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Cannot get the cartridge out of the moen sh lav faucet..no cartridge tool, what can I use to get the cartridge out???

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There is a small U clip that holds the cartridge in. It just slides up or down. Some Moen cartridges are very difficult to remove, they can be corroded inside "almost fused" it is best that you get a moen cartridge puller. Lowe's has them. If you decide to tackle this job make sure the water is off, and when you pull the cartrige remember the direction it came out. If you put it in backwards your cold will be hot, and your hot will be cold!

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