Our pool table moving service in Arizona is no big secret.
We love what we do and we’ve been doing it for a long time. From Phoenix to Tucson, our happy customers tell it like it is.
And our quality of service is unparalleled, having done it for nearly 11 years and moved nearly 8000 tables.
So let me tell you how the process of moving a pool table works, in case you’re interested and want to do an audit on your local movers… or want to know how we do it!
By the way, I wouldn’t trust any old moving company to do this. It’s a delicate procedure, and you’ll want expert hands and skills doing the deeds…
Your pool table is either a one piece or a three piece slate table, and it’s going to have to be disassembled to be moved or stored.
Now, if it’s a Game Style table, it’s quite a bit trickier than if you have a Furniture Style table.
So let’s talk about a Game Style table…
(There’s a video at the bottom of the page that visually illustrates these steps.)
1. We’re super organized. The more organized you are, the easier it’s going to be rebuild your table, so we label all parts and keep them together in a box for easy retrieval and reference.
2. First you remove the pockets. Unless you have a ball return system in your table, then you would remove that first.
3. Then, you lay down underneath the table to remove the rail bolts using a 14mm socket. There are three bolts per rail, so you’ll have 18 bolts total.
4. You lift the rail system off the table, turn it over, and lay it back down on the table.
5. After that, now that the rail system is upside down and exposed, we remove the corner castings. The corner castings, or miters, are held together by two brackets, so we’ll remove the brackets from each corner first using a flathead drill bit.
The top bracket and the bottom bracket are different from each other — the top is curved and the bottom is flat — so we make sure and label them so that the rebuild goes that much easier.
6. Then, we’ll remove the bolts that hold on the apron system and remove the aprons. You’ll have four aprons, one for each side of the pool table.
Once those are removed you wrap them up in nice and snug so they don’t get damaged in moving or storage.
7. Next, we take off the pockets. Using the 14mm ratchet wrench, take off the two bolts on each pocket casting.
8. You can then take off your rails and wrap them in blankets; 3 rails per blanket.
9. Now we get to pull staples from the bed of your pool table! For this task, you’ll want a staple puller, a pair of needle-nose pliers, and optionally but recommended, a magnetic bowl to put all the staples in.
You want to go all the way around the table, pulling every. Single. Staple. From the side and from the bottom, if there are any there.
The best method for pool table staple pulling is to put a corner of your staple puller under the staple and pull out, toward you. Sometimes the staple comes out in one go, but often, one side of the staple stays in and you need to use your needle nose pliers to pull it out all the way. Be sure and get all the staples or you’ll rip your felt!
10. Now, shake out your felt and fold it up nice and neat. Put it in a bag and keep it separate from the other hardware… bolts and staples and corner castings. You don’t want to rip your felt accidentally by putting it with all the other stuff.
Some billiards table cloth, like Simonis worsted cloth, can cost up to $500 to put on your table so you definitely want to take care of your cloth.
11. Now that the felt is removed, you’ll remove the screws from the pieces of slate. Simply unscrew.
12. Now it’s time to mark the slate. Using a permanent marker, mark the first end piece 1, the middle piece 2, and the other end piece 3. This is the order they go on the table.
13. Pull back one end of each end-piece, leaving the middle slate where it is. Then you’ll mark on the table as well, so you know where to put the slate back down so that the slate screws line back up. Super important!!!
Mark a line along the middle slate but on the cabinet frame, and then a perpendicular line.
Mark the cabinet frame “1” with your pen, under slate 1, and mark the cabinet frame “3” under slate 3.
14. Now you’ll stack your slate off, wrapping it in blankets, of course.
15. And then you dismantle the base, removing all bolts and screws, like you would a book case or dresser, or bed… Make sure and wrap all of your pieces in blankets for safe keeping.
The frame of the table itself — the part that the slates sit on — is typically made of mahogany and doesn’t need to be wrapped.
And the base isn’t really all that heavy. In fact, in some cases, especially if there are no stairs where we’re moving from or to, we may just leave the base intact. But if we, or you, do dismantle the base, wrap it in blankets.
So how was all that? Think you got it? Are you a pro now? :-)
Will you be able to reassemble it properly yourself? That’s a delicate process for sure.
Here’s a handy video if you want to see the visuals for this process. Just follow along with the instructions.
But if you don’t want to do all this yourself, give us a call.
And if you don’t want just any old unlicensed moving company to do it, call us.
We’re pros, and we can practically do it with our eyes closed now. That’s what nearly 13 years in business in the Valley, and moving 9000 tables, will do.
Check out our raving testimonials, and give us a call for a free quote or consultation at 602-628-8008.
Dan & Gang
Licensed & Insured Pool Table Moving
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