1225 Cartridge Replacement Moen Tub and Shower

By Grover Koelpin 63 comments

hello my name is Claude Taylor and
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a tub in shower faucet and this particular one is a mowing and as you
can see it’s dripping and this is what something that we like to stop so we’re
going to remove the cartridge from the behind the handle here and you can see
if you notice above I have I have it down Moen tub and shower cartridge this
is a 1225 1225 so when you do go to a hardware store anywhere to think up this
cartridge this particular ones you want at 12:25 and this is the moment that
pulls out they basically they have two major types of mooring tub and shower
valves for residential now when we get in commercial it gets a little different
and this is the 1225 this is the particular one that pulls out so you
have to make sure you get the right cartridge and this is the tool that’s
made for this moment of a shower cartridge to pull it out and we may not
be meeting this part but it’s there that’s usually when you have one that’s
really stubborn and been in there for years and you really can’t play out it’s
a little trick to pulling that out hopefully one day I’ll run into a one
that we would use that on and that would help out a lot and I was just there I
was just showing you the Phillips screwdriver I mean this is like a six
way screwdriver and right now I’m just going to flip it around to the flat side
so I can flip this cap off of the handle now this particular video I may not have
a lot to say on this because this this mode valve replacement is fairly simple
this is probably the most preferred flosses used throughout any plumbing
company or any plumber would like to use this is the most standard ones and we do
go and install and that’s because Moen has made it so simple and it’s sturdy
and simple to work with probably the hardest part right now would be you know
getting these screws out because they’re so long and it takes like forever if I
had edit that and take out quite a bit of that it took some time pulling these
screws out normally just for purposes of people viewing audience I’m using the
screwdriver but normally I would just use a drill with Phillips head bit on it
just zip it right out of there okay now we have your plate off which is what we
call the cover plate and this is another part of the discussion and when I say
discussion discussion and trim is basically the same it is the decorative
parts of the any type of faucet and this is the view now
I didn’t turn the water off to the house yet because I wanted to see if they had
some intricate stops meaning some built-in stops cut off on the side of
the valves a lot of places they do but this particular one didn’t have it so I
had to go cut it off outside okay now I do have it cut off outside so
before I attempt to remove the cartridge I am going to relieve the pressure and
one of the reasons this is taking so long to drain down because this there is
a another bathroom above this one so we’re getting the water draining down
from the top floor down here to the second floor here we go now it’s time to
get this old cartridge pulls out this here is the new cartridge and this
particular cartridge is made by Dan Co arms this is the Moen faucet and you can
buy eight Moen cartridge with the Moen brand with the original one but Dan Co
is a off-plan and it’s a little cheaper than the original moment cartridge and
this Moen cartridge from Dan Co the brand name I picked it up at the Home
Depot not too far from here and this is a closer view of what it looks like and a little white tulle on top we’re
going to use that that’s going to that they always come with that which is
really good and that little ring there that’s of
just for setting the making sure the handle when the handle goes back on the
state’s stable and doesn’t rock back and forth so remember to put that back in
before you put the handle on and this is a big mistake a lot of
people make they forget well they actually don’t know that that retainer
pen comes out and if you do not remove this retainer pen that cartridge is not
going to come out so I’ve seen been to quite a few homes that the homeowner
tried to replace them themself which is fine but they didn’t know that retainer
was the problem and they really destroyed the valve just trying to get
up and this tool here then I said it comes with the package and you can see
how it pops and lock right in a little spot right there this is going to make
it easy to pull the cartridge out because we’re going to do is take that
tool and rotate the cartridge back and forth loosen it up inside of the valve
itself yes pretty hard kind of hard but it’s not so bad with all this hard water
here where we live so now this particular carpet do not make a mistake
and get me go out and buy the 12:22 that’s why I’ve posted it up on top so
you know which one to get this is the there’s two strong types of Loen
cartridges this is the point this particular tool is made for this
cartridge but the morning cartridge they have two of the most popular ones that
they use is this one 12 25 into 1222 the 12:25 pulls out so if you’ve got a more
in faucet tub and shower faucet that pulls out that’s this one here at the
1225 it doesn’t pull out you’re going to need 12 22 okay let me get real good
close close-up of it if you like me I want to see things close up and personal now you can see how that tool is made to
fit right in that little slot there and right now I might be able to turn it
with my hands since I loosened up a little bit maybe not now you can see that this tool is made
similar to the little white piece of plastic tool that they gave us in the
box it’s got a little cutout so your chicken on twist and turn the cartridge
but personally I like the plastic one better
I actually just use this to pull it out and you see that came out fairly easy
sometimes they don’t come out that easy and then that’s going to be another
video and what you see here I have a bar soap
here that I grabbed from the side there and I’m going to take my soap in I’m use
it as lubrication to lube up the the o-rings and stuff like that so it’ll
slide in without any snags I mean some of the packages do come with a little
packet of oil this particular packet didn’t so so we’re going to use the UM
so it works out good okay this is important and this is a
warning do not forget to replace this retainer pen because if you do when you
go to turn the water back on and that retainer pen is not there that cartridge
will shoot out like a missile and someone could get hurt so make sure that
that retainer is in place now that we have the retainer in place
we can just start putting everything back together usually when you do put it back together
you want to put that part in that I just did first it makes a little easier to
kind of line it up and yes this would be a good time to replace all the trim put
some new trim in there


