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Hot Tub Covers – Measuring, Ordering, Dancing

May 22nd, 2014 by
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Back in the old days, ordering a new hot tub cover was such a hassle. I am old enough to remember when you had to call someone from the spa store to come out and measure, and then a few weeks later you’d get a price quote in the mail. Ah, the good ole’ days. [...]

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Chlorine or Non-Chlorine Shock for Hot Tubs?

May 19th, 2014 by
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Spa and Hot Tub Shock – what’s better – chlorinated granules or non-chlorine shock? This post takes a look at the differences between two types of oxidizers used for spa shock treatments – Sodium DiChlor (chlorine granules) or MPS – Monopersulfate (chlorine free). WHY SHOCK SPAS & HOT TUBS? Oxidizers are added to pools and [...]

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3 Secrets to Spa Cover Longevity

May 15th, 2014 by
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Shhh! I’m about to share with you 3 secrets! A hot tub cover is a valuable piece of equipment. But since they’re not made of Kevlar, they will eventually need to be replaced. A thrifty spa owner can stave off the inevitable expense by taking action to protect their spa cover, and increase it’s longevity. [...]

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Saltwater Hot Tub – Pros & Cons

May 12th, 2014 by
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If you have been busy lately, you may have missed the new craze in hot tub maintenance – spa salt water systems. A saltwater hot tub uses a salt cell which reacts with the salt that you add to the water (2 lbs per 100 gals), to produce pure chlorine. A low voltage power supply [...]

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When to Replace a Spa Pack

May 9th, 2014 by
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There comes a time – in the life of every spa or hot tub, when the gears stop turning. It’s usually a minor glitch, something a new pump, or new heater element or relay can fix fast. But then there are those times when it makes sense to replace the entire spa pack, and take [...]

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Spa & Hot Tub Filters – 3 Ways

May 5th, 2014 by
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The sheer number of spa filter cartridges is enough to boggle the mind. I have a cross-reference book on my desk for all of the pool and spa cartridges that are available – I’m guessing that there are 5000 cartridges in this little book. I think it’s safe to say that there may be some [...]

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Bromine vs. Chlorine for Spas & Hot Tubs

May 1st, 2014 by
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For the hot tub or spa owner, a thought gets put into their head, “Hey, why not use pool chemicals for the hot tub? They’re a lot cheaper!” So, why not just use 3″ chlorine tablets and powdered pool shock to sanitize your spa? Isn’t it the same thing? Bromine vs. Chlorine – two challengers [...]

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Safely Storing Spa & Hot Tub Chemicals

April 28th, 2014 by
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Safe storage of spa chemicals – a boring topic? Not so ~ it has all of the elements of a Shakespearean tragedy, only without all of the hard to follow old English tongue. The horrible tragedy is that nearly 5000 people visit hospital rooms every year – after a pool or spa chemical dust or [...]

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Choosing the Best Hot Tub Cover Lift

April 21st, 2014 by
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Hot tub cover lifts are the best aftermarket item you can buy for your spa or hot tub. When I originally bought my Baja spa, my husband and I thought we didn’t need a lift, and saved a little money on the overall cost. We quickly discovered how important a cover lifter is; it’s pretty [...]

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5 Signs You Need a New Spa Filter Cartridge

April 17th, 2014 by
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Hot tub and spa cartridges do some real heavy lifting. Pounded non-stop by water, filling up with dirt, keeping your spa water clean and clear. But ~ they don’t last forever. To prevent dirty water and disease, spa filters should be replaced every 12-24 months. 12 months, if the hot tub is heavily used by several people, [...]

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