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Home Renovation and Repair – It’s All in The Prep

Posted 29/06/18

Renovating or doing work on your home can be a big investment – yet most of us put more effort into choosing a pair of shoes or a new camera. Repairs might not be as exciting as new clothes and gadgets but if you want a good result, value for money, and minimum hassle, the more you think abou

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Asbestos Removal - Stay Safe & Hire a Professional

Posted 07/01/15

If you’re looking at buying or renovating a property built between the 1940’sand 1980’s then there’s a good chance that it contains some Asbestos... A fibrous mineral that’s found in metamorphic soils and rocks, it was a popular and widely used material in the building industry due to its

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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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Need to Add an Extra Bedroom for Your Kids?

Posted 10/11/16

Kiwi parents have on average 1.9 kids, which works fine for those who have three bedroom homes. Except when you have more than two children, have guests over to stay or want to use a bedroom as a study or home office. That’s when adding on an extra bedroom for your kids is a great solution to gi

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Are You Considering Adding an Ensuite to Your Master Bedroom?

Posted 24/11/16

Should I build another room for my ensuite or should I alter my existing master bedroom to fit one in? It might not seem like an important question, but there are pros and cons to consider for both these options... Adding an ensuite - should you extend or convert your master bedroom? Insta

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5 Tips for Spring Home Renovations

Posted 29/10/14

We've talked to industry insiders and experts, and have put together a list of our top 5 tips for getting started your spring home renovations. Spring home renovations Coming out of a cold winter, spring home renovations may seem like a daunting prospect.  Yes, you've been thinking about i

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Choosing Between Another Storey or Adding a House Extension

Posted 16/03/17

Extending your house or adding another storey can give you the much needed space a growing family needs. We look at the advantages and disadvantages of these two renovation options... How to choose between another storey or a house extension Depending on the size of your backyard, you can

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The Benefits of Building a Conservatory

Posted 22/10/14

If you've been thinking about adding an extension to your home, Building a conservatory is a clever way to add more living space without having to move to a larger home. One of the benefits of building a conservatory is the potential to add a lot of value to your home. Hiring an architect

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Creating Successful Indoor Outdoor Flow in Older Homes

Posted 05/01/17

Great indoor/outdoor flow is high on the must have list for many homeowners. But achieving this this can be a challenge in older homes... Summer weather just makes us want to head outdoors. Unfortunately, this is easier said than done for many homeowners with older homes. Older properties

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Latest renovating case studies

Discover in-depth, ways which our homeowners have used Builderscrack to shape their house into the home of their dreams.

Garage Door Colour Update Challenge Solved By Our Tradies

A simple colour update for her garage doors was all that one homeowner wanted. But it proved a little easier said than done until a “can do” tradie was found... The Job Paulette wanted to update the colour of her metal garage doors from what she called a “bland new denim blue” to a more striking ebony black. The Challenge Paulette contacted the garage door company to find out if, and how, the colour could be changed. They came back with two options; replacing the doors entirely at great expense; or powder coating at a cost not much less than new doors, and required them being taken away for two to three weeks. The Solution Not satisfied with these options, Paulette turned to builderscrack.co.nz to see if there were any other options. She already trusted the platform, having used it in the past to find some great tradies. For Paulette, the “ease of use is the best thing”, going on to say that “once you’ve used it the first time, it’s easy to go back and use again” and

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

Expert Tiling Provides The Finishing Touch to a Kitchen Renovation

Hiring an expert tiler gave the final polishing touch to one of our homeowner's stunning kitchen renovations...... Only a few months ago Natalie's kitchen was a dark space, coated in the once popular dark blue of the 90's. It not only made the already small kitchen appear tiny, but it created a dark feeling throughout the wider open plan living area. Fast forward to today, and the transformation is something out of a magazine. Not limited to the kitchen itself, but also the lightness it's brought to the rest of her living space. The Vision Natalie started with a firm style in mind, along with some key "must have" elements. “I had a vision of what I wanted, I wanted it bright, fresh, clean, compared with the dark blue.... every time I came into the space there was a gloomy feel to the room.” A essential element was to incorporate a crisp, white subway tile splash-back. The Execution After sorting her kitchen supplier, she turned her attention to finding a ti

