About two months later we found a reasonable electrician to run the power to the back of the house and fire up the tub. The tub needed a major makeover. The cover was shot and the wooden sides were covered in mildew and dirt. Fortunately the heater was in good shape. Here is what Josh did…he eventually lightly pressure washed the sides, and then used a wood cleaner by Cabot. Cleaned up very nice, but now it needed to be stained and protected. For the stain he used Cabot Pro VT wood and siding stain that was tinted barn door red. He used a Spar Varnish to protect it. Then he had his Dad take the hot tub cover to Ohio (where they live) where an Amish man would re-do it. We had a cover made and then a cover made for the cover. The cover was gray and the sides were red, kind of Ohio State looking. The chemicals were purchased, new cover, lights and the fountain worked, life was good! We did have several nice evenings looking at the stars enjoying the hot tub and living the Florida life, but after a while just like everything it gets old. The chemicals aren’t cheap; not exactly easy to keep the levels balanced either. So every 2 months or so Josh would simply drain the tub and start over, no big deal. We have had some minor problems with the tub, but really nothing he couldn’t fix. It is just the upkeep and really the cost to keep it running. We will probably fire it up when family and friends come into town, but as of now it sits, empty. Would we do it again? No. Was it a mistake? No. Was it free? Absolutely not. So what is the point? Well the point is nothing in life is free.