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When Hot Tubs lose Power – Strange but True Stories

January 29th, 2015 by
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Around here, at Hot Tub Works, we get nearly 1000 phone calls per day. Most are sales calls to order spa covers or chemicals, but a good percentage of calls are spa tech support calls. It’s enough to keep several spa techs busy on the phones all day, so I guess it’s about 15% of [...]

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Deck it Out – Hot Tub and Spa Decks

January 26th, 2015 by
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Are you tired of the same old backyard? I am – after looking at all of these beautiful pictures of spas and hot tubs wrapped in wood, built by creative and crafty homeowners (and their contractors). If your spa (like mine), is just sitting on the back porch, on a boring slab of concrete, here’s [...]

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Spa & Hot Tub Safety – Drain Cover Recalls

January 22nd, 2015 by
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Your spa drain can kill! Numerous entrapment injuries have occurred, where the powerful suction of a spa drain has trapped persons under the water. They are either suctioned onto an unsafe drain cover, or have hair or hands stuck in the pipe, when drain covers go missing. The number of entrapment fatalities over the years [...]

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12 Inground Spas and Hot Tubs that I Love

January 19th, 2015 by
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We spend a lot of time around here talking about portable, above-ground spas and hot tubs, blah-blah-blah. Although there are conveniences related to aboveground spas, there is nothing like stepping down into the warm water of an inground spa. I have plans for my own inground spa one day, I have the perfect garden setting [...]

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In Ground Spa Covers

January 13th, 2015 by
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If you want to keep an inground spa warm for quick heat-up, or have it hot and ready to go – a spa cover is an absolute necessity. Inground spas can be built of concrete and plaster, or they can be an acrylic spa shell that is placed into the deck. They can be standalone [...]

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Spa & Hot Tub Error Codes – OH, OHH, OMG

January 6th, 2015 by
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In our series on spa and hot tub error codes, we turn our attention today to the HOT messages that your topside control may be trying to give you. OH, or OHH, or OHS (Overheat) all mean that a temperature sensor has detected unsafe water temperatures of 108° – 118° F, and your spa is [...]

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Baby It’s Cold Outside: Winter Hot Tub Tips

December 29th, 2014 by
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For many spa or hot tub owners, winter is the perfect time to enjoy a hot soak in your outdoor tub. Here in Southern California, the winter temperatures rarely dip below 50°, which hardly qualifies as cold for most of the country. If you live in colder climates, where 50° would be a winter heat [...]

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Solar Hot Tub Heaters

December 22nd, 2014 by
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Solar Hot Tubs are all the rage now for off the grid homes and campsites, or for anyone who wants to operate a spa or hot tub in an eco-friendly way. Can a solar pool heater be used to heat a spa? You betcha! And it’s a simple Saturday project. Spa solar heaters can heat [...]

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Hot Tub Pioneers – Baja Spas

December 18th, 2014 by
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A booth at the 1971 NSPI show and the opening of the Dallas-Forth Worth Airport led to the creation of the world’s first acrylic spa. Baja Spas, based in Tucson, Arizona, founded by Bernie Burba and Ed Price, began as pool builders in Naperville, Illinois, in 1960. Ed Price founded West Suburban Pools, a high-end [...]

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Spa & Hot Tub Error Codes – FL, FLO, FLOW, LF

December 12th, 2014 by
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Every digital spa control is designed with some diagnostics, to self-diagnose problems with pumping and heating your spa or hot tub. Topside controls also give lots of information about your spa status, which are not to be confused with spa error codes. There are 3 groups of error codes; Flow codes, relating to water flow, [...]

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