Pool Table Chalk Dunes and Goal Posts?

Pool table chalk dunes? I bet you never heard of that one before? Well, they do exist.

Whenever I am repairing a pool table and the customer tells me that the table is not level or the balls vere off suddenly the first thing I do is go get my level.

Pool Table levelled ready for play

Pool Table levelled ready for play

 

If the level is indicating that there is nothing wrong with the level of the pool table there is a good chance that chalk dunes are the cause of the problem. What the hell are chalk dunes I here you say?? If a table has experienced heavy usage over a period of time then thick layers of chalk get deposited between the cloth and the slate which can create small raised mounds in certain areas of the playing surface. A sure sign of this is the moving ball suddenly appears to deviate from the direction its going in.

Chalk dunes caused by heavy usage and not vacuuming

Chalk dunes caused by heavy usage and not vacuuming

You can avoid this by occasionally running a vacuum cleaner with a brush head over the playing area. Make sure the slate on your pool table is one piece, otherwise the vacuum cleaner can pull up the filler used to smooth out the seems of the slate joins. For the best results it is best to lift the top frame up first and remember…. always vacuum in the same direction as the run of the napped cloth.

The other problem I come across when pool table recovering is the customer tells me the ball stops dead just before going down the pocket. This is known in pubs and clubs as a goal post and can be caused in one of two ways. Firstly, the fitter carrying out the pool table recovering has not cleaned any old dried glue left on the playing surface before apply the new bed cloth.

Build up of glue

Build up of glue

Or, straight after the bed cloth has been fitted, the fitter tries to line up the pockets with the lid down by moving the slate by jerking it by one of the pockets causing the wet glue to ride up. This in turn will create a ridge and will be a problem unless the fitter is called back to repair this.

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