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 .
B & watts for sale K & Ashfield stored bubbl;e wrapped
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
Ashbourne 9ft rubber and cushion blocks gluedpool table keyworth 7ft riley superleague strippinglivingstone strip and cover cushions bluerushcliffe tables and shades on vanBaulk line re-cover june 2015 working on cushions apartBaulk line re-cover june 2015 Geoff on cushion strip
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
Khillman-Newark-CC
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 .

NEW BLACK BALL POWDER BLUE NOW AVAILABLE

We will now be stocking the new Black ball Limited Edition Hainsworth match cloth .

Hainsworth only supply Black ball with this cloth .
and is Exclusive to Black ball only , but Black ball are now supply the trade so you can have this limited edition cloth fitted to any make of table .

So it does not matter if you have supreme , DPT , IPA , old Hazel Grove in fact any make of table we will be able to source and re-cloth in this Exclusive cloth colour and grade .
contact Geoff Large at GCL billiards to reserve your slot for you next pool table re-cloth .
but if you should also wish to upgrade to a Black ball table , I am sure we will be able to accommodate that as well .
and offer you competitive pricing on par with any other retailer .
I will be contacting Micheala and Ross at Black ball to see what could be offered for retail by GCL billiards .

Burroughs & Watts Life Pool Scoreboard with matching ball cabinet and penny slots ….all original circa pre 1895

We have a Genuine 1895 circa Burroughs & Watts  life pool Scoreboard for sale , a large 10 player board .
very ornate and attractive ,and at a reasonable price too when you compare what other leading billiard houses are selling them at .
all original ivory buttons , the lower cabinet WOULD have had a set of Ivory pyramid or life pool ball stored in there and the penny slots would and will  still take Victorian Pennies .
you can pick odd ivory balls up now and again so i am sure you could make this period display even better
Highly collectable in this condition , and would look great if you all ready have a Burroughs & Watts table , but have  a standard scoreboard .
all the life stars are there one is sticking at the moment but it is there .
a little repair here and there and a small split is all that this board has that you could pick fault with .
It is has not been re-polished and is all original apart from small repair to left hand lower slot , very hard to find them unrestored  and original in this condition .
all I am going to do is wax it and polish it up .
Phone Geoff and leave a message if I am not around to answer the phone 077534 66064
£1500 will secure this board and will include couriered delivery ….the board is a Private sale .
Not too bothered if this one stays I like it that much .

Hectic week of work at Butlins no messages and no emails will be answered next week

 

February 10th 2020  onward .

We got a full hectic week of work at Butlins plus added some job’s in around that area to pull in too .
so I will not be around to read emails all next week so do not be offended if I do not get back to you .
the run in of February is also very busy no free days , so no work can be pulled in .
March 1st week is also booked out ….then I am away for two weeks Holiday .

Now taking bookings for work in April as back end of March is almost full too

8ft Karnehm and Hillman for sale good condition £600 and 6 legs .

Private sale of Karnehm and hillam 8ft snooker table

not your usual 4 leg rubbish that sags in the middle , this one has been made correct with 6 legs .

buyer to arrange dismantle and collection , GCL billiards could quote you for this .
the price of the table at £600  is as it stands NOT  delivered and set up .
Any costs for collecting the table and having it installed is not included .

A table like this to be manufactured to same spec would be close to £2000 to £2500  new .
some may even charge you up to £3000 for a new one .

Cost of delivery depends on where you are in the country .
Delivering a 8ft Snooker table is not like sending a parcel by parcel force , you need a fully qualified Billiards fitting team .
the slate and cloth will be removed from the table and the whole frame taken apart , installing is a skilled job .

All inquiries to

Geoff and Carol

c.large@btinternet.com

Adjustable Brackets for pool table top surround lids the way forward for a better Cushion bounce .

Fed up of noisy cushion rattle on your pool table , less bounce to some cushions more to others ?

I may have found the solution for you a nice easy conversion you could DIY yourself for little money
( You will require a large hole cutter for the underside of the table down the hinge side to gain 3 access holes identical to other side on free play tables )
or jig saw the hole’s out ?

