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    Can someone recommend a timer

    Can someone recommend a timer for our above-ground pool? It's running a Hayward 1hp pump and we're going to add an Intex SWG to it. A while ago, I bought an Intermatic from Home Depot that said it was for pools, but the thing caught fire, and we ended up having to replace the pump.

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    Re: Can someone recommend a timer

    Quote Originally Posted by lbulmer
    but the thing caught fire
    That sounds like improper installation to me. I've never before heard of an intermatic timer catching fire; those things are built very well.
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    Re: Can someone recommend a timer

    It was an inexpensive one, and although it said it was for pools, it may have been for smaller ones. It was just a plug-in timer, and the pumped plugged into it. It wasn't hardwired.
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    Re: Can someone recommend a timer

    Oh, OK. A plug-in timer, as in a little box that plugs into the wall with switches on it? That's strange that it would be recommended for pools...those things aren't made to handle much juice.

    An intermatic mechanical timer like this is what many people (including myself) use.
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    Re: Can someone recommend a timer

    While the Intermatic mechanical timers are the Mac-Daddy of pool timers, I've been running an electronic Intermatic timer for over a year starting our 1½hp pump 3 times a day and it's held up well so far. I'm not sure how it'd hold up with a pump and SWCG though.

    You need to look for one that's rated in hp to match your pump. That way you'll know it's designed to handle starting your pump.
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    I have a TORK hard wired before the GFI. PB got it at Lowe's I think. Price was about 85.00
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    Re: Can someone recommend a timer

    How about the Hayward Timer Microprocessor SP1500FT? Anyone have any experience with it? We have a Hayward pump that it would work on.
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    I have 3 Intermatic timers, two mechanical and one digital. No problems what so ever.
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    Re: Can someone recommend a timer

    I have been using Intermatic mechanicals since 1970. They are really reliable. I have had them fried due to lightning, and all I had to do was swap the clock motor. (Don't believe that stuff about it doesn't strike twice.) Try that with a digital!
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