Snooker & Pool Table Recovers

Geoff Large, expert table fitter with 37 years of experience. All aspects of snooker, pool and 9 ball table recovers, repairs and maintenance. My services include: Recover of bed cloth and/or cushion cloth Stretching of bed cloth Re-rubbering of cushions Fitting new pocket nets, leathers and rails Refurbishment and re-polishing Levelling of the table Dismantling, moving, setting up, logistics and storage Pool table hire Service contracts West of England 100% pure new wool first grade cloth used, no seconds.

Snooker table Dismantle and Transport relocation , use GCL billiards for this specialist service

We have 40 years experience of relocating Snooker and Pool tables of various sizes
if you are looking to have a snooker or Pool table relocated then call in the professionals .
GCL billiards have the correct tools and men to move these heavy tables from one location to another .
dorset slates coming off frame june 2105
The heavy slates are the main object that will catch may DIY or man and a van out , they require careful handling and knowledge of safe loading or storing of these Slates correctly  .
We have three of these piano wheels and a slate slide for downstairs maneuvering with ease of just three men .
Upstairs locations may require up to 6 men to lift these slates up  but we sometimes only use 4 men .
a ground floor to Ground floor locations only require two men
bentinck slates and frame
This table only required moving 6 feet , but it still required a full strip down of slates off the frame to move it safely without damage to slate joints
Do not listen to firms who say they can jack up a full size table and wheel it to a new position , this will damage the slate joints and your carpets or floor covering , and may snap the legs in the process too .
GCL billiards men are trained over years of experience to move tables in a safe and responsible way .
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sometimes we are lucky with on site fork lifts , we always look for the easy option , but never cut corners , on this job
We where able to ask the local farmer if he could just fork lift the slates out of the van and up to the floor the tables where being erected back up on .
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If we have to store tables on site , we can also offer a full bubble wrapping service
This table being stored in dismantled form in our Clients Garage , taking very little room up
clitheroe frame up level slates in back
On this job we arrived to find that the client had all ready got the slates and frame upstairs ,
this helps not only in time but in costing as we where only required to send one fitter out to complete this table fitting , with the clients help of putting the slates back onto the frame.
Mark parry frame assemble
When we reach the relocated site , we can start to put the frame parts out ready for assembly
mark parry slates on and linings ready
the slates can go back on and any final leveling done and tack linings refitted
linc brain finished table
And the Table is ready for play in it’s new home
van igor loaded inside cargo
A full size snooker table fits neatly and stacked correctly for transport in the back of our van
Rear view of van Igor
You may see us out and about on the road , our van has distinctive livery of pool theme on sides and Snooker on rear
if you are thinking or having a snooker or Pool table dismantled and relocated , then please get in touch with Geoff Large
with 40 years experience of relocating full size snooker tables , you are in safe hands .

email Geoff below for a quote

c.large@btinternet.com 

POOL TABLE TO RENT @ GCL BILLIARDS


Did you know GCL billiards rent pool tables out to pub’s clubs and staff canteens on full  maintenance contracts .
We have many  tables now  in a few club’s and pubs around the midlands area mainly East midlands , and we also have a major supermarket chain that uses GCL billiards
to supply their new supreme winner pool tables in their staff room / canteens on a rolling contract which we carry out a 6 monthly re-cloth service .
In fact we carry out two re-cloths every year on our tables included in the rental price of £80 per month and no VAT to pay !
We know of no other firm that offers this high maintenance service .
We only wish to cater for a nominal amount of sited rental tables so get on our books while you can  , as we also have a full billiards firm carrying out re-covering and maintenance not only to pool tables but to snooker tables too .
we therefore only wish to have around 40 to 50 machines sited to run alongside our full maintenance billiards firm .
May we point out we are fully qualified billiards fitters and not a fruit machine mechanic who will be maintaining your rental table .
We are 100% cue sports people who understand cue sport players requirements to play on good maintained tables .
we are focused on cue sports rather than coin slot machines in general .
we therefore offer you a better more professional approach to having a fully maintained machine on your premises rather than a poorly maintained one .

