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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Latest renovating case studies

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

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

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

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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.

Wanted new kitchen

Posted 5 months ago

I am after someone to design and update my kitchen they will need electricians and plumbers. It needs more electrical points, a new range hood oven, pantry it also needs a very small plumbing job done. I am open to have new gib, tiling on floor and splash backs. It is not a large kitchen. Only good experienced tradies need apply and maybe have some references. No cowboys because I will not pay for them unless I consider the job has been done with high standards and good attention to detail

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Replace Kitchen Extractor Unit

Posted 2 months ago

We have an old kitchen extractor unit which needs to be removed and replaced with a new one. We have the new one all ready to go. They're plug in units, so just need someone with skills to stick the unit to the wall.

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Continue Bathroom Revamp

Posted 3 months ago

Flooring has been pulled up so exposed floor atm due to having to replace shower as the mixer was leaking and running down wall etc. Plumber fitted new shower but wish to have new vanity installed and floor laid. I have included pictures of the worst parts of floor damage, the new vanity, towel sale needs replaced, walls are painted with wrong sorts of paints as you can see in next photo with vent. Last two pics of current bath and vanity. look forward to hearing from you.

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Granite sink

Posted 2 months ago

Needing someone to draw a whole through a granite sick for my tap

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New upgrade

Posted 6 months ago

New bench top installed old one removed . old tiling removed and new Tiling and splash back done new sink and tap installed old ones removed toe kick space redone

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Report for insurance

Posted 6 months ago

Our shower wall has popped off from the wall in the last 2 years that we have lived there and now moisture is in behind there, so we think the shower needs replacing and possibly wall. Spoken to insurance and they said they need a report from a plumber before proceeding. Needing a plumber to come assess the shower and moisture levels, and to write a report for our insurance company. Then to do whatever work is needed (replacing shower/wall?) Along with the report we need a quote with how m...

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Kitchen benches install

Posted 6 months ago

New, 2nd hand benchtops to be installed, x 4 pieces, 2 are already cut to size, the others to be cut & joined... i don't know the cost estimate

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Shower Refit

Posted 6 months ago

Current ... shower removed and install ... shower

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Fire and wall removal

Posted 6 months ago

Wanting an old fire place removed and the area gibbed. Also, a wall removed between lounge and dinning for open plan living.

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Bathroom fitout

Posted 3 months ago

New glass wall shower to install, relocate Bath, repair floor damage from leak, reline, rewire and replumb.

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Verandah wind protection

Posted 2 months ago

We are looking for a solution to shelter our verandah from easterly winds. We want to have the east side of the verandah closed with something that be can opened and closed, or alternatively, permanent. The opening is 2.85m wide, and 2.25m high.

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Kitchen pantry hinges need replacing

Posted 2 months ago

Help! After several attempts to replace broken hinges ...we give up! We need an expert to put the pantry door back in its place with new hinges.

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Shower renavation

Posted 6 months ago

I have a shower up stairs that im looking to remove and install a new more modern shower, i can remove all the old tiles and walls if needed, i also have some sheets of aqua gib if needed, will need to be gibbed, sealed, tiled walls and floor, maybe glass pannels, 2 shower heads, is approx 2m x 1m area, and if possible done this month

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Kitchen installation

Posted 4 months ago

We are looking for someone to assemble and fit a kaboudle kitchen Plumbing, has and electrics staying where currently situated

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Future-proof older home

Posted 1 month ago

My partner had a stroke and our goals of refurbishing our 1980s weatherboard home on our own are not going to happen. The house is weatherboard and showing its age. (Deck needs to be completely redone.) Below is from a website in the north but they are not in Canterbury - it sounds perfect for what I am looking for: "We can help with all repairs to your property - re-cladding, replacing trim and rotten timber such as weatherboards and decking, roofing and roof painting, water leak repairs, lea...

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Kitchen Reno

Posted 2 months ago

Put together and install trade depo kitchen cabinetry, bench tops and appliances. We will supply the cabinetry, appliances and bench tops etc. It is a 8-10 square meter kitchen area. The start date aprox 30th March 2021 to be installed as quick as possible. Experience with trade depo cabinetry would be ideal.

