03:58AM | 06/21/04
Member Since: 06/20/04
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I am trying to replace a faucet cartrige in a Moen shower faucet. When I tried to turn the cartridge 90 degrees using the plastic socket, it did not move because it was stuck to the housing. I tried applying a little pressure and it bends the front part of the cartridge. Is there a way to remove the cartridge from the housing?

Thanks in advance for any help or advice!!


07:11AM | 06/21/04
Member Since: 06/19/04
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Plumbing supply and building supply stores sell a metal tool that allows more torque to be applied. Sometimes they are just too calcified to remove and will require the fixture to be replaced. Good Luck.

(Mine was from 1972 and had to be replaced after applying so much torque that I ruined the valve, thus requiring tile and wallboard work in addition to the fixture. In the end my wife was much happier with the new installation!)

erik peterson

11:55AM | 06/21/04
Member Since: 06/23/03
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Moen has been aware of the difficulty of removing cartridges and has manufactured its own "cartridge-puller" for over 30 years. Cant remember the part # but it is a very common item. erik


08:37PM | 06/22/04
Member Since: 06/20/04
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Thank you both for the responses. I tried to twist it some more and the front part of the cartridge boke off. I think I have to get some professional help and probably replace the faucet.

Oh well...
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