Connecting fridge water line


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Old 04-25-17, 11:27 AM
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Connecting fridge water line

you know those little gizmos that are used for the water line to make ice in a fridge.
They pierce a tiny hole in a copper pipe and run a small mini copper line to the fridge.I cant believe there isnt a better way to do it but they are common still.
If you move your fridge to a new location you have to terminate the little line.It seems that you can pinch the copper line in a couple places and maybe get it to seal off.
What is the usual way to terminate one of these lines????
...and most of the new water lines for fridges are plastic....how would you join this into a 1/2 inch PEX water pipe..??
 
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Old 04-25-17, 11:39 AM
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i used something like this, it has the 1/4 and sink fittings.
https://www.lowes.com/pd/Keeney-1-2-...-Valve/3191043
To shut off the water to ref. just shut the piercing knob.
 
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Old 04-25-17, 11:47 AM
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That's called a saddle Tee. No longer allowed by code in many areas.
Just turn it off by turning the handle fully clockwise.

You can use a sharkbite fitting to do what you want.

SharkBite 24983 - 1/2" Sharkbite x 1/2" Sharkbite x 1/4" Compression Tee Stop
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Old 04-25-17, 01:44 PM
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I would leave the saddle valve like advised here.
In addition to shutting off the valve, I would cap the outlet with a 1/4" compression cap:

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Use a 1/4" brass compression ring (ferrule) inside the cap to get a good seal.
 
 

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