Installing IceMaker Line


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Old 06-26-11, 11:51 AM
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Installing IceMaker Line

I need to install the tubing that goes from underneath the sink to my refrigerater, but there is a door in between. Can I go over and around the door and then encase it with some kind of trim? Would that work? I mean would the water get there? Thanks for any help.

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Old 06-26-11, 12:34 PM
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Hi

Yes you can. I guess no crawl or basement?

Make sure you use a full port valve and not one of those saddle valves.

Its code and the selonoids burn out on the newer fridges.

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Old 06-26-11, 03:12 PM
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"I guess no crawl or basement ?"

Right. It is a concrete slab foundation.

Can you please tell me the difference between a full port valve and a saddle valve? Sorry if it is a dumb question.

Thanks.

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hi patsy Ė

Iím not an expert by any means. Here are links to a saddle valve and a full-port ball valve. You can see the saddle valve straddles a water supply pipe. The saddle valve is tightened and punctures the water pipe allowing water to flow into the tube and on to the appliance. I donít know much more than that. But as Mike says they are prohibited now (I guess everywhere?). Donít know much about them but they are no good. A few years ago I was looking at a fridge from Sears and they clearly stated that they would not install the fridge if a saddle valve was being used. Wow! That is serious.

Good luck!

File:Saddle valve.jpg - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

http://www.jomarvalve.com/products/p.../S-100-STN.pdf
 
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Old 06-26-11, 08:54 PM
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Zoesdad is correct. A 1/4 turn 1/4" angle or straight stop is the preferred valve like this. You get full volume of water to the ice maker.

Angle Stop Valve - 1/4 Turn Compression - AZ Partsmaster

The saddle valve only puts a 1/16" hole or so. The selonoids on the refridge burn out. Lacks volume for todays appliances.

It may just be a ploy for warranty purposes though. Thats a whole different conspiracy theory. But saddle valve are not to code in all the areas I am aware of. Why? They leak and corrode pipes I thing.


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Thanks very much for your help. Bless you.

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Old 06-27-11, 09:16 AM
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A tee adapter is also a good solution depending on the valves under the sink...PlumbingSupply.com - Quick tee adapters for ice makers, dishwashers, water filters and various other water supply lines
 
 

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