Balboa CLIM8ZONE II Mini – First Look and Review

Balboa CLIM8ZONE II Mini

Balboa CLIM8ZONE II Mini is this Air Source Heat Pump for you? I must admit, when the first Clim8zone product was released, I was rather scathing in my review. I still don’t like that product today. Here we are 18 months later, and I am looking into Balboa’s next foray into Air Source Heat Pumps – the Balboa CLIM8ZONE II Mini. Is it going to be any good? Let’s dive in and take a look.

For clarity here – I am wiring this review based purely on the documentation and specifications that Balboa have provided for the unit. It is not going to be released for another 6 weeks so I have not seen this unit in person. However, I must say that I have supplied enough air source heat pumps to customers that I know what I am looking for in terms of specs and details.

In-Ground Hot Tubs; A DIYers guide

in-ground hot tubs

Greetings, passionate DIY hot tub enthusiasts! Are you yearning for a tranquil haven right in your backyard? Look no further than incorporating in-ground hot tubs into your personal oasis – the ultimate solution for unwinding, rejuvenating, and creating unforgettable moments of pure relaxation.

In this article, I, your trusted DIY Hot Tub design consultant, will accompany you on a journey through the enchanting world of in-ground hot tubs. Whether you’re an experienced spa connoisseur or a first-time hot tub builder, this blog post is brimming with invaluable information and helpful tips to empower you in making well-informed decisions.

Visualize yourself luxuriating in warm, bubbling water beneath the open sky, enveloped by the soothing sounds of nature. In-ground hot tubs offer the ideal fusion of convenience, affordability, and versatility, making them a popular choice for homeowners who crave a spa-like experience without leaving the comfort of their own home.

If you’re ready to embark on a quest to transform your backyard into a personal paradise, join me as we delve into the realm of in-ground hot tubs. From the multitude of benefits, they offer to the essential considerations for selecting the perfect model, this article will equip you with the knowledge required to fashion your very own hot tub haven.
Are you brimming with excitement? I certainly am! Let’s commence this exploration and discover how in-ground hot tubs can elevate your relaxation endeavours to new heights!

Creating a Solid Foundation: A Comprehensive Guide to Hot Tub Bases

Hot Tub Concrete Base

Welcome, hot tub enthusiasts, to our informative guide on hot tub bases! As a dedicated hot tub design consultant, I understand the importance of a solid foundation for your spa. A properly constructed base not only ensures the stability and longevity of your hot tub but also enhances your overall relaxation experience. In this comprehensive article, I will walk you through the essential steps of creating robust hot tub bases, from measuring and clearing the area to excavation, laying a gravel base, constructing a wood frame with a waterproof membrane, incorporating metal rebar, achieving the perfect cement mix, and removing the wooden frame or mould. Let’s dive right in!

Above Ground Hot Tubs – Everything you need to know about building one!

Above ground hot tubs

Hey there, DIY hot tub enthusiast! Are you dreaming of a serene oasis right in your own backyard? Look no further than adding above ground hot tubs to your oasis – the perfect solution to unwind, rejuvenate, and create unforgettable moments of pure relaxation.

In this article, I, your trusty DIY Hot Tub design consultant, will guide you through the wondrous world of above ground hot tubs. Whether you’re a seasoned spa aficionado or a first-time soon to be hot tub builder, this blog post is packed with valuable information and helpful tips to help you make the most informed decisions.

Imagine soaking in warm, bubbling water under the open sky, surrounded by the soothing sounds of nature. Above ground hot tubs provide the ideal balance of convenience, affordability, and versatility, making them a popular choice for homeowners who crave the luxury of a spa experience without leaving their own home

So, if you’re ready to embark on a journey to transform your backyard into a personal paradise, join me as we dive into the world of above ground hot tubs. From the benefits they offer to the key considerations for selecting the perfect model, this article will equip you with the knowledge you need to create your very own hot tub haven.