Garage Door Colour Update Challenge Solved By Our Tradies

A simple colour update for her garage doors was all that one homeowner wanted. But it proved a little easier said than done until a “can do” tradie was found... The Job Paulette wanted to update the colour of her metal garage doors from what she called a “bland new denim blue” to a more striking ebony black. The Challenge Paulette contacted the garage door company to find out if, and how, the colour could be changed. They came back with two options; replacing the doors entirely at great expense; or powder coating at a cost not much less than new doors, and required them being taken away for two to three weeks. The Solution Not satisfied with these options, Paulette turned to builderscrack.co.nz to see if there were any other options. She already trusted the platform, having used it in the past to find some great tradies. For Paulette, the “ease of use is the best thing”, going on to say that “once you’ve used it the first time, it’s easy to go back and use again” and

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

Expert Tiling Provides The Finishing Touch to a Kitchen Renovation

Hiring an expert tiler gave the final polishing touch to one of our homeowner's stunning kitchen renovations...... Only a few months ago Natalie's kitchen was a dark space, coated in the once popular dark blue of the 90's. It not only made the already small kitchen appear tiny, but it created a dark feeling throughout the wider open plan living area. Fast forward to today, and the transformation is something out of a magazine. Not limited to the kitchen itself, but also the lightness it's brought to the rest of her living space. The Vision Natalie started with a firm style in mind, along with some key "must have" elements. “I had a vision of what I wanted, I wanted it bright, fresh, clean, compared with the dark blue.... every time I came into the space there was a gloomy feel to the room.” A essential element was to incorporate a crisp, white subway tile splash-back. The Execution After sorting her kitchen supplier, she turned her attention to finding a ti

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Check out how homeowners like you are using Renovation Specialists on Builderscrack to build, repair and improve their homes right now.

New shower installation

Posted 5 months ago

Hi team. We require someone to install a new shower. Photos attached of the space. The shower is 1200 x 900. The new showers drain is centre. We have bought a new shower. The only catch is the drain needs to be moved to the centre rather than back centre. Job is in Rolleston. Thanks.

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Shower door installation

Posted 10 months ago

We have a open shower at the moment with no closed off shower door. The run of the shower is quite long around 1.5m however the water reaches out beyond that point. It’s also frustratingly cold as there’s nothing blocking the heat from the open back side. We are looking for someone to install a shower door that would be suitable for this job.

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Shower installation for new House

Posted 3 months ago

Installation of Englefield shower to new house

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Extending office space and adding window or skylight

Posted 3 weeks ago

Moving two non-structural short (1.9m and 3.65m) interior walls by between 0.6 and 1 m. Moving two interior doors in those walls and replacing another. Adding either an exterior window (2011 brick-clad facade) or a skylight (Colorsteel roof). Estimate is for labour only. Plastering and painting is an optional extra.

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Renovate my bathroom

Posted 7 months ago

remove and replace the toilet cistern supply and fit 600mm wall hung vanity supply and fit free-standing corner shower cubical, supply and fit cavity slider

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Rental Bathroom

Posted 6 months ago

Water damage to wall due to slash from a poorly designed shower system. Need someone who can fix the wall and fit tiles. Talking with tenants we thought about tiling all the toilet wall up to top of the shower liner. By the vanity just up to the tiles of the mirror. Open to your ideas too. Thanks for looking at my job

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Shower Repair/Install

Posted 7 months ago

Need a leaking shower with water damage to a wall to be repaired. Probably going to be a removal, repair and install. House is 7 Years old. May look at remodeling the whole shower area.

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Roofing Replacement & New DG Windows

Posted 3 months ago

A 1990 house that needs the following attention/renovation work. Areas of the metal roof pulling off, re-felting & replacing with new steel. Dormer windows front & back of house re-cladding & new flashings. As windows would be coming out, single-glazed units to be replaced with double-glazed units.

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Shower unit replacement

Posted 7 months ago

The existing Englefield 900 x 900 shower unit needs to be replaced as there are cracks in the base which is also soft underfoot.

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Internal door construction/installation

Posted 2 months ago

Need a hallway door constructed/installed, (currently open hallway). Also wanting bifold doors constructed/installed to separate off an open-living space. No room for cavity sliders.

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Shower box wall and glass replacement

Posted 6 months ago

New glass panel for one side of the shower box. Size approx 78 cm wide 1.84 cm high. Replace (melamine?) panels which are cracked at the bottom with suitable /similar. Two walls, one approx 78 x 1.84 high the other approx 92cm wide 1.84 high. Ensure shower box is watertight!

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Bathroom renovation

Posted 9 months ago

Part 1- I would like the current shower (pictured - size 955×955mm) replaced with a ... rectangular shower. I only need the new shower installed, old shower and taps etc will already be removed. Part 2 - I need the new vanity installed. Old vanity (Pictured - size 1200mm wide) will already be removed. New vanity is double sink (1200mm wide).

