Location: Denver, Colorado We Serve Colorado and the Rocky Mountain Region. Call: (720) 628-6053 For service quotes and sales. Email: woodysbilliards@hotmail.com We accept the following forms of payment: Cash and verifiable Checks Accepted There are many other things to take into consideration, such as: - Size of the table (see our room size chart on our New Table Page) Very challenging playing on a table that is too big for the room. This may lessen your time on the table due to lack of enjoyment and may end up becoming the elephant in the room that never gets played on. Standard length of a pool cue is 57 inches so add this measurement to all four sides of the table when measuring your space. - Does the cabinet come apart for installing in your home?   If you have tight turns and twisty stairs, we might not be able to get the table into the   area you want it installed. - Did you get accessories from the seller? Pool Cues, Balls, Wall Rack, Table Brushes, Cover Note: If you own cats you will need a heavy duty cover. Felt and cloth are dyed with formaldehyde to preserve the vibrancy and color of the table. However, this is like catnip for cats and is considered a stimulant. They will scratch, claw, urinate, chew and do whatever they can to pull out the vapors from the cloth. Last but not least...Grandpa always told me, “ The only stupid question, is the one not asked.” In other words, if in doubt, ask a professional Billiards Mechanic. I get asked a lot by customer’s....”How do I know I am getting a good pool table?” I could write a book about this with my 22 years of working on just about every brand, make and model of pool table made, but there are very basic, fundamental things to look for. One thing my Granddad used to tell me was,”Anyone can paint a turd and make it look good, but it’s still hard to nail it to the wall and be proud of it when you know what it really is.” Grandpa was a character and always had something witty to say about everything, but he also made a lot of sense and his little sayings stuck with me. One thing he told me that has so many business applications was, “If a company’s not willing to put their name on a product, then they are not willing to stand behind that product.” The same goes for pool tables, if there is no name plate on the table...steer clear. If you already own one of these tables, don’t fret. A proficiently trained Billiards Mechanic can make these tables function properly but expect to compensate them for their efforts. So here is a short, but very important list of things to look for when you are shopping for a table. Please consult a qualified Billiards Mechanic if you have any questions and before you spend your hard earned money. We offer a free pool table evaluation to all of our customers. Q: Is there a brand label/badge on the table?       If a company is not willing to put their name on the table, most likely they are not willing to stand behind their own product. Q: Is the frame solid wood or veneer? Veneers are not all bad, but if the veneer is poorly applied any dings or scratches may be impossible to repair. Solid wood gives you the best quality, stability and can be refinished over the years. Q: When you gently lean against the table, is there a lot of movement or instability? This could be a simple maintenance issue where a leg bolt needs to be tightened. If you can look under the table and not loosen or move the leg bolts and you still get instability...buyer beware. Probably poorly manufactured and can be potentially dangerous. Remember, slate is heavy and if the table has a potential to fall down due to unstable legs or bolting hardware, that’s anywhere from 600-900 lbs. of weight falling down. Ever try to catch a volkswagen beetle rolling downhill? Q: Feel the rubber bumpers...do they feel hard like a rock or extremely soft? Are they falling off entirely? Rubber is a natural product and over time, environmental factors and lack of play, it will go bad. In the industry we call this a dead bumper and this can be a costly repair. The bumpers should feel like that of a pencil eraser. Firm but not hard, soft but not squishy. Note: If you need rubber replacement you also MUST replace the felt/cloth. Remember this when figuring your budget for a used table. Q: Are the pockets intact? Are there obvious signs of wear or abuse? Leather pockets can be costly and in some cases, such as antique tables, can cost more than the tables value. Plastic, vinyl or leather drop pockets are less expensive but once again, this can be a factor if you are on a budget. Q: Ask if the table is a ONE PIECE or THREE PIECE slate table. One piece slate tables will cost more to move due to liability, safety and increased labor and manpower. These tables are mostly bar style tables with coin operated mechanisms, but sometimes they look just like furniture tables. If you don’t know...ask. On average a piece of slate from a THREE PIECE slate table weighs 175- 250 lbs. if the slate is a ONE PIECE that means we have to move a piece that weighs 525-750 lbs. That requires special techniques, insured installers and several strong employees. That translates to increased cost for the budget minded buyer. Q: Are there obvious signs of abuse or damages? Some damages are just aesthetic and can be overlooked if you are not looking for functionality over a fine piece of furniture. On the other hand, if the table looks like it has been wet, mold infested, obvious huge cracks in the cabinetry, bent legs, severe instability, or other obvious signs of abuse or damage...consult a qualified Billiards Mechanic. We offer this as a free service to our customers in the metro area. Water can warp wood and slate, mold requires remediation and cabinetry work can be costly. Q: What is the age of the table? This may be hard to determine but hopefully the seller has some idea. Antique tables can be difficult to work on, require replacement parts and the parts usually are more expensive. They are worth the investment IF you have the budget. On the other hand, if the seller says they bought it new last Christmas and you find bad rubber or other poorly manufactured parts be prepared to pay for repairs.  Q: Don’t be afraid or embarrassed to crawl or look under the table. Recently we went to look at a table that our customer was going to pay almost new table money for. Everything looked and felt great until we looked underneath and discovered huge cracks in the bottom of the slate from damages by the moving company, that someone tried to repair. This made the table fragile and dangerous to move and nearly impossible to accurately level. We encouraged our customer to keep looking. Note: Replacement slate can cost as much as $900. Q: Ask if the slate is at least One-Inch thick and/or wood backed. One-inch thick slate is heavier and helps keep the table stable and level because it forces the table down into the floor. 7/8” slate is decent because it is heavy enough to help with this process, but anything less than that may require more costly trips by your Billiard Mechanic to re-level. Wood backing on the slate assists with the table cloth application. We staple the cloth to this wood backing, thus eliminating glue build-up which could affect the roll of the balls. We also use the wood backing to attach the pockets and in some cases, trim pieces called “blinds”. Note: Some tables do not have a wood backed slate due to commercial style or they may have a wooden bed “liner” that works just as well.  Q: Are there any signs of animal damages/urine? This can be a very difficult and costly problem to remedy. If you have ever had to repair, clean or replace carpet for this reason, you understand the expense and hard work required. Bite and chew marks can be repaired if they are superficial and pockets and pocket fringe can be repaired or replaced. Just be prepared to add this to the overall cost of your purchase. (720) 628-6053 With our extensive knowledge and 22 years of experience, we can answer most or all of your questions. We look forward to assisting you.