Fridge water supply line -- saddle or not? Copper or not?
Posted by Neil on August 13, 2002 at 22:06:34:
I recently had my house re-piped (all of my supply lines) to 3/4" and 1/2" copper. I have "hotel-style" pressure again. ;-) Anyhow, today, Sears just dropped off my new refrigerator, and I want to hook up a water-supply line. Two questions:

1) Should I use a standard saddle valve, like the ones that they have in those kits? Will I get the pressure I'm looking for and how safe am I against leaks at the saddle? OR, should I go with a standard valve installation by splicing into the existing 1/2" pipe and soldering in a Tee? (by the way, my plumbing experience is low; however, I think that with the patience I can do the second option myself -- any tips on this are very welcome)

2) Should I use copper supply lines (like what comes in the kit) or should I use plastic? I was thinking plastic so that I don't have all of this excess stiff copper tubing behind my fridge just in case I need to move it, etc. However, I don't want any safety or longevity compromise if that's what plastic means.

Thanks for any help you can offer!

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