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Old 09-25-2016, 06:35 PM   #1
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Trying to connect waterline to fridge


Trying to connect a waterline from my sink to fridge.. have very little plumbing experience and really didn't want to have to cut the pipe or sodder but I'm completely perplexed how else to do this without using a saddle valve. Will post picture of the plumbing in my kitchen and the water line kit I bought. Any help is much appreciated!
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Old 09-25-2016, 07:36 PM   #2
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Re: Trying to connect waterline to fridge


I agree, don't use a saddle valve. The sharkbtye fitting you have showing or a slip tee type will work.

They are easy; Turn off water, cut/deburr pipe, and push them on. Done. Biggest mistake people make is not pushing them on all the way. I like marking the pipe with a sharpie to make sure fitting is on correctly.

Please wait for the plumbers to respond with more suggestions. Thanks.

http://www.sharkbite.com/how-to/shar...-water-supply/
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Ahhh so all I would need to do would be to cut the pipe.. no soddering needed. I'd only be nervous to to make sure I don't cut too much pipe off. Is there a set measurement for the kit I bought perhaps?
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Ahhh so all I would need to do would be to cut the pipe.. no soddering needed. I'd only be nervous to to make sure I don't cut too much pipe off. Is there a set measurement for the kit I bought perhaps?
Correct, you don't want to cut too much pipe and no soldering required.

Best to measure the fitting between the ends or hold the fitting up to the pipe and mark the section to be cut with a sharpie. If you view the video above it will show you this. About 1 1/2 in. Remember the pipe has to push into the fitting ends about 3/4 inch. So don't cut too much pipe.

What type line are you using to connect the fridge?
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It's pex line. This is the exact kit I got. Hope it works. Could return if better kit available https://www.homedepot.ca/en/home/p.i...000139242.html
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Here is another kit that I used before. About the same, uses a slip tee instead. I wouldn't say it's any better than what you have now.

http://www.homedepot.com/p/SharkBite...5024/206105353

Or just use a plain 1/2 by 1/4 inch sharkbyte compression stop tee and a proper length braided ss line. Tighten down both ends with small cresent wrench. Done.

http://www.homedepot.com/p/SharkBite...983A/206356284

Whatever is easiest for you. You know how much room you have to work with.

Remember you may not need all 25 feet of tubing, so it will have to be cut and terminated correctly at the fridge end. Give yourself a couple extra feet rolled up behind fridge so you can move the fridge to clean without disconnecting anything. Just a suggestion.

Let us know how your project works out. Thanks.
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Use this and you don't even have top cut the pipe.

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Use this and you don't even have top cut the pipe.

Perfect rj. ezpz 123z. Done.
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So I hooked it all up and I'm almost successful! My only problem now is I'm experiencing a slight leak where the water line is connected to the new valve in the sink.. it drips once every 3 minutes or so, what could possibly be wrong? Attaching pictures to show my set up here.
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You could try and tighten it a little more. But. The pipe is suppose to extend past the ferrule. That may be what's causing your issue. You probably won't be able to push it back any further. If you can't just get a new one, cut the line and push the ferrule past the edge of the pipe. That should stop it
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Replace the brass ferrule with a plastic one.
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My kit came with 2 plastic ones.. I put them both behind the fridge.. was one for the line behind the fridge and the other for valve by the sink?
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Plastic ferrules for plastic tubing, brass for copper tubing.
Not sure how you used 2 ferrules on one fitting??
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Got it. Job complete! Thanks for all of the help guys.
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