Snooker and pool table recover in Leicestershire – all pub and club owners & managers read on

We are acquiring snooker and pool table recovering work in Lincoln, Derby & Nottingham plus surrounding counties, but not enough work is coming our way from Leicestershire, so I am about to target that area for extra work.

We are an East midlands based company and would like to hear from any Secretery,  Club Managers or owners of bars, pubs, snooker and pool halls in the Leicester area.

We are busy, which shows that we are regarded as one of the best Pool and Snooker table maintenance companies with one fitter having served for over 37 years in the cue sports industry.  If your table is coming up for a recover, then please enquire about our pricing.  We can quote for any work you may require.

Why choose GCL BILLIARDS ?

We listen to our clients, we do not rush jobs and we strive to improve the table.  We may not play the game, but our most important aim is to please those that do.  We always use top quality cloth and rubber and supply such things as the new improved pro lighting that is sweeping the country at the moment.

GCL BILLIARDS are based in LONG EATON which is close to junction 25 of the M1.  From there we can go north, south, east or west and be in any of the 4 or even 6 counties that surround us within an hour or so, even less.

We are very proud to be recommended by the Nottinghamshire Billiards & Snooker Association.  This shows our expertise in the maintenance of Snooker and Pool tables and our work has been passed by the players and officials associated with the NBSA.  They would not just recommend any one !

We are also one of the main firms for Pub Pool table recovering to league standard in the East Midlands with our time served billiards fitting experience.  We apply the same high standards to our pool table work.  We do not operate amusement machines, we are 100% Snooker and Pool.  We know one of the most moaned about jobs that is never put right is the simple job of leveling a pool table.  We take our time and include leveling as well as cleaning the ball runs inside the table of all grease from sweaty hands and cloth build up that forms a hard black wax on the ball rails making some balls stick.  Players pick up one end and smash down resulting in broken feet or legs.  We do a full service on the table and this helps stop all the abuse that can be the cause of a sticking ball.

We always check for level twice, once using a very accurate engineers level and then double check using a digital level.  Using a £20 note to show our clients that the table, if 0.1% out, is only out by the thickness of a £20 note.  However we strive for 0.0%.

WE ALSO RENT TABLES OUT with two recovers a year in the contract for Summer and Winter league starts.  We think we offer the best hire rates localy that operates a proper maintenance schedule.  As stated above we are not amusement, sweety machine, or gambling machine operators, we just do cue sports tables.  We are good at what we do.  There is nothing worse than a recover from a fruit machine mechanic, believe me we have seen enough loose cloths and wrinkled and loose cushions, never mind the level if they ever get round to doing that.  As for the inside of the table, take a look at the photo below of one ball rail that a fruit machine engineer had left.  How do balls roll down that filth without sticking ?

PHONE GCL BILLIARDS TODAY for a proper professional service of recovering, rerubbering, new cushions, level and accessories.  Balls, cues and even pro lighting can be supplied.

Below: same table with Dirty ball rails

Dirty greased rails

NEW CUEBALL CLUB DERBY under new ownership re-opens Friday 25th January

The Former Riley Qball under Roller World on Mansfield Road Derby is re-opening under the new ownership of Danny Cooper who has taken over the Lease , and General Manager Paul Beech.

Opening has been set for  Friday the 25th of January , table bookings from 5.30 on the day and a Curry buffet is provided for the evening by Slice of India .
YOU ARE ALL INVITED ! https://www.facebook.com/#!/events/329689363806413/?suggestsessionid=ca328c87c9a88466eaa2f5dcb5f41b13
Work has been on -going with refurbishing of the Bar Area , main hall and Snooker and Pool tables.

 

Another install of new pro lighting

Today we have been hanging two sets of lights above two tables at a club in Derby.  The team who play out of this club spotted some that I had supplied at another club in the same league and was that impressed they requested GCL BILLIARDS to supply new lighting to their club.

The club did provide me with an electrician for the connection of power to the lighting, making sure there was an earth feed to the wires, which on this occasion there was not as the old shades were wooden and required no earth.  So a new earth was sourced and connected to the hidden sockets for the lights.

On this installation there were two beams, so the lighting units could not be directly mounted to the ceiling.  We used the existing chain from the old shade and mounted two three metre box section steels to each set of lights.  This kept the lighting together and easy to install.  They are approx 5 foot from the bed of the table to the underside of the lighting.

Above you can see the old shade taken down which had three 150 watt bulbs in a total of 450 watts.  The new lighting has 4 tubes at 58 watts each totalling 232 watts.  That’s nearly half the running costs of the old shades and much improved lighting.  These old shades used to retail at around £350 in the 1980’s.  The new pro style lighting are ….just gone up by £10.70p to £239.70p …sorry but just been informed of increase in cost of tubes and light unit from 1/01/2013 . but still great value.

