Thinking about getting a jacuzzi... Thoughts?

  • swimbikerun

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    Apr 29, 2009 3:15 AM GMT


    I was looking to get one for as cheap as possible. Maybe a used one? I've never bought one before.
    I'd want it to be a small one:
    http://losangeles.craigslist.org/sfv/for/1144301233.html

    3m73p93l7ZZZZZZZZZ94s5761a74a828613fe.jp

    There's an area out back of the apartment I live in so it wouldn't be private. Not that it needs to be, as it would only be for medicinal purposes.
    Not like I'd have guys over to relax in it or anything...

    So do you have one? Is there a brand you like the best?

    Thanks!
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    Apr 29, 2009 4:30 AM GMT
    You can find them cheap used because once people find out how much
    they cost to operate they get rid of them.
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    Apr 29, 2009 4:54 AM GMT
    they are a pain to have. it takes a lot of work to keep them pleasantly clean. my parents had one when i was growing up, and it was my job to take care of the chemical treatments, and clean it. i grew to loathe the task, and actively discouraged anyone from using it because it meant that it was one day closer to requiring a water change and scrubbing. I was quite happy to hear that my parents had grown tired of it and given it away while i was in college.
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    Apr 29, 2009 5:00 AM GMT
    OMG Why would anyone hate water chemistry?? I suppose this comes from having had a marine aquarium, but I love doing that stuff.. checking the water, adjusting it, getting it just right, making it clean, fiddling and playing.. Gawd I've no life I'm so freakin sad..
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    Apr 29, 2009 5:07 AM GMT
    they're a pain in the ass to keep clean.
  • OutdoorAdvent...

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    Apr 29, 2009 5:10 AM GMT
    Outdoor jacuzzi's are fun, though the experience sometimes makes me ache for places like Colorado's Conundrum valley...

    http://www.trails.com/tcatalog_trail.aspx?trailid=XFA023-NW8

    http://www.pbase.com/glancingaft/conundrum_hot_springs


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    Apr 29, 2009 5:50 AM GMT
    Similar to having a pool - even a self cleaning pool - what an oxymoron that is, btw. I would think twice about it - especially since you mention the location will not be private. The best thing about a pool or jacuzzi is the privacy - and being able to have guys over to just kick back - sipping a glass of wine and then - some of this, and some of that.............you know!
  • Webster666

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    Apr 29, 2009 6:03 AM GMT
    There might be a few legal hurdles to overcome if there's any danger at all of unsupervised kids getting in it and drowning. By that, I mean making it inaccessible to them. Be sure to check that out before you make your move.
  • swimbikerun

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    Apr 29, 2009 6:20 AM GMT
    Jockbod48 saidSimilar to having a pool - even a self cleaning pool - what an oxymoron that is, btw. I would think twice about it - especially since you mention the location will not be private. The best thing about a pool or jacuzzi is the privacy - and being able to have guys over to just kick back - sipping a glass of wine and then - some of this, and some of that.............you know!
    Mmm...yeah I was afraid of that. It's not totally private but relatively so.

    I know what a headache it can be to keep them clean as my mom has a pool. Like a fishtank except for people!

    It'd be more private at night...

    Thanks for the great responses btw! omg
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    Apr 29, 2009 6:24 AM GMT
    your gonna roast your nuts
    gotta keep em cool
  • barriehomeboy

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    Apr 29, 2009 7:38 AM GMT
    Make sure when you pull the plug that the water drains from the tub and from the pipes underneath. A common problem is bacteria breeding in the pipes when water sits in them between fillups. It's like a mini-swimming pool. Chlorine will be your new best friend.
  • barriehomeboy

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    Apr 29, 2009 7:41 AM GMT
    ooh yeah and the drowned infants would be unpleasant too, (reading the previous posts.)
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    Apr 29, 2009 8:28 AM GMT
    don't let it go to waste ;-)
  • junknemesis

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    Apr 29, 2009 8:33 AM GMT
    know_wunder saiddon't let it go to waste ;-)


