Every day I bring you an item on Amazon that I personally use or has been purchased by many members of the audience and I have researched enough to recommend.
Today’s TSP Amazon Item of the day Century 24 Hour Mechanical Timer. Recently I purchased and installed a very high end aeration system for my small pond. The compressor is in my duck house and 100′ of weighted air line is run down to the pond. The compressor is a 1/4 horse power system and it really boils the water with wonderful oxygen.
Problem? Well, you don’t want to run that thing 24/7 so a timer was a must. Gets more complicated though. See we run the electric fence off the power to the duck house, I have a mater switch on the pool deck right next to it. This means when we are working with the ducks and letting them out during the day we just kill the power.
So now what we need to do is unplug the fence charger during the day and turn the power back on for the compressor, not to mention my new boats charger for the trolling motor! So a normal timer is going to end up resetting every time you kill the power! Enter the mechanical timer, set it to run 15 minutes every hour and you are good to go. Frankly it does not matter what time it is set up that way, it just runs 15 minutes out of every 60.
This gives some good water agitation 6 hours a day but nicely spread out and reduces over heating risks to the compressor.
Okay so now the real problem, my buddy David pointed the above out to me this weekend, really obvious when you think about it but I HATE timers. It amazes me how something that should be so simple is often so damn confusing and unreliable. So I went on Amazon and found the Century 24 Hour Mechanical Timer. Wow, where has this thing been all my life?
Look when I say I hate timers let me be clear, my hatred of times is only over shadowed by my hatred of network printers. (NOTE THAT LINK IS NOT WORKPLACE SAFE) Well, that has changed I love this timer, so simple there are two steps to using it and it is pretty fool proof and very easy to see how you have it set.
Step one each hour has 4 small pins you can push down, simply push down the pins for each 15 minutes you want the power to be on. So say you wanted your time to run from 8AM to 10AM every morning and 7PM to 9PM every night. Okay just push all the pins down for 8, 9 and 10AM and 7, 8 and 9PM. Step two turn the dial so the arrow points to the current time. That is it!
You then simply plug it in and plug the device you want to control with it, done. In my case I pushed down one pin for every hour in a 24 hour period. So my compressor runs 15 minutes per hour which again is 6 hours a day. The pins are a bit small I used the tip of a pocket knife to depress them but it was very easy.
I love this timer and its simplicity so much I am trying to figure out what to automate with another one. About the only complaint I read in reviews (from thinking humans anyway) was that it is a large device and it takes up so much space as to block the second outlet.
There is a simple solution to such things, I have covered it before and it applies to any large plugs, just get some of these one foot extension cords and it keeps all outlets open. Or is my case I am using what Jon Dowie calls, “a fricken orange, three way, fricken Steven Harris fricken thing“.
Anyway I absolutely love the Century 24 Hour Mechanical Timer and think you will too. So check it out for any of your power automation needs.
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P.S. – Check out this quick video of how I am using this product.