Notice we have protected the bed of the newly re-covered tables by using dust sheets and plenty of cardboard and blankets.  The level of the tables was checked after installation and only one leg had to be shimmed on the near table.

GCL BILLIARDS stock the new pro style lighting which have high frequency tubes and do not flicker like the old fluorescent tubes with side starter inserts.  The balls have less side shadow and the whole table is lit that much better.

Priced at just £239.70p including postage for a twin unit plus any hanging kit required, or £135.50p  for a pool table plus hanging kit if required. NO VAT CHARGED.  If the club is local I will help to install and deliver personally.

Enquiries phone Geoff on 07753 466064 or 0115 972 5355.  Or email c.large@btinternet.com

Sad News Dave Gibson of Beeston snooker Hall Passed Away

It is with great sadness that I have been informed of the passing of David Gibson of Beeston Snooker Hall in Nottinghamshire aged 78.  I have known Dave for many years since the 1960s aged 14, when I used to wag an afternoon French lesson at school in the winter months and go down the Billiard Hall with many of my school mates for a warm on the pipes that surrounded the hall.  Little did I know back then that I would be re-covering the tables in there one day as a time served billiards fitter.

Below is a photo of Beeston Snooker Hall – notice those large warm pipes around the outside edge.

Dave was always one for inventions and gadgets, and was keen to show people what he had achieved by experimentation or manufacture.  For Instance, before computer controlled lighting for snooker tables, Dave invented a timer with mechanical digital counters for hours and mins used.  Many of the internal parts came from the pinball and slot machine industry.  My own boss John Hopkin at Elston and Hopkin Billiards Ltd bought one in 1980 for our new 18 table Snooker Hall on Newark Street, Nottingham (now the Spot On club).  We also bought a cue sanding tipping machine that Dave had made up with a sewing machine motor and rotating sanding disc.

Dave had made in perspex a special marking out device for baulklines.  He experimented with heat and anti slate bow bars on his tables in the hall.  I was shown on one recent visit a ball ramp with a laser attached.  This ball ramp with measure of incline and adjustable incline was used to measure such things as ball travel on a cloth, rubber rebound value and distance rebounded and by using the laser light on the back of the ball as it rolled off the ramp, you could see the ball roll off due to nap or table being out of level.  Dave was a very clever man and was well respected in the snooker and billiard community.  He got to know many of Beeston’s Snooker and Billiards players by first name.

Dave always kept a good stock of cues and accessories at the Hall.  The above photo shows his range of cues on rotating tables for easy viewing.  This was another one of Dave’s inventions.  The photo below has another of Dave’s gadgets at the left hand side of the display case, but don’t ask me what it is for.  I think it is for some sort of game played on the table.

Dave sponsored the local snooker competitions and leagues over many years since the 1960s in and around Nottingham and Derbyshire.  He also purchased many trophies, one such trophy made out of bronze was very heavy and stood 4 foot high approx.

Dave was also a Committee member of the NBSA which is the Nottinghamshire Billiards & Snooker Association of which he was a valued member.

In the 1970s Dave came over to my uncle’s firm where I was working at that time.  I had just started work as a Trainee Billiards fitter back then and Dave gave me some useful information of where I was going wrong that day as I was having difficulty in recovering some cushions, so you could say he had some early input on my career as a Billiard fitter.

It was only recently (November 2012) that I jogged Dave’s memory of what he had taught me back then.  I think he was a bit chuffed that he had some input and could see that I had taken my training as a billiards fitter seriously and after 37 years was still at it.

David Gibson’s funeral is to take place on the 22nd of January 2013 at 11.45am at Bramcote Crematorium (Main Chapel).
My condolences to wife Kathy and family and friends too many to mention by name.

Geoff Large
Billiards fitter
GCL BILLIARDS

I attended David’s funeral today and what a turn out he had , a large number of friends and relatives seated and standing at the rear , Dave would have been proud that he had so many well wishers at his funeral .
and I know Kathy would like to wish everyone who attended a big thankyou for attending the Funeral .
A great send off for Mr Snooker as many knew him .

Enquiries for the new Pro Lighting units for Snooker and Pool tables

We are getting more enquiries mainly in the Nottingham and Derby area for the new twin tube units that are high frequency non-flicker with white light tubes and ideal for cue sport use.

We will post out two units for a full size snooker table including tubes for £229 a set or £130 per single unit for a pool table.  Rated at 58 watts per tube, the lighting is very good and local players in Derby can experience this at Mickleover British Legion, where the Match table has had this new lighting installed along with a full renovation of the playing surface in strachan 6811 tournament and Re-place the Rubber for new Northern rubber .

