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I'm trying to wire a 12v bilge manual pump to a

I'm trying to wire a 12v manual bilge pump to a battery using a push button switch. The pump has a black wire and brown (+) wire. The switch has two terminals. Do I run the wires from the pump to the switch, and run separate wires from the battery to the switch, so each switch terminal has 2 wires in it? I'm not using a fuse or float switch. I'm also not running any other accessories on the boat, except electric start.

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You run your hot wire to the switch (brown) and black wire to the pump (+ve connection). Then from the pump run another wire to the negative terminal of your battery. I used to use a toggle switch on mine, but I do not use a starter motor, still all the lights, radio and echo sounder are connected to it (via a junction box). The only item I fuse is my echo sounder.

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