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Moving A Pool TableIf you will be moving a pool table and placing it in storage, there are a few steps you need to take to not only make the moving process a bit easier, but also to ensure you keep your pool table damage-free. These steps are especially important if you’ll be moving it yourself.

How to Move a Pool Table

Moving a pool table will require a complete disassembly of the table along with using some muscle power! First of all, consult the manual that came along with your pool table to ensure you’re following the proper procedures for your brand or style of table. Then, make sure you enlist a few friends to help you move this heavy, bulky and wide item. You’ll also need some tools before you begin the process; a staple puller, a set of flat head screwdrivers, a socket wrench, power drill, and safety goggles. You should also plan on having some packing materials like bubble wrap, moving blankets, packing tape and sealable plastic bags for the small pieces.

Here are the proper steps to take before your attempt at moving a pool table:

  • Remove the pockets. The six side pockets will be attached with staples or screws, so use the staple puller or screwdriver to unfasten them. Make sure you are wearing your safety goggles to protect your eyes from potentially flying small parts.
  • Disengage the rails. Use a socket wrench to loosen the bolts holding in the rails, then slide them out gently with some assistance from friends, placing the rails on a moving blanket for safe transport. Keep all the bolts, screws, nuts and other small pieces sealed together in a plastic bag.
  • Take off the felt. Removing the felt is a very delicate process, unless you’ll be replacing it after the move. The felt will either be stapled to the pool table or glued in place. Carefully remove the staples to release it, or pull the felt up very gently in a backward motion if it’s glued on. Try not to stretch it or pull on it, as it will lose its shape easily. Fold the felt carefully once you have gotten it up off the table.
  • Remove the slate. Removing the slate is where your helpers will really come into play. The slate may be in one to three pieces and can weigh a total of around 800 pounds! The slate will be screwed down and needs to be removed with a power drill. Again, keep all the screws and pieces together in a plastic bag. Once the screws have been removed, use the combined strength of your helpers to lift the slate off the frame and set it down on a moving blanket.
  • Remove the frame and legs. Finally, the last step before moving a pool table is flipping it over to remove each leg from the frame, as well as any other detachable pieces.

Once the pool table is completely disassembled, it is ready to be moved. Wrap up all the larger pieces in the moving blankets, individually wrapping each slate, rail, leg and frame and secure them with packing tape. It’s important to be very cautious when placing the slate on the moving truck, too. Use an appliance dolly to help get it up the loading ramp, and if there is more than one slate they can be stacked once on board.

How to Store a Pool Table

Now that you know how to move a pool table, the next step is knowing how to store a pool table properly. First of all, you should consider renting a climate controlled self storage unit for your pool table, as the constant temperature will ensure the wood will not warp or buckle.

Place plastic sheeting on the floor of your storage unit and lay the slate on top of it, covering each individual piece with more plastic adhered with packing tape before stacking the next piece on top (if there was more than one piece of slate). Keep the other elements of the pool table wrapped in the moving blankets and set them on top of the slate- the frame, legs and pockets. The felt should be kept folded neatly in a sealed plastic bag to protect it from damage. Finally, keep the bags of screws, nuts and bolts with the table parts so you’ll have everything ready to go for reassembly.

If you need to store a pool table or other larger items, consider ezStorage for all your household storage needs. We offer a variety of storage unit sizes perfect for all your sports equipment storage large or small, throughout the Baltimore, Northern Virginia and Washington, D.C. areas.

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College Storage SolutionsThe end of the school year is a busy time for college students, who not only have finals to take and papers to turn in, but also have to start packing up their dorm rooms or apartments to get ready for summer. As you get ready to pack up a year’s worth of belongings, you might be surprised by how much you have accumulated; things like school supplies, books, sports equipment, clothing, electronics, and possibly even furniture. Unless you’re staying on campus this summer, all of these items will need to get packed up and moved back home.

Some students might be questioning if their parents even have ample storage for college dorms belongings in their home. Instead of hauling all your possessions into a childhood bedroom for the next several months, renting a self-storage unit is a great option to not only make your move easier, but also to ensure your belongings are safe and kept closer to campus for when you need them again in the fall.

