Cartridge removal tools are easy to use usually but still some might find it difficult to do so. That is why we’ll tell you How to use Moen cartridge retainer removal tool in this article.
The removal and replacement of the cartridge insert is one of the most frequent solutions for a cartridge-style shower, bathtub, or sink faucet. This task nearly usually resolves a leaky, dripping faucet. It’s normally a fairly simple task, but if the cartridge is stuck in place, it may occasionally be incredibly challenging.
However, you can make the process easier when working with Moen-brand faucets by employing a straightforward cartridge-puller tool that is made specifically to take cartridges out of Moen valves. The device is also very helpful for replacing shower valves on Moen faucets and other types of faucet valves.
Tip: Go for a removal tool that is compatible with your faucet.
What Is A Cartridge Puller?
A cartridge puller is a straightforward plumbing tool that is solely used to remove jammed shower or sink faucet valve cartridges. Moen brand faucets are the easiest to remove because cartridge pullers for them are the most popular. You may get these cartridge pullers from Moen as well as alternative manufacturers.
The majorities of aftermarket products function admirably and are frequently somewhat less priced than OEM (original equipment manufacturer) counterparts. Replacement cartridges are occasionally bundled together in a kit with a cartridge puller.
How To Use Moen Cartridge Retainer Removal Tool
Make The Faucet Cartridge Visible
Use the closest accessible cutoff valve to stop the flow of water from the faucet. Turn off the water from the main shutoff valve in the house if your faucet doesn’t have attachment shutoff valves (which are frequently the case with showers).
To reveal the valve, take off the faucet handle and trim plate. To release the handle, it is often required to pop off the handle cap and remove the mounting screw from behind the cap. The escutcheon trimming plate can also be fastened with screws. To detach the trimming plate, you might need to break the caulk bead.
The clip holding the cartridge in place may be removed with a pair of needle-nose pliers.
Tip: To prevent the clip from falling into the wall hollow, maintain a firm grip on it. If you are changing the cartridge, you will reuse the clip.
Put The Cartridge Puller In Place
Back out the screws and socket nut as far as possible to prep the puller tool. Ensure that the cartridge puller is firmly attached to the ends of the cartridge by positioning its two tabs so that they touch the cartridge’s elevated centre.
Keep The Cartridge Puller Secure
The puller screw should be fully tightened with a screwdriver. The faucet handle screw’s threaded screw hole fits the puller screw as well. If you can’t get the puller screw fully in, back it out, adjust the puller, and try again. Avoid pounding the screw in as this might harm the tool’s threads.
Take the Cartridge out.
Take hold of the puller’s shaft and drag out straight while rotating the puller back and forth. Up till the cartridge comes out of the valve body, keep moving back and forth. The valve is being prepared for a new cartridge.
Important Note: The cartridge puller’s big body nut is not necessary to remove the valve (a 1222 Posi-Temp shower valve) as indicated. You must use the body nut to remove a 1200 or 1225 cartridge.
How to Care For A Moen Cartridge Remover
After each usage, just wash and dry the cartridge puller. Corrosion may be avoided by wiping it down with a cloth dipped in a mild penetration oil. The use of this item should continue for as long as your home has Moen cartridge faucets, which should be decades.
Tip: In certain cases, you may remove the cartridge without a cartridge remover by grasping the stem with a set of channel-type pliers or needle-nose pliers and tugging outward.
How Is The Retainer On The Moen 1224 Cartridge Removed?
The Moen 1224 cartridge may be removed according to the manufacturer’s recommendations by first removing the retaining nut and then pulling up on the cartridge with a pair of pliers. However, if you’ve been using hard water and the cartridge is in place for 5 years, this could not work.
What kinds of finishes are available for Moen cartridge pullers?
There are many different finishes available from Moen, including rich, antiqued bronzes, traditional chrome, soft, warm nickels, and more edgy, contemporary finishes like black and gold. Thanks to the variety of premium and long-lasting finishes offered by Moen, you can add the ideal finishing touch to any area and make a statement.
Frequently Asked Question (FAQs)
Are cartridge pullers necessary?
When pulling a cartridge from a sink faucet, in particular, you don’t necessarily need to use a cartridge puller. You may frequently get the leverage you want by reinserting the faucet handle after removing the holding pin.
What is the Moen faucet retention tool?
The cartridges nut in your 2-handle MOEN faucet may be removed with the cartridge retainer removal tool. It is made of sturdy metal and has a polished chrome finish for long-lasting performance and durability.
How To Use Moen Cartridge Retainer Removal Tool?
There are certain steps that you must follow in order to use a retainer tool. Although the process is easy and straightforward, you still must know how to hold and handle the tools.
If you’re unable to do it on your own you can seek professional help but it’ll cost money so its better to do it on your own. You will just need to read some guides and watch a video or two and you’re good to go.