Yes, I did use a catchy title to get your attention. I may have over hyped this past weekends project a bit.
So this past weekend, I decided to install a water line for our refrigerator's ice maker/ water dispenser. When we moved into the house, they had not installed anything for one because the original fridge did not have an ice maker or one of those built in water dispensers. We finally got around to getting a fridge that had these abilities about a month ago, so I decided it was time to stop making ice with the ice trays. (We had been making ice for over a year and it gets old). I promised (and bet on it) Marn this would be a one hour task and I tried to stick to that. It ended up taking about an hour and a half. Oh well.
To start it off, I ran (not literally) down to Lowe's and grabbed (aka purchased) a wall mounting in line freezer/fridge filter that is replaceable and an ice maker line tapping installation kit. That sort of fancy equipment runs about 70 bucks for everything, though if you didn't want a filter, it would be more like 20 bucks.
After that I officially started the project by drilling a hole into the floor behind the fridge. This was a little scary considering i didn't know where the joists were because my stud finder was not being very helpful. Fortunately, it went right through without a problem and I was able to start feeding the water pipe down into the basement. The plan was to hook the water up to one of the water lines in the basement using a self tapping valve (this is a pretty common method).
After getting the tube into the basement, I had to crawl under our kitchen crawlspace. To get an idea, our house has a basement that was added after the house was built, plus several additions. Because of that, we have kind of a maze of crawlspaces with only a few holes punched in the foundation walls for access. I don't know if you can tell how narrow this opening is, but when i climbed on in, my rear end was touching the floor joists. The picture below is the entrance under the kitchen. I couldn't fit through the other opening in the basement because it was full of water lines. You can see the piece of card board that I put down to try to keep from getting dirty. It didn't help much in the end.