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  • Sealing escutcheon plates

    I've always used a thick ring of plumbers putty behind the plates leaving a gap at the bottom for all my plates and then put a thin layer of silicone caulk around the plate except for the bottom. I always thought this is how everyone did it until a plumber asked me what I was doing when he saw me tear out the foam backing of the escutcheon plate. Do you do the same?
    Buy cheap, buy twice.

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    Re: Sealing escutcheon plates

    Originally posted by gear junkie View Post
    I've always used a thick ring of plumbers putty behind the plates leaving a gap at the bottom for all my plates and then put a thin layer of silicone caulk around the plate except for the bottom. I always thought this is how everyone did it until a plumber asked me what I was doing when he saw me tear out the foam backing of the escutcheon plate. Do you do the same?
    If the plumber who did my bathroom took the same care you did, I would have one less hole in my laundry room ceiling.

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      Re: Sealing escutcheon plates

      I will from now on ! Thank You Master
      I can build anything You want , if you draw a picture of it , on the back of a big enough check .

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      • #4
        Re: Sealing escutcheon plates

        the majority of high quality fixtures come with a foam strip. keep it there.

        i use a color matched latex with silicon caulk. i will put a bead half under the edge of the plate and let it ooze out.

        problem with putty is that fancy homes have natural stone, marble and it's a no,no to put putty against it.

        plus putty has no adhesive properties.

        rick.
        phoebe it is

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        • #5
          Re: Sealing escutcheon plates

          I heard about a law suit regarding some big face plates on some shower valves where someone had removed the foam. Leave it there. I always pack putty around the valve but very carefully if it is marble or granite. caulking around the face plate is always a good idea and is required by code in many areas.

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          • #6
            Re: Sealing escutcheon plates

            Use the putty for the penetration and caulk for the sanitary seal of the plate.

            Mark
            "Somewhere a Village is Missing Twelve Idiots!" - Casey Anthony

            I never lost a cent on the jobs I didn't get!

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            • #7
              Re: Sealing escutcheon plates

              Thanks for comment guys, I guess it was worth asking about.
              Buy cheap, buy twice.

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              • #8
                Re: Sealing escutcheon plates

                Originally posted by rookie plumber View Post
                I heard about a law suit regarding some big face plates on some shower valves where someone had removed the foam. Leave it there. I always pack putty around the valve but very carefully if it is marble or granite. caulking around the face plate is always a good idea and is required by code in many areas.
                We heard about that same lawsuit
                I love my plumber

                "My Hero"

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                • #9
                  Re: Sealing escutcheon plates

                  Originally posted by MrsSeatDown View Post
                  We heard about that same lawsuit
                  No We didn't

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                  • #10
                    Re: Sealing escutcheon plates

                    Originally posted by drtyhands View Post
                    No We didn't
                    We=Rick and I. Not we=all of us!
                    I love my plumber

                    "My Hero"

                    Welcome, Phoebe Jacqueline!

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                    • #11
                      Re: Sealing escutcheon plates

                      That was the lawsuit after the McDonalds coffe burn. I think the verdict was 2.5 million...and a new escutcheon. Or was it the dry cleaning one?

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