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LarryG

04:20AM | 08/17/08
Member Since: 07/22/04
530 lifetime posts
Bvplumbing
when intalling a drain like for a sink or tub,are you supposed to put on a lot then squeeze it out by tightening down or just put on a thin amount?

it seems like after i tighten down on it after a minute or so it is loose again and needs to be tightened again.

Sylvan

10:52AM | 08/17/08
Member Since: 01/24/06
1578 lifetime posts
Me_office1
Great question,like how much flux to apply prior to soldering.

I normally place a bead of putty under the flange squeezing it flat leaving about an 1/8th of an inch thickness and then when tightening the fitting, tub or kitchen strainer etc. I just keep tightening until no more putty squeezes out.

Some folks put it on so heavy it cannot compress properly and later after they leave more putty oozes out and thus you have a leak as the flange is not tight enough

LarryG

12:16PM | 08/17/08
Member Since: 07/22/04
530 lifetime posts
thanks for tip.i was putting too much.1/8 inch.i'll remember that.

Sylvan

02:54PM | 08/17/08
Member Since: 01/24/06
1578 lifetime posts
Me_office1
By the way I use Hercules putty and the 5 pound bucket lasts years and never dries up ..... In the winter 30 seconds micro wave and BE CAREFUL :-)
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