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Next Day Spa Covers

May 9th, 2016 by
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Despite good intentions to replace a spa cover before it is really needed, many spa tops befall some sudden calamity that renders them nearly useless. Wind storms, falling branches or my favorite, dancing kids and sleeping dogs – can all ruin a hot tub lid, making a replacement spa cover an urgent need. Custom spa […]

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Dual Spa Filters: Double the Filtration!

April 25th, 2016 by
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Here’s a short story about how I doubled the filtration on a spa that we have on our vacation home. We rent out the mountain home and hot tub when we’re not using it (which is most of the year), and we were having some trouble keeping the water clean between visitors, without changing the […]

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Replacing a Spa Pack

April 18th, 2016 by
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Today we cover, in detail – how to replace your spa or hot tub “Spa Pack”, the combination Controller, Heater and Pump system that connects to the Top Side panel and controls all of the functions for filtering, heating, lighting and purifying your spa; automatically. The controller and heater of a Spa Pack (without the […]

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How to Rotate a Spa Pump Wet End

April 11th, 2016 by
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If you’ve ever noticed, some spa and hot tub pumps can be connected to pipes in different directions. While some are fixed at a vertical 12 o’clock orientation, other spa pumps make their return pipe connection horizontally, at 3 or 9 o’clock. If you replace your spa pump with new, or even if you just […]

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Hot Tub Tips for Rental Homes

April 4th, 2016 by
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The vacation rental and short term housing rental market is booming. One amenity that can help grow a rental home’s popularity as well as fetch a higher rental price is a hot tub. Hot tubs are fairly self-regulating, and require only minimal care in between tenants, but there are a few things to keep in […]

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New! Hot Tub Tanning Liquid

March 31st, 2016 by
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New – from the Fake Bake people comes Spa & Hot Tub Tanning Liquid. A proprietary formula that’s specially formulated for use in spas and hot tubs. Just pour the Instant Self-Tanning Liquid into the hot tub and soak for just 15 minutes, and emerge with a glowing tan. The topic of tanning is right […]

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Hot Tub Filter Leak Repair

March 23rd, 2016 by
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Hot Tub filters need some repair from time to time, besides replacing the cartridge. Today’s post is about common spa hot tub filter leaks that you can do yourself. Common hot tub filter leaks can include cracked filter housings, leaking o-rings or gaskets, or pipe fittings that have shrunken or otherwise lost their seal where […]

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5 Hot Tub Filter Problems

March 14th, 2016 by
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Spa Filters are the Kidneys of your spa water, removing impurities and particles to keep systems working. If you were to run your spa without a filter, even a covered spa will quickly deteriorate in water quality. And that’s exactly why you are here, searching for solutions to your vexing hot tub filter problems, and […]

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Natural Hot Tub Maintenance

March 3rd, 2016 by
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My hot tub is not 100% natural, but it’s close. I use very few bottled spa products, either for cleaning the water, or for cleaning the hot tub. Having a “Natural” hot tub or spa is more than just adding a mineral purifier or ozonator, or using enzymes – all of which I use. If […]

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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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