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Los Angeles Plumbing - Repairs to Your Own Home Could Be Done Better by Professional Plumbers

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 Connie Ragen Green (July 06, 2008)  Many people in Los Angeles choose to do their own plumbing repairs. In many cases this may be a good idea, especially if you are handy around the house. When you have a leaky faucet, a toilet that won't flush properly, or need to install a new garbage disposal or hot water heater, this may be the way to go. However, if your plumbing repairs are more serious, or you are not sure exactly . (Plumbing)

The Disadvantages of Reverse Osmosis Why Reverse Osmosis is Not the Ideal Way to Purify Your Water

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 Tyler Waterman (July 05, 2008)  There are many disadvantages of reverse osmosis water purification, so before you choose the system that is best for you and your loved ones, consider the pitfalls of reverse osmosis (also referred to as RO). In today's more health-conscious society, most of us are looking for ways to improve our health and make our ever-increasing life spans more productive, enjoyable, and less .. (Plumbing)

Submersible Well Pump How to Replace

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 Jerry Sacca (July 05, 2008)  Replacing a submersible well pump is not a complicated task and relatively simple if you understand the basics about a well system - like the placement of the pump, how the submersible pump operates and how it is installed in a well casing. An advanced do it yourselfer with knowledge of electrical wiring and some basic plumbing skills is probably capable of replacing a submersible .. (Plumbing)

Clean Drinking Water Where Do You Find It?

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 Judith Pratt (July 04, 2008)  Clean drinking water is becoming a precious commodity these days as more and more of our rivers and water resources become horribly polluted with all sorts of contaminants. Gone are the days of fresh, crystal clear, natural healthy and clean drinking water. This article is about how you can have the purest drinking water for you and your household. Polluted drinking water has been the .. (Plumbing)

Are Residential Reverse Osmosis Systems Practical?

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 Jesse Metzger (July 04, 2008)  Residential reverse osmosis systems are impractical for use in most homes in the United States. Reverse osmosis systems residential units provide only one step in a complete purification process. There are a variety of different contaminants that could be present in your water and residential reverse osmosis systems only remove some of them. In fact, if you are serviced by a public .. (Plumbing)

Troubleshooting an Electric Water Heater

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 Dave Spates (July 04, 2008)  I have read lots of do it yourself water heater tutorials and a lot of them from the top search pages say the same thing. But I have yet to see a easy to understand tutorial on checking the water heater elements, and why the water heater isn't working. While these do it yourself tutorials explain some what how to check the element most of them tell nothing about checking the thermostat .. (Plumbing)

Learn the First Hand Importance of Ultra Pure Water

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 Laurel Tevolitz (July 03, 2008)  I was shocked to learn, that in January of 1974, one research technician at the Houston Medical Center learned first-hand the importance of the pipes that carry ultra pure water. Each workday she counted on the pure water piped into the research laboratories. On the upper floors, that water not only underwent added purification, it also had to be cooled. During the summer months, the .. (Plumbing)

Consumer Education Plumbing Companies

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 Mj Dakota (July 03, 2008)  In California it is a tough life for a company employed service technician, whether it is home maintenance, repair, plumbing, heating or air conditioning. To explain this, I am going to divulge the true story of how many plumbing companies operate in California. Generally, a plumbing technician is paid a sales commission average of 27% of the net job. That means that if a plumber .. (Plumbing)

Get the Inside Story on Discount Kitchen Faucets

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 Yoga Priyakara (July 02, 2008)  Kitchen faucets are no longer just the perfect adjuncts to a designer space. The boring, antiquated view that they just require to fulfill functional expectations does not hold much water in today's times. Features To Sweep You Off Your Feet Nifty homeowners look for more than just a cauldron of fabulous features. These objects of desire, apart from setting pulses racing, are expected . (Plumbing)

Fix Leaking Shower Faucet Hints and Tips

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 Yoga Priyakara (July 02, 2008)  If you think only tennis and football can be fixed, you better think again. Guess what, it's just as easy to fix leaking shower faucet. So if scouting for solutions to put a definite end to the interminable battle with those ominous leaks and drips has become more of a tiresome joke, here are tips at their formula best that ensure the blueprint for success. They are ideal for those .. (Plumbing)

