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Old 05-27-2011, 06:48 PM   #15
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Yes, we did do that. It was pretty much even with the wall area too far in to remove with pliers, but we were able to get a flat screwdriver in there to loosen it, and then remove it with our fingers. It seems to be stuck because of grimy buildup *which looks like it happens a lot to these.
Hi, mine was in tight too and I had never done one of these before. After I bought the replacement, I saw the tool for turning it to help removal. So I originally had the valve assembly completely removed from my trailer, put vise grips on the shaft end, and tapped the vise grips outward with a small hammer. I'm sure the next time I do it, if ever, it will come out a lot easier.
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After several days and an unexpected amount of manual labor, we have hot water again! It was, indeed, a bad cartidge. After snapping both the plastic removal tool in our attempts to work it loose, in addition to the plastic tabs on the cartridge, we got a solid metal removal tool at Home Depot (made specifically for removing Moen cartidges). We sprayed the thing down with Kaboom! to try to get any deposits loose, then started in with using the tool (which is basically a screw on one end that screws into the brass extending part of the cartridge, with a handle that turns and shortens the tool to slowly pull the thing outward. That snapped off as well, inside the cartridge. But luckily, it has pulled the cartridge forward just enough (I'm talking a millimeter or two), that we could grab it again with pliers. After about another 45 minutes of wiggling and twisting, we finally worked the thing loose. We slathered the new one with plumbing grease, so hopefully if we ever need to replace it again, it will be much easier to remove.
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