Making an in-deck hot tub cover ~ ideas?
Posted June 19 2006 - 11:41 AM
Would that work, or am I completely nuts and have to spend a gazillion for a fancy pre-made cover? I'd like to make this with a minimal expense. Any ideas???
What sort of wood would I need, and what epoxy? I also want to paint it so it's not hideous (the little lady-to-be may not appreciate it ), so would the paint go on the wood first, or on top of the epoxy?
Pretend like I have no idea what I'm doing.....
Posted June 19 2006 - 11:44 AM
Posted June 19 2006 - 11:52 AM
Even if they opened flat, you'd still hafta latch em down, and would hafta lose all that square footage for the doors.
Posted June 19 2006 - 12:18 PM
Posted June 19 2006 - 12:22 PM
Originally Posted by Kings over Queens
Hinge it in the middle so it folds up in half and is removable. That's how my neighbors works.
Maybe a foam gasket glued to the lid running the perimeter of the tub?
Keep more stuff out.
Posted June 19 2006 - 01:12 PM
Posted June 19 2006 - 01:13 PM
I like the idea of making the hard cover removable! The middle hinge idea is exactly what my soft cover is now. Two pieces connected by a thin piece of vinyl that fold together. I would have to work out a bracketting system of some kind around the edge where I could still lock it down, though, as THAT is my main concern!! I need it to be secure enough to where nobody can get in without unlocking it. I'll come up with something, unless ya'll have some other suggestions...
Thanks for the tips!!! Moy helpful! Anything else I should think of??
BTW, no one named Armondo is coming within 1000 ft of my house when my sweet little hottie is in her bikini in our spa....!!!
Posted June 19 2006 - 04:29 PM
Posted June 19 2006 - 05:14 PM
Originally Posted by jobsite
If you're using plywood, you're going to want a perimeter stiffener... like at least a 1x3 or similar screwed to the edge of the plywood. This should keep it from bowing or twisting in the sun and rain. This "lip" would also keep it in place over the tub wall. As far as securing it, why not a simple hinged padlock clasp... put one side on the 1x3 and the other to the decking.
That was my thinking.
Locked in two or four places.
Ya cant never be too safe and secure
Posted June 19 2006 - 07:08 PM
Posted June 19 2006 - 07:52 PM
Posted June 22 2006 - 01:14 PM
Originally Posted by JEEPSTER
If you want to get really fancy you could do a roll off cover out to decking boards. Do you have a picture of it so we could start designing something. Now you got my brain turning.
Sorry for the delay. Lots of other stuff going on lately. Took these pics this morning. As you can see, I have ample room around the hot tub for whatever I have to do. The cover is an unattached insulation cover that slides on and off, not permanently attached. The two tiny rocks hold it down from the hurricane force winds (my personal high-tech invention). The tub itself is about 6'x6' square.
I was initially thinking of making 2 hinged covers (one on each side) using the soft cover as a template. Now I'm thinking about making a removable hard cover, still with the soft cover as a template, but making it latch down (and lockable) to the deck somehow. Any other ideas?
Tub with cover on:
Tub with cover off:
Lip around edge of tub:
View of tub from other side:
Posted June 22 2006 - 01:25 PM
1/2 (PT) Plywood for the deck, hinged in the middle.
Foam insulation glued underneath (?) to help retain heat.
Marine upholstory glued to the exterior.
Simple latch hardware and padlocks (keyed to like) on the two sides for security.
Shouldn't take more than a couple of hours.
Posted June 22 2006 - 02:17 PM
Sorry, brain dead. Probably the most stupid question EVER brought up on SOL.....
What does "PT" stand for?
Posted June 22 2006 - 02:29 PM