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Old 09-07-2013, 09:43 AM   #1
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Leaky Saddle Valve

Hi Folks,
Just curious to see if anyone else has run into this similar problem and possibly how they fixed it.

For starters, I'm working half-cocked. I forgot my plumbing tools on a job that's 60 miles away and not going back just to get the plumbing bag... So I'm trying to make do with the tools I have around the house.

That being said, I installed a saddle valve for an icemaker water line in my sisters apartment. The water feed comes out of the wall as 1/2" CPVC to a valve then converts at the valve to 3/8" copper and goes right into the faucet.

I didn't have access to the water main (if there even is one in the apartment itself) so I installed the saddle valve on the supply side to the sink. I didn't feel comfortable installing a saddle valve over CPVC. There's something about plastic pipe I just don't like especially when it comes to putting a hole in it...beside that if there was a leak, I had no way to stop it.

Anyway, so the saddle valve went on and the water line got hooked up. I have the saddle valve down as tight as I could (without totally pinching the pipe) but I am getting a small leak.

Does anyone have a suggestion on how to fix this leak? I would like to salvage whats there if I can however worst case scenario I think I'll replace the feed to the sink from the shut-off valve with PEX and some sharkbite fittings. I can then adapt something to hook up to the 1/4" refrig line. I'd prefer not to do this as I'm the one footing the bill... I can't ask my sister for money, her big brother is the one to always take care of her.

Thoughts, suggestions... despite my plea for help, I'm not a total moron. I've had my hands around plenty of pipes in my day. I feel as though I'm missing something. Some resolution that's simple that my complex brain just can't get right now. ha-ha-ha!!!



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Old 09-07-2013, 10:01 AM   #2
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