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Ideal Projects to Improve Your Home’s Value

The right home improvement projects can vastly improve your home’s value and beauty. From exterior door replacement to siding installation, your home will not only look better but will have increased value. All-Weather Windows, Doors, and Siding lists some of these:

Door Replacement

One of the best parts of your home is the door. A good first impression is the best way to introduce guests to your home. Consider getting an exterior door replacement. You can choose from 3 different manufacturers, Andersen, Wincore, and ThermaTru. Doors are designed to be energy efficient with low maintenance, all wrapped around style and durability. The bottom line is…a beautiful entryway adds value to your KC home!

Siding Installation

Siding not only makes your home stylish, with the right material, it can also protect your exterior walls. Our experts offer exterior vinyl siding for installation. Vinyl is an affordable material that is still able to protect you from volatile weather conditions. Modern vinyl doesn’t fade, even with prolonged exposure to sunlight. Like our windows, the siding we carry is what we consider to be the best in the business. We know Kansas City homeowners want quality, durability and value and that’s exactly what we offer.

Window Replacement

The right window replacement can give your home a good boost in both value and utility. Certain materials, like vinyl or fiberglass, can be used to make your new windows customized with grille patterns. New windows also help reduce your home’s energy outlay because of weathertight seals and low-emissivity glass.

As your local home improvement contractor, All-Weather Windows, Doors, and Siding Is here for all of your needs. For over 30 years, we have served the KC metro area and now have a customer base of over 40,000 satisfied customers. We are proud of the reputation for quality we have built over those three decades. Request an appointment today!

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7 Window Safety Tips That Could Potentially Save Your Life

According to the Safe Kids Worldwide 2015 Report to the Nation, “about eight children under age 5 die each year from falling out a window, and more than 3,300 are injured seriously enough to go to the hospital.” Before a preventable tragedy occurs on your watch, please consider these window safety tips from the professionals at All-Weather.

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1. Keep Your Windows Locked

If there are children, or vulnerable adults, living in your house, it is important to keep windows closed and locked unless you are in the same room and very careful.  If you have locks that don’t work or are easy to unlock, consider replacing or updating them.

Have windows that need fixing? Trust the Kansas City window experts at All-Weather

2. A Tip for Double-Hung Windows

If you have a double-hung window on an upper floor, open the top sash if you need ventilation and leave the bottom sash closed. This way you can still allow a cool breeze into your home, without risking the safety of those living in it.

Related Read: Windows 101: 5 Types of Windows and Their Pros & Cons

3. Don’t Place Furniture Near Windows

Children are known for climbing all over your furniture, and by placing that furniture near windows, you are encouraging them to explore potentially dangerous aspects of your home like the windows. Giving children, or even pets, the ability to reach windows may lead to injury or worse.

4. Don’t Rely on Your Screens.

Screens keep bugs out, but won’t keep children in. Don’t rely heavily on a window screen to keep your child safe, as these can tear and allow things to fall through. Additionally, the weight of a small child can push the entire screen out of the frame.

Related Read: Tips to Keep Small Critters from Destroying Your Screens

5. Consider Installing ASTM Approved Hardware

If you have children, consider installing ASTM (American Society for Testing and Materials) approved hardware. Hardware approved by the ASTM only allows windows to open a few inches, keeping your children safe and your mind at ease.

6. Windows Painted Shut? Fix Them ASAP

Windows that are painted shut not only keep you from enjoying a breeze in your home, they can also be an extremely dangerous fire hazard. This is common in a lot of older homes, so it is important to check your windows and make sure they are all able to open in case of a fire.

7. Avoid a Break-In

Window safety will ward off burglars. Being aware of these window safety tips will prevent burglars from breaking into your home. Windows are an easy access point for burglars and other unwanted guests, and if your windows are broken, unlocked, or left open, you are essentially inviting them in.

Related Read: Security 101: The Safest Locks for Your Home

 

We put your family’s safety first. If you are experiencing any of the issues mentioned above, call the professionals at All-Weather Window, Doors & Siding for all of your window needs at (913) 262-4380.

