plumbing icemakerPlumbing water to a refrigerator can be trying if you have a lot of obstacles to overcome. Certainly, connecting water to the icemaker is easy if there is already a water valve installed behind it, but this isn’t always the case. Ideally, the nook for the refrigerator will be next to the cabinets with no break in the base cabinets at all. So long as there isn’t a doorway running in between the refrigerator nook and the kitchen sink, the installation should be straightforward.

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You will need to replace the cold water angle stop beneath the sink with one that has two outlets (conversely you could use a saddle valve, but I hate these). Replace the angle valve and connect the water supply line to it. You will have to drill small holes through the side wall of the base cabinets and feed the line through it. Locate the hole as far back and down as you can so that the line doesn’t get pinched or damaged. If you come to a corner, you can turn the corner the same way as drilling through a straight row of cabinets, you just may need a longer drill bit to reach.

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Once you reach the refrigerator nook, you can connect the water line with a compression fitting. You will be able to control the water to the refrigerator by the valve under the kitchen sink.

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