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Balls Rolling Toward Rails on Pool Table


Balls Rolling Toward Rails on Pool Table

I recently acquired a Fischer Duchess pool table (like the Fischer Duchess pool tables described in this post) in an estate sale from an aging neighbor.

The pool table is in fantastic condition. I was also informed it has the metal honeycomb playing surface.

I was able to move the table to my home across the street, and after re-attaching the legs and leveling it to the best of my ability, I was eager to start playing. It didn't take long to recognize i had a problem....

The balls would roll to the rail after getting within 1-2 inches of just 3 rails. There is nothing visibly wrong or to the touch.

Any insight or advice would be greatly appreciated.

Balls Rolling Toward Rails on Pool Table

Replies & Comments

  1. user1516203825billiardsforum on 1/17/2018 5:43:23 PM

    I don't quite understand what the problem is from how you described it above.

    Can you explain what happens a little more clearly, and then how that differs from what you expect to happen?

    It sounds like you either need new cloth, or new cushions, or both, but I can't tell for sure based on your post.

  2. user1516203825user1516203825 on 1/18/2018 1:31:05 PM

    Simply stated, the balls gravitate towards the 3 rails in question. Meaning, if I place the ball 2 inches out from any these 3 rails, it does not sit still, it rolls to the rail.

    If I sit it anywhere else on the pool table, it remains stationary. This would include the space in front of the pockets associated with these 3 rails as well.

    Hope that helps, and thank you for taking the time to reply.

  3. user1516203825billiardsforum on 1/19/2018 6:32:41 AM

    I can't know for sure without being there to look at the pool table, but is there a possibility the rail bolts are too tight? I am not 100% sure, but it seems that may have the potential to compress the honeycomb playing surface.

    I know that many pool tables have a rail-bolt torque spec. Not sure what it is for the Fischer pool tables with the honeycomb bed. If you have a torque wrench, perhaps you can measure the torque on the rail that isn't having the problems, and compare it.

    Again, it's hard to tell for sure without being on site, but that was the first thing that came to mind, and might be worth investigating.

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Balls Rolling Toward Rails on Pool Table

  • Title: Balls Rolling Toward Rails on Pool Table
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  • Published: 1/17/2018 10:43:49 AM
  • Last Updated: 1/19/2018 6:23:59 AM
  • Last Updated By: billiardsforum (Billiards Forum)