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Old 10-22-2014, 01:46 PM   #1
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  • built a spa vault for a LA Spas manufactured spa "maui".
  • it will sit 50/50 in/out of ground
  • 2ft access in rear
  • pad is a tad over 4" thick with a few pieces of #3 rebar
  • block wall has #3 in pad every ~36" and every core has #3 rebar on angle and every core filled with concrete
  • 50ft #6 copper spiral under pad for bonding (which is not required for me, but did anyways)
  • there's a big loop of 2" pvc below pad in ground as a cooling system (yes, it gets too hot here in summer, need a way to cool the water some)
  • 3/4 horse sump pump
  • 240v 50A comes into disco and then loops into ch50spa panel all gfi

a lot of work.

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Old 10-22-2014, 04:18 PM   #2
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Cool, please let us see how it looks when it is finished, looks good so far.

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Old 10-22-2014, 04:21 PM   #3
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Cool, please let us see how it looks when it is finished, looks good so far.
the spa comes this friday. plans are to build a gazebo like structure around the spa which will have some roll down privacy shades. i plan to put small tv out there too...
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the spa comes this friday. plans are to build a gazebo like structure around the spa which will have some roll down privacy shades. i plan to put small tv out there too...
Man, that is going to be really nice, don't forget the pictures, we love the pictures.
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Pictures, and an invitation.
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Old 10-23-2014, 11:34 AM   #6
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Man, that is going to be really nice, don't forget the pictures, we love the pictures.
Spa comes tomorrow. i'll post some pics after. my whole backyard is a mess in DIY construction. and monday is 10.5yds of concrete patio. had to go white cement for the color i needed, using Helix in this mix.
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Old 10-23-2014, 11:43 PM   #7
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I'm excited to see your spa updates.
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Old 10-24-2014, 04:24 PM   #8
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installed and running..... cover style tbd, this is a temp cover, but most likely will be a Covermate III





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less than 24hrs old, keeping wet for a slow dry. Cemex didnt add Helix and pigment properly to truck, had a few small clumps come down the shute, other than that things seem to finish real nice with Helix in the mix.

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A suggestion for your spa cover. If it's in the sun all day, it will deteriorate quickly and will start to absorb moisture from the spa, causing it to lose it's insulating abilities. Treat the exposed cover with 303 Aerospace Protectant.

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A suggestion for your spa cover. If it's in the sun all day, it will deteriorate quickly and will start to absorb moisture from the spa, causing it to lose it's insulating abilities. Treat the exposed cover with 303 Aerospace Protectant.

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0004ELKC4/...V921PR9C&psc=1
303 is a great product, but i use a Mothers product that i think is as good as 303.
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Hey, just wanted to say great job on the install. I'm looking at doing something similar. It looks like you'll be having a lot of fun this year.
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Hey, just wanted to say great job on the install. I'm looking at doing something similar. It looks like you'll be having a lot of fun this year.
i will have some more pics later today. we built up walls around the spa and added 1.25" thick travertine top.
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Old 12-12-2014, 04:46 PM   #14
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sorry, been busy trying to finish up the spa stuff. at this point the block walls w/ stucco are up and topped with 1.25" travertine which i diamond wet-polished to #800 in four steps. the hardest piece was cutting for around the cover lift bracket, took a couple of hours on that one to make it fit perfect the 1st time, etc. much of the natural pockets in the stone were filled with two different color grouts to try and keep that all-natural look, etc.


still need to do last coat of stucco and then paint the stucco. final grading of yard on monday, then i can build the fire pit (got a 24" clover leaf burner), then the low v lights & irrigation, and then finally some turf and pavers.


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Old 12-15-2014, 10:17 AM   #15
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in my post #14, see that gas line and electrical box...... pita, i have to move them. not for any code reasons, they are just in the way of other work i need to do. NEC doesnt allow splicing in raceway thus i have to re-pull ~120ft of feed wire, and then i have to re-pull some wire to the spa. did i say royal pita....

the current location was initially as shown because that corner of the yard was provisioned for pool equipment, but then we went with spa and i simply used the end of the runs to put the disco/breaker panel, which turns out to be in a very bad spot. nothing like doing work twice.... did i say royal pita.

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