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About StevenD

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  1. BThis stuff is indestructible. While I've never used it on my hot tub I have on everything else exposed to water. Including the seams of my RV roof and windows. 18 years and still holding up. Doesn't shrink or harden and is mold/mildew resistant. Only drawback is you can't smooth it out with a finger like regular caulk. https://www.lowes.com/pd/OSI-GS121-10-fl-oz-Clear-Synthetic-Polymer-Gutter-Sealant/50314839
  2. Thanks. Yeah that's the chart I was looking at. Will be checking both. I know there's a 2 degree give/take between actual water temp and what the control panel uses to turn on the heater so wasn't too concerned at first. But now set at 104 water temp is only 100. Checked several times throughout the day and evening.
  3. Hot Springs/Watkins Solana TX. Can anyone tell me if I'm on the right track. The thermistor is part number 72493, if that makes a difference. Best I can find is at 104 degrees the resistance should be somewhere between 5-6 ohms. Yes/no? Is the a more specific reading? Temp difference has gone from 2 degrees to 4 now.
  4. There are a few things to address on your situation. As noted by Castletonia it's very likely a different box setup with 2 breakers. In theory everything from the main or sub panel should be good. Now the old spa breaker box may be able to run 2 breakers. Just depends on which box you have. Personally I would have the new box installed since there could potentially be a reason for not covering a warranty issue. No matter what there will have to be another set of wires run from the box to the tub. As for cost that's a moving target. Some electricians won't use wire runs done by s
  5. Pine would be a horrible choice. As a woodworker I find pine to be terrible for any outdoor project. The only way to even get it close in durability to cedar is heavy and continuous chemical treatment. Any lack of maintenance can result in twisting, grain rise as well as any number of rot, mold and mildew problems. Then add the harsh environment of a hot tub and it's a recipe for problems. Can it be done? Yes. Will it last any reasonable time? No. No experience with spruce.
  6. No problem at all. BTW the people at Ahh-some are very responsive to email questions. Answered mine almost immediately.
  7. I'll give it a stab although my experience is barely related. My workshop could only be placed in one spot in my yard. Between 2 very large oak trees with a mess of roots and pretty significant slope. The only solution we came up with was building a retaining wall of railroad ties and filling with crushed rocks. Worked out fine till a hurricane decided to lay one of the trees onto the workshop. Don't know if the same would work on a hot tub to give full support
  8. Not the cover I'm good on that, but a cover lift. Looked through every site I could think of including Watkins and Hot Springs. Local Hot Springs dealer has not seen one either
  9. Here is the literature I got with my order.
  10. Looking to see if anyone knows of a source for a Solana cover lift. Or has anyone made their own. I have no problems but the wife and daughters struggle getting it off and on.
  11. I just used the Ahh-some for the first time yesterday and wound up doing 3 doses. Not sure if you got all the associated literature with your order, but it says it may take a few purges to loosen it up enough to fully purge. Three things to note. Full strength on each purge. Make sure it has sanitizer on each purge. And the reply I got from them was you don't have to wait for it to heat up between purges, just use a half a coffee mug of water heated in the microwave for 90 seconds and dissolve the product first then post into the tub
  12. Well I jumped on the Ahh-some bandwagon and must say I'm highly impressed. Prior to this I had been using Whirlpool purge that I got from Lowe's. The biggest reason I decided to give it a try was my bromine levels were almost impossible to keep relatively steady. Biofilm? Possibly. That and the fact this new tub is 1/3 the size of my old one and this is my first time using bromine (granules). Anyway first purge didn't seem all that bad. Or at least as bad as I thought it would be. HA! Second purge prove that wrong. Not the heavy scum I saw in other videos, but a constant output of i
  13. Quite honestly I would go a different route. Look for a new or used camper hot water heater. Something along the lines of a suburban 10 gallon. You could run it off propane, electric or both. Then plumb a branch line to provide hot water. With the built in thermostat you can avoid boiling yourself if you are set on a DIY project
  14. As stated above, use the Ahh-some and drain it. Then do the necessary work. Trust me no matter how fast you are, water is faster. I nearly learned that the hard way. Luckily for me that one drop of water shorted the switch and not the board. Still cost me $40 but much better than a whole new board.
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