A Guide to Home Drinking Water Purification Systems

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 Laurel Tevolitz (July 02, 2008)  Home drinking water purification systems are an important safety net. The public drinking water purification system is not always “safe", even when the Annual Water Quality Report shows that it meets all Environmental Protection Agency Requirements. Federal law requires that public utilities send each customer a detailed report showing the contaminants and the level of each that .. (Plumbing)

Discover Energizing the Search For Pure Water Technology

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 Laurel Tevolitz (July 02, 2008)  Let me tell you a quick story. . . The present-day quest for new sources of energy revives memories of a search for pure water technology. That search took place in the 1950s, when scientists and engineers looked for a way to remove salt from sea water. In fact, the early efforts at desalination provided society with a new tool, a tool that has become a part of our everyday technology. . (Plumbing)

Replacing Shower Tub Faucet - Dos and Don'ts

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 Yoga Priyakara (July 02, 2008)  For a majority of homeowners, replacing shower tub faucet often amounts to chaos on the brink during a very tedious bathroom remodeling project. This seemingly contentious issue compounds their trepidation that seems to have stemmed from the dizzying array of styles, designs and finishes in faucets that greet them at the Home Improvement store. Performing the fine balancing act between . (Plumbing)

Tips on the Best Way to Stopping a Leaky Shower Faucet

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 Yoga Priyakara (July 02, 2008)  The constant drip from the shower faucet has the ability to raise the hackles with unfailing regularity. But despite this, we seem utterly tone-deaf to any kind of advice about stemming its clout. So, instead of burying your head in the sand in true ostrich fashion, let's work towards stopping a leaky shower faucet. And that too without falling prey to the guiles of abstruse thinking .. (Plumbing)

How to Replace Moen Shower Faucet

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 Yoga Priyakara (July 02, 2008)  Shower faucets from Moen have always endeavored to give homeowners complete satisfaction. From the state-of-the-art one piece design that ensures remarkably quick and trouble-free installation to very advanced cartridges that come minus the daunting presence of washers or springs, these fixtures have managed to liberate homeowners from the constraints of complicated installation and .. (Plumbing)

How to Change a Shower Faucet - Mistakes Can Be Very Expensive

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 Yoga Priyakara (July 02, 2008)  The air of despair surrounding you can be attributed to the shocking headlines in newspapers around the world. ‘Spain cooks Russia's Guus’ cried out one, in a scathing attack on Russia's football coach after his team was ousted rather unceremoniously from Euro 2008. But in your case, it's something more banal that's responsible for the palpable sense of deflation. Is the .. (Plumbing)

Does Your Bathroom Shower Faucet Measure Up?

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 Yoga Priyakara (July 02, 2008)  Modern-day bathrooms are all about celebration; celebration of beauty, style and function in all their external manifestations. Is that why homeowners make such a song and dance about the very generic bathroom shower faucet? If you, like me, harbor this parochial view, then here's something that will freshen up your ideas a bit. Branded For Life Kohler, Moen, Grohe or Delta are all .. (Plumbing)

Leaky Shower Faucet - Fix it Easy and Fast

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 Yoga Priyakara (July 02, 2008)  For the uninitiated, a leaking shower faucet translates into replacement of the defective part. Seems like the phrase shower faucet fix has failed to make inroads into their lexicon? Never mind those cavalier attempts at repairing a compression or cartridge faucet in the kitchen sink, here's a pronouncement that's sure to be greeted with a lot of cheer. A faulty faucet in the shower can . (Plumbing)

Twelve Cities Where You Need Water Purification

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 Ronald Frommert (July 02, 2008)  Water purification standards in this country are under the jurisdiction of the Environmental Protection Agency. When experts suggest the use of a home water purifier, it is often because those standards are not very strict. Home water purifiers will reduce the risk of biological, chemical and heavy metal contamination in any city, state or country, but in some American cities the risks .. (Plumbing)

How Does Water Purification Work?

