I really hate cleaning out my hot tub. Here in Florida, even if you overdose your tub with chemicals, you’re bound to see algae and scale buildup when you get close to the six-month cleaning. I especially hate trying to remove that 10-15 gallons at the bottom, below the drain pipe. Today, instead of my classic method of bucket removal and swearing, I broke out my Craftsman two-gallon portable wet/dry vac.
This little wet/dry vac sports a 1-1/2 HP motor that fills the two-gallon tank in about five seconds and rips up stubborn algae in the process. The lid removes easily for quick filling, dumping, and repeating when removing large quantities of water, and because you’re only filling it up two gallons at a time, it’s light enough to manage safely in slippery situations. It also includes three nozzle attachments and a dry vacuum filter.
You can find the Craftsman Clean N Carry two-gallon wet/dry vac at Sears for $30 — a small price to pay for not slipping to your death in a half-filled hot tub.