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    I need a pump timer

    My pool pump just has an on/off switch. I'd like to add a timer to automate it.
    Pump is 220v.
    So far the best deal I've seen so far is Home Depot for $68 +tax for an Intermatic T104r timer.

    Anyone know of any better deals that would work?

    I'll be doing the wiring, I'm comfortable with simple wiring jobs like this.
    In-Ground. White Marbelite plaster. 21'-7" x 38' Figure Eightish Custom diving pool with 9' deep end. 24,750 Gallons. Pentair Challenger 2 hp pump, Pentair Clean and Clear Plus CCP420 Cartridge Filter, Paramount PCC-2000 In Floor Cleaning system with Debris Canister. Pool/House was a foreclosure that sat dormant for at least 2 years, and was an actual swamp. Using BBB and POP I made it a sparkling backyard oasis. I have a TF100 kit, and I know how to use it (mostly!). This is my FIRST REAL pool, but thanks to TFP, I know what I'm doing! (mostly!).

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    Re: I need a pump timer

    the 220v will run a little more expensive than the 110 switch...that seems like a reasonable price...if you go to you local post office and pick up a change of address form, they have 10% off lowes coupons, good for up to a $500 discount with no minimum purchase...works at home depot too as they accept competitor coupons...I just did this last week on my trex order at home depot and got $190 off.
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    Re: I need a pump timer

    Do you have to actually change your address? That seems like a rather bizarre promotion. Do you just walk in with the blank form and they give you the discount?
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    nope...the coupon is in the change of address form envelope/package...just simply ask the clerk for one or usually they just sit out on the counter with the certified mail forms..it's in there along with a bunch of coupons for car/truck rental companies
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    Well, for once the post office will actually be a help rather than a hindrance. We are about to start a deck, so that sounds like a promotion that I can use.
    28 ft round Doughboy Sand Dollar II AGP, Aug 2008: 4 ft shallow, 6ft deep end: 24K gal approx Hayward Power-Flo Matrix
    1&1/2-HP 2-SPD Pump, Hayward 27-Inch Sand Filter with a little DE -(2) 4ftx20ft Solar Bear AGP Panels w/ Goldline auto-controller, 50ppm Borates And some day, maybe this year, a DECK!!!

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    yup...i split my purchase in two..as my home depot would only honor up to $200 discount as that is what their own coupons typically offer...even better if you use it at lowes...$500 off a $5000 purchase

    FYI...I also learned that if you have a large order at home depot when you go to the special services desk...let's say $2000 worth of lumber...you can ask them to send the order to the "bid room" and ask them to bid on your order...you simply state that you will be placing your order with either HD, Lowes or your local lumber yard...depending on who can give you the best price. Depending on the merchandise and it's profit margin...you can do even better than 10% off. I just couldn;t wait the 24hrs it took them to go through the bid process.
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    Re: I need a pump timer

    Wow, and here I've just been ignorantly paying the price on the label. You are a horsetrader, dman (in Texas, that is a compliment).
    As to the original poster's timer issue, we have an Intermatic timer with freeze protection: PF1103T Intermatic Freeze Protection Controller Timer with thermostat 120/240V that we got from www.pool-spa-products.com at the recommendation of this forum. It is built like a tank. We just upgraded to solar, and have a Goldline controller that is much more elaborate, but also more delicate. We will only use it during swim season, and then will coddle it all winter. Meanwhile, the Intermatic gets to rough it year round. It looks like it can take it.
    I do not have much basis for comparison on price, but that seems pretty good. pool-spa-products lists the t104R3 for $88. It amazes me how much the price can vary for the exact same thing. And one time it may be cheaper on one site, and the next day cheaper somewhere else. Crazy.
    28 ft round Doughboy Sand Dollar II AGP, Aug 2008: 4 ft shallow, 6ft deep end: 24K gal approx Hayward Power-Flo Matrix
    1&1/2-HP 2-SPD Pump, Hayward 27-Inch Sand Filter with a little DE -(2) 4ftx20ft Solar Bear AGP Panels w/ Goldline auto-controller, 50ppm Borates And some day, maybe this year, a DECK!!!

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    Re: I need a pump timer

    why thank you...hopefully you can save a few bucks.

    Good luck on the timer
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    Re: I need a pump timer

    Round 24' AGP
    13,500 gallons of cold water
    Sand filter
    BBB
    North Carolina

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    Re: I need a pump timer

    I may be too late here, but I like this one as opposed to my old manual intermatic.
    http://tightwatt.com/
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    Re: I need a pump timer

    As a followup...
    There is a Home Depot in my town, but no Lowes. The nearest Lowes is about 10 miles away. I was on some other business near the Lowes and figured I'd see if they had the timer.
    Taking the advice here, I stopped at the local post office and got a Lowes coupon first. If Lowes didn't have it, I was going to try the price match plan at HD.

    Lowes had it, with the coupon, I think I paid a total of $62.

    The wiring was a piece of cake. I removed a 220v switch (lightswitch style DPST) and replaced it with the Intermatic. It took about an hour (I wasn't rushing). It worked.

    After a couple days verifing that it could keep time, and the pump came on and went off when it was supposed to, we went on a weeks vacation, the pool kept itself nice and clean while I was gone.

    Now my pool really is Trouble Free!
    In-Ground. White Marbelite plaster. 21'-7" x 38' Figure Eightish Custom diving pool with 9' deep end. 24,750 Gallons. Pentair Challenger 2 hp pump, Pentair Clean and Clear Plus CCP420 Cartridge Filter, Paramount PCC-2000 In Floor Cleaning system with Debris Canister. Pool/House was a foreclosure that sat dormant for at least 2 years, and was an actual swamp. Using BBB and POP I made it a sparkling backyard oasis. I have a TF100 kit, and I know how to use it (mostly!). This is my FIRST REAL pool, but thanks to TFP, I know what I'm doing! (mostly!).

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