initial contract is for 12 month and after that .
we carry out a 6 month rolling contract renewed at each re-cloth stage .
we change the balls every year  , and supply two sets of balls from new .
you have the keys and all that goes in the cash box is yours .
all we ask is you keep to our contract agreement and pay each monthly the rental payment without missing any payments .
So good is this deal that we have two club’s one with three table’s installed and one with 4 table’s installed , as they worked it out that with tax relief it was better to rent than buy .
and not have to worry about paying expensive re-cloth or new cushions or new coin mech .
they just sit back and take the takings from the machine pay the rental each month and have no worries of breakdown costs or maintenance costs ,
and their table always look good with a new re-cloth every 6 months .

we only use top rated cloth Strachan 6811 tournament  as our standard cloth and if you pay a little extra each month you can upgrade to Hainsworth Match cloth .

Tables are cleaned out too so no dusty balls or sticking balls on dirty rail system

we buy the latest green badge tables , so you know you are not playing on a reconditioned 10 year old machine .

the latest tables come with cast metal corners rather than the older plastic chrome corners of the old model .
and the wood finish of all our tables are Black Pearl .
Get in touch with Carol or Geoff Large at GCL billiards to order your new rental supreme winner coin op table and start making money from  your new table as soon as it is installed .
We would like more sites in the Nottingham Derby Beeston Stapleford Long Eaton area especially , but we do have sites as far as Matlock , Lincoln , Nuneaton and Coventry .


WE HAVE TWO TABLES IN STOCK READY TO GO OUT ON SITE .

*** we would like to point out that your pool table in order to make it pay for your rental site , it must take at least £20 per week or £3 per day ,
that’s 40 games a week 0r 6 games a day  at 50p per go .
if you rental site does not make this amount your commitment for the first 12 months is still £80 per month , we do not do 50% split taking site rentals .
and after all many tables take at least £60 to £100 per week what would you rather pay per month £200 split out of £400 takings or £80 per month ?
also do not forget if you attract pool  players into your pub they also buy drinks .
As they say if you provide a better maintained new table you will attract more custom to your pub or club as the word gets around you have a good maintained table .
Maintained by GCL billiards

When I first started in the Billiards industry 1976 . and my last few working years as a billiards fitter .

Above Chettles industrial Estate on Ilkeston Road Nottingham showing weigh Bridge office .
CIRCA 1970’s
on the left My Uncle Ron Hume ( Curly ) he got me into Billiard fitting .
a keen Golfer and member of the Variety club of Great Britain .

I came out of the Army in the year of 1976 , and started to work for my uncle’s firm Trent Valley Pool & Snooker tables Leisure firm in Chettles industrial Estate and office on lincoln Street basford .
I worked alongside my cousin Gary Hume and A sub contract billiard fitter called Mick Robb who had a firm called Belvoir billiards .
I stayed at Trent Valley Leisure for 4 years , then on advice from Mick Robb , I left and moved to Elston & Hopkin of Goldsmith Street Nottingham .
although I still did a bit of work for my Uncle Ron and cousin Gary over the years while I worked for Elston & Hopkin , mainly at weekends or evenings
and my boss at Elston & Hopkin did knew that I helped them out now and again . although their work and sales where nationwide and E&H where local east midlands mainly very little outside a 50 to 80 mile radius
.so no conflict of interest .
John hopkin was a very good Employer and Boss .

