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Old 05-11-2007, 11:31 PM   #1
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Well, to make a long story short.... I am finishing my garage into a rec room. The house is build into a hill, so on the exposed side, you can pull into the garage, which is the same level as the basement.

Instead of using block to fill in the one of the garage doors, I want to leave it. I will hide the track in the ceiling and walls, and maybe have some big bifold doors so I can totally hide the garage door.

Right inside by the garage door, I want a hot-tub...on a motorized track or something, so I can open the garage door and move the hot tub outside. Outside I will have a nice little area to relax, not seen by the neighbors, and enjoy the sounds of the night while I soak my aching muscles from this w$rk I've been doing. I'll also have the option of having it inside to watch TV and relax. It would also lend itself well to having some fun while entertaining.

How should I go about making the hot tub fully portable AND the garage door fully water proof...which it is not right now. A bit of water will leak under the door during a heavy rain.

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Old 05-12-2007, 08:10 PM   #2
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How big is the hot tub? Water weighs 8 pounds per gallon, so a 300 gallon tub will weigh 2400 pounds (about the weight of a small car) in water, plus the weight of the tub itself. This is why tubs are usually put in one spot and left there. You will need a substantial chassis if you want to make it moveable.

You can get a new seal for the bottom of the door at bLowes or Home Despot.
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Hehe I want to see pictures when you get the rig set up
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Re: I want to build a moveable hot-tub...can you help?

Sorry i didnt see you guys responded! I will certianly post pics when the time is right....but thats probably a year or so down the road.

So far my plan seem to be a welded, steel chassis (I know a good metal fabricator) on wheels, and 2 electric, quiet winches. I have to refin my plans though because what i am picturing will look too 'monster garage' for me!


btw i always thought water weighed 12 lbs/gallon? ill have to go google it now...
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So far my plan seem to be a welded, steel chassis (I know a good metal fabricator) on wheels, and 2 electric, quiet winches. I have to refin my plans though because what i am picturing will look too 'monster garage' for me!
I've been holding back, but now that a technical solution has been identified I have to say that every time we've managed to make a hot tub move we've all regretted it...
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... and 2 electric, quiet winches.
I like your thinking. No hot tub is complete without a couple of wenches.

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Maybe you could think about ways to "open up" the garage more in nice weather (extra windows, doors?) rather than hauling the hot tub out? Hard to imagine w/o a picture of how far it's effectively buried in the hill, though.

I don't think a door seal alone is going to do much for rain infiltration. I would look into a raised sill, or better yet digging a drainage trench across the door opening, covered with a heavy-duty grate one could walk or (in the future) drive over.
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thefed,

I got it! Buy another garage door opener and 2 pulleys. Lay the new track on the floor leading outside. Couple to the existing chain drive and PRESTO! You hit the remote and the "Love Boat" sets sail out the door!
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I got it! Buy another garage door opener and 2 pulleys. Lay the new track on the floor leading outside. Couple to the existing chain drive and PRESTO! You hit the remote and the "Love Boat" sets sail out the door!
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That sounds pretty good, but do you think a 1.5 HP motor is going to be able to move a multi-thousand pound hot tub? Thems better be some low-friction sleds! Ball bearings, anyone?
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Do it FED you can make it happen! Another good idea would be to have those disco globes above it too.
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