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Thread: Temporary way to test hot tub function?

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    Temporary way to test hot tub function?

    We recently got a free Hot Springs Landmark hot tub. The previous owner said it had been up and running six months prior, but his new rental tenants didn't ever use it.

    It needs a new cover and new head rest cushions, but everything else seems in good shape. They had already disconnected it from power before we got there so we had no chance to test it. The location the tub is in now has no power source, which brings me to my question.

    Before we spend a nice chunk of change running electrical for the tub, is there a way to temporarily hook it up and test it's functionality?

    Thanks!
    NEW POOL : 9 x 18, 48" deep - Bestway brand, 1 HP Intex 3200 Pump/Sand Filter Combo, Wanda the Whale, Hayward through wall skimmer (still in box)
    OLD POOL 5,100 Gallons, 9 x 19 used Splash a Round, Intex SWG, 1.5 HP Hayward Power Flow LX pump, Pentair Clean and Clear 150 sq. ft. filter, hard plumbed, Wanda the Whale,

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    Re: Temporary way to test hot tub function?

    Well, it depends. I am assuming it is supposed to be wired to a 220 line. Which in that case you really have no option but to go ahead and get electrical run for it. But there is a small chance it could be powered by a 110 line. Which in that case, you could get a plug. What I would suggest doing is have a technician come and inspect it. That way you have somewhat of an idea what might need to be done to it, before you commit to taking it. You still won't have a full picture though. But as we say here in the Ozarks, maybe it' better you don't look a gift horse in the mouth. In our experience, free hot tubs are never "free".
    24' round above ground, 13500 gallons, vinyl liner, 18" Sand Filter

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    Re: Temporary way to test hot tub function?

    Thanks PJ! I will have someone take a look at it. I know we are already in for about $500 for the new covers and head pillows. Plus the start up chemicals to flush the system. If I can keep the cost to around a $1,000 or less, I would call it a win.

    I appreciate the response!
    NEW POOL : 9 x 18, 48" deep - Bestway brand, 1 HP Intex 3200 Pump/Sand Filter Combo, Wanda the Whale, Hayward through wall skimmer (still in box)
    OLD POOL 5,100 Gallons, 9 x 19 used Splash a Round, Intex SWG, 1.5 HP Hayward Power Flow LX pump, Pentair Clean and Clear 150 sq. ft. filter, hard plumbed, Wanda the Whale,

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    Re: Temporary way to test hot tub function?

    If you have the owners manuals, look to see if it can be wired for 110. Fortunately for me, mine was before I got it (but the owners manual showed how to do it had it not been done prior). I've had 2 hot tubs. They both sat for a while but were relatively ok when I put them into service

    The first one would leak a slight bit around the light for a day or two when I first filled it, then stop. When it began to fall apart I stripped all the reusable parts and found another one. I installed the main motor from the old tun into the 'new' one, and it's mostly working. I replaced the small circulation pump due to a bad leak after seeing that all was working as it should, now I'm having trouble and I think the new circulation pump is either plumbed backward or was designed to flow in the opposite direction. Aside from that, all is well.
    Intex Ultra Frame 18' X 48" 7600 +/- gallons
    Columbia 50 LB sand filter/ HP pump, $$ WELL spent(2nd best thing bought for the pool)
    Virginia Beach, VA
    TF100 test kit- Money WELL spent (best thing I've ever bought for the pool)
    Leisure bay hot tub

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