Why select a slate table? Ok, first slate is the surface great tables are made of. The starting point of every table. So many reasons like lasting quality, and the playfield is unmatched by any other surface. The thicker/denser the slate equals the finest tables. Second, always choose a 3 piece slate table over a one piece slate. Obviously setup and moving is much easier with a 3 piece slate table. Plus a great advantage of a 3 piece slate table is absolute table level. With the right technician a 3 piece slate table has the ability to be fine tuned for most any room.
Why is my buddies table so uneven? Could be a number of reasons. The cheaper tables use a hardtop wood and laminate surfaces. These tops are much unlike and are at the opposite end of our slate tables. They tend to bow or sag with age and environmental conditions. If your friend has a slate table it could be be the original installer improperly leveled the billiards table or It may be your friend has done a room to room move without properly releveling the table. So many items are critical to proper play. Take down, rail quality, surface type and overall table quality affects the playing surface. With exception to the wooden top, we can help the roll and improve the play of the table. Have your friend give us a call.
My felt top looks funny, what's wrong? As hard as you try perhaps... Uncle Cecil dropped a full drink on the top of the table at the last Bronco game.. Could be from mis tipped cues or when the table was setup the proper level was not accomplished. Most of our customers are ecstatic about the looks, playing difference and cost of recovering a table... with over 36 color choices we can fit the decor of most any room. See caring for your cloth below...
Should I move a table by myself? No, not without the proper tools and knowledge. Assembly, disassembly, table dollies, precise leveling tools, moving of extremely heavy components one slip and you may find yourself out of more than a weekend billiards game. Our technicians will keep your pool table and your health in tip top condition.
Is there a suggested room size for pool tables?
Absolutely! Maximized playing surface is the key. Measuring a billiards table is a playing surface measurement. Simply measure from the inside rail points in each direction to determine the true size of your table. For instance an Eight foot table is 44 inches wide by 88 inches long (inside cushion). The average pool cue is 57 inches long. If you have the room measurements we can help fit a wide variety of tables for best play. Call us, we can help fit the right table to the right room see Playfield.
Why is it when I retip my cue, it never seems to work? Retipping a cue by hand is tough. Patience, proper perpetration, tip size, ferrel condition the glue and little things like glue age and if you kept the glue in the garage or a thermally protected place are all criteria for a good retip of your cues. Better yet bring it by and let us do it. You can pick the tip that matches your style and we can have it retipped in a day or so..
Do you repair all Cues? Almost, some people get awfully attached to a cue. So over the years we have found ways to repair most any Cue. Depending on the cost of service, quality and condition of the cue we can fix most anything you may wish to afford..
How long do your cue repairs take?
Most of our services have a 24 hour return for tip replacements. The tougher services like weighting, breaks and regrips we can do. But, these services are subject to doing the job properly we need a visual inspection to properly estimate time and cost..
What if I want to completely change my felt top? As a rule, if you feel that the felt is old or just needs replaced call us. Several colors and color combinations to choose from. Many customers now request a rail and table color alternate for a very original and custom look. Drop by for a sample color swath.
How do I set up my dartboard?
From floor to center of the bullseye measure 5 feet 8 inches
From wall to throwing line measure ....
For Steel Tip Darts the distance is 7 feet 9 and 1 quarter inches
For Soft Tip Darts the distance is 8 feet.
Players must not be in front of this line when when throwing
What makes a great dart? Every one has a different opinion but technology can now make a beginner much more accurate. Proper weighting and balance of a quality dart can improve most anyone's play beginner or tournament champ!
Can I modify the table?
Technically, you should not modify any of the elements….. but a situation may arise where you would prefer a different playing cushion, Felt cover and pocket assortment.
What are the BCA (Billiard Congress of America) specifications for a regulation table?
Measure the playing area from the cloth covered nose of inside cushion rubber to the opposite cushion rubber, both width and length. A regulation table has the following dimensions:
4 x 8 table: Playing area 44" width by 88" length
4 x 8 table: Playing area 46" width by 92" length
4.5 x 9 table: Playing area 50" width by 100" length
5 x 10 table: Playing area 56" width by 112" length
(notice the length is twice the width)
How do I take care of the cloth on my billiard table?
First keep the table covered when you are not using it. this will protect the table from dirt particles, which can breakdown, the cloth fibers and shorten the life of the cloth.
To clean dirt and dust use a billiard table brush. Brush the cloth regularly. Brush the bed cloth away from the nameplate. brush the rails clockwise. after brushing, wipe pockets or pocket liners with a damp cloth to remove lint. Brushing helps remove dirt, chalk, dust, and lint from both the bed and cushions.
If extra cleaning is needed you can use al felt cleaner, and/or occasionally vacuum the table. When using a vacuum make sure to use a mild suction with a fine brush attachment. Vacuum the table the same way you brush the table.
When a new cloth has been used for a short time, small half moon spots will appear. These are cue stabs which are caused by players allowing their cues to come into contact with the cloth after striking the ball. These marks will gradually become less noticeable as the cloth ages. This type of damage is caused more frequently if the edges of tips or ferrules are allowed to become sharp or rough or if the tips do not exactly fit the cue. The dropping of balls or rough placing of rests can cause similar blemishes.