This outlet is two rocker switches. Left controls my bathroom light (4), right controls my bathroom fan (3). I am trying to install a timer switch so the fan is only on for ~30 min at a time.
The instructions insist a neutral wire is connected to the switch.
My house was built in the late 60s. Many of the wires have paint on them which makes things difficult.
The wire nut under (1) contains wires which come from the wall and don't connect to the existing switches. They are an egg-cream color which I believe is white + age. All the other white looking wires are black wires that have paint on them. I think what's going on with the wire nut in 2 is that the hot line from the wall is joined with two other small wires, one for each switch.
My thought is that (1) is the neutral wire, and I should undo the existing wire nut, add an additional wire which will goto my new switch as a neutral, then wire nut them all together.
Is that correct? Is there anything else I can do to verify this? What's the risk if I'm wrong?
(note 3 is the actual timer switch, once I realized I didn't know what the neutral was I took the pictures and then put it back how it started)
(edit: additional note, this bathroom has a small room for shower/toilet, where this picture is, connected to the area with two sinks... basically the other side of the wall in the same position is a gfci outlet by the sink)