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How to Operate a Moentrol or Standard without a Handle

This guide will explain how to operate a Moen shower with a broken or missing handle. If the shower has been disassembled or is in the process of being serviced, follow the guidelines in this article to see what is required in order to safely operate the shower.


Recommended Tools: Pliers

This guide is for a single handle shower that the handle push/pulls for on/off and rotates to adjust temperature.  

Do not turn your home water supply on if the cartridge retainer clip (see image below) is missing or not securely in place.

Ensure the cartridge retainer clip is installed in the valve.

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Use pliers to turn the water on and off:

  1. Pull out on the brass or silver cartridge stem to turn the water on.
  2. Push in to turn the water off. 

Use pliers to control the temperature:

  1. Turn counter-clockwise for hot water.
  2. Turn clockwise for cold water.

For additional information on Moen products visit and select the type of faucet you are repairing. The faucet guide will contain repair details, troubleshooting and specific information on assembling handles associated with that style of product.

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