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About Jim Locksley

One day when I was walking around my college campus, I saw a group of people with these yellow tripods. At first I thought they might be photographers, but they sure looked like strange ones! I went up and asked them what they were doing, and it turns out they were a group of students from a construction class who were surveying the land for a project. I was fascinated. I was able to sign up for the class the next semester, and while it didn't stick or change my professional trajectory, it did create a new hobby for me! Ever since then, I've been interested in construction, from surveying to management to the actual building. I figured running a blog about it would give me a nice excuse to keep up my interests!

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A Personal Spa: Six Pre-Installation Questions

by Mike Brewer

Your own personal spa may have been a fanciful dream for some time, but finally placing that order can be thrilling. However, before you reach that point, some serious consideration is required so you're both prepared for costs and aware of various things which could arise after you have the spa installed. These six spa questions need answers.

1. What Permits are Locally Required?

Factoring in the cost of permit applications isn't necessarily a fun part of owning a spa, but it is certainly necessary in many towns. Ask directly through the permits office what you need.

2. What's the Best Spot?

Just as you may think about the sunniest or shadiest lawn spot for a pool, so too must a personal spa be placed in just the right location. Will you build an enclosure or have the spa out under the stars? This decision can affect what you spend, so think carefully.

3. Should You Choose a Portable Model?

In-ground models have a different aesthetic appeal than portable ones and might boost home value quite a bit. Portable models don't require excavators or soil studies, however, and can be drained to move with you if you go somewhere else. Both types are desirable in their own ways, but you should decide early which you'll go with.

4. Is Your Existing Electrical Panel Suitable?

If you're looking at powerful spas with a lot of jet power, be mindful that your electrical wiring and panel could be too old for it. Asking an electrician to assess how well your current system would do with the type of spa you want is one way to anticipate any issues. For example, you may be asked to have a GFCI device installed to better protect everyone against electrical shock when the spa is in use.

5. Is a Spa Propane- or Gas-Powered?

Many spas run on electricity as you may expect. However, you can explore models that are fueled by other means. This is important since you can possibly keep power costs down with the use of propane and/or natural gas for instance.

6. What More Will You Buy?

Covers, nets, cleaning supplies and additional items may be things you pick up to use with the spa. Such costs ought to be planned for; you may stick with a lower-priced model if you expect to be purchasing lots of other items too.

With these inquiries will come greater knowledge about your spa and what must be done to be pleased and happy with it. Click here for more information about choosing a model.