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I recently bought a house and bought a new fridge to go with it. The copper pipe that connects to the fridge water has a shut off valve underneath the house and is extremely inconvenient to access. The copper pipe is also fairly long once out of the wall (could probably stretch a good 4' - 5' if it was pulled straight) and once hooked up it would be hard to push the fridge back without damaging/kinking the pipe.

Is it possible for me to cut the pipe to around 1' or so in length and attach some sort of flexible pipe that would have a shut off valve on it?

If so does anyone have any good instructions on how to do it/materials needed?

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Usually fridges are installed with soft tempered copper which is flexible - are you sure they used ridged copper pipe? –  Steven Mar 12 '13 at 20:44
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The coil of flexible copper pipe is there for a reason, it allows you to pull the fridge out for cleaning and maintenance. –  Tester101 Mar 12 '13 at 21:06
    
Search for "brass compression fitting." That will allow you to go from copper piping to NPT. From there you can go anywhere. –  Jason Mar 12 '13 at 21:07
    
@Steven and Tester101 the copper pipe is flexible, but there's just too much of it and I won't be able to push the fridge all the way back without being extremely careful and some help. I figured if I'm going to cut it in order for the fridge to fit in, I might as well see if I can cut it all the way back and add something that will be more flexible and have a shut off valve in a more convenient location. –  Bryan Mar 12 '13 at 21:50
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The solution is fairly simple. Cut the copper tubing about a foot from the floor and install an inline valve. Use a compression coupler type valve and run the remainder with plastic tubing. Food grade 1/4" plastic tubing will fit well on a 1/4" compression or graduated/clamp fitting. These fitting are available at building box stores or RV stores.

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Thanks that's what I'll try. –  Bryan Mar 13 '13 at 15:29
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