How much will it cost me to paint my house?

How much will it cost me to paint my house?

I guess this all depends on how much of the house will be ready for painting. It’s amazing that people want a really good price on their house painting bought aren’t willing or able to step up and do some preliminary work such as moving furniture out of the room. Last week we were bargained for a house paint job that was up for home staging. I’m sure every painter has heard the question “is that the best you can do”or “can you do better than that”or something like that. I am not sure whether or not dentists or doctors or accountants get these kind of questions or at least as many times as we do as professional house painters. House painting is a skill like any other trade that takes years of practice and self-improvement getting knowledgeable about the different and newest paints and the way they are applied making sure that the customer is getting the best quality for their money.

Not getting back to this individual who wanted a good price and the best price for the house painting. They said they would remove all the furniture for the start of the job. On the first day there were suitcases and dresser drawers pushed into closets that oversized bed in the middle of the bedroom with a dresser jammed between the bed and the wall. We walked in I looked around and said what’s happening here and they said that the home stager needed these items so they weren’t going to remove them. Meanwhile we were stuck with having to move the furniture around the room to paint the walls.

You need approximate 2 feet of space to be able to scale the wall with the stepladder and also paint the bottom of the wall and the baseboards. Another instance of bad planning on the behalf of the home stager was there inability to be able to make decisions before the painting process. In one case the painter asked the home stager what to do about the mirror and light above the vanity since they did not look right. A good professional trained I would’ve picked up on this and would’ve told the painter to remove the mirror and light and the plaster the holes leaving a nice clean wall to place a new mirror and light on.

Painting the walls and painting the baseboards are two different processes you have to paint one before the other. In either case you cannot paint both at the same time because of the both wet it will ruin the job. This means that the bed has to be moved at least twice for one wall. And if the bed has to be moved it takes a certain amount of time and care. If you add up directly just the time it takes for moving the furniture around the room you can calculate an additional half an hour to the cost of the room and if you are having seven rooms painted in the home all having an additional half an hour worth of moving stuff around not accounted for you will lose half a day from your budget.

In this particular house not only did the customer say he was going to remove the furniture but he actually asked me to disassembled the IKEA standing dresser cabinets. This was not a part of my original plan. I had one man in another room painting while another man was doing dead time disassembling the cabinet for the customer. This is not fair in respect to the original agreement. Being good people as we are I agreed to most of this. But we did voice our opinion and concerns about the original deal for painting we made and would like to stick to the original deal as close as possible without drastically running over budget with all the extra work.

To make this process easier for both the homeowner and the painting company the parts and components of the painting process have to be broke down as to who will do what and if they don’t do that then they will make a good by paying for the shortcoming such as the one previously mentioned where they said they would remove the furniture and then asked us to disassemble it. Disassembling this IKEA furniture was not a part of the deal and it took almost 2 hours for disassembling it. So it all this house consumed approximately a days worth of wasted time moving furniture around and disassembling it.

Basement Wall Paneling

Wood Paneling in Mississauga

Basement wall paneling
Basement wall paneling

Basement Wall Paneling  in Mississauga

Recently we had to open up a Basement Wall Paneling from the 80s. Sometimes people wood panel over important things such as electrical outlets and  water taps to shut off the water for the outside garden hose. In this particular case the customer was going to paint all the paneling in the basement here in Mississauga. This made it easy to just cut the wood paneling trying to locate the outside garden tap shut off valve.


When we were finished locating the water shot off valve we had to close the hole back by reinserting the paneling we just cut out. Since the piece of panel was cut out from a non-supported section  of panel (no studs here) in the wall we  had to install some strips of wood behind to secure the peace together.


Note, it is wise to cut the hole as uniform and square as possible is a nice clean straight cut preferably on some kind of a fault line. So when you go to put this back in the place it should line up nicely and the faultlines camouflage the cut joint.


In this case since the paneling in the basement will be painted it will be easy to plaster repair the joint with some fiber tape and some sandable plaster. The fiber tape is used instead of regular tape because it’s a little stronger than using tape and places were there’s a little bit of vibration in the wall since paneling is not as secure and solid as drywall. Furthermore in this case we also used some exterior plaster which has some vinyl content mixed in with it to give it some flexibility.


Once the plaster was done we primed the wood panel repair to a nice flat finished smooth surface being careful not to leave any humps or bumps or unsanded edges.


