AzB Silver Member
This is true. I learned to do tables for this reason. A person with mechanical ability and some patience can often do a better job than a person with limited ability and/or limited pride in their work, regardless of their experience.I wish there were more good mechanics than bad but this is an industry with no standards. I just rebuilt a GC1 and did my own rubber and cloth replacement because I had seen the work that was done prior to me buying it. I had also seen the work of the local expert everyone uses and it wasn't much better. An hour on YouTube and another watching Glen's simonis video and I got it done. It isnt perfect but the rails on my table are junk so I did the best I could. Jerimy Chambers will solve that issue. My point is I didn't want to do any of this. I just wasn't going to be happy with substandard work. My work isn't great but I didn't pay $500 in labor for it and it is as good as what I had seen the local guy do.
Glen or someone with his skill level could make a better and easier living training table mechanics who would then have a verifiable skill level.
I trained David in how to work on Diamond tables and in rebuilding rail. After which I recommended he work for Diamond. I spoke with Diamond, and they hired David to be a sub contractor for them. David still owns his own billiards business, and still sub contacts for Diamond. He's very meticulous in his work, and very patient. I still talk to David quite often. He has since bought his own 18 wheeler tractor and short trailer and spends a lot of his time delivering and setting up Diamond tables, and less time working on them.10 yr Non pool player table mechanic, travels with his wife in their Benz high top van.
Works For the Diamond factory, does side jobs and complete room set ups for Diamond.
Ft Collins man.
Which is why I decided not to recover my own table this time around and hired someone better.If you have the $$$, and access to a real PRO, it's well worth it.