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Old 01-17-2009, 02:21 AM   #1
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I am having bad luck with the clear 1/4" ice maker lines when used in a 1/4" barb. It seems they always split after a few weeks or months. Are they only meant to be used in the John Guest type fittings? It doesn't help that I am currently using my faucet adapter for my RO unit but it has a barb on it only.

It seems that the colored RO water lines are not as fragile. Is this correct?

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Old 01-17-2009, 01:16 PM   #2
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Are you talking about pex or just clear plastic tubing? All the icemaker lines i have seen in my area are copper.

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I am using hard translucent plastic. I think it might be PEX? It works fine. Got it at sears hardware.
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I'd go with copper tubing. Not much chance of leaking unless punctured. That plastic stuff will not hold up as well. Could be a real nightmare if your not home and a leak develops.
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I have seen pex in three colors, red, blue, white(it's a frosty white color). I have never seen translucent pex. I would check somewhere other than sears for plumbing supplies. If it is pex you should be crimping it on to barbed fittings. Do a search on pex because i don't think that is what you are using. A picture would really help determine what it actually is.
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You may just be dealing with different grades of tubing. Some water fixtures a few years back used coloured versus clear to indetify multiple linesin spouts but I don`t think there was any benefit beyond id, however different rigid pipe manufacturers today clearly use different grades of plastics and vigin versus non virgin pvcss so flex is likely the same quality wise.
Is your tubing splitting at the saddle valve , is that the barb you refer to or elsewhere up the line. I have a spare kit from Watts for future relocation and similar on my humidifier. Never had an issue with my opague lines except discoloration.

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