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Summer Energy Savings: Windows & Doors Checklist

When the Kansas City temperatures start rising, so do your cooling bills. But just because All-Weather isn’t a heating and cooling company doesn’t mean we can’t help you save money on your monthly energy bills. Here are a few things we can help you do today to help you save on your bills tomorrow and beyond.

Energy Efficient windowsInstall Energy-Efficient Windows

One of the biggest ways we can help you save is by helping you choose the right windows for your home. We offer many styles and options, but if you’re looking to save on your summer cooling bills, you should look at our energy-efficient windows. Our Andersen Windows come with a variety of glass options, many of them having superior thermal and UV-shielding properties. Plus, their weatherstripping and closing functions are airtight, meaning you won’t feel a draft.

Pick the Proper Window TreatmentsWhite Window Blinds & Drapes

One way to help you keep the sun’s warm rays from heating up your home like a greenhouse is by installing the right type of window treatments. Utilizing your window treatments during the day can help you deflect the light and heat, and keep your home cooler, thereby decreasing the need for your air conditioner to keep running on high. Install white or light colored blinds or shades that won’t absorb the heat from the sun. Also, the more opaque your window treatments are, the less likely the sun’s rays are to seep through.

Sturdy Front DoorDitch the Drafty Door

Your doors are meant to keep many things out of your home, from intruders, to debris, to wind. Don’t let that hot and humid summer air leak into your home and make you uncomfortable and a few dollars poorer. If your current door isn’t up to par, replace it with an energy-efficient door from All-Weather that can withstand the elements. We only sell the best quality doors from Andersen Windows and Therma-Tru. These doors have great insulation and thermal properties that shield your home from the exterior temperature changes. They also come installed with airtight weatherstripping and framing.

Bet you didn’t think of turning to a window, door and siding company to keep your energy bills down? Call All-Weather Window, Doors & Siding at 913-262-4380 to install your energy-efficient windows and doors today.

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So You Want to Buy a Door . . . Your Guide to Replacing Any Exterior Door In Your Home

Your exterior doors are like the entrance gates into your castle. Since you are the ruler, you get to make the final decisions about what is right for your castle. All-Weather can help you make those tough decisions by arming you with all your options, and guiding you towards the best fit for you and your home. Here’s an outline of all the points you should consider when replacing any exterior door.

Entry DoorDecide on Performance Features

One of the most important things to look at when replacing an exterior door in your Kansas City area home is the performance features. A great way to assess this is to ask yourself what problem you are trying to fix by replacing your door in the first place? From there you’ll be better able to pinpoint the types of doors that will be the best fit. If your old door was drafty, you’ll want to look at doors with good thermal retainment properties. If you’re afraid of intruders, you should look at doors that have stronger locking systems and frames.

Pick a Style & Material That Mesh With Your Home

The next most important decision is picking the right style for your home. Would a rustic door mesh well with the rest of your home, or would a more traditional door bring harmony to the aesthetics of your home? Once you have the style down, then you can choose the material. Many rustic doors are wood, but traditional and modern doors come in a larger selection of material options. There’s wood, steel, and fiberglass. But just because your door isn’t wood doesn’t mean it will look like a prison door. Many of the fiberglass and steel doors are beautifully crafted and can be designed to look like real wood, but with more durability and security.

Decide on a Color or Finish

After you have the most important aspects of your door buying decision, the fun begins. Your door can be an understated beauty that blends in beautifully with the rest of your home, or you can make it a focal point. One way to do either is to pick the right color or finish. For an understated door go for more natural wood finishes, or muted paint colors, like greys, warm browns, and beiges. For doors that stand out, use vibrant wood finishes or colors like red, blue, yellow or green.

Finish It Off With the Right Door Accessories

Lastly, pick out the door accessories you want. Your door hardware and handles can have a big impact on the style. With many handle shapes and finishes, your options are extensive . Also decide if you want a door sweep to help keep debris and dirt from entering your home. Another addition to think about is a door stop. These are most commonly installed on storm and patio doors. It ensures that a closing door doesn’t close too hard, or open beyond the angle its hinges will allow.

