ABS overflow shoe and Plumbers Putty

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  1. agrippina

    agrippina New Member

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    Hello,

    I am planning to replace a tub overflow shoe (ABS) and to install a new one. I am thinking about of using plumbers putty to seal the tub drain but a small amount of putty will get between the drain's threads and shoe's threads. As a result, some putty will get in a contact with ABS material. I've read on the internet that it is not recommended to use putty with ABS but I would like to get an opinion from a professional plumber. Will there be a negative impact of the plumbers putty on ABS in a long run? If yes, can I use a PVC overflow shoe (no glue) and the rest parts are made of ABS?

    Thank you
     
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  4. agrippina

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    The putty doesn't "seal" the tub it prevents water from going past the stopper into the shoe. The tub drain is sealed from between the shoe and the tub with a rubber washer. Putty is used because it takes up space between 2 imperfect materials. And as mentioned in the above linked article, there are putties designed to not discolor materials the're placed on.
     
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    Thank you for your recommendation.
     
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