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Unread 08-07-2004, 07:13 PM   #1
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Plumbers putty with Formica Solid Surface Sink

We just had new countertops and a new formica solid surface sink installed. I'm getting ready to install the new faucet and drain and I'm not sure what to use to seal the drain. Plumbers putty says it's not to be used on plastics. Will it work on this sink or should I use something else?

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Unread 08-07-2004, 08:27 PM   #2
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I would use nothing at all. the rubber gasket the goes under the sink drain will seal it just fine. There is really no need to use plumber's putting inside the sink. The worst thing that can happen is that you will get a slight amount of water seepage into the drain pipe in a bathroom lav. In a kitchen there will be no leakage at all. Just make sure the gasket it tight under the sink.
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Unread 08-08-2004, 08:01 AM   #3
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Thanks for the reply. I should have mentioned it is a double sink with a garabge disposal in the other sink. The GD does not have a rubber gasket. Just a cardboard gasket. What should I use there?

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Geez, we're probably back to plumber's putty.

Let me try to get a plumber in here. Hang on.
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Unread 08-08-2004, 10:37 AM   #5
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Hi JV

We use silicone for drain flanges and faucets in situations like you describe. I have demo'd quite a few cultured marble sinks that were discolored around the drain, so I think there is some truth to the idea that plumbers putty will stain corian and cultered marbles.

Once the fixture is set and tightened, the excess silicone that oozes out is easily cleaned up with paper towels/rags soaked in mineral spirits.
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Unread 08-08-2004, 07:31 PM   #6
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The GD does not have a rubber gasket. Just a cardboard gasket. What should I use there?
It sound like you are missing some parts. You always need a rubber gasket, the cardboard one is just a backup ring.
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Unread 08-09-2004, 09:12 AM   #7
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JV,

You are not missing any rubber parts. The only gasket that comes with an ISE disposal is a "fibre gasket" (cardboard as you say) and it goes underneath between the sink and the clamping assembly. Like Rob says, use clear silicone between the flange and the sink.

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