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Old 12-14-2009, 02:18 PM   #1
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I have a couple 1/4" water lines that come off saddle valves in my house... when looking at htem I noticed that some have that little v shaped ball soldered to the 1/4" tube and some dont... this is a compression fitting on a 1/4" copper tubing, does this little bead like v shaped circle need to be soldered to the tube or not? thanks! (I never worked with these fittings before, new to plumbing pretty much)

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If you have compression fittings, these are ferrules and do not get soldered on. They compress to the tube when you tighten the nut, creating your seal. When installing compression fittings, bottom the tube then slide the ferrule in place and tighten the nut.

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If you have compression fittings, these are ferrules and do not get soldered on. They compress to the tube when you tighten the nut, creating your seal. When installing compression fittings, bottom the tube then slide the ferrule in place and tighten the nut.
thats what I thought, why in the world did the contractor when building the house solder them then
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They may look soldered but they probably aren't. The ferule on copper compresses so tight you cant get it off and it seems bonded to the copper sleeve.
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They may look soldered but they probably aren't. The ferule on copper compresses so tight you cant get it off and it seems bonded to the copper sleeve.
In at least one of them I can see solder around the edges of it... looks just like a larger coper pipe's joint with the silverish line running around it
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When he installed them they were probably cocked and would not compress and leaked so he got fed up and soldered them once and for all.

I never use the them they seem to always cause problems somewhere down the line.

I cut in a tee with fittings and shutoff valve(ball or gate) then tie the 1/4 inch line in.
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When he installed them they were probably cocked and would not compress and leaked so he got fed up and soldered them once and for all.

I never use the them they seem to always cause problems somewhere down the line.

I cut in a tee with fittings and shutoff valve(ball or gate) then tie the 1/4 inch line in.
I don't use the saddle valves either. As said above cut in a tee.

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