This basic electromechanical timer was installed in a low voltage landscape lighting transformer. It lasted a couple months short of 10 years. I opened it up to see and show how it was designed and why it failed. The clock motor was still working. The contacts got eroded enough over the years that they were no longer closing.
A good example of simple and low cost electromechanical product design.
I was watching the latest “Mailbag” episode on Dave (That Crazy Australian Bloke) Jones’ EEVBlog wherein he mentions another Video Blog (VLOG?) “ToddFun.com”. Todd sent in a Chinese market Fluke meter for Dave to “analyze”. Buyer beware, the meter doesn’t stand up so well to Dave’s first impression. He hinted at fun future plans for it though, I think the magic smoke may be released soon!