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messina
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pool pump timers

Postby messina » Tue 22 May, 2007 13:46

I'm interested in attaching a timer to my pump. Do they have to be hard wired in or can I use a heavy duty outdoor timer to plug into the pump? Also, the plug I currently have is different, it has 3 prongs but one of the flat prongs is turned 90 degrees from the other flat one. Thanks for any input. PJ


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Re: pool pump timers

Postby Sparkwatercleaner » Tue 22 May, 2007 16:39

messina wrote:I'm interested in attaching a timer to my pump. Do they have to be hard wired in or can I use a heavy duty outdoor timer to plug into the pump? Also, the plug I currently have is different, it has 3 prongs but one of the flat prongs is turned 90 degrees from the other flat one. Thanks for any input. PJ

Let me see,
Is your pump's plug receiving water during rainfall?
What I understand by your description of the plug is this:
/ \
l
or this
l -- (this two-- are representing just one prong)
. (circular prong)
I've got a timer inside a small plastic breaker box, it's digital and it works together with a contactor.
You can also install a mechanic timer.
Depending on where the plug is I can tell you if you can connect just one of the plug-in timers, but I won't reccomend it for outdoor use.
Hope it helps
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pool pump timers

Postby messina » Wed 30 May, 2007 08:36

The plug on my pump is
-- |
.

Do you think I can use a plug in timer for a configuration like that? Thanks
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Re: pool pump timers

Postby Backglass » Wed 30 May, 2007 08:59

messina wrote:Also, the plug I currently have is different, it has 3 prongs but one of the flat prongs is turned 90 degrees from the other flat one.


Depending on which prong is sideways it is either a 20-amp 120volt or 20-amp 220 volt. Look here for pictures www elect-spec com/nema_plgsokt.htm

Either way, you will have a hard time finding a plug-in timer as these are hefty, especially if it is 220.

Go with a hard wired timer.

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