Help Removing Moen Part from Tub/Shower Valve (picture included)

Discussion in 'Shower & Bathtub Forum & Blog' started by nuglas, Feb 4, 2011.

  1. nuglas

    nuglas New Member

    Feb 4, 2011
    Just to the left of the cold stop is what I assume to be a strainer. I already removed the brass plug to show the "strainer". How do you get this out? There is buildup that is constricting the flow of cold water. This is a Moen valve.

    Thanks for any advice/insight.

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  2. jimbo

    jimbo Plumber

    Aug 31, 2004
    San Diego, CA
    Are you sure it is a moen? and shower valves don't have strainers. It may be a balance spool?

    How about a picture of the handles and the cartridge?
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  4. jadnashua

    jadnashua Retired Defense Industry Engineer xxx

    Sep 2, 2004
    Retired Systems engineer for defense industry.
    New England
    Maybe Moen, but my Grohe has a screen on both the hot and cold inlets...
  5. hj

    hj Moderator & Master Plumber Staff Member

    Aug 31, 2004
    Cave Creek, Arizona
    It is more likely something like a Delta ScaldGuard and that "thing" is the balancing spool with the cap broken off. It is DEFINITELY NOT a Moen valve. Your task, if you should choose to accept it, is to use a hook of some type and pull that piece out of the valve body. It is probably stuck so you will have to rotate it first to break it loose. If it were NOT stuck, it would have come out when you removed its cap instead of breaking off of it.
    Last edited: Feb 5, 2011
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