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lets see i have well over 200 wax rings of assorted sizes at the shop and only a couple pounds of putty in stock.
can you guess what i use for toilets and what i use for disposals and pop ups
the only toilets i come across that were installed with putty were original installs from the pre 40's. and trying to pull these without breaking off the toilet horn is a 50/50 gamble.
putty does go bad when left too long. i have new unopened tubs that are worthless.
Unbelievably I was sold some wax rings recently that went bad. ???
These rings got hard as a freaking rock, warming them up did absolutely nothing. You could swing a hammer at one and it would indent it, but you would not hit the floor with one swing.
Knowing this latest revelation, I'm pretty effing pissed because if I start getting leaks on those rings because they are contracting under the toiet, I'm going to cast a spell down upon thee.
the company I work for buys wax ring by the truck load they get black swan wax rings about 2 1/2 years ago they had a huge batch that was bad you could tell because the wax ring was white not golden lyellowis like it is and they were harder then normal but I was finding this out because all the leaks in the condos they were not sealing at all we had two pull and reset around 100 toilets and black swan paid amazingly
What do You expect from a dumb carpenter , works though
Ps ,I pack the inside cavity of the nut.
I have never used any Putty under slip nuts or over slip nuts. I use teflon or some string packing,graphite whatever. But always at the sealing edge,not on the outside of the nut. If you dont have any trouble do it how you like.