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Need a good vacation timer. Any suggestions?

Would like a reliable vacation timer & need advice. thank you

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Copy following link to see analog vacation timers that turn lights on at random times.
Set current time slightly different so lights inside house can turn on-off at slightly different schedules.
Rotate dial to set current time, plug timer into outlet, make sure bulb is good, turn light ON, and plug light into timer.
http://waterheatertimer.org/Woods-timers-and-manuals.html#vacation
Multi-function digital timers, such as Woods 59377, and lifetime-warranty Intermatic DT620 also have vacation feature, and timers have 2 outlets, but programming is more complicated than using analog timer.
http://waterheatertimer.org/Woods-timers-and-manuals.html#59377
http://waterheatertimer.org/Intermatic-timers-and-manuals.html#digital

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Brinks 42-1009 ez vacation timer instructions


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To set, spin the dial (clockwise only) until the arrow in the upper right of the center face is near the current day and time. Plug everything in and switch the upper tab to the right. On certain days, it will turn on in the early morning as well as evening or late night.

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How to program residential timer mod no 49750/tm261a


49750 sounds like a Woods timer number, but I can't identify for sure
Woods makes timers for many other brands that are sold under different numbers
http://waterheatertimer.org/Woods-timers-and-manuals.html

Amazon shows First Alert tm261 random vacation timer
http://www.amazon.com/First-Alert-Tm261-7-Day-Vacation/dp/B000P6W4OE
If this is not your timer, then add a comment.

First Alert tm261 random vacation timer is similar to GE 15151 shown on following page.
GE 15151 has a manual
First Alert appears just below GE 15151
http://waterheatertimer.org/GE-timers-and-manuals.html#vacation

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Look closely at outer edge of dial and see that dial has small plastic protrusions that stick out.
These protrusions are trippers that cause timer to turn lights on-off at random times so home looks occupied when on vacation.

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How do i set this time to come on and go off daily


I believe the First Alert timer is same as GE 15151 vacation timer.
http://waterheatertimer.org/GE-timers-and-manuals.html#vacation

If this is not your timer, then add a comment.
Also look at Woods timers on link below to help identify timer.
http://waterheatertimer.org/Woods-timers-and-manuals.html

A vacation timer turns on-and-off randomly to give the appearance that somebody is home
This timer cannot be set for daily on-off schedule.

GE markets a number of timers for daily repeat programming:
When buying a timer, note that some are for 2-prong plugs and some for 3-prong plugs
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0015GKI96/?tag=picc-20
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B002HEY300/?tag=picc-20

Woods makes daily timers and a weekly timer
http://www.amazon.com/59419-Appliance-2-Prong-Outlet-24-Hour/dp/B002Y1KZHQ
http://www.amazon.com/Woods-59202-Vacation-Security-Appliance/dp/B001Q9EFT6

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How do i set this timer to come on and go off daily?


I believe the First Alert timer is same as GE 15151 vacation timer.
http://waterheatertimer.org/GE-timers-and-manuals.html#vacation

If this is not your timer, then add a comment.
Also look at Woods timers on link below to help identify timer.
http://waterheatertimer.org/Woods-timers-and-manuals.html

A vacation timer turns on-and-off randomly to give the appearance that somebody is home.
This timer cannot be set for daily on-off schedule.

GE markets a number of timers for daily repeat programming:
When buying a timer, note that some are for 2-prong plugs and some for 3-prong plugs
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0015GKI96/?tag=picc-20
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B002HEY300/?tag=picc-20

Woods makes daily timers and a weekly timer
http://www.amazon.com/59419-Appliance-2-Prong-Outlet-24-Hour/dp/B002Y1KZHQ
http://www.amazon.com/Woods-59202-Vacation-Security-Appliance/dp/B001Q9EFT6

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How does this timer work? I lost pkg with info.


I believe the First Alert timer is same as GE 15151 vacation timer.
http://waterheatertimer.org/GE-timers-and-manuals.html#vacation

If this is not your timer, then add a comment.
Also look at Woods timers on link below to help identify timer.
http://waterheatertimer.org/Woods-timers-and-manuals.html

A vacation timer turns on-and-off randomly to give the appearance that somebody is home
This timer cannot be set for daily on-off schedule.
Rotate dial until current day and time line up with arrowhead located on inner dial.
The timer will turn on-off according to preset schedule

GE markets a number of timers for daily repeat programming:
When buying a timer, note that some are for 2-prong plugs and some for 3-prong plugs
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0015GKI96/?tag=picc-20
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B002HEY300/?tag=picc-20

Woods makes daily timers and a weekly timer
http://www.amazon.com/59419-Appliance-2-Prong-Outlet-24-Hour/dp/B002Y1KZHQ
http://www.amazon.com/Woods-59202-Vacation-Security-Appliance/dp/B001Q9EFT6

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