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Old 09-01-2011, 06:53 PM
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Spent the good part of a couple hours down, way down, in the bilge of a H-S 2390 Vector this afternoon trying to figure out why the Rule-a-matic float wasn't turning on the pump. Here's what I found...
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Old 09-01-2011, 06:58 PM
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What do you reccomend for an alternative?
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You've told us before. Now you've shown us. That should just about do it. Great video and much appreciated.
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Originally Posted by EODContender View Post
What do you reccomend for an alternative?
I would also like to know.
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Old 09-01-2011, 08:23 PM
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Guys, I still stick with separate floats and pumps, just the way I am. The owner of this boat told me the float is not that old. None the less, it failed. The wiring isn't even that bad, so my guess is the issue lies in the switch contacts themselves...

In buying electrical chit these days, it's almost a crapshoot, as quality has degraded almost beyond belief over the past several years. Case in point, although non-marine. The wife got a new Apple intel duo-core 2 years ago. Not an inexpensive computer. After several service calls to deal with a screen that getting "dirty" on the inside, Apple decided it was a lemon and replaced it 1 year ago with a 3.33 model (hers was a 3.06), brand new, same Applecare coverage. Guess what? Ethernet port slowly, then finally quit. Tomorrow afternoon, a tech is coming out to replace the entire logic board (read that motherboard)! For a lousy ethernet port! After a year! You know that's some bucks...

See what I mean about quality?

The owner is picking up an Attwood float tomorrow at wally world. I'll install it. How long it works? Who knows? There is a relatively new term in the Marine electrical world...DOB. Dead out of the box. Apparently, it's built into the profit margin...
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Thanks for sharing Bob, I completely agree with having seperate float switch.
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The bitch was getting down there with the meter and eliminating all the possibilities before I pulled it out. I mean, I just installed the damn thing and re-wired everything a week ago!

The boat has been completely re-wired, stem to stern. The equipment? God knows how long that will last...
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Good Job Bob.. those kind of problems are sometimes difficult to find. Get a power probe if you dont have one, they are awesome for diagnosis and testing.
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Mark- After reading your comment I was curious enough to check out the video on the Power Probe site . Will definitely be getting one of those really versatile tools & expect most of my various other good VOMs will be gathering dust, at least in terms of 12VDC applications. Thanks for the heads-up.

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Old 09-03-2011, 03:19 PM
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Just replaced my rule float switch too. Might look into using one of these next time.
http://www.waterwitchinc.com/new/Sit...01product.html
anyone tried these?
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Originally Posted by D_Westie View Post
Just replaced my rule float switch too. Might look into using one of these next time.
http://www.waterwitchinc.com/new/Sit...01product.html
anyone tried these?
I have had a Waterwitch installed for the last 3 years. It has worked flawlessly during that time. I don't have a self-bailing deck, so everything goes into the bilge.

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Originally Posted by seabob4 View Post
There is a relatively new term in the Marine electrical world...DOB. Dead out of the box. Apparently, it's built into the profit margin...
Ron Ananian (the Car Doctor) always says that "new"
stands for "Never Ever Worked."

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I've had two switches, at Atwood and a Rule, in parallel. Each of them has had temporary lapses of judgement when testing them but, so far, not at the same time.
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Originally Posted by arimaguy View Post
I have had a Waterwitch installed for the last 3 years. It has worked flawlessly during that time. I don't have a self-bailing deck, so everything goes into the bilge.

Alan
same here year #4 and still works fine.
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