" area, also look for color fade usually caused by a pool table being exposed to extreme sunlight. If the cloth is in reasonable playing condition, it can usually be reused when the pool table is moved, as it will be removed from the slate then put back on.
Cushion Inspection: Visibly check cushions by throwing a ball against each rail to check for precise bounce and response. Look for dead rails that will normally kill the response of the ball. Some dead rails can be repaired by simply being re-glued. Some rails can tend to dry rot or soft rot by being under extreme heat exposure, usually caused when a pool table has been sitting in storage, or under direct sunlight for a long period of time. Some of the most common style cushions out there are: K66, K55, There are also tournament grade cushions like, Accufast cushions made by Olhausen and Accuspeed cushions made by Brunswick.
Pocket Inspection: Weather you're looking at a leather or plastic drop pocket pool table, inspect web pockets for any tears on them, loose staples or screws, Normally they can also be replaced, but they're not cheap.
Slate Inspection: Inspect slate by looking under the pool table. Check for any cracks or holes. Slate is very heavy and expensive and its the whole soul of the pool table. Cracks or holes can be repaired by using bees wax or putty, but a full piece of slate can be very expensive to replace. Normally pool table slate comes in 3 pieces, which makes them easier for Installers to move. Older or coin operated pool tables usually come in one whole piece, and are extremely heavy to move.
Inspect Pool Table Frame: When looking under the pool table also inspect the support frame for any cracks in the wood of breaks in the joints. The frame is what supports the slate and the base that will provide for the slate to level out correctly. Also inspect any wood or metal bracings in the corners or joints of the frame. Pool tables come equipped with double, triple (as seen on the illustration), or quadruple beam bracing. The sturdier the frame, the sturdier the pool table will be.
General Pool Table Maintenance: Now that you have your newly purchased used pool table in its designated location, its perfectly leveled and you're happy with your purchase, its time to maintain your fun investment and here's a few tips on how.
* Always use a felt brush to clean and dust your pool table. Brush in one consistent direction. A vacuum cleaner can cause your felt to stretch and cause air bubbles in the felt.
* Use chalk that matches your felt color, or you will see scuff marks of a different color chalk that are hard to remove.
* Keep glass, bottles, cans or any kind of drinks away from the pool table.
* Get a good cover to use when the pool table is not in use. Cats love to jump on pool tables and create damage, not to mention when dogs like chewing pockets. A good cover will also protect from sunlight damage that can cause your felt to fade in color.
* High humidity can cause the felt to stretch and cause air pockets under the felt. Try to keep you pool table room temperature controlled, at least when its time to play.
* Spray a wood polish cleaner to keep wood looking fresh and shiny. Spray the cleaner on the rag first, then wipe on the rails, overspray on the wood can cause it to stain the felt.
* Horizontal lines will fade after normal use, when your cloth is freshly replaced.
* DO NOT try to pick up and move any pool table, stand or jump on top of it. Certain movements can cause shims to go out of location, slate pieces can shift, causing the pool table to go off level.
We hope these tips on purchasing and maintaining your pool table could help. If we could answer anymore questions or be of any further assistance, please don't hesitate to contact us.
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