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04:16AM | 07/01/04
Member Since: 06/28/04
3 lifetime posts
Hey All...

OK, I just hooked up the water to my ice maker. I used a piercing valve to get the job done because I was told that's what I needed. I know folks that installed one of these types of vales as well and it seemed to work for them.

Anyway... After I posted in the Appliance section of this site it was suggested that I'm not getting enough water to the ice maker and the piecing valve is most likely the cause.

After all that... Here's my question... Is it necassary to sweat the pipes or will those copper pressure fittings be adaquate? I'm thinking about putting a regular shut off valve in place of the piercing valve...

Is there another type of valve I could use? It was also suggested instead of using a piercing valve that I use a drill type valve. Which way should I go? I already messed with this 2 times and I'd like to be done with the whole ice maker water situation at this point...

Thanks in advance...


Gary Slusser

07:35AM | 07/03/04
Member Since: 02/17/04
112 lifetime posts
Turn off the water at the saddle valve. Remove the tubing and turn the vlave on and see what the flow is. If not good, shut off the valve, shut off your water and relieve the pressure by openign a faucet somewhereand remove the saddle valve. Check and remove any blockage. Reassemble.


Quality Water Associates

plumber Tom

03:17PM | 07/05/04
Member Since: 05/10/03
801 lifetime posts
Gary gave you good advice, but i can tell you from personal experience what type of valve is used now besides the piercing valve. The valve is a 1/2" sweat X 1/4 OD compression. Basically the valve is 1/2" X 1/2" X 1/4". Good Luck, Tom

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