Dammit. The 2n3904-3906 And also the tip120's I have will not properly control a motor even with diodes. This sucks. The small 3904-6 ones either overheat or output nothing, and the tip120's draw so much that they completely screw over the clocking. What to do now, maybe different transistors? Small relays? Maybe mechanical cycles who the heck knows. I'm wondering if the signal is too weak from the 4017. The 555 and 4017 are powered from a 9volt so I don't know how they could be too weak but maybe that is it.