For a more detailed outline of how to replace each specific type of exterior door in your home (or castle), download our complete All-Weather Guide to Replacing Any Exterior Door in Your Home.  

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Phantom Screens-Now You See Them, Now You Don’t

Phantom Retractable Screen Door PictureDo you have a beautiful entry door that you’d like to be able to open up for fresh air but don’t want to ruin its aesthetic appeal with a clunky screen door? All-Weather Window, Doors, and Siding has a solution – Phantom Screens. Phantom Screens are there when you need them and gone when you don’t.


Benefits of Adding Phantom Retractable Screen Doors

Phantom screen doors offer a host of benefits that you will come to enjoy. Besides being durable and beautiful, you’ll appreciate these advantages as well:

  • Breathe fresh air without the bugs
  • Enjoy uninterrupted views of the beautiful outdoors
  • Reduce the harsh glare of the sun
  • Lower energy costs-turn the air conditioner off and let the cool night air in when the sun goes down.
  • Expand your living space – turn a covered patio or porch into an extension of your home with retractable screens.

Get Peace of Mind with a Limited Lifetime Warranty

The biggest concern most customers have about these screens is durability. Most of their products are designed and manufactured in their North American facility. To allow them to deliver customization and quality, their retractable screens are built primarily by hand. From extruded aluminum housing and tracks to corrosion resistant finishes and components, these quality screens are designed to last a lifetime. That’s why they’re covered by a lifetime warranty, so you can buy with confidence.

What Type of Doors Will Phantom Screens Fit?

Phantom screen doors will fit just about any kind of door. They are available for out-swinging doors and as a double door for French style patio doors. These disappearing screen doors are gaining popularity because today’s entry doors are so efficient, there really is no need for a storm door in the winter. Phantom screens are the perfect solution when you need ventilation during the pleasant times of the year like spring and fall. Plus, these screens blend with any architectural style. They are perfect for both new and existing homes.

If you’re ready to let the fresh air in and keep the bugs out, give the Phantom screen experts at All-Weather Window, Doors, and Siding a call. We can answer any questions you have and give you a quote for your home. Call us at (913) 210-8810 or (816) 673-2480.


5 Reasons We Love Andersen Windows

logo-andersen-windowsAt All-Weather Window, Doors and Siding, we’ve been keeping customers happy for over 25 years. One of the keys to our success is Andersen windows. We chose to sell Andersen replacement windows because they are a company that has always stood for quality and innovation. We feel both are of the utmost importance in providing what our Kansas City customers want. So whether you’re looking for economy or variety, energy efficiency or architectural authenticity, hi-tech materials or low-maintenance design, you can count on Andersen for quality craftsmanship and reliable performance. Here are some of the things you’ll get with Andersen windows that you won’t get with others.

Andersen’s Perma Shield Cladded Exteriors for Low Maintenance

One of the things our customers love about Andersen windows is the fact that they are maintenance free. Andersen’s Perma Shield cladded exteriors create a tough, protective shell that resists dents, repels water, and won’t peel, flake, blister or corrode. This means your windows will look great and be virtually maintenance-free permanently. The Perma Shield completely seals out moisture, unlike many of the other wood window brands. Other manufacturers use formed aluminum to cover the wood, which can leak and cause wood rot. The unique way that Andersen clads your window will insure a lifetime of protection from the elements and freedom from wood rot.

Exclusive Fibrex Material for Strength

Andersen’s Fibrex material is strong and durable like wood but low maintenance like vinyl. It is also a sustainable, green building material. Andersen uses Fibrex material across its product lines. With 40% pre-consumer reclaimed wood fiber by weight, and twice the strength of vinyl, Fibrex blocks thermal transfer nearly 700 times better than aluminum for improved overall energy efficiency. Because of it’s great thermal performance, we can even offer Fibrex windows with dark colors like Black and Dark Bronze without the worry of heat damage to the frames.

