How To Install Braided Hose Fittings

install hose fittings to stainless steel hoseAeroquip Startlite hoseWelcome to the article that gives in depth guidance on how to install braided hose fittings. What you read here can be applied to Stainless Steel braided hose, Aeroquip Startlite hose and Nylon braided hose and their respective hose fittings.

On this page – How To Install Braided Hose Fittings – we cover the following:

  • Tools required
  • Step by step installation guide

Tools Required

This is a list of tools you will need to have at hand when you install braided hose fittings. Most of you will have this equipment in your garage or workshop.

  • Bench mounted vice
  • Imperial spanners that have a polished face (avoid marking the anodised finish)
  • 3 in 1 or similar
  • A Fine tooth saw such as junior hacksaw
  • Masking tape
  • Pliers and snips
  • Hobby knife
  • Personal Protective Equipment (gloves and glasses)
  • Cloth to wipe off excess oil
  • Vice Jaws. Speedflow will supply these free of charge with hose fitting orders over £60.00 net

How To Install Braided Hose Fittings – Step by Step Guide

Although the images show stainless steel braided hose, the process is the same for Aeroquip Startlite hose and Black Nylon Lightweight hose.

Step 1

When cutting the braided hose to length first wrap some masking tape around the hose where the cut will take place. This serves to allow a pencil mark to define the precise position and it also helps stop the stainless steel braid from flaring out. There are a number of ways to cut this hose. The easiest way for someone cutting hose at a home workshop is to use a fine tooth saw with the hose held in some vice jaws. You could also use hose shears if you have access to them.

When cutting the braided hose with a fine tooth saw allow the blade to cut through without exerting any significant pressure. It is important to cut the hose square.

If you have any stray pieces of stainless steel braid remove them with your snips.

how to install braided hose - cutting braided hose

Step 2

Insert the cut braided hose into the socket using a twisting and pushing motion until the hose reaches the back of the threads inside the socket nut.

There are a range of tools available that help to guide the hose into the socket. However, in many years of making up hoses we have never felt the need to use them. Care and attention when cutting the hose will make fitting the hose into the socket a lot easier.

how to install braided hose fittings - socket nut

 Step 3

Mark the position of the hose against the back of the socket nut. Wrap a piece of masking tape around the hose where it meets the back of the socket. This will act as a marker to check if the hose is being pushed out during assembly.

how to install braided hose fittings

 Step 4

We find it useful to apply a small amount of oil to the inside of the hose and the threads of the socket nut. Then insert some long nosed pliers to gently open out the hose. There is no need for any significant force to be used.

hoe to install braided hose fittings - oil the threads

Step 5

Apply oil to the threads and nipple of the hose end.

how to install braided hose fittings - AN hose end

Step 6

Carefully insert the hose end nipple into the socket and hose until the socket engages with the hose end threads. Keep everything square to avoid cross threading. Hold the hose to stop it from being pushed out of the socket.

how to install braided hose ends - inserting the hose end

Step 7

Tighten the hose end into the socket using the correct size spanner. Ensure there is plenty of oil on the threads as you tighten the union. Tighten until you have a gap of approximately 1mm between the socket nut and the hose end nut. Align the flats of the nuts for a professional finish.

installing AN hose fitting

Step 8

Finally check for any signs the hose has been pushed out. Any significant movement should be investigated.

AN hose fitting installed

Useful Information

Speedflow does not charge to install Hose fittings on to braided hose with parts and hose purchased from Speedflow Products Limited.

Please visit the Speedflow on line shop for any Braided Hose (stainless steel, Aeroquip Startlite or Black Nylon Lightweight Hose) or AN Hose Ends

This and lots more information about AN Hose and Fittings can be found in our free to download eBook – just click on the link to get your copy.