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Plumber's putty is one of those things that most people have heard of. For some reason, it’s pretty easy to say and just as easy to remember. However, plumbers putty might not be exactly what you think it is.
The term plumber's putty typically refers to a pliable clay type substance that is often used as a watertight sealant around faucets and drains. Plumber's putty is not an adhesive, so it creates a seal without permanently bonding things together. Plumber's putty is sometimes confused with pipe dope but it differs because plumber's putty will not stand up to water pressure and is not used to seal threading between pipe fixtures. Plumber's putty is produced and sold by various manufacturers, often with slightly different ingredients and sometimes under different names.
Plumber's putty has a few applications where there really is no other substitute. At the same time, plumber's putty has its limits and shouldn’t be used to replace pipe dope or caulking: