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Old 02-01-2015, 08:09 AM   #1
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Cant use plumbers putty on faucet base. Ideas?


Have an 8" bathroom faucet, a one piece unit, and the base of it does not have a nice flat "platform" or surface area where one could put a bead of plumbers putty on it and "seat" it down on sink. Can one simply place the bead on the knife edge and seat it down creating a good seal? Looks like that is a bad way to do this.
Called home depot and they do not sell seperate black plastic bases/gaskets. What could I do, people?

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Well, if it were me I'd take the faucet back and exchange it or buy a better one. More than once, I've bought something from HD only to find that the package had been previously opened. It's possible the gasket is simply missing. What do the instructions say?
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thanks, md, but its an old faucet- put on years ago, but still in excellent shape. I pulled it up and it had gobs of putty , mostly kicked up inside as like I said, noflat base. I hate to throw it out, and as a last resort, I will gob up putty and try it.

Of course, the base would be like a knife edge.
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About your only choice is to put a ring of putty around the holes.
If the edge is thick enough use a bead of silicon.
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If it was me, I'd use white silicone.

This is the way I would do it.....

Run a 1/4" bead around the base. Then let it sit until the surface is not tacky...usually about 45min to an hour.

Then put in place and tighten down.

Now clean up what squeezes.

If necessary, touch up.

Let it dry over night.
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Auto parts stores have "make your own gasket" sheets.... get one that is waterproof.

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They also have liquid Permatex gasket maker,pick yer poison.

http://www.permatex.com/products-2/p.../gasket-makers
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Long long ago they would sell small rolls of flat cork. I lay it against the part and lightly hammer the edges. Made hundreds of gaskets like that.
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