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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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Off Season Hot Tub Maintenance Tips

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For seasonal users of hot tubs, some adjustment to your maintenance routines can be made, during times of non-use or very low use. But that doesn’t mean you can ignore the spa sanitation and filtration altogether! Leave a spa to it’s own devices, without intervention, for too long and you’ll have bacteria buildup, damaged filters […]

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8 Top Hot Tub Light Problems

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Troubleshooting spa lights is just like any other lighting – the problem lies where the power dies. Spa lighting on new spas presents a bit more challenge with more lights to maintain, since many spas now come with sets of lights, internal and external, not just a single bulb in the foot basin. Yet, the […]

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Spas and Hot Tubs in the News

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I’m so excited to report on spas and hot tubs in the news this time! Normally Jack finds these nuggets around the web, he’s always sending funny stories around the office. Today’s News of the Weird stories about spas and hot tubs is a collection of actual events that I’ve been collecting for the last […]

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What’s the Best Number of Spa Jets?

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When we bought our first hot tub, I think it had 12 spa jets – and at the time that was a lot! Fast forward 30 years, and you can find spas with over 100 Jets! Is that too many? It’s not just the number of spa jets that makes a spa awesome, it’s more […]

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Spa Steps and Hot Tub Handrails

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The number one spa accessory has to be a spa cover, but after that, the most important spa and hot tub accessories are spa steps and hand rails. Like a spa cover, steps and handrails are an important safety feature for any spa owner. It’s awkward and unsafe to enter or exit a hot tub without assistance […]

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Hot Tub Ozonator VS. UV Light VS. Minerals

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When it comes to sanitizing your spa or hot tub, you have a lot of choices. When I first started hot tubbing, we didn’t have all these fancy purifiers, and until the 80’s we had to use pool chemicals! Chlorine and Bromine are an easy way to keep the water constantly protected. But – there’s […]

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Next Day Spa Covers

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Despite good intentions to replace a spa cover before it is really needed, many spa tops befall some sudden calamity that renders them nearly useless. Wind storms, falling branches or my favorite, dancing kids and sleeping dogs – can all ruin a hot tub lid, making a replacement spa cover an urgent need. Custom spa […]

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