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Pool Table Maintenance

Pool Table Maintenance

A billiard or pool table is a big investment and you need to know how to properly care for it so that you can enjoy the benefits for a lifetime.  Not only will the improper maintenance of a pool table cost your money, it will also have a negative effect on your game.  Maintaining your table doesn’t have to be a long drawn out process.  Small and consistent steps can avoid costly repairs. Pool Table Maintenance Helpful Tips When you first start using your pool table, the cloth will sometimes interfere with the actual roll of the balls. There is a breaking in period where the cloth needs to settle to the slate top.  You can actually speed up this process by brushing the cloth on a frequent basis.  Get in the habit of brushing the cloth both before and after every game.  You will want to brush the cloth in the same direction each time and avoid any circular motion when brushing.  If necessary, you can vacuum the table top, but here again, always in the same direction.  Always keep your pool table covered when not in use to avoid the affects of humidity and inadvertent spills or other hazards.  At Elko Spas, Billiards and Pools we have a great selection of pool table covers. Never store the billiard balls in the pockets of the table when not in use.  Balls will wear the cloth around the pockets over time and this will interfere with the balls dropping freely into the pockets during play.  If you have a pool table that is made from leather, storing the balls...
Billiards—Tools Of The Game

Billiards—Tools Of The Game

Learning how to play billiards can be a ton of fun, and there’s much to learn along the way, but here, we’ll discuss a few of the tools needed to play billiards and pool successfully. Billiards Balls Perhaps the tool that comes to mind first is the billiard balls. Every game has different balls. Those differences may be the size or quantity of the balls, the colors or the design. For example, carom billiard balls are rather large compared to other games. With a 2 7/16 inch diameter, these balls are bigger than regular pool balls, which are usually 2 ¼ inches in diameter. Pool balls are by far America’s most popular balls, although snooker follows close behind with a diameter of 2 1/16 inches. Billiards Tables Of course, you can’t just play the game with nothing but the balls—you will need a great table as well! Like the balls, there are many design features and styles that you can pick when choosing a pool table. The main rule that stays consistent here is that of the length being double the width. The tables are covered in a special cloth, which most of us call felt. It’s actually a type of woven wool or even nylon blend. It can also be called the baize. Due to the tables in most taverns being played on so often, the wear and tear on them will definitely show a lot faster. So, those tables will many times be made with a more sturdy cloth, but it causes the balls to be a little slower. Faster cloth or wool covering is used in...
Pool and Billiards—What’s the Difference?

Pool and Billiards—What’s the Difference?

The term used to describe the sport as a whole, has been billiards. It’s a name that most of us know and is still used generically for all games played with a cue stick and balls on a pool table. But the usage of the word has become more inclusive among competition players in certain geographic areas and groups. Take the United Kingdom for instance—there the word billiards is used specifically for English Billiards, yet in the USA, it might only be used to refer to carom games or even to eight-ball by a minority (For many players, this is the only cue game they know of). Presently, the two can be inter-changed to have the same meaning. It’s assumed that if people refer to one, then they are also speaking of the other one. There are some technical differences, however. In billiards, smaller balls are used and there are only three balls-yellow, red, and white. The yellow or white ball can be the striker balls. You can think of it as a pool game without pockets on the table. On standard billiards tables, the cloth makes the balls much faster. In three cushion billiards, the object of the game is to strike the object ball, go three rails, strike the other ball, or you could go three rails and aim to strike both of the object balls with the carom, which is also known as a cue ball. Many of us have a general idea of pool games and pool tables. Some may know about the variations in pool, like eight-ball, nine-ball or cut throat. Most of us...
Getting the Feel of a Billiards Table

Getting the Feel of a Billiards Table

Billiards tables and playing conditions vary substantially, however we have to have the ability to adapt to whatever conditions we’re faced with, and we have to change rapidly. To change, we simply have to take a look at a few things, and shoot a couple of “Reference Shots.”. We have to deal with huge distinctions in table size, varying from 3 x 6 up to 5 x 10. Big pockets are best Fabric makes a big difference, ranging from really slow and sometimes inaccurate “fuzzy” fabric to really fast and really precise worsted wool “no-nap” cloth. Cloth will be really fast and slippery when brand-new; and, slower and stickier as it is used and as it gets dirty. After all, where do you believe all that chalk goes, every shot? It enters into and under the fabric. The vigor of the cushions affects banks and kicks. Throw influences every cut shot. Here are 4 things to do to rapidly get up to speed for any billiards table: 1. Pocket Size– Pockets vary in size. Larger pockets accept more shot error than smaller pockets. Balls are 2-1/4″ in diameter. Take two balls and hold them in a corner pocket, side by side, simply at the point where they will fall in if you let go of them. How much space exists between the balls and the jaws of the pocket? If the balls jam into the jaws, the pockets are very tight. If there is an inch of area between the balls and the jaws, those pockets are containers. It assists to understand exactly what you actually have. 2. Table...
Hiring Billiard Tables Movers and Installers

Hiring Billiard Tables Movers and Installers

Homeowners who have gone through a renovation will need assistance from professionals to move their billiard tables. In addition to the additional strength that they can lend you to lift the table and move to another part of the house, these professional movers and installers also provide you with the required expertise and skills in efficiently and safely moving the pool tables. Keep in mind that this piece of furniture requires maximum care when being moved as it could easily be damaged not only in the form of dents and scratches but, more importantly, with regards to its calibration. One wrong move and the calibration and level of the pool table may be altered, which can greatly affect how the table functions. This is why you need to make sure you are hiring experienced and trained professionals in moving pool tables. Elko Spas, Billiards & Pools can help you move and install your pool tables. Billiards Table Installation Whether you buy a new or used pool table, you will need to have it professionally installed in your game room. Most often, however, the purchase of new pool tables already comes with installation services from the manufacturer. After buying a table from them, they will have their staff deliver the table to your address and install the table in your game room. Having the manufacturer install the table is highly beneficial to many homeowners since this will also come with service warranty. Thus, should the table be damaged in any way from transportation to delivery and installation, the manufacturer will either replace the table or have their staff fix the...