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how to install bilge pump on 1986 nitro bass boat

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how to install bilge pump on 1986 nitro bass boat
Submitted: 7 years ago.
Category: Boat
Expert:  Captain Dave replied 7 years ago.
Hello. It's actually quite simple, especially if you are installing an automatic or the type with a built-in float. First, find the lowest point in the bilge where you have physical space for the pump. Most come with a plastic mounting bracket/strainer with screw holes, so just mark the position of two screw holes, drill the appropriate size holes (the same length as the screws - don't drill through your hull) then use two short screws (about 1/2" should do) to fasten the mounting bracket in place. Snap the pump into the bracket, and route the hose over the transom - you'll need some sort of fastener to hold the hose in place - that could be as simple as wire ties to the motor mount. Finally hook up the power connection DIRECTLY to the battery - don't have it on any switched circuit. If you want to be able to cycle the pump on from a switch as well, then you will use the third wire (see the package for color codes) to a switch, but this is optional. Use heat-shrink crimp connectors to make the wiring connections, and be sure to use ring connectors to the battery - don't just wrap the wire on the battery terminal. That's all there is to it.
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