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Thread: Pool Pump Timers

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    Pool Pump Timers

    I just have a standard switch for my pump. I have to turn it off/on during the day. I have a Hayward sand filter and a 1hp 115 vac pump. 13,500 gal 24' above ground pool.

    I'm looking at digital and mechanical timers? Which ones tends to be the best?
    13,500 gallon above ground round pool. Vinyl Liner. Hayward S244T 3.1 cu ft sand filter. Hayward Powerflo 1HP pump (single speed induction). HTH 6-way test kit.

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    Re: Pool Pump Timers

    Consensus around here is that it's hard to beat an Intermatic mechanical timer for a retrofit. They wear like iron, fairly simple to install, and you can retrofit a digital timer into the Intermatic casing if you want (Tightwatt).

    I bought my Intermatic 220V at Lowes for 60 bucks, not sure of the model number.
    Kansas City, MO
    13500 gallon Foxx vinyl sport pool--inground (1988)
    Cristal-Flo sand filter
    Ray-Pak 406A digital
    1.5 HP single speed
    400 gallon Heldor inground spa, octagon

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    Re: Pool Pump Timers

    The Intermatic mechanical timers are pretty much bombproof.

    We had one at the Boy Scout camp where I worked summers when I was in college. It worked perfectly, and it must have been ten years old by then. An apartment I lived in had one that was probably even older; it was rusty but still worked. I have no complaints with mine, either, although I'm guessing it's only about 5 years old. Still, it's outside in an electrical box with no roof over it. And extra pointers are easily available if you want to set it up to go on and off more than once in a 24 hour period.
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    Re: Pool Pump Timers

    Steppinthrax-just re-read your original post. You've got an AGP with a 115V pump. If you have a plug on the end of the cord to the pump, your choices will increase. If you have a hard-wired application from a circuit breaker at a subpanel, Intermatic has a 110V application as well.
    Kansas City, MO
    13500 gallon Foxx vinyl sport pool--inground (1988)
    Cristal-Flo sand filter
    Ray-Pak 406A digital
    1.5 HP single speed
    400 gallon Heldor inground spa, octagon

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    Re: Pool Pump Timers

    I just bought an intermatic T101 online. I did some reading on these. They seem to be the best. My pump is a plug in, but the previous owner installed a hard switch between the plug and the pump, so I'll just remove that switch and replace it with this timer.
    13,500 gallon above ground round pool. Vinyl Liner. Hayward S244T 3.1 cu ft sand filter. Hayward Powerflo 1HP pump (single speed induction). HTH 6-way test kit.

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    Re: Pool Pump Timers

    A lot of us here have these timers, and like Richard and I mentioned, they are durable and reliable. Instructions are easy to follow....took me about 15 minutes to install.

    Have fun!
    Kansas City, MO
    13500 gallon Foxx vinyl sport pool--inground (1988)
    Cristal-Flo sand filter
    Ray-Pak 406A digital
    1.5 HP single speed
    400 gallon Heldor inground spa, octagon

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