OT- HOT TUB OR HOT MESS? (by NED [AL]) Jan 16, 2021 6:57 AM|
OT- HOT TUB OR HOT MESS? (by NE [PA]) Jan 16, 2021 7:27 AM
OT- HOT TUB OR HOT MESS? (by WMH [NC]) Jan 16, 2021 7:43 AM
OT- HOT TUB OR HOT MESS? (by myob [GA]) Jan 16, 2021 7:46 AM
OT- HOT TUB OR HOT MESS? (by Robert J [CA]) Jan 16, 2021 8:02 AM
OT- HOT TUB OR HOT MESS? (by nhsailmaker [NH]) Jan 16, 2021 8:18 AM
OT- HOT TUB OR HOT MESS? (by Still Learning [NH]) Jan 16, 2021 8:22 AM
OT- HOT TUB OR HOT MESS? (by Ken [NY]) Jan 16, 2021 9:25 AM
OT- HOT TUB OR HOT MESS? (by WMH [NC]) Jan 16, 2021 9:56 AM
OT- HOT TUB OR HOT MESS? (by Ray-N-Pa [PA]) Jan 16, 2021 11:05 AM
OT- HOT TUB OR HOT MESS? (by Kevin [FL]) Jan 16, 2021 11:20 AM
OT- HOT TUB OR HOT MESS? (by Barb [MO]) Jan 16, 2021 12:27 PM
OT- HOT TUB OR HOT MESS? (by WMH [NC]) Jan 16, 2021 1:03 PM
OT- HOT TUB OR HOT MESS? (by S i d [MO]) Jan 16, 2021 2:14 PM
OT- HOT TUB OR HOT MESS? (by Jkj [MA]) Jan 16, 2021 2:39 PM
OT- HOT TUB OR HOT MESS? (by hubba huibba [CA]) Jan 16, 2021 3:49 PM
OT- HOT TUB OR HOT MESS? (by WMH [NC]) Jan 16, 2021 4:26 PM
OT- HOT TUB OR HOT MESS? (by Dee Ann [WI]) Jan 16, 2021 9:07 PM
OT- HOT TUB OR HOT MESS? (by BRAD 20,000 [IN]) Jan 17, 2021 3:06 AM
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OT- HOT TUB OR HOT MESS? (by NED [AL]) Posted on: Jan 16, 2021 6:57 AM
So my wife and I have been wanting to get a hot tub for our personal residence for sometime.
I'm just a cheap landlord...so I hate to buy new... then again, I don't want someone else's problems.
Suggestions from ya'll?
Talk me out of it.
Talk me into it.
Talk to me about your hot tub experience.
OT- HOT TUB OR HOT MESS? (by NE [PA]) Posted on: Jan 16, 2021 7:27 AM
I have one sitting in a vacant house if you want to come and get it.
I've never had one personally, but I've given more discarded ones the sawz-all treatment than I have installed new ones. --174.198.x.xx
OT- HOT TUB OR HOT MESS? (by WMH [NC]) Posted on: Jan 16, 2021 7:43 AM
Location is a big deal. We had one and loved it. Used it virtually every day for years, summer and winter...had our deck redone, moved it, bad location, couldn't keep it clean no matter what we did (roof run-off.) Moved houses, thought it would be great to have it facing the water - way too cold. Our heads would freeze. Stopped using it. Cut it up with a sawz-all and got rid of it. Years ago.
We've missed it though so recently ordered another one. Tiny, just 2.5 person size. Hopefully we will love it again. --50.82.xxx.xxx
OT- HOT TUB OR HOT MESS? (by myob [GA]) Posted on: Jan 16, 2021 7:46 AM
Call me crazy but a used hot tub is like wearing shoes you got from goodwill. Don't unless there's no other alternative! --99.103.xxx.xxx
OT- HOT TUB OR HOT MESS? (by Robert J [CA]) Posted on: Jan 16, 2021 8:02 AM
In a larger lot large house rental, I installed an inside and outside hot tub. The one outside had a 100,000 BTU gas heater that took only 15 minutes to heat up from a dead cold tub to almost boiling (for humans). It could easily hold 10 people.
The inside hot tub, small only for 2 or 3 persons, used an electric heater. Since the tub was small and inside to shield it from the heat, I could do the following:
a) The next day early in the morning the tenants could turn a lever and drain the water into a sprinkler system that would water the main yard with three rainbird sprinklers. Good use for the now cold water.
b) Then I'd fill the inside Hot Tub with hot/warm water using the main house's water heater.
c) then the electric heater on the hot tub could keep the water hot while bathing/relaxing in the hot tub.
Some of my tenants would love the outside hot tub and some would love the inside hot tub. In either case it kept the property rented for 5 to 7 years at a pop to the same family.
