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Old 01-09-2009, 03:13 AM   #1
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Default Stainless Steel Braid? What Is It From?

Okay, I've searched for the answer, and haven't been able to find a conclusive answer, so I've earned my dumb question of the week...

I've got a list of the parts needed for my round 10-gallon MLT. The only thing I'm not sure about is the SS braid. I've got a couple of stainless steel washing machine hoses, will this work? Or can someone tell me what specifically I will need? Thanks!

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Old 01-09-2009, 03:16 AM   #2
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I got mine from the connection on the back of a toilet. You can find it at lowes. It will come with female couplers on each end. Inside of hte braid is a nylon hose. Remove the couplers then the nylon hose before using.

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Old 01-09-2009, 03:18 AM   #3
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make sure its stainless, the ones at home depot are not real stainless, they are a nylon braid or something that is made to look like stainless.

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Either get a long one or connect two or three together. If you use it a shorter one you will have a slower runoff.

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Your SS washing machine hoses are perfect, if they are actually SS and not the aramid braid SSRider mentions. Just cut the connections off and then push the braid. It'll expand and come off the inner hose.

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most say that size isn't everything...that being said... I believe a 6-8 inch piece is all that is really needed. You will know if you have the real stainless when the sharp bits of wire poke your fingers during manufacturing. Washing machine hoses are usually stainless. Home depot sells sink supply lines that are a polymer braid sheath. Once you know the difference it is apparent. The stainless wires are very fine, the polymer is larger strands about like fishing line.

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make sure its stainless, the ones at home depot are not real stainless, they are a nylon braid or something that is made to look like stainless.
Not entirely true. They have both, and they are marked as to what they are. Problem is they look the same, so don't just go grabbing, read the tag.
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If tiny, sharp-ass ends are the telltale signs, then this is most assuredly SS. I cut the ends off for a length of about 8". Cool, thanks guys!

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If you haven't done it already, make sure you PUSH the inner hose out, if you try to pull it out it will act like a Chinese finger trap.

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From all my time working with the SS braids.... if you arn't bleeding by the end... it is not a SS braid

I've wanted to get the larger ones and give it a try sometime (The water heater supply? Washer supply?) but the one I got was actually 4' so I think that was for a sink, I was able to make two braids with it, for different coolers.

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