Before you buy a new spa, make sure that you're planning on having an electrician installed. This will help minimize the stress on your new spa and make sure that everything runs smoothly.
1. Spa Fencing
There are two types of fences that are needed to keep people and animals out: safety fencing and privy fencing. Both are required by law in most areas. For safety fencing, a spa must follow the same rules as a swimming pool.
Privy fencing is also a great choice for keeping the wind out of the pool and letting the sun set while you're relaxing. If you're thinking of adding a spa, consider getting a few plants and a couple of panels around the pool or a cabana.
2. Tub Location
Ideally, the spa should be near the door or on dry land. It should also be clean and dry, and be near water and power. Ideally, the location should be dry and clean.
The surface supporting the spa should be solid, so long as it's not too heavy. No wooden decks or balconies are recommended.
Some hot tubs can be mounted into a deck if the proper load bearing support is built. Also, remember that view - both the inside and out of the hot tub are important considerations when it comes to choosing a spa.
3. Moving a Spa
When it's time to install a spa, the first step is to find the shortest and safest route to get it done. This can be done by using a Spa Kart.
When it's time to move a spa, look for a local shop that can help you get the job done. Or, rent a Spa Kart. This is a great way to get started with getting the job done right the first time.
4. Hot Tub Wiring
120V is the most common type of plug and play hot tub. Most of the time, these are plug and play, but they can also be dedicated.
When connected to a standard breaker, plug the GFCI cord into a 120V outlet that's at least 5 feet away from the spa. This outlet uses less electricity than standard outlets.
Larger spas with high-wattage pumps and pumps require a dedicated 240V service to the spa, and a cut-off switch or sub-panel is required. They do not plug in like a washing machine or a dryer, and use 4 wires inside of PVC conduit.
Although wiring a hot tub or spa is not a recommended project, it is often necessary to contact a local electrician to avoid getting stuck with a costly and time-consuming project.
Hard-wiring a spa to the main breaker is typically $500-$900, and the path it must travel is typically decided by the length of the run.
5. Filling a Spa
When the inspection is done, and the spa is empty, insert the filter cartridge. If the pump is prone to air lock, then it should be drained immediately. You can also prevent this by loosening the union nut in front of the pump and allowing the water to escape.
When the water begins to drip around the union, tighten up all the unions tightly. Open the gate valves.
6. Enjoying your New Spa
After all the hard work and effort, finally you get to enjoy the fruits of your labor. Also, there are some spa accessories are designed to enhance the enjoyment of your spa experience. Some of these include a cover lifter, a spa cleaning tool, and a supply of chemicals and test strips.
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