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Old 09-11-2006
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Question Bilge Pump Problem

Here's the latest - life is good on the boat - I have started renovations and evicted all the fleas and some of the termites, installed new lighting, and bought rugs.

Recently, I noticed that both my bilge pumps are not going on. I checked the pumps and they are both working - the switches also are working... but yet the whole system won't turn on automatically when the water rises like it used to.

Could this be a problem with my wiring? I check the bilge every other day and can run the pumps manually, but how do I fix this problem?
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Booty...sounds like your automatic float switch is not working. Check it to see if something like a hose is holding it down or if the wiring is simply corroded.
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Float switches are notorious for failing, so it is a good idea to put each pump on a separate float switch if they only share one now. And wiring in the bilges is equally notorious for going bad. For some reason, pump and switch makers seem to think 6" long wires are good enough...when they could just as easily give us 24" and let the splices be made and kept ABOVE the bilge water.

It helps to think of bilge pumps and float switches as "consumables", not "equipment".
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OK - good to know - I will try to get in there this weekend and take some photos and work on redoing some of the wiring to start.

Thanks!
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I've rigged float switches in my friend's bilge that keep the entire switch out of the bilge. Basically, I used a foam float, attached to a rod in a piece of PVC tubing to activate the switch, while keeping the switch high and dry.
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Wink Update

Well, I wrangled two fellas out to my boat on Sunday and it was fabulous - they wrestled with my sink for a good part of the day and installed a new faucet.

I LOVE MY NEW FAUCET - it is everything a gal like me wants... ahhhhhh.

They also helped me find some fun stuff in the "garage" area of my boat and "ta da" they produced the BBQ I've been wanting that attaches to the rail.

Beefcake was very excited about that.

They also helped me fugure out how to fix up my windows so I will be ready for the rain. Another fun weekend aboard the sink pot.

I love living on the sea!
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I LOVE MY NEW FAUCET - it is everything a gal like me wants... ahhhhhh.
I want one that washes and dries the dishes for me, and puts them away... Failing that, I'll settle for a pullout with spray.
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Window Sealant

You can get that, just find a good mate. Mine cleans regularly (and cooks like Emeril)!

Next plan for the boat - convince my lil bro to come out and look at the wiring after installing the new kitchen lights I just bought...

Also - here's my question - does anyone know of a good marine sealant to use where the windows attach to the boat to stop the leaks? I'm also looking for strips of that fuzzy stuff that sits between the window panes - forget what it's called.
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For sealant, try "LifeSeal." Comes in a tube (like caulking), is very easy to work, and comes in clear, white, or black. Not sure what fuzzy stuff you mean, just hardware-store-variety weatherstripping?
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Thanks for the advise and yes, I did mean weatherstripping - you are a mindreader. As we had our first rain yesterday, I will get on this pronto.

Also, some news on the bilge. After a little more exploring, I found (with the help of a friendly neighbor) that my front bilge's float switch was not attached properly and simply floated up on top of the water, so all I will need to do to fix it is attach it properly which I can do myself.

The pump in the back works, but it looks like I need to replace the switch. Both are minor repairs and I am so glad to be learning how to do things myself.

All the best!
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