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Discussion in 'Do It Yourself (Not Computer-Related)' started by johnpost, Nov 4, 2006.

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  1. johnpost

    johnpost Thread Starter

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    hello,

    got a 3rd hand hot tub, needs repair.

    some leaks to fix.

    biggest issue. it has two manual valves underneath
    in the water line on either side of circulating
    pump. the manual valve on the inlet to the pump
    is broken. i can understand the utility
    of valve on the outlet
    side of the pump, closing it prevents water from
    going into filter, when a hose is connected and
    that hose valve open it allows you to empty
    the tub. what are the uses for the valve on
    the inlet side of the pump. there is very slim
    chance of gluing together, but i doubt. there
    is a very short pipe stub on each side of valve
    (the rest is fittings, 'flex' pipe) that I might
    be able to glue up pipe to and do without
    a valve there.


    a jet fitting the white plastic (behind trim ring) is
    broken, inside of it pulls off, jet assembly and
    rest of white plastic is still attached/glued/caulked
    to tub. maybe can just glue together.


    thanks
     
  2. Rockn

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    Glueing is not a solution, only a bandaid that will eventually fail. Your best bet is to get factory replacement or aftermarket parts and fix it corrently.
     
  3. johnpost

    johnpost Thread Starter

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    thanks for reply.

    what is utility of manual valve to pump inlet (i know it shuts the flow) but
    what are the uses for that. i realize the outlet valve being closed allows
    pumping out the tub out the garden hose connected just upstream of
    it.

    for the inlet valve there are short stubs if i cut it out and could replace
    with a straigth pipe, i may have just enough to glue up a coupling.

    is the flex piping used commonly pvc? can i cut and glue to that
    with common pvc parts?

    thanks
     
  4. JohnWill

    JohnWill Retired Moderator

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    I had a hot tub for 10 years, I used standard PVC pipe and fittings to repair several leaks. There should be no issue us doing that. I suspect one of the reasons for the inlet valve is to remove the pump for service without draining the tub.
     
  5. johnpost

    johnpost Thread Starter

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    Thanks.

    That would be the only use I could guess for an inlet valve, but they appear to
    not be very tight gate valves so it would be a wet swap.

    It will be a spring project, the tub is outside and too cold to repair. I pulled
    the heater/pump/blower and have in basement. I sucked out the hoses,
    jets, filter housing and pipes with a larger shop vac. So I think it's set
    for winter.

    thanks again.
     
  6. JohnWill

    JohnWill Retired Moderator

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    Good luck. Other than the tight quarters working on it, I didn't have any particular issues with the plumbing repairs. Mine was also outside, and built into a deck, so I needed to be shaped like a pretzel to get to some of the plumbing. :)
     
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