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Old 07-28-2013, 10:17 AM   #1
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1/2 inch moen cartridge stuck in back of pipe. Please help!


I tried to remove my Moen cartridge due to a leak. The middle cylinder came out and left the plastic cartridge stuck in the pipe. I tried and easy out and threaded tap. No luck. What I am left with is about an inch of cartridge (becasue the rest broke off clean using the easy out) wrapped around the little pipe in the back of the valve body. I am at a loss. I am afraid to try and chip it out in fear I may damage the pipe it's wrapped around. The calcium build up is what has it stuck in there I think.

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I just went through this same thing myself. After it broke inside the housing I had to break it apart piece by piece using a screwdriver. I carefully placed the screwdriver tip between the housing and the remaining cartridge and pried inward to break off as much as I could at a time being careful not to score the brass housing. After a lot of work I finally got it out of there. Mine had an O ring on the back that was keeping it from being pulled out as well as the calcium and corrosion. Once removed I turned the water back on briefly to flush out the housing, smoothed the inside of the housing with some steel wool, and then installed the new cartridge. No problems since. Hope this helps.
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Thank you. How did you not damage the O ring?
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Thank you. How did you not damage the O ring?
The o-ring is part of the new cartridge so don't bother saving it- but it has to come out

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I drilled one out using a carbon drill that was smaller then the outside brass.

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