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Shower Handle: Standard Valve- Lever Type 2

Moen produces a variety of single handle shower trims. 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 Lever Style 2. This is for a Standard Valve System, and it utilizes a 1225 cartridge.





1. Remove the handle set screw (#1) by inserting the 7/64" Hex wrench into the hole underneath the handle (#2) to unscrew the set screw (#1) (See Figure A). Remove the handle (#2).

2. Remove the handle adapter (#4) by unthreading the Phillips screw (#3) (See Figure B).

3. Remove the handle break (#5-Not used on all models).


1. Confirm that the cartridge clip is installed and rotate the stem of the cartridge so the small notch is facing down.

2. Slide the handle adapter (#4) onto the stem of the cartridge. (See Figure B) 

3. Screw the Phillips screw (#3) back into the center of the handle adapter (#4) (See Figure B). 

4. Position the handle (#2) back onto the handle adapter (#4). Turn the handle (#2) to the off position to reinstall the 7/64" hex screw (#1) (See Figure A).

Note: If after testing you notice the hot and cold are reversed, see article  How to Reverse Hot and Cold for a 1225 Cartridge in Shower.

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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