Daylight Saving Time: How to set the clock on anything

Daylight Saving TimeOn Sunday clocks around the country will "Spring Ahead" an hour to mark the beginning of Daylight Saving Time. For most of these clocks, on newer devices connected to the Internet, will update to the correct time automatically. But older items like microwaves, ovens, clock radios, coffeemakers, digital cameras and VCRs won't update on their own.

Even if you have a device that automatically changes the time to observe DST, thanks to the changes made in 2007 it might not make the change on the correct date. But thanks to Retrevo's Set Your Clock page, figuring out how to change the time for DST is as simple as changing the clock on an analog watch.

Changing the time on a gadget or appliance is a very straightforward task, so long as you have the user manual that details the steps required. Unfortunately, without the manual, figuring out how to set the time on many devices is about as complicated as knowing which wire to cut on a made-for-TV bomb.

Retrevo is a consumer electronic review and shopping site that has an amazing collection of manuals for gadgets, appliances and just about anything with a clock which makes its database a perfect resource for most of us who observe Daylight Saving Time. For the record, Hawaii and most of Arizona don't join the rest of the nation in this twice-a-year tradition.

You can search for your manual by model name or browse by category to find your specific device or one that is similar. After you find the manual you can view the instructions right inside your browser or save the manual to your computer as a PDF for future reference.

So, before you go to bed on Saturday you should visit Retrevo and figure out how to set your clocks to the correct time. If you wonder why the change happens so late at night, you can blame the trains -- 2 a.m. on a Sunday is one of the slowest times for train travel and most of America is asleep so few people are affected.

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