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Old 06-14-2010, 03:06 PM   #1
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Good approach for adding refrigerator line?


I need to install a 1/4" water line to my new refrigerator, and this is my first time doing so. I have soldered pipes before. Tapping into the sink line is not very convenient as it is on the other side of the kitchen. The water heater is in the basement directly below the fridge, the ceiling is open in the basement and the cold water pipe is right there. Connections will be soldered. Is this an acceptable idea :

- Add tee to cold water line that runs to water heater
- Install ball valve in new line coming from tee (no place to really put it in the kitchen)
- Run flexible 1/4" copper tubing up to fridge location, allow for about 6 feet extra coiled behind fridge
- Add reducer after ball valve to get to 1/4"...flexible copper tubing will be soldered in after the reducer, and a compression fitting used on the end in the kitchen

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Since it is fully exposed, you can use compression fittings all the way for connections to the supply pipe and copper line ( a 1/2" compression T with a 1/2" ball valve coming off of it and a 1/2"-to 1/4" male threaded reducer to a compression fitting off of the valve for the copper line) and do without any soldering. Sandpaper the ends of the pipe and copper line clean before installing the compression fittings on them.
Just cut a short piece out of your cold water supply line to the water heater that will allow the pipe to fully seat into both ends of the compression T. Otherwise, your plan is good to go without any soldering, especially not that 1/4" copper line.
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Yes do it the way you described it's the way to go and the way I would do it. I like the way you remembered the loop behind the Fridge. While your at it clean the coils on the fridge.
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Clean the coils on the fridge, even though it's brand new?

I should clarify, when I say the ceiling is "open" in the laundry room below, there is a drop ceiling with the removable semi-transparent panels, with a fluorescent light above. So while I have easy access to the plumbing, there will technically be a piece of plastic there after I'm done. The reason I chose to solder the connections is because I am more confident with the seal (I know, the compression fittings are approved, I was just taught the soldering method and at the old old age of 28, I'm far too old to change), and since I won't be able to visibly see the joints, it gives me a better feeling. I can assemble the new pieces in my vise and then install it into the existing line so I only have to solder the tee connections on the ladder.
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Sorry missed the NEW part, to early.
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Sorry missed the NEW part, to early.

I just figured you were very adamant about preventive maintenance

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