Did you use this instructable in your classroom? Add a Teacher Note to share how you incorporated it into your lesson. Another good alternative would be to use a braided stainless steel line, but they are double the price. Whenever installing plastic pipe with compression fittings such as these, you always want to use plastic ferrules. The ferrule, AKA sleeve or olive, is the part the compresses on to the pipe which makes for a leak free joint. If you use a brass ferrule, you run the chance of it cutting thru the pipe and causing the fitting to leak, this is where most DIYers make a mistake that could potentially lead to a disaster. Another thing to keep in mind is using a brass sleeve inside the pipe.
But once you've bought a refrigerator with a cold water dispenser and automatic ice maker, you'll still need a way to get water into it. It takes patience, but you can hook a water line up to your refrigerator on your own.
Here's how [sources: Family HandymanWhirlpool ]. Shut off the water supply. Locate the cold water source closest to the refrigerator.
You'll want to use water lines that are already in place if possible, rather than attempting to install new pipes. Drill a hole either through the cabinet wall separating the space under the sink and the refrigerator or in the basement ceiling up to the refrigerator.
Thread copper tubing through the hole you just drilled. Attach one end of the copper tubing to the refrigerator's water pipe, using a nut and ferrule.
Important: Make sure you leave extra tubing coiled behind the refrigerator, so you can move the refrigerator when necessary. Before you get started, check behind your fridge to make sure there is no water line and shutoff valve already there-either extending out of the wall or sticking up through the floor.
An Add-A-Tee adapter is an ideal plumbing fitting for this purpose.
How to Connect a Water Line to Your Refrigerator. Step 1: Materials. 1/4" Push coupling: jankossencontemporary.com 1/4" Brass compression coupling: jankossencontemporary.com 1/4" PE-RT Pipe (50ft Step 2: Tools. Step 3: Choose a Cold Water Source. Installing a refrigerator water line will open up a well of fresh water and ice that you and your family can easily enjoy. Connecting a water line to your refrigerator will provide it with the water necessary to make ice and dispense filtered water. Of course, if your refrigerator doesn't have an ice maker or water dispenser, or if it has one or both features but you prefer not to use them, there is no need to install a . How to Hook Up a Water Line to a Refrigerator. Shut off the water supply. Locate the cold water source closest to the refrigerator. You'll want to use water lines that are already in place if possible, rather than Drill a hole either through the cabinet wall separating the space under the sink.
It simply threads onto the outlet of a standard fixture shutoff valve, like you have under the kitchen sink. Measure the distance carefully, and buy a supply tube with plenty of length for the job. Although the braided steel is considerably more expensive, the extra strength it provides is well worth the investment. Water leaks can cause significant and very costly damage, so buy the best-quality water supply tube you can.
Locate the fixture shutoff valve on the cold water supply line under the kitchen sink. Close the shutoff valve by turning it clockwise until it stops.
If it has a lever-type handle, turn the lever so it is perpendicular to the water pipe. Turn on the cold water at the kitchen faucet to relief pressure in the water line.
Place a rag or small bucket under the supply valve to catch water draining from the supply tube. Disconnect the faucet supply tube from the valve, using two pairs of pliers or two adjustable wrenches.
Dec 10, Place the end of the water line you intend to connect to the refrigerator into a 5-gallon bucket. Turn the cold water supply valve on beneath the sink. Let 1 or 2 gallons of water run through the new line to remove the air. Turn off the supply line.
Use one pair to hold the valve body securely to prevent it from moving. Use the other pair to loosen the compression nut on the supply tube.
How To Install a Water Line to your Fridge
Thread the Add-A-Tee adapter onto the outlet port of the shutoff valve, tightening by hand at first.