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Old 03-20-2011, 12:27 PM   #1
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Retrofitting and icemaker box


I'm retrofitting an ice maker box behind my fridge. I can patch up the wall, and it's hidden from my anyway.

My Q is regarding pex in the wall--should I be worried about leaks at a fitting behind the wall? I don't expect any movement after it's in, but should I be worried about securing the pex behind the wall at all, it will be about a 3-4' run total from wall to unfinished and exposed basement. Also, any concerns with it being attached to a solenoid valve in the fridge?

I have pex in the basement connected to copper behind the walls and to fixtures. This would be my first/only behind the wall pex, but it will be much easier to snake pex than copper.

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Pex is fine behind the wall, in fact I did a similar set-up last year. It should be secured to the studs in the wall like any other plumbing. I used a 1/2" pex stub out 90

and secured it to some bracing I installed in the wall. Then get a compression angle stop, similar to one used on a toilet, and hook it up to a ss braided hose. I got a 4' hose at my local supply house so I can pull the fridge out and do whatever needs to be done w/o turning off the water.

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