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Trying to install digital timer 15265. No instructions with unit. We are in a 1929 house. There are two black wires only. Which color do we add the white wire to? We assume the green is a grouding wire? Urgent! Please respond

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Your switch has two wires. Hot wire from breaker box, and wire going to Load.

GE timer has 3 wires plus a green ground wire >>> it has extra wire because tiny clock inside timer needs power just like alarm clock ... so here we go

Hot wire connects to Timer black wire
Wire going to Load connects to Timer red wire
If you get these reversed, the timer will not work, so switch them or read testing steps below.

Timer white wire connects to Neutral ... which is usually 2 white wires twisted together and pushed to back of box. IF your box does not have a neutral, connect timer white wire to bare ground wire ... until you can have electrician add another line into box.

Suppose you want to test your wires to see which is which:
Remove wires from switch
Separate wires
Use ordinary tester, tape leads to wood sticks to keep hands away from electricity
Turn on power
Test each wire to bare ground
Tester lights up on Hot wire

Now test for Neutral wire
Test Hot wire to other wires in box
Tester lights up on Neutral

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Trying to install a Woods 59018 with older copper wiring - My house only has one black wire (not the two black wires it calls for).


1) It is safe, but not code.
The timer uses such a tiny amount of power that the installation is safe, and the line is still protected by circuit breaker.
http://waterheatertimer.org/How-to-wire-timers.html
http://waterheatertimer.org/Troubleshoot-household-electricity.html
http://waterheatertimer.org/See-inside-main-breaker-box.html

2) In the main breaker box, the neutral wires and ground wires are bonded together and both connect to ground wire leading out to pole and down into the ground.

3) By code a ground wire cannot be used as a neutral, even though both are connected together in the main box.
This is so electrician can work on ground wires while ASSUMING they do not complete a circuit.
NO ELECTRICIAN should assume that, since the purpose of ground wires is to ground stray current.

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Open following link to see wiring instructions and image:
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I test timers, and no damage is done.
http://waterheatertimer.org/GE-timers-and-manuals.html#15086

Sounds like you wired red and white wires together, or installed timer in place of 3-way switch.
15086 will not replace a 3-way switch.
For example, when 2 switches control hallway light, that is 3-way.
Link above has list of timers that replace 3-way switch.

How to wire 15071, 15086, 15265, 15266 timers:
1) Switch has 2 insulated wires. Take switch wires and connect them to timer-black-wire and timer-red-wire. Choose either one for now.
2) In back of electric box are white wires twisted together and covered with wire nut. Connect timer-white to these wires. This will power timer electronics.
3) If electric box does not have white wires described above, then connect timer-white to bare ground, along with timer-green wire.
4) Turn on electricity, and push ON-OFF button located in each corner. If lights come on, timer is wired correctly. If lights do not come on, then reverse timer-red and timer-black wires.

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I have a ge digital wall switch mod 15265 My wall box only has a white (hot) and black (neutral) wires When I connect up the wires - black on switch to hot and both blue& white on switch to neutral -...


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15265 In-Wall Digital Timer - I am replacing an Aube with this new timer. Timer is to operate a wall plug (outdoor soffit). Timer is inside. The old switch had 3 wires - only two were connected (I think...


GE -15265 manual
http://waterheatertimer.org/pdf/GE-15265-manual.pdf
Ah, the usual how to connect 4 wires to the old 'was-3-wire and now-2-wire' problem.

I tested and wired these timers.
Aube timer has internal rechargeable battery, and therefore does not need another wire to run internal clock.
GE timer has extra wire to run internal electronic clock, just like alarm clock is plugged in.

Heres what to do in simple format
1) Timer-green-wire connects to bare ground wire.
2) Old timer has 2 wires. Take both wires and connect them to timer-black-wire and timer-red-wire. Choose either one for now.
3) In back of electric box are white wires twisted together and covered with wire nut. Connect timer-white to these wires. This action will complete circuit to internal clock.
4) If electric box does not have white wires described above, then connect timer-white to bare ground. This works because bare ground and white neutral both connect to neutral busbar inside breaker box.
5) Turn on electricity, push in timer door for manual override. If lights come on, timer is wired correctly. If lights do not come on, then reverse timer-red and timer-black wires.
If light does not come on, double check that outdoor bulb is good, and that breaker not tripped.
Timer can also be reset in event of short. Reversing red and black wires will not short timer.
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Flickering bulbs


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I have tested EJ500 timer.

A) If this is new single-pole installation and lights click on-off when timer turned on, then you connected red wire where blue wire should be connected.

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Timer-black-wire to Hot; Timer-blue-wire to Load (lights)
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3) Put wire nut on red wire.
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B) If you are replacing 3-way switch, view wiring diagrams shown on link below, and then add a comment saying exact color of wires. To wire this timer for 3-way can require additional wire between switches. This is because EJ500 blue wire must always go to Load (light, fan, motor)
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I'm trying to install this for our outdoor Christmas lights. The wall switch box has 1 black, 1 white, and 1 bare (ground). Where do I connect the red "timer" wire from the timer unit? When I...


Single pole application, red wire is capped off.
http://waterheatertimer.org/ST01C-program.html#ST01C

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Connect Blue and Black to either wire.
Turn on power.
Push ON-OFF button.
If lights work, then timer is wired correctly.
If lights don't work, then reverse Blue and Black.

Be sure outdoor bulb is working.
I have a long story about that, and tested every wire and breaker ... and bulb was burned out.

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New switch GE model 15265 ... to light up 2 lightbulbs outside. Old switch all cables are black. Those who light up the tester are the hot=Red/black?? Those which do not light up are white?? Green I know...


Manual for GE 15265
http://waterheatertimer.org/pdf/GE-15265-manual.pdf
15A timer works fine on two bulbs, up to 1440 total watts.

If old switch has 2 screws plus green ground screw, then timer is right.
If old switch has 3 screws plus green ground screw, 15265 doesn't replace 3-way switch.

Timer-green wire connects to bare ground wire

Old switch has 2 screws with wires on each.
One wire is Hot-from breaker and this connects to timer-black wire.
One wire Goes-to-lights and this connects to timer-red wire.
If you get these two wires reversed, timer will not work, so reverse them.
It will not blow circuit if the timer-red and timer-black wires are reversed.

Timer-White wire is the confusing wire for everybody:
Timer-white wire runs clock motor located inside timer.
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I have test-wired your timer, and many other timers.
Your white and red together are causing the clicking.

Hot from breaker connects to timer-black.
Wire going Load (lights) connects to timer-red
Timer-white wire connects to Neutral inside box.
In your case, you don't have the neutral so connect the timer-white to bare ground wire.

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We know this because the wires are color-coded.
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That being said, there are timers that have the same color wires as your 3-way switch, but the timer has to say it works for 3-way circuit.
Usually the instruction sheet or package will say, 'for single-pole.'
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1) Aube makes programmable 7-day timers for a 3-way installation.
But this timer is not for countdown.

2) I am searching the web for a 3-way countdown timers, and Levition offers one, but they require you to replace both 3-way switches and then install a 'master-and-remote' combo.
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3) Smarthome sells a countdown timer for 3-way circuits.
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They provide an installation video.
Smarthome is very customer friendly.

I specialize in timers and electrical devices, but I do not know the product shown above.
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