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.