The entrance to Elston & Hopkin Empire billiard hall on Goldsmith Street . Now demolished to make way for the royal concert Center building in 1980 .
Photo is Circa 1970’s

In 1980 Elston & hopkin where just being relocated from the very old Empire Theatre Building on goldsmith Street Nottingham where they had a billiard hall and a very fine fitted out Solid Mahogany sales counter for billiard table spares . cue sales and so on .
I also got married in 1980 to my Wife Carol , who I am happy to say we are still together after 39 years of marriage and have two Daughters Helen and Kimberley and in 2018 our first Grand child Emily arrived .~
Sorry no Boys to carry on the business .
Elston & hopkin moved into a workshop on Canal Street , also now demolished , and then into the Newark Street premises from 1980 .
having a 18 table billiard hall , office and workshop on the top floor .
of Davisella house right on the corner of Newark street & Manvers Street .
Elston & hopkin moved out in the early 2000s and sold out to Universal logic in 2004 , I went with the firm to work out of a warehouse in Gainsborough Lincolnshire for the next 7 years .
I look back on the 43 years I have been working as a Billiards fitter .
I have learnt from everyone around me from my Uncles firm and Gary Hume to Mick Robb who was a big influence in my work , to Roger Perczynski and Alan Pykett at Elston & hopkin .
I also learnt a bit of Computer presentation and promotion from my last boss Ted Roberts .
I have had my ups and downs , but became self employed in May 2012 when I had started GCL billiards .


I have met some characters , and worked for some very famous people , as you can imagine it is not everyone who has a room for a full size billiard table , and most celebs and sports personalities do at sometime in their life have ownership or inherit through a house sale a full size table .
But I get as much satisfaction working for normal working folk like myself as I do the high society and famous clientele .
I look upon myself as the Caretaker in my time period of the billiard tables I work on .
I am now approaching 65 years of age , and starting to feel the aches and pains of fitting such heavy tables .
a bit of arthritis , a bad knee joint from my football days , and the normal getting old feeling that you feel creeping up on you .
To the point that upstairs locations are now null and void and no go areas .
let the younger fitters lift slate upstairs or into a basement .
So I do not do this type of heavy lifting anymore , one bad job could put me off work for a long time so why risk it , just ground floor to ground floor locations and the van loading if I wish to carry on to my 70’s
I do not know how long I will be doing this line of work , but I do aim to get to 70 years old at least full time .
So at least another 5 years and two months to go yet .
HEALTH PERMITTING of course .
and maybe do 3 days a week then 2 days a week until retirement , but it is not unusual for 80 year old fitters to still be fitting tables and doing Re-cloths , At Elston and Hopkin they had an old fitter called Joe doing it until he was 80 odd years old .
he fully retired just before I started there .


One of the best Snooker Players you could meet out there , Dennis Taylor
My Granddaughter Emily .

WE ARE NOT A SNOOKER CLUB ! do not phone us up trying to book a table to play on please try Stapleford cue club or any mentioned below to play snooker or pool .

We do not own a snooker or pool club , but if you do require to find a club to play local to us , try Stapleford cue Club they are the closest snooker club to me 2 mile down the road .
Stapleford Cue club is situated at
148 Derby Road behind the pizza hut take away .
Stapleford
Nottingham.
NG9 7AY
tel 01159 394 504

if you are very close to Derby then try
Cueball
under rollerworld access to right in carpark
Derby DE21 4AW
tel 01332 360924

other side of Nottingham then try
Newark cue club
41 Barker Gate
NG24 1UA
tel 01636 612030

I get many phone calls asking if we are open to book a table to play on ?
We are not advertised as a snooker club , we are a Billiards /Snooker / Pool table or as a collective a Cue sports table MAINTENANCE company
This means we work on tables repairing or maintaining them .
our other business is long term contract of coin operated pool table hire to pubs and clubs we do not own our own club .
I am sorry to say it is getting beyond a joke at how many people phone us up sometimes at 12 to 2am in the morning and Today ( Christmas Day ) of all days to ask what time we shut or are we open today.
we suspect these are Taxi Drivers knocking off work or taking a break and wanting somewhere to play snooker or pool .
I do not know of any all nighter snooker clubs most close at 12pm at the latest .

but just to refresh what we are about .

