• Announcements

    • webmaster

      Server Move   09/20/2016

      Hello! We are now in the progress of updating the server where PoolSpaForum.com resides. During this move, there will be a loss of some recently made posts. Thank you for your patience and understanding as we create a better technical environment for your favorite Pool and Spa forum.
Sign in to follow this  
Followers 0
ed3120

Installing Tub On Sloped Patio

7 posts in this topic

The patio where I want to install my tub is purposely sloped away from the house for drainage. I know the tub needs to be perfectly level. How has everyone else dealt with this issue? It probably slopes around 2-2.5 inches across 8 feet.

Options that I can think of are:

1. Pick up patio blocks and try to flatten the patio area out where the tub would go.

2. Put the tub on some pressure treated wooden shims. This may not provide the support the tub needs.

3. Build a small wooden structure (like a 7' x 7') deck that is angled and place the tub on that.

Thanks for any help!

-Ed

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
The patio where I want to install my tub is purposely sloped away from the house for drainage. I know the tub needs to be perfectly level. How has everyone else dealt with this issue? It probably slopes around 2-2.5 inches across 8 feet.

Options that I can think of are:

1. Pick up patio blocks and try to flatten the patio area out where the tub would go.

2. Put the tub on some pressure treated wooden shims. This may not provide the support the tub needs.

3. Build a small wooden structure (like a 7' x 7') deck that is angled and place the tub on that.

Thanks for any help!

-Ed

Link to solutions is attached

http://www.poolspaforum.com/forum/index.ph...c=10987&hl=

If it is just patio blocks (pavers) you can do the following

1) remove the patio pavers

2) build a level 4x4 treated wood frame where the hot tub is going, fill with compacted sand, level and reinstall pavers

3) keep the slope for the rest of your pavers outside of the tub and your will have a slightly raised area formed by the teated 4x4s

4) place spa and enjoy

Your other options are wood deck or concrete pad which can also be searched for on this forum

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

If it were me i would probably remove the pavers and pour a new level conc pad of varying depth the same size as the tub with a min of 2-2 1/2" to 4" or more on the low pitched side. Then place pavers around perimeter to screen the reveal. Personally, an uneven water level would bother me. good luck with whatever you decide to do.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

My patio (poured concrete) slopes away from the house very slightly, but enough for me to notice (1/2" in 8 feet or so.) So far I just placed the tub and have been enjoying it. Nobody notices the slope unless I point it out to them. If I were going to compensate, I'd get a couple pieces of medium density foam with the foil face, useing a wire wheel on an angle grinder I'd scarf it into a big wedge (time consuming and messy :( ) Then I'd place the wedges under the spa at the next water change. The insualtion on the bottom might not be a bad idea, and the foam should compress at any pressure points so that the weight is distrubuted nice and evenly.

I've used foam core boards in the past under aquariums when the surface it was being placed on was a little uneven. It's worked quite well and I've never had any trouble.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

After some measuring, I've realizes the that slope under the 7 foot tub would only be 1.5 inches end to end. Assuming I could live with a 1/2 inch slope, I would only need to raise the side up by an inch.

That being said, can I get away with building a frame made out of 4x4s and then adding an inch of gravel to one side? (Smoothing the gravel across to a level plane of course) Or do I really need to go the concrete route? The gravel route seems like it would be very easy.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
After some measuring, I've realizes the that slope under the 7 foot tub would only be 1.5 inches end to end. Assuming I could live with a 1/2 inch slope, I would only need to raise the side up by an inch.

That being said, can I get away with building a frame made out of 4x4s and then adding an inch of gravel to one side? (Smoothing the gravel across to a level plane of course) Or do I really need to go the concrete route? The gravel route seems like it would be very easy.

From a link a couple posts above:

"You build a frame using PT 2x4s (slightly wider than the spa bottom length/width) but rip it on the two sloping sides so that its top sits level. Then you simply fill it (¾ filled) with pea gravel and set the spa on top of the gravel, just inside the frame. Paint the frame the same color as your spa bottom so it’s barely noticeable and you have an inexpensive yet effective solution and works like a charm."

BTW, if you have 1½ of slope why would you make a frame but leave ½ slope on the spa. The spa needs no slope so go ahead and bring it back to level using this approach and make sure you use PT wood (pressure treated ;) ).

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Our patio (pavers) slopes. Our envoy is in the far corner away from the house and we haven't had any problems.

:)

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!


Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.


Sign In Now
Sign in to follow this  
Followers 0