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cshousley 09-28-2007 10:10 PM

ice maker line in wall and fittings
I have put a 1/4 OD copper in the wall (one side of wall has no sheetrock) connecting to a icemaker cutoff box. Initially I used compression fittings but for some reason I had a hard time getting them leak-free (in the past I had been successful).

So what do I do. I have a union to join two pieces of pipe and it then joins to the reducer that goes to the valve.

Can you buy 1/4 OD unions and solder? (I have not found them at lowes -- only 1/4 that is larger than the OD).

Should I use quick connect plastic? How reliable and safe are they. This will be in a wall.

Should I try again with compression fittings?



skymaster 09-28-2007 11:07 PM

you should have no need for them, if you are trying to make 2 shorter pcs into a long one ferget it, just buy new kit. I like the nylon lines, they have there issues I know just so much easier to run.
i use compression fittings.
the reason you cant find fittings. go to plumbing supply. Second, ur waterline is 1/4 OD the 1/4 you see is 1/4 ID, 1/16 wall and ya got almost 3/8 od

cshousley 09-29-2007 07:46 AM

No fittings . . . and no sweats?
I have copper that hooks on in the attice (had plastic and rats/squirrels ate it). So copper now. It was coming through a cabinet. I have now put it in the wall as I am doing some remodeling. The copper was long enough to compression fit to the "ice maker box". But the compression fitting was not working properly and I jerked it up putting a crimp in the copper. So I cut the copper to union another in. So there are actually 3 fittings needed. 2 at the unioin and where it joins on to the "box."

When you say "no fittings" do you mean no sweats or just no compression fittings? Unfortunately all the plumbing supply are closed sat morn, but the one I went to yesterday did not have what I needed for the sweat.

Thank you very much. BTW, what do you think about the quick connect?


Ron The Plumber 09-30-2007 07:29 PM

You can get sweat on couplings, you will need to find a refrigeration supplier for such fittings.

cshousley 10-01-2007 08:46 AM

Thanks. It took calling 5 places before I could find one!


Marlin 10-01-2007 04:01 PM

Get a couple extra. Those things are like gold sometimes, impossible to find when you need one.

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