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Table tear down - 08-22-2019, 12:29 PM

I purchased a used table and will be disassembling and transporting this weekend. Since this will be my 1st attempt at imitating a table mechanic, and I didn't stay at the Holiday Inn Express, I would appreciate any tips and tricks to make this go a little smoother.
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08-22-2019, 01:03 PM

Tons of zip lock bags, snack, quart and gallon size.
Get the bags with the plastic slide, much more secure.
Slips of paper to write descriptions on.
Sharpie Black Pen.
***Write the description on the paper and place it inside of the baggie.***
Six boxes in two or three sizes for castings, pockets, parts bags, corner skirts.
10-20 moving blankets.
Packaging tape to keep blankets around the rails, side skirts, ball box.
Be sure to check every bolt for a washer. They can get stuck in a hole and pop out later and get lost.
***Do not just throw the bolts and screws all into one box. Bag them by like items. Segregation and labeling are key to an easy assembly later.***
After you get back......
Clean and inspect all of the pieces for repair or replacement.
Check the nuts inside the rails for problems.
Clean everything now before beginning assembly.
Create a “shopping list” of needed, bolts, screws, washers, etc.

Remember....never dry assemble any fastener.
Use a very light coat of grease or oil on the threads of any and all fasteners.
Actually I would suggest using a “dry lubricant” spray on the threads, so nothing is wet.

Organize all of the parts before beginning assembly.


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08-22-2019, 01:16 PM

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Remember....never dry assemble any fastener.

All good info. I do have to say the above statement is fun: I would like to see someone grease every thread of every bolt and machine screw. "

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All good info. I do have to say the above statement is fun: I would like to see someone grease every thread of every bolt and machine screw. "

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If you don’t...you increase the chance of frozen bolts later.
I do it on all threads including cues.
Using bee’s wax of course.

Not that hard to do a very light coat, not goobs of grease. Even oil will work.

I do it on every thread on my bicycles, motorcycles, cars and tables.

I thought you were a “mechanic” Trent!


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All good info. I do have to say the above statement is fun: I would like to see someone grease every thread of every bolt and machine screw. "

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Yeah... Please don't... It makes a mess for the next guy who recovers the table. Unless the table is going into a very wet environment, the threads do not typically need to be lubed.


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If you don’t...you increase the chance of frozen bolts later.
I do it on all threads including cues.
Using bee’s wax of course.

Not that hard to do a very light coat, not goobs of grease. Even oil will work.

I do it on every thread on my bicycles, motorcycles, cars and tables.

I thought you were a “mechanic” Trent!
A pool table is not designed for exposure to the same elements that a bicycle, motorcycle, or car may see.


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08-22-2019, 01:46 PM

All good points guys but explain to me why so many rails bolts are seized up after sitting for years indoors?

I said a light coat of grease, so later you won’t even notice the lubricated threads when taking it apart.

Corrosion happens everywhere given enough time.

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Yeah... Please don't... It makes a mess for the next guy who recovers the table.
Have you ever seen this?

So much grease that it was messy?


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Have you ever seen this?

So much grease that it was messy?
If I hadn't, I wouldn't have said it...


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All good points guys but explain to me why so many rails bolts are seized up after sitting for years indoors?

Corrosion happens everywhere given enough time.

Clean and dry would be the way to go when dealing with a pool table. A little bit of rust on threads is no big deal, not at all like with autos or airplanes where extreme conditions are experienced. Seizing bolts are more than likely caused by inexperienced folks who cross-thread hardware by using the wrong tools or assembly techniques. Just starting threads by fingers will go a long way to preventing that. If it won't start by hand then readjust the components and/or clean the threads with a tap.

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08-22-2019, 02:05 PM

I agree then.

Too much, is too much.

People think a little is good, so a lot must be better.

At no time do any of my lubricated fasteners make a mess when removed.

Yes....you shouldn’t just throw them onto the pool cloth...lubricated or not.
Small tears can happen from items being tossed on the cloth. Coins for example.
Put some paper down or a box.
Many times a “table guy” places his tools directly on the cloth when doing work.

Nothing should ever touch the cloth except billiard balls, your clean hands and a brush/wipe.


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08-22-2019, 02:38 PM

Worse yet, is when there is a small spot of grease or lube on the bottom side of a rail... You go to install the rails, not expecting to have to worry about such a thing, and end up with it on your hands. Again, unknowingly, you touch the freshly installed cloth..

Experience that, and you might just curse anyone who uses grease on a pool table.

But, that's just my opinion.


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08-22-2019, 02:48 PM

I agree that would piss me off also.
Sloppy, too much grease.

I’ll start using spray-on Dry Lube.


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08-22-2019, 03:30 PM

All great info guys.
Didn't know thread lube could get so technical
I'll be sure to keep the never seize in the cabinet, one drop and it'll be everywhere lol.
  
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08-22-2019, 03:34 PM

OK....

So aside from the not using lube......

What pointers do you guys have for the OP?

Unless.....I covered all the bases already.


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