As you can see from the picture below. Its a simple diy timer switch. Most of the part salvage from a discarded fan. I will show you steps and building material needed to build this timer. It can be use as a timer switch for fan, phone charger and so on......The application is unlimited........Enjoy.
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Step 1: Build Of Material

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BOM List.
1. Salvage timer from old fan.
2. Salvage power plug and wire from the same old fan.
3. Two gang wall socket housing. ( Must select the one as per attached picture )
4. One socket face plate.
5. One cut out terminal block.
6. Three pin wall socket.

Step 2:

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Align the old timer switch with the face plate and drill 3 holes as shown in the picture. Two holes for screw and one hole for timer shaft.

Step 3: Assemble timer switch

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Now, please assemble the timer switch and label the face plate accordingly. Insert the 3 core wire and use the terminal block to link the life (L) wire to timer switch as show in picture. Now use a cable tie to secure the external 3 core wire.

Step 4: Connect the 3 pin wall socket

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Now, connect the 3 pin wall socket to the remaining wire with the schematic diagram shown and close the cover. Now we are done.
Happy viewing......cheers.....
twighahn2 years ago
what does l, n, and e stand for?
beatmakers2 years ago
Awesome!! You Rock.
lemonie4 years ago

What current will that take?
I've got an old dryer-timer I was thinking of using for something like this...

SAGUTRIC (author)  lemonie4 years ago
Hi. Please be very careful with the load current as the fan timer only suitable for load below 2A with 240VAC.
@sagutric please tell me from where you get this timer...i can only find washing machine timer with only 15 minutes...what do you mean by salvage fan? I cant find out on google...From which type of shops i can get this timer? please reply...thanx...
You could user a higher current relay .

Yes thanks, my timer is different though.

The timer used here isn't made to handle much current. The one I have is only rated for 2 amps, but you could use a relay with it to switch whatever load you want.
The timer you have may not be rated for mains switching, in which case you would need a relay and low voltage transformer to power it. If it is mains rated, it should have the max current marked on it.

Thanks for your reply. The timer I have is from an old dryer, it switches mains to the motor and heater (or it did).

static lemonie3 years ago
I would have though a cloths dryer timer would use relays to control the load to the motor, and heating element. Than again the timer are robust enough to handle 30 amps, I really don't know for sure.
lemonie static3 years ago

It's a few amps but not as much as 30.
Think about this: relays are still switches, they've got metal contacts. The timer is just clockwork.

@sagutric please tell me from where you get this timer...i can only find washing machine timer with only 15 minutes...what do you mean by salvage fan? I cant find out on google...From which type of shops i can get this timer? please reply...thanx...
profpat4 years ago
great idea!

although i do have lots of rotary timer salvaged from broken washing machines, they are all below 30 minutes timer, electric fan and air conditioner timers are ideal for longer time needed.
dave684 years ago
That's a cool one I never tried yet, but one I used to use was the "old" coffee makers with a digital clock on it, but it doesn't have the variable time on it. I can't find a picture of it, but it was an old one that was cream color, and the clock was a "modular" box that stood on the side of the maker, and it was a universal clock, that had extra stuff the coffee maker never used, like sleep. Sleep could be set for 1h or 2h, The alarm could be set to when ever... alot of that stuff, was disabled, but the circuit board had the pads for it, so you just solder wires to it. and, since it had a relay for the heater element, it could handle more amps. I had buttons for seconds, sleep (two hours or 1 hour,) 12/24h, alarm, display test, etc.
dave68 dave684 years ago
like that one, but it had a digital clock on it.
rusky4 years ago
Nice! what fan is this originally from? I don't think I've ever seen one with a timer!

You could use adhesive inkjet transparency film to make the scale for the timer.
samchamb4 years ago

I have found duel boxes usefull as well . a pic of my brew belt (heater) thermostat enclosed . I used a digital ch stat and moved the ntc to the end of a short flex .
p.s. you could use a 20mm glass fuse(in a carier) to protect the contacts of the timer .
flyingpuppy4 years ago
Right up my alley, McGuiver. Will favorite this.