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Old 02-07-2018
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Working on water system of the 1980 31', shower faucet insert is stuck, came out of the wall easily but the inner shaft is corroded into the sleeve. Will go hunting tomorrow but not confident.
The fresh water line along the wall under the road side bunk has a crack, of course the fresh water tank and LP furnace will have to be removed to access the damage on the 11/32 copper pipe.
The very aggravating 'aqua magic' commode was removed with help from the mini sawz all, when finally freed was thrown out the door. I hate those things.
Water pump not going on, proved to be a no ground situation, frequently is.
Anyhow advise on the shower insert part would be appreciated.
On the plus side all the heater fans, chassis, LP and electric are quiet and smooth, at least for now.
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Mike,
If your shower faucet is a Moen designed to keep the temperature constant like the one in my previous '82 FC, then the guts that pull out (a few inches long and about 3/4 inch across) are one-piece replaceable cartridges. Box stores sometimes carry off-brand replacement cartridges, or you can call Moen and they should be able to match it. A little cleanup on the brass part still in the wall should allow the replacement to slide in with a little lube of the O-rings. If not, just call me clueless. Hope you find it
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It sounds like you got something out of a hole, but it is corroded? Try a hot white vinegar bath on the parts, and a light scrubbing. It may break free and not need replacing. I did this for my balancing spool in the shower successfully. Once I got it disassembled, cleaned to a nice polish with Barkeepers helper, and put back together.
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Get the new cartridge, it has a plastic removal helper, don't forget the U shaped retainer clip. remove and soak the balance spool its behind the big brass plug.
hold the Spool in your hand, shake it, the inner guts should rattle.

https://www.moen.com/customer-suppor...ement-tutorial

Use homeylowes pex and copper to pex SharkBite adapter,
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You probably already have one of these, but just in case.
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00083EC6C...a-285993310240
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Yes I do have one, forgot about it until saw the pic, it's in a drawer in the 35rb, however cartridge came right out of the wall no problem. Hopefully replacement will be in stock locally. Now on to the disassembly of bed room to access the broken copper pipe.
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I was able to buy a new spool valve online, but my balancing spool was stuck to one side (no hot water). I soaked it in CLR for an hour or so (until it quit foaming). Worked great.

I also had a problem with low water flow. This turned out to be a calcified (?) passage around the back of the valve. I took some small picture hanging cable and tied knots in it to for a make-shift cable saw. Was able to clean out the passage for better water pressure.
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CLR is the way to go. I pulled a limed up $950.00 anti scald mixing valve off a water heater. Disassembled it, soaked overnite in CLR, rinsed, reassembled, works like new.
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No problem with finding a replacement cartridge and knob, all good, other than finding and fixing on copper line leaks, have two so far. Got one LP furnace out and the water tank, checking for leaks as I type, it's a 98 gallon Inca.
Will be chasing leaks with air pressure, too cold for water work up here.
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I was able to buy a new spool valve online, but my balancing spool was stuck to one side (no hot water). I soaked it in CLR for an hour or so (until it quit foaming). Worked great.

I also had a problem with low water flow. This turned out to be a calcified (?) passage around the back of the valve. I took some small picture hanging cable and tied knots in it to for a make-shift cable saw. Was able to clean out the passage for better water pressure.
Went to middle school @ Aloha, in 1961/62 school year, BHS after that, second generation @ Beaverton, class of '66, my father was '44.
We lived on Rosedale Rd across from Santoro's Century Farm. Joe Santoro was like a second father/big brother.
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