Beautiful Real Wood Interiors that can be stained or painted to match your decor

Andersen has always represented quality and beauty, along with efficiency. Most window manufacturers focus solely on low cost, and low maintenance. As a result you have very few choices when it comes to interiors. Some offer an imitation veneer that looks like wood-grained contact paper and only comes in a few colors that don’t usually match anything. Or you are limited to just 1 or 2 colors. Andersen’s Replacement choices can be custom stained or painted to match your home perfectly. With Andersen, you have unlimited colors and options to match virtually any architectural style so you won’t have to sacrifice aesthetics for convenience.

Andersen TruScene Window Screens Are Clearly Better

We buy windows because they provide light and a way to see outside. So why ruin that with a screen that dulls the light and obscures the view? Andersen’s TruScene screens provide more than 50% greater clarity than conventional aluminum screens, letting in more fresh air and sunlight while keeping out small insects.

Andersen’s 400 Series Is a Consumer’s Digest Best Buy

With all of these advantages, it’s no wonder that Andersen® 400 Series windows have been named a Best Buy for Replacement Windows by Consumers Digest. Windows were judged on performance ratings, quality of construction and materials, ease of operation and warranty.

We are extremely proud to offer Andersen windows. We are also proud to be Kansas City’s premier “KC Metro” Andersen Circle of Excellence showroom displaying the finest Andersen windows and patio doors. At All-Weather Window and Doors, we’ve been installing replacement windows and doors for almost 30 years. Combine this quality product with our outstanding personal service and you’ve got a great window-buying experience. Give us a call and experience the difference with All-Weather. Call us at (913) 210-8810 or (816) 673-2480.

Here’s a helpful guide if you’re considering replacement windows for your Kansas City home. Download it for free by clicking below.


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5 Window Upgrades You’ll Love

With All-Weather Window, Doors and Siding, replacement windows are anything but boring. When it comes to replacement windows in Kansas City, we offer many, many options for homeowners. You never have to settle for a plain old basic window. Our Andersen line offers a plethora of choices for you to personalize your windows to match your style. Just to whet your appetite for style, here is a brief taste of some of the choices you get when you install new replacement windows.

Energy Efficiency Saves Money

Not all glass performs the same. The glass in your new replacement windows affects energy efficiency more than any other component. Andersen offers one of the industry’s widest arrays of glass options, enabling you to find the right choice for your home.

Low-E4 SmartSun Glass PhotoLow-E4® SmartSun™ Glass Offers our best overall thermal performance. It gives you the benefits of Low-E4® glass, plus it helps shield your home from the sun’s heat and filters out 95% of harmful UV rays while letting sunlight shine through.


Andersen Low-E4 Glass photoLow-E4® Glass Offers outstanding thermal performance for climates where both heating and cooling costs are a concern. Up to 56% more energy efficient than ordinary dual-pane glass.


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Low-E4® Sun Glass Offers outstanding thermal performance in southern climates where less solar heat gain is desired. It’s tinted for maximum protection from the effects of intense sunlight while providing all the benefits of Low-E4® glass.


Andersen Dual Pane Glass PhotoDual Pane Glass Dual-pane glass is available for projects where codes allow its use. See local code official for requirements in your area.


Patterned Glass Adds Privacy with a Decorative Flair

Besides type of glass, patterns are another option to consider. Patterned glass is available in any of the performance options, yet adds another layer of personality. Patterned glass still lets light in, but it obscures vision providing privacy with a unique decorative touch. Cascade and Reed patterns are available in horizontal and vertical orientations.

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Add Architectural Style with Window Grilles

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Grilles add personality to your windows plus an architectural touch as well. Andersen 400 Series windows offer a variety of grille patterns to choose from. They can even create custom grille designs. Here are some patterns for casement windows, but grilles are available for other styles of windows too.

Hardware Adds a Touch of Class

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Hardware will affect how your windows look and how they operate. You can choose hardware in a wide array of styles like these pictured here. Andersen offers many different finishes as well including polished, distressed, oil rubbed, antiqued, matte, brushed, satin, and stone in brass, bronze, chrome, nickel, stone, white, and black.

Add Color and Style with Art Glass Windows

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Add uncommon elegance and a touch of surprise with Andersen art glass window. They are available in a wide variety of patterns classic, artisan, historic and even a Frank Lloyd Wright series. 

