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Hot Tub Pioneers – Baja Spas

December 18th, 2014 by
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A booth at the 1971 NSPI show and the opening of the Dallas-Forth Worth Airport led to the creation of the world’s first acrylic spa. Baja Spas, based in Tucson, Arizona, founded by Bernie Burba and Ed Price, began as pool builders in Naperville, Illinois, in 1960. Ed Price founded West Suburban Pools, a high-end [...]

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Spa & Hot Tub Error Codes – FL, FLO, FLOW, LF

December 12th, 2014 by
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Every digital spa control is designed with some diagnostics, to self-diagnose problems with pumping and heating your spa or hot tub. Topside controls also give lots of information about your spa status, which are not to be confused with spa error codes. There are 3 groups of error codes; Flow codes, relating to water flow, [...]

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Spas and Hot Tubs in the News

December 8th, 2014 by
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It’s that time again – for our twice annual look at spas and hot tubs in the news. Often funny, sometimes sad stories involving hot tubs that made the local or national news. Let’s dive in then, and see what’s been happening in the wacky world of spas and hot tubs!  3 ARRESTED AFTER SEXUAL [...]

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Hot Tub Pioneers – California Cooperage

December 2nd, 2014 by
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In the late 50′s, California was (and still is) an area of the country where a spirit of fun inventiveness took root. The first hot tubs were fashioned from wine barrels and olive vats – cut in half. During the 60′s sales grew, but supplies of spare barrels and vats dwindled. By the time the [...]

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Hot Tubs & Brain Function

November 24th, 2014 by
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Soaking in water soothes the savage beast. Hot tubs are well known for reducing aches and pains, and research has shown that it relaxes muscles as it improves blood flow and raises muscle temperature. But did you also know that your spa or hot tub can make you smarter? In a study done with 60 [...]

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Time for a new Hot Tub Spa Pack?

November 20th, 2014 by
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How do you know when it’s time to install a new hot tub spa pack? Your spa shell and the PVC plumbing can essentially last forever, but the pump, heater, blower and controls – being electronic and mechanical, will fail after awhile. Most spa packs will perform flawlessly for the first five years. In years [...]

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Hot Tub Pioneers – Len Gordon

November 17th, 2014 by
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Our story begins here in southern California, in the late 60′s. Pool builders like Len Gordon (1925-1997) were adding attached spas to the gunite pools they were building. Interested in how he could simplify spa construction, and avoid the structural problems of adding a separate body of water – he and fellow builder Jack Stangle [...]

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Replacing a Leaking Spa Pump Seal

November 12th, 2014 by
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The mechanical shaft seal in a spa pump is what keeps water from leaking along the shaft, as the shaft enters through the seal plate. A shaft seal is a two part design, which when compressed, prevents leakage, even though it is not touching the shaft. It can’t touch the shaft, whirling at 3500 RPM, [...]

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How To Install a Portable Spa Hot Tub

November 6th, 2014 by
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So, you saw our great prices on new spas, and unless this new spa is a replacement spa, you’re wondering what’s involved in spa or hot tub installation. Whether you install one of our Plug & Play 120V spas, or a full featured premium spa running on 4-wire 240V, requiring an electrician, you’ll need to [...]

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Winterize a Hot Tub in 5 Steps

November 3rd, 2014 by
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Winterizing a spa is simple enough for the average spa owner to perform, with simple tools and equipment. Winterizing a wood hot tub? It is not recommended to drain a wood hot tub for an extended period, or else the wood will dry out and shrink. To winterize a wood hot tub, you can follow [...]

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