follow link I'm not a fan of saddle valves. They exist because they are easy to install, not because they are good. Based on what you have said and assuming copper , you could easily install a saddle valve. If you are hiring someone anyways, have them install a proper ball ball. Don't just pay them to install a saddle valve.
Thanks for the advice and info. I think I will just play it safe and hire someone to do it. I would hate to be dealing with a water leak just to save a few bucks My fridge's instruction advised not to use saddle valve: Thanks for the advice folks. I spoke with the builder and he said he would have the on-site plumber install it for me.
If the builder doesn't do it, it's actually a very easy install. There's a new kit at Home Depot that has an inline sharkbite tee connector. Basically you cut the pex line in half or copper , put the tee in between the two pieces and push them together.
Probably the most difficult part and it's not hard would be drilling a hole from the main floor to basement. Of course check for obstructions first. If you are not soldering your joints, you will be using compression fittings, or the push-on fittings that connect directly to the copper supply piping. With push-on fitting you will copy the route of soldering, and bring your copper pipe right up to the fridge. Compression fittings will utilize a saddle valve off of a copper pipe source make sure it is a the cold water source and bring water to the fridge with a flex line.
This flex line can be copper, or plastic like the ones that come in a refrigerator water installation kit - these can be picked up at the hardware store, and they should have everything you need including the saddle valve. In most cases, your nearest line will be under your kitchen sink, or another pipe source near-by - usually under the floor in a basement. Whether you will be using a saddle valve for flex line or soldering, this would be a great time to make sure that the water supply is turned off. You can also drain any excess water in the line by turning on any faucet below this point in the water line to ensure that all the water is out of the pipe before you cut or pierce the water line - use the bucket to catch any water.
If soldering your line, cut the existing pipe and ensure that you have enough flex to slip in a tee so that you can branch off your line to the fridge. For flex lines, install your saddle valve and drill through cabinets or joists to run your line to your fridge. You will run your line through a hole in the floor directly behind your fridge. Be sure to watch that there are no other pipes or electrical lines before you drill. Feed your line up onto the kitchen floor. You are almost done! If you have a shut-off valve installed behind the fridge, test and check for water leaks at this time.
Inspect all joints, and valves for any leaks.
Take caution to not allow water to seep into your drill and make sure to only pierce one side of the pipe. My fridge's instruction advised not to use saddle valve: Plug your refrigerator into the wall. If you run into trouble with the plumbing at any step of the way, call a licensed plumber. Slide the compression nut over the male threads and tighten it on the adapter.
Make necessary adjustments to valves and joints and ensure that there are no leaks. Leave about a six to eight foot of line coiled in back of the fridge so that you'll have an easier time whenever cleaning behind the fridge.
Our final step will be to purge the pipes. Using any line that will be hooked directly to your fridge, run about two gallons into your bucket to ensure that any debris left in the pipe is now out of the pipe.
When this is done, ensure that your fridge is not plugged in, and make the last hook up to your fridge, and once again, check for leaks. Plug in your refrigerator and check your manufacturer's manual for flushing your dispenser's filters once you have completed the hookup. Once this is done, fill a glass, and enjoy the fruits of your labor. There is nothing more refreshing than water, and when it's readily available, cold and filtered, it only makes it convenient for you to keep your body well hydrated.
A well hydrated body is not only healthy, it's beautiful! Sign in or sign up and post using a HubPages Network account. Comments are not for promoting your articles or other sites. I currently have a copper line coming thru my kitchen floor behind the refrigerator, and a shut off valve for the line in my basement. I want to connect this line to the plastic tubing on the back of my refrigerator so I can activate my icemaker. Do you have instructions for this? I've never done this before, but I'm sure I can do it with some clear instruction.
Connecting the Water Line to Refrigerator When you are replacing an existing refrigerator that already has a water line hooked up, that makes your job a whole lot easier.
Here's a few things that I will cover on this hub: Home project planning What type of plumbing pipe connections Locate where your nearest water line is Connect your LG fridge to water supply Enjoy the fruits of your labor. Draw out your Plan.
Home Project Planning First things first, all projects start with a plan, and whether on paper or in your head, a plan is always needed to save you from wasting time and money. Tools for the Project: Soldering list for rigid copper pipes:. Know your homes pipe type. Type of Plumbing Connections Next, decide what type of tools you will need to get the job done, and it should depend on the type of connections that you will be using.
Water Line Installation Video. Water that tastes good Many feel that plastic supply lines to refridgerator dispensors adds a bad taste to the water.
Most prefer copper supply lines because of this. I agree, water tastes better at the kitchen sink. I disagree - I have plastic supply lines.
Locate Where Your Nearest Water Line is In most cases, your nearest line will be under your kitchen sink, or another pipe source near-by - usually under the floor in a basement.