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Project Kingsbury

Posted 1 month ago

Shower replacement. Remove old shower. Reline 2 shower wet walls. Glass brick third wall. Install a door and maybe a shower dome

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Shower replacement and install

Posted 5 months ago

I have a shower that needs replacing as it has a cracked base. I need a qualified shower installer so that the shower will be under warranty. Replacement shower to be provided. As I understand a qualified plumber will need to do install the base and do any plumbing. If you are qualified to do both, great, otherwise I will hire a plumber to do this. There may also be some timber that has been water damaged, I'll need someone to check for this and replace if neccessary.

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Update our kitchen

Posted 3 months ago

Hi Looking for quotes for our new kitchen.

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Ensuite

Posted 5 months ago

I currently have a conservatory that I am hoping can be made in to an ensuite bathroom, I will remove exsisting conservatory and will need new walls, interior doors and roof, plumbing / installation of basin, shower and toilet and new wiring done.

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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.

B and T reno

Work carried out by the owner/operator

11th March 2020

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Tiled shower

Work carried out by the owner/operator

3rd July 2020

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Quotes Wanted for Renos on a 100sqm 1968 Summerhill Stone Home

Work carried out by the owner/operator

1st September 2019

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 4
Schedule
 4
Communication
 5

Renovate Bathroom with new Fixtures

Work carried out by the owner/operator

16th December 2020

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Kitchen pantry hinges need replacing

Work carried out by the owner/operator

24th February 2021

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Bathroom Renovation

Work carried out by the owner/operator

20th October 2020

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

Bathroom renovation

Work carried out by the owner/operator

9th December 2019

Workmanship
 5
Cost
 5
Schedule
 5
Communication
 5

new upgrade

Work carried out by the owner/operator

5th December 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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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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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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SJM Construction LTD

Joined July 2020

Hi, we are a local family business. I am the owner/builder so you know exactly who you are dealing with from quote to completion. Let it be bringing your old kitchen/bathroom back to life or finally adding that dream outdoor space, I am here to help. I pride myself on providing honest and professional advice to my clients and making sure that they are happy right through the construction proces...

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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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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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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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St Joseph Carpentry

Joined February 2021

Specializing in alterations, renovations and extensions, we also do small carpentry jobs from time to time. A background in architectural new builds and restoration of heritage Canterbury homesteads. •Renovations •Extensions •New builds •Decks and Fences •Landscaping

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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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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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PJR Construction

Joined August 2019

Fully qualified and licensed builder with 16+ years experience. Spent the last 5 years specializing in cladding and window installation. Happy to take on any building work and have many contacts for other tradies if needed. Hit me up for a quote. I will do my best to keep it reasonable.

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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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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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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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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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Rpm carpentry

Joined July 2020

Hi, I have been building and renovating homes, properties and businesses for 12 years and have exeptional experience in property maintenance and renovations. We are passionate about our work and love seeing the clients reaction to their homes becoming exactly what they wanted. We pride ourselves on offering a very competitive quote, completing the job on time and on budget with the utmost quali...

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Elmwood builders ltd

Joined October 2014

Hi we are a small building company that has experienced in new builds,renovation, relocation of red zone houses and most aspects of the building trade. We strive to do the job right first time and on time.

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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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R W Steele Builders Ltd

Joined September 2010

We are a 50 year old family business. Work undertaken is of a professional standard. We believe customer satisfaction is the utmost, wtih immense attention being paid to detail. A high level of communication is necessary. All types of work are undertaken, whether this be a new home, alterations or additions to existing homes, kitchen and bathroom upgrades, decks and pergolas. We have the ab...

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Stalwart Construction Ltd

Joined August 2007

Save moving and transform your house into your dream home with renovations, alterations and extensions, on time and on budget. We can help with plans and consents. If you want to upgrade to a New home, deal direct with the builder who is in contact the whole way through your project (not a salesperson). Plans available now to view and can easily be customized to suit you. Either new or...

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Robertson Built

Joined March 2018

We are a small company looking to make a big impact in our region. We are committed to providing a great service at a the best possible price. Contact us today for more information, we are always looking for our next challenge.

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