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The first step in fastening the fitting to the hose is to slip the hose through the fitting's socket while it is removed completely from the rest of the fitting. With stainless braided line, this often requires that the socket be secured in a vise, but the fabric-braided line can be manipulated much more easily. Slip the hose up until it butts against the bottom of the threads inside, then pull it back until there is a 1/16- to 1/8-inch gap between the hose end and the threads. The hose should then be marked at the base of the socket for reference.