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Old 06-13-2011, 11:34 PM   #1
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What should I do with this old saddle valve?


Behind the refrigerator space is a stu-bout, with a saddle valve attached to it. I have never used it, and am thinking about using it now for a refrigerator icemaker.
Since there is no water coming out of it, it must never have been used before, am I correct?
If so, should I just replace it with a new one and go from there?
Also should I use it at all? A saddle valve seems like a leak waiting to happen.

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Old 06-14-2011, 12:16 AM   #2
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You're right, its a leak waiting to happen. Best thing to do is to cut the pipe behind the existing valve and install a 1/2"x1/4" icemaker valve on it. Something like this (You can remove the 1/4" nut and use a braided flex line to the refer.)
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Old 06-14-2011, 04:52 PM   #3
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Does this icemaker valve get fixed to the water line by compressing a copper washer like a normal shutoff valve?
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Yes--it's a regular compression shut off--just has 1/4" outlet.
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I looked at some ice maker water lines. They have rubber washers on the ends, just like installing faucet water lines. Looks fairly easy.
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