Replacement Windows Choices Are Endless

As you can see, at All-Weather Window, Doors, and Siding, the replacement window choices go on and on. Interested in seeing more options? Click the button below to download our guide 112 Ways To Make Your Home’s Windows Stand Out to see dozens of customizable options.

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Windows That Add Pizzazz to Your Home

Adding new windows always makes your home look nicer. But which types of windows really make people step back and say wow? We’ve installed replacement windows for years and while our customers are happy with the look, convenience and energy savings, the thing that excites them the most is when a window really makes a difference in their lives. There are several styles that seem to accomplish this whenever we install them.

Architectural Windows Are the Ultimate in Beauty

Architectural windows are windows that have unexpected shapes to them. They can be hexagonal, rounded at the top and many other configurations. The aesthetic effect is breathtaking. Most architectural windows are in visually prominent areas like front rooms, above an entryway, or in a living room or great room. Like bay and bow windows, they let lots of light in as well as provide an expansive view. The shape, however, adds another dimension of elegance. When you decide to upgrade your windows, consider adding a bay, bow, or architectural style window and add some extra pizzazz along with it. We can even transform an entire wall that may have smaller windows or just a couple of windows. Our cut-through installation can create an entire window wall in just about any configuration you can imagine. The blog post below showcases a replacement job on one of our most dramatic window walls.

Related Read: Helping Homeowners See More Clearly: All-Weather Window Project

Bay Windows Transform a Room

Bay windows are one of the most attention-getting styles we install. Adding a bay window automatically adds drama and elegance to any room. They let lots of light in creating a bright, open, airy feeling. There are many configurations you can choose, including three- and four-window styles. The large center window allows for an uninterrupted view while the side windows can be casement or double hung to allow for ventilation. Visually speaking, a bay window makes the room feel larger, and physically speaking it actually makes the footprint of the room larger as well.

Wrap It Up and Put a Bow on It

Bow windows are very similar to bay windows and deliver basically the same benefits – a light, open, airy feeling as well as a wonderful view to the outdoors. Bow windows are a great alternative to bay windows when you don’t have the space for a bay window. Both styles extend outward, but bow windows don’t extend as far as bay windows. For instance, if you have a window in front of a porch or walkway, a bay window may intrude into the space too far to make it practical, whereas a bow window may fit just fine.

More Ways to Add Style to Your Home With Windows

At All-Weather Window, Doors, and Siding, we’ve installed replacement windows in thousands of homes around Kansas City. Give us a call at (913) 210-8810 or (816) 673-2480 and we can fill you in on all of your options for adding beautiful windows to your home. Besides the style you choose, there are other ways to make your windows stand out. For more information, click on the image below to download our white paper “112 Ways to Make Your Home’s Windows Stand Out”.


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Jamb Brace: The Front Door Safety Feature So Good, It Changed Building Codes in Kansas City

Home Break in PhotoAt All-Weather Window, Doors, and Siding, we know security is always a priority for our window and door customers. Windows and doors are the weakest part of your home when it comes to safety. The typical front door can be broken through in less than 45 seconds with three or four good kicks from an average sized man. The problem is that the deadbolt device depends on wood for support and wood is not the strongest material. It will split and give if enough force is used. So what can you do to make your front door safer? Meet Jamb Brace the Door Reinforcer®.

We’ve Been Jamb Brace Fans for Almost Two Decades

All-Weather Window & Doors has promoted Jamb Brace since its inception in 1997. We get called by insurance agencies for entry door replacement after home break-ins, so we see a lot of these instances and no matter how strong your door is, it’s only as strong as the wooden frame that surrounds it. Jamb Brace is the only product that makes your door secure.

What Is Jamb Brace?

Jamb Brace is a heavy-duty aluminum insert that is added to your door’s weakest part – the frame. It is completely concealed within the door trim. You can’t tell it’s there just by looking. Developed by veteran homebuilders and supported by law enforcement agencies and insurance companies, the Jamb Brace was designed specifically for homeowners.

