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The gasket coming out of bottom of our sink erator was leaking and spewing. when we replace the washer before bolting on the gasket do we use plumbers putty?

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Plumbers putty is for setting sink basket into sink.
I use rectoseal on all tubular washers and joints,
Smear it on thick and then assemble parts, and rectoseal ensures nothing will leak.
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