Car Problems You Honestly Don’t Need A Mechanic To Fix

Some people grow up around cars, fixing them when problems arise and generally thinking nothing of it. But there’s a whole swath of us out there who think that if we tinker with our cars, we’ll destroy them forever.

 

The problem with this attitude is that it winds up costing you big time in the long term. Mechanics aren’t cheap, and there are plenty of common problems that you can solve yourself.

 

Fixing A Flat Tyre

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If your car is tilting to one side, or you hear a loud thumping noise, there’s a good chance you’ve got a flat tyre. You’ll need some top automotive tools with you in your boot to sort the problem out, including a car jack and a spare tyre. Put the jack underneath a metallic part of the car’s frame (not the plastic bumper) and pump the car up. Once the car is in position, remove all the lug nuts and put the donut on. Then tighten the bolts back up and bring the jack down.

 

Failed Head Or Tail Lights

 

The symptoms of failed headlights are pretty obvious at night: you can’t see where you’re going. Tail lights can be a little trickier to diagnose if you’re still sitting in the vehicle. The solution? Back up to a wall and watch out for that characteristic red glow. If the wall gets lit up, you know your tail lights are working properly.

 

Getting new lights is easy and you don’t need to go to your mechanic. Just drop by your local Advanced Auto Parts of Autozone and ask a member of staff which lights will work with your particular make and model of car. Usually, they’ll be able to point you in the right direction. Unless you have a supercar, you don’t need to buy ultra premium lights: regular lights will do.

 

Once you’ve bought the lights, pop off the old housing with the car switched off, remove the old bulb and slide the new one in.

 

A Dead Battery

 

Your car not starting is never a nice feeling. All of a sudden you’ve been cast adrift, unable to interact with the rest of society. Usually, a car that won’t start at all has something wrong with its battery, so this is the first place to look.

 

The first thing to do is to grab your tester and charger, if you have one at home, and charge up the battery this way. This is to make sure that the problem is the battery and not something else in the engine. If you don’t have a charger or a testing kit at home, most garages will check your battery for free.

 

Look to see if there is any corrosion on the surface of the battery and clean it off. Then unplug the positive and negative terminals of the battery and lift it out. Replace it with the new one, and you’re done.

 

The cool thing about a lot of these repairs is just how simple they are, once you invest the time in learning how to do them.

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Buzz Buzz! Exciting Ways to Get Your Coffee Fix!

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Coffee is one of the greatest substances on this planet. Not only does it help get your brain into gear when you need it most, but it also helps improve your mood and even aids in pain relief. If you want to take your coffee-drinking experiences to the next level, then we’ve got an amazing guide for you. Stop drinking that freeze-dried instant stuff – it’s time to really treat yourself to some rich coffee delights.

 

Machines for serious enthusiasts

 

If you’re looking to move away from instant coffee, then it’s probably time for you to start looking a the ways the experts make their coffee! A French press is probably the most basic step up, and can deliver some amazing coffee. But if you like your coffee pure but quick, you could look into machines such as the Espresso Gusto. If you want to add some more excitement to your coffee while keeping things inspired by the professionals, then you can consider getting flavored syrups for your caffeine fix.

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Caffeine-rich smoothies

 

Coffee doesn’t go in every smoothie, of course. Fruits like strawberries, apples, and lemon, for example, really don’t go well with that dark, rich flavor. But there are several fruits and nuts that make surprisingly great partners for coffee in a smoothie. Banana may be the most obvious one to many people – a coffee-banana smoothie, often misleadingly called a banoffee smoothie, makes for an amazing breakfast! Orange, almond, chocolate, and coconut also go great with the brew.

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Coffee snacks

 

You know those overpriced ‘energy ball’ snacks you can get in pretty much any health store? You can make those yourself at home – and you can make them even more potent if you give them an espresso kick! You can actually put coffee in a lot of snacks. Mocha pancakes are a great way to give yourself a quick energy boost if you want something light. Coffee muffins aren’t quite as easy to get right as the others, but those looking for a quick breakfast may want to make a bunch over the weekend then eat them on the way to work throughout the week for a super-tasty boost!

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Delicious desserts

 

When one thinks about “coffee” and “dessert” in the same sentence, then they inevitably think about tiramisu. Tiramisu can be made with more of a focus on the sweeter elements or with a stronger focus on the coffee. (A little booze also helps give it a powerful kick!) Tiramisu isn’t the easiest thing to get right, though. If you’re looking for something simpler, then you should look into baking a coffee cake.

