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This is How your Gutters and Spouting Could be Damaging your Home (and what to do about it)

Posted 28/06/19

Guttering and spouting do more than take rainwater away, they are essential for a healthy, happy home. Read on to learn signs that indicate issues, and tips for resolving damage... What damage could my guttering be causing? Externally: A sagging gutter will damage your home’s fascia. P

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Composite vs. Timber Decking

Posted 28/01/20

Engineered composite decking versus the tried and tested timber - which is better? Composite and Timber Decking Materials Whether you’re looking to repair an existing deck or start from scratch, consider the decking materials available in New Zealand and how they stack up against each othe

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Top 5 Bathroom Renovation Tips - Direct From Our Experts

Posted 29/04/19

Find out the Top 5 bathroom renovation tips direct from our Builderscrack bathroom experts. This advice can make all the difference between a successful bathroom renovation or not... 1) It's All in The Planning As the saying goes -  "The devil is in the detail" and this couldn't be mor

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Brick or Weatherboard – Choosing the Right Cladding for Your New Home

Posted 06/07/17

Brick or weatherboard? Choosing the cladding for your new home is more than deciding what looks best... It’s about the type of home you are building, the cost of the different types of cladding and the location of the house. Let us help you solve the battle of the cladding and choose the

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What Should You Do After a Damaging House Fire?

Posted 11/05/17

A house fire is a devastating experience, regardless of the amount of damage. Your first instinct may be to begin the clean-up and repair work, but there are several key things to work through first... Five things to do after a house fire There are five important tasks for you to do, if yo

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Guide to Installing Balustrades - Up to NZ Building Code Standard

Posted 14/09/17

Wondering what the NZ Building Code requirements are for balustrades on stairs and decking? Then you’re in the right place, we take a look... What is a Balustrade? A balustrade is basically a safety barrier. It can vary in appearance from simply a rail with supporting balusters, all the wa

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Stage 2 of Home Ownership or Renting Life Stage – Your Twenties

Posted 26/10/17

Many people entering their twenties are looking at the possibly of moving away from property renting and into looking towards home ownership... Rising house prices have has somewhat stifled early home ownership in many parts of the country. But with a little smart thinking and the ability

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Guide to Cladding Options and Materials

Posted 31/07/19

Are you wondering what cladding to choose for your new build? Is your existing cladding looking dilapidated and ripe for renovation? Recladding your home will breathe new life into its appearance. In this article, we give you the information to choose the right cladding for your home. E

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Decking - Choosing the Right Material for Your Home

Posted 28/09/17

Timber is the most obvious choice for building a deck but we there are two more popular options that are worth some consideration. We take a look... Types of Decking Materials There are three main types of materials used when building a deck: timber, concrete and composite timber. Timber

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Garden Revamp: How Chris and Rochelle Transformed This Small Space

There’s nothing like waking up to a gorgeous garden. That’s now the case for Chris and Rochelle, Auckland homeowners who made good use of their time throughout lockdown doing prep work for their garden redesign. It included plenty of digging and pulling-up, but there was one job left on their garden-scaping list that was a little too big to undertake themselves. The Problem The new design of the garden patch featured a structural garden bed which required a retaining wall, something that Rochelle says was too much for their skillset. “We knew we needed someone to do the last part of the job,” says Rochelle. The garden edging had previously been lined with bricks, but Rochelle was looking for a timber look. With an open mind and a flexible approach, she was hoping to bring the design to life by making the most of the existing area. The Solution Aside from seeking someone who had the skills to build the retaining wall, Rochelle also wanted someone with landscaping

Overgrown Patio to Contemporary Deck: How Lex Doubled His Living Space

Find out how this Christchurch homeowner transformed a ‘cold and unused’ area to create indoor-outdoor flow. Walking up the long driveway draws out my anticipation of two things: seeing just how much the backyard has changed, and whether I got everyone's coffees right. As I reach the back of the house I’m given a warm welcome by homeowner Lex, and following inquisitively behind is his kitten Naki – in Māori meaning ‘to glide’, and in Ngāi Tahu dialect, ‘cat’. Naki jumps up onto the newly finished deck as if to begin the grand tour, and I’m amazed – what a transformation! It’s completely reinvented the look and feel of this space. It’s not long before Ashraf joins us – he’s the tradesperson who got the job done with his teammate Conor. And after a few minutes of seeing Lex and Ashraf talking, it’s clear as to why this job went so well; there’s a lot of respect here. Ready for the project rundown and eager to sip our coffees, we take a seat at the modern stone table (whic

