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Old 05-19-2010, 09:16 PM
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For those of you that own one, what temperature do you like to keep it at? Do you change the temp per seasons?

Ours, we keep it at 104° for half the year and 101-102° for the warmer months.
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102 in cold months 100 or less in the summer.
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I like 99*
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Funny but you would not think there is much difference between 101 and 104 but there is a lot

During late fall-early spring(when it is normally colder) we keep ours on 104, during the warmer time of the year I will turn it down to 101 and in the heat of the summer I will lower down into the low 90's since nobody ever uses ours in the summer
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Funny but you would not think there is much difference between 101 and 104 but there is a lot

During late fall-early spring(when it is normally colder) we keep ours on 104, during the warmer time of the year I will turn it down to 101 and in the heat of the summer I will lower down into the low 90's since nobody ever uses ours in the summer
At the Banff Springs Hotel (Alberta, Canada) if I recall properly they either kept their hot tub at 107 or 109° (in the spa area)......either way man was that HOT! But it wasn't hot at all after you got out of the moist sauna at 117°, the hot tub was actually quite refreshing.

This summer I'm thinking of shutting down my tub so I can pull the Styrofoam out of the cover, strip down the plastic cover and let the moisture built up in the Styrofoam evaporate. The cover is not heavy yet, but it is heavier then when it was new. I replaced the cover the year after we moved in ($550), I'm hoping to ward off that expense because the cover starts to sag from the weight of all that moisture.
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This summer I'm thinking of shutting down my tub so I can pull the Styrofoam out of the cover, strip down the plastic cover and let the moisture built up in the Styrofoam evaporate. The cover is not heavy yet, but it is heavier then when it was new. I replaced the cover the year after we moved in ($550), I'm hoping to ward off that expense because the cover starts to sag from the weight of all that moisture.
I got fed up with those covers, I was buying one every 2-4 years and they all seemed to get water logged and the metal hinge where they fold back always seemed to get damaged and caused them to get water logged

Several years ago I went with a Spa Cap. http://www.spacap.com/. and so far so good.

We have had the SpaCap for 4-5 yrs and it has had one small leak around the port where you inflate it but I sealed it with a sealer for waders and it was worked fine.

If I had my hot tub flush mounted with a deck I would go with one of the hard covers but if it is not a flush mount I would think those would be a PITA
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Ours is integrated with the pool so needs to be heated from scratch every use (about 20 minutes). We set it at 102.
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At the Banff Springs Hotel (Alberta, Canada) if I recall properly they either kept their hot tub at 107 or 109° (in the spa area)......either way man was that HOT! But it wasn't hot at all after you got out of the moist sauna at 117°, the hot tub was actually quite refreshing.

This summer I'm thinking of shutting down my tub so I can pull the Styrofoam out of the cover, strip down the plastic cover and let the moisture built up in the Styrofoam evaporate. The cover is not heavy yet, but it is heavier then when it was new. I replaced the cover the year after we moved in ($550), I'm hoping to ward off that expense because the cover starts to sag from the weight of all that moisture.
I went to the local hardware store and bought a section of 4 inch pvc pipe to hold up the cover-"tent like" just a few inches more than the gunwale of your tub should work. Mine still seals on the sides and bales water off of it.
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Originally Posted by Garett View Post
This summer I'm thinking of shutting down my tub so I can pull the Styrofoam out of the cover, strip down the plastic cover and let the moisture built up in the Styrofoam evaporate. The cover is not heavy yet, but it is heavier then when it was new. I replaced the cover the year after we moved in ($550), I'm hoping to ward off that expense because the cover starts to sag from the weight of all that moisture.
I was just looking at replacement covers but your idea might just work...if I can get the zippers to move. It's become so heavy i can hardly lift the thing.

BTW, normally I keep it at 96 when not in use and then about an hour before we go in I will put it up to 102*. Winter I go to 104* and summer I usually keep it cooler or it's just too uncomfortable.
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Originally Posted by Garett View Post
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This summer I'm thinking of shutting down my tub so I can pull the Styrofoam out of the cover, strip down the plastic cover and let the moisture built up in the Styrofoam evaporate.

I did not know this but you do not want to shut them down for extended periods of time, we did this one summer and had to have some lines replaced. Pool guy told me that if the water is not in the lines all the time they dry out and get brittle.

He also told me with the old covers to pick some hot days and just lay the cover in the yard upside down and to do this several times a year to dry it out.

Trust me with the spacap you have no more problems, only thing is that they are not as easy to flip back as the standard covers, not heavy just do not fold back quite as easy.

