Deck around a swim spa

by Bill
(Waterloo, Ontario)

I'm putting a swim spa into an inground concrete bunker and will build a deck around it. I have been advised to keep the deck joists a minimum of 6 inches away from the pool and the deck boards at least 2-3 inches away.

If I have my deck boards running lengthwise beside the pool (20 ft long), what is the best way for me to close that gap from the joist to the pool. Ideally, I would like to make the deck boards along the pool removable so I can get close to the pool and remove them when I have to access the pool panels but the supporting frame would also need to be removable.

I'm open to suggestions. I looked to see if there was some sort of molding I could use but I'm not having much luck on how to do this.


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Mar 30, 2023
swim spa
by: Anonymous

yes you should keep the deck a little away but not two or three inches in my opinion , keep the deck boards away about 3/4 of an inch or so and make sure that the screws that hold on the panels are not behind the framing . the panels are about 3/8 of an inch and you should be able to slide the panels to one side or the other , don't forget to put your crawl hole on the equipment side for easy access . it also depends on how high the deck is sometimes a comfortable height is about 18 inches below the top of tub . I have been a carpenter for 40 years now and helped repair hot tubs and swim spas for a friend of mine and yes we ran into decks we could not access the equipment so one of them I cut the panels to get to the equipment . you got to take in your mind that these hot tub panels are pretty much garbage LOL

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