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Old 06-18-2011, 11:20 PM   #1
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Hi all.....a customer of mine broke the stem off of her cartridge. It's a Moen single handle shower cartridge. Any ideas on how to get that sucker out so we can replace the cartridge?

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Old 06-19-2011, 05:50 AM   #2
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That's ugly.I've never run into that----My helper did,however and the solution involved a pair of long nosed Vice Grips and a drill.

He was successful and is now a firm believer in the use of a Moen valve pulling tool.

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Old 06-19-2011, 07:03 AM   #3
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Moen provides a little plastic stem tool in the package with the new stem. After the retainer clip is pulled out, the tool slips in on either side of the old stem; then you twist it out with a wrench or pliers.
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Old 06-19-2011, 09:26 PM   #4
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Hi Gentlemen:

Thanks both for the replies..I think I'll try needlenose vise grips and if that doesn't work, out comes the drill and tap.

I don't think a plastic thingy will get that cartridge out...I pulled the clip, then tried prying/twisting etc, even with water pressure on (oy!).

Darn thing wouldn't budge.

I guess getting this one solved will make me just that much better....eh?
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Could you drive a screw into it and pull on the screw? (Don't go too deep).
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I'd try drilling out as much of the cartridge as I could--being careful not to damage the valve body--
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Nipple extractor?
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Thanks all for your suggestions and replies. I ended drilling as much as the body as possible, until I could pull out the broken stem/valve itself. Once I got the valve and the two rubber gaskets (?) where the hot and cold enter, I was able to get the rest of the cartridge out fairly easy.

Sheesh...what a pain...

Anyway, it can be done, but as Mike said, BE VERY VERY careful you don't mar the brass valve body where the cartridge is mounted. It is soft and easily gouged or scratched.

Alls well that ends well.

Thanks again.

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A Moen valve pulling tool is a good value.

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