Question about Garden
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
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
Posted on Oct 05, 2010
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