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LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Late pitchman Billy Mays made it famous. The all 'Mighty Putty'. It's suppose to bond, repair and seal almost anything and boasts that it's strong enough to pull a truck!! We try it before you buy it!

'Mighty Putty' is an epoxy distributed by NPI of Trevose, Pa. The package contains three epoxy sticks that must first be kneaded together for a few minutes to activate. When it's ready it turns white. And be ready, the smell is less than pleasant!

We tested the putty on a leaky faucet in the kitchen. It did slow the leak down considerably but doesn't stop it completely. However, that could be because of the high water pressure. If you have a really bad leak, don't expect a complete fix. But for minor drips, it'll probably do the trick.

Next we went to the basement to test its strength. 'Mighty Putty' claims it's strong enough to pull a big semi tractor trailer. Now, for most of us, we aren't going to need to complete such a job. So in place of pulling a truck we made a chain link out of the putty and we tested to see if it can pick up a simple 30 pound concrete block. We let the putty link cure for well over 24 hours and sure enough, the link didn't break while holding up the weight of the block!

'Mighty Putty' also claims it's perfect for fixing ceramics. We succeeded in breaking the handle off of a ceramic coffee mug to test it. But unfortunately during the test the entire mug broke! So, there was two tests done to put the mug back together. We used the putty to try to bond the two pieces of the mug back together as well as use it to make a new handle. After about an hour, the handle works perfectly! However, the poor bond job this reporter did on the actual mug didn't set well, and the mug leaked.

So in the end the 'Mighty Putty' appears to do a lot of what it claims it will as far as somewhat fixing leaks, repairing mugs and holding up to at least 30-pounds of weight. We need to note that you must follow the instructions completely in order for the product to perform at its top ability.

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