Jamb Brace Was Created Right Here in Kansas City

In 1996, a series of home invasions ending in sexual assaults in Overland Park caught the interest of Overland Park police because the assailant kicked in the front doors. Overland Park policeman, Mike Betten, who worked in the crime prevention unit, saw the results firsthand. Betten had no idea how to secure a door with sidelites and received permission from the city council to go to the private sector to enlist some help. Mike approached the HBA and was put in contact with one of the board of directors, Tom O’Malley, who also owned Locks and Pulls. Tom was working on a door project with homebuilder, Ron Olberding, so he approached Ron and his business partner, David Allen, co-creators of the Jamb Brace, to test ways to make exterior doors stronger and more resistant to break-ins. “People spend thousands of dollars on alarm systems and locks, then a burglar kicks in their front door,” Olberding explained. “We knew that securing the frame, door edge and a quality dead bolt were the keys to keeping thieves out.”

The Police Department Was Extremely Impressed

Olberding and Allen worked closely with the Overland Park Police Department, to test the Jamb Brace against dozens of other theft-deterrent systems. The results were so convincing that the police department helped revise city building codes making it mandatory that new homes are fitted with a reinforced doorframe.

Homes Are Now Safer in Kansas City Neighborhoods

Once Overland Park adopted the new building ordinance, many neighboring cities followed suit. Now, Overland Park, Leawood, Shawnee, Lenexa, Olathe, DeSoto, Lee’s Summit, Grain Valley, Kansas City, MO and Oak Grove all require new construction single family and multi-family homes to meet minimum security standards. Jamb Brace is the preferred product to satisfy this ordinance. Also, new replacement doors in older homes must meet the same security standards for which the Jamb Brace is the preferred product as well. Jamb Brace is manufactured right here in Overland Park by Edward Wayne Inc.

Choose Any Door to Install with Jamb Brace

The nice thing about Jamb Brace is that it doesn’t impact the kind of door you buy. The only thing it changes is the door jamb itself so homeowners are free to choose any front door style they like. Security is always a consideration when choosing a front door. All-Weather can retrofit existing doors with Jamb Brace for added security. Or we can install a new door with Jamb Brace.

Take Advantage of Our February Free Jamb Brace Special

Give us a call and take advantage of our February Jamb Brace special. Anyone who purchases a new door in February and mentions this blog post will get a Jamb Brace installed for free. Call us for a free in-home estimate for front door installation including the Jamb Brace at (913) 210-8810 or (816) 673-2480.

Doug’s Top Tips to Keep Your Home Cozier This Winter

Winter Home Care TipsKansas City winters can be harsh and unforgiving. This year, don’t let the outside weather determine how comfortable you are in your own home. There are many factors that determine the comfort of your home, but many are small and easily overlooked. All-Weather Window, Doors & Siding’s President, Doug Bennett, lists off his top tips to keep your home cozy and comfortable this winter.

Reduce Window & Door Condensation

Condensation on windows and doors is often caused by poor insulation in these areas. It can also be a sign of high humidity levels. If your windows are in good shape but just have old glass, you might consider replacing the glass with more efficient energy saving low-E glass. If the condensation is between the panes, this is most likely due to a broken seal. We can replace the fogged glass with new clean class without having to replace the entire window in most cases.

Related Read: How to Detect Moisture in Your Windows & What It Means

Replace Damaged Weather-Stripping

Weather-stripping is an effective way to seal those nooks and crannies around doors and windows. But if you are able to see sunlight peaking around your door, or it’s leaking cold air into your home, you might need to adjust the door or install new weather-stripping. Weather-stripping can get smashed over time and lose its effectiveness. We can service you door or weatherstripping, which is something many window, door and siding companies do not offer.

Make Sure Storm Windows Are Closed & Windows Are Locked

Storm windows add another layer to your home that cold breezes can’t penetrate. If yours are broken or missing, call our repair shop. We can repair your old ones, or make you new ones. If your sashes are not locked, the weatherstripping cannot do it’s job.

Close Fireplace Doors & Flue

Lastly, close the doors and flues to your fireplaces when they are not being used. This will help reduce the drafts and keep heat loss to a minimum. An open flue will suck the heat right up your chimney. But always check to make sure you open them before kindling up a fire. Closed fireplace flues, when a fire is burning, can cause smoke and ash to overcome your home.

