So, we have this hot tub, that has been a not tub, since the day we moved it into our back yard. Not only did it take a large crew of 6 hunky men to move it, but it leaked badly ‘somewhere’, it needed a new frame, we were praying the heater still worked, and it was going to take hours and hours to fix it up. It was one of those DIY projects you dream is going to save you a ton of money (friends gave us the hot tub for free) and would be worth all the trouble and back pain in the end. Right?!
This DIY nightmare quickly became referred to as the poor white trash not tub while it sat on the lawn and collected spider webs, hornets nests, and nasty smelling water. It was a big ugly thorn in our backyard and sore topic of discussion in our home. I HATED the poor white trash not tub and wanted it gone yesterday. My hubby, on the other hand, wasn’t quite ready to give up on a project he had already invested time and money into, but my bitching and complaining finally swayed him.
The thing was, the hot tub was beautiful and huge on the inside and it seemed wasteful to just throw it in the landfill. First, I tried to give it away for free online and had a number of interested parties, but they all backed out because it was too heavy to move and too much work to fix. Next, I tried calling a local hot tub repair company to see if they wanted to refurbish it and sell it, no luck. It was time to bite the bullet and ditch this poor white trash not tub in the receptacle it belonged… the dump!
We dreaded removal, but there was no way in hell we were going to pay $500 to have it done by professionals. Time for the power tools! We used two saws to cut this big boy apart, a Skilsaw and a Sawzall, as well as an ax for fun.
First, the pressure treated wood frame, which was brand new, was removed from the sides of the PWTNT and salvaged for future DIY projects.
Next, we sliced down the middle of the tub using the Sawzall on the corners and curves, and the Skilsaw for the straight cuts. This took time and was hard, messy work. Be sure to wear safety goggles and a mask because fiberglass and insulation debris will go flying.
We ended up with one half that was small and one half that was much larger because it contained lots of jets and deep seats. The smaller section was once again cut down the middle, again using the Sawzall for the curves and the Skilsaw for the straight cuts. It was loaded into the back of my truck, along with the heater, beast of a filtration unit, and two bags of debris, secured tightly, and hauled off to the local dump.
When I was off loading at the dump, a nice gentleman came over and offered to help me unload the biggest piece. When we were finished, he asked me who had loaded the truck for me and I said that I had loaded the tub myself. His response, “So you are telling me you can kick my ass?” Haha! The dump is always good for a laugh and I do love surprising people with my DIY determination.
Next, came the hot tub cover, which I forgot to take pictures of, but it was huge and very heavy because it was saturated with water. This was easily cut into 4 sections, using a utility knife to slice through the vinyl cover and the Skilsaw to cut through the foam. Second load, hauled away.
Before we crossed the finish line on this demo and removal, we had to tackle the biggest chunk of the not tub. Since my truck bed isn’t very large, we decided to cut it into 4 sections. Not only did this make it easier to fit into the truck bed, but it also made it easier for me to lift over the gate and into the container at the dump.
The third and final load was hauled away and it felt amazing! We have a huge chunk of our yard back, the view from my bedroom window is pretty again, and my husband is free from me nagging him about the PWTNT. Don’t worry, I am sure I will find something else to bug him about by tomorrow.
I should note, that each dump load was $20, for a total of $60, but the pricing will vary county to county. It was $60 well spent and a lot cheaper than the $500 we were quoted. This is why I love to DIY, it saves you a ton of cash and you get the personal satisfaction of a job well done. If you have a not tub in your back yard, I hope this post inspires you to get out there and tackle the demo and removal on your own. If we can do it, you can!