May 11, 2007, Newsletter Issue #63: Shipping a Pool Table

Tip of the Week

It's a bad idea to just get some friends and a pickup truck and try to move the pool table. Doing this risks cracking the slate and popping the table joints. Hiring a professional to crate and move the table may be the best way to go.

If you are experienced at dealing with furniture, have several people with strong, healthy backs, and have access to a truck that can carry at least 1,000 pounds, then it may be worth trying to move it yourself. First, measure both the table and its intended destination to be sure it will fit. Take all normal safety precautions, such as wearing a support belt, when lifting the heavy pieces.

Disassemble the table carefully, marking each piece so that you know exactly where it will go. First, remove the bolts that hold the rails in place, then remove the pockets. Use an electric drill with a screwdriver bit to remove the slate. Transport the slate vertically, not horizontally. If necessary, remove the legs.

Once your table is at its destination, if at all possible, hire a pro to level and square it off so it provides the best possible playing surface.

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