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Multiple lighting circuits on one timer.

Can I use a timer to control more than one light circuit. I got four circuits.
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    We have a Tork 11o1 timer that controls a Pump Fountain in a pond. We want to add lights to come on in the early evening and for both Pump and lights off at the same time. What unit should use. Its a 110 circuit 12-2

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I am not sure if you can buy a four pole timer, but if you can find one you would be able to do this. I've only ever seen a two pole timer however. The next option would be to get a four pole contactor with a 120 volt coil. You could run the timer off of one of the lighting circuits and the timer would operate the coil on the contactor.

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Turn off power between each action listed below.

Is dial rotating and keeping time on timer?
This will tell you if 120V is arriving and working at timer.
Cut ground wire and check circuit again.
This can narrow down ground fault problem.
Disconnect wires from timer and connect wires direct to outdoor lights.
This will tell you if timer is suspect.

List all things on same circuit breaker, and test each to find which are working.
Each electrical box is connected to next box and to next box back to circuit breaker.
Open each box and check for loose wires, signs of burning.
This will narrow down location of problem.

When working in main breaker box, the wires on main breaker have power at all times, even when main breaker is turned off. This is true unless meter is pulled. Always stand on dry boards and never lean into or touch anything else when working in main box. Do not hold screwdriver between teeth.
Tape tester leads to wood sticks to keep hands away from voltage.
Test voltage at circuit breaker. Make sure neutral and ground are attached tight on busbar. Make sure black wire is attached tight to breaker. Move black wire to another same-size circuit breaker. Disconnect ground wire and test circuit again to check if ground fault is causing problem.

Resources and illustrations.
http://waterheatertimer.org/See-inside-main-breaker-box.html
http://waterheatertimer.org/How-to-replace-circuit-breaker.html
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Timer default voltage is 120Volt. Page 29 of manual shows how to change voltage.
Load rating is max 20amps.
This timer is not made for heavy amp loads, but instead is made to control a contactor for switching heavy loads. Add a comment for more information about contactors.

1) Are timer relays clicking on and off?
Test for voltage across terminals when indicator shows.
Check that load is operational.
Following link shows typical 120Volt wiring
http://waterheatertimer.org/images/Intermatic-et70215cr-wiring-900.jpg

2) Terminals 3 thru 8 are dry and receive no power when wires from breaker box connect to terminals 1 and 2. Jumper from terminal 2 is needed to put power to timer circuits.

3) Only copper wire and no insulation can be under terminal screw plate. Two wires under same screw plate have to be same gauge and type, so mixing stranded wire and solid copper wire will cause loose connections.

4) This is 2-channel timer, so both relay circuits can be programmed independently: If programming is set for relay 2, but wires are connected to relay 1, then programming will not work.

5) Programming difficulty: Usually last step troubleshoot is replace battery and then reset timer after battery replacement.
Press and hold clear key and then press reset momentarily
Keep holding clear button until 'reset' displays.

Typical manual is 39 pages long. Add a comment about specific part of manual that is not clear, for possible help.
http://waterheatertimer.org/pdf/Intermatic-et70215cr.pdf

6) Contact Intermatic if timer is defective:
Replacement parts and circuit boards are available for some timers.
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I am not certain what is meant by 3-pole circuit.
If you mean 3-way circuit where more than one switch control same light, as you find with hallway light, then 59018 is not correct timer.

Open following links to see list of timers suited for 3-way switch replacement.
http://waterheatertimer.org/Woods-timers-and-manuals.html#59028
http://waterheatertimer.org/GE-timers-and-manuals.html#15312
http://waterheatertimer.org/ST01C-program.html#ST01C

Timers that work for 3-way do not replace 3-way switch wire-for-wire.
Read manual carefully.
When you replace 3-way switch with a timer, one 3-way switch is replaced, and other 3-way switch remains.
The remaining 3-way switch is always rewired so the 3-way timer works. AND each brand of timer requires slightly different wiring parameter.
Some 3-way timers can only replace the 3-way switch located closest to circuit breaker box, commonly called the LINE side. Others can replace either LINE side or LOAD side 3-way., and wiring is different for each. Some timers require neutral wire and some are battery-powered.

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It sounds like problem is electrical.

Suspect line-up:
Test that timer is getting electricity from breaker.
Burned out bulb. Change bulbs. Spray WD-40 on bulb threads before installing bulb.
Outdoor wiring can go bad easily, outdoor bulb sockets become dirty and stop functioning.
Loose wire between breaker and timer -or- between timer and lights.
Loose wire inside timer box. Tighten screws.
Loose wire on circuit breaker. Tighten screw on circuit breaker.
Tripped circuit breaker: click circuit breaker all the way one direction and then all the way back other direction.
Bad circuit breaker. Move wire from one breaker to another same-size breaker.
http://waterheatertimer.org/How-to-replace-circuit-breaker.html

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