 

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7 Easy Steps to Prepare for the Spring

Everyone knows winters in the midwest can really take a toll on your home. Best practice is to run through a checklist before every spring to keep the damage to a minimum. Our experts at All-Weather put together a list of 7 easy tasks you can complete around your home to ensure it’s ready for spring:

Clean Out Your Gutters and Downspouts

When debris builds up in your gutters and downspouts, it can wreak havoc on your home. This is especially the case if your home has a basement. Whether it be pine needles, leaves, or any other object that can find its way into your gutters, they will backup and cause an overflow and increase the chances of roof problems as well.

Check Roof for Winter Damage

Cold weather can severely damage your home and sometimes cause damage to your roof can be out of sight and out of mind. Wind can blow your shingles around. Snow and ice can create expansion that lifts these shingles up or loosens them. That’s why it’s important to evaluate your roof before every spring to make sure there are no “hidden” issues.

Clean Your Chimney

The Chimney Safety Institute of America states, “Creosote is highly combustible. If it builds up in sufficient quantities – and the internal flue temperature is high enough – the result could be a chimney fire.” You can prevent this from becoming an issue by having your chimney inspected by a professional to ensure safety and it remains in proper working condition.

Inspect Your Siding

No matter if you have wood, vinyl, or aluminum siding, it’s extremely important to regularly clean it. This will help maintain its beauty. We recommend checking your siding after each season to check for any damage or leakage into your home. All-Weather proudly offers Modern Resin Siding by SmartSide, which is specifically designed to be weather resistant while also fighting against decay, fungi, and termites.

Check Your HVAC Unit

It’s important to call a professional for this. It’s best to stay ahead of maintenance so they don’t turn into problems. Repairing any potential problems now will save you lots of money later on. This will also prevent you from calling a repairman during surge timing (like nights and weekends).

Check Your Entry and Patio Doors

Don’t forget to make sure your doors are safe AND energy efficient. If you have any issues of your doors not functioning properly, now is the perfect time to replace them with energy-efficient doors. The savings from your utility bills will make it worthwhile. 

Maximize Your Windows

Windows and screens are so much more than simply a barrier to keep things in and out of your home. Replacement windows can protect against harmful UV rays and offer low maintenance. If you discover that any of your windows are allowing too much airflow to sneak through, or some of your screens are damaged, spring is the perfect time to replace those energy wasters with energy-efficient windows.

Call All-Weather in Kansas City to have your home inspected and repaired. You can even schedule your appointment online! Nothing beats knowing a professional will be there to help you prevent further damage to your home.

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How to Keep Your Windows Crystal Clear

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As homeowners, one investment we all make is installing quality windows that will last for years to come. When so much time and money go into home improvements, it’s best to take care of them. The experts here at All-Weather want to help you increase the longevity of your windows and put together a helpful list of tips for keeping your windows crystal clear all year round. Read about them below:

How to Avoid Streaks when Cleaning

Do your best to always use a squeegee. Make sure your squeegee has one smooth rubber edge. Keep in mind, in order to effectively use the squeegee properly, you start at a part of the glass that is dry. This will avoid the possibility of leaving streak marks.

What Time of Day to Wash Windows

Did you know that washing your windows during the day is actually a bad thing? This is because the sun causes them to dry faster than normal. With an uneven level of moisture the chances of leaving streaks on the window skyrocket.

Expert tip: If you are trying to remove paint or something adhesive from glass, make sure to wet the surface first. This will help prevent scratches in the glass. Whether you spray it with a glass cleaner or just wipe it down with a wet sponge, either will help when using a new sharp razor blade scraper.

Other Factors that May Make your Windows Dirty

If the insides of your windows are always dirty, it may be time to change your heating and cooling system’s air filter. The purpose of an AC or Furnace air filter is to remove the dirt, dust, pollen, and pet dander from your home. If the filter hasn’t been changed in months, it could just keep circulating in your house. We also recommend cleaning any windows that may have been affected by secondhand smoke with an ammonia-based solution. 

Don’t Ignore Your Window Screens

A dirty window screen can make the cleanest window look dirty. Our recommendation is to remove the screens and wash them every year or two. You can clean these screens with a soft-bristled brush and scrubbing with hot water and just a little dishwasher detergent. 

