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Old 10-29-2019, 08:12 AM   #101
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Did a high rise of condo's and the foreman explicitly told the guys to put a ton of silicone on the tub waste when they were finally secured. They would slather silicone with a stick so they wouldn't get a call back within the year.

That's one thing I'll never take a call for, a tub leak in a concrete high rise.
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Old 10-29-2019, 09:44 AM   #102
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Food grade clear silicone period. A little more than hand tight never leaks.

Putty went the way of the Fred Flintstone mobile...…...
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Just yesterday I replaced a trip waste and a shower drain in the same house. You guys who use caulk without regard for the guy who will replace it were in my thoughts.

Older installation I'll admit, but coincidence that both started leaking at the same time? Right or wrong, my affection for the effing caulk after removing it all makes me blame it. I'll stick with my playdough.



you say caulking?? was it clear silicone? what condition was it in and why do you think they started leaking?
and if putty was used would it have made a difference or leaked earlier or still not leaked as of this time?
it comes down to the PROPER use of any product is what makes it last..not just what you are using...
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Food grade clear silicone period. A little more than hand tight never leaks.

Putty went the way of the Fred Flintstone mobile...…...
I will just add the parts you put together should be dry and oil free for silicone to last the longest...
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I just hate cleaning up the extra silicone that squeezes out. Pain in the ass to get it all off!
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Iv always used putty, so my question for the silicone guys is; do you just tell the customer to not use their sink untill the silicone drys ? Anot not test it befour you leave ?
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Iv always used putty, so my question for the silicone guys is; do you just tell the customer to not use their sink untill the silicone drys ? Anot not test it befour you leave ?
silicone skins over in a short time and by the time I clean up im ready to water test..
when i have a sink and bowl to install ill put the sink drain together first so the silicone is curing for an hour or so, same thing with a sink drain, strainer goes on first...you develop a system so it get time to cure before a water test..
cleanup is easy with the right stuff and again you develop ways of using it without making a mess...Afta fluid makes quick clean up of silicone...
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I used silicone on a tub drain years ago cuz I didn’t have any putty. It leaked with in 2-3 weeks, I’ve never used silicone instead of putty since.
My Daughters BF does new construction/high rise, they only use silicone on tub drains. He said putty is for old ppl! Little $hit, he can’t solder for life of him!
42 isn’t old!
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I used silicone on a tub drain years ago cuz I didn’t have any putty. It leaked with in 2-3 weeks, I’ve never used silicone instead of putty since.
My Daughters BF does new construction/high rise, they only use silicone on tub drains. He said putty is for old ppl! Little $hit, he can’t solder for life of him!
42 isn’t old!
Hahaha that's so true, putty is for old plumbers, the baby boomers!
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Iv always used putty, so my question for the silicone guys is; do you just tell the customer to not use their sink untill the silicone drys ? Anot not test it befour you leave ?



The 100% ge silicon I use is ready for water pretty darn quick. I use it mostly for toilet skirts and if I tell them to wait 6-24hrs that is because the floor may be wonky and I want it to have good firmness. I never doubt its sealing ability though.


I don't doubt silicones effectiveness in the place of putty, but I also don't think it will last any longer than putty or that putty doesn't last long enough. I do however feel that putty should be used because it is easier to remove later on.
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