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Old 05-11-2007, 05:46 PM   #1
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Outdoor hot tub...Is pouring cement base a diy project?


The hot tub "pad" needed will be 6'x6'...The soil is soft...What steps do I take, dig a 6'x6' by 3" deep trench? Rent a ground compactor to compact the soft soil? Then pour and smooth out the cement? Anyone have any tips on what type of cement/concrete I should use and how long I should let it dry before I put the tub on the slab? I'm guessing the filled hot tub will be 5000 with water...I'm in GA, hot and humid this time of year...

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Thanks, awesome info! I never realized those thing existed. I can't seem to find a dealer of those that list their price. I also can't seem to find info if they're ok to put on soft soil. I can find simular pads on ebay, for the size I need they are just shy of $400. Seems to be a shovel, ground compacting machine rental (which I might need for the pads anyway) and several bags of cement would 75% cheaper than those pads...
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I built a ground level Deck - 8x8
It sits on 6 cement footers, drilled 36 to 42 inches. I used tubes to help me level the frame.
7 years and still going.

IF you use the pads - I think it would settle quite a bit. You would have to make sure the soil is compacted.
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I built a ground level Deck - 8x8
It sits on 6 cement footers, drilled 36 to 42 inches. I used tubes to help me level the frame.
7 years and still going.

IF you use the pads - I think it would settle quite a bit. You would have to make sure the soil is compacted.
Thanks for your input. I thought about this as well as you don't need a compactor. I wasn't sure how to reinforce the deck though to support the weight of the hot tub though. I still wonder if the cement would be cheaper...

Edit. Anyone have any input with digging, not compacting and just putting down cinderblocks?

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