Today we have been over to a village near Grantham to dismantle a Orme and sons Zulu model table .
The table was coming in for store for the German based owner .
Our instructions from our client where to dismantle bubble wrap and box parts of the table only and bring into Nottingham to be dry stored by jonills removals .
We use jonills as they are experts in the dry warm storage of furniture .
there is nothing worse than a cold damp billiards firms storage warehouse , all sorts of damp problems could occur and problems setting up if the table warps
Jonills are experienced Furniture and house hold goods removals and storage .
We find by using their experience of dry warm storage, this is the best thing for our clients table .
Cloth off and we take note of any filler and damage already on this table .
also any bolts missing , ( one frame bolt centre leg ) and three buttons broken due to owner wood glueing them in .
some damage that we found that had been filled in by previous fitting team .
slates are carefully slid to one end and lifted / pivoted onto soft rail piano trolley , ready to load onto the van .
as you can see neatly loaded onto the van , 5 slates , three double cushions wrapped , end and middle cross members wrapped ,
6 slate support muntin’s wrapped , long sides wrapped , slate lings wrapped , and a box for all balls screws pockets and bed cloth which was a Thick Special Strachan cloth
and also 4 x bubble wrapped of double packed legs .
I did notice that the previous fitter had covered the cushions nap the wrong direction from top to bottom rather than sideways to follow nap direction on bed cloth as is the normal way to do this .
so will also give a full condition report to my client so he is upto date with improvements he may wish to carry out when he has the table re-erected .
and with tools and shade loaded .
Table in dry warm storage at Jonills removals yard and warehouse in nottingham
the shade is stored just a round the corner of the photo.
My client in Germany is now paying Jonills to store the table for him , and he will inform when he is ready to have it delivered to Germany .
all accessories where kept by my Clients Father for safe storage , we only brought in the main table and rest hooks as it stood with the balls / cover / scoreboard / rest’s and cues / and rules , kept back by my clients father for safe keeping .
And if you are in the market for a competitive house move quote I can recommend Dave at jonills removals phone 01159 602092
he also has smaller team vans or van and a driver on some work too .
Piano’s is his specialty too .
Last year I re-covered Manu Tuilagi’s DPT Pool table for him in Leicestershire
Manu also played just around the corner from his house on a friends fulls size snooker table .
it was through playing on this pre 1895 full size billiard table pictured above , that Manu decided he must upgrade from his 7ft pool table to a full size snooker table .
so he contacted me to bring in a full size table for him , I also was on the look out for him and came across an exceptional condition table for a Bargain Price from a house sale .
and the table had to be out of the house so that buyers could appreciate another room that was not meant to be for a full size snooker table .
and it was not far from where Manu lives so an added bonus that we could pick it up and install it all in one day .
The reason it was a Bargain was because the seller was selling his house and the table had been put up in a room that made playing impossible .
the cue distance from cushion to wall being around 20 inch at one end ! as you can see from above photo .
so Myself and Steve dismantled this table today and loaded it onto our van .
and then took it over to Manu’s House for install .
The install at Manu’s was very good access with the van parked right up the Drive , to the sliding bi-fold doors to his Garden Games room
this made for an easy unload and install .
Nothing worse than having to unload and go all around a property and sometimes to the bottom of a Garden to install a full size snooker table .
carrying all the tools every part of the woodwork and wheeling those heavy slates , which can add a couple of hours to a working day .
so it was a delight to install this one with no hassle at all .
And he does make excellent coffee .
As you can see this table had not been played on at the previous owners address , ( the cloth was as new unplayed on )
also the polish was as new too , no belt buckle scratches at all , as can be seen in above photo .
The Excellent condition was mainly down to the handicap of no cue room at each end , and the fact that the previous owner was not at home very much ,
and if he did have spare time it was spent on his main hobby which was not snooker .
The owner had many other interests and hobbies that meant this table was mainly a room filler and not a players table .
