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Camber1

Hello. When water goes down plastic overflow pipe of my bath, a few droplets of water leaks out just where the overflow pipe joins with the bath (at the underside of this join). As it is just a few droplets, would just rubbing some Plumber's mait around this join do the trick without me undoing the pipe and sealing it more robustly?
Sorry if this sounds simple, I really have no clue about plumbing. Thanks in advance.
 
turnpin

turnpin

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Hello Camber1 and welcome to the forums pop along to your merchants and get a tube of LSX check the pipe is clean and dry and is firmly pushed onto waste spigot apply LSX and leave to set as per instructions good luck regards turnpin
 
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WaterTight

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It might work but it's a simple fix to do it properly.

They come with a washer that usually does the trick but many plumbers add some sealant (sanitary silicone) as a belt and braces approach when installing. The washer may be twisted or torn or misaligned, the overflow arrangement may not be done up tightly enough or off-centre leaving a small gap.

Best thing you could is to undo (usually can be undone by hand but may need a little encouragment from a pair of grips or if you don't have any tools a screwdriver or pencil stuck between the holes of the overflow for leverage when twisting anti-clockwise to unscrew will do it but be careful not to damage it) and clean it up and inspect the components.

If the washer seems reasonable then apply a thin bead of silicone sealant round it on the face that will connect to the bath, reassemble making sure it's central on the hole and tighten hand-tight followed by a 1/4 turn tweak with grips or whatever you have to hand. Then to be extra sure (and it doesn't matter what it looks like as it's under the bath) run a bead round the outside of where the washer connects to bath. Lick your finger and run it over the silicone, pressing it into the surface.

Leave it a few hours and test.

If it still leaks and you've followed the above instructions you either have a distorted washer/overflow arrangement or too big a overflow hole in your bath.
 
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Hybrid

I wind a few turns of ptfe around the o-ring before pushing the overflow pipe on. Makes a tight joint, never leaks.
 
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