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Hot Tub Install Party

2006-08-18 23:32:24.202339+00 by meuon 7 comments

Ok Local Flutterbarians, Nancy and I are plunging into a very small hot tub, and need a hand Saturday... About Noon-sh. If 4 to 6 strong backs and legs help, we can pick the hot tub up to the deck. It's a small 3 seater and only weighs about 400 pounds, but it's gotta traverse up a hill to get to the deck.

Plan B: Mike with: winches, rope and luck.

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#Comment Re: made: 2006-08-18 23:54:17.981487+00 by: ziffle

Should you not get a bigger hot tub since its so much work anyway?

#Comment Re: made: 2006-08-19 00:49:43.580046+00 by: warkitty

Too bad for you I'll be doing the Cancer Ride...

#Comment Re: made: 2006-08-19 01:26:01.627186+00 by: meuon [edit history]

My issue is 2K+ pounds on the deck, and 99% of the time the usage will be just Nancy and/or I. Plus operational electricity, chemicals, water.. And then there is: getting it onto the deck. This will be a good trick, even with some help, a hot tub dolly..

I just put 160 pounds of concrete in a footer, ran the 50 amps GFCI circuit, and will finish running some extra cross joists in the morning. I think it'll be plenty big for most of the usage.

#Comment Re: made: 2006-08-19 14:11:15.589951+00 by: warkitty

Looks like I can come help after all. I'll call in a bit for directions.

#Comment Re: made: 2006-08-19 14:45:00.346444+00 by: ziffle

I suggest a timer on the electricity. Generally it's not needed to heat the thing 24/7 just target when you want to use it.

#Comment Re: made: 2006-08-19 21:46:34.661165+00 by: ebradway

I figured you would have built that deck strong enough to suspend your truck off the ground to work on the undercarriage...

#Comment Re: made: 2006-08-20 00:04:26.662364+00 by: meuon

First the Thanks: To Warkitty, who after a bad morning losing a dear friend (her Cannondale Road Bike) in a small car accident (it was strapped to her bike rack..crunch), sha swung by and gave much more than a hand. Also thanks to John, Steve, Ann and Paui. It took a winch, 2 "pit ropes", some webbing, 2 ascenders, some 'levers', 2 pieces of steel guardrails (slides), and some incredible efforts by some amazing human beings.

Eric, The deck beams (18" of steel) CAN hold up my truck, but there are 20' free span 2x12's as joists.. It's all a factor and I like a large safety margin. At the end there was a hot tub (400lbs) plus 8 full size humans on the deck, and it does not creak, squeek, budge, wiggle, waggle, wobble, shimmy or bounce. I can only hope it's that way in 50 or more years, unlike the deck that WAS there that lasted 16 years.

Well, it's full, turned on, and Nancy and I had a quick soak at 86 degrees.. it's warming up. but I'm already impressed, the neck and back jets feel awesome on 'high' the motor is very quiet, yet very strong.

Ziffle, when I had a spa before, it got used almost every day. I think this one will be the same. It's also got an impressive electronic control that I can set how often it comes on, filters, warms up.. etc.. no need for a timer.