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generic_home_owner
Shower faucet

I'm trying to replace the handle to eliminate leak. But i'm having trouble to remove beyond this point. Does anyone know how to remove this? I broke off the bottom portion of the plastic while trying to pry it, but didn't work.... Help??

HoustonRemodeler
Re: Shower faucet

I'm guessing you already removed the retaining clip.

Just gently yank outwards on the brass part sticking out. The whole cartridge comes out at once.

You did shut the water off, right ?

dj1
Re: Shower faucet

If the cartridge is lodged in the body, pry it loose with a channelock. Work gently but firmly.

As I always recommend, if you feel that you're not sure, hire a plumber.

generic_home_owner
Re: Shower faucet

I did all of the above mentioned:
Shut off water supply, remove retaining clip, pull at the stem with a channellock. No use, as the grip on the brass kept slipping. Any other ideas?

HoustonRemodeler
Re: Shower faucet

Put the screw back in the cartridge. Use that to stop the channel locks from slipping. When you buy a new cartridge and handle you'll get a new screw

johnjh2o
Re: Shower faucet

What you need is a Moen stem puller and a new stem. If you call Moen's 800# they will send you a stem free of charge but you will need the puller.
http://www.homedepot.com/p/DANCO-Cartridge-Puller-86712/100560034

generic_home_owner
Re: Shower faucet

Thanks. I will try that. Is the puller effective at removing the cartridge? Any risk to damaging the pipe?

generic_home_owner
Re: Shower faucet

So if I attempt to dislodge this and end up with broken cartridge still stuck in there, what can I do to turn the water back on and use my toilet while I wait for a plumber?

HoustonRemodeler
Re: Shower faucet

There should be shut offs just for this shower. Let us know. If not, this would be a really good time to install them. What's on the other side of this shower wall ?

dj1
Re: Shower faucet

I was afraid you might do that...

If you don't have a shut off in the faucet, you can't have the water on to the rest of the house. You can still use your toilet. You just can't flush :(

generic_home_owner
Re: Shower faucet

I doubt there is a shut off value to this particular faucet. The whole, as you can see, is just enough to fit the valve. In fact, I had to chip away a few pieces in order to have enough room to remove the retaining clip. I bought this house a year ago, and i think the bath was remodeled couple years before that. Based on the fact that the size of this hole, I would guess the remodeler was too short sighted to design so that it is serviceable..... :(

Also, the other side of the wall is the master bath.

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