5 Reasons to Choose Self-Storage as a College Storage Solution this Summer

Self-storage offers a variety of benefits for college students, including:

  1. The right size unit for college dorm storage. Self-storage facilities have a variety of storage unit sizes available, so you can be sure you are renting the perfect size for your belongings and your budget. Most students find that a 5x5 unit offers the right amount of space for clothes, books and supplies, and a 5x10 unit is perfect for mattresses, furniture and smaller items.
  2. Peace of mind belongings will be safe. If heading home for the summer means a long drive, why stuff the car for a long, uncomfortable ride home only to do the same when you return in the fall? Storage for college dorms at a nearby self-storage facility means an easier time on the road or even flying home, plus many facilities have security features like gated entry, security cameras and door alarms to ensure everything will be safe throughout the summer. You can even choose to rent a climate controlled unit for your more delicate items.
  3. Makes finding new housing easier. For students who have recently graduated, renting a self-storage unit is also a great way to start the next chapter of life, especially for those who are perhaps moving in with a friend or into a smaller apartment until they find permanent housing.
  4. Month-to-month rentals. Rent your unit for just the right amount of time with a month-to-month lease! This is great for college dorm storage and means you can easily keep your belongings closer to campus over the summer months, eliminating the need to transport them any great distance.
  5. More space at your parents’ house. After college students leave for the school year, it’s typical for parents to convert those empty bedrooms into guest bedrooms or offices, or even a workout room. They did not intend their home to become storage for college dorms over the summer. This means you’re possibly going home to a room you’re not used to, you’ll have far less space to keep all your belongings over the summer.

College Student Storage Solutions from ezStorage

Store and win with ezStorage this summer! Our annual promotion and sweepstakes for college students or faculty offers a substantial savings when you rent a storage unit at any of our 46 storage facilities now through June 30, 2016. Utilize your local ezStorage facility for your summer college storage solution and you will not only receive your first month’s rent free, but while supplies last, you will also receive a free USB drive and 10 percent off your rent through September 30, 2016! Not only that, but once a student or faculty member rents a storage unit, they are automatically entered in our sweepstakes to win one of three Apple iPad Airs. See the ezStorage website for specific rules and restrictions.

ezStorage congratulates the Class of 2016 and wishes underclassmen and faculty a great summer! Find a storage unit near you for all your college storage needs and make your move this summer that much easier.

Preakness StakesThe eyes of the horseracing world are on the Baltimore area this week for the 141st running of the Preakness Stakes. The thoroughbred racing event takes place on Saturday, May 21 at the Pimlico Race Track in Baltimore, Maryland. Kentucky Derby winner Nyquist will try to become the fourth horse to win both races in the last five years with a Preakness Race victory this weekend. But well before the competition begins on Saturday, there are many events in the Baltimore area to help celebrate this year’s running of the Preakness Stakes.

Preakness 2016 Events

Sunrise at Old Hilltop - May 17-20

From 6am to 9am on Tuesday through Friday during Preakness 2016 Week, Pimlico Race course is offering a 20-minute walking tour known as Sunrise at Old Hilltop. This tour of the Preakness race track includes watching the sunrise from the grandstands at the facility. Visitors can also watch the horses and jockeys go through their morning routines in preparation for the Preakness Stakes. Afterwards, visitors can take a free tour of the stable area and learn insights into the racing world.

Preakness Celebration Balloon Festival - May 19-21

One of the highlights of the Preakness Horse Race other than the Preakness Stakes itself is the balloon festival at Turf Valley Resort in Ellicott City, Maryland. The Preakness Celebration Balloon Festival is a free festival on Thursday, Friday and Saturday of Preakness 2016 week. It features tethered hot air balloon rides (with an additional fee), crafts, family activities and entertainment. In the evening,the balloons are lit with special lights as they launch into the sky.

Black-Eyed Susan Day - May 20

Black-Eyed Susan Day is held on Friday of Preakness Race week every year. The Black-Eyed Susan Stakes were first run in 1919 as the Pimlico Oaks, but in 1952 changed to its current name to commemorate Maryland’s state flower, the Black-Eyed Susan. This race is a 1 1/8 mile race for 3-year-old fillies. A portion of proceeds for the event and race will be shared with the Maryland affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure and Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance.

Preakness Stakes and Preakness Horse Race Events

The Preakness Stakes is traditionally held on the third Saturday in May at Pimlico Race Track, the second oldest race track in the United States. The Preakness horse race is the “middle jewel” in thoroughbred racing’s Triple Crown: Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont Stakes. In 2015, the great American Pharoah earned a Preakness Stakes victory on his way sweeping the Triple Crown. This year, Nyquist arrives in Baltimore as the favorite after winning the 2016 Kentucky Derby.

Infield Fest

Infield Fest is a multi-entertainment festival on the infield of Pimlico Race Track that takes place throughout race day. The festival includes food and other vendors, music, entertainment and much more! The headliner for this year’s Infield Fest is Fetty Wap. There are also performances by other regional and national performers throughout the day.

Preakness Week always brings excitement to the Baltimore area with all of the great activities from the Preakness Week to the Preakness Stakes. ezStorage has 46 storage locations in the Baltimore, Washington D.C. and Northern Virginia areas that can serve all of your storage needs from business to household.

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