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Roast your own

 

If you want to get really adventurous, then you could look into getting your own coffee beans and then roasting them yourself! This is the ultimate way to experiment and achieve a taste you really like. It requires a lot of practice, though, and is hardly the quick way to get your caffeine fix! Still, if you want to learn more about the art of coffee, then it’s certainly something you should think about.

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That Forever House: Can You Build Your Dream Home Or Will It Be A Nightmare?

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Does the perfect, forever home exist?

 

Okay, it may be an unfair question, especially as the concept of a forever home was first developed in reference to rescue pets. And the answer to the above question, for humans, is probably “yes.” Extremely wealthy people can afford to move to any location, get a bespoke mansion built and move their family in around them.

 

Short of discovering an unknown talent for commodity trading, you may never know that level of wealth. So is it time to give up on having the home that is perfect for you? Is it time to settle for the closest thing the market and your budget can offer?

 

Well, not necessarily. What you do need to be sure of is that you are ready to put the work in to make it happen. You may need to commit yourself to a long-term project. But yes, you can make that forever home a reality, if you’re prepared to get to work on it.

 

Build Or Renovate?

 

Building your home from scratch is a massive undertaking, but if you do plenty of research and know who to hire, it can save you money. Buying the exact home you want means finding a perfect home that the inhabitant is willing to sell – not exactly a buyer’s market. But planning a new build could work for you.

 

You need to know exactly what you want, first. How many bedrooms and bathrooms? Where do you want to build it? Can you get the land and is it fit for building on? How much of the work can you do yourself?

 

If all of these questions sound like too much of a headache, can you take the existing shell of a home and remodel it to be your dream home? To achieve this, often the best start point is to renovate a “fixer upper.”

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Having bought for a bargain-basement price, you then pour your budget into making it like new. Because it needs so much work, it is essentially a blank canvas. Unlike a new build, though, you at least have a canvas.

 

Can You Do It On Your Own?

 

Probably not. Unless you’re a skilled carpenter, plumber, electrician, architect, painter and decorator and realtor. If you’re all of those, then you probably have the money to buy your dream home.

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You should check out how much you can do by yourself, though. Experiment with the tools for cutting and building the frame of a room – but do so before you decide to go ahead with the project. Be aware of what you can do and what you cannot.

 

So many people have taken on a new build project by themselves and ended up with something so flawed that they need to start from scratch. On top of that, they then need to pay the experts. Which may not be beyond your budget, but you ideally want to hire the right people before you’ve spent a lot trying to do it yourself.

 

So, Should You Give It A Go?

 

The key to building your dream home, or renovating to achieve it, is realism. Blindly plowing ahead with a scheme and hoping enthusiasm will carry you there will end in tears. Learn what you can do yourself. Find the right people to do what you cannot. And most importantly of all, work from a structured plan. Make it up as you go along and you will waste money, time and goodwill; in short, it can make any dream home a nightmare.

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Let’s Prep The Garden For Winter!

It’s going to be 2017 before we know it, and like every year it might get you into the mood for a lot of big changes and fresh starts. There are all kinds of new year’s’ resolutions and goals that you can set yourself, but seen as you’re on this blog I’ll assume you want to go with something home-orientated. If your garden could do with a refresh, here are some tips on getting it ready for spring.

Prepare your Arsenal

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By “arsenal”, I mean all those tools that have been lying around in the shed, exposed to the intense conditions of winter. The days are getting longer, and soon enough they’ll be getting warmer too, so make sure that all your tools are ready for the job by the time spring rolls around. Most of your tools can be cleaned off simply using soap and water, but for anything with wooden handles, you should get some mineral spirits to prevent them from splintering. When the sun starts shining again, you’ll have a range of tools in great condition, waiting for you to use them.

Clean Up

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You garden’s probably taken a real battering through the winter, and been covered in all kinds of debris left over from storms. To make the actual gardening easier for yourself, you’re going to need to clean your whole patch up. First of all, clear the lawn and all your flower beds of any broken branches and dead leaves that have been whisked up by the wind. This can be left for a little while, but you should make sure that the job is polished off long before the first day of spring. You don’t want this kind of debris getting in the way of your spring bulbs and plants. The sooner you clear out the beds, the less likely you’ll be to step on any young plants and damage them irreparably. It’s also a good idea to roll out the pressure washer and give any patios or decks a good clean. These can get filthy through winter, and you’ll be saving yourself a lot of effort later by getting started as soon as possible. While the Christmas decorations are still up, why not get a new pressure washer in the sales as a late present to yourself? You can find some handy information on washers at washwisely.com .

