how can changing a 20 year old outdoor light timer be this compex
You likely saw my prior post on the cfl bulb that fried either my outdoor light fixture and / or the 20
+ year old timer that controlled it in the garage.
I decided to replace the timer with a switch today and then see if the light fiture would work or not. I know the timer was fried because the red light was off.
My hopes were to remove the timer and find a black wire, a white wire and a copper ground wire. I did not!
I found the timer had only two black wires coming off it. The left black wire was connected to a single BLACK wire in the outlet box. The right black wire was connected to a pair of black wires in the outlet box. It does not seam the white wires (in the back of the box) come into play. There was also a copper ground wire in the outlet box...connected to NOTHING.
FYI...I have a similar time for my front door that appears to be wired in a similar way.
I brought my Dad and his meter over. We can't figure the thing out. We did determine that the pair of black wires in the outlet box (that had been connected to the timer's right black wire) seam to effect my kitchen light...ie if we untwist them, then my kitchen light goes off!
We tried a few things but never saw 110 v at the light fixture. (We thought the fixture might be fried so he put the meter right on the wires that feed the outside fixture)
We tried connecting the pair of wires to one brass screw on the new switch and the single wire to the other brass screw...we connected the copper ground...nothing ever gets power to the wires where the light is....
Any ideas...other than calling an electrician...which I will do Monday.