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Old 04-02-2010, 03:23 PM   #1
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I just replaced 2 toilets and they didn't have wax rings, they had plumbers putty. I have always used a wax ring to set a toilet but now I'm thinking of trying the putty.

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Old 04-02-2010, 03:41 PM   #2
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For the inexpensive cost of the wax ring, I would not take a chance. It may work, but do you want to reset a toilet again in the near future if it doesn't work?



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Old 04-02-2010, 05:21 PM   #3
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For the inexpensive cost of the wax ring, I would not take a chance. It may work, but do you want to reset a toilet again in the near future if it doesn't work?
I know what you are saying and no I wouldn't want to have to reset the toilet again. The old toilets were put in back in 1970 and lasted until I pulled them for more water saving ones. Forty years isn't bad for just plumbers putty.
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The primary concern I see with using plumber's putty is because it shrinks, and becomes hard and brittle after time. You may not discover the slight leakage, but will end up corroding the flange after time. Wax will remain plyable almost forever, which would create an leakproof seal.

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I have heard of this being done, but probably because I don't do much in the way of service work, have never seen it myself. I wonder if some of the service guys on here can comment.

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Old 04-07-2010, 10:41 PM   #6
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I just replaced 2 toilets and they didn't have wax rings, they had plumbers putty. I have always used a wax ring to set a toilet but now I'm thinking of trying the putty.

What are your thoughts?
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If you are sure that you wouldn't want to have to reset the toilet again then i suggest you to try the putty.


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Plumbers putty is not made to withstand any pressure. Should you need to plunge one of the toilets, you may find yourself removing the toilet again. Plumbers putty also contains oil which could bleed out and stain the flooring around the toilet base.

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Wax seals. You will not find sealing a toilet on the uses stated on the Plumbers Putty container.

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Plumbers putty is not made to withstand any pressure. Should you need to plunge one of the toilets, you may find yourself removing the toilet again. Plumbers putty also contains oil which could bleed out and stain the flooring around the toilet base.
i think u r right.it means wax is better than putty.
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Wax seals. You will not find sealing a toilet on the uses stated on the Plumbers Putty container.
It does say " For setting bowls, fixtures, sinks, frames and strainers. Will not crack, separate, crumble, harden or shrink."

Isn't a toilet considered a "fixture"?


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