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Umbrella drain installation leaks

I am installing an umbrella pop-up drain and can't get it to not leak. Seller says the 2 silicone gaskets included are all I should need. I believe I have to use some other sealant need to know where and what i should use. I have read plumbers putty, silicone caulk, teflon paste and the more I read the more confused I am.

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Use plumbers putty, that is the best stuff and is not messy and worked great for my grandmothers

Posted on Feb 09, 2009

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    Jeremy Reddick Feb 09, 2009

    The top one, you place it between the washer and the sink. Roll it up in your hand into a long string, and then place it down and screw it all together. You can also put thread tape on the threads as a back up


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