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Old 09-07-2010, 01:05 PM   #16
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It really makes no difference where you tap into the water line, any cold water line will do. The water heater is irrelevant in this connection. You could run the copper line down through the floor, through the crawl space and up under the sink for connection. In fact, probably the majority of ice makers are connected under the sink.
Ok.. well I just assumed that the washer would be a better idea since it was on the same wall.. We could probably run it under through the crawl space to the sink.. I just thought it was be easier to take it through the wall.

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I was not suggesting that you connect under the sink. I was just trying to show the water heater has no bearing on where to connect.
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I was not suggesting that you connect under the sink. I was just trying to show the water heater has no bearing on where to connect.
Oh ok, I understand. Maybe he just thought that because obviously the hot water heater is going to have something going to every water source, the the kitchen and bathroom sinks and the washer/dryer. There must be a cold water side to it either way. I just want to make sure we do the right thing.
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this just isn't sounding as easy as I've been told it is!
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You could connect behind the toilet (and that is not a suggestion) and there is no water heater connection there.
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You could connect behind the toilet (and that is not a suggestion) and there is no water heater connection there.

got ya! So we could connect it to any water line in the house.. so it has nothing to do with the water heater. I understand. So he isn't right, I guess.
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got ya! So we could connect it to any water line in the house.. so it has nothing to do with the water heater. I understand. So he isn't right, I guess.
Now you've got it.

This not to say he cannot do the job but find out what he is planning to do. This is an area where if he does it wrong you could come home and find a flood. I have seen people put a garden hose tee on the washer connection and run a water line off that. Make sure that a real plumbing stop (shut off valve) is installed for the ice maker line.
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Now you've got it.

This not to say he cannot do the job but find out what he is planning to do. This is an area where if he does it wrong you could come home and find a flood. I have seen people put a garden hose tee on the washer connection and run a water line off that. Make sure that a real plumbing stop (shut off valve) is installed for the ice maker line.
right... honestly if we can we'd like to do it ourselves if at all possible without him. So, just to clarify.. when we buy the installation kit, we need to go with the copper and it needs to have a saddle valve, just not the self piercing kind? Should that kit have everything we need to do it? What tools would be needed?
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No you do not want a saddle valve. You want a plumbed in stop (valve). What type of plumbing do you have? Is it copper, galvanized, CPVC, or PEX.

Do me a favor take a picture of the washer connecting valves and the plumbing under the kitchen sink and post here.
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No you do not want a saddle valve. You want a plumbed in stop (valve). What type of plumbing do you have? Is it copper, galvanized, CPVC, or PEX.

Do me a favor take a picture of the washer connecting valves and the plumbing under the kitchen sink and post here.
unfortunately we won't have the house until next Wednesday. I'm just trying to buy the stuff we need and be ready. Let me look at the inspection when I get home today.... I think it may have had some pictures of the plumbing.
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Ok.. so i was able to pull the inspection up from my email... here is a picture of under the kitchen sink.. and a picture from the garage of the washer/dryer hookup... the laundry room is right on the other side of that.. and are actually taking the hoses and sending through those 2 holes to reverse it so we can put the washer/dryer in the unility room instead of garage! I thought these might help you out some. It's all I have for right now.

ok so that didn't work.. let me try again.

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Here they are...I don't know how much these will help you..
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In the picture of the washer connection (from you earlier post, I assume in the garage) it looks like you have 1/2 copper tubing to feed the washer. The pipe is already exposed so you could solder in a tee there and run a short copper stub back through the wall into the kitchen area, install the stop and run the flex copper from there. How are your soldering skills?

It also looks like the drain hose has been pushed through the wall to connect to that white PVC stand pipe. Frankly I would hire a plumber to straighten that all out and turn the supply and drain connection around so they face the kitchen. At that the same time he could install the stop for your ice maker.

Also what is that stub of pipe coming out of the wall to the right of the cut out in the dry wall? If that is a copper pipe with a cap on it, you could use that for the ice maker if you do not want a plumber involved.

That mess under the kitchen sink is a can of worms and a drain clog waiting to happen. Did the home inspector call out the problems with that?
It looks like the drain is higher that to outlet on the disposer. That will cause water to back up and not drain completely. It will also stink. That flexible connector is another clog down the road. They catch food particles and should never be used in a horizontal orientation especially on a disposer drain. IMO, they never should be used anywhere.

If the inspector had done his job the issues with the sink drain and the wrong way washer connections should have been addressed and you could have asked the seller to remedy prior to closing.

You did not mention the dryer, is it gas or electric? If the gas connection or the 240 volt receptacle for the dryer is also in the garage, it is code violation to run a dryer cord or a gas flex hookup through the wall. Again the home inspector should have addressed it.
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In the picture of the washer connection (from you earlier post, I assume in the garage) it looks like you have 1/2 copper tubing to feed the washer. The pipe is already exposed so you could solder in a tee there and run a short copper stub back through the wall into the kitchen area, install the stop and run the flex copper from there. How are your soldering skills?

It also looks like the drain hose has been pushed through the wall to connect to that white PVC stand pipe. Frankly I would hire a plumber to straighten that all out and turn the supply and drain connection around so they face the kitchen. At that the same time he could install the stop for your ice maker.

Also what is that stub of pipe coming out of the wall to the right of the cut out in the dry wall? If that is a copper pipe with a cap on it, you could use that for the ice maker if you do not want a plumber involved.

That mess under the kitchen sink is a can of worms and a drain clog waiting to happen. Did the home inspector call out the problems with that?
It looks like the drain is higher that to outlet on the disposer. That will cause water to back up and not drain completely. It will also stink. That flexible connector is another clog down the road. They catch food particles and should never be used in a horizontal orientation especially on a disposer drain. IMO, they never should be used anywhere.

If the inspector had done his job the issues with the sink drain and the wrong way washer connections should have been addressed and you could have asked the seller to remedy prior to closing.

You did not mention the dryer, is it gas or electric? If the gas connection or the 240 volt receptacle for the dryer is also in the garage, it is code violation to run a dryer cord or a gas flex hookup through the wall. Again the home inspector should have addressed it.
yes, they did address the disposal issues...

The dryer is electric....

and that little pipe sticking out use to be an outdoor spicket.. that area of the garage was added on. so it goes to nothing. We thought of making it into another spicket for a hose for the back yard, or if it would work for this, we might use it for the icemaker.. what would we have to do to use it for the icemaker? We know where the shut off/on is for it.
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On the electric dryer, where is the receptacle? Remember you can not have the dryer in the kitchen and run the cord thru the wall to the garage.

Turn the water off to that copper stub (to the whole house if you have to), cut off the cap with a tubing cutter and install a compression stop for the ice maker. The stop should be 5/8 input (for the 1/2" copper stub) by 1/4" compression for the water line to the ice maker. Run the 1/4" flex copper thru the wall and to the back of the refrig. If you are in a cold climate make sure you insulate so that it will not freeze.

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