Align billiard table precisely

For playing a pool table, it is essential to create a level and horizontal playing surface. Conventional spirit levels only partially help and are suitable if the game board consists of one piece. More precise is a machine spirit level or bubble level. The level playing surface is aligned horizontally with adjusting screws in the body.

Two adjustment levels

When aligning a pool table, there are two levels to consider. The plate or plates themselves must be level and the entire playing surface must be horizontal. The flatness of the playing surface must be created before getting the billiard table. A continuous slate or wood panel must be checked for possible deflections or twisting.

If the playing surface consists of two or three single plates, each must be individually aligned. Important here is the jointing, which ensures the flatness of the individual plates to each other after drying. For brittle and crumbling joint fillers, the pool table should be repaired.

Suitable measuring tools

A normal spirit level gives too imprecise results. For the alignment of a billiard playing surface, a machine spirit level with hundredth accuracy or a level gauge should be used. They must be placed on each individual plate at at least five measuring points.

As measuring points, the four corners and the center of each plate are ideal. The alignment always takes place from the outer edge towards the transition to the next plate. It is important to take advantage of the curing phase of the optionally supplemented or renewed joint filling. A level support on the base or other work surface is indispensable. The measured individual plates must not be moved until final setting and curing of the grout.

Adjust the table horizontally

The level playing surface must be precisely leveled after the final installation of the pool table. Tilts up to about five degrees can be compensated via the table's adjustment screws. These are depending on the manufacturer and design either in the table legs or under the game board.

Prerequisite for alignment is a solid floor covering, which does not give way to the high weight of the table over time. The effect on a carpet or softwood floor can be reduced by underlying support plates. It must be ensured that they do not interfere with the later game operation.

Tips & Tricks

After each change of position, you should readjust your billiard table to the set screws with the meter.

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