- No matter where you are in New England or what your Pool Table Service needs are, Maine Home Recreation will be there for you. Providing top quality service on all makes, models and sizes of pool tables at the guaranteed best professional prices. Estimates are free and our quotes are guaranteed, what we quote is what you pay! No surprises!
- Not Really sure what your table needs? No problem. Maine Home Recreation offers free in home consultations.
- Our knowledge, methods and high quality industry specific tools and materials help make us the best choice for all your pool table service needs.
- Get your service done right the first time with Maine Home Recreation.
Whether you are buying a used table, selling a table or need an appraisal for your insurance, Maine Home Recreation can help with 2 kinds of appraisals.
Basic Appraisals - A basic appraisal can be used to tell if you are getting a good deal on a table you are looking at elsewhere or if you are looking to sell your table and want to know where to start. Basic appraisals are free and can be done over the phone, by email or even in person if we are in the area.
Comprehensive Appraisal - A comprehensive appraisal is for higher end or antique tables that you want to have on your homeowners insurance. We will visit your home, do a complete inspection and take photographs of your table. You will then receive a written appraisal for your table to use for your insurance or when selling the table.
Dis assemblyMaine Home Recreation provides professional dis assembly services on any size or model pool table. Whether you're moving your slate table into the next room or miles away it is important to dis assemble your table correctly! NEVER attempt to move a 3pc slate table in 1 piece. The list of problems you can and most often will encounter is very long and range cost wise from as much as a professional dis assembly to several times more all the way to your table needs to go to the dump. Professional dis assembly will save you headaches and money in the long run every time. For those who insist on giving it a go, see our D.I.Y section for helpful advice.
CratingMany of the moving and relocation companies we deal with request that pool table slate be crated prior to moving. Although this is not always an ideal way to handle the slate, there is no negative effect to doing it on the customers end. Maine Home Recreation builds crates for all sizes and thicknesses of pool table slate and will be happy to crate the slate at your moving companies request.
RelocationMoving? Just purchased a used table? Let us do all the lifting! We offer complete relocation services covering dis assembly, moving and re assembly, with or without new cloth! Don't trust just anyone with your investment, turn to the experienced professionals at Maine Home Recreation. We will disassemble, carefully wrap and pack every piece of your table and all of your accessories, safely transport it all to its new home and re assemble it for you all at the guaranteed best professional price!
StorageWhether you're moving and need a little time or you found the perfect deal but just don't have the room ready yet, no worries. If you are using Maine Home Recreation for your pool table service then the storage is FREE !! Here.
As the saying goes there is more than one way to skin a cat.In the case of pool table service there are many ways to do certain tasks. Some practices are not professional and can damage your pool table as well as cause them to play poorly or wear out prematurely. Other practices can be done many ways and still be right despite what other companies claim.
When you hire Maine Home Recreation for your pool table services you can rest easy knowing the job will be done right.
Below is a list of some of the things that will get always get installers arguing.
To use Bees wax or rock hard putty on the slate seams? This is a no brainer and the correct method is Bees Wax. We have seen almost everything imaginable used on seams. Duct tape, scotch tape, candle wax, Elmers glue you name it, and all of that is actually better for your table than rock hard putty. Rock hard putty for 1 you will never get a proper spread, 2 it gets into the pores in the slate sometimes causing the slate to break when you try to take it apart, 3 if used in screw holes the water in the mixture gets into the metal of the screws causing it to rust, It also turns brittle, can break in pieces and you will feel lumps under your cloth.
There is however a right and wrong way to apply the bees wax. Funny enough, some of our competition posted a picture of wax being laid down claiming wax was the "right way" yet the picture clearly shows them putting it down the "wrong way".
Flat shims or wedges for the slate? The answer is either one. If installed properly, both flat shims or wedges are acceptable. Some of our competition speak very ill of wedges on their websites claiming they fall out over time. Our answer to that is not if they are installed properly. Of course that company with their flat shims guarantees their installs for 60 days....we guarantee ours for life. Guess we will let you the consumer decide.
For more examples of how things are sometimes overlooked, even by "professionals" see our Hack Jobs section.
This may not be an obvious hack but if you look carefully between the rail cloth and the wood you will see a strip of black. This is called a feather strip and is supposed to be hidden under the cloth. This happens all too often, people try to take the legs off a table and either set it down or tip it on its side. This always damages something and most often times costs a customer more than a professional dis assembly would have. 3 Piece slate pool tables cannot be moved in 1 piece . The Installer of this table not only used staples to hold the pockets up but push pins as well! Pockets should be screwed on, not stapled. Staples ruin the leather.They should also be sure to use screws with a large head, not sheet rock screws and also make sure the screws are not longer than the backing of the slate. We run into this so often...staples ruin pockets!! Why not take an extra minute and do the job right? Below are more mistakes with feather strips.... The installer on the left used the right feather strip but forgot, or did not know, to trim the excess cloth off before covering the rails. Not sure I would call the person who did the rail on the right an "installer"...Pencils? Really? In the picture at right the installer made several mistakes. First, he didn't trim the excess cloth from in front of the feather strip leaving a bump in the top of the rail. Next, they used wood filler.....which is far too brittle for use in this application, also causing bumps. And as you can see from the piece of wood filler stuck to the cloth he didn't bother to wait til it was dry before putting the cloth on. And don't worry, just getting started with this guys hacks. At left is a corner pocket with a fold in it. Not knowing how to pull a corner pocket baffles me. Anyone ever looking at a pool table knows there is not a fold here but a smooth surface. The broken piece of wood in the picture is not a hack actually but something very common on commercial tables I will likely write on this in another section of the website. Same rails as above...partial credit here, side pockets DO get folded. However they should not be folded inside the pocket. This is one of the most common hacks we see. A fold inside the pocket can interfere with the ball therefore is not the proper way or place to make this fold. Some "professional" installers do this because it is easier and faster. If the inside front fold does not bother me enough, this one totally has me thrown for a loop. First they trimmed the cloth wrong then tried to compensate with this hack. And they only made this kind of fold once. "one of these things is not like the others..." If you make a mistake trimming the cloth here, pull the feather strip and try to get some more stretch or just rip a new rail cloth and start over. Fact of life, rubber does come unglued occasionally. Age, someone putting a lot of weight in one spot (like sitting on the table), it happens. But natural causes were not to blame here....This was brand new, recently installed rubber. A good eye (maybe a better picture) and you can see some of the old rubber still stuck to the wood...... Ahh yes...some of the old rubber and all the old glue. This new rubber never had a chance. As I state in our re rubber and new cushion sections cushion replacement is the worst hacked pool table service. Not properly preparing the surface leads to the rubber coming off, not being strait and playing poorly. This pool table hacker really took shortcuts here. Fast forward a half hour....after block planing and sanding the surface is properly prepped. This picture really does not do justice to the size of the pile of crap we had to take off these rails to properly prepare them for gluing new rubber on but it was significant, and we had to do it on every rail. Hackers take shortcuts. And although their services are cheaper, you get what you pay for. For more examples of Hackers and Non Professionals visit our blog. =======================================================
Although pool table service is somewhat of an art and really should be done by trained professionals with proper, industry specific tools, there will always be a percentage of people who insist on giving it a go themselves.
Maine Home Recreation has everything you need to D.I.Y. If it goes to a table or is necessary in its construction then we have it for you. While most companies wont even talk to you about doing your own table, we are happy to give you information on whatever pool table chore you are tackling to help ensure that the money you are trying to save does not turn into more money spent.F.A.Q Page for why these things are important to you !
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