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Build a HotTub Spa Deck

Building a Hot Tub Spa Deck

Hot tub decks are a great way to display your hot tub spa or portable hot tub spa and keep your hottub the cleanest as it could possibly be. When placing a hot tub in an area that was previously lawn, you have two options:

  • The first option for building a place to set your hot tub or portable spa, and also your easiest, is to take an 8’X8’ section of lawn out and dig down through untouched soil. Then fill the empty space with gravel, level, and just that easy you are ready to set your jaccuzi hot tub on top.

  • The second possibility, which most prefer, is to build a deck strong enough to support the weight of a hot tub filled with water and enough people to fill the hot tub.

When preparing to build a deck, keep in mind how big your hottub is when full of water & how many people your hot tub spa can fit inside so you can take proper measures as to how strong you will want your hot tub deck to be. Also, think about the location of where you want your new jaccuzi spa to be.

Do you want your new hot tub to be freestanding, in the middle of your yard so everybody can admire your hottub? Or would you rather have your hot tub hot tub tucked away in the corner of the yard sheltered by brush or trees so you may enjoy privacy in your hot tub spa. Whether you own an infinity spa, cal spa, island escapes portable hot tub, sundance hot tub, master spa, vita spa, cal spa, coleman hot tub, marquis spa, dynasty spa, catalina spa, hot springs hot tub, island escape spa, dimension spa, artesian spa, paragon spa, Nordic hot tubs, coast spas, or serenity spa, Remember to take a little time to think about these important hot tub deck factors, and you will be a lot happier with your hot tub or portable hot tub. You can use this plan below to construct a hot tub deck fairly quickly:

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HOT TUB DECK STEPS
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HOT TUB DECK STEP 1
Lay out an 8 foot square where you plan to build. Pound stakes in the corners and measure the diagonals. They should match, about 11' 3.5"

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HOT TUB DECK STEP 2
Wrap a string around the corner stakes, and then make two diagonal strings to locate the center. Now pound a stake at the center location.

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HOT TUB DECK STEP 3
Pound stakes at the center of each side (4' from the corner stake). Now you have a cross. Measure 32 inches from the center of the cross and pound a stake at these four locations.

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HOT TUB DECK STEP 4
Find the last four stakes by measuring 32" from two of the last four shown above. Repeat each corner. Now you have 9 stakes inside your 8' square. Your pier footings go here.

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HOT TUB DECK STEP 5
Dig a 15" by 15" square hole at each of the inside nine stakes. The hole is about a foot deep, and bottom is on undisturbed soil.

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HOT TUB DECK STEP 6
Fill the bottom 2 to 3 inches of the hole with play sand. You can purchase play sand at most home improvement centers.

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HOT TUB DECK STEP 7
Flatten the sand with a square end shovel or a piece of plywood, making it level as possible. Make a 15" by 15" template to lay on the sand.

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HOT TUB DECK STEP 8
Place the footing on top of the sand with the straps aligned with the direction of the beams.

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HOT TUB DECK STEP 9
Wiggle the block until it is level in both directions. Note that the spirit level shown in the picture is lying on its side for clarity.

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HOT TUB DECK STEP 10
Repeat this process with each hole and footing, remembering to make sure that the rows are aligned.

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HOT TUB DECK STEP 11
Tamp excavated soil into the holes around the footings by compacting the ground so the footing can't move. Add enough soil so the ground slopes away from the footing to prevent puddles.

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HOT TUB DECK STEP 12
You now have 9 footings in a 64" square in the middle of an 8' staked off square. You are now ready to set the posts. Before you set the posts create (3) 4"x6" beams by nailing two 2"x6" 8' boards together. Nail the beams with 10 to 12 16d nails on each side.

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HOT TUB DECK STEP 13
Set the center post. The deck will be the post height plus 12 1/2". The second post will be the length that is level with the first post. Repeat with the remaining posts. Don't nail the footing straps at this time.

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HOT TUB DECK STEP 14
Place the "Post to Beam" ties on top of each post and nail through the holes provided. This is more easily done on a saw horse. Do one at a time so you don't mix them up. Mark the beam 16" from the end and place it over the outside posts.

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HOT TUB DECK STEP 15
Do the same with the other outside beam. Measure the diagonal from outside corner to corner, making adjustments to match. Add the center beam aligned with two outside beams. Tack one nail in each footing strap and one in the beam holder.

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HOT TUB DECK STEP 16
Recruit family members, friends, or neighbors to fill in the nail pattern for each beam holder and footing straps with galvanized 8d nails. This might take a little time so find some good workers who are driven.

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HOT TUB DECK STEP 17
Toenail a 2" x 6" joist to beam ends. Check diagonal to be sure it's square. When you are sure, wrap a string around it and fill with remaining joists as shown.

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HOT TUB DECK STEP 18
Nail a rim joist to the ends of the joists and nail blocking down the center. Your hot tubs deck is almost ready, keep going!

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HOT TUB DECK STEP 19
Mark the outside joists every 6.25" from each side. You should meet in the middle at 50 inches (see plan). Nail deck boards at each end so that it covers the rim joist. Do both ends. Have your family members nail two 16d galvanized nails through deck board into joists at the 6.25" marks.

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