Homes On Show - Save My Bathroom

Behind every job there is a story. This one starts with a homeowner, and a vision to renovate her bathroom from an outdated 1970’s relic to a modern, clean, and functional bathroom. The Dilemma The story starts with Joanne and her first tradie, a referral from a friend. The tradie seemed great. The homeowner and the tradie agreed that Joanne would buy everything that was needed for the bathroom, and the tradie gave her a cost to install and renovate to her plan. Fast forward three months and the tradie was nowhere to be seen and uncontactable. With the goods for her bathroom waiting in Mitre 10 and a loan taken out for the project, Joanne was desperate to get the job underway. The Solution “I spoke to someone at work, saying I didn’t know what to do. I needed to have my bathroom renovated, and my colleague said, have you put it on Builderscrack? Then they showed me how Builderscrack works, how to log on and use the site. I put the advert on the next day, and within two

Bench Seating Took This Small Dining Room From Awkward To Cosy

ot an awkward space that can’t be solved with furniture? For Christchurch homeowners Simon and Chelsea, that space was the old dining room. They had ‘tried to make it work’ ever since they purchased their 1990 home four years ago. Enter: bench seating.  With the job now done and dusted, Simon explains to me over the phone just how awesome it’s been chilling out in their new space, sitting in the sun on weekends and sipping their morning coffee. As a fellow chilled out, sun-loving coffee drinker, I knew we had to capture those idyllic scenes for this story. So, our photographer Alana and I went round one Saturday morning with high hopes of two things: sunny weather, and their cat Elphie making an appearance. After a warm welcome, we walk through the kitchen where we’re graced by gorgeous natural light from the high-ceiling skylight, and the sweet smell of freshly brewed coffee. To appreciate the space as it is now, let’s take it back a step. The dining room, before a

A 3yo’s Take on Having Plasterers in the Home

t’s not every day you get to show off your crayons — at least that’s how three-year-old Quinn felt shortly after meeting the tradespeople plastering her living room. Quinn’s mother, Kate, tells me the crayons were just the start, and that Wayne and Ronan from Claddagh Plastering coped incredibly well with her daughter’s constant line of questioning while working. “She would walk up beside them and say ‘look at my carrots’, ‘I’ve got cucumber’, and ask them ‘do you want to be my friend?’,” Kate laughs. “Wayne was really good with her, he’d take time to say ‘oh wow, yes, wow look at that’ — I think he’s got young ones at home, so he was used to it. “She’d stand there and watch them work, mesmerised by the plaster being put on, it was very cute.” As Kate and I relish Quinn’s adorable toddler bravado, Kate lets me in on how they got to this point of renovating their home, and let’s just say, anyone with EQC experience will be able to relate. “We Could Start to Se

Women in Trade - Pocket Rocket Building, Rotorua

Megan Dimozantos, owner of Pocket Rocket Building Rotorua, recently made the career change to building after 17 years working in corporate leadership. She shares with us her story... It all started several years back when she tackled her own home renovation. The success of her renovation led to several friends enlisting her to do their various projects. With a few jobs under her belt she began to realise she wasn't only good at building, but she really enjoyed it - "I'm a really outdoorsy person and being physical is something I really enjoy". After lots of thought and careful planning, Megan made the decision at the end of last year to go out building full-time. Leaving behind the safety of what she knew in the corporate world, for the unknown world of a self-employed tradesperson. So far, so good. Megan has had a steady flow of referral work, surprising herself with the number of jobs she has secured through her contacts and word of mouth around Rotorua. In particul

