Frequently Asked Questions:
Are pool cues allowed on airplanes?
The airline authorities don’t allow the pool cues as part of the carry-on baggage, but they do permit them in the form of checked bags. Most of them have listed the inventory items in their security and safety guidelines in conformance to the Transportation Security Administration standards and regulations. Look for a hardshell, lockable case for safety and security when you travel with your cues.
How to Check a Pool Cue for Warping
Testing a pool cue to see if it is warped is one of the easier tasks for a pool player to do. There are a few different ways to check a cue for straightness, but by far the most popular and reliable way to see if your cue is straight is to "sight" the cue.
To sight a cue, hold it up at eye level and look down the cue from the butt, as if you were shooting a rifle. Hold the cue out and slightly downward, slowly turning the cue 360 degrees as you look down the cue from the butt to the tip.
Some people will tell you to roll your cue to check for warping; however this is not the most reliable way to check a cue for straightness. In order for the roll test to work, you need to find a perfectly flat surface. Pool tables are not ideal for this sort of test as even the slightest variation in cloth or table felt can cause your cue to wobble a little when you roll it (even if your cue is straight).
Cues also have different tapers and are not conical; the diameter of the cue varies down its length. This taper can cause the cue to wobble when rolled. Cues also often have price stickers, weight stickers or marketing stickers on them and these will also affect the roll of a cue. Sighting your cue is the most reliable way to check for warping.
Can you sit on a pool table?
Never, and I mean NEVER sit on the pool table! ... Yes, pool tables are sturdy – but they are not designed to handle the weight of someone sitting on the rails. The rubber cushions are glued to the wood on the inside of the rails and will not take a lot of movement before they separate.
How much room space do I need for a pool table?
The ideal room space for a table, no matter what size table, would be to have five feet of clearance on each side of the table. The reason for this is that a pool cue is just under five feet long. Combine that with the width of the rail, and five feet is proper clearance for play. If you have a tight spot or not exactly five feet of clearance, we have shorter length cues just for such situations.
How should I keep my table clean?
Dust the rails and the cabinetry of your table frequently.
- For wooden surfaces we recommend using either lemon oil or a good quality
furniture polish or wax. Always follow the product manufacturer’s directions.
- For synthetic surfaces, such as Formica® or laminate surfaces, we suggest
using a damp cloth and a mild cleaner.
- Never use glass cleaner on wooden surfaces! The ammonia could cause a chemical reaction with the wood’s finish.
How do I care for my cloth?
- Brush your cloth as often as possible. New cloth takes time to “break-in” and can take a few months to do so. During this time, and afterwards, brush the cloth as
often as possible. You can never brush the cloth too often.
- If you vacuum your cloth, make sure to use the upholstery end and go over your cloth lightly. Do not use a vacuum with rotating brushes, this is too hard on your cloth.
- Periodically we also recommend using a “damp” (not wet) lint free towel to wipe down the cloth. Hot water only, no cleaners.