How to Disassemble a Pool Table for Moving

One of the reasons it is difficult to disassemble a pool table is that the bolts are often quite tight. In addition, the screws that hold the table together can be quite difficult to remove. Another reason why it can be difficult to disassemble a pool table is because the table is often quite heavy. As a result, moving the table around cannot be easy. But if pool is a game you need to take a break from, or if you’re moving to a new house, you’ll need to know how to disassemble your pool table. Here are some tips on how to do so:

Tools needed to Disassemble a Pool Table:

  • A set of Allen wrenches 
  • A screwdriver 
  • A hammer 
  • A drill 
  • A saw

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Safety Tips Before You Disassemble a Pool Table

Safety is important when disassembling a pool table. Remember to always unplug the table before starting the process. In addition, make sure that you have all the necessary tools for the job. Below are a few tips to help keep you safe while disassembling your table:

  1. Make sure that the table is completely unplugged from any power sources.
  2. Make sure that you have all the necessary tools before you begin disassembling the table. These include a screwdriver, a wrench, and a hammer.
  3. Disassemble the table in a room with plenty of space to work.
  4. Make sure that the table is completely stable before you begin disassembling it.
  5. Disassemble the table in the order that it was assembled.
  6. Take your time and be careful when disassembling the table.
  7. If you are unsure about how something should be disassembled, leave it be and consult a professional.
  8. Don’t forget to wear gloves when handling the screws and bolts.

See also: 17 Moving Safety Tips Everyone Must Know

How to Disassemble a Pool Table

Gather Supplies and Help

Before disassembling your pool table, gather all your needed supplies. This includes a screwdriver, a wrench, and a hammer. In addition, make sure you have someone to help you move the table once it is disassembled. It is also a good idea to have a clear area to work. Disassembling a pool table can be difficult and dangerous if done alone. Don’t forget your safety glasses and eye protection, too!

Unplug the Table

The first step in disassembling your pool table is to unplug it from any power sources. This includes making sure that the table is not plugged into an outlet. Once the table is unplugged, you can move on to the next step.

Remove the Felt

Remove the felt from the table. This can be done by gently pulling on the felt until it comes off. Be careful not to rip or tear the felt. Once the felt is removed, set it aside in a safe place.

Remove staples and screws

The next step in disassembling a pool table is to remove the staples and screws that hold the table together. There are usually quite a few staples and screws, so getting them all can take some time. Make sure that you have a stable surface to work on, and be careful when removing the screws – they can be sharp.

Detach the rails

The next step is to detach the rails from the table. This can be done by unscrewing the bolts that hold them in place. There are usually four bolts per rail, so removing them all can take some time. Be careful when removing the bolts, as they can be pretty sharp. Two horseshoe-shaped rails on either side of the table may be lifted separately.

Disconnect the pockets

The pockets are attached to the table with screws. Remove these screws and then detach the pockets from the table. Keep the pockets in a packing box and set them aside after all of the staples have been removed and the pockets are off.

Remove the slate

The slate is usually attached to the table with metal brackets. Remove these brackets and then lift the slate out of the table. The rock layer must constantly be smooth; else, the pool table will be ineffective. According to Dallas Pool Table’s website, once the felt is removed, you’ll be able to notice whether the slate is one large piece or three smaller pieces. Following that, the mover can carefully remove the screws from the slate. A stripped screw could be the difference between shifting the whole thing and not moving it.

Take Apart the Table

Now that you have removed all of the parts of the table, it is time to take the table apart. Start by removing the screws that hold the table together. There are usually quite a few screws, so getting them all can take some time. Be careful when removing the screws, as they can be sharp. Once the screws have been removed, the table will easily fall apart. Make sure to stack the parts of the table in the order that they were taken apart. This will make it easier to put the table back together later.

Clean Up

Now that you have finished disassembling the pool table, it is time to clean up. Make sure to remove all the screws, bolts, and staples from the table. Dispose of them in the proper receptacle. In addition, make sure to vacuum up any sawdust or debris that may have been created during the disassembly process.

Finally, please put all the parts of the table in a safe place where they will not be damaged. Once you have finished cleaning up, your pool table is now successfully disassembled! 

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How to Reassemble a Pool Table

Now that you have taken your pool table apart and relocated, it is time to put it back together. Start by putting the slate back on the table. Ensure that it is in the correct position and that the screws are securely in place. Next, reattach the pockets to the table. Reassemble the legs by screwing them into position and, if necessary, fastening them with the nuts you detached during the disassembly. In addition, make sure you have someone to help you. Disassembling a pool table can be difficult and dangerous if done alone.

It’s time to put the slate bed back into its frame after the legs have been reattached to the main body. Whether you have a single slate piece or several, your method will vary. If you’re using three parts, start with the central one to ensure that the frame stays balanced. After putting your slate down, try your level to double-check that it’s straight, then use your drill to reinstall it.

Then, reattach the rails to the table. Be careful when tightening the bolts, as they can be sharp. Finally, reattach the tabletop to the table. Make sure that all the screws are in place and tightly tightened. Congratulations! You have now successfully reassembled your pool table!

See also: How To Move a Pool Table

Conclusion

When it comes to pool tables, the process of disassembling and reassembling them can be a daunting task. From removing bolts from rails that are attached by screws, taking down pockets, and then finally detaching the slate, it is all here. This article provides you with all the steps necessary to take apart your table for it to move or just for storage purposes. Remember to take your time and be careful when handling screws, bolts, and other sharp objects. And most importantly, have someone help you so that the job is done safely and effectively.

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FAQs

How do I know if the screws are stripped?

If the screws are stripped, then they will be difficult to remove. You may need to use a screwdriver or wrench to get them loose. If the screws are completely missing, you will not be able to reassemble the table.

What is the best way to store a pool table?

If you will not be using the table for an extended period, it is best to store it in its original packaging. This will help protect the table from damage. If you do not have the original packaging, you can use a sheet or blanket to cover the table. Make sure that the table is in a dry place and that it is not near any heat sources.

What can I do if I can’t get the screws out?

If you have difficulty removing the screws, try using a screwdriver or wrench. If this still does not work, you may need to use a drill. Be very careful when using a drill, as you can easily damage the screws or the table.

Can I take the table apart if I don’t have all the screws?

If you do not have all of the screws, you will not be able to reassemble the table. You will need to purchase replacements from a hardware store.

Do I need to use a drill to take the table apart?

No, you do not need to use a drill. However, it may make the job easier. Use a drill to remove the screws if you have difficulty removing them. Be careful when using a drill, as you can easily damage the screws or the table.

Can I put the table back together if I don’t have all the bolts?

If you do not have all of the bolts, you will not be able to reassemble the table. You will need to purchase replacements from a hardware store.

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Rostislav Shetman is the founder of 9Kilo Moving. He has been in the moving and relocation industry for more than 25 years, making him an expert in his field. Rostislav started as a helper, dispatcher and driver and has worked his way up to owning his own company. He takes great pride in his work and enjoys helping people relocate across the United States of America. When he's not working, Rostislav enjoys spending time with his family and friends. They are the light of his life and bring him happiness every day.