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Old 11-20-2011, 10:06 PM   #1
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I seem to have some issues with this connection. Basically it's a valve going from 1/2 pex to 1/4 (I think?) tube which then goes to the humidifier.

When I turn the tap on, over time small droplets form at the connection point. I undid the connection and applied white pipe dope meant for threaded connections. I normally have good luck with that stuff vs teflon tape, for permanent connections.

Now, maybe I'm doing this wrong, there is a little ring inside, think a sphere that has it's top and bottom cut off. Does this ring go over the tube, or inside the tube? I put it over the tube, it fits very tightly, and the tube is cut flush with the end of the ring. Is this right? I can take it apart and post a pic if you're not sure what I mean.

It was ok all last year, though I installed it late in the winter. I did have issues with a leak at the start but I had managed to shove some teflon tape and it lasted the year.

Given the size of the leak, I'm almost tempted to just stick some silicone caulk up there, but I know that's not really the right way.

Posted pic of leak area, as well as overall setup, sometimes it helps to see the big picture.
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I would replace that 1/4" plastic line with a stainless braided connector. They sell them for refrigerators.

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Old 11-20-2011, 11:28 PM   #3
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You're probably missing a stiffener. Looks like this;



Goes inside the pipe and allows the ring (on the exterior of the pipe) to clamp down in the pipe w/o cracking it.

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Yep, I don't have one of those. It's quite possible it accidentally got discarded or something. Is there any way to get/make one without buying a new fitting?
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Yep; big box has them; I've seem them as a brass insert. I think VIp's suggestion was a better idea overall IMO.
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I played with this further, but I managed to damage the ring inside so much that I can't refit it on the line now. Am I pretty much out of luck, should I just get a new fitting? I kind of hate to throw out a fitting when it's missing only minor parts, but I can't see that being available on it's own. I was able to put the pipe in without that ring, but I just have to pull on it and it comes out. It's ok under pressure, but I don't trust it if all I have to do is pull. If that lets go and I'm not home, that would be a huge mess, even if it's just a 1/4 the pressure is quite up there still.

Is there better options for going from 1/2 to 1/4? The valve is not needed as there is a ball valve upstream of it. The way this one works just does not feel safe from the start. There's no clamping or otherwise physical method that the line gets secured. Even a sharkbite would be fine at this point but I've never seen any that take a 1/4 connection.

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Pretty sure I've seen Sharkbite or John Guest push fitting that goes from 1/2" to 1/4". If not at big box then plumbing supply for sure has them. Still need the stiffener though.
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You can go to the store and but new inserts and ferrels(little ring)

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