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Old 09-07-2010, 08:39 PM   #31
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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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Connecting it to that water line sounds pretty easy. The waterline is by it self.. it has nothing else connected to it. And I don't even think it has a cap on it... that is one thing the inspector said.. to either put a cap on it or turn it back into a spicket for the hose.

How do we insulate the copper line from the stub to where it goes through the wall? It seems like it would just be dangling there! Would we need to put something around it?

What's weird about the washer/dryer room.. is that the plugins were already in there for it. I think they had it in there originally, then when they added on to the garage.. moved it to the garage.. so we are moving it back to the original utility room.

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Old 09-08-2010, 08:11 AM   #32
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1/4 inch water line sequence.

#1 Husband has to know how to solder

#2 Find any 1/2 " cold water line in house (non freezing)

"SHUT OFF WATER"

#3 Cut 1/2 " water line install 1/2 tee and 1/2 " shut off valve.

#4 Downsize line at valve to 1/4" compression fitting.

#5 Install 1/4 inch rolled soft "L" copper to behind refrigerator leaving at least 4 or 5 rings of roll behind refrigerator.

#6 Hook up 1/4 " copper to refrigerator water line while refrigerator is far out from wall.. secure 1/4 in water line to back of refrigerator with plastic clamp and screw where screws already located on refrigerator.

#7 Make sure the rolls look like the toy "SLINKY" so you can move the refrigerator in and out for service and cleaning.

#8 TURN ON WATER. While refrigerator is out check entire line for leaks.. push back in place start ice maker wait 24 hours throw out the first batch of ice then sit back and make cold drink with cubes.

Please if I missed any step or information other readers please help.
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1/4 inch water line sequence.

#1 Husband has to know how to solder

#2 Find any 1/2 " cold water line in house (non freezing)

"SHUT OFF WATER"

#3 Cut 1/2 " water line install 1/2 tee and 1/2 " shut off valve.

#4 Downsize line at valve to 1/4" compression fitting.

#5 Install 1/4 inch rolled soft "L" copper to behind refrigerator leaving at least 4 or 5 rings of roll behind refrigerator.

#6 Hook up 1/4 " copper to refrigerator water line while refrigerator is far out from wall.. secure 1/4 in water line to back of refrigerator with plastic clamp and screw where screws already located on refrigerator.

#7 Make sure the rolls look like the toy "SLINKY" so you can move the refrigerator in and out for service and cleaning.

#8 TURN ON WATER. While refrigerator is out check entire line for leaks.. push back in place start ice maker wait 24 hours throw out the first batch of ice then sit back and make cold drink with cubes.

Please if I missed any step or information other readers please help.
Where does Soldering come in?
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Old 09-08-2010, 04:26 PM   #34
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Why not let your husband read all these posts and let him decide if he needs that guy to help him with the installation. Good Luck
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Old 09-08-2010, 05:52 PM   #35
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1/4 inch water line sequence.

#1 Husband has to know how to solder

#2 Find any 1/2 " cold water line in house (non freezing)

"SHUT OFF WATER"

#3 Cut 1/2 " water line install 1/2 tee and 1/2 " shut off valve.

#4 Downsize line at valve to 1/4" compression fitting.

#5 Install 1/4 inch rolled soft "L" copper to behind refrigerator leaving at least 4 or 5 rings of roll behind refrigerator.

#6 Hook up 1/4 " copper to refrigerator water line while refrigerator is far out from wall.. secure 1/4 in water line to back of refrigerator with plastic clamp and screw where screws already located on refrigerator.

#7 Make sure the rolls look like the toy "SLINKY" so you can move the refrigerator in and out for service and cleaning.

#8 TURN ON WATER. While refrigerator is out check entire line for leaks.. push back in place start ice maker wait 24 hours throw out the first batch of ice then sit back and make cold drink with cubes.

Please if I missed any step or information other readers please help.
I belive they have the new shark bite fitting's that just slip on the 1/2" end's and than the 1/4" is a compresion . No soldering required.

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I belive they have the new shark bite fitting's that just slip on the 1/2" end's and than the 1/4" is a compresion . No soldering required. Now these don't leak . I know home depot has them maybe lowe's ect. also
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Old 09-18-2010, 05:53 PM   #36
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Ok... so now I have another question...

We were talking with my husbands uncle who we decided to let put in the water line.. he does things like this for a living.. and so we thought it would be a good idea. Then, tonight as we were talking about it he was kinda telling us how to do it.. and he said "get a kit with the self tapping saddle valves" Well.. all I've heard on here is that they are no good and we shouldn't get them. But yet, he's been doing this stuff for 30 years and says it's fine. So now I'm confused. I want to make sure we do the right thing. Why do you all say that they are bad and we shouldn't use them? Just curious...
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This is a recording follow COLDIRONS POST #33 if you want to do it right.

PS: Sometimes people say have been doing this 30 years .. it's impressive .. but have they been doing it for 30 years the right way that is the question?
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oh I understand.. I trust what you are telling me. I'm just curious why self tapping valves are so bad? I just want to understand. My husband was kinda defending his uncle when I told him I didn't think it was a good idea based on what I've been told and read..... so I'm just wondering what makes them bad..
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oh I understand.. I trust what you are telling me. I'm just curious why self tapping valves are so bad? I just want to understand. My husband was kinda defending his uncle when I told him I didn't think it was a good idea based on what I've been told and read..... so I'm just wondering what makes them bad..
IMO they are junk Bump it and it will leak, turn your back on it and it will leak, cover it with drywall-it will leak...
One of our service techs got fired for installing one
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One of our service techs got fired for installing one
lol I fired a guy once for putting one in, only because he was told not to and he still did
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I agree with the other posts ....the valves are junk... leaks, can't turn off sometimes, corrosion, to loose problems, to tight problems.

If you want piece of mind and a permanent job Done Right do not use saddle valves.

So now that you heard from several of us that have all installed many of these valves over the years and had problems with them... it's your call..

Lets get some ice and have a cocktail
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I agree with the other posts ....the valves are junk... leaks, can't turn off sometimes, corrosion, to loose problems, to tight problems.

If you want piece of mind and a permanent job Done Right do not use saddle valves.

So now that you heard from several of us that have all installed many of these valves over the years and had problems with them... it's your call..

Lets get some ice and have a cocktail
lol thanks... I really dont want to use the saddle valves so we may not be able to have him do it... sigh.. i'm so stressed by this.. because I really wanted someone else to do it.. i'm afraid to attempt it ourselves.......the instructions just scare me and my husband is NOT a handy guy.. and he'll admit it! He's gotten himself in trouble many times "trying" to help! lol
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I'm gonna take the instructions you gave me.. and go to Lowe's tonight and figure out what we need to get! Thank you all so much for your help! My husband thinks he can handle it on his own.. and honestly I'd rather to save the money of having someone else do it.

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