I would recommend this to a friend ONLY if they were prepared for a long tedious assembly and understood the following. Plan on:
(1) not having all of the required parts. Be sure to check the parts with the inventory list before you start assembly. We were missing a few pieces and one piece was broken. The manufacturer sent us the parts that we needed, no questions asked. But it took about a week to receive. So if you are buying this for a birthday present, for example, you have to factor in that extra time.
(2) spending 3 to 6 hours assembling. Seriously. It took us the good part of an afternoon. But we did it watching a football game. Stopped for lunch. Etc. If you're in a hurry to get it done, you're setting yourself up to be really frustrated. For some of the assembly, we needed two people (one person to hold something while the other used the drill, etc). But most of it my husband did on his own.
(3) using a drill. For some absurd reason, the table does ...
We bought this Dome hockey table and were excited to use it. After starting to play we had a problem with the goal puck return. The puck gets stuck sideways in the return after you score a goal. You have toremove the dome, stick your fingers or a pencil in the goal and dig the puck out. Makes for a very exausting game of hockey. We contacted the company and their fix was "spray it with dry lube"! I now have a $!@# sculpture in the basement because no one wants the hassle of playing the game. Other than that the game is great.
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