I think our other standard covers both were damaged when the kids would go out and flip them open and them push them back and they dropped to the floor and this bent the support in the middle
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I got fed up with those covers, I was buying one every 2-4 years and they all seemed to get water logged and the metal hinge where they fold back always seemed to get damaged and caused them to get water logged

Several years ago I went with a Spa Cap. http://www.spacap.com/. and so far so good.
Wow, isn't that interesting. How do you figure it would take a snow load? Didn't you guys get dumped on this past winter?

Up here our two top hot tubs are Artic Spa & Beachcomber, we've got a Beachcomber. Either way both Artic Spa & Beachcomber do not have metal hinges, theirs just fold via fabric....seems to stand up very well.

The problem I see is the under side of the cover has little holes punched through the vinyl AND the same size little holes punched into the plastic that wraps the Styrofoam. These holes are the size of a paper hole punch holes. Because both protective materials have holes in them there is no way on earth moisture saturation can’t happen. I think the manufacture puts them in so we have to buy new caps every couple of years.
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This summer I'm thinking of shutting down my tub so I can pull the Styrofoam out of the cover, strip down the plastic cover and let the moisture built up in the Styrofoam evaporate.
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I was just looking at replacement covers but your idea might just work...
My old one was weighing a ton as well, it had become a two person operation.

Well here's what I know. My old cover when I took it off I put it behind the garden shed, it sat there for little over a year before I got around to doing something with it...I wanted the vinyl off of it so I could make a matching padded bench.

Either way I wasn't interested at the time in the Styrofoam so I broke it in half so it was very easy to remove from the cover. Well as things would work out I decided to keep a piece of that water logged Styrofoam, dry it out and use it for insulation for an attic hatch in the shop. I was surprised at how long it took for that Styrofoam to completely dry out....months. Mind you where I stored it in the shop (upright on edge) that area was not overly heated.....I generally kept it about 45 - 50° (winter time). How long would it take to dry out a piece of saturated Styrofoam in the summer with a breeze/ wind blowing over it? I don't know, but my intension is not to let the Styrofoam get that saturated to find out. Beside after I dry it out the first time I fully intend to seal those two sheets of Styrofoam up so nothing penetrates it until the plastic starts to deteriorate.

Oh Jeff, that half sheet of mine, now is back to being as light as , well, Styrofoam.
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I did not know this but you do not want to shut them down for extended periods of time, we did this one summer and had to have some lines replaced. Pool guy told me that if the water is not in the lines all the time they dry out and get brittle.
That's good stuff to know, thanks. Although I wasn't figuring on draining the water, just shutting it off and putting a couple of sheets of plywood over top w/ blocks holding them down until the Styrofoam dries out.

He also told me with the old covers to pick some hot days and just lay the cover in the yard upside down and to do this several times a year to dry it out.
I know, I've heard a few say the same thing. But here's my thinking. How can the Styrofoam dry out quickly if it is wrapped in plastic with only a small handful of 3/16th size holes in the plastic? I don't know, I could be wrong. ?

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When our old hot tub cover got real saturated with water, I ordered one replacement styrofoam insert from the manufacturer. When it arrived, I removed one of the saturated pieces and replaced it with the new one. Peeled off all the plastic and, after the waterlogged one dried out, replaced the plastic and then took the other waterlogged one out, replacing it with the old dried-out one. Really worked like a charm and had the old waterlogged one now dry and would be able to use it again when the other ones get wet again, which they almost assuredly will.
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Originally Posted by JALICHTY View Post
When our old hot tub cover got real saturated with water, I ordered one replacement styrofoam insert from the manufacturer. When it arrived, I removed one of the saturated pieces and replaced it with the new one. Peeled off all the plastic and, after the waterlogged one dried out, replaced the plastic and then took the other waterlogged one out, replacing it with the old dried-out one. Really worked like a charm and had the old waterlogged one now dry and would be able to use it again when the other ones get wet again, which they almost assuredly will.
That's not a bad idea at all Jal, actually pretty smart thinking.

So what temp do you like to keep your tub at?
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How much is the spa cap?
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106 dec. thru mar. nov. and april 102 i drain it in the summer, we spend the weekends at are summer place.
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Bought a hot tub once but got caught. Crime doesn't pay.

Anyway my heart starts going arythmatic at about 93.
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Originally Posted by tprice View Post
Several years ago I went with a Spa Cap. http://www.spacap.com/. and so far so good.

We have had the SpaCap for 4-5 yrs and it has had one small leak around the port where you inflate it but I sealed it with a sealer for waders and it was worked fine.
Ours also failed around the valves, multiple times and places. I fixed them best I could but eventually it was toast so I cut it up and use it for drop cloths or covers. Mine lasted 3-4 years - under cover in a gazebo. Tub chemicals and moisture just seemed to be too much for the vinyl and sealant.

Anyway, 99 in summer, 101 in winter.
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How much is the spa cap?
Seem like I paid around $500 or so for ours but honestly can not remember, we did go with the Sunbrella fabric
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