In fact by the as new cloth condition , I would say no one ever played on it , as can be seen from the photo’s of the cloth .
Manu had seen another table near Mansfield but after I had shown him photo’s of this table which had just come in for sale, he was delighted and amazed at the condition of it .
and gave me the go ahead to purchase it .
Manu taking his first shot on the table , he is so excited and cannot wait for his mates to come around for a boy’s night in playing snooker .
this table did not get the play it deserved in the previous owners home in fact none at all going by the Excellent condition ,
but I am sure Manu and his mates will get plenty of practice in on it now .
Manu was informing me he is about to return to the Leicester tigers team in a couple of weeks time against Newcastle from a recent injury recovery .
Leicester have two very important games coming up which they must win to have a chance of making the play offs.
losing against Northampton was a bit of set back last weekend .
and now put’s pressure on the Tigers to win their two remaining games .
We wish Manu many hours of snooker on his table and Leicester Tigers good luck in the end of season 2 games battle to gain a play off spot .
Manu Tuilagi playing for Leicester tigers
and for England .
We have two more pool 7ft tables available for rental contracts
I collected these two today from Heywood where supreme have their Factory ,
one of these tables may be reserved as we speak for a site in Ilkeston .
GCL billiards rental contracts are very competitive rate which includes two re-covers a year .
we think we are the best contract rental firm in the East Midlands .
That good that we even have a couple of sites in the Coventry and Nuneaton area’s of the West Midlands coming over to us ,
as they cannot find anyone local that comes close to our contract and what is included in the terms .
and it makes sense as the rental is fully tax deductible and includes those two expensive re-covers per year one every 6 months for winter and summer leagues .
above Heywood supreme pool tables ready for dispatch from Heywood Lancashire.
Supreme Pool tables are considered the best to play on and many leagues have these tables .
spares are always available , but there is a 6 to 8 week waiting time to get new tables , so we try and keep two in at any one time to accommodate new rental clients .
as soon as these two are out on site we will then place another order for two more tables , which will be ready for us to collect in May .
I may change this to 4 tables next time and re-order for two when I get down to 2 in stock , such is the demand for these pool tables these days , we do sell the odd new one too .
We are slowly building our rental sites up , as the word gets out there that GCL billiards is the best firm to offer pool table rental contracts .
we are 100% cue sports maintenance people and we do not get side tracked with having to service fruit machines and other amusement machines .
you want the best firm to maintain your rental table then get a 100% billiards snooker and Pool table fitter in to do that , and not a fruit machine technician .
who is out of their depth with quality re-covering and servicing of cue sports tables .
Geoff Large at GCL billiards has over 41 years as a fully time served billiard table fitter , it would be Hard to find another firm that Rents pool tables Maintenance contracts out with that much personal experience .
And unlike other firms this is not 4 men with 10 years experience tagged together but a genuine 41 years a a billiards fitter .
We have delivered and set up Snooker tables all over Europe , but we are now stopping all the traveling and concentrating on more local work ,
and especially concentrating on building up our pool table rental operation .
We will still offer to relocate full size snooker tables throughout the UK if it is cost effective though .
Below a few Photos of what we do when servicing tables and the type of table we supply is the BRAND NEW supreme winner in Black Pearl cabinet finish .
a typical rental site , this one having two of our 7ft table’s installed .
latest fully slotted and screw down runners , these are less likely to offer ball bounce up
Die cast corners the latest design from supreme with alloy strip at back of cushions to black pearl top .
slate stripped and ready to attach new bed cloth
set up ready for play
latest green badge on our Brand new supplied tables .
Strachan 6811 pure new wool match pool cloth is the preferred cloth we use .
other firms use the thick 777 option we use the best option and best choice of cloth .
Electronic level is 0.1 out of level with a £20 note under it .
Electronic level showing 0.0 level
we take every staple out on a re-cover , Cowboys leave them in and staple over the top