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Old 02-17-2010, 10:08 PM   #16
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That valve should be real easy to fix being that it's a moen. You need to remove the handle, cover plate, all parts that are slid over the stem (make sure to remember what order you took them off in, then the TRICK is to get the keeper out of the valve body without dropping it behind the shower. You should be able to see it easily it should slide out from the top, its whats keeping the cartridge from coming out. After that you'll need to either get a cartridge puller, or try pliers and just reef on the stem until it comes out. It will be tight because suction on the inside of the valve is keeping it from coming out. Thats why a cartridge puller works best. Some are harder to get out than others.

Buy new cartridge (and some faucet stem grease) grease all rubber parts, replace cartridge, and all other parts in the same order they came out in.

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Thanks Alan,

My buddy and I took it apart a few weeks ago but we couldn't get the cartridge out with pliers. Just moving in and being a DIY noob, I am a little short on the tools. I think I will just wait and decide if Mrs ElementZ wants new fixtures when we reno.

Re: the well. How would I happen to check the water level? In fact, how would I even know how deep it is and how much water I would use daily? There are only 2 of us. 2-3 showers a day, dishwasher that runs 2-3x a week and washer that runs 3-4x a week.
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Get a dry piece of string with some kind of weight on the end of it, drop it in until it hits bottom and measure the depth of the water on the string. Tape measures usually aren't long enough around here.

I wouldn't worry about it too much unless you start running out of water, but it might be worth taking a winter and a summer measurement so you know what kind of range you're working with.

The only real way to tell how much water is actually in the ground around your well flowing into it is to have someone do a flow test on it.

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