At the suggestion of a certain hot tub afficianado i have started this thread to document this project which to be honest I am not enthused about. This turned into a rant so skip it if you are not entertained by that! I am not a hot tub (or pool) fan, really don't want one and can't see the other folks in the house using it after the 2 month wow factor time period passes. So stay tuned, you may be able to buy a lightly used one next spring.
To be fair we did talk about one many years ago when I built the deck so I beefed up the support structure to handle the weight. And we looked at them while out on other errands last fall but i thought (hoped) the idea had died on the vine since it had not come up again all winter. Until about two weeks ago when the brochure showed up and I was asked for my opinion on one pump or two, so looking at electrical draw and footprint size i said one pump. A week ago she says she ordered the two pump model and it will be here in about 3-1/2 weeks.
Great, two pumps, bigger footprint....glad to have given my input. Now to replace the decking (which we had talked about doing this Spring) before it gets here, not a big deal given three weeks....except I find out it isn't to sit on the deck but on the ground next to the deck which is about 16" high. I am told it will be easier to get in and out of it this way. OK, so the deck in that area needs gone, base prepared and pad poured....and of course allowing three weeks for this doesn't work since any decent concrete guys that will do something this small are booked until August. But nobody thinks about that part of the magic of how stuff gets installed. I do know a couple 'recovering' individuals at the half way house that do concrete and are looking for work but i'd rather they not know where i live. So after being semi-inspired by Dieselshadows thread I am on my way.
Decking gone, beams need to be gone but i need to put support posts for the beams where the new edge of the deck will be located. It will be fun digging those post holes right against that joist. Then remove enough soil to allow for stone and then pour the concrete pad. Going with the more is better advice, the pad will be 8'5" wide to span end of house to new edge of deck & run 12' out from the house to match the current deck width.
Electrically I need to remove that wall outlet since it will be within reach while in the tub which is a no-no. The coach light on the right side of the french doors is probably against code also so it may need to come down. Can't wait to break that to the decorating committee since i just replaced all the coach lights in Feb. I need to get the 50A gfci disconnect and #6 wire to run from the panel, then run conduit & the wire from the disconnect to the tub.
The downspout will need to be run around the corner of the house to the discharge pipe in the back. Probably some other things that I am not realizing just yet.
Other than that its not a big deal....right!?!?!?! Rant over....I will be buying tums in the BIG bottle the next couple weeks....i need an attitude adjustment.