What Size Allen Wrench is Needed for Moen Faucets
If you need to replace a Moen faucet part in your bathroom or kitchen, you will likely need a hex wrench to remove the specific part. Read on for a quick guide on what size hex wrench you’ll need for your project. No matter why you need to take apart a faucet in your home, we’ll help you figure it out.
What Size Allen Wrench Do I Need?
In most cases, the hardware used by Moen requires a 7/64 inch hex wrench. This applies to Moen Renzo faucets, handle set screws for single handle kitchen faucets, and PosiTemp levers for Moen showers.
Are An Allen Wrench And An Allen Wrench The Same Thing?
The terms “hex wrench” and “hex wrench” are used interchangeably. An Allen key or Allen wrench is also known as a hex key. It is a small tool that can be used to drive bolts and screws with a hexagonal socket. These tools come in a variety of sizes and can be used for many different needs.
When it comes to repairing a faucet, you need an appropriately sized hex wrench for the job. All sizes have the same hexagonal tip. Whether you need to check the cartridge in the valve body or check the inside of the faucet for rust, you will need to choose the proper size wrench for removal.
How Do I Remove A Stripped Hexagonal Bolt From A Moen Faucet Handle?
Maybe you’re ready to start repairing your faucet. Maybe it’s leaking or making a strange whistling noise, or the handle won’t turn. You’ve done your research and are ready to get to work on the problem and move toward a solution. However, you go to remove the set screw, which is one of the initial steps in most processes, but it’s stripped away. Now what?
Before you get too crazy with fancy equipment, try some simple tricks to remove the stripped bolt. You can try holding the head of the screw in a pair of pliers and turning it counterclockwise. If you use this method, be sure to turn it slowly to loosen the area where it is clamped.
If this method doesn’t work, try using a rubber band. Place the rubber band on the stripped bolt. Using a flat head screwdriver, insert it into the rubber band. The rubber band will help fill in the gaps and help remove the screw. This method usually won’t cut if the screw is completely stripped or if the fastener is too large.
You can also try using a flat head screwdriver to turn the screw into a flat head afterwards. This is done by making a notch in the head with a Dremel or file. Once you have made a solid recess, use a flat head screwdriver to remove it. However, it is important to note that this method can damage the head of the screw, so do not use this method if you want to avoid this.
If none of these methods work, try using this method. Although frustrating, removing the stripped set screws is doable with the right equipment.
For This, You Will Need.
- An Electric Drill
- Locking Adjustable Pliers
- Screw Extractor
- Metal Drill Bits
Remove Stripped Hexagonal Bolts
Start by gathering all your tools. You need to make sure you get the proper size screw extractor because you will need to secure the head to the screw. Attach the correct metal drill bit to your drill. Attach the drill bit to the stripped screw head, preferably centered for best results.
Drill a pit of about 6.5 mm in the screw. Set your drill to reverse to remove the screw. It is critical that you choose the correct size drill bit to drill the hole, otherwise, the extractor will not work.
Place the screw extractor into the hole of the screw. Use a hammer to drive the extractor further. Make sure the extractor fits snugly into the screw hole, otherwise you will not be able to remove the stripped screw.
Now that you have the extractor securely in the screw hole, use your adjustable wrench or locking pliers to manipulate the heat of the extractor in a counterclockwise fashion. As you begin to turn, the stripped bolt will begin to turn out of the tap.
Once you get the stripped bolt out, you can proceed with any necessary repairs. Remember to get a replacement screw so you don’t run into this problem again when trying to remove the faucet handle screw or shower handle screw.