Plumber's putty takes several hours to dry. If the repaired surface is used before the putty has completely dried, the process has to be done again. Touching the putty periodically is the best way to see if it has set.
Putty is a quick and inexpensive fix to plumbing issues. Putty can be found at any hardware store. It is used during the installation of sinks, drains and pipes. The putty also acts as a seal to prevent water leaks. Putty can be manipulated into any desired shape once it has been properly heated. For putty to be effective, it must be applied to clean surfaces. Application of putty needs to be minimal to prevent the staining of the surrounding surfaces.