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How to Read a Hot Tub Owner’s Manual

February 22nd, 2016 by
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Unlike old spa owner’s manuals, the modern spa owner’s manual is a real piece of work. Some of the better ones are over 50 pages, with excellent color graphics, tables and step by step photo illustrations. Early hot tub manuals from the 70’s and 80’s were laughably lackluster, and probably that’s why you can’t find […]

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Hot Tub Jets Not Working?

February 15th, 2016 by
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It’s a common spa question that we get asked all the time. One day you’ll get in the spa and notice the hot tub jets don’t feel as strong as usual. It’s almost always an easy fix, so don’t worry that you have major problems, you probably don’t. There should be a simple reason that […]

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Romantic Hot Tubbing with your Valentine

February 8th, 2016 by
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Hello folks; I don’t usually get the fluffy blog topics – but here goes, a man’s guide for hot tub romance this Valentine’s day. I’m not sure how qualified I am to speak on the subject, but there are a few tips I’ve learned on how to create a romantic mood, and I do know […]

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How to Shock a Hot Tub

February 1st, 2016 by
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What does it mean when we speak of shocking a hot tub? I like to say that my spa is shocked every time I remove my towel, but that’s just my little joke. šŸ™‚ Spa shock is an oxidizer that is used to destroy organic contaminants that have been able to escape normal daily sanitation. […]

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Buy a Used Hot Tub? Don’t Get Soaked!

January 25th, 2016 by
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How to buy a used hot tub is “hot topic” these days, with showroom prices over $10,000 it’s natural that many people consider buying a “Gently Used Hot Tub”. For many, a used hot tub is not something they would consider, especially given that onlineĀ portable spas can be purchased for less than $5,000. Regardless, if […]

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Saltwater Hot Tub – Bromine or Chlorine

January 18th, 2016 by
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Before I write a post, I survey the ‘information landscape’ with a few keyword searches, to see what’s been written about the topic. There’s a lot of misinformation out there about saltwater hot tubs. Sounds very familiar, I heard the same discussions ten years ago about swimming pool salt water systems. It smells like fear […]

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Spa Chemical Dosage Charts

January 11th, 2016 by
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I’ve heard it said that “spas and hot tubs are not just small pools” – indeed, they are very small pools. So small in fact, that the equivalent of 4 people in a spa is like having 200 people in a pool! Wacky things happen to water chemistry when even one person is using the […]

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How to Clean a Hot Tub

January 4th, 2016 by
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Spas and hot tubs are fairly self-regulating; and don’t require a major time investment to maintain. However, to keep your spa in top condition and looking good, you do need to do some spring cleaning from time to time. My technique is to drain half the spa water and refill every 4 months, with a […]

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10 Spa and Hot Tub Energy Conservation Tips

December 21st, 2015 by
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Some spas are built for a warm climate, while other spas are specifically designed for use in cold weather areas. A spa or hot tub that is energy efficient can use half of the energy of one that is not. Spa insulation is the main factor, but there are many other variables that influence the […]

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Hot Tub Covers 6 Ways

December 14th, 2015 by
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A spa cover cap is one of the most important spa accessories you can buy, and so multi-purpose! Spa tops not only insulate the spa, keeping the water hot, but they also make the spa safer for kids and animals. In addition, your spa cover keeps the spa clean, blocking out dust, debris and rain […]

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