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    I am off to France on sunday 20th March , to fit a full size Oak Burroughs and watts steel block very heavy slated square leg which is a 1930s Arts and Crafts table for a client .
    they live 50 miles south of Nort in the south West of france , the client is arranging a fork lift when we get there as it is an upstairs install , I will take a Few Photo's of the install and post them later when we get back if they are of intrest to anyone .
    hope to stop off at Rouen on the way back , been there 3 years ago and liked it very much , it's where Joan of arc was burned at the stake .
    the only steak we will be having will be on a plate and medium rare

    Geoff
    [/SIGPIC]http://www.gclbilliards.com

  • #2
    Sounds like a tough job Geoff
    Do you ever get to an upstairs install where the clients floor just aint strong enough to cope ??

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    • #3
      Originally posted by jrc750 View Post
      Sounds like a tough job Geoff
      Do you ever get to an upstairs install where the clients floor just aint strong enough to cope ??
      i presume his name is large for a reason he's still posting jrc so he aint gone through any floor boards yet

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      • #4
        Look forward to your return Geoff........

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        • #5
          Look forward to the pics Geoff , have a nice time

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          • #6
            Originally posted by jrc750 View Post
            Sounds like a tough job Geoff
            Do you ever get to an upstairs install where the clients floor just aint strong enough to cope ??
            I have worked on one install where the floor was that poor , that acro jacks where used in the Garage under the floor to prop it up and the customers Bentley was left outside for a year , it was very hair raising to put that table in , and the install never worked the floor was too flexy and balls where running off all over the place when people walked around the table .
            it was a very interesting table though a 20 Barley twist legs in oak by Orme ans sons , with connecting referectory stringers around the base of the legs , with stringers also connecting internaly across from leg to leg ..
            he bought the table for £3000 a year later he auctioned it off for £10,000 .
            and his beloved Bentley got it's Garage back .

            I have also done a few tables where I went to level and when I jacked the table up . it was the floor that moved down , not the table that moved up when i was putting the leveling pieces under the legs .

            i have just done an install up two flights of stairs for Yells on this forum , a 10ft Karnhem and hillman , that was a tough job too as the stairs was tight , but to give yells some credit he helped get the slates up . and i think is was avery nice table that suited the room and house

            Right it is nearley 9 am and my partner is due any minute to go to France , I like to travel down on a Sunday to miss the traffic , stopping over at Le mans at a Capernile Hotel , we use them a lot on the continent .

            Geoff
            [/SIGPIC]http://www.gclbilliards.com

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            • #7
              I hope you enjoy your trip and the install goes well. Cant wait to see the table, sounds like this guy as some dough. Lol
              Cheers,
              I try hard, play hard and dont always succeed, at first.!!!!

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              • #8
                Sounds like fun. Enjoy yourself geoff. Like the others I will look forward to the pics.

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                • #9
                  WELL , what an event full last few days , everything was going well until the van broke down near Tours , had to be towed off the motorway to a country village garage , the recovery driver then went for his 2 hour lunch break , we where then transported to Tours opel garage as it is a vauxhall van , we will have to put it onto a computer says the garage not until 2nd day though then we will have to order parts then fix on the third day , it's the egr valve I tried to explain , just change it and we can be on our way

                  a night in an hotel and a new hire van and we unloaded the table from our broken down van to our new van and where on our way again a day late but we got there .

                  the lady of the house was very good to us , we got stuck into the job and unloaded the table and uplifted it all by forklift to an upstairs part of a barn conversion , we finished the job around 8pm and she fed us before running us down to a hotel for the night .
                  next morning we finished the job off and gave instructions on how to brush and iron etc , fed again and back on the road to tours to pick up our van , 545 euro's paid and we had our van back , and guess what they changed the egr valve , drove all the way to calais and stayed in a hotel , next morning a trip to the wine outlet to stock up 300 euro of wine loaded and we made the 12.05 ferry , back in the uk now but not yet at home as I have to take a table out on Friday so stayed over in lincoln , hope to be back to post photo's by weekend .
                  Last edited by Geoff Large; 24th March 2011, 10:39 PM.
                  [/SIGPIC]http://www.gclbilliards.com

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                  • #10
                    Your wine

                    Is it still a lot cheaper to buy wine in France & tobacco in Belgium? I know it was when I was in UK but that was a long time ago now.
                    王可

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                    • #11
                      here are a few photo's of the full size B&Watts install in France . as you can see the forklift made light work of lifting the slate's and all the woodwork upstairs through an opening that will be later on Bricked up and a window put in .

                      Geoff

                      The Barn conversion











                      The main house



                      and here is a photo of an american Sam K steel 9ft Pool table I installed today , it's been a busy week .

                      Last edited by Geoff Large; 25th March 2011, 05:34 PM.
                      [/SIGPIC]http://www.gclbilliards.com

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                      • #12
                        Thanks Geoff, nice table & looks like its going to be a very nice room indeed

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