When going through the long and tedious process of packing your house for a move, you will find that there are certain items that are easy to box up, while others are much more difficult. A pool table, for instance, is one possession that falls into the “difficult” category. The optimal route to take when preparing your pool table for a move is to hire professionals who are experienced in doing so. However, it is possible to prepare your pool table for moving day without professional help. If you choose this path, you will require time, tools and muscle power. You will also need our step-by-step guide on how to correctly dismantle your pool table to prepare it for moving day.
Before beginning this project, go ahead and gather all of the tools and equipment you will need – screwdriver, staple remover, socket wrench, etc. You will also need to have a few resealable plastic bags or some other type of sealable container to keep all small parts – bolts, screws, nuts – together and organized. A permanent market will come in handy, too, so you can label bags or containers with what’s inside. Now you are ready to get to work!
Step 1 – Unfasten pockets. The first step in disassembling your pool table is to remove its six side pockets. Depending on the model of your table, pockets will either be stapled in or secured with screws. In order to remove them, climb beneath the table. Then, either remove stables with a staple remover or remove screws with the appropriate screwdriver.
Step 2 – Disengage rails. The next step in dismantling your pool table is to remove the rails. The rails will be bolted in place, so you will need to use a socket wrench to loosen them. Work in sections, removing bolts from one area at a time. When bolts have been taken out, gently slide the rail out. If rails are attached at the corners of the table, you will need to turn the rail over in order to remove it.
Step 3 – Remove felt. One of the most distinct parts of a pool table is the felt that lines its top. Removing it will be one of the most time-consuming steps when taking your pool table apart.
To remove felt, you have a few options:
- If felt is worn out and you plan to replace it once you put your table back together post-move, just rip it off and throw it away.
- If felt is stapled to the pool table and you plan to reuse it, carefully extract each individual staple from the edge of the table with a staple remover. When all staples have been removed, carefully fold or roll up the felt (without firm creases) in order to avoid damage and stop wrinkles from forming in the fabric.
- If felt is glued to the table and you intend to use it again, gently pull the cloth up in a smooth backward motion. *Pulling it upward or forward will cause the felt to stretch out and be ruined. When removing felt from the table’s corners, use extra care. When completed, carefully fold the felt as instructed previously.
Step 4 – Take out slate(s). Once the felt has been removed from your table, you will be able to see what sort of slate it has – one large piece, or three individual pieces. Taking out the slate(s) will be the most dangerous step when taking your pool table apart. This is due to two things: their weight and their fragility. A table with one slate can weigh up to 800 pounds, while a table with several slates can weigh between 150 to 250 pounds per piece.
Because of their extreme weight, you will need to take extra precaution as well as have extra hands to help you during this step. Though slates are very heavy, they can be easily ruined – chipped, scratched, broken – if dropped. If even just one slate gets damaged, you will have to replace them all because slates are perfectly made for each other.
Step 5 – Remove the frame and legs. After successfully completing steps 1-4, you will need to tackle step 5 – removing your pool table’s frame and legs. With help, flip the remaining structure upside down. Using the appropriate hardware, remove each table leg as well as any parts of the frame that can be easily detached.
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