This is what we do
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If you require to book a table try Stapleford cue club they are the closest snooker/pool club to me
AND THIS WHAT A SNOOKER CLUB LOOKS LIKE
winners at stabbo cue club x 4
stapleford cue club
cueball pool room busy
Cueball in Derby pool room and plenty of full size snooker tables
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Newark cue club 41 Carter gate Newark Nottinghamshire NG24 1UA ………….tel 01636 612030 for booking to play on pool and snooker tables .
Hunters Bar Dec 15th 2015 7 recovers on pool
Hunters Bar Grantham 1 Union Street , Grantham next to lidl’s , NG31 6NZ……………… tel 01476 579493
Hunters bar has 7 UK pool , 4 american pool , and 6 full size snooker tables to play on .

Back off holidays and back to work , July fully booked out bookings now coming in for August & September

Back to work after our two week holiday .
We are taking bookings for August and September as we speak .

Full size snooker tables to re-cloth , pool tables also to re-cloth .

Bring in pool tables and get ready for re -renting.

I have coming in stock  8 latest edition Green badged Winner 7ft coin operated  supreme pool tables for rental sites , try us for unbeatable rental rates which include two re-cloths a year .
These tables will be prepped and ready to rent out as from end of july

Just contact Geoff for more details of our rental contract agreements .





Superb Match play supreme winner 7ft coin op tables , fully maintained contract .
From £80 per month to £100 per month Contracts per table .
Price depends on cloth type and colour required .

ON HOLIDAY , Phones and Email will not be answered during this period .

Closed for business until July the 9th 2019
please contact me after this date to book work in or for inquiries .

Sorry we do not have anyone taking inquiries and no emails or phones are manned during this period .
I always switch off from work when on Holiday .
It is called relaxing and being stress free .
So please respect my privacy while I am on holiday .

 

Hi We are on Holiday for the next two weeks , business will reopen on 9th of July
We are pretty booked out for July and are taking bookings for august as we speak , but please contact me after the 9th of july to book work in .
My Daughters are at Home with the dogs but we are not open for business .
I do not even answer Emails or my mobile while on holiday , so anyone wishing to speak to me will have to wait until after July the 9th .

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SNOOKER OR POOL TABLE BEEN IN A FLOOD RECENTLY ?

Has your precious table been affected by flooding in the last few  weeks of downpours ?
We have experience of dismantling and taking off site for store and refurb of snooker and pool tables that have been affected by water or smoke damage .

this clients rear Garden was flooding and we where sent for URGENTLY , to dismantle the Full size snooker table that would have been affected ,
But we were quick to remove it off the flooding site before serious damage could be done

As you can see it was almost there , right up to the base of the doorway to the Garden snooker room .
Pumps were brought in to get it to back down , and we dismantled the table and took it away , the water had just touched the first two legs and the carpet was sodden .
We were just in time .

The table before the flood

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The table after the flood , set back up , cloth replaced due to damp conditions it shrunk being 100% wool it had to be replaced under Insurance claim .
We deal direct with Insurance company if required , giving quote to remove and deliver back to site and set back up , plus any re-cloth work
This room after drying out which took weeks , also had to have new Carpets , and new skirting and repainted .

Require a snooker table moving or dismantle in the East Midlands , WE COVER Nottingham Derby Lincoln Area , and BEYOND !

Although I do say East midlands we also do other parts of the UK ,but we are dropping the far reach areas of the UK due to time scale and costs .
Unless the client covers those extra days costs of traveling and B&B .

I would say after retirement and closures of billiard businesses  in our area  there are now around only two ( MAYBE only ONE  fully qualified Billiard fitter  ) still operating and based within our area of Derby Nottingham and Lincoln area known as the EAST MIDLANDS .
these are proper time served Billiard table fitters with at least 30 year experience and in our case over 40 years personal experience of our main and only time served fitter  .
Be very wary of none skilled people doing this work , if they cannot put the table back up and have to call in a professional fitter as a sub contractor then why not deal direct with the experienced time served Billiards  fitter in the first place .
The none semi skilled person will not have the proper experience or Insurance cover that GCL billiards carry .
Call Geoff Large at GCL billiards for a quote , we have a full range of equipment to move tables and also a new van every 4 years .
so you can be pretty sure your table will arrive for installation .