If local I will deliver personally and help install the lighting and then check for table level after install.  Only qualified electricians with a part P qualification are allowed to connect any electrical units up by law.  This is for your own insurance standards too.  Even though these units are as easy to connect as a three pin plug, they should be wired up by qualified electricians AND MUST BE EARTHED !

If ceiling is a short distance we recommend fitting directly to the ceiling for that neater look (see above photo).  If it is a high ceiling then a hanging wire fitting kit will be required which is an extra cost (see photo below).

or we may even suggest for ease of fitting , to use the existing chain from youre old shade like the photo below . for full size tables this will require two 3 metre lenths of U channel available from B&Q for not much extra. around £6 a lenth ?

Many thanks to the pubs and clubs who have had the new lighting installed and for recommending GCL BILLIARDS to visiting cue sports teams for both snooker and pool tables lighting .  There is nothing worse than a dimly lit table and as these three photos prove, a well lit table is an inviting table to play on.  I am sure the takings will go up too which has been proven in some of the clubs that have had these light units fitted.

CONTACT GEOFF ON 07753 466064 FOR MORE INFO AND TO PLACE AN ORDER.

A couple of photos showing the correct undercut of rubber angle

Here are a couple of photos showing in photo 1 a not so good effort of finished undercut at the corner pocket.  This one more so because it is supposed to be a steel block match table.  I have seen much worse than this, but to point a few things out, the rubber at the top edge is too sharp and can cause the cloth to split if left sharp.  Yes rubber can cut through cloth quicker if not sanded slightly at the cut edge.  The undercut is convexed, it has been sanded but not at the back edge, where you can still see knife cut marks.

The second photo Below is of the correct way to undercut the corner angle, nice smooth lines no sharp rubber on the upper edge.  Undercut is concaved to allow for the round edge of the ball to slightly tuck under the lower flat face as it enters into the pocket on impact to the undercut and no knife mark cutting in the undercut at all.
This work was carried out by Geoff large a Time served billiards fitter of GCL BILLIARDS , over the years the art of cutting and shapeing the rubber has not changed much , but the angle and undercutt has been changed many times to suit the modern play and the governing bodies  , some fitters recutt the rubber to the old fashoned angles , if you want it done correctley to modern standards contact GCL BILLIARDS .

SPECIAL NEW YEAR OFFER: Pool Table Recovering in Nottingham, Derby, Lincoln, Newark and Leicester

We will recover in genuine Strachan cue sports cloth any 6×3 or 7×4 UK pool table and include a dust cover, a set of balls, 12 blocks of chalk, new triangle and a brush for just £165.  We have three main colours of cloth available – green, blue or burgundy.

This offer is for the month of January 2013.  Please phone 07753 466064 or email c.large@btinternet.com quoting GCLB3 offer recover/acesspack.

We can also quote as an extra for a new set of cushion rubber.  Please send a photo of the type of Pool table you have to c.large@btinternet.com

We also stock pool cues, rule sheets, cloth cleaning spray, other types of pool balls spots and stripes budget quality to high quality, also high quality reds and yellows and chrome free standing cue racks.  Plus we also do the new pro twin tube lighting.  If you would like to upgrade your order to include any of these please ask.

We do not just turn up, do a fast recover and scarper.  We clean the inside of the table and check pockets and ball runs etc.  We also level the table up and iron the cloth ready for play.

When looking for people to work on your Pool table we are second to none in the cue sports industry for recovering and re-rubbering all cue sports tables of any design or make. .
So book us in confidence that your table is in good hands and that the workmanship and materials used are of top quality.

We are time served billiards fitters with over 37 years experience on UK Pool / Snooker / Billiards and 8 ball cue sports tables.

We offer the complete package.  We are not experienced in one part of maintaing cue sports tables, we are experienced in all !

New Client for 2013 , Snooker and Pool tables in Derby

Just got a telephone call this morning from a local well known club that has just been taken over , they where desperate to have 5 tables dismantled for alterations today , I was just enjoying my Christmas & New year holidays and had to cutt it short to come in and do this work for them .

They have 15 full size tables and they are going to have 10 Supreme  Winner pool tables to county pool standard and hoping for a match room with a further 3 or 4 full size snooker tables , located near the Centre of Derby with a large Car park , they have also given the go ahead for one full size table move set up  and Recover plus nets and leathers to start the ball rolling of the Snooker Table refurbishments , then it’s see how they go for more Regular work each month in 2013 .

I would like to thank them for choosing GCL BILLIARDS for the work going forward in 2013 , and also the the people who have recommended us to them . it just goes to show that if you do good workmanship , then the work will come in through recommendation as well as the web site and advertisements.