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Old 01-04-2013, 05:24 PM
 
Location: North of South, South of North
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I have a Moen shower in a 17 year old house I bought. It is the Moen faucet that has two faceplate screws under the single plastic pull out handle. The cold water barely trickles out. I removed the cartridge completely and the water still barely trickled out. There is one shut off screw for the hot water and one for the cold water on either side of the cartridge. Both are open all the way. There is not the third larger screw balancing valve that is in the newer Moen showers.

What could be the problem? I find it hard to believe it was always this way. The shower is not usable, due to not enough cold water flow.
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Old 01-04-2013, 05:26 PM
 
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There must be a problem in the feed line?
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Old 01-04-2013, 05:40 PM
 
Location: The Triad
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I have a Moen
What could be the problem?

How to Repair a Moen Shower/Tub valve - YouTube
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Old 01-04-2013, 05:51 PM
 
Location: North of South, South of North
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No, I already did that. I had the cartridge completely out, turned the water back on and it still only trickled.
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Old 01-04-2013, 07:18 PM
 
Location: New Port Richey
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Probably have debris in the cold side stop, you will need to shut main valve to the home off. Pull the cartridge back out, remove the packing nut and the screwdriver stop from the stop valve body. Then turn the house water back on only from a few seconds to flush out the cold side, they reassemble. Call me if you need help, sent my number to ya the other day.
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Old 01-04-2013, 08:38 PM
 
Location: North of South, South of North
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Probably have debris in the cold side stop, you will need to shut main valve to the home off. Pull the cartridge back out, remove the packing nut and the screwdriver stop from the stop valve body. Then turn the house water back on only from a few seconds to flush out the cold side, they reassemble. Call me if you need help, sent my number to ya the other day.
As that would not require any parts, would the cost only be the fee for you to show up or will I need to add hourly labor? I will look at it again myself, but I don't want to go to far with it and go out of my comfort level.
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Old 01-04-2013, 10:52 PM
 
Location: Not far from Fairbanks, AK
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Did you remove the shower head? The reason why I ask is because such a problem is often caused by minerals, or debris in the water.

a. I would remove the shower head, and make sure it's clean, then turn the water on carefully (to avoid drenching myself), and flush the pipe. If the water pressure is good, then reinstall the shower head. If the water pressure is not good, then

b. I would remove and replace the cartridge before trying to adjust the water flow in the valve. Then adjust the valve if needed.

Off subject: On a sink faucet, the first thing I suspect is a clogged aerator.
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Old 01-05-2013, 08:08 AM
 
Location: North of South, South of North
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Did you remove the shower head? The reason why I ask is because such a problem is often caused by minerals, or debris in the water.

a. I would remove the shower head, and make sure it's clean, then turn the water on carefully (to avoid drenching myself), and flush the pipe. If the water pressure is good, then reinstall the shower head. If the water pressure is not good, then

b. I would remove and replace the cartridge before trying to adjust the water flow in the valve. Then adjust the valve if needed.

Off subject: On a sink faucet, the first thing I suspect is a clogged aerator.
Again, I have already replaced the cartridge. I even ran the water with the cartridge completely out. The problem is not the shower head, as the water is not coming out of the valve with the cartridge completely out.
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Old 01-05-2013, 08:32 AM
 
Location: Tricity, PL
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Maybe here is an answer??
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They are talking about balancing spool... did you checked on that?
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Old 01-05-2013, 10:37 AM
 
Location: North of South, South of North
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Maybe here is an answer??
Popular plumbing problem solving and remodeling DIY discussion advice forum site.
They are talking about balancing spool... did you checked on that?
Unfortunately this one does not have a balancing spool. A very nice plumber mentioned that as a possibility, but when I looked I discovered I have the older model without one
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