I recently replaced the stem valve on a Moen faucet on the kitchen sink.
The new valve fixed the leak, but the problem is that it isn't stiff enough
to keep the lift-up handle upright when I turn it on! So I lift up the
handle and it takes maybe two seconds for the weight of the handle to pull
it back to the off position.
Does anyone know if stem valves come in different levels of "stiffness" or
if there is a way to adjust the tension on a stem valve so this doesn't
On Tue, 8 Nov 2005 05:44:07 -0800, allan yarbrough wrote
Was the valve stem (better know as a cartridge in a Moen faucet) a Moen
replacement part or a knock-off made by someone else? If it was made by Moen
it will say Moen on the cartridge. If it was an original Moen part, was it a
1200 or 1225?
Occasionally new Moen cartridges have a little too much lubrication. You can
either let the excess lube "wash out" over time (2 to 3 weeks is not unusual)
or if it is a 1225 cartridge you can remove the cartridge and wipe some of
the lube off the inner component which should push out the bottom of the
The stem valve we removed was a Moen 12801. I didn't replace the stem valve
myself, but I'm told that the new one was also a Moen stem valve purchased
at Home Depot and looked the same as the old one. I'm not sure what the
model number is, but I'll try to find out.
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