[gardeners] Re: Troubleshooting the water timer

Bob Kirk (gardeners@globalgarden.com)
Wed, 5 May 1999 23:36:42 -0500 (CDT)

> A friend gave me an electric timer for hose set ups, one that he
> said didn't work anymore. A little trouble shooting showed me a small
> resistor needed replacing so did that.
   Aha, the old "sacrificial resistor," like the one that they were always
rumored to have engineered into TI (Texas Instruments) calculators - which
rule, so don't any non-technical types whose kid is looking for one get the
wrong idea....
   Sounds like something Better Homes(R) would put in their Wal-Mart timers
except I've already figured out their particular planned obsolescence scheme
involves the cheesy plastic clock gears that activate the valve, and can't
imagine they'd have been willing to pay (read charge) more for a backup