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    Timer Recommendations

    Pool construction was completed at the end of last season. We are now trying to complete the electrical before the pool is opened this week. I would like to use a timer to control the pump and SWG. However, since we have bubblers in the wet deck I'm not sure which timer would work best. Would one of the Intermatic mechanical timers found at Lowes work? I can't tell if these would have the manual override to allow us to activate the pump to start the bubblers.

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    Re: Timer Recommendations

    The Mechanical Intermatic timers are near bulletproof and have a lever you can throw to turn the pump on/off whenever you want (with one caveat ... if the time happens to be very close to where the pin would trip the lever off, you can not manually turn it on due to mechanical interference).
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    Re: Timer Recommendations

    I have an intermatic T104R. It lets you switch it on and off manually whenever you want. When the timer gets back to whatever time you have it set for it will turn it back off on its own. I think they all have that feature.


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    Re: Timer Recommendations

    Thank you for the quick replies. To follow up on this. Is there any problem with installing the timer, SWG and light control pannels indoors? We have a finished basement and our pool equipment is located just outside and adjacent to our main breaker box.
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    Timer Recommendations

    As long as it is installed to code, shouldn't be any problem.

    Edit: I believe you would still have to have a disconnect by the equipment to be up to code.

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    Re: Timer Recommendations

    I have the T101PCD82 http://www.intermatic.com/en/Product...T101PCD82.aspx

    Intermatic mechanical timers are the way to go. They are limited to 1 hour separations between ON/OFF but I can't think of a reason I'd ever need it closer together than that.

    You could certainly install them indoors but that wouldn't be very user friendly. For normal daily usage I'm sure that would be fine, but during start up, cleaning other duties where you want control of the pool, by or within sight of the pool, that would be a pain.
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    Re: Timer Recommendations

    We have a walk out basement with windows facing the pool where the controls would be mounted. No windows facing the pool equipment. Would this be ok or is it best to keep the timer outside with pump & SWG?

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    Re: Timer Recommendations

    I too have the dual Intermatic mechanical timer and it has been pretty good except for the freeze protection switches. I've had two failed switches in the past 8 years. Second failure was this winter and very costly.
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    Re: Timer Recommendations

    Trusting any freeze protection is risky at best. Easy enough to make sure you run the pump with the temps drop overnight. That is what I do.
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    Re: Timer Recommendations

    Electrical is now finished. I had the controls for the SWG, lights and timer installed in our finished basement. A on/off switch was also installed outside near the pump and SWG.



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