Asked by: Estanislaa Gurra
asked in category: General Last Updated: 8th April, 2020

Can you use sealant instead of putty?

Old, dry putty can be softened with bleach and linseed oil. Either acrylic latex/silicone caulk or window putty, also known as glazing putty, are commonly used for this purpose. Both types will work, but one has proven its superiority with the test of time.

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Likewise, people ask, can you use silicone instead of putty?

Plumber's putty is one of the basics tools in a plumber's tool bag. Also, silicone is not as easy you work with and is not as dense as plumber's putty, so it's not as good at filling wide gaps, and plumbers don't need time to dry just like caulk does.

Likewise, should I use plumbers putty with a rubber gasket? Increasingly, I'm finding that plumber's putty is not recommended for sink drains, especially if it has its own rubber gasket. In places where the manufacturer does not supply a gasket (and the flange is not metal) they suggest silicone caulk. Be sure to read the directions for your drain assembly! Not unless it leaks.

Also asked, when should you not use plumbers putty?

Fit the drain or fixture into its appropriate place, and this will ensure a watertight fit and limit the chances of having a leak. You should never use plumber's putty to seal joints between threaded pipes, metal or plastic, or to cement together non-threaded plastic piping.

What is the difference between caulk and putty?

It's really simple if you remember this rule: putty is a doughlike compound used to fill in holes (from nails for example) and for surface defects or open spaces. But, by definition, caulking is quite different. Other uses for caulk include hiding gaps in woodwork and filling long, narrow cracks in ceilings and walls.

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