 

If you have any additional questions regarding different ways to keep your windows clean or would like to invest in new windows for your home, give us a call at (913)648-9589 or request an appointment online!

 

All-Weather Is a James Hardie Preferred Contractor

All-Weather Windows, Doors, and Siding is proud to announce that we have achieved the status of “Preferred Contractor” from James Hardie Siding. What does this mean to you? It means we are dedicated to the quality installation and customer service standards set by the James Hardie company.

Why Choose a Member of the James Hardie Contractor Alliance™ Program?

The James Hardie Contractor Alliance Program is designed to match homeowners with professional contractors from around the country, who are trained and available to help you meet your needs for siding repair and replacement. By choosing the right contractor to install your James Hardie siding, you ensure the job is done quickly, efficiently, and to manufacturer specifications, protecting the warranty.

James Hardie’s Contractor Alliance Program

James Hardie has established a contractor alliance program to help homeowners find quality contractors in their area who fit their list of criteria. Prior to recognizing local companies as Preferred Contractors, James Hardie considers all of the following:

  • Compliance with installation best practices
  • Professional sales approach
  • Satisfactory credit report
  • State licensed
  • Liability insurance $1,000,000 per occurrence
  • Workman’s compensation Insurance (where required by law)
  • Satisfactory background check with at least six past clients

Why Hire Us?

At All-Weather, we have a great reputation for taking care of our customers. It’s why we’ve won the Angie’s List Super Service Award four years in a row. If you are choosing James Hardie siding, you have another great reason to choose us. Because we are one of the few James Hardie preferred contractors in the Kansas City area, we can offer you:

  • An excellent track record of performance and many happy customers
  • Dedicated compliance to installation best practices
  • Proper state licenses to perform home siding work
  • Sufficient liability and compensation insurance, making sure that you are protected
  • Proper licensing and bonding, and a good credit report

If you need siding for your home and are considering James Hardie siding, give us a call. You can rest assured you will receive the best installation along with the best customer service. Call us at (913) 262-4380 or contact us online to make an appointment.

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All-Weather Earns 2017 Angie’s List Super Service Award for the 4th Year in a Row!

2017 Angie's List Super Service AwardOverland Park, KS remodeling contractor All-Weather Window, Doors & Siding has earned the home service industry’s coveted Angie’s List Super Service Award for the fourth year in a row. The company previously earned this award in 2016, 2015, 2014, and in 2009. Once again, an unrelenting dedication to customer service is being reflected back by the community we serve. This achievement is particularly significant as Angie’s List has experienced unprecedented member growth in the last couple of years after the company added a new, free membership tier.

Super Service Award Requirements

So how does one earn an Angie’s List Super Service Award? Angie’s List Super Service Award 2017 winners have met strict eligibility requirements, which include an “A” rating in overall grade, recent grade, and review period grade. The SSA winners must also be in good standing with Angie’s List, pass a background check, and abide by Angie’s List operational guidelines.

“Wow, this award says a lot about our employees. Winning this award even once shows amazing dedication, but now four times in a row! That really demonstrates our team’s unwavering commitment to excellent customer service and I’m so grateful and proud to be leading this amazing group of individuals,” stated All-Weather President and Owner Doug Bennett

Service company ratings are updated daily on Angie’s List as new, verified consumer reviews are submitted. Companies are graded on an A through F scale in areas ranging from price to professionalism to punctuality.

About Angie’s List

Angie’s List helps facilitate happy transactions between more than 4.5 million consumers nationwide. It represents a collection of highly rated service providers in more than 720 categories of service, ranging from home improvement to health care. Built on a foundation of more than 10 million verified reviews of local service, Angie’s List connects consumers directly to its online marketplace of services from member-reviewed providers and offers unique tools and support designed to improve the local service experience for both consumers and service professionals.

If you’re looking for a great company to provide professional advice on your home’s windows, doors, and siding, and provide excellent customer service, call All-Weather at (913) 262-4380 or schedule an appointment online today!

Qualified Remodeler Top 500 List

All-Weather Makes Qualified Remodeler Top 500 List…Again!

