The Ultimate Guide to Spas and Hot Tubs: Installation, Troubleshooting, and Tricks of the Trade

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IF YOU ARE THINKING ABOUT GETTING A HOT TUB OR SPA -- OR ALREADY OWN ONE -- HERE IS THE BEST INVESTMENT YOU CAN MAKE

There's no greater luxury than relaxing in your own hot tub or spa. If you'd like to take the plunge with confidence—and not get soaked—let Terry Tamminen, "poolman to the stars," show you how to do it yourself and save thousands. Terry helps you select, purchase, install, repair, maintain, and upgrade all types of spas and hot ...
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Overview

IF YOU ARE THINKING ABOUT GETTING A HOT TUB OR SPA -- OR ALREADY OWN ONE -- HERE IS THE BEST INVESTMENT YOU CAN MAKE

There's no greater luxury than relaxing in your own hot tub or spa. If you'd like to take the plunge with confidence—and not get soaked—let Terry Tamminen, "poolman to the stars," show you how to do it yourself and save thousands. Terry helps you select, purchase, install, repair, maintain, and upgrade all types of spas and hot tubs. You get parts and tools lists, tricks of the trade for each procedure, and a difficulty rating to help you decide if it's time to call a professional.

Invite the neighbors to enjoy your new spa or hot tub!
  • Selecting the right spa or hot tub (from over a dozen types) for your site, budget, and individual needs
  • Realistic cost estimates
  • Easy-to-understand, photo-illustrated installation and repair guides
  • Simple-to-build decks and enclosures for added enjoyment, privacy, and value
  • Heating inexpensively and heater repair
  • Automatic cleaning
  • Water chemistry made easy
  • Winterizing
  • Sources of cost-saving generic parts
  • And more!

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780071439213
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing
  • Publication date: 4/30/2005
  • Pages: 321
  • Product dimensions: 7.36 (w) x 9.18 (h) x 0.92 (d)

Meet the Author

Terry Tamminen is a leading expert on pools and spas. The owner/operator of a Malibu, California, pool/spa service business with a star-studded clientele, he has provided technical advice on large-scale water chemistry and pool technology projects for over 25 years. With Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., Mr. Tamminen founded numerous Waterkeeper programs to protect our nation's rivers and coastlines. He currently serves as Secretary of the California Environmental Protection Agency and is also author of The Ultimate Pool Maintenance Manual and The Ultimate Guide to Above-Ground Pools, both published by McGraw-Hill.