When the house was vacant and I'd use the hot tubs, I had to say to myself, wny don't I have this kid of set up at home. So I added on by enclosing a porch and put a grand hot tup, TV, wet bar and had a ball... --47.155.xx.xxx
OT- HOT TUB OR HOT MESS? (by nhsailmaker [NH]) Posted on: Jan 16, 2021 8:18 AM
NEVER....been without one
I will never put one outside again
I would rather put it in a garage than outside - the view is irrelevant as you mostly have your eyes closed and meditate
I use it every single day - in the morning - alone is best so only go for a 4 seater
Make sure you get in a NEW (dry) one to see if the jets reach your shoulder area
Then I hang upside down on my inversion table and that has me feeling 20 years younger than my friends
The physical aspects are legendary - but the piece of mind for 15 minutes each morning has a meditating effect
Do it...... but put it indoors in its own space like a spa room - build an addition if you have to --73.61.xx.xx
OT- HOT TUB OR HOT MESS? (by Still Learning [NH]) Posted on: Jan 16, 2021 8:22 AM
Used - I wouldnít worry about cleanliness, you would clean it, fill it chlorinate and shock, possibly a second time if it made you feel better, however the negatives would be used isnít newest technology, energy saving, and at risk of more problems/repairs. We just replaced ours that was almost 25 years old. It still worked in the sense that the water was hot but for the last year or two we really couldnít keep the chemicals regulated well so I was the only one that used it and not frequently. Cover was waterlogged and siding was rotting. This was a quality tub and had been delivered, moved with us during a rebuild and moved back. It was falling apart as they tried to load it to take it away. We purchased the same model from the same dealer. They tried to talk us into a cheaper model since we didnít use all the features. Luckily the two werenít filled in the showroom so I kicked of my shoes and climbed in realizing the cheaper model had a curved seat and no grab bars where you climb in. Being older now and used to flat and grab bars we stuck with the more expensive model thankfully because we had not accounted for the additional height to get in and out due to it being on a patio versus on ground with a platform. Location is key. I have to shovel to get to it in the winter so I want a short distance to run in and out. My new cover is attached and easy to flip and raise by myself. I use it for my body as a runner, after manual labor at apartments, raking and shoveling at my personal residence. My husband and I go in at night and relax and talk. The kids and their cousins will hang out in it after holiday get togethers. --73.17.xx.xxx
OT- HOT TUB OR HOT MESS? (by Ken [NY]) Posted on: Jan 16, 2021 9:25 AM
i see them on craigslist for free pretty regularly --72.231.xxx.xxx
OT- HOT TUB OR HOT MESS? (by WMH [NC]) Posted on: Jan 16, 2021 9:56 AM
Still Learning is right, you need to sit in one before you buy!!
The "3" person one we just bought has one lounger and 2 upright seats, but you can lounge back still if it's only two of you. Really nice. The guy threw in some steps and a special grab bar because I have mobility issues. --50.82.xxx.xxx
OT- HOT TUB OR HOT MESS? (by Ray-N-Pa [PA]) Posted on: Jan 16, 2021 11:05 AM
How often would you be using this?
To me it sounds really nice....then again I think a snow mobile is also nice too.
If this will be an every day user - new might make sense. If you are not sure, a used one with a 90 day warranty might be good.
The other wild card is when you would use it.
After skiing over in western NY, you can hop in to one and that is awesome believe it of not. But around here, the summer doesn't seem all that appealing to me. When it is hot and muggie- do you want to go into some hot water?
If you are down in Alabama especially in LA (lower Alabama), I don't know how you do it. --24.101.xxx.xx
OT- HOT TUB OR HOT MESS? (by Kevin [FL]) Posted on: Jan 16, 2021 11:20 AM
As I get closer to 70, my body reminds me of my past life of skydiving, motorcycles, firefighting and other abuses. My best investment is to get in my tub every morning before daybreak and renew body parts while watching space junk and the ISS pass over. If you decide to get one buy a good quality brand name like Hot Springs. --47.205.xxx.x
OT- HOT TUB OR HOT MESS? (by Barb [MO]) Posted on: Jan 16, 2021 12:27 PM
WMH - which model did you get?
Ours died after 17 years. We only have a 32in door into the house. --67.43.xxx.xxx
OT- HOT TUB OR HOT MESS? (by WMH [NC]) Posted on: Jan 16, 2021 1:03 PM
Hot Springs Stride model. Here: www.hotspring.com/shop-hot-tub-models/hot-spot/stride
It has a much lower step-over than many, which for a short aging woman made a huge difference, even with steps. But it also fit my 6 foot husband very well. We both fit on either side.
We don't care about jets much, in fact we don't turn them on that often or for long, so the one with the fancier jets didn't tempt us. --50.82.xxx.xxx
OT- HOT TUB OR HOT MESS? (by S i d [MO]) Posted on: Jan 16, 2021 2:14 PM
Hot tubs are like time shares. Lots of people buy them with a romantic image in their heads. Then they find out that they eat money to heat....lots of money. A few people still like them after a few years, but most folks get rid of them once the charm wears off.
