I'm installing a refrigerator with a water tap and an ice maker. I
want the safest water supply to the refrigerator I can get. I think
Saddle Valves are crappy and unreliable.
I have a 20 foot steel braided water line with 1/4" female compression
fittings at both ends. I'm comfortable with the quality of this
line. I will be tapping into a 1/2" copper water line for the water
source. However, all the kits I see use a saddle valve to tap into
the line. I'm not comfortable with the quality of that type of
connection. I'd like to tee off the 1/2" water line with copper (i.e.
1/2x1/2x1/4 tee) and then have a male threaded fitting on the 1/4" leg
of the tee for connection to the braided supply line. Or,
alternatively, I'd like to find a 3-way water supply valve that has
slip-slip connections for the 1/2" copper water line (for soldering)
and 1/4" compression connection for the ice maker line. My problem
is, I can't seem to find any of the fittings I would need anywhere!!
Does anybody have any suggestions as to where I might find the parts
I'm looking for or for some other way to connect the ice maker line
that's more robust than a saddle valve?
If you can't find a reducing tee, I'd just use a regular
1/2in tee and then a reducer down to 1/4in.
You might be able to find a valve assembly with 1/2in
inputs and a 1/4in compression on the outlet. That might
be a way to go if you want a shut-off and have the space
to accomodate the thing. Probably not okay IF it's going
to push your fridge out by another couple of inches.
I have an external water filter on my ice maker line. In
fact, I've been through several of them (GE, Culligan et
al) and they all have crappy plastic fittings. I've
hunted everywhere for a filter unit with brass fittings
but they don't seem to exist. When it comes to ice maker
lines, everything seems to be crap. Very frustrating.
| Malcolm Hoar "The more I practice, the luckier I get". |
You aren't looking for anything unusual. Maybe go to a real plumbing
I don't care for those saddle valves (or plastic tubing) either. I cut a
tee into the 1/2" copper line and soldered it and a 1/4" valve and ran
copper tubing about 15' to the ice maker leaving a loop behind the
Well, if you just want a site, you can always use McMaster-Carr;
Copper Sweat Tube Fittings ; Page 186
Orders arrive next day.
Note, they will cost more than your local plumbing outfit. If you know what
you need, then you can always call in your order to your local plumbing
outfit. Then find the time to pick up, or see if they will UPS out to you.
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