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Old 04-29-2010, 11:02 PM   #1
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Trim Around Hot Tub??


My dad just got this new hot tub installed on his deck. What would be a good way to trim around the edge of it? There's a 2" gap around the entire hot tub between the decking and the side of it, which I want to cover.

I had envisioned hiring a guy who does custom millwork to create some molding to go around the entire thing, tricky part would be making it go around the corners, which is something he can handle. But now there's a metal bar supporting the lid which I didn't expect to be there. I can't think of a way to trim around that to make it look good. Ideas?




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Old 04-29-2010, 11:39 PM   #2
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stagger cut seams on deck boards, tear out and replace with deck boards that will butt into hot tub. If the cover bar coming up through the deck moves when the lid is opened and closed be shure to leave enough room to accomodate this movement. If your dad does not want to random seam cut the deck boards then you could either build a step platform around the tub flush to tub rim or use a 2x12 on the flat and picture frame around tub. You would need to shape the 2x12 around the tub so the corners get covered. Just a couple of ideas.

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the bar doesn't move.
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Old 04-30-2010, 01:20 AM   #4
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If your dad does not want to random seam cut the deck boards then you could either build a step platform around the tub flush to tub rim or use a 2x12 on the flat and picture frame around tub. You would need to shape the 2x12 around the tub so the corners get covered. Just a couple of ideas.
This is what I would do, build it up with a step flush around so your beer is easy to reach
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i like the platform idea . just build a 2x box then deck it in running the decking into the hottub and scribe the boards so there fairly close but not snug to the tub
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I like the stair idea too and I did suggest that, but it's already set at the right height so you can just step in. He likes the idea of just replacing all the boards so they but right into the tub. I think I will wait for my millwork guy to look at it, see if he has a better idea.
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You will be surprised at how
non rot resistant that cabinet is.
I wouldn't want anything tight
to it, that will hold moisture there.
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You will be surprised at how
non rot resistant that cabinet is.
I wouldn't want anything tight
to it, that will hold moisture there.
I didn't look at it real close, but I think it's plastic.
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I didn't look at it real close, but I think it's plastic.
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The siding may be plastic, but I bet the framing underneath is fir or yp. Most of those spas are made to last just long enough to get past the warranty period.

Those cover holders are not made/designed for spa that are sunk in like the one shown.
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I get calls a lot on rotted out hot tub frames and skirting. It would be a steady business but few Folks are willing to spend $900 to $1800 on a repair.

Latley the plastic skirting on some of them is a good idea but that wont help the frame underneith soaking up rain water or the moisture from down below being sucked up. They all still have non pt. wood frames using the cheepest material they can find. They are just not made to be installed that way. J.

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Someone here mentioned raising it a bit , That is an excellent idea. IMO, I would build a hallow form out of Trex or comparable material, mill the outside edging with a triple oge profile on the L/R and face ledge-forget the back- I know the top flips up in the back. I would build it just even with the top of the HT maybe 6-8" wide and maybe a sloped face of 22.5 degrees to give it some dimension and character . I would also add that you may want to make this so that it can easily be removed. JMPO
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Comparable material to trex......Man the choices are just flashing in frount of me

Mabey a wrecked hugo, or nuclear waste. J.
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Those cover holders are not made/designed for spa that are sunk in like the one shown.
Now that I think about it, you're probably right. I found this one:



Which would make it a lot easier to trim around it. Now I'm thinking about telling the idiot that sold him the spa to rip it off and put on the proper style cover.

Nevermind, guess this other style wouldn't fit, it would make it too close to the house I think. So we're stuck with this one.

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