How to Plumbing

Aug 8, 2017, 1:44 pm Reply

Could this be the best tub and shower faucet on the market. All around looks function and servicing ?


Aug 8, 2017, 3:58 pm Reply

Interesting rough in job…hammer and chisel

Raul Repreza

Aug 8, 2017, 6:05 pm Reply

Yeah, good ol hammer and chisel…. hilarious…


Nov 11, 2017, 8:13 pm Reply

I have exactly the same thing as shown in the video. When I turn the faucet on with no shower, I can turn it off easily with no problem. But when I turn the faucet on with the shower, then the faucet would not turn off completely. I am not sure what the problem is. Will changing the cartridge solve the issue?

Hever Morales

Nov 11, 2017, 7:15 pm Reply

what about if one wants to do a trim upgrade?


Dec 12, 2017, 1:44 pm Reply

Thanks for the video my friend! I was a little lost since on the video you call 1225 all the time and the video title its 1222 and link to amazon its for a bad reviewed and expensive 1222 😀

Carl Geiger

Dec 12, 2017, 11:04 pm Reply

Hey man, thanks. Exactly what I needed to know

Michael Pietrangelo

Dec 12, 2017, 6:35 pm Reply

Thanks for the great video, although I noticed my hot water isn't as hot as it used to be. Did I do something wrong?

Ed Elfrink

Dec 12, 2017, 11:33 pm Reply

I watched your excellent video, bought the supplies and fixed it in just a few minutes myself, saving me an expensive plumber's visit. Thank you very much for posting this, it was spot on accurate and and informative.

W. C. Orielly

Feb 2, 2018, 8:59 pm Reply

My screw just keeps spinning… Its not un screwing… I think the whole valve is spinning inside the housing…. How do you get this out when the screw wont loosen??

C Fischer

Feb 2, 2018, 9:43 pm Reply

Excellent instructions! I'm a girl and knew exactly what to tell Home Depot I needed and how to fix it!

Max Raja

Mar 3, 2018, 3:50 pm Reply

Very helpful and well done! Thank you.


Apr 4, 2018, 12:33 am Reply

This video is the truth, I was able to replace my 20 year old cartridge with this diy video. I was unable to remove the cartridge with the supplied white cube or buy using vice grips so I had to run to Ace hardware and buy the puller. The puller I used is stout and worked like a charm.

If your old cartridge was like mine it left behind pieces of rubber gasket in the copper line……those remnants resulted in low water pressure. I had to uninstall the cartridge and fish out old pieces of gasket, but once done it was all good.

"Core Puller" for Moen part # 45208 at Ace Hardware was $16.00

Jose G

May 5, 2018, 5:35 pm Reply

Thank you so much for the video,where can I find the metal tool to take out the cartridge??


Jun 6, 2018, 6:00 pm Reply

This guy is fantastic! Makes it really easy to follow and make amateurs like me feel a little bit competent. Thanks!