Small Bathroom Renovation Turns Major When The Unexpected Happens

ulian and Lexie had one month, $5k and a straightforward plan to renovate their small bathroom. Let’s just say, if you like a good ‘down to the wire’ reno story, you’ll love this couple’s drama-filled journey from settlement to move in day. We’re talking budget blow-outs, schedule delays, on-the-spot decisions and eight scope changes. Yeah — total ‘Block’ vibes, right? Julian jokes that he had a couple of grey hairs come flying through at a rapid rate. “It was a significant, unforeseen scenario,” Julian says, alluding to the cause of the delays. This eventful Project Story will leave you with practical insights for your own bathroom renovation. You’ll discover: What to look out for in your pre-purchase building inspection How to manage scope and budget changes The full list of bathroom upgrades What they would do in hindsight (involves saving money!) Plus, the awesome before and after photos. Let’s get stuck into i

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Windows with a view 2

Posted 3 years ago

Price wanted to Remove rotten sections of wooden door frames, surrounds and window frame. And replace with good wood Outside work. I want the job done asap end next month completion at the latest. So if you cant do it in the timeframe please do not contact me. I will be there from tomorrow for a few days so can show you what needs to be done and get your price. Looking forward to hearing from you. I had a guy lined up but he has let me down, so I have a good idea of what the job is worth...

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2x Room Extension + Ensuite #2

Posted 5 months ago

We are wanting to build 2x extra rooms onto our existing home plus ensuite to form an L shape house. We are also wanting a large deck built enclosed in the new L shaped space. Work is from start to finish move in ready. I have attached photos of our existing house plan along with the new design plan. New renovations are not drawn to scale. Room 4 - 5x3 metres minus hallway Room 5 - 5x4 metres Ensuite - 3x3.5 metres (flexible on sizing depending on price) Deck - 15x5 metres from western...

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New home - labour only

Posted 5 months ago

Builder required for labour only build in Waimate

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Liveable barn

Posted 2 years ago

Current builder short staffed and happy if i find additional help. Pole shed with livable area.

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Retired Builder needed

Posted 1 year ago

Levels taken on slope of section and also (if possible) some poles put in ground with concrete to be used as foundations for small cabin.

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New Kitchen remow install and general building

Posted 2 years ago

We require a builder to remove a interior wall,replace the ceiling and remove and install a new kitchen,plus the plumbing and electrical.Work is in Kurow North Otago.

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Sleep-out hut

Posted 2 years ago

Build a simple lined hut that will be used for off the grid accommodation. 4mx6m. One room. Would have small wood burner installed. Small kitchenette with gas burner and plumbing to outside. Ranchslider across the front. Colour steel exterior. To be built on piles. 2m deck out the front. Very simple project.

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Shop fit out - Oamaru

Posted 4 months ago

After Builders or Builder + Labourer/apprentice to help out on a shop fit out in Oamaru. Contract rates to be discussed. Job will involve demo, construction of new walls, install of insulation, gib, joinery, doors etc. There’s a number of these fit outs to do over the South Island so all going well there will be continued contract work. Reliability and an eye for detail is a must.

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Windows with a view

Posted 3 years ago

Price wanted to Remove rotten sections of wooden door frames, surrounds and window frame. And replace with good wood Outside work. I want the job done asap end next month completion at the latest. So if you cant do it in the timeframe please do not contact me. I will be there from tomorrow for a few days so can show you what needs to be done and get your price. Looking forward to hearing from you. I had a guy lined up but he has let me down, so I have a good idea of what the job is worth...

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2x Room Extension + Ensuite

Posted 5 months ago

We are wanting to build 2x extra rooms onto our existing home plus ensuite to form an L shape house. We are also wanting a large deck built enclosed in the new L shaped space. Work is from start to finish move in ready. I have attached photos of our existing house plan along with the new design plan. New renovations are not drawn to scale. Room 4 - 5x3 metres minus hallway Room 5 - 5x4 metres Ensuite - 3x3.5 metres (flexible on sizing depending on price) Deck - 15x5 metres from western...

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Cabin - could be built offsite

Posted 3 years ago

We have had plans done for a simple one bedroom cabin, 27sqm, for our section in Duntroon. We also have a materials estimate from Carters that includes the pre-built frames and trusses. I already have quotes for plumbing, drainage, electrical, tiling, roof etc so it would just be the building we need quotes for. It could be built offsite and relocated. Timber piles and floor, ply lining, weatherboard cladding.

