How to Repair Pool Cue Sticks

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How to Repair Pool Cue Sticks
Over time, pool sticks start to show wear and tear. (Michelle McCarron/Digital Vision/Getty Images)

Pool sticks, also called pool cues, get a lot of abuse when playing pool. After all, the job of the cue stick is to hit the balls hard enough to place them in the pockets. Over time, a variety of issues can occur that will cause the pool cue to perform less than optimally. Most pool cue repairs are quick projects that even beginner gamers can accomplish themselves.

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Things you need

  • Water
  • Dollar bill
  • Towel
  • Wood glue
  • Cloth

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  1. 1

    Locate any dents or nicks in the wood of the cue stick by rubbing it with your fingers. Lay the pool stick on a flat table so that the dented area is facing upward.

  2. 2

    Apply 1 to 2 drops of water to the dented area only. Wait five to 10 seconds and wrap a dollar bill around the cue stick once. Move the dollar bill back-and-forth over the dented area rapidly for approximately 30 to 60 seconds. As you do this, heat is generated, which will remove the dent.

  3. 3

    Hold the cue stick up to your nose and look down the shaft to see if it is bent. If the shaft is bent, soak a towel in hot water and wring it out as much as possible. Wrap the bent section of the stick in the towel for at least one to two minutes. Hang the pool stick in a cue rack with the tip facing downward. Allow it remain untouched for at least 24 hours.

  4. 4

    Look at the tip on the end of the pool stick to see if it is perfectly flat across the bottom or whether it looks like a rounded mushroom cap. If it is rounded, wrap a piece of fine-grit sandpaper around the perimeter of the tip and twist it to sand down the tip. Do not scratch the actual stick as you do this.

  5. 5

    Repair cue stick tips that fall off by simply applying one to two drops of a strong wood glue to the back of the tip and pressing it firmly on the end of the stick. Hold it in place for approximately 30 seconds and wipe away excess glue with a damp cloth. Allow the cue stick to sit for 24 hours before using it.

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