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Block Heater Timer?

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What are all of you using for your timers. Are you using a standard timer that you would use to turn on a light in the house for $15. The one i looked at was rated to 15amps continuous. Or are you going with the comercial grades that are around $80. I just want it to turn on at 6:30 then off at 7:30, im tired of getting up and pluggin the cord in the outlet. thanks
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Well i went and bought the 15 amp timer for like $10, it works so far.
 

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I have been using a 15 amp timer for the last two years without having any problems.

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My timer is hard wired in. Bought it Home Depot. I use to use the timer that plugged into a wall recepticale. One summer for what ever reason i unplugged it from the recepticle and was amazed that the white faced wall plate had a black haze on it.
 

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make sure it's on a commercial rated US made 20 amp GFI outlet. the cheap imported 15 amp units turn to black toast.

if the block heater shorts internally to the block, it will knock a guy on his arse, can kill. guy's heart serves as the current circuit return. GFI helps prevent this.

minimum 3 wire 12ga drop cord with ground to get full voltage to the heater and for safety.

don't want the kids getting fried touching the truck
 

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all the outlets in my garage are GFIs, grandpas an oldschool electrician. may be overkill, but with water laying in the garage as cars melt, im not taking any chances
 

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The block heater only draws around 6.5 amps.

15a timer on a GFI outlet in my garage using a 25ft basic cheap 18ga orange extension cord is all I ever used at the stick house.

Now I just use a 25ft basic cheap 18ga cord plugged into the power box here at my 5vr campsite, rain snow or shine.
 
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