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Merits And Demerits Of Plumber’s Putty And Teflon Tape

By Scott Rodgers_

Plumber’s putty is such a tool that is used by every plumber in all his plumbing activities. Putty is a product that provides a perfect scaling effect to the joints and fittings. Any replacement of fittings, sink, cocks and other plumbing jobs would require its application.

On the other hand, Teflon tape is a common, inexpensive and effective thin white tape used to seal pipe threads being joined together for plumbing purposes. It is used to seal water, air, gas from leaking through threaded connections.

While on the job, a plumber may require both the Teflon tape and the putty as well; these are used for different purposes. The Teflon tape is used for joining threaded pipe joints of gas and liquids where consideration is pressure where as the plumber’s putty is used where water resistance sealing is the factor and not the pressure.

One can either keep the tape on the roll or cut off a small piece. The tape should be wrapped around the male fitting counter-clockwise. This is done to make sure the tape does not bunch up when the fitting is screwed into the female connection clockwise. When tape bunches up, thread coverage is lost and leaks will persist.

To obtain a complete sealing and the water resistance qualities, the female end of the pipe should tightened right up to the threaded area of the male pipe where the Teflon tape is in place.

Using the plumber’s putty is sometimes messy. In the case of a drain, run a generous bead of putty around the underside of the drain’s rim, and then place it in the drain hole in the sink. Tighten down the drain from underneath according to the instructions, and then wipe off the excess putty with a damp rag.

In case you need to apply putty on the faucets, it is better to run a thick bead of putty around the faucet’s base. This would provide a firm grip to the faucet. Also, wipe off the extra putty from the surface of the faucet.

Thread tape comes in different colors for different uses. White tape is single density and intended for water pipes of 3/8 of an inch. Red tape is triple density, for pipes 2 inches in diameter. Yellow tape is double density, and designed for gas and fuel lines. Also, today’s market has different types of putty but have one thing common in them that is, all are water repellent and remains soft for a long time.

Clear, concise and informative describe articles written by plumbing specialist, James Becker, who has been writing on the subject for many years. If you want to learn more about installing bathroom sink drain and a clogged sink, visit

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Rodgers_, Scott "Merits And Demerits Of Plumber’s Putty And Teflon Tape." Merits And Demerits Of Plumber’s Putty And Teflon Tape. 23 Jun. 2010. 30 Sep 2014 <>.

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Rodgers_, Scott "Merits And Demerits Of Plumber’s Putty And Teflon Tape"

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