Drain? I need a drain? I do have a really long hose - AND a shop vac - and a fair amount of patience... (did I mention we had to wait 10 DAYS for our MDX )DMor said:Cement is your best and most permanent bet...me thinks. I believe the warranty also required CEMENT.
I suppose you've built a drain? You can also get a pump and avoid the slow drain issue. Ours is 500 gallons...yours will be 300 so...will take about...hmmmm...30 to pump out and maybe 35-40 to fill? We let it drain...plus use the pump...we have no patience. I bought a SHOP VAC QPV 12 gallon wet/dry that actually PUMPS the water through. Very neat. Much cleaner and quieter than our gas pump.
Don't need the skirt, but I do need the lock to keep the kids out!!... up to the spa level...you leave the top portion of the lip exposed. Does your spa come with a cover? Site said something about 4" cover, but no pic. Most of those showroom covers have skirts. Hmmm. If NOT...you can have a custom cover cut to the exact shape of your spa surface w/o skirt. Sonoma Spa Covers, 8652 N. Magnolia, Suite 38, Santee, CA 92071 (619) 596-7772 , makes many of the covers for these spa manufacturers. Our custom cut, 2.5" FOAM cover was $265 in '99 and we selected from standard vinyl fabric colors. I actually made a paper template and sent it to her. Maybe you can skip over the middle man and order direct and save $$$. We requested a flat cover without flaps/skirts. Foam thickness varies. With ours, you just flip it over, line it up and its done ...no tucking, etc. Your weather may require a thicker foam or a skirt. But not sure the skirt makes that much difference.
Shoveling is a way of life here - I keep the other deck the other deck pretty clean, not a big deal...The only thing that MIGHT be a problem is SNOW on the existing deck area? I don't know if a couple of inches of snow on the deck would make for a 'second set' of cold cheeks or not? But it would probably drop through the seams anyway and would tend to melt around the spa due to the heat.
Ah, now there's a subject! We're in a woodsy kind of place, cedar siding, black ash tongue and groove ceiling in our dining room and a birch ceiling in the computer room, oak flooring, more wood than you can shake a stick at, so to speak...Are you using real wood or TREX? Did you check out the Ever New railing system? Heh...don't get me $tarted.
But... I did spend the weekend replacing a whole lot of rotted out cedar boards on the deck (did you know you can easily carry 6-7 10' cedar boards inside the MDX ). It's a tough climate. So now I'm looking at one of the synthetic products - I particularly like one called Extrudawood (nothing wood about it), that has no surface nails, it clips from underneath- and looks great!
Hey, since you'll be looking again next year, take a ride and check 'em out, you can give me the DMor Hometime review of the product!Dimension One on Business Park Drive in Vista is a 20 minute ride. I can't remember if we checked out those guys or not. I will have to dig for my notes. I made a point of terrorizing most of them in my travels! [/B]