Qualified Remodeler Top 500 ListWinning a prestigious award in your industry is certainly a feather in the cap. You did something right and made your customers very happy. Winning that award for 17 years in a row is proof that it wasn’t luck, but rather an ongoing commitment to excellence. All-Weather Windows, Doors, and Siding is proud to announce that we have made the Qualified Remodeler Top 500 list once again!

Recognized 17 Years Running

We have made this top 500 list every year since 2000. When you factor in that this is a list of all types of remodeling contractors including companies that handle much larger jobs, just to appear is an accomplishment. But because we are dedicated to excellent service, quality work, and business practices that set industry standards, we continue to rank among the nation’s top remodelers.

We Are Proud to Be a Leader in Remodeling

Focusing entirely on residential remodeling from 1975 to now, Qualified Remodeler is an industry-recognized touchstone for identifying quality and service in the remodeling industry. Their yearly “Top 500” list ranks remodeling companies based on annual revenue. We are proud to say that we are moving and shaking and continue to grow our business and remain a reputable and dependable company for windows, doors, and siding in the Kansas City area.

Repeat Customers for Windows, Doors, and Siding

All-Weather is local, affordable, and honest. We also supply the best replacement windows, doors, and siding in Kansas City. We think the fact that one-third of our business is from repeat customers is the best evidence that we are doing something very right.

Hear Why Kansas City Legend, Larry Moore, Recommends All-Weather Windows, Doors and Siding-

If you need replacement windows, doors, or siding, stop by our showroom or give us a call at (913) 262-4380 or contact us online and we’ll be glad to help you choose the best products to remodel your home.

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Big City Holiday Window Displays to Put You in the Spirit of the Season

At All-Weather Window, Doors and Siding, we love windows and we figured what better way to share some holiday spirit than showing you some amazing seasonal window displays from upscale retailers. From Macy’s to Ralph Lauren to Anthropologie, take a virtual stroll down some big city streets to see some of the most amazing holiday window displays. Happy window shopping!

Holiday Window Displays

Suspended by festive red ribbons, these white gifts dangle merrily around a beautiful crimson holiday gown. Perfectly punctuated with big red bells, you can almost hear the “Carol of the Bells” in your head.

Mini Cooper Christmas Display

This Mini packs maximum impact in this festive window display. The car practically explodes with gifts and holiday cheer. From the reindeer perched on the hood to the “Ho, ho, hos” floating jauntily above, everything about this screams jolly. From a branding standpoint, this display subtly reminds us that this car is small and fun. Who needs a one-horse open sleigh anyway?!

MarieBelle New York Christmas Display

Marie Belle, a handcrafted sweets shop from New York created this fairytale woodland window display. From the whimsical mushrooms to the charming deer family, it doesn’t get much more charming than this. The gaps in the stand of birch trees beckon the passersby to peek behind them to see what the warmly lit store has to offer.

Winter Wonderland Display

A peaceful hush falls over your spirit when you gaze into this soft and snowy winter wonderland. The woods are crisp and quiet, the snow is fluffy and pure. Anthropologie has created an ethereal retreat that surely stands in stark contrast to the noisy city streets outside.  

Ralph Lauren Holiday Display

This is an oldie, but a goodie. This Ralph Lauren holiday window display from 2012 is worth revisiting. From the twinkling lights on the willowy tree branches to the giant silver globes on the ground, this silvery scene mixes elegant holiday spirit with a touch of retro charm. The effect is almost like this lovely lady is literally frozen in time.

Macy's Window Display for Christmas

In another blast from the past, this 2011 Macy’s holiday window display featured a fantastical array of cogs and wheels that make up a steampunk style dream machine for making customer wishes come true. So awesome!

Christmas Display 2013

The designer who created this Ralph Lauren, 2013 display must have been dreaming of a white Christmas. The lighting and shadows gracefully illuminate this winter wonderland and who would have ever imagined white peacocks? This surreal scene fits nicely with the eternally elegant feel of the Ralph Lauren brand.

We hope you enjoyed and were inspired by these beautiful holiday window displays. Happy holidays from All-Weather Window, Doors and Siding!

