Moving a pool table by yourself is difficult due to its heavy weight and bulkiness. Unless you are only relocating it to a different room, it must be carefully disassembled to be moved out of your home. After moving, if it is not reassembled the right way, it will make playing on the table nearly impossible. You must learn how to move a pool table before considering the feat on your own.
There are specialty movers you can hire to disassemble, move and reassemble your table, but these services can be quite costly. Moving a pool table yourself is more cost-efficient and can go smoothly if done properly. If you are considering moving your pool table yourself, here are some steps to help you with the process.
Disassemble the pool table before moving it
The most important part of moving a pool table is the preparation of the move which will require you to disassemble the pool table. You should avoid trying to move the entire table in one piece, because it will only make you more susceptible to injury. It will also make your table more prone to damages.
Here are steps to follow in order to safely and properly disassemble the table:
- Get help: Gather a group of strong people who will be able to break down the pool table and lift the heavy pieces while moving it. Consider asking family members, friends and neighbors.
- Unfasten the six side pockets: Wearing protective goggles, lie underneath the table and pry the staples out of each pocket with a staple puller or a flathead screw driver.
- Remove the rails: Unscrew the bolts that are holding the rails in place with a socket wrench. Carefully slide each rail out. If sections of the rail are attached, you will need to flip them over and disconnect them.
TIP: Keep track of all nuts, screw and bolts removed from your table as they can get lost very easily.
- Remove the felt: If the felt is stapled to the table, use a staple remover to remove them. If it is glued down, gently pull it away from the slate to prevent tearing, unless you plan on replacing the felt before reassembling the table in your new home. Carefully roll the felt to avoid any wrinkles.
- Remove the slate: This step requires the most strength and care. Using a power drill with the appropriate screw driver bit, remove all screws from the slate, putting them aside safely with any other bolts and screws from the table. Next, carefully lift the slate off of the table's frame. Lift the pieces of slate slowly to prevent injury or chips and scratches. If you damage one piece of slate, you will need to replace them all. Lay each piece down on a moving blanket, fold the blanket around each rectangle and wrap it securely with tape.
TIP: A standard eight-foot or nine-foot table will have three pieces of slate, each weighing about 150 to 250 pounds.
- Remove the legs: Take apart the table's frame by unscrewing each piece and removing it from the table's legs.
- Load the table: Wrap each leg, rail and wooden section of the frame with moving blankets and tape securely.
TIP: Stack the pieces of slate on top of one another on the truck. You can place each wrapped piece of the table on top of the slate.
Reassemble and level the table after moving it
Putting the table back together, and following the same steps in reverse, can be much trickier. On top of reassembling your pool table after moving, you need to level it. If your table is not leveled, it will affect the accuracy of players' shots and cause the balls to roll around on during the game. You can avoid this tedious step if you choose to hire professionals to reassemble and level the table for you.
Check out the manual and find out the type of table you have. If you aren't sure how to adjust its level, refer to your table's instruction manual for more information. Your pool table will either have metal plates, adjustable legs or wooden legs. Tables with metal plates are the most common type.
- If you have plates, refer to your instruction manual to add metal plates to your legs. Your table should have come with screws to attach the plates.
- If your legs are adjustable, remove the pins or screws that are securing the leg in place and adjust it to the desired length by moving it up or down. Do this for each leg that needs to be adjusted before replacing the pins.
- If your legs are wooden, you will need to purchase wooden shims. Have a friend lift the low end of the table carefully while you slide the slim end of the shim under the table's leg or legs.
Test your table's level by placing a carpenter's level on the felt in the center of the table. If the table is level, the bubbles will be positioned directly in the center of the two lines indicated on the glass tube. Check each of the table's four sides as well to determine where the table will need adjusting.
After any adjustments, use your carpenter's level to recheck the uniformity of your table. If it is still inaccurate, you will have to repeat the process until it is level.