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Archive for February, 2012

Hot Tub On A Roof?


An unauthorized hot tub installation had nothing to do with a couple who donated $15 million to  University of Michigan Computer Science Engineering building.

It appears to be a PRANK!  The hot tub appeared one night and disappeared shortly there after.

“People were kind of flabbergasted,” CSE spokesman Steven Crang said of the hot tub, which had a wave of visitors Sunday and Monday. “It was obviously unexpected. It was pretty creative and now it’s gone. It left a buzz in its wake.”

How Did That Hot Tub Get Here?

Crang said the group of students responsible is still a mystery.

“It’s apparently people who are close to the department because they were able to gain access to the building and install the tub,” Crang said, adding that the installation was likely difficult. “The thing that intrigued everyone was that it was on the fourth-floor balcony. It’s a large hot tub and the doors that lead out to the balcony are not real big, so they had to do some work to get it out there.”

The hot tub, first reported by The Michigan Daily, sparked a wave of conversation between U-M students on social media, including a thread on Reddit.

“I am in the dude (Duderstadt building) right now, will walk over and check it out here in a few minutes and report back,” Reddit contributor fuzzball90 wrote when word of the hot tub first appeared online, later reporting: “It’s legit. Working hot tub.”

“Can … can I study in it? I’m not CSE,” asked another contributor.

“I don’t see why not. I spent an hour in there earlier and I’m Mechanical,” fuzzball90 responded.

Images of the hot tub appeared on imgur. That gallery has nearly 144,000 views.

So what did Bob and Betty Beyster think of it?

“They found it amusing,” Crang said with a laugh.

– Jack

Save Water in your Hot Tub


How to Reduce Water Waste in Your Spa or Hot Tub

saving-water-is-coolEach year, one household uses about 127,000 gallons of water. Between washing machines, faucets, toilets and showers, we use more water than what is necessary. By using low-flow water fixtures on appliances, the amount of water saved, and the resulting decrease on your water bill are both huge. In fact, if you install water-saving toilets in your home, you can save 24,000 gallons of water! Together, Americans could save more than 4 billion dollars and 2 trillion gallons of water by using low-flow water fixtures.


So with this in mind lets look at a few ways hot tub owners can save money and save water in the operation of their hot tub.

  1. Use a thermal blanket on the hot tub. Cuts evaporation down by 40% and improves heat retention. Saving you money for heating expense and water use.
  2. Keep your spa maintained. Hot tubs which taken care of get drained less often. So use a system like Frog Floating System. Easy and takes the guess work out of it.
  3. Use a pre-filter to drain your hot tub, which will pull out the chlorine and other matter. You can direct the water to open areas or use directly on plants or lawn.
  4. Replace your hot tub cover if it becomes broken, water logged or deflected inward. Buy a quality spa cover and it will reduce heat and water loss.

Here’s a great infographic produced on other ways to save water around your home. Thanks @elocal!

Home Water Conservation Infographic


Tip: Drain your spa regularly, but maintain a healthy spa to avoid unnecessary and frequent spa draining.