I've wanted a hot tub my whole life. Growing up it seemed everyone had one except me, which of course wasn't true. But I love them so much! When we saw our dream house for the first time in June of 2012 the spa was humming beautifully. Jets were blazing, lights sparkling, and I had no problem seeing into the future as my wife and I would relax from a hard day's work. Four months later, when the short-sale finally went through, we were forced to change our plans. The tub didn't work at all. I had a technician come out and he said the mother board was fried (possibly from an electrical surge) and the control panel was busted. Now, I'm not exactly sure how a control panel gets busted, unless someone is trying to push some buttons really hard without knowing the mother board was fried already. After a visit from a professional electrician, I also learned the tub wasn't installed properly. The parts and labor were estimated to run $1,400 and another $975 to properly hook up the tub. We felt God was speaking LOUD and clear, haha!
We've got a fully installed wooden deck surrounding the hot tub. Some of the boards were rotten, as you can see above with the dark black stain. This made part of the deck demolition very easy as I simply kicked out many of the boards and finished them off with a hammer and saws-all.
After nearly 10 months of trying to sell the hot tub from $2,000 to $100 - our only hope was to offer it for free to anyone who would take it AS-IS and haul it away. Sarah started generating some deadlines and we just wanted to move forward with our lives sans hot tub!
A local contractor took the offer and showed up with two of his helpers. They immediately removed the remaining section of deck required for a clean haul. To be honest, I had no clue how this was going to work. The tub weighed 750 pounds dry and sat flush on the support base.
Well, thankfully this contractor wasn't a newbie. He had just recently moved a hot tub for his daughter and had his own. The guys jimmied three 2x4's underneath the hot tub and secured a pulley strap around the circumference. Interestingly enough, they attached the pulley to a thick metal rod they pounded into the ground just on the other side of the deck - using the deck face as support for the rod. They simply cranked the pulley and wobbled a 4th, shorter 2x4 underneath the tub and it started sliding like a flapjack.
The trolley above was used for the contractor's scuba diving gear and made out of four wheelbarrow wheels. Each wheel supposedly is crafted to carry 300 pounds, so for a total support weight of 1,200 pounds the 750 pound hot tub should be a breeze!
There it goes!
Now, what's going on above is two guys held the trolley up against the side of the hot tub and then the third guy cranked the pulled strap to hold the two together. The big idea was to simply tilt the whole hot tub up on it's side and, if all works as it should, it will fall perfectly on the wheels to be rolled away!
Wow, just like clockwork. Please note the top side in the above picture is where all of the pumps and control panels are. You wouldn't want this weaker side carrying all of the weight.
Since the tub weighed so much, there was a lot of back-and-forth to get the tub positioned perfectly to go through the very small space on the side of the house. Our gate is 42" wide and the tub itself is 35" wide. The wheels added a few inches and it turned out to be about 41.5" total! Oh, and the total height was only inches below the soffit on the right side of the house!
To turn the beast, a 4x4 was used to lift off the end of the tub and rotate it ever so slightly. This worked out very well!
Right before we pushed the tub over the curb we laid down a couple pieces of wood to shorten the height that it would be dropping. We didn't want the trolley to bottom out and get stuck because the wheels were already being compressed by the weight of the tub.
Once again, a surprisingly easy tilt let us lay the tub across the contractor's trailer. A quick tightening down with a second pulley strap and they were outta here!
What a difference! Now that the whole stressful hot tub is gone, we need to make up our minds for our next BIG project! Operation Outdoor Living. Do you have any ideas for us? If it sticks, we'll give you a shout-out!