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Tip #26: Installing Jumpers in a GE Timer

What is Home Depot thinking?

When I started out over 35 years ago, the two competing hardware stores were Scottys and Handy City. You could find just about anything you needed, the staffs (staves?) were both friendly and reasonably informed. The odds of finding what you needed were good. Not great, but they were good.timer repair

Then one day, Handy City was selling el crappo tools. Hard as you look, there wasn't a Scottys' Helper to find in any aisle. You couldn't fill a short shopping list in either store. And like that, both were gone.

Suddenly Home Depot burst from the heavens. Big, Bold and Everything you could imagine in a hardware Superstore! Have a problem you can't solve? Just roam the aisles of the Oracle of Depot and the solution would mystically manifest itself in your hands. Hunting for stuff was fun again!

But nothing blooms forever.

Home Depot has forsaken one of the faithful products I've relied on lo, these many years. Friends, we have abandoned a stalwart Spartan ally on the battlefield.

WHAT?

Yep, Home Depot dropped Intermatic timers. And here's what they're peddling now....

The GE Timer. You make your own Jumper Cables (astoundingly not included) for a 220 volt installation. They're asking us to trade tough mechanical parts that we know can last 30 years for delicate electronics that may not make it through the next rainstorm. It's an embarrassment.

Seriously, so no one gets hurt. Here is the official jury-rig to make this timer work on a standard 220 volt pool pump:

Make sure power to this timer is 'off'.

Cut two 8" sections of insulated #12 wire (did I mention these are purchased separately) and strip all four ends 1/2". Neatness counts timer repair

Insert one end of wire '1' into slot 'A'. The other end of wire '1' goes into slot 'D'. Tighten securely.

Insert one end of wire '2' into slot 'B'. The other end of wire '2' goes into slot 'G'. Tighten securely.

Now, you're ready to work in the Lines (A & B) and Loads ( E & H) but if you need to make a cleaner pump timer slave to this master pump timer. Hmmmmm. Anybody seen a Scottys' Helper we can ask?

And don't secure the timer box too tightly to an uneven stucco- finish wall. The screw tabs snap off pretty easily, leaving this box to dangle by the conduits.

Home Depot, tell me this isn't the start of a long, sad good-bye?

UPDATE The one GE timer we installed on a residential pool (it was painfully obvious this thing would never last in a damp commercial pool pumphouse and we can still buy Intermatic through wholesale houses and on-line) crapped out at exactly One Year and Two Weeks, so not even the warranty worked for us. And as a sad aside, Home Depot switched to selling an inferior tile grout. It now has a heavy, course sand and not nearly enough cement to do a proper job. We've stopped buying the stuff.


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