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Mechanical timer failure

comparing a mechanical timer to a digital timer

Every now and then I would look over towards our coop before going to bed and notice the supplemental light still on.

At first I thought maybe the chickens figured out how to work the timer, but eventually settled on some kind of intermittent failure in the mechanical timer.

I suspect the mechanical timer was intended for indoor use only and might behave differently when it gets frozen. I'll post an update in a month or so to check on the performance of the new digital timer.

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About us: Anna Hess and Mark Hamilton spent over a decade living self-sufficiently in the mountains of Virginia before moving north to start over from scratch in the foothills of Ohio. They've experimented with permaculture, no-till gardening, trailersteading, home-based microbusinesses and much more, writing about their adventures in both blogs and books.

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