How To Move a Pool Table

Pool tables can prove very difficult to relocate due to the shape, size and weight. At a glance, one might assume that moving a pool table is difficult, arduous and frustrating. However, here are some tricks of the trade for how to make the task easier.

First, you will need several items to complete your task. Acquiring a few friends to aid in the heavy lifting is highly recommended. Next, you will want a few tools on hand to make the dis-assembly easier to manage. The tools most likely to ease the move would be a razor blade, socket wrench, staple remover, knife and screwdriver.

  1. The first step to a successful move is to remove the pockets from the table. Oftentimes, the pockets are capable of being popped off by hand. For pockets that are connected using a strap, the staple remover can be used for detachment. With the pockets removed, the tubing used to distribute the balls should come off easily.
  2. Next, you want to remove the rails. The rails are usually connected with bolts from the table bottom and can be removed with a socket wrench. Once the rails have come off, the felt should also be removed. The trick is to avoid tearing or stretching the felt. Otherwise, the felt will need to be replaced. The felt can be detached by lightly using a razor blade at the edges.
  3. Separate the slate and lift it off. You want to have a set destination to place the slate, so this is where having physical help from friends comes in handy. Remove the screws and dislodge the slate. Be aware that you may need the razor blade again to separate any possible glue, keeping the slate and frame attached. Once this is complete, move the frame.
  4. Once you have completed these steps, be very careful to go through and make certain that all of the necessary pieces are collected and ready to make the trip. The nuts and bolts will be needed for reassembly once the table has reached its new destination.

Upon reaching the new destination and having moved the disassembled parts into the location, it is time for reassembling. To reassemble the pool table, follow the instructions above in reverse order. The most difficult part of reassembly will be to balance the table, making sure the slate pieces are level and the felt is reattached. If any problems arise, consult a professional immediately.


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