Yes, a hot tub is one of those nice outdoor things or a large indoor
one for multiple folks. Not what I meant. I don't have room for one of
those. I was referring to a standard sized tub that has water jets and
runs around $600, so perhaps this is the wrong thread to tack on to.
However, they do have optional heaters and I will need to run another
circuit if I get the heater. I might have to anyway. So what I really
meant was, do I need the heater for that?
Right now I don't use the tub at all. But I don't smell because there
is a separate stall shower that I do use. Correction, the tub is in
use, that is where the cat's litter box resides. Likely the reason
that I don't use it for a nice soak; I'd end up entombed by the
So, the plan was to install a shower fixture for the tub and replace
the tub with a jacuzzi type tub so it can be used primarily for
showering plus the occasional hot soak. The stall shower would likely
receive the litter box and perhaps some shelves for storage.
Is there any reason that a Jacuzzi type tube can't/shouldn't be used
in this way? Would it need a separate heater? I did hear once that you
shouldn't use oil based soaps if you have a jacuzzi, apparently it
rots the jets. There is something that I never had to worry about
I have both an inside tub with jets and an outside spa. The house
came with the tub, I brought the spa from a previous home. Before I
shelled out the bucks to install a new inside tub with jets, I would
seriously look at going with an outside spa, if you have room.
First, for renovations like this, you can wind up having to spend a
lot of money to redo tile walls, floors, etc. Add that to the cost of
the tub and you're well on your way to a real spa.
The tub has to be filled each time you use it. I don't think a heater
is needed, because you likely won't spend that long in it. If it
starts to cool, you can always add more hot water. Of course, that's
another drawback, you have to fill it, wait and watch it, and all the
hot water energy is wasted. And if you're just replacing a std size
tub, you barely wind up with enough room for one person.
The outside spa can seat several people comfortably, is always
available, and is far more enjoyable to spend time in. I use mine
throughout the year. It's great for parties, having a few beers and
smoking a nice cigar. Plus, depending on where you put it, the
installation may be as simple as running a 240V line to it. They have
timers so you can program it to stay at a lower temp most of the time
to save energy, but rise at times of the day when you may want to use
it. All in all, I think they are far more practical.
I'm getting nagged about the bathroom needing a major renovation.
Looks fine to me, but my vote doesn't seem to count. So all the tile
work and floors is fairly likely to occur anyway. Ok, very likely.
I have this 18 foot attached house. And it's starting to get cold
outside. Is a spa even doable when it's freezing outside? Seems that
it would cost an awful lot to keep it warm. One actually could fit in
what is now the barbeque.
An interesting idea, to be sure, and one I hadn't really considered.
Most likely though, the inside one happens first. I think I can get
one wide enough for two people, and that should suffice for now.
I would have the only spa on the block though. Maybe I could stock it
with fish as entertainment for the cats.
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