This is typical of what we do , store on site in a garage does not take up much space
always stand slates upright leaning the back edge towards the wall , like an upright door , this will limit any chipping out of face end joint edges .
all bolts and screws to be boxed .

We also offer a bubble wrapping service .
Above our van properly loaded for even weight distribution .

A blanket wrapped table , loaded for safe transport .
We know what we are doing with over 40 years personal experience Geoff Large is a fully time served billiards fitter .
trained down from fitter to fitter since 1976  when  he first started in the billiards industry .

and you can be sure the table will be put back together professionally and ready for play .
We do not do much table moving nowadays , most of our time is spent maintaining and re-clothing , re-rubbering , new nets and leathers .
but when we get a table move , you can be sure we know how to go about it .
and we are fully equipped to do this , although we do prefer Ground floor only locations though due to our age now  .
But we will access any upstairs work before we commit to any upstair work  , but it may be that more local labour is required to get the heavy slates up or downstairs .
BELOW TYPICAL REBUILD AND HOW I GO ABOUT IT

FRAME UP AND ROUGH LEVEL

SLATES ABOUT TO GO ON

POSITION OF SLATES TAKEN FROM MIDDLE SLATE

FILLING IN SLATE JOINTS

SMOOTHING OUT SLATE JOINTS

AGAIN CHECK LEVEL

REFIT OR FIT NEW CLOTH BED CLOTH

ALWAYS TACK BED CLOTH ON

LEVELING TOE PIECES

TYPICAL AFTER CARE KIT OF IRON & PURE BRISTLE BRUSH

FINISHED SET UP , THIS ONE IN FRANCE .

NOT MY CUP OF TEA BUT THE CLIENTS CHOICE OF COLOUR

WE ALSO RELOCATE AMERICAN POOL TABLES

and Dining billiard tables

Call Geoff Large for further details of relocating snooker tables .
or any other work you may require .

Wanted for client 4 maybe 5 Sam K steel american 9ft pool tables .

I have a client who is looking for around 4 to 5 Sam K steel 9ft american pool tables .
must be competitively priced as it costs a fair bit to dismantle and deliver and set up plus re-rubber and re-cloth.
I am not too fussed if we are offered ones and twos , it does not matter if you have only one or all 5 tables .
My client is willing to have them in dribs and drabs .
Cloth and rubber condition is not an issue as long as they are presentable cabinet wise and have no damage .


They are called K steel because of this steel sub frame , not an easy table to move as there are Hundreds of bolts and screws .
and a three section slate bed

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this is very common in Sam K steel tables , old cracking rubber which cannot be seen through the cloth , our client will require all tables to be fully renovated with new rubber and new cloth , that is why we are asking for reasonably priced tables .
if you have one or a few of these tables for disposal and are all complete with no parts missing or major cabinet or frame and slate damage , then we are interested in them for our client .
Ideally we would like them before end of September 2019

Away for 4 days working at Butlins Skegness , no contact until Evening of Friday 14th June .

I will be away from phones due to working inside metal building no signal to mobile and Home phone is not manned for business replies .
Also no emails will be answered until Friday evening 14th of June .
Phone signal at Butlins is not very good on O2 .
Especially in metal clad buildings where we are working in .

We have  a large job in Re-covering a few Snooker tables and re-siting and setting back up an american pool table .

I am sorry  if you are trying to reach me , maybe a text message will get through later in the day if you require urgent assistance or inquiry  .

Full size Burroughs and watts table some repair required on this one near Northampton .

I have been asked to visit a client near Northampton .
I was recommended to this client from one of my regular clients in the same area .

