Could you please tell me what the recommended distance between staples is when stapling Simonis cloth (the best you can buy) to the rails. I believe the staples must be right next to each other (or very close together) in order to avoid ripples or dimples in the rubber bumpers, which create inconsistent angle deflection and make it very difficult to run a ball down the rail (therefore the table is no good and a person cannot play tournament lever pool).

Also could you quote me something from an installation type manual that tells you how close together the staples should be to avoid rippling.

Thank you...Peter Blake
MABN is happy to announce our newest pool professional on board.   Bo, owner of BJ billiards, dealer and service center for many brands of   pooltables, is one of the best in the business.  He works on many billiard establishments tables in the Mid-Atlantic region.

A good mechanic developes his own feel for each of the various types of cloth that may be encountered in pool table recovering. Each brand, weight and style has it's own stretching and application characteristics.  In my own experience with Simonis (and any of the other brand worsted fabrics for that matter) the staples on the rail should indeed be very close together, perhaps about one staple width apart as you run down the underrail.  Just the right tension is needed to avoid rippling. A very small amount of initial rippling is alright, as you have to remember that the initial cloth tension is going to give a little bit over time and cause those ripples to disappear. However, any ripple that precludes shooting a ball down the rail cleanly surely indicates the cloth is on way too tight. On the other hand, put it on loosely and it may look good initially but then sag over time and look saggy later.  There really is no special trick to the propper application of rail cloth.  It is simply a skill and feel that is developed over time and improved by experience, exposure and repetitive practice .

My advice: employ an experienced professional, and then expect professional results. Or practice, practice, practice.......
B.J.
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