View Full Version : Installing delta faucets !

06-15-2010, 12:38 PM
Ok i have a question for the plumbers and handyman out there ?

You have a delta faucet to install with the plastic base do you put plumbers putty

under the plastic or not ?

And if not why ?

06-15-2010, 02:21 PM
No. The oils in the putty can cause the chrome plating to deteriorate on the plastic.

06-23-2010, 10:04 PM
The only thing plumbers putty is good for is pushing it against the cast letters and numbers on old sinks and pulling it off to read what it says. Deionized and reverse osmosis water will eat that stuff from under a strainer and leak within a few months. Silicone always.

06-24-2010, 06:43 AM
REALLY? And here I have been using plumber's putty for 60 years and have NOT seen the leaks you mention. Maybe it depends on the INSTALLER, more than the material.

06-24-2010, 07:58 AM
Really? And here i have been using plumber's putty for 60 years and have not seen the leaks you mention. Maybe it depends on the installer, more than the material.

yes that is what i am talking about !

The apartment maintenance men just used the hard plastic base plate ,

no gasket material of any kind

06-24-2010, 10:47 AM
That is all I can figure is happening. I don't see it happening on sink strainers in restrooms where the plumbing is old and original. I see it in laboratories where research is done and lab water is used. Water that is highly filtered is hungry to get dirty again. The other thing I see is the chemicals that are added to water supplies are pretty tough on plastic and rubber parts in faucets and Sloan flush valves and Back flow preventers. The rubber gaskets swell up. The gasket on a Sloan valve angle stop will swell up and come off the part it is held on and get inside the valve and then it won't shut off.
I'm no genius when it comes to plumbing, but I have been doing it for about 32 years. I was a plumber at Purdue University for 22 years and now I work at the ASU Tempe campus at night. Been there since August of 2000. I just love being award to the state! If there are less than six plumbing problems in a night you are doing good. Some nights it seems like the whole campus is falling apart. And when it rains?! OH MY GOD! I hate it when it rains. Lots of roof leaks!