The main problem was this badly cracked bolt hole , a bolt lug had been forced and spun around inside the slate and shattered this bolt hole .
not a lot we could do with this , if I had tried to mess with it we could have made it much worse , so in this scenario it was better to leave the bolt out of the table .
the cushions where made from very heavy Cuban Mahogany and weighed as much as steel cushions so the bounce would not be affected by leaving one bolt out of the cushion .

the hairline  crack had also spread above the slate bed along the dotted lines and the first slate joint was raised slightly , this could be frost damage if the slate was stored outside in winter .
My solution to the raised joint was not to mess with the cracked slate or disturb it , just in case it just fell apart , and made matters worse
The joint that was bad could be felt when ironing the table , so I filled all slate joints and feathered this joint in with soft sand car body filler , result is no bad joint anymore .

now one other problem that is is very noticable on old burroughs and watts tables is the centre pocket bounce back of ball back onto the table ,
after hitting the pocket plate leather , this is because there is very little distance between the bolted cushion pocket plate and the slate fall .
and is a very common problem on old B&W tables that a lot of people have an issue with .
on this table the slate fall did not align to the nose of the cushion so I was able to add a further 1/8th of slate   fall into the table by rasping the slate away , on this table all 4 corners had already been done like this , but they did not touch the middle slate falls , now the owner has a bit more distance to the pocket plate .
note that this slate also has an airline crack in it , I have filled it with isopan car body filler soft sand type , just in case it could show  through the cloth .
I think at some point the table slates has had some rough handling or maybe frost damage if slate was wet and stored outside . frost gets into slight hairline cracks and freezes resulting in expanding and making the crack worse .
But all is ok now .

cushions where made from a very heavy Cuban Mahogany , very rare to find this and a costly improvement from standard mahogany when new  .
they will bounce as good as Steel cushions , they are that heavy .
A previous fitter had fitted Barton White rubber to this table in the past , I would have used northern Rubber myself .
but the ball bounce was very good from them , so they are OK .

The Finished table , Re-cloth in Strachan 6811 tournament 30 oz , my client had a Hainsworth match cloth fitted  on it last time , but he was not happy with it , the fibers of the cloth was shedding and the white balls was covered in fibres .

The lighting shade is due to be replaced for twin tube high frequency white light units  , but these old metal shades where the rolls royce of billiard shades back in the day .
The Hartley Engineering metal shade , to the exact requirements of Joe Davies spec .
not many of these around anymore as they often get scrapped for modern lighting .
Modern lighting is the way to go , the game is so much better with white light high frequency tube lights or LED lighting panels .

and I got excellent recommendation from this client , thank you Dave

Yes Geoff arrived 10:30 and was still working at 5 o’clock no 2 hour quickly with this man, all the table problems sorted in a very high professional high standard workmanship to match. I was over the moon with the finished job, most highly recommended

 

 

9ft snooker table for sale £500 plus removal costs .

We have a client who wishes to sell on their 9ft snooker table
at a very reasonable cost of £500 with cue rack and cues .

From one end , my client has measured the table  from nose of cushion to nose of cushion and added the 2 inch each end of cushion overhang
this makes this table a 9ft slate bed table with three section slate bed . circa 1980’s /90’s

a very nice turned leg

the cloth looks faded and worn so any buyer may wish to have the table re-clothed
costs for removal delivery and set up plus a re-cloth could be arranged through GCL billiards .
please ask for a quote .

the table comes with a  modern 1980s fixed none turn cue rack

GCL  Billiards advertise all tables on our site as Private sales , they do not include a collection dismantle load unload and set back up price in the listing
any quote has to be done on distance to travel and number of days to complete because of distance , plus any re-cloth or maintenance issues that have to be put right .
this table in our opinion requires a re-cloth in strachan 6811 tournament cloth 30 oz .
if you would like a quote before you buy the table  ( Advised )  for this work , please supply post code and if the table is to be set up on ground floor or if any stair issues are involved or many steps .