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Hot Tub Recycling or Hot Tub Graveyard?

May 7th, 2015 by

If you have ever wondered what to do with an old, unused and probably non-working hot tub – this post is for you. The lifespan of a hot tub needn’t be short, the shell and other parts can last a lifetime, with occasional equipment repair and replacement, or a few spa parts here and there. [...]


Spa and Hot Tub Water Color Problems

April 30th, 2015 by

We’ve all been there before, when you lift the spa cover to discover a color other than clear blue. Hot tub water can be all colors of the rainbow when conditions aren’t right. Yellow, brown, green, white, and any shade in between. Today’s topic is how to identify and troubleshoot colored spa water, to restore [...]


Inflatable Hot Tubs: the Good, the Bad & the Ugly

April 24th, 2015 by

The Inflatable Hot Tub is a relatively new product on the market, and it has a surprising amount of internet activity or “buzz” happening. They’ve not only caught on in the U.S., but are also quite popular in the U.K. and Australia, according to my little keyword tool. Why so popular? Also known as portable [...]


Hot Tub Pioneers – Watkins Brothers

April 20th, 2015 by

In the seventies, as spas and hot tubs were growing from a California cottage industry, two brothers toiled away in their Escondido garage to create a whole new type of hot tub. Following in his father’s footsteps, Jon Watkins started up a pool service business when he came home after a tour in Vietnam as [...]


10 Items that Every Hot Tub Owner Needs

April 16th, 2015 by

When I bought my first hot tub (not so long ago), I was expecting a complete package, but soon found out that I needed much more than just the tub itself! Sure, I got a starter chemical kit, but that was about it. Over the next few months, I began to shop for the necessary [...]


Hot Tub Cover Lifter Reviews – Part II

April 10th, 2015 by

I wrote Spa Cover Lifter Reviews Part I, over two years ago, so this topic is ripe for an update. Also, in Part I, we only showed reviews of half of the spa cover lifters that we have and, only positive reviews. In Part II, we look at 5 more hot tub cover lifters, and [...]


Foam in Hot Tubs

April 6th, 2015 by

Foaming in hot tubs and spas is a problem that every spa owner will have at one time or another. Even if you take great care of your spa, always ensuring good sanitation and filtration, foamy spa water can become an issue, so don’t be embarrassed if it happens to you! A little bit of [...]


Hot Air Balloon Hot Tubs

March 30th, 2015 by

This blog has reported on spas in some very strange places – suspended from a bridge, on top of a mountain, built inside of a cave or sunk into a glacier. But a hot air balloon hot tub? Where would a off-beat start-up launch such a creative endeavor? Where else but in California? In Napa [...]


Hot Tub Chemical Storage Ideas

March 23rd, 2015 by

Is the Container Store a favorite hang-out for you? Do you spend hours organizing everyone’s sock drawer in the house? Do you feel a calm sense of control when your surroundings are neat and orderly? Me too – storage and organization is kind of a hobby of mine. My Pinterest page is filled with ideas [...]


Hot Tub Pioneers – Spa Cover Inventors

March 17th, 2015 by

The hot tub cover or spa top, is one of the most necessary accessory items for a spa or hot tub. But it wasn’t always so – in the early days, hot tubs were not kept hot all the time, but heated up as needed. Then, the energy crunch of ’73 hit, and inventors starting [...]