8 Examples of How We Put the All in All-Weather

yellow umbrella stands out from the crowdThere are a lot of window and door companies to choose from in the Kansas City area. Obviously, not all of them are the same. At All-Weather Window, Doors and Siding, we go out of our way to make sure our customers are satisfied. That means we do things that our competitors simply don’t. That’s one reason we have so many repeat customers. We believe personal service is what sets us apart from our competition. Here are eight ways we provide personal service that make all the difference to our customers:

We Custom Match Window Paint/Stain Color

When you get new replacement windows, most window companies offer only three or four colors to paint or stain your windows. These colors rarely match your interior trim. With All-Weather, we can take a sample of your existing trim and match the color exactly for a professional and seamless look. We even use color matched wood putty so your door and trim looks flawless!

We Paint/Stain Your Door before Installation, In Our Shop, Not in Your Home

When you buy a new replacement door, did you think to ask if it comes painted or not? Most people don’t. An unpainted door, installed in your home requires you to paint it yourself or hire a painter. Either solution involves days of sanding, sealing, painting, top coat, drying time, etc. not to mention the mess and inconvenience of not being able to close the door until the finish dries.

At All-Weather, we let you select the stain color ahead of time, we finish it our shop with paint you provide, and install it in your home ready to use – no odor, sanding, painting or mess. We spray our doors instead of using brushes for a perfect finish. We even cut all the trim outside to eliminate sawdust in your home.

We Match Door & Window Trim Styles

There are dozens of different trim styles available. We take the time to match your new trim to your existing trim so your doors and windows fit seamlessly into your décor. We even have access to companies who specialize in old trim. They have the original knives used to create trim decades ago so they can match trim styles from the turn of the century! You can even get specific species of wood that aren’t popular today. If you have an older home in Brookside, for instance, we can most likely still match the trim.

We Use Schlage Hardware on All Entry Doors

In industry tests, the part of your door that gives way to let intruders in is often the hardware. Even a deadbolt can be bent if enough pressure is applied. That’s why we use Schlage hardware, the most stylish and secure brand. Schlage has been in business for over 90 years and is one of the most trusted brands in the industry.

All of our doors are installed with Schlage strike plates, deadbolts, knobs and locks, and can usually be keyed alike to minimize the number of keys you need to keep on your key ring. For you minimalists out there, Schlage also offers a keyless entry deadbolt that just needs a number that you enter on a keypad to unlock the door.

We Install a Jamb Brace with Exterior Doors

The entry door is only as strong as its weakest point. Usually the first thing to give way when an intruder tries to kick down your door is the wooden jamb surrounding your door itself. Your door and hardware may stay intact, but it will swing open when the wooden jamb is broken. Wood is much softer than metal. That’s why almost all of our exterior replacement doors are installed with a Jamb Brace. Jamb Brace is a strong metal plate that reinforces your door’s deadbolt with something much sturdier than wood. Simply put, your door cannot be kicked down with a Jamb Brace installed. We recommend a Jamb Brace on every exterior door we install, and many cities require it by code.

Our Employees Have Years of Experience

Experience is a quality that you can’t appreciate until you’ve worked with someone and they ask you the right questions – questions you wouldn’t have even thought to ask because you had no idea they were important. The All-Weather team has over 200 years of collective window, door and siding experience. Our service manager, production manager, and general manager have all been around Andersen windows and doors for over 20 years each. Add our other employees, sales reps and installation crews, and you’ve got a team of smart, savvy, experts on your side.

Running Down Old Window and Door Parts

Andersen windows have been around for 110 years and because they are quality windows, they last. So if you have an older home with older Andersen windows, you may need to replace a part occasionally. All-Weather is the company to call. We once helped a lady find a replacement crank from a 1939 Andersen window! We stock many of the most common replacement parts, and even some not-so-common parts for many different brands as well.

The Only Andersen Showroom in KC Designed for Homeowners

We are proud to be Kansas City’s premier Andersen Circle of Excellence showroom displaying the finest Andersen windows and patio doors. Your other choices are big box stores or showrooms designed for builders and contractors, not homeowners. At All-Weather, we work exclusively with homeowners and we have remodeling oriented knowledge and experience.

