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Hot Tub Question?
#1373752 Mon Aug 17 2020 01:34 PM
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Many years ago I bought a Big hot tub and have used it ,and enjoyed it. How ever it is now time to dispose of it. The base is rotten ( termites like hot tubs also.). The trash collectors said it is to big for the trash truck with the big claw to pick up, but if I cut it up in little pieces I can dispose of it at the dump. So how do I cut it up? I have a reciprocating saw, but don't know what kind of blade to use? I believe the tub is made of fiberglass, but may be some other composite material. Any suggestions ?


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Re: Hot Tub Question?
Tommy #1373754 Mon Aug 17 2020 01:54 PM
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I would think it is fiberglass and a wood blade should work well cutting it up.

Warning
Do it away from the house. Cover all your body with heavy clothes, including your neck, hair and goggles for your eyes.
A good N-95 face mask is also a must.
If you can get a fan blowing on your back as you cut will also help.
As soon as you are done, all the clothes you had on go into the washer, just those clothes by themselves.
You get into the shower and scrub down good.
You will still probably itch for a few days despite taking these precautions.

Don

Edit: If you can keep it wet, that will also help. Use a GFI if you are using 110 V power.

Last edited by 2-Ton; Mon Aug 17 2020 01:56 PM.

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Re: Hot Tub Question?
Tommy #1373760 Mon Aug 17 2020 02:20 PM
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Don, Thanks for the reply, I've worked with fiberglass before, Insulated houses in the early 70's and built a 24 ft. shrimp boat. So I am familiar with the Itch, and all of the cover up info. I have a 36 inch box fan that I was going to use behind me. Just wasn't sure about the kind of blade, couldn't find anything at the big box stores that was for fiberglass.


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Re: Hot Tub Question?
Tommy #1373766 Mon Aug 17 2020 02:56 PM
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thumbs_up. What Don said.


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Re: Hot Tub Question?
Tommy #1373774 Mon Aug 17 2020 03:26 PM
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I worked with composites for 30 years. Fiberglass isn't difficult to cut. Like Don said any blade that will cut wood should do just fine. Carbon fiber on the other hand will eat up normal cutting tools like a cop in a donut shop.


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Re: Hot Tub Question?
Tommy #1373775 Mon Aug 17 2020 03:33 PM
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Another approach would be to use a thin cutoff wheel in a small angle grinder. You'll probably make less, but somewhat finer debris that way due to the thinner kerf the blade makes. I use my angle grinder on a lot of non-ferrous stuff, and it does a pretty good job. Just be sure to make straight cuts only- - - -those thin cutoff wheels don't like any side pressure at all and when one shatters, it's impressive!

Quick, and extremely dirty- - - -use a chain saw!
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Re: Hot Tub Question?
Tommy #1373777 Mon Aug 17 2020 04:24 PM
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"Like a Cop in a Donut shop"?
Wait till Martin sees this!
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Re: Hot Tub Question?
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Re: Hot Tub Question?
Tommy #1373786 Mon Aug 17 2020 04:51 PM
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Put it on Craigslist for free. I have seen much worse items listed. If no interest in a week or two, do like Don said.

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Re: Hot Tub Question?
Tommy #1373823 Mon Aug 17 2020 08:43 PM
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As long as it is fiberglass you'll be ok to cut it as per above. Personally I'd choose the chain saw because you'll be finished tout de suite. If on the other hand it was made from cultured marble (which is possible but very uncommon) it will be something you'd be better off paying somebody to haul away. Probably 99% of those around here are just plain old fiberglass. 4 years ago we had to remove a cultured marble tub. First we cut it into 6 pieces using a cutoff wheel like Jerry said. The lightest of those felt like it weighed about 120 pounds and I'm certain the heaviest easily weighed over 200 pounds. I took it all out to the curb for pickup but by the 6th piece it was Miller time for me.


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