    If you were around, I would get a Jacuzzi too, and it would be in frequent use. icon_wink.gif
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    Apr 29, 2009 10:48 AM GMT
    The first thing that came to my mind was "That would be an awesome place to raise goldfish". icon_lol.gif
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    Apr 29, 2009 11:07 AM GMT
    when I had one it was private
    I used bromine rather than chlorine and the water chemistry was easy to maintain by running the filter briefly on a timer twice a day and hosing off the filter weekly and using an insulated cover when not in use

    and lots of intimate fun
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    Apr 29, 2009 11:37 AM GMT
    I'm gonna go with "it's a pain in the ass". We have one that's been sitting empty for 4 years now. It's a Jacuzzi brand and it was nice to sit in when it was running. They say you shouldn't stay in for more than 15 minutes at a shot. When we put in a pool, the hot tub stayed empty and when we winterized it last, it stayed that way. I tried to sell it to no avail. We've even offered it to people for free, but the thing is so large (sits 10 comfortably) that it would be a huge expense to cart it off our property and ship it somewhere. In this economy, nobody wants it, even for free.
  • a2507

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    Apr 29, 2009 2:15 PM GMT
    I got one from an architectural client for free who said, "I'll give it to anyone who'll take it away." The 2nd time he said it, I said, "I have a truck."

    It hasn't seemed that difficult for me to maintain. I have a floater that I keep a 1" chlorine tablet in, and through a couple of tablespoons of shock in one/twice a week. It's got a cover. I did drain it during Jan/Feb. so as not to run up the elec. bill in our coldest months. I think you can obsess over chemistry but I don't think you need to do so.

    What's been awesome, has been it's therapeutic effects as I've been training harder. Esp. biking a great deal more (MTB mostly).

    What I hope to do this summer is to build a small solar collector to keep the temperature up w/o electricity and maybe a small 12 v. pump to circulate the water for sanitation. I'd still have to use the grid to drive the jets because that draws more power.

    The biggest issue I see for swimbikerun is more the one of security/liability.
  • a2507

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    Apr 29, 2009 2:16 PM GMT
    a2507 said........ have a floater that I keep a 1" chlorine tablet in, and through a couple of tablespoons of shock in one/twice a week.


    Sorry, "through" should have read "throw."
    Not quite fully awake yet.
  • Timbales

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    Apr 29, 2009 2:44 PM GMT
    I've seen where they have those small inflatable ones. Maybe that would be an option if you have a small patio or balcony?
  • swimbikerun

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    Apr 29, 2009 4:32 PM GMT
    Timberoo saidI've seen where they have those small inflatable ones. Maybe that would be an option if you have a small patio or balcony?
    Yeah there's a small pah-tio out back. Hmmm...
  • Timbales

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    Apr 29, 2009 4:42 PM GMT
    swimbikerun said
    Timberoo saidI've seen where they have those small inflatable ones. Maybe that would be an option if you have a small patio or balcony?
    Yeah there's a small pah-tio out back. Hmmm...


    As a renter, it may be a good option for you. It's portable, and you could build your own enclosure for it pretty cheaply if you are concerned about protecting it or keeping kids out of it.
  • Rookz

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    Apr 29, 2009 4:43 PM GMT
    Well, I usually ask myself before I buy something;

    Do I NEED a jacuzzi, or do I WANT a jacuzzi?

    And if I want it, do I want to pay for the extra water bill? Do I want to pay for the chlorine? Do I want to waste my time cleaning ANOTHER thing around the house?

    Hell-to-the-fuck-no!

    Please save your money, there maybe something else you could use it for.
  • Sk8Tex

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    Apr 29, 2009 5:26 PM GMT
    I agree with the majority, I had a jacuzzi once and they are a major pain in the ass to maintain. Not to mention the cost of running one, the filters usually need to contuosly run in order to prevent the water from stagnating, and then theres heating it....

    My advice? Find a local resort with daily entrance fees or a friend that has one and just use theirs. Avoid the hassle and cost of it all and still get what you need out of it for those aches and pains.
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    Apr 29, 2009 5:28 PM GMT
    Maintenance is expensive.

    Your utilities will noticeably go up.