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  1. I guess because I didn't know any better. Last time I went into a spa supply store, the salesman made me very uncomfortable, so I knew I didn't want to go back there. I found some reasonable prices online (with free shipping too), so I decided to go that route. I will check out Home Depot for my future needs.
  2. Hello, I am a new owner of a Hot Tub, and I am trying to nail-down the water balance and sanitation. I read an re-read, an re-read again Nitro's Approach to water maintenance, and I am beginning to understand it. I received my Taylor K-2006 in the mail this week, and decided to test my water. I live in Portland, Oregon, and filled my tub from my hose on city water. Here is what I have measured: CH = 0 (the color change happens when I put my first drop of reagent, so it means that the CH is somewhere between 0 and 10, correct?) pH = 7.0 TA = 20 CYA = 0 (No matter how much I swirl the tube, the water remains clear) FC = 0 Do these numbers appear correct? When I put them into the circular slide rule that came with the test kit, I get a saturation index of less than -2.0, which I'm not sure what to make of. I have ordered the recommended chemicals from Nitro's thread, but they haven't arrived yet. Does the fact that I have an ozonator change any of my goal levels of any of the above-listed parameters? Thanks in advance for your thoughts.
  3. This sounds like the type of box I would have to use for either of the Spa Pad options. If I were to build a Box and put in pea gravel, is there any benefit of adding the spa pads?
  4. My patio is about 4 years old, and it is sealed, so that is not a problem. I have moderate carpentry experience, and I would be able to build my own custom-made leveling "shims" without great difficulty. I like the idea of drilling drainage slots in the wood to prevent water from pooling under the tub.
  5. I have a concrete slab for a patio. It is pretty good size at 16 x 20 feet, and it is about 12" thick. It is a good slab and is the perfect place to put a spa. But when the prior owner of the home had the slab poured, he had the concrete contractors put in a nice slope for drainage purposes. The slab is a compound slope, with a v-shape, draining towards the middle, and I will have to span the low part with the hot tub. (Slope exaggerated in diagram to leave room for text.) I have been doing a lot of research on this topic, and here are the options I have found: Shim it or build a platform The Spa Level-R Handi Spa Pads EZ Pads What would you do in this situation? The easiest solution seems to be to build a slab platform, but I live in Portland, OR with plenty of rain, and I really don't want to have to worry about rot. The Spa Level-R looks pretty slick, but it's very expensive and also made out of wood. The pads look OK, but I don't think their intended purpose is for placement on top of sloping concrete. What would you do? Any options I have missed? Any advice is greatly appreciated.
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