Note – Bringing this around today because it is one of the most simple and fool proof forms of automation you can get for under 10 bucks and spring is the time for building out those gardens, aquaponics systems, etc.
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. I use them on pumps in some of my systems that don’t need to run 24/7, they pay for themselves quickly in reduced electricity that way. I use them on my fish tanks, especially my planted tanks. I use them for my plant lights for seed starting and hydroponics. There are dozens and dozens of uses for these things.
Let me tell you something though, 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 timers 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 timer 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 in the device you want to control with it, done. There are no other steps, no holding a button and waiting for a light to blink three times or say moving stupid little pins around.
I love this timer and its simplicity so much I am constantly trying to figure out what to automate with it. 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.
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 have used this product on my homestead for a very unique need. I have set things up so that I can run ebb and flow with no bell siphon and it is flawless.