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How To Cut Up A Hot Tub (Step By Step Guide)
Everyone and their mother want to know how to install a hot tub. And while that is fine and well, those guides rarely cover what to do if that new hot tub is replacing an existing one. There is a right way to remove and dispose of a hot tub and there is a wrong way. So, if you were disposing of a hot tub, what’s the right way to do that? What about cutting it up?
Cutting it up makes it far easier to get rid of the hot tub that you no longer have a use for. Cutting it up can be easy with the right tools and the right guide to show you how to get the job done. You’ll first want to take out all the connections, and then remove any screws or nails. Afterward, using a jigsaw, cut the hot tub apart.
In this article, we will explain the best way to cut up your hot tub. In addition, we provide some alternatives to cutting up your hot tub if you’re wanting to get rid of it. That way, no matter the situation, you have an option that will best resonate with your circumstance. Let’s get started, shall we!?
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This will depend on what kind of hot tub that you have, but generally speaking there will be an electric and gas system that needs to be cut off before you start to cut anything. Proceeding without addressing these two lines is very, very bad. Do not do that.
Cutting the electrical supply and turning off the gas connection are musts. Also, cut off the water supply as well because that just makes it a bigger mess than is necessary. On top of that, empty out any water that might still be inside the tub. In most cases, that water just causes more of a mess. In extreme cases, it can get hot enough to burn you. So, be safe.
Tools For Success
You also can’t hope to do the job right without the proper tools. A jigsaw (also known as a Sawzall) or a reciprocating saw are needed. Make sure to have safety equipment like gloves and glasses because debris can and will fly.
You will also need a hammer and a screwdriver in some cases. Some hot tubs will have screws and nails in place, and this is how you’re going to get rid of them. Completely safe disposal means not sticking yourself with a nail or a screw.
Step 1: Cut Off Connections And Take Out The Nails
Before doing anything, make sure to cut off the gas, electric, and water connections. This will provide a safe working environment and prevent injury from occurring from any of those outlets. Cutting out the electrical wiring will also leave the frame of the hot tub behind.
When you have handled all of the connections, it is then time to get all of the nails and screws out. Use your handy hammer and screwdriver to get out all of the potential pointers that could wind up unnecessarily stabbing you.
Step 2: Time To Start Cutting
When you have removed the aforementioned components, you should be left with nothing but the frame. If it looks like there are other components left, remove those as well. You should have the frame leftover, and this is what we will be cutting.
Using your reciprocating or jigsaw, you can start to cut up the pieces of the frame. Do it in small pieces; remember, you’re going to have to carry these somewhere to dispose of them. The smaller the pieces, the easier it will be to carry them to where they need to go.
Continue cutting until you have reduced the frame of the hot tub to nothing but a pile of wood blocks. This will take some time and you definitely do not want to rush through the process.
Step 3: Removal
When you are satisfied that your cutting is complete, it comes time to get rid of the evidence. If your blocks are small enough, you can put them into a couple of trash bags and dispose of them that way. Depending on where you live, there may be removal bins specifically meant to dispose of materials like wood.
While removing the blocks, do another check to make sure there are no nails or screws. The last thing that anyone wants is to finish cutting everything up only to get stuck with a screw or nail at the end of the process. Even worse, we don’t want a removal specialist to get stuck with one, either.
Try Selling Your Hot Tub Instead
Maybe you’ve thought about the entire process and have come to the conclusion that you don’t want to do it. Whether this is because it is a lot of work or you don’t feel confident in doing so is irrelevant, it still needs to come down.
If you’re hell-bent on getting rid of the hot tub and don’t want to do so yourself, there are a couple of options. The first is selling it. If you were just going to throw it out anyway, try listing it on a local garage sale website for dirty cheap. This way, someone will come to get it and you can make money off of something you planned on throwing away.
Call A Specialist
If all else fails, there are professionals that do this for a living. Given all of the safety concerns involved, it only makes sense to want to have a professional do the job. This ensures that it is done properly and in a timely manner, allowing proper space for the new hot tub.
Professionals will generally run you $150-$300 depending on the area and the size of the hot tub. It might be a worthwhile investment as it will save time and effort in disconnecting the lines, cutting up the frame, and disposing of it.
Other Potential Uses
Do-it-yourself types are always looking for a bargain on materials. Maybe that lumber that built your hot tub frame isn’t really working for you, but it might suit them nicely. List the materials on a local garage sale website for cheap.
Best case, you can make some money on the materials and have someone come by to take it away. Worst case, you’re back to square one and have to remove it yourself. Nothing is really impacted in any event.
Whatever route that you choose, safety is the key to proper hot tub removal. And when the job is done, you will have a new space to keep the nice new hot tub that will replace it.
How To Move A Hot Tub
Perhaps you’re not looking to get rid of the hot tub and simply want to move it to another location. This proposition can be done relatively easily. All it takes is a couple of tow straps in order to hold the hot tub in place during the process of moving.
- Drain the hot tub. Of course, before you do anything, you will need to make sure that all the water is removed from your hot tub. Drain it out all the way to relieve the weight of the tub so that it can be easily moved.
- Set the straps. To move the hot tub, it’s better if you have straps to help sturdy the hot tub. Wrap the straps around the bottom four corners and lift them so that you can slide a jack under each side.
- Roll out the wheels. If your hot tub doesn’t have wheels included in the bottom, you can raise it onto a special dolly that will allow you to push it where it needs to go. Make sure the hot tub is centered on it so that it doesn’t end up sliding off.
- Secure the hot tub. Once it’s on the dolly you will need to secure the straps now over the top four corners to ensure it doesn’t slide around. Use a crank strap to tighten and secure it.
- Load it up. You can load the hot tub into the truck or whatever you’re using to haul it by pushing it up a ramp into the back of the truck. Make sure you have at least two people holding it on the down slope so it doesn’t roll away. Secure it in the truck.
- Unload the hot tub. Once it’s to its new destination, roll it off of the truck using a ramp and two people on the down slope. Then, move it to hte location you want it in. Slide the jack under to get it off of the dolly and set it onto the ground.
- Fill it up and enjoy! Fill the hot tub, and let it sit for about three days until it comes to temperature.
Hot tubs are great to have, however, they can be a bit of a pain when it comes to moving them. Therefore, it’s best to just cut them apart for easy removal. If you don’t want to cut it apart, you can always move it as a whole piece to a new location.
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