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    I recently replaced a kitchen faucet and bedded it with good old plumber’s putty from a container purchased 25-30 years ago.

    While not a plumber, I grew with several relatives who were in the trade.

    My question: Is plumber’s putty passé? Are there better, more hi-tech products to use these days?

    ----Mike

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    Nope

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    • #3
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      most of the higher end faucets now come with a sealing gasket or o-ring that is used instead.

      that putty of your's was still pliable after 25-30 years

      rick.
      phoebe it is

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      • #4
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        Not sure if this faucet was "higher-end" or not as my wife selected it and I didn't see the receipt.

        The base has a plastic gasket, but instructions indicated use plumber's putty or other "bedding material".

        Can of putty was new, unopened. "Hercules" brand. It may be even older than 25-30 years.

        Appreciate the replies guys.
        Happy Holidays

        ----Mike

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        • #5
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          After all these years putty still carries it's weight.

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          • #6
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            Originally posted by PLUMBER RICK View Post
            most of the higher end faucets now come with a sealing gasket or o-ring that is used instead.

            that putty of your's was still pliable after 25-30 years

            rick.
            Thats what I was thinking , Must have has a good area that was dry, like the ocean
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            • #7
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              I have taken all my putty and pitched it. I am so tired of shower and sink strainers leaking in time that I use 100% siicone on all of it.Have never had a leak since...Only downfall....trying to get that strainer off a ss sink if there is a problem, you just about have to stand on it...Mark

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              • #8
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                The company I work for uses silicone mostly in place of Plumbers Putty. But as was said, it's a PITA to service if needed.

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                • #9
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                  I never use silicone. Plumbers putty is my personal choice. Nice eagle pictures by the way.
                  sigpic

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                  • #10
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                    I have never had properly installed fixture leak using putty.Please stop using silicone.It has it's place on very few occasions,I use it myself.Not on every install,especially something like a basket strainer where I have never used it.When the garbage disposer goes bad in a few years it has unnecesarily made a lot of work for the next guy.


                    Hey...Just a thought...Lets do away with pipe dope and start using silicone there too.

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                    • #11
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                      would not be using silicone for anything connected to potable water, some silicones can leach into the water system.

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                      • #12
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                        Putty vs. silicone? How bout that. Who started this? As a service plumber there is nothing worse than dealing with a strainer or, even worse, a toilet nailed down with silicone. Not good when using a flat rate system. Speaking of flat rate, I think it's much better than hourly.

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                        • #13
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                          So what does Plumbers putty do to natural / cultured stone anyway?

                          I had a talk with a Granite countertop installer the other day but all he could say was don 't use it but not why...

                          Some type of chemical reaction would be my guess

                          I don't use it on stone only because I was taught not to...


                          Okie

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                          • #14
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                            Originally posted by bacskcah View Post
                            Putty vs. silicone? How bout that. Who started this? As a service plumber there is nothing worse than dealing with a strainer or, even worse, a toilet nailed down with silicone. Not good when using a flat rate system. Speaking of flat rate, I think it's much better than hourly.
                            Devil Spawn!!!!

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                            • #15
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                              Originally posted by OkieBill View Post
                              So what does Plumbers putty do to natural / cultured stone anyway?

                              I had a talk with a Granite countertop installer the other day but all he could say was don 't use it but not why...

                              Some type of chemical reaction would be my guess

                              I don't use it on stone only because I was taught not to...


                              Okie
                              I've never seen it Bill.
                              I wonder if it has a discoloration like that oily rainbow reflection,similar to oil on water.

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