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Thank you for the advice.

I am leaning towards a Nordic Retreat MS-ozone, thermal wrap, cover lifter, steps and delivery for $5K.

Is this a fair price?

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I brought it up from underneath and it was perfect but you have to plan, check, double check and triple check.  Even then the electrician was off by a few inches before pouring so I had it moved.  I've read many stories of it being screwed up. But for sure it's a stealth and clean install and worth the time.

I had my dealer send me a schematic of the bottom and used that in planning.

Here's a pic.  The conduit is on the left between the pavers resting on the pad.

https://photos.app.goo.gl/qXbigJDyWYLAxbdx9
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Hot Tub Forum / Re: Concrete Pad
« Last post by swilly1000 on June 16, 2019, 04:54:14 pm »
That's a pretty rough surface.  Why didn't you smooth it out?
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Hot Tub Forum / Re: Coast Spa tub not working
« Last post by bud16415 on June 16, 2019, 03:01:48 pm »
Oh ok. Iím running salt in my water also without a chlorine generator yet. I donít think salt should affect the stainless steel but who knows what grade they are made from especially aftermarket products. They are subject to a lot of thermal cycles and welds are only as good as the process. There is also planned obsolescence.

If I can ask what type of salt gen are you using? I love the feel of the salt in the water and thinking of buying a saltron-mini.   
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Hot Tub Forum / Re: Coast Spa tub not working
« Last post by Spot9 on June 16, 2019, 01:08:12 pm »
No, I have replace the heater at least twice and the pump twice since I took over the tub. I moved here in 2012 and the tub was bought in 2000. I put in a titanium heater this time because I am using a salt chlorinator
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Hot Tub Forum / Marquis epic compared to hollywood elite + bullfrog R8 thougts
« Last post by izzy on June 16, 2019, 11:44:50 am »
Hi there, I've been looking at hydrotherapy spas for over a year now. I'm from Montreal in Canada. There are a lot of retailers  around but most of them sells there own house brand which I'm very skeptical about. It's impossible to have review and know the durability/reliability. Most of the place you cannot even wet test... Other than the house brands we have Jaccuzzi, marquis, bullfrog and arctic retailers around. The 2 brands that I'm looking at right now for hydrotherapy are the marquis and bullfrog.

I heard good things about marquis spas and I've had the chance to try a Marquis Hollywood Elite with lounger. I didn't like the lounger as I was floating and the strength of the jet were a bit underwhelming compared to the bullfrog I've tried. The retailer was very kind and informative and had been in the business of repairing spa for over 15 years and selling spas for 4 years. I would have like to try the Marquis Epic as I see a lot of praise on this one but they don't have one on floor as the shop is very small. The Adirondack seat seems very nice and from what I've read not many people are floating in it compared to lounger chair.

Any thoughts on how the hollywood elite compares to the epic? How good are the leg jets? How is jet strength?

Also how many people can you fit comfortably realisticaly? I see 5 place but it's hard for me to picture if everybody's leg will touch from just the picture from the website with nobody inside. If someone can send picture with 5 people in it, I would have a better idea.

I was quoted $14300 CAD (10600 USD) with delivy, cover lifter and steps for it which seem a good price if I compare to the other prices I've seen on this forum. Though if I want microsilk, it's an additional $2300 CAD.

The other model I was looking at is the bullfrog R8. I've wet tested it and the jets are amazing. The only issue I find is there doesn't seem to be anything for legs and feet. So I'm leaning more towards the epic but I'm unable to wet test it... How are the HOT jets comparing to the bullfrog spa jets?

Thanks for your thoughts!

Izzy
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Hot Tub Forum / Re: Coast Spa tub not working
« Last post by bud16415 on June 16, 2019, 11:11:43 am »
Thanks Bud16415. So I was about to take the board off to see if I had a bad solder on the back and found a bit of water on one of the heater terminals. I dried it off and the breaker didn't trip. So, looks like water is somehow coming up through the heater,

Sounds like you solved the problem. Before I bought our tub I wanted to know how hard it would be to do my own repairs and also how safe it would be sitting in 400 gallons of water with 240v heating the water. I watched a bunch of vids on heaters and one showed this weeping condition you are seeing. He then eliminated the GFCI and let a normal fault happen and it is a good reminder why we all want a working GFCI, and why we should test them once a month.

If thatís the original heater I would say 19 years is a good life span.  :)
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Hot Tub Forum / Re: Coast Spa tub not working
« Last post by Spot9 on June 16, 2019, 10:46:04 am »
Thanks Bud16415. So I was about to take the board off to see if I had a bad solder on the back and found a bit of water on one of the heater terminals. I dried it off and the breaker didn't trip. So, looks like water is somehow coming up through the heater,
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Hot Tub Forum / Re: Coast Spa tub not working
« Last post by bud16415 on June 16, 2019, 10:39:30 am »
That I don't know. It depends on how sensitive your GFCI is and how accurate your meter is etc. You could do the math and get an idea how much current would pass. In another thread not to long ago we talked about using a megger tester set to 500v to test the insulation breakdown on a heater. If you do some google searches on heaters and megger and insulation you will find a couple vids on how to test with a megger. 
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Show us your Hot Tub. / Re: New Grandee
« Last post by billymac on June 16, 2019, 10:31:56 am »
Hmmm, it looks like maybe those are NOT the Highwood steps. May I ask what they are and where you got them? Wondering if there are other colors.
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