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Old 02-28-2012, 03:52 PM
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Has anyone moved an 8 ft. pool table? I need advice. This is slate and I am told "one piece" but regardless, do not want to be taking the slate pieces apart and go thru all the screwing and plastering and new felt and all as it was just redone and looks to be in mint shape - ball return and all - and oh yea and its free to me. It does separate from the legs easily. Anyone know how many guys needed to lift or what I need? Its a clear shot to the doorway and then only 2 steps to the outside. In to the new location it is level and thru a wide slider.
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Slate should be in 3 pieces and only need 2 guys to move it. The worst part will be trying to level it. They used hot wax to "blend" the slate seams into one solid piece, then the felt goes back on.

You could look up DIY pool table install.
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If the table is worth anything at all, it's probably a three piece state top and each piece ought to weigh about 100 pounds. You can tell by removing the felt and seeing what looks like drywall patch on the table, or if the underpinnings are done in thirds, that might help you.

I'm no expert, but single-slab tops are something I've not heard of, except for plywood tops on less expensive tables.

Removing everything is just hand tools or ratchets. New rails are suggested when you install, unless the table plays perfect already. There are several types of felt you can get, so do some research at the local bars, country clubs or pool table dealers.

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You can also look at the underside and see if it's 3 pieces.
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I have a similiar table and the 3 pieces weigh 300 lbs each. Looks like I am going to have to bite the bullet and disassemble all. I dont know about the beeswax - I think I used plater last time - 20 years ago..

Has anyone done the top in one piece ???- the people that have it told me that is how it came in... 4 or 6 big guys and tilted it on its side....
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Originally Posted by BSpot View Post
You can also look at the underside and see if it's 3 pieces.
I actually could not tell from the underside as there were cross wood supports in about the 1/3 way areas....
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Find out who sevices your local bar,table is free to you,find out
how much that company would move it for you.
Not only do they have the equipment needed to move it with less
break down of the table,they do it all day long.
Not to mention they will level it.
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Invite some THT buddies over (beer included), rip out the door (and some wall if necessary) and move it in one piece. Try and have a competition of best shot while in the back of the truck (must be open bed) driving at at least 63.2mph down the freeway. If it gets there in one piece and with all the balls, you didn't bring enough beer.

Ok, pretty sure it's a three piece like everyone said. I'd youtube it for peace of mind on what to do. Sweet score getting it for free!!
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My Dad and I moved his to my place 10 years ago. Almost impossible to move in one piece. We broke it all down and in the end it was quite a chore getting it back together, slate pieces leveled and joints filled - pretty sure we used some type of plaster. Unless I'm misunderstanding, can't imagine how the three pieces of slate stayed in one piece when it was delivered.
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I am now actually htinking it is indeed one piece after looking at my old one which is apart downstairs and is 3 piece. The 3 piece old one has a support underneath going down the center in the 8 ft dimension. This new one does not. Plus the woman who just had it refelted said she didnt see any seams when they did it plus since it was brought in that way I think its a one piecer.... So I think I am screwed and may have to pass.... Unless I can find 6 strong young kids that don't have much to do Saturday and know their backs are gonna be good forever..
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Originally Posted by Budget View Post
Invite some THT buddies over (beer included), rip out the door (and some wall if necessary) and move it in one piece. Try and have a competition of best shot while in the back of the truck (must be open bed) driving at at least 63.2mph down the freeway. If it gets there in one piece and with all the balls, you didn't bring enough beer.

Ok, pretty sure it's a three piece like everyone said. I'd youtube it for peace of mind on what to do. Sweet score getting it for free!!
Need to have one of these for the back of the truck:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N-aE5oszXyQ
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A one piece slate for free,higher a pro,they got the equipment,
the truck,the lift,and can level.
Bet they could pick-up,deliver and level in about 2hrs.
Travel time not included and milage could be a factor with
gas prices and all.
But if not to far away I'm guessing $300.00
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Originally Posted by rudetruth View Post
Find out who sevices your local bar,table is free to you,find out
how much that company would move it for you.
Not only do they have the equipment needed to move it with less
break down of the table,they do it all day long.
Not to mention they will level it.
x2
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Originally Posted by bamaboy473 View Post

I'm no expert, but single-slab tops are something I've not heard of, except for plywood tops on less expensive tables.


HTH
high end residential models were 3 piece where as commecial Valley Tables are one piece, a pool table mover / installer will run between 350-1000 depending on what you need done, if you hire out it should only take two men 4 hours to breakdown and reassemble correctly (1 piece or three piece)
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Mine was one piece. I had a nice 8 foot table. I shot on it the first 7 or 8 years and then it just collected dust. When I moved it stayed. Good luck.
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I got an older bar table from my folks, one piece slate. Took iy all apart, moved it in the back of a pickup 200 miles. Paid 2 men and a truck guys $150 to get it down the steps into the basement.
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I used to move and set up tables in high school. Almost all tables are 3 piece slate (there are some older tables that were one piece). The weight of each piece will vary...can be anywhere from 3/4 thick to 2". Do not try to move a table without disassembling it. Yea it can be done, but is rarely (never say never) done without damage. Someone will pull a rail off, seams will split, slate will crack. Take the rails off, pull the felt up (will come right up) dig the beeswax/plaster out of the holes and pull the slate off.

It doesn't matter how carefully you are, it will not play right after you move it, even if it is only a couple feet. Just break it down move it, and take your time setting it back up. It is not hard just level, measure, level repeat. Hardest part is recovering the rails, but if they are in good shape you won't need to do them anyway.
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My old (45+) commercial table is one piece 1 1/2" slate and took 4 dumb friends with strong backs to move and re-assemble. The move was level and not that far from the truck (with a lift). It only cost me a couple of cases of beer although they now have rights to play whenever.
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Old 02-29-2012, 08:29 AM
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Our old neighbor and our slate tables were one piece. Dad had to cut knotches out of the stairs to get it downstairs, the neighbor did not.

Bob, why don't you call on some of the kids from school?
Liability? I don't know maybe I will have to - Not sure t would be worth over 500 to me to have it moved.

Do you htink the cushions and the other top trim pieces have to be taken off - it is a one piece slate - the woman said they moved it on with all that on it....
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