Replacing switch with timer issue.

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Old 07-25-18, 04:34 PM
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Replacing switch with timer issue.

We have a switch operating an exterior light with power being carried on via the 3 wire from switch to 3 separate plugs on deck. All operates fine until I replace switch with Leviton timer. Tester shows "open neutral" but does NOT show that if simple paddle switch is left in.
 
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Old 07-25-18, 04:40 PM
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We'd need to know what you have for wiring at the switch.
Is it JUST a single three wire cable ?
If yes.... one wire will be hot, white will be neutral and the third wire is switched.
 
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Old 07-25-18, 05:33 PM
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14/2 coming in direct from pony panel in garage...14/3 going to light fixture...14/2 from light fixture to remaining plugs.
When I had simple switch wired up...whites married off together, black in and black out to one terminal on switch and red to the other terminal...everything works fine.

when I replace with a timer trouble arises.
 
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Old 07-25-18, 06:14 PM
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If I'm following you and light is before the receptacles.

Power im black pigtailed to timer line in and black of 3-conductor cable.
Red of 3-conductor cable to timer load out.
All whites together.
Red and white to lights.
Black and whites out to first receptacle.

If your switch was intended for either a single switch situation or a 3-way switch you may have a wire left over unused.
 

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Old 07-26-18, 04:58 AM
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You are correct regarding sequence of fixtures and that is switch - light - receptacle.

Would I treat this is a 3-way situation? I have followed the Leviton instructions as if it's a 3way so perhaps that's my issue...there is NOT a second switch beyond the light.

I will try your suggestion today...thx for your attention.
 
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Old 07-26-18, 05:03 AM
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If there is only one switch it is not a 3-way. If you tell me the colors on the timer and their function I can give you a diagram if needed.
 
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Timer has black, white, red, yellow (apparently for 3way use) and green(ground).

I have black and white into switch box and black, red and white going out to light.
 
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Here is a diagram to try:
 
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BINGO!!! Thanks very much for your help...much appreciated!!!
 
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Old 07-26-18, 10:45 AM
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Glad you got it. Thanks for letting us know.
 
 

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