Are you excited? I know I am! Let’s get started and discover how above ground hot tubs can elevate your relaxation game to new heights!

An Octagon DIY Hot Tub

Octagon Hot Tub

Not every hot tub that I design is square and this one is certainly not – it’s an Octagon Hot Tub!

This is a project I am doing with Marshall over in California USA. Marshall, like a lot of my customers knew exactly what he wanted to build but he was just not really sure about the plumbing side of things.

He has been following my blog and my YouTube Channel for some time but still needed a little “push” in the right direction to feel comfortable in getting started with the project.

This is normal!

Cold Plunge Tub; Can You Build Your Own?

Cold Plunge Tub; can you build your own

Cold Plunge Tub; can you build your own? Absolutely. Yes, I know what you are thinking, you’re the “hot tub building guy” so why would you want to help me build a cold plunge tub? Easy. The process is the same just you are using a chiller rather than a heater! I’ve actually helped quite a few people these days build cold plunge tubs. PS that is not me in the picture!

In this blog post I will cover some of the considerations you will need to think about if you are planning to build your own DIY cold plunge tub.

Determining the Perfect Heater Size for Your Pool or Hot Tub

Determining the Perfect Heater Size for Your Pool or Hot Tub

Picture yourself on a warm summer day, ready to plunge into your refreshing pool or soak in the soothing waters of your hot tub. The anticipation builds, but suddenly, you realize that the water is far from the ideal temperature you envisioned. Whether you’re a pool owner seeking to extend the swimming season or a hot tub enthusiast yearning for consistent warmth, one crucial question arises: What size heater do you need to maintain the perfect temperature?

Choosing the right heater size for your pool or hot tub is a critical aspect of ensuring optimal comfort and enjoyment. A heater that’s too small might struggle to raise the temperature adequately, leaving you shivering and disappointed. Conversely, an oversized heater can lead to excessive energy consumption, wasting resources and unnecessarily inflating your utility bills.

Adding a Spill-Over Hot Tub to An Existing Swimming Pool

Adding a Spill-Over Hot Tub

Are you dreaming of transforming your backyard into a serene and luxurious oasis? If so, you’re in the right place! In this blog post, I’ll explore some of the key considerations involved in adding a spill-over hot tub to an existing swimming pool.

This exciting project has the potential to elevate your outdoor space, creating the perfect haven for relaxation, entertainment, but you can’t go into a project like this without a plan.

Before you jump into this project headfirst, it’s essential to carefully consider a few key factors. By taking the time to plan and understand the requirements, you can ensure a successful and seamless integration that will bring you years of enjoyment.

So, let’s dive into the considerations that will guide you towards creating the backyard oasis of your dreams!

Fibreglass Hot Tub Refurbishment – Case Study

Not every DIY Hot Tub project that I work on is a new design and build. I do a lot of “rescue projects” where tubs and pool are either partly done or partly designed and the customer need help to finish things off. The other line of work that I do is refurbishments and help people get non-working tubs back in action. 

This project is more of a hybrid between a refurbishment and a new build than anything. Mark came to me wanting to remove his fibreglass hot tub that had seen better days and replace it with a poured concrete tub but keep most of the plumbing he already had.

Copper-silver ionization for Hot Tubs?

copper-silver ionization

When it comes to maintaining crystal-clear and hygienic water in your hot tub or pool, traditional methods like chlorine treatments may have been your go-to solution. However, advancements in disinfection technology have paved the way for alternative approaches that offer effective sanitization while reducing chemical usage and potential side effects. One such method gaining popularity (but I will be honest, I hadn’t heard of this before I researched for this post) is Copper-silver ionization.

Copper-silver ionization is a remarkable technique that harnesses the natural antimicrobial properties of copper and silver ions to keep hot tubs and pools clean and safe for a swimming or hot tub. By incorporating this innovative system, pool and tub owners can enjoy the benefits of thorough disinfection while minimizing the reliance on harsh chemicals like chlorine.