We where contacted a few months ago to dismantle an american 8ft pool table in a downstairs room that had water problems and required re-tanking .
We dismantled the table and got the call to reassemble after the room was made water tight .
We noticed problems with the table on strip down , the bolts in the cushions do no align up and a couple where missing the feet had not been screwed in and secured making levelling almost impossible, and one cushion having just one bolt in .
the slate also had problems the corner pocket falls had been re-cut by someone , The supplier from new apparently !
the above photo’s on take down , notice legs Formica is cracking !
Hammer marks in Formica finish by first re-covering from supplier. there where several cushions with these marks in , caused by the hammering in of cushion retaining slip and not placing the wood tapping block on the slip only , unacceptable workmanship.
Large Chip to end of capping , this flipped off when we took the cushion retaining slip out and we re glued it back on
We upgraded the clients table with a no added charge upgrade for better quality cloth , we prefer to use Strachan Super Pro worsted cloth on american pool tables
The main reason is the burn marks on nylon from impact of balls , is not so pronounced with this worsted mix fibre cloth , and it forms much easier around those deep dish centre pockets , and is made by the No 1 Cue sports cloth manufacturer Strachan at Stroud in the west of England .
The finished table in Strachan super Pro Royal blue , our thoughts on this table is that the customer’s had a raw deal when they bought this table for £2500 Brand new , the table was set up wrong had bolts missing , the outer pockets and frame work where loose with gaps in , and the slate falls are shocking , the slate also had residue of Green cloth before the original red , making the slates second hand and not brand new , the bolt holes for the cushions where slotted , in my opinion the slates where not originally for this table and had been sourced from a second hand other make table and used on this supposed to be Brand New table .
I really feel for the Clients , they have now owned the table for over 10 years so any complaints to the original supplying firm is not going to get much of a response .
We like to think we improved the table , making sure all cushions where secure and no gaps between each pocket plate or lower shroud. and we repaired those loose feet to make levelling easy to do .
We do get these badly manufactured tables to put right or improve from time to time , and tomorrow we are fitting a sub frame to a 8 ft dining snooker table that has faulty lifting system , visit the GCL Blog site later this week to see how we are converting this table to a fixed height table by making a sub frame with 8 levelling points with adjustable cross members .