Best to Seal Switch for Bilge Pump?

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Best to Seal Switch for Bilge Pump?

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What is best to seal the switch for Bilge Pump. I used a big gob of Silicone in the past. What have others found to work well?
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The Very Best I found thus Far

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Not the Cheapest, But The Most reliable I found thus Far.
And the One I use in all My Pump set-ups.


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I have always bought a marine grade switch for mine...
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I just buy off the shelf at the hardare store and goop the bugger. Seems to work well and cheaper in the long run.... at least for me.
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After two switch failing even beeing really nice sealed I am going marine switch on my next one too. With succion/pressure from temp changes water's always getting in somehow. :evil:
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Post by Smurfwarrior »

I like to use Marine rocker switches ($25ish) after going through a bunch on heavy duty normal switches both sealed and unsealed. My biggest issue is damaging the switch by hitting it. Rocker switches that are countersunk into foam are the answer.
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Standard 99 cent light switch - just don't use it in the ocean.
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I second the .99 cent light switch from home depot. Fancy $10-20 waterproof switches dont last long. a cheap light switch has solid connections and will last a long time. I dont even waterproof any of the connections in any of my boats unless you're using lithium batteries. keep them dry.

if you get the light switch. take a pair of pliers and bend the ears a few time to break them off. These switches aren't bulky at all.
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http://www.aircraftspruce.com/catalog/e ... switch.php

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I've even had a Marine waterproof switch fail on me. Now I go to Ace hardware and buy a regular toggle switch and a bottle of Re-Rack. Re-Rack is the stuff that is used to repair dishwasher racks when the coating starts to wear off. The bottle has a little brush connected inside the cap. I give the switch lots of layers of Re-Rack. I haven't had a bad switch since.

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THinking about batteries and switches again, I searched the forum and came up with these :

http://www.batteryspace.com/component-s ... ector.aspx

that would go with these...

http://www.batteryspace.com/waterbottle ... eplug.aspx

http://www.batteryspace.com/connectorad ... lcord.aspx


Hmmm...
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Waterproof

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Not sure how waterproof That Bottle is !, I can tell you from My experience that those Poly-switches and PCB's that are mounted to the Batteries via a Circuit board Absolutely cannot get wet.
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:o I just got one of the waterproof bottles. Hopefully it works out. anyone have problem with them? The one thing I don't care for is the hard wired cable comming out of it. Looks like headphone cable. I had to strip some insulation off to strip the conductors a bit. Didn't care for it. Was thinking about removing it and putting my own cable on but the bottle is sealed shut. If this thing craps out, I will have to hack it apart.
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