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Fix'n it 11-03-2013 07:17 AM

running fridge water line.
i need to run the line through cabinets. should i run it through the base of the cabinet, or through the inside of the cabinet(lower rear corner) ?

PoleCat 11-03-2013 07:25 AM

If you are going through multiple cabinets under the base may be impossible without pulling the cabinets to drill inside panels.

ben's plumbing 11-03-2013 07:25 AM

pictures help..but if you can't do any other way it so you can repair it if you have to.....ben sr to answer your question ..your choice..

joecaption 11-03-2013 07:27 AM

No way to tap into a line under the floor and run it to a real ice maker box?

Fix'n it 11-03-2013 07:41 AM

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said cabinets are not installed yet. valve for fridge water is already installed under sink. and i installed it so that nearly any person, disabled/handicaped even, could turn it off.

servicing the line. if i go through the base. it could be easily pulled out. then a new line could be taped to a rod and run through to the DW area.

PoleCat 11-03-2013 07:51 AM

Looks like you got it made. Only concern I would have over going through the base is water damage from late detection of a leak. Mouse decides to bite hole in the line and it takes awhile for you discover the leak. 40 years ago plastic pipe was a rupture hazard but I think we are out of the woods on that. I think I would go that route despite my paranoia.

Fix'n it 11-03-2013 08:08 AM

i do have the plastic line. imo, it is more durable, all things said.

mice, not an issue. neighborhood cats take care of the outside. out 2 cats cover the inside.
all the work i have done to this house, i have yet to see 1 mouse turd. but yeah, i know what your say'n.

yeah, the leak issue.

bbo 11-03-2013 08:13 AM

I'd think any leak would go undetected unless you leave the doors open or the line running on top of the counter. I would not use that as a determination as to where to run the line.

Still concerned, get something like this:

note I've had icemakers for 15ish years, no leaks yet. of course, my house may fall into a sinkhole one of these days as I don't have alarms on everything.

rjniles 11-03-2013 08:14 AM

Run flex copper not that plastic tubing they sell as an icemaker kit.

oh'mike 11-03-2013 08:22 AM

I see you are on an outside wall---to bad.

there are water line boxes that can be tucked into the wall---which allow you to use the new,braided water feed lines---I like using those whenever possible.

wkearney99 11-03-2013 08:36 AM

I second the suggestion to use flex copper. Out of sight situations like this are often worth using a less-likely-to-fail material like copper instead of plastic.

I had them run the lines for a dishwasher under the base of two cabinets to get to the power, water supply and drain. I put a 2" hole in the back lower corners, but also put a 1x4 cleat on the back wall along the length. This to add a bit of support for the loss of where the hole was cut. Fishing the lines across once the cabinets and counter were installed actually went much easier than expected. The key was using a hole bigger than the bare minimum needed. The hole in the floor of the sink base was 'dressed up' using a wall escutcheon cover like the kind you'd normally use to surround the PVC going into the wall.

And make sure to put in an actual valve for it. Don't use a vampire tap.

As for leaks, wouldn't you know it, when I reinstalled our fridge I neglected to put some teflon tape on the threads and it leaked a bit. Fortunately we left things accessible and noticed the slight drip quickly enough to avoid any damage. It took longer to find where I'd packed the tape than to do the clean up! So don't neglect to use proper sealing materials AND check the connections periodically. Both right after the install and regularly after that. A water alarm would certainly be worth having, for this or for any location that has constantly connected water supplies.

Peppe1019 11-03-2013 09:31 AM

The kitchen sink drains look a mess.. Why do you have a trap installed as a 90? Has it been leaking? Would like to see the rest of it so we can help you pipe that in properly...

Fix'n it 11-03-2013 09:38 AM


Originally Posted by Peppe1019 (Post 1261767)
The kitchen sink drains look a mess.

. Why do you have a trap installed as a 90? Has it been leaking?

Would like to see the rest of it so we can help you pipe that in properly...

that is because = it is.

i had to use what i had on hand.

no need. after the new counter tops and sink go in. it will be done properly.
this is just temp as far as the drains go.

PoleCat 11-03-2013 09:43 AM

It's still OK if we snicker at it a little bit ain't it? :laughing:

Hardway 11-03-2013 09:43 AM


Originally Posted by rjniles (Post 1261722)
Run flex copper not that plastic tubing they sell as an icemaker kit.

I ran copper for my ice maker.
On the fridge itself has plastic line thou.
Any thoughts?

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