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Kitchen Handle: Direct Connect 1255

Moen produces a variety of Single Handle faucets. The interior components and assembly are not the same for each model. This article will explain the newest handle assembly referred to as a Direct Connect 1255. This handle mechanism was introduced in 2009 and is very similar to the Direct Connect 4000. The characteristics of the mechanism include a handle rotation range of 110 degrees and a beige or red and blue round plug button. This faucet style utilizes a 1255 cartridge.



Do not remove the black hex cartridge nut or the cartridge for this repair.

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  1. Remove the plug button. Insert a 3/32" Hex wrench into the hole on the front of the handle and unthread the set screw (#1) counter-clockwise. It is not necessary to remove the screw, loosen it until the handle (#2) lifts off.
  2. Lift the handle (#2) upwards to remove.
  3. Pull the handle dome (#3) off.

To replace the cartridge see article 1255 Cartridge: Kitchen Faucet.


  1. Snap the handle dome (#3) back onto the faucet
  2. Place the handle (#2) on top of the stem of the cartridge (#4).
  3. Insert the 3/32" Hex wrench into the hole on the handle (#2) to tighten the set screw (#1). Insert the plug button.

For additional information on Moen products visit 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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