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    Default How to fix a dripping Moen shower faucet?

    How do I go about fixing this? Very light dripping, but annoying. Attached is a pic of my shower set-up. Thanks in advance.


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    I would guess Moen 1225B cartridge.

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    Thanks Terry. Is this something I could pick up at my local Sears Hardware store? Can you provide me with instructions?

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    I would guess Moen 1225B cartridge.

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    The moen plastic pull out cartridge is widely available, certainly at Ace or blue or orange, and probably also at a sears outlet. There is a removal tool which is usually necessary, and you can buy that at any place that sells the cartridge.

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    Plastic pull out cartridge? It looks metal to me. I was able to take the handle off. That is the easy part Do I need to turn the water off to get the cartridge out? I need more help. Thanks!


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    If it is a metal stem, then you might need a plumber to extract it because you will not have the tool(s) needed to do it.

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    -Pull off the face plate
    -pull off the sleeve
    -Shut off your water and drain the system
    -pull up the retainer clip and remove it (do not lose it or break it)
    - Use your puller or the plastic cap that comes with the new 1225B catridge to move/dislodge the entire cartridge then pull entire catridge with a sturdy yank.
    -Replace/reinstall new 1225B cartridge and retainer clip

    The rest is easy.

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    quote; - Use your puller or the plastic cap that comes with the new 1225B catridge to move/dislodge the entire cartridge then pull entire catridge with a sturdy yank.

    Spoken like someone who has NEVER had to remove a stuck brass stem from one. The "plastic removal cap" is a joke for anything other than a plastic stem which is loose enough that it does not need it.

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    I am at Lowes right now. Lowes has replacement cartridge part 1225, not 1225B. The part is $19.97. Will this part work?They have the cartridge puller tool, $14.97. Wow, the job will cost me about $35, unless I can find the parts somewhere cheaper.

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    Don't fret about the "B". There are ONLY TWO Moen cartridges, the brass one and the plastic one. We recommend the plastic.

    If they are selling a cartridge for 12 bucks or so, it may be a generic. We recommend the genuine Moen piece, which is usually $15+. If you think that spending $35 to repair a faucet is anuything other than an incredible bargain, wait 'til you get the bill from the plumber you have to call because you tried to get it out without the $15 tool, and screwed up the body. Add a couple of zeros!!

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    So, as long as I have the puller and the correct part, I good to go? I am fairly handy, but generally don't like to mess with plumbing and electricity.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hj View Post
    Spoken like someone who has NEVER had to remove a stuck brass stem from one. The "plastic removal cap" is a joke for anything other than a plastic stem which is loose enough that it does not need it.
    Are you kidding me!?!?

    You, my freind , haven't got the slightest clue of my abilities and what I am capable and licenced to do! You don't know me! So you can't sit there on your high chair judging me!!

    I'm finding alot of the veterens of this site very insulting and making judgments about anybody else , especially the noobs that just want a quick answer to their problem.

    Instead of critizing my credentials, why not actually try to help and give YOUR opinion on how to fix his dilema!

    For your information, In 30 years that I have been plumbing , I only came across 1......... count them..........1 moen cartridge that I was not able to pull out........... and I ended up drilling that one out with no problems.

    you really need to get more hands on experience in plumbing repairs

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    hj plumbs in Arizona.

    The water there must be very bad.
    There are several plumbers that report that Moen gives them issues.

    That is not the case with normal water, like the stuff we have in Seattle.
    Moen is a breeze to repair here.
    We pull the clip, pull the cartridge, and it's all downhill from there.

    But then, we have good water here.

    And get the genuine Moen, don't waste money on generic parts for these.
    I have never needed a "removal tool" on Moen.

    If you live in an area with hard water, you may need one.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Terry View Post
    That is not the case with normal water, like the stuff we have in Seattle.
    Moen is a breeze to repair here.
    We pull the clip, pull the cartridge, and it's all downhill from there.
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    Terry, you just proved my point. Conditions are not the same throughout North America. And for someone to sit there and judge other peoples experiences for their areas is not a way to conduct themselves with the "know it all " attitude

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    Since I have worked on Moen "Dialcet" faucets since they were created, (I installed the first one in the Chicago area in my own bathroom), and have had innumerable ones that resisted extraction, to the point where I have four different pullers in my truck, and some extractions require more than one, I guess my 60 years of experience, (in Chicago, Michigan, and Arizona), tops your 30. Your area may be such that EVERY brass Moen stem comes out with the plastic device, but in that case I think it may be the exception. As I have stated, that "last resort" puller, if it does not work, means you replace the valve. And if that puller does not work, the plastic DooDad would be completely worthless. But if you noticed I said your comment was from someone who "never had a stuck cartridge", which could be true in your case.
    Last edited by hj; 11-30-2009 at 05:07 AM.

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