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In this guide, we’ll show you how to cut up a hot tub for removal or disposal. Getting rid of an old hot tub is not as easy as you might think. If you have an old hot tub just gathering dust in your backyard, there are several steps that you need to take to get rid of it.
In the following paragraphs, we will talk about some of the simplest steps that you need to follow to cut up the hot tub without having to hire a professional. Hiring one is generally not something that most people want, primarily because it’s just an added expense.
How To Cut Up A Hot Tub For Removal Or Disposal
The first thing that you need to do is check the connection. Is your hot tub connected to a gas or electrical supply unit? You may want to remove all associated cables and pipes hooking up the hot tub before you get started.
You will need to turn off the power supply, and then remove the cables. If there is a gas connection, turn off the gas from the main valve, and then unhook the connection. More importantly, you have to stop the water supply as well.
If there is a water pipe connecting with the hot tub, it might be a wise idea to remove that as well. Finally, before you get started, you have to remove all of the water from within the tub.
It’s going to be filled with chemicals, so it’s recommended that you avoid letting it flow into your garden or backyard. Use a hose and let the water drain straight into your gutter.
What Equipment Do You Need?
There are several things that you are going to need if you want to cut up your hot tub the right way. The first step is to invest in a jigsaw.
Jigsaws are needed for the smooth cutting process. You will want to wear safety glasses and gloves when dealing with such powerful equipment as well.
More importantly, you are going to want to buy a hammer and a screwdriver. Both of these are needed, especially if you have a hot tub that is secured with screws. Once you have all of these things at the ready, it’s time to get started!
The first step is to make sure that every electrical connection to your hot tub has been removed. If there is any electrical wiring, get rid of it. If they are permanently attached, you can just cut them off after turning the supply off.
Remember, you should also remove all of the nails and the screws within the hot tub, and place them in the mainframe. This is necessary to disassemble the hot tub and get rid of any additional components that have been added on top of it.
Once you have removed that and just the frame is left, you can then start with the cutting process. Before you start, you may want to put on the safety equipment.
Can You Cut up a Hot Tub with a Chainsaw?
Yes, you can. Once you wear the safety equipment and have everything ready, you should start cutting the hot tub properly.
Remember, when you start using a reciprocating chainsaw on your hot tub, it’s likely to cause a lot of debris to fly around. Make sure that you have the safety equipment on.
It will require a bit of force from your end to cut the hot tub properly. You will need to run the chainsaw directly from the middle for a clean cut.
In some cases, however, you don’t necessarily have to cut it straight from the middle. Instead, you might want to just cut small pieces so that they are easy to dispose of later on.
Once you have cut everything up properly, the next step is to collect all of the trash. If you can, rent a small skip so that you can just put everything in there instead of carrying it away piece by piece.
Remember, when you cut the hot tub, there are going to be a few pieces that may have sharp edges. This will make it difficult for you to handle them properly, so it’s best to have your gloves on when you are picking up the pieces.
Why Not Sell it?
As you can see, cutting up the hot tub and then discarding it is quite a bit of hassle. If you want to take an easier alternative, why not sell it?
Hot tubs are still considered a luxury for many people, and if you want to get rid of yours quickly, why not put it up for sale? Platforms such as Craigslist are a great option because they allow you to sell the hot tub in “as is” condition as well.
For instance, if your hot tub doesn’t work, you can just put it online with a low price, and someone is bound to make an offer and take it from you.
Hire a Professional
However, if you have decided that selling the hot tub is not in your best interest and just want to cut it up, it might be a wise idea to play it safe and hire a professional to cut it up for you.
A professional can easily cut up the hot tub and they don’t even charge a lot for their services. In most cases, you can have the hot tub cut up for a small amount of under $200.
It’s generally a much safer option because the professionals are also going to discard all of the waste material, thus leaving your property neat and clean afterward.
It’s an excellent idea for people who don’t want to go through all the hassle of cutting up the hot tub all by themselves.
Even if you do decide to cut up the tub on your own, you have to understand that the whole thing should only take a few hours at the most!
Hello, my name is David Zal and I’m a plumber with more than 20 years of experience based in Englewood (Florida). I like to teach normal people how to make easy fixes in their homes. I believe that a lot can be achieved just with DYI and that’s why I started this blog.