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Garage conversion

Posted 2 years ago

Build room in existing garage, line walls, remove roller door and replace with double (French doors).

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Sleep out

Posted 2 years ago

Hi. We are keen to build a sleep out on our property. Ideally we would like it to have a little bathroom attached (toilet, hand basin and shower). We have a concrete slab where it could go or we would have to build on the lawn from scratch. The sleep out will need to fit a queen bed (for when family visit) and a small wardrobe. I have attached a small little plan. The marking would be where lights go etc. Thanks

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Odd jobs

Posted 9 months ago

e. Around near the front door there is another storage cupboard and there is a new man-hole in the floor underneath here which the floor joists are 125x50’s, not 100x50’s, all still in very good condition. It is a shame that the access into here is quite tight as they have not removed the floor joist that is running straight through the centre of the opening, it can be done and framed out , there is a gap between the metal framework and the white lining, there does look to be a bit of a se...

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New build

Posted 1 year ago

Looking for builder to put up kit set home

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Bathroom wall

Posted 8 months ago

Needing the bathroom walls relined and new vanity put in.

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Builders Report

Posted 3 years ago

Looking for a builders report on a property im looking to buy.

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Retaining wall

Posted 5 months ago

We need a retaining wall done at the back of our property behind our house. approximately 10 metres in length and 3-4 metres in height . Open to options on how it's completed ie can be staggered sections or not and can be wood or concrete .

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Upgrade of rowing club upstairs for a new resturant

Posted 3 years ago

Hi the Oamaru rowing club are looking at leasing the upstairs of the row club for a restaurant. We are looking for a builder who can give us a quote on the cost of the upgrade required to be able to lease this

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Bach wall replace

Posted 3 months ago

Our Bach at glenavy needs a wall replaced. We have had a window made so will just need to replace the existing tin wall and fit the window. Plus there are a couple of areas of rot on two additional window frames. Not a big job and ideally completed before winter sets in.

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Calibre Concrete & Civil

Joined July 2021

Hi, Our fleet has the capacity to carry out civil earthworks from commercial developments through to single residential projects. -Earthworks and Excavation -House cuts and slab prep -Truck and machinery hire -drainage -retaining Send through a quote request and our QS will be in touch.

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CRD Construction Ltd

Joined May 2016

Hi, we are a small Christchurch construction company. All earthquake work undertaken, foundations, new builds all building work undertaken. we pride ourselves in doing the job right.

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SoBeer Structural and Fire

Joined May 2020

With nearly 20 years of experience in New Zealand, I am a Chartered Structural Engineer based in Christchurch and a Producer Statement Author for Auckland City Council. I have a broad experience in structural design and site investigation from new build to alteration, and seismic or earthquake assessment of existing structures. These structures vary from residential, commercial, school, and pub...

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Kahu Contractors

Joined March 2018

A small team dedicated to providing an excellent service throughout the building and construction industry. Having spent a lot of time in all sectors of the industry we are known to specialize in everything from formwork amd foundations to crane work and precast installation, We have the expertise, tools and where needed tickets (qualifications) to complete all builds to an excellent standard, saf...

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Andys Interior Plastering

Joined January 2010

Hi, We've been plastering new houses and tidying up old ones for the last 20 years. We've been in Christchurch for the last 20 years and have worked on jobs around the city as well as in regional parts of Canterbury.We also do handyman work around your house and light building work. We are very professional and work hard to meet deadlines for project completion. We pride ourselves on providing com...

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Buildflex Solutions

Joined March 2016

Sitewise Registered Sitesafe passport in Construction and Civil *15+ Years Qualified builder Truck Drivers,Machine Operators full licenced *Certified builder of K3T walling (System) and LBP *First Aid Certificate - Valid *Contruction Certified - On Site *Total Quality Management Certificate *Diploma in Small business Management *Full company Insurance - liability - Tool...

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Emerain property maintenance

Joined April 2018

Hi there, We have years of experience in property maintenance and renovations. We are able to do any types of work small or big jobs you ... cluding General electrical, plumbing, plastering , painting, commercial/residential cleaning , decking, fence , landscape any repair or renovation.Also I have years of experience in troubleshoot and fix appliances. Let us know know if we can help you w...

