Fixing broken faucet?

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Old 09-17-19, 05:25 PM
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Fixing broken faucet?

screw broke off. dont want to remove wall.

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The hard way is to start searching the Internet for how to remove a broken screw or bolt. The easy way is to simply replace the stem. Remove the big nut right at the valve body that is retaining the stem. Then take the stem to a plumbing store to find a replacement.

 
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Looks to me like this s a cartridge type faucet.
The 7th picture looks like you are able to pull it out.

If this is correct then just replace the cartridge.

You will also have to get a replacement screw so take that with you so you get the correct length/size.

When replacing the cartridge give it's Oring a light coating of grease.
Do the same to the screw threads.
Also check the inside of the faucet to be sure it is clean/smooth before installing the new cartridge.
 
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Looks like a Moen to me, not sure but maybe a 1222 cartridge, which you should be able to get at your local hardware or big box for around $20 and a little bit, or if you can hold on for a couple of days contact Moen and they will send you one, no charge. As mentioned, make sure the bore is clean, but don't do yourself a disservice by sanding or anything like that, just wipe it good, and any place that has the cartridge will also have the grease for it.
 
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Can't pull it out. (The message is too short. Please lengthen it to at least 25 characters.)
 
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I might have been wrong about the retaining nut. Your faucet might have a "hair pin" that inserts through the body to retain the cartridge.
 
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You need to first make sure both the hot and cold water for this faucet are turned off. Then pull the "horseshoe" clip out, the brass clip visible in the third picture. Using pliers pull the cartridge out if you can. You will likely need to clamp onto the stem with a pair of Vice Grips and use a hammer to get the cartridge out.
 
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They sell stem pullers just for valve cartridges that are stuck. You might use some Lime-Away or CLR to dissolve some of the calcium build up.
 
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My stem puller uses the screw hole in the stem. So, with a screw broken off in there it wouldn't be any help.
 
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Yeah, I looked at mine just to make sure I was thinking right and the puller I have anyway uses the threaded hole where your screw is broken off so that won't help you. So, as mentioned, and just like you have in one of your pictures, I would go with a set of Vise-grips and a hammer. Might not be a bad idea to lay a piece of cardboard or whatever against the wall to protect it on the back swing. And if that doesn't do it, I'd try like Norm suggest, some Lime-away or CLR. Problem is that it's going to be hard to get it where it needs to be so I'd use something like an eye or ear dropper to get it as close to the action as possible and may need to let it soak in a while and try some more.
 
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Hi, I have changed a few of these. First remove the lime. The cartridge can,t go over it.
Spray a little of break away on the unit, let it set. Put an old towel or rag between the whole valve and the tub to plug the space so when you pull out the horse shoe clip and drop it , It won"t fall behind the tub. You have to turn the cartridge ( not the stem) to break it loose, The new cartridge may have a plastic tool the help turn the cartridge
I would suggest you get a plastic cartridge, they don't corrode. If you didn't get the tool or it didn't work use pliers Put one jaw on the side of the ear and the other jaw on the other side of the other ear and turn the cartridge. you really have to fight this, it won,t come out until you break it loose.
Clean out bore after you removed the old cartridge I used a 3/4 inch wire brush for copper fittings. Put some silicone grease in the bore install the new cartridge. Put the horseshoe clip back in, remove the old towel put the hard ware back on and give it a try. If the hot and cold are reversed take the handle off and turn the stem 180 degrees and put the handle back on.
Good Luck Woodbutcher
 
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I resized your pictures and removed the un-needed ones.
A member only gets 10mb of picture storage. You were at 18mb.
 
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Tks all. Plastic tool on new cartridge helped break old one free.
 
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