Product Type: Masterplug gadgets
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Keep the lights coming on at home... even when you're not there
Masterplug TM24 Mechanical 24 Hour Timer
Member Name: blissman70
Masterplug TM24 Mechanical 24 Hour Timer
Advantages: easy to use, works well, low cost, can be left in place and very useful
Disadvantages: none really, apart from if you needed exact timing
Anyway, to help me achieve this mystical matter of things like switching a light on when I'm miles away from my house I have invested in what are called 'Timer Switches'... I have tried training the dog to flick a switch on and off at certain times of the day but I can't get the watch to stay on his leg so he forgets what time it is... so it's timer switches...
There are plenty of timer switches on the market, some costing almost as much as my annual home insurance premium, whilst other only cost a few quid, and it is the latter of the tow that I have chosen to use to help keep the lights on in my house, even when there's no one at home... (people say that about me sometimes but I don't know why..?)
One particular timer switch I have been using for a bit now is a simple looking and even simpler to use one called the Masterplug TM24 mechanical 24 hours timer, which is so simple to use that even a monkey could set it going.
What does this timer look like...?
It's a rectangular shaped device about 75mm wide by 130mm deep and about 200mm high, so it does stick out of the wall socket a fair bit.
It looks pretty straight forwards. On one side there is a standard plug that goes into a household plug socket. Then, on the other side there is the timer controls themselves, which consist of a dial with numbers imprinted onto it and a three pin plug socket below this.
The timing dial has a series of numbers on them which represent the time in a 24 hour clock style, with the hours of 18 to 6 having a black line over the tops of them. This represents the dark hours from 1800 hours, (6pm) to 0600 hours, (6am).
Then there's a curved arrow on the inner dial, although this is technical not a dial as it doesn't turn around, but this shows the only direction that the dial can turn. Then, also on this dial, there is also a little triangle that is where the timing part of the other dial should be placed, according to the actual time it is.
What about using it then..?
To set it up you simply have to flick out the black segments according to the time you want, for example, if you want your lamp to come on at 6:00pm and to go off at 10:00pm then you have to flick out the little black segments that are between the 18 and the 22, leaving the other segments where they are. Thus, when the dial rotates around to the 18 the first segment that is flicked out pushes in the little switch and the flow of electricity comes through the device, turning the lamp on. Then, when the last segment passes over the switch the flow of electricity stops and the lamp turns off.
Then, once you're happy with the time settings, you plug in what ever you want on timer into the front socket, then plug the timer plug into the wall socket in your house, and, with the flick of the 'on' switch on the wall socket the timer will start to click happily along, slowly and patiently rotating as a clock usually does.
If you flick the switch on the side of this timer then this will bypass the timer purpose and will act as a 'normal' plug.
How does it actually work..?
It plugs into a socket on your wall, which you then plug a standard plug into it, such as a lamp or what ever you want to come on at a set time. Then you use the little 'sections' which surround the dial to indicate the time you want the device to come on, for how long and when to turn off. Once it is plugged into the mains, and the power is activated, the dial begins to keep track of time with a reassuring, yet quite low, ticking noise to let you know that it is actually working.
Apart from th e ticking noise there is a little red light just to the right of the plug which lights up when the timer is actually in use, be it either when the switch on the side is activated or when the timer segments have 'kicked in'.
If the electricity supply is cut off then the dial stops turning and will have to be turned manually when you want to use the timer next time.
This timer basically works using a simple dial function, with the outside having the little black segments, which are used for setting the timer, whilst the inside dial is used for setting the time. Put them together and you have got yourself a timer.
The black segments pull out when you want the timer to come on, pushing the little catch up which allows the electricity to flow through, and when the segments are pushed in the little catch stays out and the electricity stops flowing.
Plus, if you want the device to remain in the socket you can bypass it by using the switch on the side which turns the device from timer to plug... if you know what I mean.
In life some things should be simple to use whilst being as useful as the air that we breathe, and this particular device is one of those simple yet useful device that most people will use at least once in their lives.
I tend to use mine when I am either going on holiday, maybe even when we're away for a few days or even when we're going to be late back from somewhere, basically, when the house is going to be empty for a while and we want to make it look like there's someone in.
I rather like the little switch on the side, the one that turns the timer action off and allows the device to be basically used as a plug, as it really comes in handy letting me keep it plugged in so that the dial keep turning, keeping the correct time so that I don't have to adjust anything.
And you know there's power going through the timer when the little red light comes on.
It's not at all technical, with no flashing lights and gyrating gizmos, and to be honest it's more guess work than skill due to the fact that getting the exact time is probably never going to happen, although you may get close to it, maybe five minutes either side. But you will get close enough to a time so that what ever is plugged in will come on or go off roughly when you want it.
The way the segments are pulled out means that you can set what ever is plugged into it to come on and off anytime during the 24 hour period that it is plugged in
There are a lot of those little black segments, but I haven't counted them as every time I do my eyes go funny and my brain starts to hurt; there must be about a hundred of them and they slide in and out pretty easily, although if you've got fingers like mine you may knock one or two either side of the one you want a few times before you get the timing you want.
So what about the price for this...well, for this security device which may well put off burglars from entering your home due to the fact that they may think that someone is in..?
Well, it sells for around a fiver, which, considering that your household goods are worth a lot more if your house is in total darkness when a would-be burglar walks passed, is well worth investing in, maybe even getting a few for around your home.
In all, it's ideal for those smaller devices in the home, such as radios, stereo systems and other like those, and my favourite items, which I especially use them for, are lamps, which I like to have coming on at set times when I'm not in so that my house looks occupied even when we're not at home.
Summary: It won't light up your life but it may light up your kitchen????
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