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My computer gets used by a few family members – mostly kids – which I encourage but at the same time don’t want them messing with certain important files like taxes or checking accounts. Whatever the reason you many want to hide and protect certain files too. Here’s an easy and foolproof way to do it and it won’t cost a penny. Plus you can remain an administrator and not have all the hassle from Microsoft during daily use.
Moen faucets are easy to service for the homeowner – usually. If you have a dripping faucet or one that doesn’t mix hot and cold correctly you just replace the cartridge for about $14. There are plenty of videos and instructions on the net on how to replace the 1224 and 1225 cartridges used on almost every Moen faucet and shower, but what if the old cartridge just doesn’t want to come out? Yeah, the longer those cartridges have been in, the harder they are to take out. My house was built in 1998 so all my faucets are 18 years old and the 1224s are a bear to remove. But there is a pretty easy and CHEAP way to remove them. We assume you already turned the water off under the sink or at the main entry point to your house. We also assume you followed the directions and removed the handle AND cartridge retainer (either a nut or in my case a plastic retainer). By the way you don’t need a special tool to remove the retainer, just use long nose pliers and turn in into the two grooves. These usually come out easy.
Here are the tools you’ll need:
a Phillips or crosspoint screwdriver (the same one you used to remove the handle adapter)
a fender washer (the most important part) this is a one and 1/4 inch washer with a small hole and are readily available at any Home Depot or Lowe’s for less than a dime.
an assortment of #8 or #10 sheet metal screws depending on your application. Usually just a one inch long #8 screw will do fine.
Optionally, you may need the long nose pliers and a one inch socket (also available at Home Depot or Lowes for cheap.
If your 1224 cartridge is below the top of the metal mounting then you may get by with just the fender washer and one inch screw.
Just place the fender washer on top of the metal mounting and insert the screw into the cartridge.
As the screw tightens it will pull the cartridge up .
Keep tightening until the cartridge is free.
I thought I would share my experience and save someone the aggravation I went through on this top loading washer shaking and banging during the spin cycles. For months my washer got progressively worse to the point it started ‘walking’ around our laundry room. I changed the damper pads (though mine were still intact but very dry). This was relatively easy using the 4X4 block of wood method. Unfortunately the damper pads only reduced the shaking and vibration but didn’t eliminate it.
I already made sure the machine was level by checking it with a carpenter’s level front to back and side to side. The centering springs were intact and looked good as well. I measured each spring with a ruler and they were all 5 1/4″. But the washer still shook and vibrated.
I got down and checked the leveling legs again. I sprayed each one with WD-40 and then I noticed something: There is a nut on each of the front legs but on mine these nuts were loose! I learned these nuts were for locking down the leveling adjustment. So I got a 3/4″ wrench and tightened the nuts, which locked the legs in place.
NO MORE SHAKING! No banging. No vibration. I can put heavy loads in the washer again and it is smooth and quiet!!!
I don’t know why these nuts being loose caused the problem but I speculate it allowed the legs to wobble slightly??? Whatever – it works and I don’t have to buy a new washer with low water technology and no agitator that everyone complains about.
Front leveling leg with lock nut