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    freestanding hot tub inset in deck?

    I have a fresstanding hot tub and I want to partially or completely inset it in my deck. Any Ideas on how to go about doing this?
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    Re: freestanding hot tub inset in deck?

    You basically have to build a second deck the size of the tub below the current deck and cut the current deck out and set the spa on the lower deck. Since you have an inground pool it's going to be a pain getting it built and getting it to drain properly so the hole doesn't fill up with water. You'll also lose access to the equipment as it'll be under ground. I say it's a bad idea. If you had an AGP with a deck it'd be a piece of cake.
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    Re: freestanding hot tub inset in deck?

    Cut a hole. Insert tub.

    Seriously, I think more information is required. Like how high is the deck? Would the tub be sitting on the ground or would it need to be supported in the air?

    At a minimum you would have to add posts to support the "beams" that would have portions of them removed for the hole. You just have to envision how the deck will remain standing with a big hole in the middle.

    Looking at what Bama wrote makes we wonder what you mean by "deck" Is it an elevated wooden deck or as Bama seems to think is it really a slab on ground level?
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    Re: freestanding hot tub inset in deck?

    My inlaws had a hot tub in the deck. It was a little more difficult to work on it, but access was taken into consideration during the deck build. Their replacement hot tub sits on top of the deck now.
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    Re: freestanding hot tub inset in deck?

    Actually the deck and pool are on different levels in the yard so the pool is not an issue. The deck is over a concrete slab that the hot tub can sit on. The support of the beams for the deck is not an issue. My concern is access and do I take the sides off the tub to inset it completely or build the deck up to the sides of the tub and have it partially inset.
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    Re: freestanding hot tub inset in deck?

    If you are going to do it leave the sides on the tub. This will help keep critters out and heat in. Make sure to make a big enough access to the underside to work on it in the future.
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