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    Hi there,

    next question: I wanted to put the kitchen sink in myself and use loads of silicone, especially in the corners and cut the overlapping sealing on the corner back (foeam rubber strips, expensive sink but still dodgy looking), but wifey insisted on a licensed plumber. Licensed plumber it was, now one corner is leaking, you could see there is no silicone. So now, what to to
    - stanley knife and take sink out, clean it up, put it back in
    - syringe, try to sueeze some silicone into the gap, is about .5mm?

    Or else?

    Thanks,

    Steffen

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    Call the plumber back and have him do the job as he should have in the first place

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    Should have stuck with the foam seal, it's there for a reason.
    Plumbers were around long before Jesus was a carpenter

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    now I have a bit of both, still does not work...

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    The foam seals are better - I've got a sink that I'll have to scrape the silicon out from soon!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Master Splinter View Post
    The foam seals are better - I've got a sink that I'll have to scrape the silicon out from soon!
    but where they overlap one will pus the other one up and there will be a bit of a gap. Water finds any gap, as we all know?

    Kiwis can repair appliances and wiring themselves legally? Well 1st up, why does a sparky apprenticeship take 4 years, cmon, its only the green / yellow wire that is really important. Fixed up some bits after licensed electricians, if they are like that, how will be the general audience?

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    A good butt fit and compression on the foam seals the gap quite well. And it is a cleanable join, unlike silicone which gets mold under it after a time.
    DIY electrical wiring to AS/NZS3000 - details here - http://goo.gl/9d33T (PDF file)

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    if silicone was the best thing to seal sinks with then they would come with a tube when you buy them - not a foam strip.

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