How to Install a Hot Tub
Most folks are scared to tackle installing a hot tub, but it's actually pretty easy, and well within the ability of most DIYers. We're going to cover installing an outdoor hot tub, as indoor installat...
1. Don't just leap in. Plan the best spot for your hot tub or spa and try to identify and problems before you start in on the job. Keep in mind that the average hot tub weighs about 5000 pounds when full of water, be certain that its final location provides enough support to bear that weight. Concrete pads, gravel, paver stones, and decks all can be used as a base for your hot tub.
2. Depending on your hot tub, you may need to have an electrician install GFCI-protected 220-240V 50 amp circuits. It all depends on the particular model, as some hot tubs operate on standard household voltage of 100-120V, and for those you simply need an outdoor electrical outlet to plug it into, with no other outlet installation necessary.
3. Before the hot tub is delivered, mbe sure you have access to the area where it's going. Lots of people don't take this into account and suddenly find out that they can't fit it through a backyard gate andinstead have to knock down an entire section of fence, just to get it in. Most companies deliver the hot tub to your curb but that's it, so you'll need to have helpers ready to move it into its final location.
Two people can typically move a hot tub if it's positioned correctly furniture dolly, so most of the muscle is needed to lift it on and off. If you have enough people, everyone can simply grab a corner and walk it into place.
4. Once your hot tub is in place, turn off all electrical power at the circuit breaker. Double and triple check that you've indeed cut off all the power. If the hot tub has gate valves, open them, then make sure the drain valve is closed.
5. Check to see that the filters are properly seated, then use a garden hose to fill the hot tub to the level recommended in your owner's manual. The manual is your friend. Read it. No, seriously, read it, as installation may differ slightly from model to model.
6. Open the equipment door panel and look for leaks, tightening any connections that are leaking. Turn the power back on at the circuit breaker.
7. Follow the directions in your manual to balance your water chemistry and use a sanitizer system.
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