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icemaker101

10:14AM | 09/15/06
Member Since: 09/14/06
1 lifetime posts
Bvplumbing
I need to 'shut off' the supply line to the ice maker (new frig) doesn't have a maker. The initial connection was a self piercing saddle unit that pierces copper pipes. I have tightened the 'valve' at the connection tot he point where it sounds and feels like it will break. If I continue will the piercing unit puncture the other side or will it eventually cut off the water coming through the plastic tubing?

Sylvan

01:13PM | 09/22/06
Member Since: 01/24/06
1589 lifetime posts
Me_office1
Piercing valves manufacturers should be forced to use them in their homes not in some unsuspecting trusting persons.

The problem is your using a cheap valve to mutilate a perfectly good piece of copper tubing THEN your relying on a tiny piece of rubber for water tight integrity THEN to make matters worse your hoping the mixing of different metals wont cause a premature failure of the system and then your praying that tiny hole you just created will not block up with mineral deposits and your hoping this 50 cent piece of garbage will stop the flow of water when you decide to shut it.

Personally I would install a tee on the water supply and install a an Apollo or other decent quality domestic valve and place a compression or flare adapter into the valve and know I have something I can depend on for years and years to come.

As for the tubing to the ice maker, Copper tubing rules and adding a filter would not hurt either

Sylvan

01:18PM | 09/22/06
Member Since: 01/24/06
1589 lifetime posts
Me_office1
If your not going to use the piercing valve shut off the water and clean the area where the hole is and solder it ( LEAD FERE)

if it is coper or brass

Or just get a coupling remove that section

Or get a slip coupling and place it over the hole and solder the coupling over the hole.

Leaving that piercing valve in place is a liability


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