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  1. For starters, how big are the icicles? Pencil size? Major league? If they're small, I wouldn't worry about it... but do check to ensure the cover is "covering" adqueately.
  2. Just answered another question for someone - we have an Arctic - the Yukon ... there is no lounger but if it's just one or two of you, you can "lounge" anyway. And you can completely immerse up to your neck, no problem... the Yukon also allows us to have guests as it's a six-seater (albeit, we have no more than four, most of the time)... 6K pounds,, don't know if it would fit in that budget limit. Your Arctic dealer can advise, they have several tiers of tubs. And for a small four seater - like the Yukon (listed as 6 but 4 is the comfort limit) ... 2 pumps are fine.
  3. I've had the Arctic Yukon - which is the equivalent of the Cub, except it has no lounger and thus is listed to be able to hold six, but realistically, we usually never have more than four in there at one time. Ours has two pumps (you CAN have three but we find two is fine). Looking at the web page, the Fox is basically a two-seater. That was a big ICKSNAY for us because we like to entertain others. We've had it for ten-eleven years. Arctic replaced the salt generator once (they wanted to upgrade it gratis, we let them). When the warranty on the cells went from one y
  4. Ours is around 10 feet from the house. Electrical code requires that there be a "Ted Bundy Kill Switch" within a certain distance of the tub ... we did have our first one around 3 feet from the house but its noise was right below our bedroom window. We reconfigured our tub area when we installed the Arctic. Cusser, I think we discussed this - the Arctic has an insulated but not foam packed cabinet. Which is one major reason why we went with it. Our old Sequoia Spa was foam-packed... we had one leak, stripped the foam out, had it fixed and then we found ANOTHER leak so it was "
  5. What is a "hot tub sign"??? I have a sign saying "Nude Only - No Swimsuits allowed" but there's something not right with your question...
  6. Gee I guess my advice on not allowing bathing suits in the hot tub might have some merit...
  7. Arctic Spas are built for harsh conditions. Durable. Fabulous cover (mine's 10 years old +, only had to replace its vinyl jacket). I did have the salt system but shut it off after the cells got too expensive. We're happy with the Arctic.
  8. Ya but.... Those extensions on job sites and movie sets may involve drills, compressors, lighting, etc. - not a hot tub in someone's dwelling. Different game entirely.
  9. And to keep mice away = peppermint oil. I bought a product called "Rodent Sheriff" - on one of those "As Seen on TV" things. Peppermint oil and a $1 spray bottle from the dollar store will do the same job. For some reason - not being a rat, I can't figure it out, but peppermint oil makes little rodent critters nauseous and they run away from it.
  10. I shut mine off after it slipped out of warranty - and the warranty period was reduced for the Onzen cells... Unplugged it and went to chemicals. Works for me.
  11. My first Arctic Spa cover lasted eight years.... actually, it's STILL in use - the outer jacket wore down after seven-eight years. The foam (itself wrapped well in plastic) was bone-dry, so I only had to replace the cover JACKET. It's now 10+ years. AFAIK they only make covers for their own tubs BUT you can check with them. Two things I strongly recommend - 1) Aerospace Protectant 303. Once or twice a year. 2) if you live in a snow area - there's a product called Sno_BrUm (snow broom) - goes for between $18 and $24 (US) depending on where you buy it. Won't damage t
  12. Create a level surface on top of the slab (with the tub OFF of it) and use an E-Z Spa pad with leveling material underneat it.
  13. First of all, I don't live up in Edmonton; I'm in balmy coastal Massachusetts. So, although we CAN have extremely harsh weather, it rarely goes below -10C. -7C (20F) is around my limit for the outdoor hot tub. I still bought the Arctic as it's designed for harsh climates. Second - yes, Stereos and spas don't mix - I have an external source for my music in the hot tub. Outdoor speakers, with wires to a stereo set inside the house.
  14. Spa Pad. Easiest way to go. Just make sure the ground underneath it is solid, compact, and LEVEL. 8x8 is $498. A round tub will go on a square pad.
  15. Ditto with my Arctic. Shut off the salt sanitizer when the salt-generating cells had their warranty period reduced. Now I use SpaGuard Chlorinating Concentrate and PH Increaser, and Spa Sentry when I change the water. Test strip it twice a week, I'd guess between filters and chemicals it's around $100 a year if even that.
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