Chapter 7 Topics

7-D: Removal Access

Background Reading: 6-L: Ease of Relocation

Before you invest any more time considering the tub, consider the removal access. What’s the point of buying something that’s impossible or cost-prohibitive to move?
The more complex the access, the more stress/flex it will endure and the higher chance it will suffer damaged and/or spring leaks if moved. We often have to cut up tubs so they can be removed in sections because it’s the only way to get them out.


Measure the exterior hot tub dimensions carefully, and take into consideration the height of the dolly on which it will sit.
-Make sure that branches, shrubs and hedges have not grown in such a way that blocks the access.
-Consider any obstacles such as fences, gardens, sheds, stairs, or overhead power lines.
-Will the tub fit between the gateposts? (will the gate, latches, hinges and gate post caps need to be removed in order to make enough room?
-Be mindful of any overhead restrictions such as overhanging roof soffits, gate archways, low branches or eavestroughs.
-Is anything jutting out from the wall that could narrow the pathway width restriction, such as a stair railing, gas meter, light fixture, hose reels, tap, air conditioner or downspout?
-Consider the path from the pad to the street. it soft/muddy, loosely graveled, unevenly contoured, tilted to one side or steep?