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    Default Silicone or Putty??

    When mounting the drain to a whirlpool tub, is it best to use Silicone Sealant(GE II Kitchen and Bath) or straight up plumber's putty?

    Or does it not much matter at all??
    Thanks,
    Walt

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    If the tub is acrylic, its best to use silicone

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    Holy calculus, batman! Please don't start the silicone/putty debate again!

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    Talking either one will work

    either one will work...

    putty is more forgiveing

    if you use the silicone,
    you will probably never --ever get it apart again


    I have had to burn off basket strainers from a SS kitchen sink with a blow torch before,

    becasue someone used silicone


    let the dabate rage

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    I have a customer that has to replace the whole sink because his G/D is leaking and whoever installed it years back used some kind of epoxy or something...that it can't be removed from the sink and the style of mounting flange that it is is not available any more....and he called to tell me that the installer also used the same stuff to mount the sink so he may have to change the counter top also now....gota love the DIYers...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cass View Post
    I have a customer that has to replace the whole sink because his G/D is leaking and whoever installed it years back used some kind of epoxy or something...that it can't be removed from the sink and the style of mounting flange that it is is not available any more....and he called to tell me that the installer also used the same stuff to mount the sink so he may have to change the counter top also now....gota love the DIYers...
    That's pretty funny when you think about it.
    Gabe

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