Saddle Valve leaking

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Saddle Valve leaking

I installed a saddle valve to tap in the hot water pipe for my humidifier. However the valve started leaking after a couple of days, the water is coming out from the top of the valve. i think the water pressure might be too high, not sure though.

I wanted to know what I could do. Is there a better solution than a saddle valve.

The CPVC pipe that the saddle valve is attached to is a 3/4" pipe. I wanted to know if i could put some kind of a T section. I need a 1/4 connection for the humidifier.....I think it is the same connection that ice maker kits use.



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Cut in a 3/4x3/4x1/2 tee, stub out about 6" of 1/2 inch cpvc pipe with a 1/2 inch male adapter then a 1/2 (female)x1/4 compression angle stop. Use pipe dope. Good luck!
 
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That was way too fast for me. I am really a beginner at this.

1. I understand I need a T with 3/4" inch opening on two sides and 1/2" out.

2. Connect a 6" pipe to the 1/2" opening on the T.

3. what is this 1/2 inch male adapter and the 1/2 (female)x1/4 compression angle stop. Where can i buy these? I wanted to know what these adapters look like?


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Ignore my last post, I did some research on internet on the parts you listed. I still have a couple of questions

1. 1/2 inch male adapter: is the one below the correct type, meaning can both sides be CPVC or does one side have to be metal?




2. 1/2 (female)x1/4 compression angle stop: Is this what you mean?



3: Would I use pipe dope on the threads to connect the cpvc male to the 1/2 (female)x1/4 compression angle stop.

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BTW, for future reference, saddle valves are with prohibited in some jurisdictions, including Illinois (IPC Section 890.1130 ), and if they leak insurance may not cover the damage.
 
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Originally Posted by Michael Thomas View Post
BTW, for future reference, saddle valves are with prohibited in some jurisdictions, including Illinois (IPC Section 890.1130 ), and if they leak insurance may not cover the damage.
You got that right. Bad news too, never shut off either.

Your part pics are correst.
Glue the male adapter on the 6 inch long piece, apply pipe dope on the threads, screw on the angle stop. Use a little dope on the threads of the 1/4 as well.
Use cpvc cement/primer, make sure pipe is drained and areas glueing are dry as well. Good Luck!

FWI Buy a couple male adapters...sometimes screwing them on can be a pain-they get stripped. Just in case.
 
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Originally Posted by Terd Herder View Post

Your part pics are correst.
Glue the male adapter on the 6 inch long piece, apply pipe dope on the threads, screw on the angle stop. Use a little dope on the threads of the 1/4 as well.
Use cpvc cement/primer, make sure pipe is drained and areas glueing are dry as well. Good Luck!

FWI Buy a couple male adapters...sometimes screwing them on can be a pain-they get stripped. Just in case.
Last question. Like you mentioned, I am also afraid that the cpvc threads could get stripped when screwing the angle stop. I found a transition male adapter at Lowes, do you think this one would be better than the cpvc one?



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Old 01-14-08, 08:07 PM
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Sure, brass to brass...cannot go wrong. Good luck!
 
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Avoid anything with plastic threads for pressure piping. That brass x cpvc transition is exactly what you'd need. You can also find shutoff valves that connect directly to cpvc - you cement them on directly to the pipe, then connect your icemaker. Oh, I'd lose the plastic icemaker line, get a braided stainless steel one instead.
 
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