LESS NOISE

EQUAL BOUNCE TO EVERY CUSHION

TIGHT NO HINGED TOP SURROUND

 

After listening to players about rattles and loose tops on Supreme pool tables and the hinge rattles on one side

A VERY COMMON PROBLEM THAT THE MANUFACTURER HAS NOT RECTIFIED .

I have come up with a plan to eliminate most of the problems a loose top lid can cause for cushion bounce and noise .
although the top loop is all wrong on these adjustable clamps they may fit existing hook tabs on underside of lid .

The clamp part is very good being adjustable you could adjust every clamp around the underside of the top cushion frame link to pull down with equal force on every point .
therefore making every cushion pulled down on the slate bed exactly the same force , all around the table = a more uniformed rebound power from every rubber cushion .

adjustable up to 200lb force from each clamp !

at the moment it is hit and miss as to what cushions bounce better than others and what noise you get from each cushion on the impact vibration .

In fact these clamp down latches would be good for all pool table top surround lids on every make of table .

Available on Amazon for around £7 for 4 clamps , i would say you could convert a hinged supreme to have clamp downs two clamps to every cushion = 12 clamps

https://www.amazon.co.uk/TANCUDER-Adjustable-Release-Holding-Capacity/dp/B07V2L2TRN/ref=asc_df_B07V2L2TRN/?tag=googshopuk-21&linkCode=df0&hvadid=389469322718&hvpos=1o1&hvnetw=g&hvrand=2085177456388356686&hvpone=&hvptwo=&hvqmt=&hvdev=c&hvdvcmdl=&hvlocint=&hvlocphy=1006888&hvtargid=pla-825810703634&psc=1&tag=&ref=&adgrpid=80790068598&hvpone=&hvptwo=&hvadid=389469322718&hvpos=1o1&hvnetw=g&hvrand=2085177456388356686&hvqmt=&hvdev=c&hvdvcmdl=&hvlocint=&hvlocphy=1006888&hvtargid=pla-825810703634

 

for an outlay of just £21 approx for the parts
if the manufacturer of these adjustable tension clamps could do under slung clamp ends rather than side mount loop ends then even better for a straight forward swap over of parts .

You could also order direct from China for even less money on Ebay

https://www.ebay.co.uk/i/283487409921…

Off work until January 30th , after hospital appointment and surgery .

 

Operation time off recovering , and a two week Holiday in Early March 2020 .

Following an operation to remove a none melanoma skin cancer from my nose and the skin graft taken to fill the hole from behind the ear.
I now have to refrain from dusty work and heavy lifting for next two weeks after the operation while the skin graft bonds to healthy tissue .
I have work booked in for just one more day in Jan for the 31st for just one day .

and February is filling up , just got to organise February diary and wall planner tomorrow to see what days I may have left in February .
and then in March I have the 1st week only before I am away for two weeks on holiday .

please book work in ASAP by email if possible to get the odd day before I go away on holiday .

last week of March going forward is free at the moment .

I have not retired I am still working full time and expect to carry on for the next 5 years at least .
But you cannot look forward and see where hospitals and illness mean you have to take the odd week off now and again .

none melanoma spots are common especially in blue eyed fair haired people ,
I do keep out of the sun even on holiday my best place is under shade with a drink , and take early in the year abroad Holidays rather than in full sun August time .

Sorry for any disruption if you had planned to use me in the next week or so .

Geoff Large

January almost full and Hospital Operation and time off from 20th January

We are almost full for January .
and are now taking orders for work for February .
I have an Hospital operation that will need two weeks recovery time from the 20th of January
nothing to worry about straight forward OP …. and I will be OK from February onward .

and looking to start back on or around February the 4th .

WANTED BCE WESTBURY STEEL CUSHION FULL SIZE SNOOKER TABLE …Cash waiting .

I have a client based near Lincoln , who at the moment has a Burroughs and watts full size snooker table with steel cushions .
he used to have a BCE westbury and would like to go back to a more modern BCE table as he prefers the modern pocket plates and pocket openings  .
therefore he wishes to sell or PX his older B&Watts table or buy outright a nice condition BCE Westbury with steel block cushions .
Price will be determined on condition of table , the more to perfect the higher the price will be paid .
no bad slates or rough tables please .

This one is immaculate and went to john Higgins …GCL billiards sourced !

another BCE Westbury full size table sold through GCL billiards