Replacing Moen #1225 Tub/Shower Faucet Cartridge

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Old 11-03-12, 11:47 AM
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Replacing Moen #1225 Tub/Shower Faucet Cartridge

I am trying to replace this cartridge. I have removed the retainer clip. I have tried pulling the cartridge out with pliers and vise grips, but it won't budge. Is there a secret to getting this cartridge out, or maybe a special tool?

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Old 11-03-12, 02:01 PM
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Both a secret (not really a secret) and a special tool. In the package with the new cartridge there is a white plastic thingy. You place this piece over the stem and then turn the thingy with a wrench. This "breaks" the seal of the cartridge in the body of the valve and allows for relatively easy removal.

Here is a picture of the thingy in the lower right corner.

[ATTACH=CONFIG]5059[/ATTACH] (Image courtesy of griggindustries.com)

If that doesn't work, and it often won't if the cartridge has been in place for a long time AND especially if you have hard water, then you need a "puller" tool like this:

[ATTACH=CONFIG]5061[/ATTACH] (Image courtesy of askmehelpdesk.com)

The puller sells for around $25 to $35 dollars depending on where you buy it. The homecenter may have it a bit cheaper.
 
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Got it fixed,

Thanks for the help

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Glad that you got it fixed. Did you get the cartridge out with just the plastic thingy or did you have to get the puller?
 
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The plastic thing did the job.

Thanks,

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Closing thread. OP fixed his issue.
 
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