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KathyK 12-24-2010 10:24 AM

Wiring Aube T1071 light timer
I bought an Aube T1071 light timer to use for my porch lights, and like Rachey, I know nothing about working with electricity. I did manage to install the last two timers by myself, but they were a different brand and had different wiring. They had a blue, a black and a red wire. The red wire didn't hook up to anything, it was just taped to itself and lay hanging. The black wire and blue wires hooked up to matching colored wires inside the box, so it was very simple. Now this Aube timer says it requires a white neutral wire. Inside my box, there are only black and blue wires, and some black wires that are painted white (and I doubt by the manufacturer). With the old timer, the blue wire from the timer was joined together with a a black-painted-white wire from the box in the same plastic screw cap (don't know what those thingys are really called). The black wire from the timer was joined together with a black wire from the box in the same plastic screw cap.
Should I install the new timer putting the white wire from the timer with the black-painted-white wire from the box into one screw cap, and then the black with black and the blue with blue, so there will be 3 separate sets of joined wires, all in their own screw cap? (The Aube timer came with 3 plastic screw caps.) :huh:

kbsparky 12-24-2010 10:58 AM

Care to post a high-resolution picture of your switch box?

Do you live anywhere near Chicago?

KathyK 12-24-2010 11:40 AM

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Okay, I'm going to try....not sure how to add photos into the message. I am so not high-tech. (I was happy with my old 19" tv with the pull-on, push-off button.) The first pic is the old timer, still attached. The second pic is the back of the new timer. Did it work? The paperclip symbol shows the 2 attachments, but I'm not seeing the photos. Does this help at all??
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KathyK 12-24-2010 11:49 AM

Oh, and I'm a Jersey girl.
I do know which breaker to turn off, so I'm okay there!

kbsparky 12-24-2010 12:00 PM

You can always switch off the main breaker, if you have the slightest doubt.

Those "painted white" wires are probably due to the original construction where they spray-painted everything .. the overspray got into your switch box!

You will probably have to at least remove the other switch in the box to gain access to all the wires tucked in there. You are looking for a bunch of white wires, connected together with a wire-nut. That is where the white lead of your new timer connects to. Do NOT connect the white wire from the timer to any black wires (painted or not).

The other 2 wires from your timer are black and blue? Connect them the same way as the old timer was...

Let us know your progress .... :yes:

Edit to add: Once all your wires are pulled out of the box, take another photo and post it here.

KathyK 12-24-2010 12:05 PM

Ooh, thanks, Sparky! I think I can see other white wires tucked way in the back, behind the other switch. I'll make sure they are really white, as opposed to "painted." Will check back with you in a bit...

kbsparky 12-24-2010 12:11 PM

...waiting with bated breath ...

KathyK 12-24-2010 12:42 PM

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Check her out, Sparky, she's up and running beautifully! Hall light is working, everything is perfect! Thank you so much, you're the BEST! And now I don't have to ask my ex for help--that's even better!!:thumbup:Attachment 28049

kbsparky 12-24-2010 06:17 PM

Great job, KathyK! :thumbsup:

Glad we could help. :)

KathyK 12-24-2010 07:04 PM

Thank you so much! Merry Christmas! Now about eating dessert first....sounds like a good idea! Made several batches of cookies and they're calling me!

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