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hollasboy
Looking for tips to protect water line behind the fridge
hollasboy

Am about to install the fridge on the newly renovated kitchen. The fridge will roll backwards into a nook with walls on 3 sides. Looking for tips on protecting or suspending the water supply line in the air while rolling the fridge backwards. In the past, I've had a helper hold up the line from the side of the fridge, but that won't be accessible in this particular install due to the surrounding walls.

I'm thinking of tying a string to the water line, running the string over the top of the fridge to the front, and slowly taking up the slack while rolling the fridge back. This should keep the line off the floor until the fridge is in place, then I can just drop the string back behind the fridge and leave it there till next time I need to move it.

Any other creative solutions to this problem? Thx

dj1
Re: Looking for tips to protect water line behind the fridge
dj1

"I'm thinking of tying a string to the water line, running the string over the top of the fridge to the front, and slowly taking up the slack while rolling the fridge back. This should keep the line off the floor until the fridge is in place, then I can just drop the string back behind the fridge and leave it there till next time I need to move it."

Or, tape the line to the top of the fridge. I use a good aluminium tape.

Is the line plastic or copper?

A. Spruce
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A. Spruce

I have the same problem with the kitchen I am currently remodeling. I hadn't thought about hook-ups until you mentioned it. We went from a shallow cabinet to a full depth cabinet. To compound the problem, we also extended the island top, the combination of the two means that the doors of the fridge will have to be removed just to get it into the hole.

Suffice it to say, getting to the plug and water line will be a fun task. I think using string around the water and electric cord up over the top will be the way to go. Rather than tying the string to the lines, I would recommend looping it and hanging on to both ends. Once the fridge is in place, let go of one end and pull the string out completely. Leaving the string there, it's just going to get wadded up with the dust bunnies and nobody is going to want to touch it, so just pull it free and remember this trick for the next time you have to move the fridge.

Sombreuil_mongrel
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Sombreuil_mongrel

I have always used a large coil of soft 1/4" copper for the fridge line, so the movement is spread across a large section of tubing. Don't kink it. If you used PEX I guess you could also loop it. You need a good deal of slack to pull the fridge out of the cabinet area if it's boxed in as mine is.

hollasboy
Re: Looking for tips to protect water line behind the fridge
hollasboy

@dj1 - It is braided steel, so it's flexible like a poly line. Taping it to the fridge would tie up all the slack that I need for rolling it out during the initial hookup, so that wouldn't work - I need to take up the slack while I roll the fridge back into position.

@A. Spruce - I would never have been creative enough to think of NOT tying the string...duh [slapping myself on the forehead].

Thanks for the tips - I figured I was not alone to face this problem.

bill
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bill

I used to make a huge coil of 1/4 copper tubing going round(3 foot circle ) a couple of times. think of 15 feet or more of copper. Also if you wanted to be perfect we would use flare fittings only. no compression fittings.

Mastercarpentry
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Mastercarpentry

Based on the design, large loops either behind the fridge or under it work. If you go under it be sure nothing will abrade, heat, or cut the line. The power cord should be OK as-is, but if it's too short to get at just get a longer cord from the appliance dealer. To prevent an appliance from being pushed back too far into a hole, cut a couple 2X4's or 4X4's of the correct length and lay them on the floor on each side behind it. Problem solved.

Phil

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