Replacing timer switch


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Old 02-28-12, 08:00 PM
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Replacing timer switch

I have an INTERMATIC E1010 timer switch that I want to replace with a regular light switch. The timer function has ceased working so instead of spending $40 on a new one figured it would be cheaper to just use a regular light switch there. Problem is I can't figure out how to convert it to a standard light switch. The timer has three wires on, black, red and white, which correspond directly to the three wires in the switch box. In doing some searching I interpreted that since there are three wires coming into box the timer was a 3 way switch of sorts; one switch being the timer function the other being the manual override button. Therefore I thought the solution was to get a 3 way light switch, hooking up the switch as black wire to common and the red/white to the other poles. This wasn't correct as the lights were on when the switch was in the off position and flipping the switch jumped the circuit breaker. Now I'm really lost as to what the correct solution is.

Any guidance is greatly appreciated. Thanks!

Erik
 
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Old 02-28-12, 08:30 PM
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The black and red connect to the switch. The white will need to splice with any other whites in the back of the box. The timer needed a neutral and the switch does not.
 
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Old 02-29-12, 07:02 AM
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Thanks for the quick reply! So does this mean I really only need a single pole switch instead of a 3-way?
 
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Old 02-29-12, 07:14 AM
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Thanks for the quick reply! So does this mean I really only need a single pole switch instead of a 3-way?
A three way switch is part of a pair of switches that operate a single load from two different locations. If the light is only turned on and off from one location it is not a three way switch.
 
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Old 02-29-12, 09:01 AM
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Again thanks for the help. Not being extremely knowledgeable about electrical wiring I wasn't sure if the timer was really acting as 3-way since it could be turned on via the timer or through the built in on/off switch. Thanks for clarifying!
 
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Old 02-29-12, 10:23 AM
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The built-in switch is just an over-ride to the timer mechanism.
 
 

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