Re: Plumbing behind fridge - affect the depth?41
Aug 16, 2013 12:12 pm
As was requested I am going to add in some of the missing comments from several members. . I will not be attributing any comments to any particular member. Please note there were a number of members involved in these quotes. This is a once off event.
If any of the members who are responsible for these quotes would like to make further reasoned comment they are most welcome to do so. Please remember to be respectful.
*It should always go in a cabinet beside or above the fridge with easy access should you ever need to turn the water off in a hurry! Dishwashers are the same, the tap should always go in the sink cabinet. The flexible piping they use on fridges and dishwashers can easily blow off or develop a leak and you want to be able to turn the water off without having to pull the fridge completely out. A lot of fridges once fully loaded up can be a pain to pull out especially when the front legs are wound down do disengage the front wheels!
*Here in Australia there are no shut offs for many kitchen sinks, or bathroom vanity's. So how would you shut the water off there in a hurry? The same way you would if you had a leak in the fridge water line, and wanted to turn it off in a hurry. TURN IT OFF AT THE MAINS! that simple.
*Any plumber will install a tap as CEK and I have said previously in the cabinet beside the dishwasher or fridge simply so that it is easy to tun off in an emergency and to make sure the full depth of the recess for the appliance is able to be used.
Note : kitchen sinks and vanity bowls are hard plumbed in ( mostly ) but dishwashers just have a small tap with the hose connected to it.
Fridges are pretty much the same.
*I don't see why one wouldn't have the recess-box, but in the cupboard next to it. The best of both worlds. And if you could have a small stop thingy (I have no idea what they're called in English) at the outlet from the wall, so much the better, instead of having to turn it off at it the mains at the slightest problem.
*The pipe the plumber uses is something like a 1/4" annealed copper enabling it to bend easily without kinking.
The hole in the cupboard next to it shouldn't be any more than 20mm.
*It's not wrong to put it behind the fridge or in a cabinet, its just what works best in the situation you have.
*Actually all our taps have separate shut offs, be it in the kitchen, laundry or bathrooms, but this is a newer renovation. And the taps for the dishwasher and washing machines were all plumbed into the cabinet adjoining the appliance; I had wondered why, but as CEK mentioned, was told it was for quick access in case of failure. They obviously didn't trust the automatic shut-off on both the dishwasher and washing machine...
*As for the mains, it's fine if your main is close at hand, but ours is over 30m up the hill from the front door, which isn't close to the kitchen.
And finally another poster also commented:
I don't get why anyone would be hard-plumbing anything these days, and why anyone would use copper pipes and not pex, for that matter.
I can answer that as friends almost had half their central kitchen benches and cupboards (and lovely timber flooring ) which had all their plumbing in it ruined because they didn't use metal piping. After an unexpected flood they discovered rats had been having a munch.
They are now counting the cost of having to replace a lot of piping to both the kitchen and the laundry. Luckily their house is on stumps.
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