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New bathroom

Posted 9 months ago

Have started the process of installing a new bathroom in a 100 year old property to better suit the flow of the house but have now been told a building consent will be required due to addition of new toilet. Internal Walls have been removed and new bathroom area Partially framed up, drain layer about to start work this week, and plumber laid pipes under house ready to be connected once new bathroom installed (new gas hot water). however with consent now required things have come to a stand still...

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Bathroom and ensuite refresh

Posted 8 months ago

Small ensuite: New corner shower, vanity and toilet. Medium sized bathroom: New vanity, replace wall tiles around bath. Seperate toilet: install new toilet. Install vinyl planking all areas (all ready have planking).

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Bathroom Jibbing and tiling

Posted 8 months ago

We need a single wall in a bathroom jibbing. There is a window in this wall. Then it and two walls need tiling. No plumbing or electric works are needed.

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New bathrooms and toilet

Posted 3 months ago

We are wanting to upgrade the toilets and remodel or update the bathroom particularly the showers. Prefer not to bed too relino if possible so it matches the laundry but can do if needed. Total is 1 new toilet 1 bathroom remodel 1 onsite - new toilet and remodel

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Restaurant-new set up

Posted 5 months ago

Restaurant new set up, toilet, kitchen,dining,bar

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New bathroom

Posted 6 months ago

Convert a 3 x 4 m room to bathroom (shower, toilet and basin) and connect to existing sewer and water system.

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Shower installation

Posted 8 months ago

Take out old shower and install new shower (already purchased)

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Older villa reno

Posted 3 months ago

We have several jobs: It is an older villa 1. Bathroom renovation: Shower has leaked, rotten boards. We are going to gut the ensuite bathroom, new tiles, shower and vanity 2. Bedroom floor: lifting carpet and corner of bedroom, removing borer damaged timber flooring and joists. Possibly repack a couple of piles? There will be other small jobs, but will need to show and discuss to enable trade to quote. Please dont contact if you are not relatively local, or if you cant start Mid Feb

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Recent renovating reviews

With over 193,000 reviews in total, and an average rating of 9/10, you can be confident that your job will be handled with the utmost care.

Replace bathroom vanity unit

Work carried out by the owner & subcontractors

16th November 2019

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Bathroom wall and window sills

Work carried out by the owner/operator

25th February 2020

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

New shower installation

Work carried out by the owner/operator

10th January 2021

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Rental Bathroom

Work carried out by the owner/operator

16th November 2020

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Shower unit replacement

Work carried out by the owner/operator

28th October 2020

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

L shape kitchen

Work carried out by the owner & subcontractors

1st June 2019

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Hang kitchen cabinets and wine racks to stud wall

Work carried out by the owner/operator

10th September 2019

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 4
Communication
 5

Bathroom renovation

Work carried out by the owner/operator

19th August 2020

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

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Our trusted tradies will respond to your job, often within a few minutes. You decide who you want to communicate with. You’re in control the whole way.

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R P D Construction

Joined November 2016

HI I have been building for the past 20 years and have experience in new builds, renovations, home extensions, decks, roofing, fences. I have high standards and offer a great service.

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CS Built Ltd

Joined April 2021

Hi, we are a selwyn based company. We specialize in architectural and new builds but love getting amongst smaller jobs that get left behind by the big companies, from decks, extensions and small renovations. We are a small crew that prides itself in quality, eye for detail, competitive pricing and customer satisfaction.

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Dans Renovations

Joined February 2018

Dan's Renovations is a small company run by the owner Daniel. Dan has his LBP License and NZQA level 4 in carpentry and has been doing building & renovating for 15 years all over Africa and in Christchurch for the last 6 years. He has done many jobs for home owners in Christchurch with good results. He specializes in bathroom renos, kitchen renos, car ports, house extensions, decks, fences, veggie...

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Becksbuilder

Joined April 2021

Hi, I am a trade qualified Licenced Building Practioner and have been building for 20 years. I have a wide range of skills from decks and fences to new architectural homes.

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SMALL JOB SPECIALIST

Joined March 2019

Hi I have been building and renovating houses for 40 years and i am just doing odd jobs and maintainence . I Give free quotes and will do the work in time frame agreed upon

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More Than Handy

Joined July 2020

More Than Handy is a privately owned property maintenance and joinery business based in Christchurch and servicing the wider Canterbury region. Our high standards, professionalism and Workmanship Guarantees ensure our clients are 100% satisfied with our work from quote to sign off. From cutting a stray branch and hanging a door to shop fit-outs and kitchens, we have you covered.

