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    Default Leak between tub strainer and shoe elbow... use teflon tape here?

    Hi all,

    I just got done installing my new bathtub. I used a “Watts EZY Touch Bath Drain.” Everything looks good except when I tested the supply and waste lines, I have a small leak between the shoe strainer and shoe elbow. The directions stated “apply a bead of putty around the underside flange of the strainer. Set shoe elbow under tub with rubber washer between shoe elbow and tub. Screw in strainer using pliers to secure shoe strainer into shoe elbow”

    I did just that but I still have a leak.

    I figure it could be two things…

    1) I should have used some Teflon tape when screwing in the strainer. The directions didn’t say to use it but I’m wondering if I should OR
    2) I should try to tighten the strainer some more…Although I tightened it pretty darn tight. OR
    3) Both

    Any thoughts here?

    Thanks in advance,

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    There is most likly putty pushing the washer enough to make it leak. Take it apart and try again using less putty.

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    Teflon tape will not do anything to stop the leak. Try tightening it some more. If the tub and shoe are in alignment all that is needed is the rubber gasket, with some putty under the flange.

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    I tightened it and it works like a charm. I had it pretty tight before but I guess was afraid to turn that extra 1/4 turn for fear of breaking the elbow somehow.

    That was almost too easy.

    Thanks as always!

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    I always use plumber's putty and let the excess squeeze out and teflon thread sealant on the threads that go into the shoe. I couldn't begin to count how many I have removed that didn't have some type of sealant to allow easy removal, but the ones that did came out with ease.

    Those I remember, not too often but I always make more money on a service call to replace one that has sealant on the threads. (1 hour charge minimum, less time to perform task, leaving before hour is up)
    Read what the end of this sentence means.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RUGGED
    I always use plumber's putty and let the excess squeeze out and teflon thread sealant on the threads that go into the shoe. I couldn't begin to count how many I have removed that didn't have some type of sealant to allow easy removal, but the ones that did came out with ease.

    Those I remember, not too often but I always make more money on a service call to replace one that has sealant on the threads. (1 hour charge minimum, less time to perform task, leaving before hour is up)

    I did use the plumber's putty and just wiped away the excess as I screwed the drain on. But did not use the teflon tape.

    So are you saying the teflon tape or sealant is used more for easy removal rather than used for leak stoppage? hj mentioned that it wouldn't do anything for the leak but if it will help in the future for removal it seems like a good idea to use....

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    Thread sealant yes, tape no. I use it so 5,10,15 years from now when the trim piece needs replacing I don't need to worry about getting a sawzall out or pulling a groin muscle to break it loose. Plumber's grease would work as well. Anyone that knows plumbing knows how smooth a job can be when you don't have to remove plumbing items that are not "froze" in position from calcium or grime.
    Read what the end of this sentence means.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RUGGED
    Thread sealant yes, tape no. I use it so 5,10,15 years from now when the trim piece needs replacing I don't need to worry about getting a sawzall out or pulling a groin muscle to break it loose. Plumber's grease would work as well. Anyone that knows plumbing knows how smooth a job can be when you don't have to remove plumbing items that are not "froze" in position from calcium or grime.
    OK, I misread there. I saw "teflon thread sealant " and thought teflon tape. But you are saying sealant not tape. Crazy eyes....

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