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 Ronald Frommert (July 01, 2008)  Everywhere on earth, societies must use a water purification process, if they want it to be safe to drink. The whole thing gets a bit complicated, but here we hope to explain water purification, at least in simple terms. Today it's hard to determine if water needs to be treated before you can drink it. It may look crystal clear and good to drink, but there may be unsafe particles in .. (Plumbing)

Look For Certification of Your Drinking Water Purification System

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 Ronald Frommert (July 01, 2008)  Drinking water purification systems are meant for one thing only, to improve the quality of what you drink. There are many ways of doing that. However, the goal of a drinking water purification system should be to remove contaminants while balancing mineral content and pH levels. If they perform in this way, they can improve your health as well. What comes through your pipes today is .. (Plumbing)

A Guide to Home Tankless Heaters

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 Ryan Fletcher (July 01, 2008)  You no doubt have questions, if this your first home tankless hot water heater. There are some things to clear up before you can enjoy a continuous supply of hot water because picking a tankless heater is different than a storage tank model. Location A home tankless hot water heater offers more options for placement because of its compact size. This could be your chance to reposition .. (Plumbing)

Residential Reverse Osmosis Systems Are They Suitable For Home Use?

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 Judith Pratt (June 30, 2008)  The most common use of residential reverse osmosis systems is desalination in geographic areas where access to other types of groundwater is limited or cannot be easily accessed. Additionally, portable RO purifiers are used after natural disasters, such as flooding or hurricanes, when normal supplies have either been cut off or have become contaminated. Despite the efficiency of .. (Plumbing)

The Best Water Purification Technology

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 Ronald Frommert (June 30, 2008)  Doing a little research into water purification technology can help you choose the right system for home use. Many different methods of water purification have been used over the years. Some are obviously better than others in today's world. Everyone wants something to drink that is good for their health and tastes good. Advances in water purification technology have made that possible . (Plumbing)

Three Disadvantages of Reverse Osmosis

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 Ronald Frommert (June 30, 2008)  The disadvantages of reverse osmosis come into play only in the residential sector. That is because the system was designed originally for commercial use. It was then converted for residential purposes and did not meet the requirements that most of us seek. Does reverse osmosis make water safe to drink? That is a question that has been debated for decades. First we have to define .. (Plumbing)

False Claims of Health Through Reverse Osmosis

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 Ronald Frommert (June 30, 2008)  Let's start by getting one thing straight, claims of health through reverse osmosis are just untrue. Home reverse osmosis manufacturers claim that their systems are capable of removing 99% of the toxic contaminants from your water. The fact is that they only block things with a molecular structure larger than an H2O molecule. Chemicals such as chlorine, which is lighter and molecularly . (Plumbing)

What Does Reverse Osmosis Do What is It?

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 Judith Pratt (June 30, 2008)  What does reverse osmosis do? This a question that we've been hearing a lot lately. A better question would be, what is reverse osmosis good for. The answer to the second question is , not much. We'll explain why as we move along. What does reverse osmosis do for you to provide you with clean drinking water? It is basically a de-mineralization system used by the water treatment .. (Plumbing)

Residential Hot Water Heater Alternatives to Save on Energy Bills

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 Adrian Whittle (June 30, 2008)  Every little bit helps as the saying goes. In the case of the energy required for hot water, the average home spends anything from 20 % to 30 % of their utility bills on making hot water. This can mount up, especially as traditional energy sources that are used to heat the water increase in cost. This article will run you through a few types of residential hot water heaters that may .. (Plumbing)

Clogged Sump Pumps Can Impede Pumping Efficiency

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 Jeff Olivier (June 30, 2008)  Dealing with a clogged sump pump may be the last thing on homeowners’ minds when they first install their pump. But, clogged sump pumps are a reality that needs to be considered. There are a number of reasons why the pump can become clogged. The pump's screen and drain pipe is often the culprit of many sump pump clogs. As a home prevention for clogs a little white vinegar can be .. (Plumbing)

Does Reverse Osmosis Treatment Need to Be Part of Your Water Filter System?

