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Thread: Plumbers Putty Function under Faucet

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    Default Plumbers Putty Function under Faucet

    Is the only function of the putty to keep water from getting under the faucet from outside of it?
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    Yes it is!

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    Thought maybe
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    Putty is oil based......so unless it's on porcelain I would use a bead of silicone on the outer edge of faucet where it terminates at the top of the sink.
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    The directions often say to wrap plumber's putty around the underside of the faucet, and one plumber I worked with packs the entire area of the underside of the faucet with putty.

    Since faucets generally come with a plastic seal to block water from leaking below, I don't see the need to use putty. I use the clear silicone that Rugged mentioned, but only if the plastic seal isn't working.

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    Putty is much easier to remove than silicone so I will only use putty unless is is a surface that putty can't be used on.

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