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How to Disassemble a Mechanized or Non-Slate Pool Table

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Though not as common as the standard slate pool table, the mechanized or non-slate pool table still finds its way into the homes of many pool fans. These coin-operated tables, with ball return mechanisms, are much more complex, and much harder to take apart than their standard slate cousins. Fortunately, Empire Movers can offer you some tips.

Over the years, our team of professional movers has taken apart numerous mechanized or non-slate pool tables. If you want to move yours to a new location and you need to disassemble it, here’s what you have to do.

1. Remove the rails and legs of your non-slate pool table

Use a socket wrench to detach the rail bolts from the table. Afterwards, flip the non-slate pool table over gently and unbolt the legs. Stop here. Do not try to take apart the rest of the table. We can assure you that you will need professional help for this. That’s if you still want to use the pool table once you put it back together. Removing the coin-operated mechanism is a job best left to those who know what they’re doing.

2. Be careful with the ball return system

If you must take the ball return system apart, be very careful. It’s best to only do it if you have an older table on your hands, one with a simpler mechanism.. With coin-operated models, it’s best to leave the ball return system attached and transport the pool table like that.

3. Do not disassemble non-slate pool tables

If the surface of your non-slate pool table is made from fiberboard, wood or any other non-slate material, you should transport it in one piece. These tables are usually low-cost. They’re not meant to be taken apart, not even by professionals. They might even have folding legs, to make transport easier.

4. Seek Professional Help

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Disassembling and reassembling a mechanized or non-slate pool table is a complex task that requires expertise. If you’re unsure about the process or want to avoid potential damage, consider hiring professional movers who specialize in handling such delicate equipment. They possess the necessary experience and tools to ensure a safe and efficient relocation.

5. Protecting the Surface

If you decide to disassemble the pool table yourself, take extra precautions to protect the playing surface. Cover it with a soft, padded material to prevent scratches or damage during the disassembly process and transportation.

6. Document the Process

If you do decide to disassemble the table on your own, document each step carefully. Take photographs and label components to make the reassembly process smoother.

7. Secure Small Parts

During disassembly, keep track of all the small parts such as bolts, nuts, and screws. Place them in labeled bags to ensure that nothing gets lost during the process.

8. Use Proper Tools

Ensure you have the right tools for the job. In addition to a socket wrench, you might need Allen keys, screwdrivers, and other relevant tools.

9. Enlist Help

Disassembling a pool table, even partially, can be physically demanding. Enlist the help of friends or family members to make the process smoother and safer.

10. Follow Manufacturer’s Guidelines

Non-Slate Pool Table

If available, consult the manufacturer’s guidelines for disassembly and reassembly. These instructions can provide valuable insights specific to your pool table’s design.

11. Consider Professional Restoration

If your mechanized or non-slate pool table is old or requires maintenance, consider having it professionally restored during the disassembly process. This can address any wear and tear issues and improve the table’s overall condition.

12. Organize Components

As you disassemble the table, organize the components logically. This will make reassembly much more straightforward.

13. Protect Fragile Components

Non-Slate Pool Table

Components like the ball return system or mechanized parts can be delicate. Wrap them in bubble wrap or similar protective material to prevent damage.

14. Plan Ahead

Give yourself ample time for the disassembly process. Rushing can lead to mistakes or missing components. Find out more information on moving here.

15. Reassembly Considerations

When reassembling the pool table, follow the reverse order of disassembly steps. Take your time and ensure each component is securely attached.

Final Word

A mechanized or non-slate pool table might not be as high maintenance as a standard slate pool table, but it can still be hard to transport. If you don’t want to waste any of your free time taking it apart and moving it, you can always hire professional movers. They know exactly what they have to do and will be able to finish the job fast and without causing any damage to your pool table. If you’re facing a relocation or need assistance, don’t hesitate to reach out to experienced movers like Empire Movers, who specialize in handling delicate and complex items. Your pool table will be in capable hands, ensuring a smooth transition to its new location.


How to Disassemble a Mechanized or Non-Slate Pool Table

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