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post #8 of Old 01-20-2013
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Re: Bilges - On vs. Automatic; Capacity?

I have two pumps. One is a typical marine bilge pump with a float switch. It is on it's own electrical buss which i can leave on with the batteries in off to other house loads. The other is a basic (an inexpensive) Sears AC sump pump with it's own float switch (above the DC pump's) that runs direct from AC shore power. I figure that the latter gives me a very high capacity back-up which will run if my DC system some how fails). You can get a counter that tells you total bilge pump run time to track the problem of a chronic leak.

Walt Elliott
Kingston WA
Puget Sound
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