Just bought a float switch to connect to my current bilge pump rather then spend the extra money on an automatic pump. I'm not exactly what you would call an expert, or even an amateur for that matter, with these things so I could use some assistance if you don't mind.
I looked at the wiring instructions and the "simple" diagram merely had you connect the float switch between the power lead, coming from the panel, and the pump. I could be wrong but doesn't this defeat the purpose, i.e. the panel switch would have to be on for it to work. Also, doesn't this negate my ability to turn on the pump manually unless the float is up?
I kind of checked around and it looks like the better setup would have a power lead w/fuse, from the battery, connected straight to the float switch and then to the pump. Does this sound right? Seems like it so I'm basically just looking for confirmation. Seems like this would allow me to both turn on the pump manually and have the float power the pump automatically. If this is correct, do I just connect the second wire from the float switch to the pump along with the lead from the panel...so both the panel lead and float switch lead to the same power wire for the pump? I tried to upload a diagram but it exceeded the limit no matter how small I made it. Anyway, I appreciate any help. Thanks.