What's the Best Hot Tub

Table of Contents
Why should I buy a Hot Tub?
The Real cost of owning a Hot Tub
Types of Hot Tubs
Hot Tub Electric concerns - 220 vs. 110
Your options: Seats
Your options: Jets
Your options: Filtration and Purification
Your options: Surround
Your options: Cover
Shopping options: Local Dealer
Shopping options: Big Box Retailers
Shopping options: Online
Where to locate your new hot tub
Going to put it on a deck?
Hot tub foundations
What type of buyer are You?
"x" Person Hot Tub
How to shop for a spa
How to insulate a hot tub
How to drain a hot tub
How to clean a hot tub
How to buy a hot tub
How to build a concrete slab
How to treat hot tub rash
How to drain a hot tub with a hose
How to drain a hot tub for winter
How to level a hot tub
How to winterize a hot tub
How much chemical
How to make it work
Pea gravel base
Foam problems?
How to raise PH in your hot tub
How to lower PH in your hot tub
Save on hot tub electric bill
How to fix heavy hot tub cover
How to clean scale off of a hot tub
How high to fill a hot tub
How to fix hot tub HFL errors
How to remove mildew from hot tubs
Best hot tub chemicals?
How to kill staph in a hot tub
Remove jets
How to use the drain plug
Clean hot tub jets
Can I fill my hot tub with soft water?
Clean your filter with Muriatic acid
How to move a hot tub
Clean your filter in the dishwasher?
How to lower alkalinity levels
Reduce hardness of your water
You can repair freeze damage
How to stop hot tub overheating
Balance your chemicals
Support your hot tub on a deck
Can bleach be used in hot tubs?
How to eliminate bacteria
Repair your cracked hot tub
How to prime a hot tub pump
Organic alternatives
Hot tub age restrictions
Mice in your hot tub?
How to make your hot tub smell good
How does a hot tub pump work?
Hot tub health risks?
How to buy a cheap hot tub
Make your own spa defoamer
How to clean spa filter with vinegar
How to sanitize with lithium
Use vitamin C to neutralize chlorine
How to care for an inflatable hot tub
History of hot tub innovations
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How to build a concrete slab

You need a place for your hot tub. One choice is a concrete slab. You have some options in how to do this. Hire a contractor to complete the job start to finish. Let's be honest, this is the only choice for some of you. You don't know how, don't want to learn, have never done anything like this before and never want to. You don't have the time, but you have some money to pay someone else. So pick up the phonebook, well, does anyone even have a phonebook any more? Find a contractor online, through some neighbors' recommendations, or however it is you get that done in your house.

Now, if you are handy or have the potential to be handy and want to learn, you can do this yourself. You can do it yourself start to finish or have a little professional help along the way. First, you need to pick your spot and prepare it. It needs to be clear and level. The preparation may vary depending on the climate you live in and what the ground there is like. You need a layer of rock, about 4 inches of drainage stones. You need to lay your forms usually a square of 2x6s with the interior size matching how large you want the slab to be. Place some wire mesh or rebar to reinforce the concrete. Now you need the concrete.

You can get some help at this point ordering some premixed concrete to be delivered to you or you can buy bags of concrete mix from the home improvement store and mix it up yourself. Mix and pour the concrete in a wheelbarrow and pour into your form. Then level with a straight edge, using a back and forth motion across the surface of the newly poured concrete. Make sure all the corners are full of concrete and there are no gaps. You want the concrete to be evenly spread throughout the form. After a short time, 20-30 minutes, depending on temperature and weather, run a broom over the surface so it's not too slick later. If you have used your wife's favorite or kitchen broom, rinse that broom well after, but it is recommended to avoid that broom and use the garage broom. You need to then allow the concrete to properly cure. Now cover the pad with a plastic tarp and water the concrete daily for a few days so the top layer doesn't dry too quickly.

It helps to have friends around to assist you in the mixing, pouring and leveling as time matters here dealing with the concrete mix. If you have pre-mixed concrete delivered you will save yourself some of the labor, but you may still want to have friends around to help move it into place. You may still be using wheelbarrows to get the concrete to the spot if your hot tub location isn't easily accessible by vehicle.

After a few days the concrete is set and you can remove the wooden forms. Once your concrete pad is ready, have that tub delivered, fill it up, heat it up and get on in to enjoy the relaxation you have been waiting for.

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