Terry Tamminen is a leading expert on pools and spas. The owner/operator of a Malibu, California, pool/spa service business with a star-studded clientele, he has provided technical advice on large-scale water chemistry and pool technology projects for over 25 years. With Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., Mr. Tamminen founded numerous Waterkeeper programs to protect our nation's rivers and coastlines. He currently serves as Secretary of the California Environmental Protection Agency and is also author of The Ultimate Pool Maintenance Manual and The Ultimate Guide to Above-Ground Pools, both published by McGraw-Hill.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments xi
Introduction xiii
Chapter 1 The Spa and Hot Tub 1
How It Works 2
How Much Water Does It Hold? 5
Square or Rectangular 6
Circular 8
How Is It Made? 9
Concrete and Plaster 9
Fiberglass and Acrylic 10
Soft-Sided 10
Wood 10
Aluminum Shell, Vinyl-Lined 12
Stainless Steel 13
Jetted Bathtubs 13
The Rest 14
Selecting a Spa or Hot Tub 16
Location 16
The Shell 16
The Plumbing 19
The Cost 21
Chapter 2 Plumbing Systems 25
Skimmers 25
Main Drains 27
General Plumbing Guidelines 28
PVC Plumbing 31
Plumbing Methods 33
Manual Three-Port Valves 36
Construction 36
Maintenance and Repair 37
Motorized/Automated Three-Port Valve Systems 39
Installation 39
Unions 41
Gate and Ball Valves 41
Check Valves 43
Chapter 3 Pumps and Motors 45
Overview 45
Strainer Pot and Basket 46
Volute 48
Impeller 49
Seal Plate and Adapter Bracket 49
Seal 50
Motor 51
Choosing the Right Pump and Motor 51
Turnover Rate 52
Booster Pumps 53
Maintenance and Repairs 54
Strainer Pots 54
Gaskets and O-Rings 55
Pump and/or Motor Removal and Reinstallation 57
Troubleshooting Pumps and Motors 59
Priming the Pump 60
Cost of Operation 62
Chapter 4 Filters 63
Filter Types 63
Cartridge Filters 63
Other Filter Types 65
Filter Components 69
Pressure Gauges and Air Relief Valves 69
Backwash Valves 71
Makes and Models 72
Sizing and Selection 72
Repairs and Maintenance 75
Filter Cleaning and Cartridge Replacement 76
Replacing a Cartridge Filter Unit 78
Leak Repairs 80
Chapter 5 Heaters 83
Gas-Fueled Heaters 85
The Millivolt/Standing Pilot Heater 87
The Electronic Ignition Heater 87
The Control Circuit 88
Natural versus Propane Gas 92
Electric-Fueled Heaters 93
Heater Selection and Sizing 93
Cost of Operation 95
Heater Installation and Repair 97
Installation 98
Basic Start-up Guide 105
Terry's Troubleshooting Tips 107
Repairs 108
Solar-Fueled Heaters 121
To Solar or Not to Solar? 122
Installations 122
Maintenance and Repair 126
Chapter 6 Automation and Optional Equipment 129
Time Clocks 129
Electromechanical Timers 129
Twist Timers 132
Repairs 133
Spa Automation and Remote Controls 136
Air Switches 136
Wireless and Hardwired Remote Controls 139
Automated Controls 142
Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter 149
Lighting 151
Standard 120/240-Volt Lighting Fixtures 151
Fiber Optic Lights 156
Solar-Powered Spa Lighting 158
Air Blowers 158
Installation 161
Blower Repairs 163
Skid Packs 164
Unique Spa Accessories 166
Audio and Video Systems 166
Steps, Rails, and Seating Accessories 166
Neck and Booster Seat Pillows 167
Sun Shades and Gazebos 169
Sprays 169
Thermometers 171
Scents 171
Safety Signs 172
Covers 173
Bubble Solar Covers 173
Foam 176
Custom Covers 176
Safety Barriers 178
Chapter 7 Water Chemistry 183
Sanitizers 184
Chlorine 185
Bromine 188
Biguanicides 188
Ultraviolet (UV) Light 188
Ozone 189
pH 190
Total Alkalinity 191
Hardness 192
Total Dissolved Solids 192
Algae 192
Algae Elimination Techniques 193
General Algae Elimination Procedure 194
Special Algae Fighting Procedure 195
Water Testing 197
Testing Methods 197
Testing for Each Water Quality Parameter 201
Application of Chemicals to Spa Water 203
Liquids 203
Granular Products 203
Tabs and Floaters 203
Mechanical Delivery Devices 204
Chapter 8 Cleaning and Servicing 205
Tools of the Trade 205
Telepole 205
Leaf Rake 206
Wall Brush 207
Vacuum Head and Hose 207
Spa Vacuum 210
Tile Brush and Tile Soap 211
Test Kit 212
Pumice Stones 212
Spa Cleaning Procedure 213
Winterizing 220
Winterizing the Spa 221
Chapter 9 Installation and Special Repairs 227
Installing a Spa 227
The Shell 227
The Plumbing 229
The Equipment 230
Spa Installation: Step by Step 232
Draining a Spa or Hot Tub 245
Repairs and Remodeling 247
Spa Leak Repair 247
Repairing Leaks 251
Spa Remodeling 261
Hot Tubs 273
Installation 276
Break-in 280
Repairs 281
Cleaning and Maintenance 286
Commercial Spas 288
Health Issues 288
Glossary 291
Spa and Hot Tub Resource Guide 309
Index 313
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