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 Ronald Frommert (June 29, 2008)  Reverse osmosis water filter systems were originally developed as a means for industries to de-mineralize water. The issue over the efficiency and effectiveness of reverse osmosis treatment has been the subject of debate for some time. There are “experts" on both sides of the debate. Here's our take. If you do some research, you will learn that every water supply in the world has . (Plumbing)

What You Should Know About Water Filter Replacement Cartridges

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 Ronald Frommert (June 29, 2008)  The cost of water filter replacement cartridges is something you should consider before you buy a new system. If you review the company's product performance data, the current price of their replacement water filter cartridges is a determining factor in the “cost of use". You may be surprised to learn that some of the cheaper systems have the most expensive water filter .. (Plumbing)

Another Look at Reverse Osmosis Water Purifiers

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 Ronald Frommert (June 29, 2008)  Reverse Osmosis Water Purifiers were first made for the printing industry; they had the need for filtered water which was more like distilled water than filtered. Then when the craze hit the industry they quickly touted it as filtered water. The reverse osmosis system has been around for some time But the popularity of the reverse osmosis water purifiers has declined considerably. The .. (Plumbing)

Why Pay $10,000 For a Whole House Reverse Osmosis Water Filtration System?

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 Ronald Frommert (June 29, 2008)  Companies producing and selling reverse osmosis units tout the systems abilities as the greatest innovation in filtration history and claim that no home can afford to be without one. As with other “snake oil salesmen" throughout history, the makers of reverse osmosis water filtration systems claims are grossly overstated. Reverse osmosis units simply do not have a useful place in . (Plumbing)

FDA Approved Water Filter Replacement Cartridges

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 Ronald Frommert (June 29, 2008)  What are whole house water filter replacement cartridges? They are the only things that you need to replace in your whole house water filtration unit. It is important to replace them when necessary, as it keeps your house system running well, at all times. In the best systems, there are two kinds of filters. A pre-filter that needs to be replaced every 3 or 4 months, and a main filter .. (Plumbing)

Plumbers and Blocked Drains

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 Henry S James (June 29, 2008)  Knowing how to clear a blocked drain is a good thing even if you aren't a plumber, as the day may arrive when you encounter sluggish draining after you wash your dishes or maybe even stagnant dishwater in the sink. While staring at the grey water may seem a hopeful idea to encourage it to swoosh back into life and disappear down the drain, this does nothing to clear a blocked drain. .. (Plumbing)

What to Do When Your Gas Or Electric Water Heater Goes Bad

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 Bob Fink (June 29, 2008)  Imagine this. You're getting ready for your big night out. Friends will be arriving to pick you up soon. Your spouse has just taken a shower. Now it's your turn. You head for the bathroom, turn on the hot water and wait. After 30 seconds the water is tepid. After another 30 seconds it could be described as warm. After 2 minutes it doesn't get any hotter so you jump in and try to shower .. (Plumbing)

Whole House Water Filters The Very Real Danger of Not Using Them!

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 Steve Waters (June 29, 2008)  When you first start looking at whole house water filters, the prices may seem really high. But, when you compare the cost of separate faucet and shower head systems, you begin to see that a whole house water filter makes sense. Chlorination has not only ruined the taste and smell of what we drink, it has also made us sicker. Health experts believe that the incidence of certain types .. (Plumbing)

Avoiding Water Heater Problems is Easier Than You Think!

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 Bryan Stevens (June 29, 2008)  Did you know that water heater problems are one of the most common reasons to call a plumber? Did you know that the average cost to replace a leaking water heater is about $1000? If there were a way to easily and inexpensively extend the life of your water heater would you like to know how? Well, read on, the secret is in the anode. It's Too Late If The Tank Leaks The number one reason . (Plumbing)

Straight Talk on Drinking Water Purification Systems Get Better Drinking Water Now

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 Tyler Waterman (June 28, 2008)  Ask any doctor and he or she will tell you that most Americans simply don't drink enough water. Getting an adequate amount of water every day is paramount to staying hydrated and keeping your body the healthiest it can be; your organs need water to do their jobs optimally, but have you ever thought about not only the amount of water you drink, but also the quality of that water? Not .. (Plumbing)

Is Your Home Ready For a Whole House Water Filter?

