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Backyard Hot Tubs

May 2, 2017 | Building or Buying a Hot Tub

Previously I did a blog on DIY hot tubs. In the blog, the theme that was being identified was, exactly what is a DIY hot tub or spa. DIY or backyard hot tubs should not to be considered anything less in quality than a store bought tub or contractor built hot tub. However, I’ve got to tell you, if you take a look at some of the absolute nonsense I’ve found on YouTube and even on Pinterest, you would think that you could throw just about any type of water vessel together with junk you have around the yard or that you could find at a salvage yard and call it a hot tub.

Now I don’t want to insinuate that the people trying to put something together out of parts or items they have available to save a few bucks are stupid people, they are not. However, when building a backyard hot tub, you do have you use a little common sense and put some thought into your project. Hey, I’m all about saving money, just like the next guy, but at the same time you don’t want to do something that could be down right dangerous or could get someone hurt or injured.

Let me show you a few examples of backyard hot tubs.

red neck backyard hot tubs

Ridiculous Hot tub creation

Seriously, not only could someone get really hurt on this contraption, there is no way to control the heat or keep the water clean. Would you invite friends over to go in a hot tub like this? NOT!

How about this one.

dangerous backyard hot tubs

Saturday night bath gathering

Never mind the fact that it could tip over and really hurt someone, there is no possible way this could be comfortable to sit in. And how do you get out without risking getting burned or injured. Nothing like taking a Saturday Night bath with a couple of friends in the back yard. What about sanitary water conditions? There are none and because everyone’s feet go to the center and bottom where the maximum heat is being transferred, I hope they kept their shoes on.

Here’s another example.

tea cup backyard hot tubs

Giant tea cup hot tub

This is actually a unit that is built and that you can buy, (somewhere around $3000 dollars). Like sitting in a giant tea cup. No comfort, no sanitation provisions, no heat control. Would you want children getting anywhere near this wood fired water heater contraption off to the side? I don’t think so!

Let’s move on.

portable blow up backyard hot tubs

Blow up hot tub

Above is another example of backyard hot tubs that they call soft side tubs. Not exactly sure but I believe they sell from anywhere around $1000 to $1500 dollars. They do have pump that can be attached to move the water around, maybe a small electric heater as well. However, do really think this could at all be comfortable. There is no cushioning on the bottom, no seats, not much water depth and how long do you think it would be until someone punches a hole in one of the air chambers. What if you have it sitting empty outdoors and a strong wind comes along? Bye, bye hot tub unless you have it anchored down. Now, last example.

bad backyard hot tubs

This was actually posted on the internet, nuff said!

I think I’ve made my point about backyard hot tubs with these examples. What I look at is, why would you build or buy something that you know is not safe or dangerous or that by nature just won’t last long. Understand, I applaud creativity just as much as the next guy, but to put people in danger or risk injury, come on, it’s just not smart.

Backyard hot tubs done right can bring a lot of joy and relaxation to your family and if you follow the plans outlined in hot tub building information package, in most cases they can even add equity value to your home. Do you see how that could happen with anything I showed you above? No way!

Take a look through the hot tub gallery of my website, and see what some of my customers have built. Some of these people have had no previous experience whatsoever building something like this, but they are real good at following directions. Not only that, I make myself available for help to my customers throughout their projects, right up until it’s done and running. Who does that these days? Read through some of the many, many testimonials I’ve received,, that should give you an idea of who I am and what I do for my customers.

So lets build a hot tub in your backyard together, you can get everything you need to know on how to do it right at my website.

Thanks for the visit!

Gene Trumbull
Custom Built Spas

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