Get Your Soil Ready

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Giving your soil the TLC it needs to be ready for planting is another important job to get out of the way before spring arrives. Start off by getting the pitchfork out, and turning over all your soil, raking it out and clearing away any weeds that may have grown through the winter. After that, throw a little more fresh compost into your bin. If you’re not using a compost bin, you can always get some store-bought compost or manure, and use this to add more nutrients to your soil. Adding this a week or two before you plant any spring pieces will give it time to mix well with your existing soil.

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Moving Home Doesn’t Have To Be Stressful

Moving home is often a particularly stressful time. Even if you have done it many times before, it can often be surprising just how stressful it is. Sometimes, you move home simply to get away from your current situation. In these circumstances it is often the case that you want to get as far away as possible. Of course, at other times it is much less extreme, and you just want to have a bit of a change. Whatever your reasoning, it is always in your interest to make the whole experience as smooth and hassle-free as possible. In order to achieve that particular aim, you need to think carefully about a few choice elements. Let’s take a look at some of the things you need to consider to make moving home easier.

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Choosing Your New Home

 

The most important thing in all of this is that you end up somewhere where you can be truly happy. It can be difficult to know how happy you will be before you have actually moved, of course, but you can do your best to maximise your chances. It is important that you spend a decent amount of time choosing your new home. This means both spending time on the property itself, and the area itself. Living in an area which suits you is one of the most important parts of feeling at home in your new place, so make sure you choose your new town well. And as for the building itself, be sure not to rush, and only settle on something you are really happy with.

 

Start Packing Early

 

The whole process of moving home can take a surprising amount of time. The last thing you want, however, is to have to rush at the end because you left too much to do in error, thinking that you had more time than you do. Avoid this situation by getting your packing done as early as possible. There are certain things you want to leave out and unpacked – mostly bathroom and kitchen goods – but for the most part, you can start packing things away. This will likely make the whole experience a lot less stressful – and it also means you are unlikely to forget to pack anything important.

 

Get Help On The Day
When it comes to the actual move, remember that this is not something that you particularly want to do on your own. If you have any friends or family who can help you, then it is a good idea to employ that help. Even just having one extra pair of hands on board can help massively, and make the whole thing go a lot smoother and faster. If you are moving in with someone else, then you can be sure to help each other. This will make it less stressful for everyone, and that is a very good way to start life in your new abode. Remember that you do not need to rush, and that it will all come together before long.

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How To Get More From Your Workout

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If you’re starting to feel like your exercise routine has gotten a little bit stale, you might become bored with it and even give up. Alternative, you could also be finding that your results have stopped improving at the rates they were, or that you’re not seen any impact at all. If that’s the case, then you might need to starting thinking about how you can boost your workout and get more out of it. If you’ve tried a different approach or to change things up and you’re still not feeling inspired, hopefully, these tips will help.

 

Get In The Zone

 

First of all, you’re going to want to make sure that you’re in the zone. Committing to your workout and being consistent isn’t enough. If you’re putting minimal effort in or stopping when you’re not at your potential, you’re going to get bored eventually. Instead, you need to learn to push through a tough workout. When you do, you’ll start to see a lot better progress in your results.

 

Fuel And Refuel

 

Another reason why you could be struggling with your workout is by being exhausted. You might feel like you’ve got enough energy to get through it, but if you’re not fuelling your workout correctly, you’ll not be working to your highest potential. Make sure that you get the right balance between carbs and proteins before your workout. You’re also going to want to make sure that refuel after you’ve finished too. That way, you’ll recover more efficiently and be able to do it all over again tomorrow.

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Streamline Your Sound

 

If you’re struggling to focus or really get into your workout, you might be too distracted. If you can never beat your time on the treadmill or get an extra rep with weight, you might be too involved in the room that you’re in. Instead of getting distracted by other people or even what’s on the TV, you might want to get yourself a pair of wireless headphones (discover more on how they work here), blast your music and lose yourself in your workout.

 

Stretch And Release

 

Another way to help your body reap as many benefits from your workout as possible is to stretch properly. If your muscles are tight, they’re not going to be able to perform as well when you’re exercising. So, you’re going to want to start adding a stretching session into your workout routine. You could also try yoga if you want to get the most out of stretching and it’s always a good idea to invest in a foam roller to roll out your muscles before and after a workout.

 

Get A Good Night’s Sleep

 

And finally, if you’re not getting enough sleep, you could be hindering your workouts overall. Sleep is so important, especially when you’re into exercise. You have to let your body heal and recover so that it can take on your next session. When you skip sleep, you’re underestimating the damage that can be done. So if you never get a solid 7-8 hours of sleep each night, you might want to start.

