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Old 10-16-2012, 05:19 PM   #16
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Look the dude wants to install a 1/4" ice machine line what's the big deal?
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yep no big deal but I would 3/8 or 1/2 ...because 1/4" is prone to clog after a few yrs...just my 2 cent....oh and yes concrete is sure of one thing it will crack....ben sr
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Update: I plan on running a 1/4" soft copper line within a 1/2" OD (3/8" ID) flexible plastic tube through a groove in the slab. Today I cut a channel into the concrete with the angle grinder and hammer drill (angle grinder was a mess, now I see why they use wet saws for this). The channel about 1" x 1" and 6' long. I have the channel making a gradual curve at both ends so the tubes can emerge from the floor without kinking the copper. I think (hope) that if I would ever damage the copper line, I should be able to yank it out of there and slide another copper line through the outer plastic sleeve.

I have all of the materials and I just need to chip away at some more of the irregularities in the groove so the top of the outer (plastic) tube remains about 1/2" under the surface. Eventually there will be another 1/2 inch of thinset and slate on top of that.

Let me know if anyone has any concerns. I'll share some pics when I get a little further.
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Update: I plan on running a 1/4" soft copper line within a 1/2" OD (3/8" ID) flexible plastic tube through a groove in the slab. Today I cut a channel into the concrete with the angle grinder and hammer drill (angle grinder was a mess, now I see why they use wet saws for this). The channel about 1" x 1" and 6' long. I have the channel making a gradual curve at both ends so the tubes can emerge from the floor without kinking the copper. I think (hope) that if I would ever damage the copper line, I should be able to yank it out of there and slide another copper line through the outer plastic sleeve.

I have all of the materials and I just need to chip away at some more of the irregularities in the groove so the top of the outer (plastic) tube remains about 1/2" under the surface. Eventually there will be another 1/2 inch of thinset and slate on top of that.

Let me know if anyone has any concerns. I'll share some pics when I get a little further.
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Nice thread. It's a shame he never posted pics. I'm about to do the same things. 1/4" was run along a channel about 3 feet long then under the wall until it reached the fridge. I jack hammered the old floor off and went right through the line. I guess I will look for 3/8" plastic tubing to cover the copper while it channels through the concrete.
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Old 01-30-2017, 03:26 PM   #21
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I've always wanted a reason to try bending long sweep 90's in pvc to sleeve plastic ice maker/refrigerator line and this would be my reason. I just don't need to at the moment.
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Sorry - it's been a long time. I did complete this job. I started with an angle grinder with masonry cutter to make 2 long cuts. It was a dusty mess, but that helped to keep everything straight when I came through with the hammer drill. I ran the copper through the plastic tube and then filled the notch with cement mix. My thinking was that at some point, someone is going to kink the copper, and this way you can easily pull out the copper tube and slide a new one in, without having to jack everything up. After the cement dried I tiled the entire room. I don't have a great picture of that part. I sold the house shortly after completing the 6 year basement remodel.

I couldn't get the pics to come though from my photo album so I will try to attach them.

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Nice job, I bet the new owners didn't even put a fridge in the location you worked so hard on to run a line, right?

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