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  • Birthday 06/16/1959

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    I have been working on hot tubs since they were redwood tanks and seats were extra!
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  1. Hey Spa Guru, I'm thinking the redwood spas you started with would be quite nice!! I'd happily spurge for the seat though! Lol. 

    I saw that you helped someone all the way back in 2010 about the re plumbing of a spa. I just picked up a Baja Sport Tub for $85 which if I can't get it to work will still be a good deal for a dog washing tub!! But I'd rather enjoy it with my Fiancé for sure. The previous owner cut all of the water and air lines and disconnected the PVC all with no numbering or labeling with a sharpie at least. I'm going to add a link to my photos. Any help would be GREATLY appreciated.   Thank You Sir


  2. I have been fixing spas for three decades, of the ones on the list, Sundance, then Hot Springs. Viking and Lazy-Boy are junk. Cheap doesn't happen because "everyone else is trying to rip you off", and looks mean nothing.
  3. It is most likely an air intake, and leaks because an internal check valve has worn out, the simplest fix is to cork it with an expandable rubber cork.
  4. The problem with the intake covers is that the Virginia Graham-Baker act has banned them as they are not sufficiently safe in preventing entrapment and are a risk of causing drowning, the correct way to take care of it is to replace the entire fitting. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Virginia_Graeme_Baker_Pool_and_Spa_Safety_Act
  5. Standard mode will make the spa run any time the temp drops one degree or more, it will also run it's filtering cycles, plus some Balboa based control systems will have a preprogrammed "cleanup" cycle that runs the filter for an hour or two after any time the control pad has been touched. If you change to "Ec" mode, the spa will only heat during preprogrammed filter cycles.
  6. My money is on Brandon being correct, he has repaired boards for my customers for 3 years now, and he has never had to fix one twice.
  7. Take a hacksaw blade (just the blade) and put some electrician's tape around what would normally be the forward end of the blade. This will be your handle, you now hand cut (cutting on the pull, not the push) from the inside of the broken off piece directly towards the outside in two spots about 1/4" apart, cut until you feel the harder PVC plastic (even if you cut it to the bottom of the PVC threads it will not leak). You will now be able to peel oit the 1/4" wide piece with a small screwdriver or needle nose pliers, and the rest of the broken off piece will come out easily.
  8. Depending on the type of controller, the topside lock feature may have been activated, when you try to use the panel, do you get an LC code?
  9. Switchless motors does not mean switchless heaters. often the flow switch is a couple feet away from the equipment, and if you have a FL error, it is coming from either a pressure switch or a flow switch. The pressure switch looks like this; Or this; Your flow switch probably loos like this;
  10. If you use fiberglass insulation put moisture barriers inside and out, as wood tubs tend to seep.
  11. Best thing with sunken tubs is to rip them out and build decking over the hole, and install the new tub on top. I'm a service tech, I charge extra for "nightmare" access.
  12. If your pump is loud and coming off and on, it is likely seized, trying to turn, and setting off it's overheat switch - and the cause of your blown fuse. Check to see if the shaft of the motor turns freely.
  13. Disconnect the wires from the switch, then with the tub off, you should get infinite ohms, with the pump running you should get zero ohms.
  14. I wouldn't go a year without changing my water no matter how fancy an Ozonator I had.
  15. If the capacitor is good, it will store voltage even after the pump is turned off. Granger's industrial sells capacitors, look on the side of the capacitor for it's microfarad (UF) and voltage range. Check the capacitor for leakage around the end where the wires attach.
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