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Old 11-21-2006, 05:32 PM   #1
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Hi, Im getting ready to get a new Refrig with a water/ice dispenser and will need to run a line from a cold water pipe.

I see they sell kits with flexible copper tubing, and a clamp on saddle vavle. Ive heard a few people say to stay away from these and I would be better off soldering in a Tee and approprite reducing conectors.

Is it really worth splicing in a Tee instead of just using the saddle vavle?

Any known isues with the saddle vavles as too why some frown on using these?

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Old 11-21-2006, 05:49 PM   #2
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Saddle valves are against code, can you run a line from under the kitchen sink by adding a duel shutoff vavle?
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Old 11-21-2006, 05:58 PM   #3
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no unfortunatly the sink is on a different wall and running the line behind all the cabinets would be next to impossible.

Directly underneath where my frig is, I have a cold water main line, so I think the most direct route would be to just drill a hole thru the floor and run the copper thru the floor.

Should I solder in a tee, and use a ball valve, and then a reducer to 1/4 compression?

Will the copper connect to a compression without flaring the end?
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You can use a compression tee and add a shutoff valve to 1/4"
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Yeah I dont know what I was thinking.

I see Home depot has a 1/2 Sweat to a 1/4 Compression shut off vavle. So I can solder in a tee, come out with a little piece of copper, sweat the shutoff on, and the 1/4" line will connect to the compression side of the shut off right?

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Right, or use a 1/4" compression shut off valve off the tee side.
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got it, ok thanks a lot for the help.

I guess my brain was trying to make it more difficult than it actually is LOL!
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Hi, Im getting ready to get a new Refrig with a water/ice dispenser and will need to run a line from a cold water pipe.

I see they sell kits with flexible copper tubing, and a clamp on saddle vavle. Ive heard a few people say to stay away from these and I would be better off soldering in a Tee and approprite reducing conectors.

Is it really worth splicing in a Tee instead of just using the saddle vavle?

Any known isues with the saddle vavles as too why some frown on using these?

Thanks in Advance...
if you want a job done "right", solder in a tee w/ valve and run a line to your fridge.....if you want a job done easy, fast and a few bucks cheaper use the sadle valve. its your house, unless you want to impress a plumber friend of yours , go w/ the the sadle valve, i have never had a problem w/ them, and use them all the time
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Old 11-22-2006, 05:32 PM   #9
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The money you save on a saddle valve will be spent in time when it clogs up. Saddle valves are also called "needle valves" because you puncture the line with a very small piece of metal. They also are prone to leaks. You may also "starve" your frig since the hole in the line is so small. I realize that lots of people use them because I have replaced a bunch of them.
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If you read this before you buy a new one, it will be worth the trouble to find out what type of materials the manufacturer uses to transport and hold the water before it goes to the dispenser.
I have an 8 to 10 year Amana refrigerator that has to be using internal lines and a holding tank made of inferior materials as the water comes out tasting lousey. I tried sanitizing with bleach and that did not help. I even put in a copper feed line to no avail. If you ever tasted water coming out of a garden hose; then it is simular, only stronger. Holding tanks made of acrylic or stainless steel would be acceptable. The internal lines, I am not sure what to recommend but I think clear vinyl may be a better choice. Check the companys website for FAQ on poor tasting water. Don't let them sell you a filter if your tap water is acceptable. Some new models that I have looked at have a filter inside the refrigerator, so the question is: Is the water filtered before it goes into the holding tank or after? I would prefer it to be filtered after the holding tank before it goes to the dispenser or to the icecube maker. That may help some.
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