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Need instructions Put up christmas lights and the person I bought the house from has a timer hard wired in the garage for the outside outlet it says night sentry on the front and appees to be in good working order but don't know how to use it....It looks pretty old has a on off switch on top and a timer that reads 1-12 but how does it know what time it is?

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I have a similar sounding timer. It has the same dial and an AM/PM window on it and is made by Dynascan. I found this post on Fixya: and then went to the intermatic site and got these instructions: I used the RAPID programming instructions and they seemed to work great (at least the red light acted like it was supposed to.) Guess I'll find out tonight :)

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There should be a little arrow that points to the time.

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Open following link to identify timer for sure, download on-line manual, and read wiring instructions.

1) Manual says 1000Watt Tungsten (incandescent) and 1000Watt Ballast (fluorescent)
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3) Check wiring against instructions shown on link above, except your other timers work fine, which indicates correct wiring.
4) Buy cheap circuit analyzer at home center, and test receptacle on same garage circuit
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