(FAQ) Standing on a pool table

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The very idea of actually standing on top of a pool table is a bit weird. After all, that table top is designed for balls to easily roll around, hit each other, the cushions, and sometimes fall into the holes and disappear.

There are times and situations when personal activities are required above the table. Usually this involves a light fixture (setting up, fixing, replacing, etc.). For home tables, rationale for putting yourself on top of the table cal also involve electrical work, painting, and other home chores (Christmas decorations could be another reason).

These are recommended only for slate tables. If you have a cheap table with Slatite or some other composite material - it's easier to shove the table over and use a proper ladder. If this is a slate table 3/4" to 1-1/2" thick, you can use this technique.

There is a basic factor that makes your trip toward the ceiling above the table safer is this - spreading your weight as much as possible over the slate surface. DO THIS with a second person.

Start off with placing a blanket across the table. Then position a small sheet of plywood on the area where you expect to stand. Put the edge near the area where you will step up onto the table. Now throw another blanket on top  This prepares the table for you to get up onto the top.

Place a step ladder to the side of the table. A second person should hold the ladder. Step up the ladder and then place one foot over the rail and onto the plywood, shifting your weight from the ladder onto the table. Then bring your other foot onto the table. Keep your feet well apart. Move around by slowly sliding your feet around the top of the plywood. Keep that second person nearby in case you lose your balance.

Do your work carefully. When finished hand any tools and supplies to the second parson. Descend off the table with the same careful movements so not to put yourself in danger.

WARNING: DO NOT put your feet on the rail. DO NOT lean on the rails. The rails and cushions are very easily damaged.

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