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Old 01-08-2024, 12:05 AM
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No, I have no Interest in one but the wife does. What do I need to look at other than amp draw? Seems most come with tops and chemical kits, is one easier to work on than another? Is one more insulated than another?

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Old 01-08-2024, 07:22 AM
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My brother has dragged a couple home, repairing as needed and I sold a couple on Facebook market place.

One thing I will recommend, if it gets freezing temps, either run it all winter, or take very good care to winterize it. I ended up repairing one last summer that was not winterized properly. It was a bear cutting the spray in foam insulation, and replacing lines as needed. Best thing is to just cut everything out and start over.

We didn’t do this, just replaced a middle section on one side. I was going to pass on doing the job after looking at it, but owners 21 Yo son was looking at it, and thought we could do it together. So I agreed to try it if he helped. Ended getting his 19YO brother involved too. It was more of a teaching situation for the kids. They never had any teaching like this before.

Anyways got one side done, the side that was only 18” from the house laying down on my side. Filled the tub, then started seeing opposite side leaking.

That side was totally cut out and replaced. Much easier to do.

But, if I had to do it again, I probably would disconnect the tub and put it up on sawhorses so I could work on it standing up. I’m getting too old to be working that much on my knees/ laying down.

A couple weeks ago, guy calls me and says the hot tub isn’t working. I drive over and reset the circuit breaker, again. I try to show them what I do, so they will not need to call me, but it happens.

But the guy is smart in what he does, and makes a good living. He whipped up a couple washers for me yesterday helping repair some leaking diaelectric unions that developed a leak. He just happens to have a 50 watt laser cutting/ engraver in his basement.
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Old 01-08-2024, 07:36 PM
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Yes she plans on running it year round. Maybe ill warm up to the idea, doubt it.
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Old 01-09-2024, 03:50 AM
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I will venture a guess that hot tubs are like swimming pools--big holes in the ground you throw money into...

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Old 01-09-2024, 09:24 AM
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I always liked the one a friend had after his divorce . 2 man 168 gallon of water ,in his basement near a drain . Rather than fight a lot of chemical he would drain and refill . Of course his financials were so good he planned 2500.00 a week for the boats .
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Old 01-09-2024, 10:07 AM
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Decades ago, we were involved with a family member that owned a hot tub and waterbed store. We built custom decks and bed surrounds for those that wanted to spend the money. From the biz side, it wasn't a terrible thing. Naturally, we had waterbeds and a hot tub at the house because they were much cheaper at cost.

I think we got about 15 years out of our tub, and it was a huge part of my back recovery. After sitting in school desks all day, it was great to come home at night and relax and read in--after work of course. Once I moved out it became a huge maintenance chore for my mom and it didn't take very long for things to begin to fall apart. It sat busted for a couple years, and I managed to revive it but again wasn't able to keep up with the maintenance. We finally managed to have the shell hauled off last summer.

Once they're up and running it's not terribly bad. Keeping the chemicals correct and the filters clean extends the time between water changes. Regular cleanings are necessary though. The odd shapes and tiny crevices of a hot tub are more difficult than a straight wall/floor of the pool. It's not really something you can do with tools from above or outside. You just have to get in there with cleaner, a scrub brush, and rags and get it done.

LadyD has eyeballed those little inflatable spas for a while. A couple friends have them and claim they're actually pretty good for what you pay. We don't really have a spot that's suitable to set one up or likely we'd have given it a shot. They seem perfect for a covered patio, mostly out of the wind and weather though. I think I'd go that route before buying a big, expensive tub. If it lasted a few years and actually got used and taken care of, then upgrading might be an option down the line.
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Old 01-09-2024, 10:20 AM
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I've had a couple of 'slow leakers' ......still have one. They ease sore muscles when I used to over do it and relax me before bed when needed. Don't use it much anymore, so it'll probably go by the wayside this spring. I do know that they put a bunch of black smoke in the air when you burn them.
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Old 01-09-2024, 05:17 PM
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We, have had ours for years and years. Care is not a huge issue change filters fairly regular how often depends on actual use. The other thing you will want to do say every 3 months is drain off about 50 gals and refill with some fresh water it makes keeping the chemical balance way easier don't know why for sure it's like the water gets chemically saturated and hard to maintain. I would not be afraid of a used one in good shape so long as it's not leaking. You can buy a new spa pack and pump to retrofit your tub for like $650 all new trouble free control, heat and circulation. I did mine a few years ago when it just got really needy. Blowing fuses etc. Now it just purrs. They actually make a "Stopleak" for minor leaks you pull the filter add it based on tub size and circulate for x amount of time shut down and put the filter back in. You can change filters without shutting the tub down just by lowering the thermostat so the heater doesn't kick in while pulling the filter.
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for ease of chemical maintenance, shower before using. I had a lot of fun in the one I had [single guy here] but it became a hassle after 15 years and I gave it away on craigslist, now I store fire wood on that part of the deck.
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Old 01-15-2024, 05:11 PM
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Originally Posted by gimpyrobb View Post
No, I have no Interest in one but the wife does. What do I need to look at other than amp draw? Seems most come with tops and chemical kits, is one easier to work on than another? Is one more insulated than another?

I don’t use mine as it’s too hard to get in and out of. Maybe use that as a deciding factor as to which one or any at all.
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