Jul 7, 2018, 6:30 pm Reply

the proper way to do this is by using plumber Grease when replacing this cartridge it makes it work a lot easier and it helps when replacing it the next time !!!!


Aug 8, 2018, 1:15 pm Reply

I read on the Moen website that the 1225 is for kitchen, 1222 is for tub & bath

Ernest Hin

Aug 8, 2018, 11:41 pm Reply

Thanks, you just saved me from a plumbing bill. I didn't need the lube it slid right in… you da man

Mike Weston

Sep 9, 2018, 4:29 pm Reply

Rod, you are da man! Thnaks for saving me time and aggravation!

My Garden

Oct 10, 2018, 11:54 pm Reply

Sorry but you didn't show whether the water was still leaking after the replacement or stopped?


Oct 10, 2018, 3:42 am Reply

I have this faucet and seem to have to replace the cartridge about 2 times every year. Any ideas to make it last longer?


Oct 10, 2018, 9:39 pm Reply

Really great video, thx a lot for this. Exactly same valve that i'm trying replace.

Chuck Wortman

Oct 10, 2018, 11:02 pm Reply

YEsssss! After searching through a bunch of videos, saw that this one appeared to match what I had. SUre 'nuf it did! And it wasnt hard to do at all,thanks to the video! Anytime I got a little stuck, I referreed back to the video and voila! I figured out what I wasnt doing correctly!

Pat Whalen

Nov 11, 2018, 5:38 pm Reply

Replacing a delta shower faucet

Tom Zell

Nov 11, 2018, 5:24 am Reply

Thanks, good vid. Will help greatly

Gayle Friedman

Nov 11, 2018, 4:00 pm Reply

Very Educational Video for replacing Water Valve. My Hot Water side went. What I want to know is, my Hot Water side is perfect, now my center of Faucet is also Hot, when I turn my Faucet to the far right, it's now Cold. Is this correct?

Cairo Steez

Nov 11, 2018, 9:02 pm Reply

Why does everyone skip the part where they place the diamond nozzle over the cartridge? I'm missing a white piece that bridges them both together but im wondering if it's actually needed. I would guess so since its still loose but i cant confirm with any of these vids…


Nov 11, 2018, 4:12 am Reply

How can someone tell the type of cartridge one has?

Tim Humphers

Nov 11, 2018, 9:21 pm Reply

I followed the directions exactly and got the same results. Our second bathroom now has a working shower and bath tub!! Had to re-watch when you put the new piece in because I was unable to get the pin back easily. I had forgotten to push it all the way in with the white cube. Thanks for the great video and saving me a ton of cash!!


Nov 11, 2018, 11:04 pm Reply

best video I have seen for this, well done.

Ti 47.88

Nov 11, 2018, 12:33 am Reply

Hi thanks for this vid. It Help me a lot, I change it with total idea of how to do it, Thanks to you. 👍👍👍.

Charles Jones

Dec 12, 2018, 10:41 pm Reply

hey same faucet as video, Im at where you took the cap off revealing screw, the screw just keeps turning and the knob wont come off…help

Del Hatcher

Dec 12, 2018, 3:32 am Reply

Can you buy a replacement clip to put back in if the old one is mangled ?

George Rapson

Dec 12, 2018, 4:09 pm Reply

Thank you, I have watched 5 videos on how to do this. yours is the best ! I am now a subscriber.

Larry T

Jan 1, 2019, 5:49 pm Reply

Great video and unlike the other videos you actually talk about each step.

Alec King

Mar 3, 2019, 8:14 pm Reply

Does the retainer pin need to be pressed down or just secure it in and reassemble everything after that?

Adam Mullins

Mar 3, 2019, 7:50 pm Reply

Great video. I just replaced a moen 1222, and the faucet still drips. Any suggestions?

Steve Mumma (nylonguitar)

Apr 4, 2019, 12:44 pm Reply

Thank you!


Apr 4, 2019, 3:58 am Reply

No one ever says turn off the water!!!!! No one
It says on the freakin package!


