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Time for a new Hot Tub Spa Pack?

November 20th, 2014 by
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How do you know when it’s time to install a new hot tub spa pack? Your spa shell and the PVC plumbing can essentially last forever, but the pump, heater, blower and controls – being electronic and mechanical, will fail after awhile. Most spa packs will perform flawlessly for the first five years. In years [...]

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Hot Tub Pioneers – Len Gordon

November 17th, 2014 by
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Our story begins here in southern California, in the late 60′s. Pool builders like Len Gordon (1925-1997) were adding attached spas to the gunite pools they were building. Interested in how he could simplify spa construction, and avoid the structural problems of adding a separate body of water – he and fellow builder Jack Stangle [...]

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Replacing a Leaking Spa Pump Seal

November 12th, 2014 by
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The mechanical shaft seal in a spa pump is what keeps water from leaking along the shaft, as the shaft enters through the seal plate. A shaft seal is a two part design, which when compressed, prevents leakage, even though it is not touching the shaft. It can’t touch the shaft, whirling at 3500 RPM, [...]

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How To Install a Portable Spa Hot Tub

November 6th, 2014 by
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So, you saw our great prices on new spas, and unless this new spa is a replacement spa, you’re wondering what’s involved in spa or hot tub installation. Whether you install one of our Plug & Play 120V spas, or a full featured premium spa running on 4-wire 240V, requiring an electrician, you’ll need to [...]

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Winterize a Hot Tub in 5 Steps

November 3rd, 2014 by
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Winterizing a spa is simple enough for the average spa owner to perform, with simple tools and equipment. Winterizing a wood hot tub? It is not recommended to drain a wood hot tub for an extended period, or else the wood will dry out and shrink. To winterize a wood hot tub, you can follow [...]

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Hot Tubs and the Ebola Virus

October 30th, 2014 by
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The recent surge in Ebola cases has prompted a lot of concern and chatter on the subject. Hot tubs have once again become a target of health stories, with several news stories such as How Safe Are Hot Tubs?, WSJ Oct 20, 2014, or Ask Ila: Are hot tubs safe? Masslive Oct 24, 2014. A [...]

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Hot Tub Pioneers – Jacuzzi Brothers

October 27th, 2014 by
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My wife, of all people, just said “I didn’t know that Jacuzzi was a family name.”  The story of the Jacuzzi brothers, and the origins of the business efforts that eventually became a household name, is simply fascinating, I told her. Take a look, this is Joseph Jacuzzi, one of the seven Jacuzzi brothers who [...]

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Hot Tub Before Massage – or After?

October 20th, 2014 by
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If you’re like me, you enjoy a good, professional massage. Preferably outdoors on a warm beach, beneath a shaded canopy. If that’s not possible, a local massage practitioner is the next best thing. Even better, some masseuses travel with a folding massage table and still make house calls! Perhaps you’ve just booked your spa at [...]

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How to Find a Good Hot Tub Repair Service

October 13th, 2014 by
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  At Hot Tub Works, we like to think of ourselves as a friend to the DIY spa or hot tub owner – which is why we write so many posts about troubleshooting spa equipment, identifying spa parts, and making DIY spa repairs. However, there comes a time when an experienced spa tech can be [...]

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Frozen Hot Tub!

October 6th, 2014 by
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Winter is coming! And with El Nino predicted, it could be a cold, snowy winter indeed. That’s good for the spa parts salesmen, I suppose – because it means lots of freeze damage to spas and hot tubs. But hold on there ~ as long as you have your spa operating, at least on low [...]

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