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Kitchen Handle: Bottle Opener

Moen produces a variety of Single Handle faucets. The interior components and assembly are not the same for each model. This article will explain one of the more common handle assemblies referred to as a Bottle Opener. This mechanism was introduced in the 1960's and was used on a select group of products through 1996. The characteristics of the mechanism include a handle rotation range of 360 degrees and a cup cap or a disk cap on the top. This faucet style utilizes a 1225 cartridge.

Preparation:


Please compare the following two versions of the handle cap. To identify the handle mechanism in your faucet see Single Handle Standard Spout Kitchen. 

Cup Style Cap

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Disk Style Cap

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Disassembly Cup Style Handle:

  1. While holding the lever (#2) in place, grab the cap (#1)  and pull upwards to remove
  2. Use a Phillips screwdriver unscrew the Phillips screw (#3), lift to remove the handle (#2).
  3. Using pliers, unscrew and remove the retainer nut (#4).

To replace the cartridge see article 1225 Cartridge: Kitchen Faucet.

Disassembly Disk Cap Style Handle:

  1. While holding the lever (#2) in place, pry the handle cap (#1) up and remove.
  2. Use a Phillips screwdriver unscrew the Phillips screw (#3), lift to remove the handle (#2).
  3. Using pliers, unscrew and remove the retainer nut (#4).       

 To replace the cartridge see article 1225 Cartridge: Kitchen Faucet.

Assembly:

1. Securely hand tighten the retainer nut (#4). 

2. The bottom end of the silver lever (#2) must be hooked to the flat edge is under the ridge on the retainer nut (#4) as shown in the photo below. * Some levers will have a half circular shape, the installation is the same.  

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To best accomplish this, hold the handle body (#2) over the retainer nut (#4) and  push the silver lever (#2) upwards to the on position. This will allow the bottom of the silver lever (#2) to stick out from the bottom of the handle body (#2). You will then be able to catch this under the ridge on the retainer nut (#4) and bring the handle (#2) forward. This view shows the lever (#2) correctly installed at an angle with the back end wrapped under the ridge of the retainer nut (#4).

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3. Screw the Phillips screw (#3) back into the faucet. Place handle cap back onto the faucet.

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


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