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03-05-2012, 07:20 AM
New kitchen sink. The cut recess for the drain flange it a tad to big, leaving a ring of putty that can be seen.
Bad cut on the sink? Small drain flange? Leave the ring of putty? Wife says she dont mind the ring of putty showing.....
never had that, normally when you tighten down the drain the excess puddy squeezes out and you just pull it out or cut it off. Did you tighten the drain down all the way? Pics?
03-05-2012, 07:41 AM
Its tightened properly... No leeks or anything.....
Its just there is a cut recess in the sink itself to receive the flange, and there is a gap between the edge of the flange and the wall of the recess, leaving a putty ring.
03-05-2012, 07:48 AM
Scrape the puddy out.
It's all good.
03-05-2012, 08:13 AM
If I scrape the putty out, then there will be a gap...I am afraid food and water will get stuck down in the crack causing an issue...
I might have to take a picture later, dont think you guys getting it...
Using imagined numbers here...
Width of recess is 4"
Width of sink flange is 3.875
This leaves a gap of .0625 all the way around which is filled with putty, leaving a putty ring...And the ring is very noticeable..
Even with the smaller drain it should sit down far enough to make metal to metal contact with the sink. Something is a miss, we need pics of top and bottom.
03-05-2012, 08:18 AM
washers in the correct place i.e. thin one top and thick one under
03-05-2012, 08:21 AM
No thin one on top.
Just use putty.
Normally I test fit the drain before adding the putty.
03-05-2012, 12:45 PM
Scrape excess putty out and use sink. You are worrying about nothing.
03-05-2012, 02:05 PM
03-05-2012, 03:06 PM
If you don't like, or trust putty, buy or make a nylon or rubber washer which will squeeze tight.I never used putty on the two I fitted for my son they came with rubber washers supplied.I have to say though putty is a great way to go too if you can handle it ok.An old plumbers trick is to coat the surfaces with paint or in your case lightly with a dab of varnish it makes the putty stick much better don't wait till it dries use it on right away.This works great with glazing with putty too. Alistair
03-05-2012, 04:18 PM
Our sink is fairly new, and there is no gap at all between the OD of the drain fitting and the flange at the bottom of the sink.
I think a gap filled with putty would be puddy ugly after a short time. You can probably find a different drain fitting that fits better.
03-05-2012, 10:55 PM
I hate to go through the hassle of replacing it all, but might have to..up to wife kinda
03-05-2012, 11:11 PM
It looks like it was designed to set in there like that. I can understand you concern about stuff collecting there. I would check with the sink mfg. and see what they say.
03-05-2012, 11:28 PM
You didn't use stainless steel putty :)
Thats the drain? Looks like it was designed to have the drain sit on the flat down in the recess. It probably called for a flat washer instead of puddy. I would make sure the drain is tightened down good and as much putty is squeezed out as possible and then go around with a screw driver or something to get out as much excess as possible.
03-06-2012, 08:31 AM
cuemaker, your talking about a 1/16" gap around the strainer assy and the sink recess. That's hardly worth being concerned about. As to food particles being trapped there you or your wife should be using a brush to clean the strainer assy when you clean the sink.
I think your worried about something that is in every sink. I don't think it has been a problem with anyone else and they have been that way for years, especially since sinks were made of stamped SS.
When I renovated a kitchen (double resin sink) & 3 bathrooms ( one glass sink, 2 porcelain) I used clear kitchen/bath silicone. When tightened there was only a thin gap that was filled with the sealant. Plumber's putty for the resin sink was not accepted - would adversely affect the warranty - by the manufacturer due to possible chemical reaction.