Call All-Weather Window, Doors & Siding to increase the comfort of your home today at (913) 210 -8810 or (816) 673-2480.

How to Detect Moisture in Your Windows & What It Means

Window CondensationDuring the winter months, it is more common to see condensation, or moisture on your windows. Sometimes it is a harmless side effect of nature, other times it can signal a big problem for your windows. Here’s a simple guideline for you to follow that will help you detect what type of moisture you have on your windows, and what it means for you.

Interior Moisture on Windows

This type of condensation happens when there is a lot of moisture inside your home and the temperature of the window is colder than the air inside your home. This is a common problem these days, with many new homes having whole-home humidifiers and being built to be more energy efficient. Energy efficient home-sealing can make it difficult for moisture to make its way out of your home. Interior condensation can damage paint, plaster, and wood window sills. You can prevent this issue by running your bathroom fan when you shower, your kitchen fan when you cook, and occasionally open a window to allow moisture to make its way out of your home.

Exterior Moisture on Windows

Moisture on the exterior side of your windows is caused by dew. This happens when the window is colder than the dew point outside. This type of condensation doesn’t really cause any damage to your home or windows.

Related Read: 3 Benefits of Window Replacement

Moisture in between Window Panes

Condensation on the inside of your windows, between the panes, happens when the seal between the panes is broken. This signals a real problem in your windows. Make sure to clean your windows thoroughly before jumping to this conclusion. Once you’ve determined that it is indeed condensation between the window panes, you’ll want to call the Kansas City window experts at All-Weather Window, Doors & Siding to replace your windows. New energy efficient windows will not only be clear of condensation between panes, but they will do a much more effective job at keeping the warm air inside your home this winter, thus keeping your utility bills lower.

Call us today at (913) 210- 8810 or (816) 673-2480 if you think your window condensation is due to a broken window seal.

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3 Ways to Bring Holiday Cheer to Your Windows

Window Decorations KCIt’s the most wonderful time of the year! So why not show your cheer to the world with beautiful window displays in your Kansas City area home. Many times your tree gets all the love this time of the year, but some tastefully decorated windows can add a significant amount of charm and warmth to your home and overall holiday displays. The window experts at All-Weather Window, Doors & Siding have rounded up our three favorite ways to display your festive joy in your windows this season without damaging them.

Use Those Candy Canes

Candy corn is the designated candy of the fall, but once winter comes around, it’s all about those candy canes. Instead of eating all of them (while tempting), why not put them to use in your holiday decorations. The red and white stripes are perfectly festive, and the cane shape is delightful. Make a Candyland window display, and hang your candy canes with festive red ribbon, or another of your choosing. Tie the ribbon to your curtain rod. It’s that simple. You can hang the candy canes all at the same length or at varying lengths.

Make Your Own Snowflake Window Clings

Want a fun inside winter activity with the kids? These next two window display ideas are perfect as crafts with the kids, too. Window clings are gel-like self-adhesive stickers that peel off of your windows with ease, and don’t leave any sticky residue that could damage your windows. All you need is wax paper and puffy paint. You can make your own holiday shapes on the wax paper with the puffy paint. If you have very small kids, or just want them to look really good, trace them on the wax paper first with a pencil, then follow the outline with the puffy paint. Let the paint dry overnight, then carefully peel the designs off of the wax paper. Now you’re ready to decorate those windows!

Let It Snow . . . Indoors

Another great decorating craft to do with the kids is to make your own paper snowflakes! Cut out your one-of-a-kind snowflake designs, and a lot of them. When you’re done, tape them to invisible fishing line of varying lengths. Tie the fishing line to your curtain rod, and watch as the paper snowflakes spin and sway in the window, like real snow. Your kids will find it magical, and guests will love the festive flair.

All of these ideas are simple, DIY crafts that won’t scratch or harm your beautiful windows. If you do happen to need window repair or replacement before the holidays, or anytime, call the window professionals at All-Weather at (913) 210-8810 or (816) 673-2480.

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