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pmoyer 04-17-2007 04:17 PM

Quick question - bilge pump float switch
 
I have installed a new bilge pump, with float switch, in my soggy bilge. The only problem is that the float switch, well, floats. I'm disinclined to poke a hole in my hull by screwing it to the bottom. What's the best way to attach the float switch base?

Cheers!

Boasun 04-17-2007 04:22 PM

After you have dried out the bilge. epoxy a mount to the bottom of the bilge for your float switch.

Also if you have found the hole where the water is coming in. Drill a hole next to it for the water to flow out. :rofl

Isn't that what elmer fudd did??

sailingdog 04-17-2007 04:42 PM

One of the better ways to mount a float switch is to mount it to a long, skinny vertical board or piece of PVC pipe. Then you can use screws or other methods to mount the board or pipe in a location that positions the float switch where it needs to be. The bilge pump should be mounted to the same board/pipe. That way, if you need to service it, you can just pull it up and work on it.

stoutwench 04-17-2007 04:43 PM

Our bilge is fairly deep, so we attached the switch to piece of aluminum in the shape of a "L". The top of the "L" is just under the engine and the weight keeps it from floating and allows us to easily remove it from the bilge.

Roger


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