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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Hot Tub Buying Guide


Pea gravel base

There is some discussion and debate on hot tub bases and which is best. Decking, concrete, pea gravel, etc. Well, if you have done your due diligence and decided to go with pea gravel, here are some suggestions.

You will not want to slide the tub into place. The pea gravel will move all over if you attempt to slide the tub into place. You can put the tub on its side and gently place it into its final resting spot. You can also slide it into place using some wood 2x4s.

You will want to be sure that you prepare the area for the hot tub just like you would for any surface. Measure out the space allowing for extra space for walking and water splashing. Create a form from 4x4s if needed. Remove top surface such as grass or rock or branches and roots. You may want to add a first layer of gravel then a deep layer of pea gravel - about 4 inches thick. Remember that pea gravel is round and doesn't compress very well. Some say crushed rock or decomposed granite make a firmer base as they lock into each other.

You will want to be sure you level out the pea gravel with rake and then you may want to use a long 2x4, screeding it just like you would with concrete using a back and forth motion until the surface is compacted and level.

Once your area is prepared you are ready for the tub to be delivered and moved into place. Then get that tub going and get in there. Your much-anticipated soak is waiting.

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