So I wouldn't ever buy one, but if I ever changed my mind I'd absolutely get used. There's a guy in my town who picks up the free ones because you can't hardly sell them once they are more than 7-8 years old and refurbishes them. He says for $300 worth of parts and about 2-3 hours of labor, they're like brand new. The basic components are a water pump, a heater, a thermostat, and a timer. Maybe a bubble blower. He sells them completely gutted and refurb'd for between $1000-$1500 vs. $5000+ brand new. Comes with 3 months warranty. --107.216.xxx.xxx
OT- HOT TUB OR HOT MESS? (by Jkj [MA]) Posted on: Jan 16, 2021 2:39 PM
Never had 1, but have cut up several. I think they would be nice, I enjoy using them when Iím at a hotel, or resort but wouldnít use it enough at my personal residence to justify the purchase. Personally I think itís 1 of those things that comes down to how much you ultimately will use it, I know a lot of people that bought them, used them a bunch at first, then after a year or 2 donít really use it anymore and it just sits. I also wouldnít buy a used 1 off Craigslist or whatever, not because of cleanliness, (youíd obviously clean it, and shock it) but they are getting rid of it for a reason, itís either broken, breaking, or they donít use it and itís just been sitting, all of which you donít want. Depending on the deal Iíd might consider a trade in from a dealer, but honestly I think if I was willing to take on the cost of a hot tube, the install costs associated with it, as well as maintenance and upkeep, Iíd just pony up and buy a new 1. --174.242.xx.xxx
OT- HOT TUB OR HOT MESS? (by hubba huibba [CA]) Posted on: Jan 16, 2021 3:49 PM
For the casual user you might look at inflatable hot tubs.
Yep, just like inflatable pools. Cheap, easy to use and easy to dispose of when you're bored with it. --157.131.xxx.xx
OT- HOT TUB OR HOT MESS? (by WMH [NC]) Posted on: Jan 16, 2021 4:26 PM
I have to reiterate, Sid, we used ours daily/nightly for at least 15 years. My son was a baby when we got it. He was in high school or maybe even college when we stopped using that one.
My husband would sit in it during interminable conference calls back in the day, I remember that.
We were in the country, so we were nekkid most of the time. THAT was great. So easy!!!
Our new one, I'm not so sure we will go nekkid just yet. It's pretty hidden though and we are not terrible modest. --50.82.xxx.xxx
OT- HOT TUB OR HOT MESS? (by Dee Ann [WI]) Posted on: Jan 16, 2021 9:07 PM
When it's hot and muggy, can't you fill it with cold(er) water and use it to cool yourself off? --198.54.xxx.xxx
OT- HOT TUB OR HOT MESS? (by BRAD 20,000 [IN]) Posted on: Jan 17, 2021 3:06 AM
LOVE our hot tub! Even in summer.
First one was free - in the basement of a foreclosure purchase. Youth group kids carried it up and then around the back of my house. Youth group used it frequently and we used it year round.
A hot tub is a $1500 pump and heat assembly attached to a water container. The guts were bad so I plumbed it to my pool heater. Got HOT in MINUTES!
Bought our current tub from a classified ad for $500. Seller was just tired of it. We use it CONSTANTLY. Grandkids play in it more than the pool and year round. Little ones call it the Hot Pool.
If I feel the little edge of a cold/flu coming on or a stuffy nose I can "sweat" it out in a few minutes of HT. Great for sore joints/muscles. The house bathtub does not do the trick.
6 guys put it on a trailer and we slid it on the snow into my backyard. ROYAL SPA - it has a small pump that circulates 24/7 to keep the water "fresh".
Used? You will empty it to move it and pour in fresh water. My 6 seater takes 20 minutes to fill with a hose and the heater raises the temp 7 degrees per hour. We keep it warm all the time. With BROMIDE (not chlorine) the water will be more sanitary than your tap water.
Bathing suits optional at nightime. Soap up then rinse off in the HT. I like to soak for a few minutes in the quiet of the night then slip into bed so warm and relaxed. When you get out your skin in red and hot, unaffected by the cold winter air or snow.
My favorite is to walk barefoot over the snow and watch the snowflakes dance down.
When kids come, squirt A LITTLE shampoo or Dawn in the water and watch the jets turn it into bubbles galore!
The inflatables do not always have seating so you are sitting on the flat floor and the reviews say they don't keep the temps up when in use. A few degrees lost ruins the effect.
It's all about the temp of the water, the jets are just a bonus.
Forced upgrade. Talk to you electrician before buying. My $500 bargain cost me $4000 in elec work. It needed to be done anyway. I needed 50 amps 75 feet away ($400 in wire alone, 75' was max allowable distance) from my 63 year old Federal (bad name) 150 amp breaker panel. Too small for a modern home.
We re-built the entire system including installing an underground line from the pole to the house ($600 in wire plus trenching, and 2 200amp panels for 400 amps total, with a 100 amp breaker to service the HT and pool house.
Oh and Happy Wife, Happy Life.
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