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How To Install A Wood Bead Scorer

How To Install A Wood Bead Scorer

I have an old wooden bead overhead scorer that I bought several years back ...and finally getting around to installing. It is identical to those being sold new and came threaded on a string.

My understanding is that the beads ride on a wire - I have wire, end hooks, & turnbuckle to tension the wire.

What I can't figure out is the larger 2 end beads and the center bead have small closed pad-eyes (closed threaded hook) which I assume somehow keeps them in place (at the ends and center of the wire).

Does anyone know the purpose of the small pad-eyes on the 2 beads and if so what do they attach to?

How To Install A Wood Bead Scorer

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  1. bobcatmFenwick on 12/27/2010 1:37:23 PM

    Can you post a photo? Perhaps they were not designed for hanging on a wire? Can you check with a local pool hall or the store that sold them? It's been a long time since I've used over head beads.

  2. bobcatmbobcatm on 12/27/2010 6:11:21 PM

    See attached photo of similar item.

    The second photo (a different layout) shows small closed pad-eyes on the end and center large beads.

    My question really is what are the pad-eyes for - I assume the provide some means to fix the ends and center from sliding

  3. bobcatmFenwick on 12/28/2010 10:37:44 AM

    Truthfully, I'm guessing, as it's been so long since I had my own set of beads. I recall the center bead with the hook was used to support the beads in the center causing it to be in a fixed position.

    The end beads were also connected to the ceiling for the same reason; making them stationary. Again I'm going on my memory.

    I have not been to the pool hall for 2 weeks otherwise I would have taken a look at how theirs are set up.

  4. bobcatmbobcatm on 12/28/2010 8:46:32 PM

    Found a few more photos -- the attached one shows a very long run wire (across the room). I saw another that showed the same wire holding scorers for a few tables.

    My guess is that the screw eyes had wires up to the ceiling to both help support the overall wire and to keep the given group of beads in one area..

    Also show is a picture of a scorer that is identical to mine,,, has 2 large beads with screw eyes near each end..another mystery to me --- maybe those 10 end beads represent games won or 50's or ?

  5. bobcatmFenwick on 12/29/2010 10:52:00 AM

    You're right about the extra beads on the end. I play at one house that has Olhausen tables. No built in markers like Brunswick tables.

    Their bead markers only go up to 50 like yours so they have 3 small beads on the end that move very hard. They allow you to play games up to 150. We play games to 100 or 125.

    So I would guess you have things sorted out now?

    For me Straight Pool, 14/1 is the only true game.

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How To Install A Wood Bead Scorer

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  • Published: 12/27/2010 12:02:27 AM