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Getting Your Head In The Game When Working From Home

A lot of people will make the assumption that those who work at home are naturally lazier and less productive. However, studies show that having a home office can actually make you more engaged and efficient. Only if you can avoid some of the landmines that might otherwise cause you to spend whole days unproductively. Here, we’ll look at how you join those lucky souls who are able to not only make working from home work but make it the better choice for you.

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Prepare properly in the mornings

Sitting up in your bed, in your pajamas and pulling your laptop over might sound like a cozy way to work. But the novelty wears off very quickly. If you don’t have a proper start to the day, it can be difficult to retain your focus in the mornings. Have a proper routine. Wake up, wash, eat, workout. Give yourself some breathing room before diving into work.

Set some ground rules

To make sure you’re productive, you need some rules regarding how you spend your time. Make your office a no-electronic-communication zone. Any phone, social media, or web usage must be solely business based. Make sure you’re not distracted from the outside, too. Your family can’t come and bother you every fifteen minutes. You need to eliminate those distractions.

Tidy and organize your space

Your workspace can be just as distracting too. A cluttered space is a cluttered mind, so take the time every day to tidy up any clutter you have. If you find your notes overflowing on your desk, sort through them and decide which need to be kept. Give those ones pride of place by organizing them on a corkboard.

Don’t let aches and pains take over

Being uncomfortable and in pain during and after work is an easy way to lose all semblance of engagement or enjoyment with your job. For one, get detailed information on ergonomic furniture that helps you avoid the risk of repetitive strain injury from staying sedentary. Take a five-minute break a few times throughout the day to get up and move around. Then make sure your computer is positioned close to a window with plenty of access to natural light so you’re not fighting eyestrain.

Know how to unwind

At the end of the day, you need to have a formal cut-off point for when you do work. Don’t keep answering emails throughout the day or checking in on the business outside of your work hours. Make sure you have plenty of time in the evenings away from work, too. Working too late can seriously impair your sleep, which will have negative repercussions throughout your business and personal life. Know when to stop working or it will take over your life.

It’s all about work-life balance and how you create it. From creating a specific start and end to your work day to making sure that your work environment doesn’t impact your health. Do that and you’ll find it significantly easier to stay plugged in for the day.

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The New Homeowner’s Guide To Garden Maintenance

Buying your first property is often an exciting and slightly worrying time. If you haven’t owned a home in the past, you might worry about the level of work involved. You will almost certainly have to engage in some renovation projects, and most people choose to decorate too. So, your new garden is probably the last thing on your mind. At this time of the year, nobody wants to spend too much time outside because the temperatures are low. For that reason, you should use this guide to ensure garden maintenance doesn’t become a hassle. When all’s said and done, you can keep on top of things without working too hard if you’re smart.

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  • Buy the right equipment as soon as you can

 

Like it or not, you will have to purchase some tools and equipment to manage your garden efficiently. So, you need to make sure you know about the best mowers and blowers available on the market today. Thankfully, there are lots of online reviews, and so it’s easy to discover which brands are better than others. Find out here if there are any particular products you need to avoid and make sure you perform price comparisons. It might be possible to make substantial savings if you shop around. That would mean you have more cash to spend on settling into your new property.

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  • Research the most effective weed killers

 

Lots of people struggle when it comes to removing weeds and ensuring their garden remains in pristine condition. However, there is no need to get down on your hands and knees and spend hours pulling them out of the soil. There are plenty of non-toxic weed killers available from outdoor retailers today. Again, you just need to research the best products before making your purchase. Ideally, you want something that will destroy the roots, so you never have to worry about weeding again. Just make sure you read the labels if you have any pets that spend time outside.

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  • Cover your land in evergreens

 

Raking leaves from your garden during the autumn and winter months is a real pain. However, you don’t want to ignore the issue because your lawn will appear messy. So, now is the best time to buy some evergreens and remove all the stress. No matter where you live in the world, you’ll find lots of plants, shrubs, and trees that won’t shed their leaves. That means you can save yourself a lot of time if you think ahead and plant them straight away. Your garden will always look presentable, regardless of the season.
We wish you the best of luck with your new home and hope everything goes according to plan. Remember, you can always employ the services of professionals if you have enough cash. In most instances, you can find local specialists willing to undertake the work for a small fee. That might give you more time to focus on making your property feel a little more homely. Whatever you decide to do, get Christmas out of the way first. We know how busy you’re going to be during the next few days.

