Welcome to the T & A Dart's Frequently Asked Questions Page
Here you will find answers to the most frequently asked questions that we receive. If you can't find an answer to your question, please feel free to email us. Chances are - if you need an answer you can't find, so does someone else.
You'll find the answers to the following questions below:
How high do I hang my board?
What are the different materials darts are made from?
Is there that big of a difference between 80% tungsten darts and 90% tungsten darts?
What are the different parts of the darts?
What dictates the price of a set of darts?
On steel tip darts do you prefer sharp tips or rounded tips?
I do believe that the most common question we get asked around here (besides our hours) is
"How high do I hang my board?"
Well, here's your answer.
From the center of the bull to the floor is 5'8" and
from the face of your board to the front of the toe line is 7'9 1/4".
The easiest way to measure for your toe-line is to drop a plumb-line from the face of your board, mark the floor & measure back from the mark. That way you know you're measuring from the correct spot.
From here, there are just some random questions. I hope these answers help.
Let's start with Darts
Q: What are the different materials darts are made from?
A: There are many types of materials from which darts are made. The three most common are brass, nickel silver and tungsten - with brass being the least expensive material and tungsten being the most expensive.
Q: Is there that big of a difference between 80% tungsten darts and 90% tungsten darts?
A: This is an easy question to answer. But keep in mind that just because the answer is easy doesn't mean that your decision on which to choose will be too. Most dart players cannot tell the difference between a 80% and a 90% tungsten barrel. A 90% tungsten barrel has a tendency to be slimmer than an 80% barrel. If you have two darts both weighing 23g, one made of 90% tungsten and the other from 80%, the 90% barrel must be slimmer in diameter or shorter than the 80%. The reason for this is that since Tungsten is such a dense material, it doesn't take as much of the material to reach the desired weight. There is a price difference between the two, but not a huge one.
Q: What are the different parts of the darts?
A: There are four parts of a dart.
1. The Flight
2. The Shaft
3. The Barrel
4. The Point (Soft or Steel)
Q: What dictates the price of a set of darts?
A: The price is based on material of the dart barrel and whether it is movable point or fixed. The flights and shafts have little or no bearing on the direct cost of a set of darts as they can be readily obtained as replacement parts. When choosing a set of darts, choose a barrel that you like - not flights and shafts.
Q: On steel tip darts do you prefer sharp tips or rounded tips?
A: When it comes to whether or not a steel tip should be sharper or more rounded - the answer is absolutely rounded. A slightly rounded point (similar to a soft tip point) will roll off of a wire, where a sharp point has a tendency to "stick the wire" and bounce out whether your point moves or not. If you hit a wire with a really sharp point, chances are the dart is going to come back to you. If your point is slightly rounded, your chances are greater that it will stick in the board and hopefully not your foot. The best way to tell if your points need to be sharpened is if, when running your finger over the point, you feel any burrs. They need to be removed.