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silicone and plumbers putty

when installing a new faucet ,they say to use plumbers putty for the plastic base plate that the faucet sits on. Can I use regular silicone caulking for this...or permatex rtv blue..???
 
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Silicone caulk will be fine

That said, I prefer putty, as it's a whole lot easier to take apart later on if you used putty than if you caulked
 
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Silicone sealant will prevent water from leaking under the faucet but could make removal in the future very difficult.
 
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sometimes when you install a new sink, the flex hose is not long enough
and you have to join 2 flex hoses 3/8. Does Home Depot or Lowes
carry the little compression connectors that join the 2 hoses..???
I know they sell the hoses...???
 
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I have never had that problem, and I've never seen (but I've never looked) fittings to join two flex hoses. Most of the one's I've dealt with have different fittings on each end of the hose so a simple nipple would not work. How far away are the water connections?
 
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I bought a mechanical connector for the exact purpose at HD. Does anybody know what plumbers putty is actually made of?
 
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and I've never seen (but I've never looked) fittings to join two flex hoses
The way we did it (before flex connectors) was to use a delta supply as a extension. You could still use then but most homeowners I know dont know how to usa a nut and ferral.



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Does anybody know what plumbers putty is actually made of?

Many venders make use of some type of clay as a base ingredient. Linseed oil is also a common additive. Other formulas include limestone, a blend of fish oils, or talc.
(above from wise geek.com)


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Standard supply lines come in 12-18" If thats not long enough something is wrong with the rough. The exception would be if the stops were coming up though the floor at the bottom of the vanity, or kitchen sink.

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I think plumbers putty is just clay. Very similar to what you played with in school which I assume is clay and mineral oil.
 
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Stainless putty Original plumber's putty
Component % by weight Component % by weight

Paraplex G-40 18 Hydrocarbon Oil 13
Bentone 34 1 Bentone 34 2
Royal Queen Clay 8 Royal Queen Clay 8
Medusacarb 68 PMF Fiber 1
Silicone Rubber 5 Medusacarb 18 70
Oils 5
Mineral spirits 1

It seems that they are not all alike; this is what I got off the net.
 
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fyi
Home depot stocks MANY flex hoses including a 20 inch with a male already on one end ..for 5 bucks. yee haw
my rough was bad..
i didnt do it.
 
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Please delete this. Oh and thanks for the note about Flux
 
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