A well-leveled pool table is key in playing the game effectively. The pool balls should need to roll evenly on a flat surface to get that excellent shot. It’s also crucial for stabilizing the pool balls on the table. An unlevel pool table will keep the pool balls rolling around when taking out the pool rack.
There are many reasons why your pool table is no longer flat. It can be moisture, the age of the pool table or something heavy accidentally dropped on it. Here, we’ll show you how you can level your pool table.
Leveling your Pool Table the Right Way
Don’t buy a new pool table just yet. Try to fix it first by following the simple steps down below.
Step 1 Measure your pool table for level.
- For you to check whether your pool table is leveled, you need to use a carpenter’s level. There are two types of carpenter’s level that you can use, the analog or digital levels. Whichever you choose between the two, rest assured both should work fine for this task.
- If you’re using the analog carpenter’s level and are not familiar with how it works, let us help you. The analog carpenter’s level can precisely defect any deformations on a surface by laying it on the table and checking its two lines if the bubbles are inside the glass tube. If the other side is crooked and not straight, that means the pool table is not leveled. But if the carpenter’s level will have an alignment between two lines, that means it’s leveled.
- When using a digital carpenter’s level, you can download various apps from your phone that you can use. When choosing which one to download for efficiency, check for positive reviews, and go from there. There are lots of free apps to choose from. For the process, you’ll have to lay your phone onto the pool table and let it do its work. The app will automatically calculate whether or not the pool table is flat.
Step 2 How to measure the pool table
- To start, position the carpenter’s level on the middle section of the pool table. You need to start measuring the center pool table’s levelness first. You should position it vertically from the starting point of the table where you play and hit the ball rack.
- After positioning the carpenter’s level, check if its bubbles are aligned between the two lines of its glass tubes. If it is, then the pool table is flat in the center area. If not, check which part of the line is crooked and take note of it. You need to raise that area, so it is flat again.
- Then, go ahead and start measuring the sides of the pool table. As you can see, there are four sides to a total of the pool table. It doesn’t matter which side you need to start as long as you’ll measure each side for levelness.
- When positioning the carpenter’s level, this time, it should be horizontal. It’s because you measure the center area of each side if it’s flat or not. Do not position the carpenter’s level on the corner, but it should be at the center of each side of the table.
- Check for each side if it’s flat or not. Again, check for the bubbles if those are between the two lines inside the glass tube. If it is, then you won’t have that much problem for the table side part. If not, all you need to do is to adjust the table legs in that area where it’s not leveled. This way, the surface will be flatter again and smooth for the balls to roll.
- Also, you will have to check if something’s wrong with the room’s floor. It might be the main reason why your pool table is leaning or crooked.
Step 3 Testing if it’s well-leveled
- After you’ve made all the adjustments according to your measurements from the carpenter’s level, it’s time to check if you did it correctly using one of the pool balls.
- Just get one of the pool balls and have it rolled over on each of the pool table’s sections. Make sure to have it rolled on a straight path, so it’s easier to measure the table’s levelness.
- If the ball is rolling perfectly straight towards the section that you’re aiming for, then this means you have perfectly made great adjustments on the table. If it’s moving a bit way out, you need to tweak your adjustments on that side where the ball moved crooked.
- Repeat the same steps when checking each section of the pool table. Check whether or not you need to make some adjustments to perfectly level the table.
Step 4 Start playing
- Another way to test whether or not the pool table’s surface is ready is to play with it. Try doing one round and see how the ball performs on the table. You will notice if the table is still not in level, the ball goes curvy instead of going straight. Even if it’s going in a slanting direction, you still notice the difference.
- If it works now and the table is perfectly level, be sure to remember to note the adjustments you did on the table. This will come in handy whenever you face the same issues in the future.