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Old 03-27-2013, 05:32 PM   #1
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Default Bathroom sink faucet has sticky handle.

I can't find any name on it and if you need a picture, I can take one later. I think it's a Delta single handle faucet. It's getting harder to pull out and push back in. I tried to get the cylinder out to lube it up or replace it, but it isn't coming out and I don't want to destroy it cause I hate hanging upside down under a sink cabinet.

When I took the handle off, there is a little U pin that pulls straight up to release the stem, it came out, but the stem ain't moving. Is there a Plumbers trick that you guys will share with me to get it out. I promise not to disclose it to anyone else.



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Old 03-27-2013, 05:59 PM   #2
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speedbump, what you have is a Moen faucet. The only cure is to replace the cartridge. The horseshoe clip is what holds the cartridge in place. More often the not they become frozen in, making a puller necessary to get them out. You can get the puller at home depot. They also sell the cartridge, but if you call Moen's 800# they will send one free of charge.
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Old 03-27-2013, 06:58 PM   #3
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I went to their site and sent an email with 3 pictures of the sink and shower faucets. Hopefully I'll have two new cartridges soon. Do you think the cheaper puller will work on both? The reviews on the cheaper one were mixed

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Can you tell if the old stems a plastic or brass? If there brass I would get the better puller.

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I'm almost certain they are brass. I guess if they are willing to send free cylinders, I shouldn't complain about a $20 some dollar tool. And I can pass it down to my Grandkids. We will never wear it out.

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I would lend you mine but the postage out and back would cost close to $20.00

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Your right on the postage. I wouldn't borrow a Man's tools anyhow, but I appreciate the offer. I'm reminded of the time I loaned out my Chain Saw. It cost me a new chain and bar. The chain quit cutting, but he didn't.

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Update. Two brand new Moen Cartridges coming my way as of yesterday afternoon.

Should I even try their plastic removal tool or just go get the good one from HD?

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Good one, the plastic one isn't too great in my opinion. Those cartridges really suck to pull out so you'll want a decent tool to help ya out

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OK, that's what I needed to know. I'm off to HD to get the good extractor. I don't want to have to buy the cheap one, then go back and buy the good one.



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