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Old 01-08-2011, 08:17 PM   #1
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ge digital timer # 15086 wiring?


I am trying to install a ge 15086 digital timer.

The switch to replace is a single pole switch with a black wire connected at the top and white at the bottom.

The ge switch has a white, black, red and green.

There is a second switch in the box which is a three way. It has a red, black, white and green.

The manual says to connect the red to the load, black to the line and white to neutral. Trouble is I only have two wires (white and black) coming in from the light fixture and this is old work so pulling a new 14-3 wire isn't an option.

I am assuming that the white and black is acting as a loop (two blacks).

Is it possible for me to use the white neutral from the three way switch in the box through a wiring nut to both switches? That would give me a neutral, red (white from the fixture) and black (from the fixture at the ge switch.

Thanks in advance for your advice.

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NO. That white wire on the adjacent 3-way switch is most likely not a neutral.

You will need a different timer, one that does not require a neutral connection to operate.

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can anyone recommend a timer.

I am looking for something that can be programmed digitally so that I can have it turn on at 4pm and off at 10pm 7 days a week for example.

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