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Liam murphy

Joined April 2016

Hi, I'm a fully qualified carpenter and lbp licensed. With over 20 years building experience in the uk and New Zealand. From renovations to new build, I have a wide range of skills to a very high standard I'm more than happy to give you advice and get you a competitive quote, No job is too Small or big !!

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A D White Builders ltd

Joined August 2016

Registered Master Builder with over 15 years in the trade. Quality and accountability comes standard with no job too small and I'll work in with clients to ensure that work gets completed on budget and on time. I specialise in renovations / additions and maintainance. I can take care of the project management or work in with clients and their projects as needed.

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Bluestone Construction

Joined March 2021

Hi, we can provide wide range of building services, from fence, deck to house maintenance and renovation. No matter how big the jobs, we will done in professional manner. We will work hard to meet deadlines for project completion. We pride ourseves on providing competitive quotes and then completing jobs on budget.

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Mitre Ben Construction Limited

Joined March 2016

Hi My name is Ben, and I run a small carpentry business servicing Canterbury and beyond. We specialise in new builds, renovations & hard landscaping I am happy to come to you and discuss what you are needing done, at a time that suits you. I am a Licenced Building Practitioner as well as being a Qualified Carpenter. Thanks for taking the time to check us out, Ben Powley

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Outside The Box Solutions ltd

Joined February 2019

Outside the box has got you covered no matter what the project is. We pride ourselves on providing a top quality product at the best possible price . Contact us for a no obligation quote

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ADECONSTRUCT LIMITED

Joined March 2015

ADECONSTRUCT offers the following services: Bathroom renovation Tiling. vinyl and Carpet Handyman Solid Plastering..modified plastering. Exterior &interior plastering. Painting. bricklayng Waterproof Swimming pools Bricklayng

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Painting Solutions 2006 Ltd

Joined July 2016

Hi. We are a family run, highly experienced professional painting company celebrating 10 yrs of superior service in Canterbury. We have over 20 years painting and industry experience both in NZ and abroad. We do everything from water blasting, plastering, paper hanging to painting and at a quality you can trust. We pay attention to detail, always deliver quality and never cut corners. We use qual...

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NuVista Homes

Joined March 2014

Hi, We are Nu Vista Homes. We are a multi-award winning, family operated business with over 14 years of building experience in New Homes, Renovations, Alterations, Light Commercial work and General Building. We pride ourselves on making you happy and creating your project into our own master piece. This means we take the time to get to know you and understand what you want so that we can de...

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Wilson Built Homes LTD

Joined February 2018

Hey there. We have many years of experience through the residential and commercial sectors in Canterbury now. We specialise in new builds, reno's, fences, decks, concrete works, general handyman work and so much more. We work and operate Wilson Built Homes with a lot of passion to ensure the clients dreams, ideas and needs are met. We handle every piece of material personally ensuring quality...

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SS The Builder & Property Maintenance

Joined June 2017

SS The Builder & Property Maintenance are experts of building and glazing, repairing things made from wood. These could be wooden structures, furniture, shelves, rafters, cabinets, drywall, siding, dressers, door frames, beds, stairways, building frameworks, toughened glass, frameless shower, pool fences, balustrade, splashbacks and the list goes on. Do you need a carpenter in Christchurch or...

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Otautahi Builders Ltd

Joined July 2016

Hi, I've been building and renovating for 6+ years. Working hard and paying extra attention to detail to set me apart from the others. From new builds right down to a small fix up, I can provide advice and competitive quotes

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Ross Coutts Holdings

Joined March 2018

Hi I have been in business in Christchurch for 32 years in the building /tiling industry I am a qualified carpenter and specialise in bathroom renovations.All small to medium repair work welcome, I take pride in what I do and work to a high standard, I can work to any budget to deliver what my customers require.

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Blair Anderson

Joined May 2020

Hey, I am a qualified carpenter of 10+ years experience and have my Carpentry LBP. Can complete any Building related jobs from new housing to renovations or just any little jobs to do with building and always done to the highest of quality.

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Top corner construction limited

Joined July 2018

We were established in the COVID 19 lockdown, while previously Ashraf the managing director was a sole trader for 2 years. Our team of qualified builders have a decade worth of experience in the building industry at minimum each. We specialize Residential building and have the skills, knowledge and work force to take on most jobs from complete renovations to the small jobs like boundary fences and...

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