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Inflatable Hot Tubs: the Good, the Bad & the Ugly

April 24th, 2015 by
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The Inflatable Hot Tub is a relatively new product on the market, and it has a surprising amount of internet activity or “buzz” happening. They’ve not only caught on in the U.S., but are also quite popular in the U.K. and Australia, according to my little keyword tool. Why so popular? Also known as portable [...]

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Hot Tub Pioneers – Watkins Brothers

April 20th, 2015 by
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In the seventies, as spas and hot tubs were growing from a California cottage industry, two brothers toiled away in their Escondido garage to create a whole new type of hot tub. Following in his father’s footsteps, Jon Watkins started up a pool service business when he came home after a tour in Vietnam as [...]

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10 Items that Every Hot Tub Owner Needs

April 16th, 2015 by
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When I bought my first hot tub (not so long ago), I was expecting a complete package, but soon found out that I needed much more than just the tub itself! Sure, I got a starter chemical kit, but that was about it. Over the next few months, I began to shop for the necessary [...]

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Hot Tub Cover Lifter Reviews – Part II

April 10th, 2015 by
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I wrote Spa Cover Lifter Reviews Part I, over two years ago, so it seems that this topic is ripe for an update. Also, in Part I, we only showed reviews of half of the spa cover lifters that we have available and, only positive reviews. In Part II, we look at 5 more hot [...]

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Foam in Hot Tubs

April 6th, 2015 by
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Foaming in hot tubs and spas is a problem that every spa owner will have at one time or another. Even if you take great care of your spa, always ensuring good sanitation and filtration, foamy spa water can become an issue, so don’t be embarrassed if it happens to you! A little bit of [...]

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Hot Air Balloon Hot Tubs

March 30th, 2015 by
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This blog has reported on spas in some very strange places – suspended from a bridge, on top of a mountain, built inside of a cave or sunk into a glacier. But a hot air balloon hot tub? Where would a off-beat start-up launch such a creative endeavor? Where else but in California? In Napa [...]

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Hot Tub Chemical Storage Ideas

March 23rd, 2015 by
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Is the Container Store a favorite hang-out for you? Do you spend hours organizing everyone’s sock drawer in the house? Do you feel a calm sense of control when your surroundings are neat and orderly? Me too – storage and organization is kind of a hobby of mine. My Pinterest page is filled with ideas [...]

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Hot Tub Pioneers – Spa Cover Inventors

March 17th, 2015 by
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The hot tub cover or spa top, is one of the most necessary accessory items for a spa or hot tub. But it wasn’t always so – in the early days, hot tubs were not kept hot all the time, but heated up as needed. Then, the energy crunch of ’73 hit, and inventors starting [...]

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Children in Hot Tubs

March 12th, 2015 by
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Children in hot tubs – is it dangerous? When my children were young, many years ago, I can remember telling my husband; “they’re not just little adults, you know…”. Especially for children under 5 years old, with bodies still growing, a hot tub could be unhealthy or possibly dangerous. The first problem with children using [...]

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How to Clean a Hot Tub without Draining

March 10th, 2015 by
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First off… I have to say that draining the spa is usually recommended every 3-4 months, to replace with fresh water that contains far fewer dissolved solids, wastes and disinfectant byproducts. Fresh water is easier to filter, sanitize and is healthier for bathers. But… I understand that there are times and places where draining the [...]

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