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I am trying to replace a single pole switch with 2 screw connections both of which have a black wires. It controls an outside light. There are 2 white wires are capped together. The smart digital timer has 4 wires, blk, red, wht and grn. I've tried several variations with little success. Any suggestions?

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Here is how to wire that timer:
http://waterheatertimer.org/GE-timers-and-manuals.html#15086

1) Timer green wire connects to bare ground wire.
2) Switch has 2 insulated wires. Take switch 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 will power timer electronics.
4) If electric box does not have white wires described above, then connect timer-white to bare ground, along with timer-green wire.
5) 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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Posted on Jan 04, 2011

  • jhgofmd Apr 10, 2011

    Sir:
    this was great advise for me. The stated solution worked! The printed instrucrions that comes with this unit does not point out the information given by you.

    Thank you,
    JHG of Mitchellville, Md.

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This will work ONLY if each light has a separate black wire arriving at switch.
So look at single pole switch. Switch has two screws.
If one screw (or quick connect on back of switch) has 2 black wires and both these black wires leave the box without attaching to anything else, then remove one of the two wires and check if switch controls one light... then try other wire and see if switch controls other light.
http://waterheatertimer.org/How-to-wire-switches.html
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You need separate wire going to each light.
Here are diagrams:
2 single pole switches, before you started to replace
http://waterheatertimer.org/images/2-single-pole-switches.jpg
Single pole and 3 pole to control each light separately: must identify black wire to each light. If each light does not have separate black wire inside the switch box, then it is not possible.
http://waterheatertimer.org/images/single-pole-and-3-pole.jpg
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Im trying to install a Utilitech 0192773 self adjusting wall timer. It has four wires, black(hot), red(hot), white(neutral) and green(ground). I have a standard three light switch plate(outside light,entry...


Thank you for clear description of wiring, switches, and for including timer model number.

1) Open following link for ez programming and wiring for Utilitec.
http://waterheatertimer.org/Program-wire-Utilitec-0192773.html

2) Your single-pole switch has 2 wires.
0192773 replaces single-pole switch only.
Black wire that connects each of the switches is Hot wire: connect this wire to timer Black wire.
Other black wire that connects to switch goes to load: connect this wire to timer red wire.
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Timer green connects to bare ground wire.

3) How to connect stranded wire and solid wire
http://waterheatertimer.org/How-to-twist-electric-wire.html#stranded

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Open following link to see illustration:
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Each residential electric box has 1 hot wire. This wire should be black.
Hot wire carries power from the breaker box.
Use tester and find hot wire.

Each device in box connects to the black hot wire using short jumper wires.

Outlets: Hot wire connects to brass colored screw.
Single-pole switches: Hot wire connects to either brass-colored screw.

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Wiring is not fully described: Location of hot wire and neutral wire from breaker box are unknown.
If Hot wire arrives in ceiling box first, the switch box will not have white neutral wires that are twisted together and covered with wire nut. Neutrals will be in ceiling box.

What is known: You are replacing single pole switch attached to one 14-2 wire going to light.
You are replacing light with a fan-light and replacing switch with a 3-pole TM8111 switch.
You have replaced 14-2 wire with 12-3 wire.

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Switches are not identified.
Single-pole switches are wired differently than 3-way.
Wire colors are not identified. Some boxes have red and black wires that carry power.
Add a comment and fill out details after studying image and reading information.
I am not there, so you can also add a comment and include in-focus photo of your switches that you posted on Flickr.

Following image shows single-pole switches, with typical black and white wires.
No bare copper ground wire is shown. Ground wires connect to green screw.
http://waterheatertimer.org/images/Single-pole-switches-in-4-g.jpg

So your new switch has 2 brass screws. No white wire connects to single-pole switch. One screw will have 1 black wire that goes to light fixture. The other screw will have 1 or 2 black wires that jumper or connect to the other switches as shown in image.

White wires are usually twisted together and covered with wire nut and pushed to back of box.

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First of all, you don't mention what type of switch was replaced.

1) Leviton 6230 countdown timer is made to replace single-pole light switch only.
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Your wiring sounds like 3-way switch.
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For example a hallway usually has 3-way switches.

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Smarthome sells product and shows .pdf manual
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2) If old switch has 2 brass screws and 1 green screw then that is single-pole switch.

3) If you are replacing single-pole switch, here are testing & wiring instructions for Leviton timer.
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Use ordinary two wire tester.
Tape tester leads to wood sticks so hands are away from power.
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Test each wire to bare ground wire.
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Now you know Hot wire.
Test Hot wire to each of the other wires, excluding bare ground wire.
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I hesitate to answer question because the color of the screws is not identified. The holes are not identified which color screw they are next to. You can fill in these blanks when answering if the following information is not complete.

First of all, the green screw goes to bare ground wire and isn't discussed further

Usually a single pole switch has 2 brass-colored screws.
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