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Old 09-21-2010, 08:35 AM   #1
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First.. thank you to all of you who helped me figure everything out! I'm finally understanding it all.. and pretty confident that we can handle it ourselves.

My husband and I went to lowes last night to try and round up everything we needed... I printed off the instructions that you guys gave me... and the guy there was clueless..so we went to Menards instead. The guy there was very helpful.. he helped us find everything.. we got the shark bite fitting that looks kinda like the picture i'm attaching. We got that, a shut off valve, 20 feet of 1/4 inch copper tubing and a tubing cutter. (we got everything separate because all the kits had self piercing valves)

So I totally understand putting in the shark bite/tee fitting.. but where on earth do you put the shut off valve now? Because the 1/4 inch copper tubbing fits right into the shark bite/tee. The guy at menards explained it, I thought I understood, but then as I started thinking about it, I really didn't understand.. because I don't know where you'd install it now.

With the regular tee you hook it into the main pipe, then you have the 1/2 in pipe come out of that.. and install the shut off valve, then hook the 1/4 inch copper into that... but you eliminate that process with this.. so i'm very confused.

check the pictures in the post below they are more accurate...


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sorry for my vague description of how to install it lol... i'm not good at explaining it like all of you!

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also.. how do you know which pipe is the cold water to the washer? There are many different pipes/tubing back there.. unlike under the sink.. it's a little more confusing. I'm assuming, by the picture I posted in my other thread.. it's one of the two pipes that are exposed.. just not sure which one..

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Old 09-21-2010, 10:12 AM   #4
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I think this would work...

http://www.acehardwareoutlet.com/%28...?SKU=998952530

It is a valve with a reducer built in from 1/2" to 1/4". So you'd use a 1/2 x 1/2 x 1/2 tee, then put a short piece of 1/2" copper pipe on the new branch, then put the valve linked above onto that short piece of pipe, then put your 1/4" pipe into it.



There are probably labels on the valve....but an easy way is to just run the washer on hot and feel which pipe gets hot. (Then use the other one!)
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I think this would work...

http://www.acehardwareoutlet.com/%28...?SKU=998952530

It is a valve with a reducer built in from 1/2" to 1/4". So you'd use a 1/2 x 1/2 x 1/2 tee, then put a short piece of 1/2" copper pipe on the new branch, then put the valve linked above onto that short piece of pipe, then put your 1/4" pipe into it.



There are probably labels on the valve....but an easy way is to just run the washer on hot and feel which pipe gets hot. (Then use the other one!)
Well..we already bought the fittings.. the sharkbite fitting is 1/2 x 1/2 x 1/4.. so we can just install the waterline into that.

Also, when I just went home for lunch I checked.. and the shut off valve is 1/4 x 1/4 So.. could I just install it in the middle of the 1/4" copper line to the fridge?? Or how necessary is the shut off valve? Most people I've asked say they never shut it off.. so does it really even matter if I have it on there?
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I would definitely install a shutoff valve. If it ever leaks, your only other option is to shut all the water off in your house till it's fixed.

I'll let the other guys chime in who are more experienced, but it seems that a shutoff valve on 1/4" pipe would work, but that pipe is so flimsy I'd be worried about bending the pipe when turning the valve on and off. What kind of valve did you get, compression? I'm not sure which is more likely to have problems...sharkbite or compression....but I'd pick whichever one is less
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I would definitely install a shutoff valve. If it ever leaks, your only other option is to shut all the water off in your house till it's fixed.

I'll let the other guys chime in who are more experienced, but it seems that a shutoff valve on 1/4" pipe would work, but that pipe is so flimsy I'd be worried about bending the pipe when turning the valve on and off. What kind of valve did you get, compression? I'm not sure which is more likely to have problems...sharkbite or compression....but I'd pick whichever one is less
The ones I got are not like in the picture I just couldn't find another picture... just the sizes are the same.. it's a different material.. plastic material. I asked if it mattered which and they guy said as long as you aren't going to be bumping it around a lot the plastic kind will work fine.. and it's not the name brand.. "sharkbite" it's watts I think. Like I said it's 1/2 X 1/2 X 1/4... then the shut off valve.. I can't remember if it said compression or not.. I just know it's 1/4" on both sides.. it's also plastic and light weight.. not heavy at all.. So I don't know but I think it would be ok to install in the copper line.. I could just do it close to where it's connected to the original cold water line..maybe??
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Here is exactly what we bought.
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If it were me...I'd return what you bought and go to a plumbing supply store to get brass fittings....but someone more experienced may chime in and say the plastic ones are ok. I'd go with the 1/2" (all 3 sides) tee and the 1/2" x 1/4" valve....The less flimsy 1/4" pipe the better, in my opinion.

I bet if you go into a plumbing supply house...they'd be pretty helpful showing you all sorts of fittings you may not have known about. They are pretty helpful to DIYers at all of my local supply houses.

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don't know the type material your dealing with ,but if it's copper water lines for a DIYER ,with no experence,I would suggest this kit




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