At All-Weather Window and Doors, we’ve been installing replacement windows and doors for over 30 years. Give us a call and experience the difference with All-Weather. Call us at (913) 262-4310, experience our personal service, and become one of our 40,000+ happy customers.

 

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6 Questions to Ask Before Hiring a Window, Siding & Door Company

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It’s one thing if you buy a pair of pants you don’t like and can’t get your money back when you try to return them. But when you’re spending hundreds or even thousands of dollars on a home improvement project, it’s important to take your time and do your homework when it comes to choosing a reputable company you can trust.

At All-Weather Window, Doors & Siding, we know that replacing windows, upgrading the entry doors, adding insulation, or updating the siding on your home is a big decision. We want to help you make the right decision.

Obviously, we’d love for you to choose us, but no matter who you choose, make sure it’s a solid company who stands behind their work and their guarantees. To help you through the decision stage, we put together a list of questions that homeowners should ask before hiring a window installer.

1. How long has your company been in business?

Working with a new company is not a deal breaker by any means, but companies that have been around longer tend to have more experience working in the industry and area.

When choosing a company that will be installing or replacing your home’s windows, entry doors or siding, you want to be sure that they know how to do the job the right way and have a track record for doing so. You don’t want to end up paying the price for their lack of experience or hiring a fly-by-night company that will be gone next year.

2. What kind of training and experience do your technicians have?

A second way to ensure that a window, siding and door company does a quality installation is by inquiring about the type of training and experience their technicians have. A properly trained technician can make all the difference when it comes to the installation of a new door or window.

When these products are installed the right way, they make your home more energy efficient, which helps to lower your monthly energy bills. Poor installation could result in leaks, gaps, and energy loss.

3. Ask for reviews or testimonials from customers.

No company is going to advertise their weaknesses or disadvantages. They will only tell you their benefits. To understand the real experience, talk to someone who has used that company’s services and can tell you if they were satisfied or not.

In today’s online world, most companies have reviews or testimonials available for potential customers to view on Google, Yelp, Angie’s List or their website. However, if you cannot find them online, ask the company if they can provide you with testimonials from customers, or even for names and numbers of references that you can call.

These reviews and testimonials help to validate the statements companies make about their services and products. If they can’t provide reviews from customers, you probably can’t trust them.

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4. Ask for photos of projects similar to the work you want to have done.

Just like with reviews and testimonials, it is reassuring to see the work that a company does before agreeing to use their services. We recommend asking the window, siding and door company you are interviewing for photos of projects similar to the one you are looking for.

This will give you a real feel for the quality and workmanship you can expect. If you are doing your homework before calling them, check their website or social networks; some companies post recent work online as well.

5. Is your company a member of the Better Business Bureau?

The next few questions focus around a company’s credentials. Quality companies will have professional credentials that prove they have met a set of criteria set by that organization. One of these credentials is the Better Business Bureau, or the BBB. According to the BBB’s website, “BBB helps people find and recommend businesses, brands and charities they can trust.”

Some good affiliations to look for include the BBB, Angie’s List, and Home Advisor. AWWDS proudly boasts an A+ Rating and No Complaints on record. These are two great metrics to look before you hire.

6. Is your company a NARI Member?

Another thing to check when looking for a window installer, or any company in the remodeling industry for that matter, is that they’re a member of NARI, or National Association of the Remodeling Industry.

The NARI logo, according to their website, is the sign of a professional. NARI membership means that a professional is a full-time, dedicated remodeling expert and members are required to follow a strict Code of Ethics.

There are also several different certifications that will show you how qualified the company is. For example, AWWDS is an Andersen Certified Installer and Certified Service Provider for Andersen Windows & Doors, as well as a Master Level Build Smart Dealer for LP Smart Siding.

The list of questions to ask goes on and on, but we think that these are the most important when looking for a professional company to install your windows, doors, or siding. If you are in the Kansas City area and are looking for a quality company to hire, don’t forget to start with this list!

For more information about All-Weather Window, Doors and Siding, give us a call today at (913) 262-4380.

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