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Old 06-21-2012, 05:28 PM   #1
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So here is my predicament. My Kitchen is about 12x13, if you can imagine on one corner there is the sink and on the other corner there is the fridge. I'm on slab concrete, and when I looked in the attic crawl there was a thick non-copper pipe that was covered with just blown insulation. So going from underneath is not an option, I can't see going above, and I'm looking at opposite corners. I'm perplexed as the best and simplest route to take as I do have a knack for making things much more complicated than they need to be.
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Old 06-21-2012, 06:17 PM   #2
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That job will be tough---are you in an area that freezes?

Are you any good at drywall repairs?

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Would that room look good with crown molding?
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Well, I am in an area that freezes. I live in the Chicago area. I checked up above in the attic/crawl above the ceiling and the pipe that appeared deliver water was not copper and was very thick almost steel like. I'm not much of a plumber, I've read up a bit on sweating copper and am willing to try my hand at it, worst case I can always call a plumber, but this one was apparently more of a main water line. I haven't really read much on that.

As far as crown molding goes, I don't think that would look bad at all. I'm very good with drywall work. Are you possibly suggesting going up through the drywall with the pipe and running some flex tubing behind some crown molding, then down back into drywall?

My only question (if that is what you are getting at) is are there any recommendations on length of line as far as pressure, leaks, etc, because I might need to couple two lengths of line in order to reach.

Thanks so much for the response.
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That heavy pipe in that attic is most likely a gas line--

Fridge lines are usually 1/4 inch--either copper or plastic tubing--

If you could route the tubing into the wall and up behind a crown molding--then back down to the refrigerator--you might be done quickly--

Soldering skills are not needed--brass compression fittings should do the job.

Just a thought--without seeing the job---Mike---
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Thanks so much, well, I talked with my girl and she seems open to the idea of crown molding.

With your experience with crown molding, have you found that it doesn't look right unless it's done throughout the house. There's only a few rooms that would really need it for hiding wires etc, I just wasn't sure the common installation. Rather get everything at once than piece by piece.

I'm not sure how everything is with the forum but it's a new house that we just bought so there are many things we'd like to change to make it ours as well as necessary minor repairs we have to make. Hopefully we can put up pictures as we go and you can see the progress as we tackle each project. Thanks so much.
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Crown is not needed in all rooms---frequently a dining rood or kitchen might be the only rooms requiring it---It's a look---

Good luck---ask if you need help on the crown---Mike----( aluminum foil duct tape could safely hold your tubing to the corner so you don't hit it while nailing in the molding.)
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Thanks so much for all the advice. Glad to hop on a forum that is so helpful right from the get go....there are some forums out there that seem a bit condescending for whatever reason, just glad to find a helpful community so quick.

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What room is behind the wall with the refrigerator? Would you happen to have a bathroom lavatory nearer to the fridge than the opposing corner of the kitchen?
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You say this is a new house,and there's no water behind the fridge???

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