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A. Spruce
Re: Help with removal of MOEN shower faucet.

Showers don't generally have supply shut-offs because there is not place to locate them, being that the plumbing is in the wall, unlike a sink or toilet that has exposed connections. I don't think I'd worry too much about installing shut offs. Just get the cartridge replaced and the water back on and be done with it. It doesn't seem worth the trouble when this is probably the first time in 15 years that the shower has been messed with.

erk215
Re: Help with removal of MOEN shower faucet.
A. Spruce wrote:

Showers don't generally have supply shut-offs because there is not place to locate them, being that the plumbing is in the wall, unlike a sink or toilet that has exposed connections. I don't think I'd worry too much about installing shut offs. Just get the cartridge replaced and the water back on and be done with it. It doesn't seem worth the trouble when this is probably the first time in 15 years that the shower has been messed with.

Well, I had intended to install shutoff's in the basement right below the bathtub because that to me seemed like the only logical place to put them. I had installed them, now I have leaks everywhere. They are already soldered in, but my question now is how to get the water out so I can finish soldering them correctly? This 15 minute project is turning into a nightmare.

A. Spruce
Re: Help with removal of MOEN shower faucet.

Take the joints apart, clean them up and let the water drain/drip out dry. If they won't stop dripping on their own, then pick up some pipe plug jelly balls. They are heat/water soluble so that after the joint is made they'll melt and pass out of the system. I'd recommend removing any shower heads or aerators that would be adversely affected.

canuk
Re: Help with removal of MOEN shower faucet.

Is the washing machine or any other taps down in the basement?
If so open those since they would be lower than the shutoffs you're putting in and the water would drain out those lines.

erk215
Re: Help with removal of MOEN shower faucet.
canuk wrote:

Is the washing machine or any other taps down in the basement?
If so open those since they would be lower than the shutoffs you're putting in and the water would drain out those lines.

Yes, the washing machine is like 2 feet from where I'm working. Never thought of that. :mad:

erk215
Re: Help with removal of MOEN shower faucet.

I'm just letting it drain out now and I might just install some caps on it and call it quits on this. I'm just going to tell my dad, since its his house anyway, to hire a pro.

Bay Area..Ca
Re: Help with removal of MOEN shower faucet.

i would try a pair of vise grips on the stem and then use a small crow bar wedged between the shower wall and vise grips with a small piece of wood between to force the cartridge out since a moen cartridge puller wont work since you drilled out the screw threads.if only the center part comes out then the moen cartridge puller with a spring loaded ball end will hook and remove the rest after some twisting....it has worked for me numerous of times and when it hasnt we replace the whole valve.

erk215
Re: Help with removal of MOEN shower faucet.

my main concern right now is to get the water out of a horizontal line so i can re-solder it back together. any ideas?

MSSP
Re: Help with removal of MOEN shower faucet.

You can also heat up the cartridge with extreme caution, if you have enough room in the wall to do so safely. What this will do is melt the o rings and it should pull right out. Sounds like you are having an experience you will never forget!

Adolfo
Re: Help with removal of MOEN shower faucet.

not sure hope it all works out for you.

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