Tapping into a flexible water line

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  1. cacherjoe

    cacherjoe New Member

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    Folks,

    I'm hoping someone can help me. I am about to install an inline humidifier in my furnace. The instructions are all geared to copper water lines, I have flexible water lines. With the kit there is a "saddle" type valve that is used to tap into the waterline. I'm thinking that this won't work well on the flexible waterlines I have in my house.

    Can anyone confirm that this will or will not work and if not what should I be looking for when I go back to Home Depot?

    Thanks

    Joe
     
  2. nhmaster

    nhmaster Master Plumber

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    Not only will it not work, saddle valves are not code compliant and have a nasty habit of leaking. You need to find out what kind of "flexible" pipe you have and get fittings for it.
     
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  4. cacherjoe

    cacherjoe New Member

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    Thanks Peter,

    I'm not very handy and of course the box says, easy installation. All I can say is that the water lines are blue and red plastic covering with what looks to be steel inside. The house is only 2 years old and I'm in Canada if that helps.
     
  5. dlarrivee

    dlarrivee New Member

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    Steel inside?
     
  6. davesnothome

    davesnothome DIY Member

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    Is it PEX lines you have? If so, about your only option is something like a TEE fitting 1/2 X1/2 x1/4. And unless you have the crimp tool to connect into the plastic line....your only option would be something like a sharkbite fitting that connects simply by pressing the lines into the fitting. You could check the big box stores for selections. Or do an internet search to see them..
     
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