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  1. I have never done any spa plumbing but when I saw that manifold, I did have some thoughts of running. I was there with a trailer and it was free, so I gambled. The pump looks brand new to me, if that is worth anything. I could try to replace the manifold correctly and see where that goes. Either way a drain and some weekend work is needed. No hot tub for the kids anytime soon. I always say my wife's ideas are usually cause work for me. If anything, maybe that picture of the plumbing made you chuckle. Appreciate the info and you told me a lot about spa plumbing I did not know.
  2. I am going to drain and pull the pump. Is there a way to check anything on it? I have seen some Dream Maker pump replacements (Gecko Aquaflo) with the same specs that are not too expensive. How do you know if an impeller is the wrong type? Is putting $250 in this tub crazy? Any inexpensive pumps that I should look for? It will need a new cover too. Old Pump Pump that is in there now
  3. pictures should be fixed. sorry about that.
  4. Thanks for the additional response. The 2x6 was used for testing only. Not ideal but I did not want to put it in place if it did not work. It is now on a flat level surface. It may have been frozen and repaired. I think my Hot springs tub does not have the parts as visible but when I looked at this one, the manifold was a bit disturbing. If you see the pic, I assume you will agree. When it was running and heating up, I did not see any leaks. There is not as much insulation in this one due to the re-plumb. I had hoped to drain it each winter when I winterize the pool. Not sur
  5. True on the free. I like projects but they don't always turn out. When I brought the tub home, I propped one end up on a 2x6 and used a level to make sure I level on all sides. Filled it up by inserting the hose into the filter tube and ran the jets once I was above all of them with the water level. It ran for a few hours and I saw the temp on the rise so I shut it down and drained it. I moved the spa to a level spot next to the pool that was level gravel on top of flat ground(sod removed). Once in place, the tub was again leveled on all sides. I then refilled it again via the filte
  6. I always feel like I am replacing mine but I think it is mostly due to losing track of time! I am on my 3rd cover for the Hot Springs Vanguard and I have had the spa for 12 years. I put some shade cloth on my pergola to help with the sun beating down on it but I had read what he others have said about chemical burn being the biggest issue. You need to keep teenagers from sitting on the corners as well. I am on my second heater as well but I think water chemistry was the downfall of the last one. Staying up on everything is hard to do sometimes.
  7. I picked up a free 2006 Dream Maker X5H. I was told that everything worked except it did not make bubbles. I was not sure exactly what that meant but just wanted a cheap spa to put next to an above ground pool for teenagers to use. I have an old Hot Springs Vanguard spa so I am not new to the hot tub world but this one is different than any I have had before. I have never seen one where the main pump heats the water and you directly controlled the air mix to the jets. When we got it home, I leveled it and filled it up for testing. The pumped kicked on and everything seemed ok. Water was
  8. I have a Hot Springs Vanguard early 2000 model and I replaced the heater a few months and it started off by tripping the breaker.
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