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DCR Building Services Ltd

Joined July 2011

Im a Licensed builder in Queenstown , i have been building for 16 years specializing in new homes and anything below, i.e fences, alterations, decks, re-clads etc. I strive for perfection and getting the job done right the first time while being done quickly. I treat every job i do as if its for myself in my own home so i would want it done to perfection.

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Manaia Build Nz

Joined February 2020

... ... New Kitchens. Bespoke custom furniture. Entertainment Units. Shop Fit outs. High End cabinetry. Renivations. New Bathrooms. New Showers. New Flooring. Staircases. Decks. New Houses. All Building works. Text or call ... ... ...

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Harper Architecture

Joined July 2015

We are a small architectural design firm specialising in residential design to enhance your daily living. We design new homes and alterations to existing homes. We are keen to make your home Eco friendly where possible. We aim to: Listen: Work closely with clients to bring your ideas to fruition. Guide: We will step you through the design and consent process making it as seamless as possible...

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Dunedin Naturally

Joined August 2009

Small to medium renovation jobs, Bathroom renovations, demolition, rubbish removal, Deck & Fence building,Property maintenance and repairs,, House pre-sale makeovers. -Trade Qualified Builder with experience in multipule areas of building and renovation.

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Built up contracting LTD

Joined June 2020

Hi, we are a small company who strive for perfection. We have a diverse team who have dealt with a majority of renovation projects around the country. Numerous house foundation repairs and house re leveling, our team also deal with restoration projects. We pride in keeping jobs to the time frame. Whether it's one pile or twenty piles needing replaced, even that old fence replaced or a new deck to...

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Baseline Concrete and insulation

Joined January 2018

At Baseline Concrete we specialize in all aspects of Concrete. From house slabs to driveways, terraces and many more. We are very professional and work hard to meet deadlines for project completion. We pride ourselves on providing competitive quotes and completing jobs on budget. We are also have a home insulation business that we run specializing in making homes warmer and meeting the Nz stan...

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SB 2 Build ltd

Joined January 2017

Together we have been in the building trade for over 25 years. Sam is our registered licenced building practitioner and have experience in new builds, renovations, alterations and extensions as well as fencing, decks and all scopes of concrete works.We deliver a high quality end product and pride ourselves on keeping within budget and time frames! Additionally we have access to a wide range of su...

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Mitchell and Milmine Construction

Joined September 2017

Mitchell + Milmine Construction is a small family owned residential building company focused on building quality. We are team players and are committed to working within our community with other locals alike. We are passionate about modern architecture, and believe each home tells a different story, this makes us the perfect partners on your next building adventure. We offer a transparent...

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Core Civil Solutions nz Limited

Joined December 2019

Hi, we have been involved in the rebuild of Christchurch for over 7 years. We have experienced LBP builders and able to do a wide range of building works and construction. We are specialist in foundation re-level works and retaining walls, Our team are able to provide a solution that works for you. Please look at our web site for more information. ...

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Matts Handyman & Glass Services

Joined January 2021

Hi, I’m a one man band that can do building work, joinery, plumbing, glazing etc. Just ask! I’m also a fully qualified glazier. I’m a hard working perfectionist who is very professional and driven to do a great job.

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Xpress Design & Drafting

Joined January 2020

Hi, we are a cost-effective Architectural firm specializing primarily in concept design and building consent documentation. From the smallest of renovation/alteration to complex new builds including hill builds. We also provide a wholesale schedule of fees (trade rates) for ongoing working relationships. Keywords in our toolbox being: NZS 3604, New Zealand Building Code, Timber Framed and Steel F...

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Flint Construction

Joined March 2015

Small family owned building company, servicing the South island. Run by an experienced Licensed Building Practitioner. Providing tailor made building solutions for your budget and needs. We can complete your renomb bvation, new build or light commercial project. No job is too small for us, we can be building a new house or replacing pickets on a fence, our professional attitude remains. Happy to...

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Maximum Planning

Joined April 2020

Maximum Planning is a professional Environmental Planning Consultancy. We provide cost affordable Resource Management Act, District Plan and Town Planning services to all of NZ. We provide high quality resource consents and planning advice to help save you time and money.

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