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Old 11-15-2008, 08:05 PM   #1
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Default How to make a stainless braid for MLT?

How do you get the rubber out of a stainless steel braided supply line. I'm going to make one for my new MLT and was wondering what the easiest way is to remove the rubber hose.

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Old 11-15-2008, 08:07 PM   #2
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I cut the ends off with a hack saw. Then, think of chinese handcuffs, you can't pull the rubber out. You have to grab the braid about 4-6 inches back and then compress the braid. The rubber should push out.

I might not have explained it well but hopefully you get the idea..


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Old 11-15-2008, 08:37 PM   #3
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Also, I put a coiled piece of wire in it to prevent collapsing. I used #10 around a racking cane (yes, that was fun).
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I chopped the tips off with a hatchet. I found a saw too clumsy and had a vision of me cutting a finger or two off, so a hatchet seemed like a better idea. Plus it took about 4 whacks total.
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Old 11-15-2008, 11:30 PM   #5
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May I recommend that you look around and see if your hardware store has braided lines for water heaters - they have a much bigger diameter than the standard washing machine type hoses.
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Old 11-16-2008, 03:09 AM   #6
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Very carefully, lop the ends off, then its kinda like working out of a straight jacket. 1/2 inch at a time. It took me hours. Bet I could have done it in 1 hr if'n I was sober.
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Very carefully, lop the ends off, then its kinda like working out of a straight jacket. 1/2 inch at a time. It took me hours. Bet I could have done it in 1 hr if'n I was sober.
+1..It only took me 10-15 minutes to get that rubber out. I used needle nose plyers and did a push pull kind of thing..Nice and easy..
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Mine was a major p.i.t.a. I ended up peeling back as much SS as I could, and put about 1" of the plastic hose in a table vice. Then I worked the stainless off it slowly.
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You guys had that much trouble? I found out after I chopped the ends off that I didn't own any needlenose pliers, so I peeled back about 1/4" of the stainless, held the rubber hose in my teeth, and just pushed off the stainless braid. Took all of 15 seconds maybe.
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I used a set of "lopping shears" like you would use to prune a tree. Nice clean cut, like "butta" as they say.


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