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3 piece slate or 1 piece slate? - 04-15-2008, 07:32 AM

I have purchased a new Diamond Pro 9' table. I have the option of doing 3 piece 1.5" slate or 1 piece 1" slate. I think both have their advantages and disadvantages, but would anyone like to offer me their opinion on which way to go? The price is the same.

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04-15-2008, 07:38 AM

when it comes time to move this table your limiting yourself when you buy 1pc slate. How many mecanics do you know that will move a 1pc 9 foot slate?


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Well... - 04-15-2008, 07:42 AM

Well, there's the disadvantage. I think I could get it moved if I ever needed to. Might take a forklift to do it, but it could be done. Just trying to figure out if the advantages (no seams, less holes, flat) would outweigh the disadvantage of moving the table.
  
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04-15-2008, 07:52 AM

Do you plan on moving any time soon? If not, go for the 1 piece slate. Why worry about the slate shifting over time if you don't have to?
  
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Talking 1 piece All the way - 04-15-2008, 09:27 AM

I love my 1 piece
If you need to move it just get a group of guys they are bullet proof
They flip it up on its side and roll it
They even have a special cart for the tables if you really needed one
I was so happy they offered a 1 piece
I hate the seems
On all my tables in the past I could see and or feel the seem

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04-15-2008, 10:01 AM

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I love my 1 piece
If you need to move it just get a group of guys they are bullet proof
They flip it up on its side and roll it
They even have a special cart for the tables if you really needed one
I was so happy they offered a 1 piece
I hate the seems
On all my tables in the past I could see and or feel the seem

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Why do you even know a table has seams?
Sounds like a bad installation.

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04-15-2008, 10:04 AM

I have the 9ft pro diamond with 3 pc slate, IMO i would go 3 pieces, as it is much easier to get a smaller piece of slate precisly machined than a larger one, you can not feel or see any seems on my table
  
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04-15-2008, 10:17 AM

While "s hift happens" as the Southwest flight attendants say, I have actual experience with the fact that....PROPERLY INSTALLED there should be no seam issues.

My table is in a converted garage which is not tied into the house's HVAC system and instead, has a through-the-wall heating/AC system....like a motel room.

Therefore, the pool room is subject to significantly greater heat/cold/humidity variations than a room that is on a central system.

But even on central systems, where people use cost saving temp settings at night or when they are out of town, a poorly installed 3 pc.

On two occasions, I had meaningful buckling of the slate causing the visible seam. But I finally found an excellent mechanic who uses something other than plain beaswax. If memory serves, it was some combination of beeswax and a Bondo-type substance.

He guaranteed against seam shifting and after a year, he is absolutely right.

So, if you are considering a 3 pc. system, I would absolutely ask the installer what seam substance he uses and ask for a written guarantee against seam lines.

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1 piece - 04-15-2008, 10:52 AM

I went ahead and went with the 1 piece slate. Other than the difficult time moving the slate, I see no reason not to go with it. I don't plan on moving anytime soon (the housing market is too bad) and never worrying about having a seem shi(f)t on me will give me some piece of mind.

I appreciate the responses here. It definitely helped make my decision.

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04-15-2008, 12:28 PM

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I went ahead and went with the 1 piece slate. Other than the difficult time moving the slate, I see no reason not to go with it. I don't plan on moving anytime soon (the housing market is too bad) and never worrying about having a seem shi(f)t on me will give me some piece of mind.

I appreciate the responses here. It definitely helped make my decision.

Moonraker
You didn't make a bad call, just make sure the slate can be installed in the room you are planning on putting the table in

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