Fitting braided steel lines to fittings
> It has been my experience that the worse part of making up
stainless steel hoses is jamming the
> fittings into the hose -- several big grunt sessions.
Note: When cutting braided steel lines you
wrap the hose tightly with tape first then cut the hose through
the tape to keep the braiding in place
and to minimize damage to the braiding.
With braided steel the trick is how and when you remove the
tape. Make sure
it's really tight before you cut, then cut and dress the end,
push the inner
fitting into the tube to round out the tubing and tighten the
the tape. Get your outer fitting in the vise (use aluminium jaw
wipe a drop of oil around the end. Pull out the inner fitting,
take off the
tape and immediately insert it into the outer fitting. If you
seconds the braid will shift and make it a lot harder.
I also make sure to get the tube right up to the inner stop
by looking in
the end, then mark the tube with a sharpie right at the edge
of the outer
fitting. Put a tiny bit of oil on the inner fitting and make
connection. check your mark to make sure the tube didn't back
out of the
outer fitting too much. It probably won't at all with "modern" fittings.
older (and actually better) cutter fittings push the tube out
more as you
make them up.
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