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 Daniel Acker (June 28, 2008)  Whole house water filters could be a good idea for your home, depending on whether or not they can take the place of individual units scattered about. The primary target of a whole house water filter is chlorine. So, if you have other problems, you may still need a countertop unit for the kitchen, but of course chlorine is the contaminant that most of us have to deal with. Whole house .. (Plumbing)

What Your Public Water Utility Wishes You Never Knew About Water Purification

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 Daniel Acker (June 28, 2008)  Water purification is a term that can apply to a variety of processes used by facilities and individuals, alike. But, since it is a rather loosely defined term, there are consumer products for sale that are thought to be water purifiers, when in fact they are nothing more than chlorine filters. Of course a water purifier should remove chlorine, but there are other contaminants that .. (Plumbing)

The Crimes We Commit Against Our Bodies Without a Proper Drinking Water Filter System

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 Daniel Acker (June 28, 2008)  The time to learn about a drinking water filter system is before you buy. Once you get it home and out of the box, it's a little late. But, if you order one from one of those shopping networks, that's what will happen. If you read some customer reviews, you will see that a number of people ordered a drinking water filter system that claims to provide something clean and pure, when all .. (Plumbing)

Soften Your Water Improve the Quality by Installing a Water Softener and Make it Taste Better!

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 Patrick Henry (June 27, 2008)  A water softener works by effectively reducing the calcium or magnesium ion concentration in hard water. These “hardness ions" causes different kinds of problems. Firstly, the calcium and magnesium ions react with soaps and some types of detergents, reducing their ability to lather properly and in the process forms an ugly precipitate - which is the familiar scum or “bathtub . (Plumbing)

Uncover the Truth About Drinking Water Purification Systems

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 Juanita Ruby (June 27, 2008)  By definition, drinking water purification systems should remove contaminants. In order for a drinking water purification system to be complete, any contaminant should be targeted. The problem is this becomes complicated. When we rely on the treatment facilities to protect our health, we could be exposing ourselves to any number of chemicals, bacteria and other infiltrates. If we turn .. (Plumbing)

Drinking Water Filter System What You Need to Know

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 Judith Pratt (June 26, 2008)  The drinking water filter system in your home may be considered a very unique and important object. It is important, because without replacing our bodily fluids on a daily basis, we will experience poor health. But, if what we drink is not pure, then there is a problem. It may be considered unique, because depending on the drinking water filter system that you have purchased, hundreds .. (Plumbing)

The Importance of a Home Drinking Water System

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 Jim Riley (June 25, 2008)  The days of being able to trust your tap water or municipal water supply are long past. With each innovation in technology and comfort, it seems to somehow put yet another contaminant into our public water supplies. What is in our drinking water is a cocktail of carcinogens, synthetic chemicals, microorganisms and pollutants. But you don't have to drink them if you have your own .. (Plumbing)

Whole House Water Filter Versus Kitchen Tap Systems

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 Ronald Frommert (June 25, 2008)  Whole house water filters may be just as important for your family's health as the one that you use on your kitchen tap. Plus, with a whole house water filter system, kitchen tap and shower filters are no longer necessary. New studies have shown that fumes from chlorinated water can trigger asthma attacks. Swimming pool experts have known for years. That's one reason that they limit .. (Plumbing)

Live Healthy and Green With a Drinking Water Filter

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 Ronald Frommert (June 25, 2008)  In-home drinking water filters are a good idea for many reasons. Your personal health and the health of the environment are just a couple of them. Because of the quality of our tap water, experts have said that any drinking water filter is better than no filter than at all. But of course some are better than others. Most drinking water filters, except for single stage reverse osmosis, .. (Plumbing)

Water Filtration to Keep Lead, Chlorine, and MTBE Out of Your Tap Water

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 Ronald Frommert (June 25, 2008)  Is a home water filtration system really necessary? Isn't the system used by my local water filtration facility effective? The simple answers are yes to the first, and no to the second. In fact, one thing that we want to get out of our tap water is chlorine, which is added at the water treatment facility to “disinfect" the water. Even though there are water borne parasites that .. (Plumbing)

Are Parasites and Lead in Tap Water?

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 Ronald Frommert (June 25, 2008)  Don't buy any drinking water filter system until you have reviewed the performance data sheet for that particular product. The data sheet lists all of the contaminants that the system has been certified to remove, as well as, what percentage of that contaminant is blocked. You would hope for at least 99% and you might think that any drinking water filter system will do the job. If .. (Plumbing)




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