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Apr 4, 2019, 4:31 pm Reply

Excellent explanation on how every component works and step by step ! I am going to do this today thanks to you


Apr 4, 2019, 12:47 am Reply

I have an American standard spout
It came with the white…extender or called an adapter I guess, its the white piece that comes inside the spout
My question
Can I toss that out and only use the spout
I have a threaded copper nipple

Steven Pollard

May 5, 2019, 11:56 pm Reply

how do I find out what kind moen valve I have it has one handle pull and turn and two screws diagonal is 2510? thanks in advance Steven

dennis mitchell

Jun 6, 2019, 3:41 am Reply

This is the problem I am having for a rental property that tenants trashed, the bathtub was leaking and I tried to take the cartridge out using a tool and the sleeve stayed in but it is not a sleeve where I have seen others say you can use a easyout but there is not a brass sleeve, any ideas?

Wheel bearing

Jun 6, 2019, 7:22 pm Reply

Could you do a video of pulling out a cartridge where you foreget to turn off the water? Lol great job man.

Darlene Price

Jul 7, 2019, 2:46 am Reply

I installed my new cartridge just like this, completely fixed my leak thank you! But now the hot and cold are reversed. Did I turn it the wrong way?


Jul 7, 2019, 1:01 am Reply

What’s your opinion on a moen cartridge that loses its grip on the mechanism that turns the water on and off. Also I can’t take off the top cover of this cartridge of the same model you have.


Jul 7, 2019, 7:18 pm Reply

Great video, except I would use plumbers grease instead of soap.

Ray Rosario

Jul 7, 2019, 1:30 pm Reply

Awesome video, I had the same exact faucet issue, got it done last night and now I am a hero lol.
Even though I went to Lowes and got the Moen brand one which was already greased.
Thank you for this video.

victor lozano

Jul 7, 2019, 9:15 pm Reply

What if you don't have that special tool? Can you still do the job without it?

Robert Heskin

Aug 8, 2019, 10:29 pm Reply

Thank you sooooooooooooooo much. I bought the right part and the right tool because of your video. I had to replace the valve and it was a 1225 model. Never did it before, and I got it done in 15 minutes.

Drew Drew

Aug 8, 2019, 3:05 pm Reply

I have the same problem that I believe needs the new cartridge. It is a pull out single handle. the problem I have is I don't know the manufacture is because it was installed before I moved into this house. I am guessing probably late 80's. Will the 1225 cartridge work with any other brand faucet. Thanks

Josh F

Aug 8, 2019, 8:09 pm Reply

I have the Moen 1222, which is similar to this, but a little different. Unfortunately, our brass stem sheared off, so there are no threads for the puller to bite into. I've tried pulling the cartridge with pliers, but it's really in there. Any tips?

Brunson III Films

Aug 8, 2019, 2:07 pm Reply

This was an excellent video thanks for the knowledge

Jason Chipkin

Aug 8, 2019, 3:09 am Reply

Thanks for explaining the difference between the 1222 and 1225. The 1222 seems to be the Positemp (handle turns around) whereas the 1225s are Moentrol (handle comes out/up and in/down and can be left at a specific temp.)


Aug 8, 2019, 6:55 pm Reply

I only wish I could give you more than one thumbs-up!! Thank you!


Aug 8, 2019, 6:19 am Reply

Because of you, I fixed something! Couldn't be happier. Thanks for the video 🙂


Aug 8, 2019, 3:27 am Reply

Your advice worked , thanks !

Ram Ram

Sep 9, 2019, 1:53 pm Reply

Wheres the "other video" where it doesn't come off that easy?

Almartino Dargan

Sep 9, 2019, 1:22 am Reply

Any tips on how to get a stuck retainer pin out? I’ve tried spraying it down with vinegar and hard water cleaner.

Mtneer Dave

Sep 9, 2019, 11:29 pm Reply

Nice job i just replaced mine.. ty

Ben Lysne

Sep 9, 2019, 3:42 am Reply

3:18 love how you try to knock off the pube ball. Great video none the less


Sep 9, 2019, 10:42 pm Reply

You are the man thank you so much for shooting that video you made my life easy!! You did a beautiful job explaining every detail. And I thank you again sir!!

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