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Spa & Hot Tub Chemicals for Dummies

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In today’s post, we follow up on our popular Beginner’s Guide to Spa & Hot Tub Care, and get more granular with Spa Chemicals for Dummies. The book pictured is not a real book, not one that you can purchase anyway. Don’t think I’m calling our blog readers Dumb; just a fun blog title. Because […]

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15 Hot Tub Deck Surround Ideas

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Spas and hot tubs by themselves are wonderful, but when they are just plopped onto the back patio, they can look kinda plain. For designers, the spa or hot tub is a focal point, and hot tub surrounds are used to dress it up and provide conveniences and privacy. Today we look at some elegant […]

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Olympic Divers Love Hot Tubs

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If you’ve been following the Rio Olympics this past week, you may have noticed that Olympic divers take to a hot tub after their dives, awaiting their scores and looking, oh so relaxed. What is this Olympic athlete pampering? I don’t know of other sport besides diving where the participants can relax in bubbling bliss […]

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Hot Tub Cover Clip Replacement

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At Hot Tub Works, we specialize in hot tub covers, so it’s natural that we spend a lot of time talking about them. Down to the smallest details in fact, like the spa cover straps and the locking clips that allow you to safely secure your spa cover. Spa cover clips aren’t the most exciting […]

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Hot Tub Leaking from the Bottom

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A spa or hot tub that is leaking is cause for alarm. But don’t freak out, it’s almost never the spa shell, and in most cases spa leaks can be found and fixed easily. Take a deep breath, after your blood pressure drops, we can get up under there and find out what is leaking, […]

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Saltwater Chlorine or Saltwater Bromine?

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Salt water chlorine vs. salt water bromine. Which is better? The chlorine vs. bromine debate, along with the pros & cons of using a hot tub salt system have been hashed out before on this blog, but what if you already love spa salt water generators, and wonder about using sodium bromide, instead of sodium […]

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Can a 4th Grader Maintain a Hot Tub?

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Most hot tubs are not too difficult to maintain, but can a 4th grader do it? When my grandson Josh to came to stay with us for the most of the summer, I decided to give him some chores around the ranch. I concocted a little experiment, to see if a 9 year old could […]

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Spa & Hot Tub Noises

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Spas and Hot Tubs are not too dissimilar to automobiles, and I’ve made that reference before. And just like cars, a hot tub making funny noises is enough to make you sit up and take notice. Today’s post is all about noisy hot tubs and spas, or sounds that spas make – what might be […]

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Hot Tub Heaters: Gas vs. Electric

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In the old days, all hot tub heaters were gas-fired heaters; small pool heaters specifically. And most hot tubs were not hot all the time, and not covered with a thick insulated spa top; they were heated up on demand. When portable spas came on the market in the late 70’s, manufacturers were looking for […]

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Clean Spa Filters – in the Dishwasher?

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Can you clean your spa filters in the dishwasher? I think the idea came about when cartridge manufacturers suggested that Dishwasher detergent (not Laundry detergent!) could be used as an alternative to TSP, for soaking cartridges, to remove greasy oil deposits before cleaning. But I’ve not seen a manufacturer of spa filters come out and […]

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