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Old 02-23-2012, 09:20 PM   #1
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I bought this place from a bank and no one knows what this is for. The timer looks new. One wire goes outside to a light sensor. Another wire goes to this green box, second photo. Then a thinner wire goes from the green box to the round box to the left of the green and those wires go up into the walls of the house. can anyone tell me what this is? The timer is loud and I'd like to disconnect it but I have no idea what it does.
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Old 02-23-2012, 09:25 PM   #2
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Pull the cover off of the terminals and take a picture. It's switching a low voltage device....the light sensor doesn't make any sense to me. Just poke around and see where the wires go. Take a picture of the cover instructions as well. Maybe they didn't want the door bell to ring at night??

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Old 02-23-2012, 09:35 PM   #3
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When you say terminals, do you mean the green and round boxes?
One thick white wire goes from the green box to the panel box. the rest of the wires are fabric coated and go up into the walls of the house. I can attach a photo of the timer box.... and 2 out of 3 of the door bells are wireless.
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When you say terminals, do you mean the green and round boxes?
One thick white wire goes from the green box to the panel box. the rest of the wires are fabric coated and go up into the walls of the house. I can attach a photo of the timer box.... and 2 out of 3 of the door bells are wireless.
The plastic cover at the bottom of the timer itself. The wires are connected behind that panel. Is the timer set properly (on time) and what are the set points on the timer?
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Old 02-23-2012, 09:40 PM   #5
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One more thing.... the wires probably don't go to the door bells as they go in the other direction away from the front door and toward the back of the house... I am Puzzled!
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Old 02-23-2012, 09:43 PM   #6
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the timer is set to go on at 3pm and off at 11pm (makes no sense with a light sensor outside) and the clock is set properly.
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The wire coming from the two terminals on the green transformer are what you need to trace....maybe. They are low voltage and it appears the transformer is being switched by the timer. The light sensor is a bit puzzling, but often a light sensor is used with a timer for outside lights when you want to allow the lights to come on at dusk, but want them to shut off at a specific time. Do you have any yard lights, landscape lights or building lights that go on and off without you doing anything? It's entirely possible that the wire going to the green box (within the box) are just getting power from the timer, not being controlled by it.
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I have some weird stuff like that up in my attic as well. None of it is connected to anything, however, so I never bothered posting about it.


I just realized this post isn't helpful at all.
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there is one sensor yard flood light way out on the barn but it will come on after 11pm when the timer is set to go off. Plus, there are so many of the low voltage wires coming out of the two boxes. I'm puzzled by the light sensor AND the timer. Wouldn't one be enough if it were for lights?
I'm tempted to just shut it off at night and see what happens. Could low voltage wires go to something really important (not including flood lights)?
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You can shut it off and see if anything quits working...obviously it shuts something off (or used to) and it was intended.
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On second photo what you have is there is low voltage transfomer however there is other issue you see the octanal box right next to the transfomer take the cover off and take a photo I have feeling you may have low voltage switching network there.

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Maybe the old owner only wanted his door bell to work on those odd hours...
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Did the bank have a sign? My guess is this controlled the sign. The transformer might have been for some low voltage lighting.
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In the timer box, right under the dial, is a flap of plastic hanging there. Pull it off. Under it is the timer contacts. The wires hooked there are the ones being switched by the timer. Follow them to see what the timer is controlling.

I think the timer and the green box don't have anything to do with each other.

They are both just getting power from that 2" X 4" box that the green thing (low voltage transformer ) is mounted to.

Then the transformer send its low voltage over to the round box.

Tell me, do you have push button light switches in the house?
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I may be way off, but that timer looks similar to one that I used to turn on my electric hot water heater a couple hours before coming home from work, and turning off about bedtime. It saved a lot of $ on the electric bill. Just a thought.

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