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Old 09-25-2012, 01:56 PM   #1
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Shower drain attachment questions

I'm attaching the drain to a Vigo shower base using a Kohler drain (photo). Instructions call for plumber's putty at the flange of the drain itself. Without getting into the putty vs silicone argument (if that's possible), is there any clear disadvantage or future problem if I just use clear silicone?

Secondly, this style has the gasket insert that goes between the drain frame and the drain pipe. Is this gasket the only thing supporting the pipe from the drain, such that I would have to brace the pipe in the crawlspace so it didn't slip out of the gasket?

Also, how reliable are these types of gaskets in general? Do they need any help to seal?

Thanks in advance.

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Old 09-25-2012, 04:19 PM   #2
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using silicone will make it really hard to get out in the future.
that would be the only disadvantage i can think of. i was a plumber for 20 years and always used putty and never had any problems unless they were defective materials. i think less than average plumbers started using silicone to make them have less leaks from improper installations. if you have ever had to remove a drain from a sink or shower that was siliconed you wouldn't ever use it.


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I personally prefer silicone. It's just my preference tho. Seen too many failed basket strainers and I feel (no proof) that silicone holds up to high temps better.
As for the Kohler strainer, the p trap should be supported regardless of the connection method. I prefer a solvent weld connection though.
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