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Refinishing your Spa Cabinet

September 18th, 2014 by

A spa cabinet, or the outside staves of a hot tub, begin to fade and splinter after some time in the good ‘ol outdoors. Even manufactured wood spa cabinets begin to show their age after a while. You should avoid staining and sealing the inside of a hot tub, but the outside, or steps and [...]


Advanced Hot Water Chemistry

September 15th, 2014 by

Beyond pH and Bromine levels, beyond alkalinity and calcium hardness – what else is there? Maintaining a healthy hot tub is crucial not only for the users of the spa, to avoid sickness, but also for the integrity of your hot tub spa. The following article on hot tub water chemistry will focus on 3 [...]


Autumn is Here – is your Spa Cover Ready?

September 11th, 2014 by

The weather is cooling down, and leaves are already falling. And, if you thought last year was snowy and cold, NOAA has put out an official El Niño watch, which will bring more snow, rain and generally colder weather than usual. Autumn is the time of year when our customers get their spas and hot [...]


Food & Drink Disasters at a Hot Tub Party

September 8th, 2014 by

Hot Tub parties are a part of owning a spa – at least the occasional small, intimate affair with a few close friends. Or even if you are just enjoying your spa with that special someone, you may want to enjoy some wine and cheese, or other appetizers in the tub. Now, you should always [...]


Exterior Design – Creating Hot Tub Décor

September 4th, 2014 by

Good exterior design is a sum of its parts, bringing together disparate elements into one cohesive and balanced design. Your hot tub or spa is a warm, bubbling respite away from the stress of everyday life. Shouldn’t the surroundings of your spa also create feelings of peace and serenity? I’m not talking about a Zen [...]


Hot Tub Water Meditation Techniques

August 28th, 2014 by

A hot tub is a perfect place for meditation, if you can get it all to yourself that is! I’m fortunate to have one evening per week when I’m alone with my tub, and take the time to practice short mindful meditations. Emphasis on the word ‘practice’, because meditation is something that gets better each [...]


What’s the Best Hot Tub Temperature?

August 25th, 2014 by

When I was younger, the target temperature for hot tubs was 105°, but that’s changed – now the CPSC recommends temperatures no higher than 104°. They also caution that one should always check the thermometer before entering a spa, and be aware that thermometers can be incorrect! So, 104° for the regular hot tub soak [...]


Hot Tubs & Spas: Cutting Energy Costs

August 21st, 2014 by

There are an estimated 3.5 million spas and hot tubs in the United States, about half a million in California alone! Each spa can use around 2500 kWh of energy per year – that’s almost 9 Billion Kilowatt hours! This has caused various state and federal energy agencies to look closely at the way spas [...]


Hot Tubs & Spas TOC – Total Cost of Ownership

August 15th, 2014 by

  I hear the question all the time – “What’s it cost to own a hot tub?” The real cost of operating a spa includes a lot more than just chemicals. In this post, we break down all of the costs in owning a hot tub, and add them all up. What can you do [...]


Wood Hot Tubs vs. Acrylic Spas

August 11th, 2014 by

  WOOD HOT TUBS vs. ACRYLIC SPAS Born in the fifties, growing up in northern California in the sixties, I can remember when my parents installed their first hot tub. It was a used oak wine vat that my father got from a winemaker he knew in Napa. He set it up in the backyard, [...]