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Old 03-25-2011, 01:56 PM   #1
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Alternative Ways to Get Water to a Fridge


So my wife got a new frig this week, a nice side by side with the usual water and ice dispenser. First problem is that the hot water heater is too far away, and the sink is on the other side of the kitchen. So we pay for the extra service of someone coming out to tap the water from wherever works best. Guy gets there and says he can't do it because it's "grey piping" (manufactured home) and requires specialty tools as the piping is prone to bursting......

Are there any alternative means of getting water to a frig, that don't involve re-plumbing my house? My own imagination sees a plastic tank sitting on top of the frig that you fill as needed to get water in. Has someone invented something like that or do I need to get a patent started?
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Old 03-25-2011, 03:32 PM   #2
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Guy gets there and says he can't do it because it's "grey piping" (manufactured home) and requires specialty tools as the piping is prone to bursting......
Gray pipes may mean they are polybutylene pipes. If so, read the info on this website about pipes bursting. Exterior pipes bursting can cause sink holes, interior can cause major water damage. Maybe think about replacing all of those pipes.

http://www.polybutylene.com/test.html

Click on the links on the left side of the web page for more info.

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http://store.waterpumpsupply.com/botwatdis2.html
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there are ways to adapt from PB pipe to pex. crimp fittings are available at the box stores, and i think HD is starting to carry a PB to CTS sharkbite. what i would do is adapt to a more modern pipe and then install an icemaker box behind the fridge.
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Thanks all for the advice. Looking at the waterpump and ways to start migrating to newer piping.
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I just saw a clip on CNN today, where a sink hole broke under a lady and she fell into it. The sink hole looked only about 3' in diameter and the lady was unable to get out by herself. Luckily she had a cell phone and called for help. When the rescuer arrived, he said all he could see was her fingertips waving out from the ground. That was a mighty deep sink hole.

No mention of what caused the sink hole but when I saw that clip, I wondered if she had a burst exterior polybutylene pipe.

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