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Tips For Getting Your Home Back To Normal After The New Year

We all know how stressful Christmas and New Year can become when we spend them at home. Indeed, most of you are probably in the swing of things right now. You have to wrap presents, prepare the big meal and make sure there’s enough alcohol to get everyone merry. However, nobody wants to face the headaches involved with the cleanup process. Considering that, we’ve come up with some excellent tips that could make your life easier. Take a moment to read the advice, and you might manage to avoid getting too worked up about getting back to normal in 2017.

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  • Seek professional rubbish removal assistance

 

 

Research shows that over 69% of Australian adults are worried about the accumulation of household waste at this time of the year. So, you’re certainly not alone when it comes to needing some help. It’s important that all waste is disposed of correctly because nobody wants to damage the environment. With that in mind, you need to think ahead and contact the right people as soon as possible. It says at samedayrubbishremoval.com.au that you can’t always rely on your local council to take the extra rubbish. In most instances, professionals don’t charge the earth for their services. Employing them will make your life easier.

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  • Pay for a household cleaner

 

 

If you don’t like to idea of spending the last few days of the holiday cleaning your home, then you might like to call the experts. The guys at absolutedomestics.com.au and their competitors are always busy at this time of the year. Still, there are many different residential cleaning companies in Australia today, so you just need to give them a call. You’ll usually pay an hourly rate for the service. That means the total cost will depend upon how much mess and dirt you’ve accumulated during the Christmas period. At the end of the day, some people feel bad when employing others to clean their properties. However, you shouldn’t think like that. You deserve to spend those last few days relaxing with your family and spending quality time with the people you love.

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  • Ask your family to help when removing decorations

 

 

Most people like to get into the festive spirit by covering their home in Christmas decorations. Even so, the process of taking them down is often depressing and time-consuming. So, maybe you should ask every member of the household to help? If you perform the task together, you will save a lot of time. You might also find it a little less upsetting. Knowing you’ve got to wait an entire year to start again isn’t a good feeling. Still, you can spend time discussing your happy memories and having a laugh. Just make sure you label those cardboard boxes correctly before you put them in the attic. If you don’t, you’ll regret it when it comes to getting the decorations down again in twelve months.

 

Now you know some of the best ways to get your home back to normal; you shouldn’t struggle as much after the New Year celebrations. It’s all about making a plan, using your head, and working together. Christmas is a special time for most families, and so we hope you have a fantastic holiday this year. There are only a few more days to go, so you should be getting in the mood already. Good luck!

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Positive Steps Small Construction Companies Can Take

When you run a small construction business, you probably don’t have much money to spend. But there are still some very positive and helpful steps you can take. It’s all about growing your business in a way that’s steady and gradual. Small improvements mount up over time, and they will help your business get to where you want it to be. Here are some ideas that you should definitely consider right now.

 

Get Better at Listening to Client Requirements

 

Your clients are the people that matter most. They are the people will be providing you with payment and keeping it afloat. Therefore, you can’t afford to let them down or not do what they have asked for. Many small construction companies just do the job how they think it should be done. But that’s not necessarily how the client wants it to be done. You should try to become better at listening to clients and what they want to have done. If your work doesn’t meet their requirements, they won’t use your company again. And they certainly won’t recommend you to people they know.

 

Go Green

 

Going green is another really positive step that your small construction company can take. More and more businesses are now deciding to do this because it allows them a way to have their business viewed positively. It’s an extra selling point when you can tell customers that you are doing your work in a way that is green and clean. It will also ensure that your business isn’t a drag on the local environment. Make sure that the people you work with operate in an environmentally friendly way too. If you need some concrete removal company done, use a company that recycles what is taken away.

 

Create a More Accountable and Democratic Management Structure

 

The management structure of your business should also be looked at closely. If it’s not particularly democratic or accountable, this could lead to other problems within your business. That’s not what you want or need. So, try to ensure that everyone who works for the company knows their place and what’s expected of them. It should be easy for employees to talk to someone higher up the chain of command when they have a problem or a concern that needs to be addressed. If it’s not, problems will fester and never get dealt with in the way they should be.

 

Provide In-House Training for Employees

 

Offering more training opportunities to the people who work for your business is a great thing to do. If you don’t already do this, think about why you should and what it could bring to your company. It will help improve the service your business is able to offer to clients. And it will mean that your business will be less reliant on hiring outside assistance when a specific task needs to be carried out during a project. Your workforce will develop and improve over time when you do this as well, so don’t underestimate the impact it can have.

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