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Hot Tubs & Spas: Cutting Energy Costs

August 21st, 2014 by
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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 [...]

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Hot Tubs & Spas TOC – Total Cost of Ownership

August 15th, 2014 by
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  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 [...]

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Wood Hot Tubs vs. Acrylic Spas

August 11th, 2014 by
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  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, [...]

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Cut Spa Heating Costs with this One Weird Tip!

August 7th, 2014 by
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  OK, I don’t know if you’ve seen those adsense ads that promise Lose belly fat with this one weird tip! They seem to be following me around, but I like my belly just the way it is, thank you. It’s become sort of a meme, this “one weird tip” idea – it makes me [...]

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Replace or Renovate an Old Hot Tub?

August 4th, 2014 by
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Most spa owners grapple with this question, if they live in one place long enough. It usually happens like this – one day a spa repairman hands you an estimate for repair, in excess of $1000, and in addition to that, it’s time for another spa cover, and the cabinet is looking, well – less [...]

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The Dead Spa: No Power Hot Tub

July 31st, 2014 by
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It’s happened to me plenty of times – get myself all ready for a nice soak in the tub, lift the lid and find lukewarm water and no lights on the control panel. It’s usually an easy fix, when you have no power to the spa – the greater disappointment is not being able to [...]

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Leaking Spa Jets – How to Find & Fix

July 28th, 2014 by
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Spas and hot tubs are not supposed to leak, but over time, it’s not uncommon for a leak to develop in an older spa. Knowing where to look for spa leaks is the first step in leak detection. Spas and hot tubs can leak in many locations, including from the spa jets themselves. Rarely do [...]

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Replacing a Wet End on a Spa Pump

July 24th, 2014 by
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Wet End Replacement – a wet end is the part of your spa pump that gets wet – the volute halves, and inside, the impeller and shaft seal. It’s sold as a complete unit, for quick field replacement, in the case of volute, impeller or seal failure. Here’s pictures of Drake replacing a wet end [...]

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Myths about Spa & Hot Tub Chemistry

July 21st, 2014 by
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When you advance beyond your basic pH and bromine levels to more advanced hot tub chemistry, you become aware of certain tenets or principle beliefs of managing a hot tub. Many are useful, such as adding only one chemical at a time, or maintaining good alkalinity to control pH bounce when several users get in [...]

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Hot Tub Folliculitis – Preventing Pseudomonas

July 17th, 2014 by
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FOLLICULITIS – noun \fə-ˌli-kyə-ˈlī-təs\ – inflammation of one or more follicles especially of the hair. It’s a skin infection that produces an itchy rash with red bumps. Pseudomonas Aeruginosa is a germ usually responsible.   Pseudomona… What? Hot Tub Rash is a faster way to say it, easier than either folliculitis or pseudomonas aeruginosa! Let’s [...]

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