10-25-2007, 06:57 AM
Someone is offering me a free hot tub that is only 3 years old.
Any idea how hard the install is and are there any issues with permits and stuff like that?
10-25-2007, 10:04 AM
My neighbor installs and does repairs on them, I'm pretty sure there are no permits required---that is unless you're putting it on a deck or something that doesn't exist now...
I think the big deal is getting the tub off the truck and put into place and then running the electricity.
I'll get you a number if like...
10-25-2007, 10:35 AM
I installed my hot tub about 6 years ago. Moving it is the most difficult. If you are good with electric it really isn't that bad. You have to first know if it is 110 or 220. Run the electric line, have a outside cut off for safety, and a ground fault breaker. If you are unsure about installing electric get a professional.
10-25-2007, 10:43 AM
Just my take on hot tubs - we had one for a couple years. Basically, it became a big nuisance. At first it's novel and we used it a lot .. very cool to sit out in it during a snowstorm ... once. Nice and relaxing after a day at work ... for a while.
Be sure you don't mind checking the ph levels like you would a swimming pool and make sure you shower off before you get in and after you get out ... other wise you'll nasty scum bubbles kinda like along the shore. Lotions and deoderants and the like cause film you have clean out as well.
Sorry to be a downer but once you have it, then they are hard to get rid of ... unless you find someone to give it to. ;-)
10-25-2007, 11:02 AM
Just like Cartercrew said they are a"Labor Of Love".If you have any doubts in your mind of how to wire it up let a Pro do that part,if you think 110 hurts when you get shocked try 220 out once .
10-25-2007, 11:15 AM
Ideally you need a concrete pad to place it on, don't try just putting it on you average deck.
Most of the goods ones need 220v with a shut off. They do require some work to maintain properly, it's the same as having a swimming pool. It's going to add about $30+ per month to your electric bill plus the cost of chemicals. But there is nothing better than jumping in after a long day of fishing in November. Don't drain it in the winter, we use it more in the winter than summer.
10-25-2007, 02:13 PM
My family has a hot tub delivery service for moving/delivering tubs...we do not install new electric but can refer you to someone if you'd like. You can call me at 443.848.1074
10-25-2007, 07:12 PM
I have disconnected a lot of them over the years and everyone says the same thing. It is a big pain in the a-- after a while.
11-28-2007, 09:33 PM
I work at Hawkeye Mfg. We are a hot tub Manufacturer in Richmond. Call me if you have any questions, I will give you all the advice you need.