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Old 10-24-2011, 11:45 AM   #1
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I am hoping that I don't need to go to home depot again. I will be attempting to install a centerset faucet. I have a basin wrench, a challel lock and some silicone. The only item that I might need is teflon tape. Is this necessary for the threaded areas?

The old faucet had no tape anywhere and did not leak (rarely used though) The new faucet has a plastic drain tube, which I understand makes using tape unnecessary. With that said, the P Trap is metal (at this point) and of course the threads for the supply lines are metal.

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Old 10-24-2011, 11:53 AM   #2
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No teflon tape will be needed for that install unless the pop up assemble is a brass one with a threaded tail piece.

Sometimes plumbers putty is needed under the faucet if the faucet does not have a rubber gasket for the bottom where it meets the counter top.

If the top is real granite or marble--use an oil free putty---I get mine at the plumbing supply house--No idea if the stuff is available in a big box store.

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No teflon tape will be needed for that install unless the pop up assemble is a brass one with a threaded tail piece.

Sometimes plumbers putty is needed under the faucet if the faucet does not have a rubber gasket for the bottom where it meets the counter top.

If the top is real granite or marble--use an oil free putty---I get mine at the plumbing supply house--No idea if the stuff is available in a big box store.
The faucet has a flat part (not sure if it is plastic or rubber) that it sits on. Do I need putty or silicone for the ring that sits at the bottom of the sink around the pop up. I am guessing that I don't need the putty for the handles because they have rubber gaskets attached to them.
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Putty or silicone is fine under the pop up ring. I prefer putty---others swear by silicone---so use what you have on hand.
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Putty or silicone is fine under the pop up ring. I prefer putty---others swear by silicone---so use what you have on hand.
Do I not need any putty for underneath the base of the faucet and under the handles? Based on your previous reply, I think the answer might be that I don't need it.
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Do I not need any putty for underneath the base of the faucet and under the handles? Based on your previous reply, I think the answer might be that I don't need it.
I hope your are all done by now---but no you don't need any putty under your faucet because of the type of base on that one.
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I hope your are all done by now---but no you don't need any putty under your faucet because of the type of base on that one.
I am done (I think) Initially, I had leaks coming from everywhere. I tightened the supply line nuts and that fixed two of the leaks. Then I had a bad leak by the J bend. I used some pipe dope and the leak is gone. Finally, I had a leak by the drain tube. I repositioned it and tightened and that seemed to work. I do have a new area that could be an issue. This morning, I noticed a little drop forming by the valves for the supply line. I will have to watch that one. I did not touch that connection as part of the install.
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Post picture of the problems if they occur----

Often the old shut off valves leak at the stem---most times a little tightening of the cap nut under the handle is all it takes to stop that drip.

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