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plumbing to fridge water supply
Posted by: Fritz
Date: July 08, 2021 03:20PM
broke off a clip inside the water filter housing of the fridge.
it was then that we found out the supply shut off was conveniently located behind the washer in a cubby hole in the wall.
And it was a multi turn gate type valve instead of a 1/4 turn ball.
Lovely.
So I had to shut off the whole house.
I'll replace that valve with a 1/2" copper shark to 1/2" screw on couple (I hope).
There is a 1/2" plastic hose that goes from the hidden valve (that I hope to remove) to behind the fridge and is coupled to a 1/4" ferrule.

Does a 1/2" shark to screw on couple exist and is it called something else?
Does a 1/2" screw on to 1/4" ferrule 1/4 turn ball exist and is it called something else?
Or I suppose I could replace the screw on 1/2" hose with pex and shark bite that as well?



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Re: plumbing to fridge water supply
Posted by: Bernie
Date: July 08, 2021 04:55PM
"And it was a multi turn gate type valve instead of a 1/4 turn ball. "

Remove saddle. Place some pliable rubber over the hole (three wraps of electrical tape) and then use an automotive hose clamp.




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Re: plumbing to fridge water supply
Posted by: space-time
Date: July 08, 2021 06:35PM
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Bernie
"And it was a multi turn gate type valve instead of a 1/4 turn ball. "

Remove saddle. Place some pliable rubber over the hole (three wraps of electrical tape) and then use an automotive hose clamp.

what makes you think he has a saddle valve?
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Re: plumbing to fridge water supply
Posted by: Cary
Date: July 08, 2021 08:31PM
How do you get 1/2" to1/4" ferrule? Not really sure what you're asking, though...

You can get a 1/2" ball valve that can be reduced to 1/4" with brass fittings.
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Re: plumbing to fridge water supply
Posted by: davester
Date: July 08, 2021 10:08PM
Saddle valves are terrible (they leak, they clog, they restrict water flow) but it doesn't sound like he has a saddle valve. I'm not sure that I'd go with shark fittings inside the house...reliance on rubber "o" rings to prevent leaks is not my thing, though I realize many (non-plumbers) think they're fine. I definitely would ditch that plastic line (potential home wrecking disaster) and buy a flexible copper line (you can buy copper refrigerator kits at the hardware store). Just throw away any saddle valves that come with the kit.



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Re: plumbing to fridge water supply
Posted by: Fritz
Date: July 09, 2021 07:00AM
pretty sure it's a gate valve. It's an interior wall, so not too thrilled about soldering inside though I'd definitely prefer that over shark myself.

I may take out a section of the wall behind it (in 2 closets) so I can have less flammables exposed, as I only have one piece of asbestos shingle, maybe 12"x6" for "uh oh" control.

But I would like to put the shut off in a base cab next to the fridge so it is easier get at if ever needed again.
That would require a pre-built soldered assembly that (hopefully) I could snake thru the wall to connect and replace the valve.

The plastic line disappears into the fridge and I don't see easy access for it. It's thick walled and in good shape. Think that's a better bet as long as I have the shut off.

Now hoping to sweat a pre-built and attach the plastic hose with a ferrule to the 1/4" plastic, if that exists.



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Re: plumbing to fridge water supply
Posted by: Fritz
Date: July 09, 2021 07:28AM
found this on shark bite
[youtu.be]
kind of useful and informative.
Though I too would rather sweat these interior wall connections.... if I can safely.



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Re: plumbing to fridge water supply
Posted by: mikebw
Date: July 10, 2021 02:53PM
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Fritz
found this on shark bite
[youtu.be]
kind of useful and informative.
Though I too would rather sweat these interior wall connections.... if I can safely.

I've used a thick ceramic tile behind copper pipe that I am torching to protect the wall or whatever else from burning. Always have a water bottle ready just is case.
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Re: plumbing to fridge water supply
Posted by: Fritz
Date: July 10, 2021 03:03PM
just realized that there is now (and perhaps when I was first DIY plumbing 40 years ago) a heat protect pad.

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