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Old 06-19-2012, 11:17 AM   #1
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we bought an older home ,1958, and it doesn't have a water line in the wall for our refrigerator ice/water dispenser. Can I tap into the water lines?

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yes. get a saddle and splice into your basement line. run the new water line either up through the floor or do as i did and route the new line through a air duct. use copper. do not use the cheap plastic lines as they crack and break easy. the saddle valve will probably leak. best if its not installed in a place where happen. might not leak at all for months or it might start slow drips right away. but you can do it. they make them for tapping into copper or iron pipe.

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Yes you can certainly tap into a water line for an ice maker. I suggest you do not use a saddle valve as the previous poster suggested. They are a leak waiting to happen.

What type pipes do you have and we can suggest a method that is reliable. Do you have access to a cellar or crawl space under the refrigerator area?
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Is there shut ff valves under the sink to the supply lines?
If so you can replace the valve with a double valve.
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Is there shut ff valves under the sink to the supply lines?
If so you can replace the valve with a double valve.
Thank you for the reply. There is no basement or crawl space, the house is on
concrete slab. The sink is on the opposite side of the room from the refrigerator. I need to try to run a line through the attic or walls. Can this be done? Diane
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Thank you for the reply. There is no basement or crawl space, the house is on
concrete slab. The sink is on the opposite side of the room from the refrigerator. I need to try to run a line through the attic or walls. Can this be done? Diane
I will assume that the sink is on the exterior wall and the frig is on an interior wall. It is very hard to fish down an exterior wall due to being under the roof line at the eaves and insulation in the wall.

I would fish down to behind a bath vanity and run 1/4" flex copper and fish it down behind the frig. Install a shutoff valve (not a saddle valve) under the vanity and another valve behind the frig.
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Thank you for all the suggestions - I hope to try it soon. Diane
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You don't mention where you're located, be careful if you're putting a line in the attic if you have freezing cold winters. A line running through an uninsulated space risks getting frozen and bursting open.

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