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Thread: Mechanical Timer Issues

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    Mechanical Timer Issues

    We currently have a mechanical timer for our filter and pool vac. The timer looks like the one in this picture ... http://www.poolcenter.com/T30401R-In...ing-Center.jpg

    The on/off switches on the timer for the filter keep coming unscrewed and/or moving, no matter how tight we tighten them. Is it possible to remove these mechanical timers and insert digital ones into the same box, or would we need to completely replace the box with digital timers? Also, any ideas as to cost to replace the timers with digital ones?

    Thanks!

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    Re: Mechanical Timer Issues

    I have a mechanical timer and love it but it's a different style. It's divided in 30 min segments and you punch in the segments you want activated. I can run 12 and 12 or every other half hour if I was so inclined. Cost less than $50 at HD. I can't adjust the schedule for different days like a digital but I find it more versatile for every day use and easier to set when I want to make adjustments.
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    Re: Mechanical Timer Issues

    I wouldn't mind a mechanical timer ... that works. My issue is with the on/off levers slipping continuously. I just need to get something to replace the one I currently have. Unless we tighten the levers weekly, either our filter is always running, or it's not running at all due to the slipping of the on/off levers. Neither is acceptable.

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    Re: Mechanical Timer Issues

    Quote Originally Posted by trclac
    I wouldn't mind a mechanical timer ... that works. My issue is with the on/off levers slipping continuously. I just need to get something to replace the one I currently have. Unless we tighten the levers weekly, either our filter is always running, or it's not running at all due to the slipping of the on/off levers. Neither is acceptable.
    Tried Loctite on the dogs? I've never seen that happening. Could there be oil or grease on the rotating disk?
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    Re: Mechanical Timer Issues

    I have not tried Loctite. I'll look into that. The disk seems to be clean of oil and grease. BTW, I'm on my third set of these switches. Can't imagine they'd all be defective.

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    Re: Mechanical Timer Issues

    I've had some come loose and slide around the dial as it moves. I think it might be heat related. I never have any problem just putting them back on.
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