Probably it is not something new. I got the same kind of stuff years ago
when I think it was called plumber's epoxy (or something like that) that was
a different color.
Don't get suckered by the demo of pulling a truck. It is not the surface
application that is doing the job. The demo setup pushes the epoxy into all
the holes in the plate. The total cross section of the epoxy in the holes is
a lot more than any realistic use would have.
Check your local big box or other hardware store for a similar product. Buy
one and try it out. No need to buy multiple amounts that you don't need
It's a two part epoxy putty that you mix by kneading the material. The
price on TV is astronomical. I buy it with a different brand name from
a local "freight liquidator" store" for <$2 each.
It's handy to have around.
Here's just one example
I would imagine most hardware stores and Home improvement centers have
We got some similar stuff at Ace Hardware. We've used it once, as a
temporary patch in the eavestrough (gutter). Most of the uses they
in the commercial are garbage. It makes my husband shout at the tv
every time it's on.
Drywall patch is cheaper and better for fixing drywall.
If you use it on the PVC fitting as they show, the plumber who
has to fix the actual problem will have to saw the joint out and
the fitting. It seems to me that you could fix that problem by just
tightening the big ol' PVC nut.
Let's see--what else do they use it for? As an adhesive, I'd rather
some appropriate glue than a putty that will take up space in the
They use it as a wood putty and paint over it. Wood putty is cheaper
and probably more paintable.
I'd never make a replacement cup handle out of it. It's just plain
For every use they make of it, there's something far better. However,
do have one roll of it in the junk drawer, in case some problem
where it would be the ideal thing. A single roll isn't terribly
but there's no point buying half a dozen at once, as Charlie Bress
re: If you use it on the PVC fitting as they show, the plumber who
ultimately has to fix the actual problem will have to saw the joint
out and replace the fitting. It seems to me that you could fix that
problem by just tightening the big ol' PVC nut.
Unless of course the fitting in question doesn't have a big ol' PVC
nut *and* the putty fixes the actual problem.
When the glue joint began to leak on the seam of the PVC trap shown
here I used some epoxy putty to reseal it:
Not repairing it in place as I did would have meant sawing out just
about everything from where the drain exited the disposal to where it
went into the floor. The epoxy putty lasted for many years until the
disposal failed - at which point I had to replace it all anyway. A
couple of bucks and 15 minutes isn't bad for what amounted to a
Well, yeah. But the one they showed in the commercial did, and
my husband would kick my ass (figuratively speaking) if I crapped
up that sort of joint with epoxy putty. As I said, we've used the
epoxy putty before, where it's appropriate.
To that point I'll mention that I keep all my epoxies and superglues in
our kitchen freezer door shelf and their working life seems limitless.
It only takes a few minutes to bring them back to room temperature when
I've got some rather costly electrically conductive epoxy that's been in
there at least ten years and when I occasionally need a small amount to
bridge some unsolderable joint the stuff works as well as it did when I
first got it.
The stuff is good, but you can buy it cheaper at the local hardware
store. Also most of the uses they suggest are not really good. For example
the stucco they hung the hose hanger on is likely to fail and then you would
end up with a stucco repair that would never look right. The leak fix,
likely only needed a little tightening of the nut or replacement washer and
now with that gunk on it, you would end up replacing several parts. etc.
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