It is wise though to paint wood paneling that is old like this one was with a very low luster if not flat or velvet finish. Also make sure that there are no stains in the wood paneling because they will bleed through the paint job. Sometimes it’s wise to check all your walls to make sure that there are no pen marks crayon or felt marker marks. If this is the case then you should prime the spots with some kind of spot sealer such as binz or kilz to seal any stains.


Also paneling usually has open joints between panels and when you paint the walls you will see all these joints easily. To overcome these joints and to fix them we usually use latex caulking to lightly and smoothly fill these joints in.

Usually it takes  three coats of latex paint to give all your wood paneling a nice finished look.

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What Comes First: Wall Painting or Floor Refinishing?

What Comes First: Wall Painting or Floor Refinishing?

Interior painting

This is a question asked many times over. The customer will call us for interior painting and specifically asks a question about who should be doing their work first the flooring guy or the painter.

If this was my job and I needed a painter and a flooring guy to work in my house I would pick the flooring guy first for a few different reasons.

1 – if any baseboards are being replaced they will need caulking and finishing and this can be done while the painter’s painting the room. A painter will do a better job at finishing baseboards then a flooring guy went since the flooring guy is the floor business and the painter is of the painting business. Obviously I would trust a painter to do a better job on the baseboard.

2 – if possibly there any damages from the flooring installation on the walls they could be repaired while the painting is being performed on the walls.

3 – when hardwood flooring is being cut and installed in the room there will be a buildup of sawdust and a regular dust developing all over the walls and if the walls were already painted that it’s possible that the dust cleaning might mark the walls. Not to say though that not every job after hardwood installation are the walls painted so the hardwood installer must be careful about the walls likewise the same story goes for the painter if the hardwood is not being replaced then the painter has to make sure that no paint gets on the floors. But in either case both trades have to respect the others work.

When we go out and paints a room with hardwood flooring or carpets or even ceramic floor, the floors get completely covered from edge to edge making sure that they don’t have to get down on their knees to clean the floor. It is a lot easier to cover up it for 10 minutes then to clean up for 10 hours.

Even if the home has an existing hardwood floor and we know it will be replaced just by sheer habit we still cover the hardwood floors. The reason we cover the hardwood floors not only for the aspect of keeping floor clean but also that if we sprinkle small specks of paint on the floor then walk on it and then walk out in the hallway we will end up putting paint marks throughout the house all over the floors.

It’s obvious from our experience that other painters would say that the flooring should go last because they’re too lazy to worry about the floors.

As professional Toronto painters we are not worried about were the floor is new or old it gets covered.

via What Comes First: Wall Painting or Floor Refinishing? | Your Toughest Paint Questions Answered | This Old House.

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installing fresh piece of basement paneling

Painting Over Paneling

Painting Over Paneling

I’m sure there are thousands of finished basements in Toronto with wood paneling. This was an easy and quick way back in the 70s to finish basements into living spaces. The paneling was thin and flexible and easy to cut. It could be installed with just a hammer and a bag of paneling nails, a circular saw.

Tradition back then was natural wood look and paneling came in various different types of wood textures and looks. Some paneling would be oak and some paneling would be Cedar. These panels would have indents in the panel itself that were 3/16 inch 1/4 inch wide allowing room for the nail to be set so that they’ll would not sit on top of the flat surface of the board but in the indent to hide the nail. This is also good place to join boards/panel giving it a natural continuous look.

After the paneling had been installed it looked very good. In its natural state of assembly one could not detect gaps on the walls were the panels joined.


If the homeowner decides they want to up date their basement room with painting the wall wood paneling or painted their wainscot paneling in their family rooms or dens a certain amount of preparation has to be done. Firstly we make sure that all the paneling is clean and free of dirt and dust and of course grease and grime so the paint can stick to it. Once everything is has been cleaned we suggest using a finding nap roller something like a 10 mill roller to start rolling the wood paneling.

A word of caution, I strongly suggest using an oil-based primer to ensure two things. Using oil-based primer gives you the strongest adhesion to the paneling also it seals any tarnish and stain on the wall that cannot be seen by the naked eye.

Once all the paneling has been primed it is now time to inspect for any gaps and cracks and paneling joints discrepancies. They can be filled in now with latex paintable caulking. Make sure that you do the caulking smoothly and evenly. Because caulking when it dries and painted over will look like a painted over caulking if there are globs and heavy deposits and overruns making it look ugly. So make sure that you smooth out your caulking.

via Painting Over Paneling | Your Toughest Paint Questions Answered | This Old House.

painting bricks

How to Paint a Brick Fireplace

How to Paint a Brick Fireplace

A lot of homes have fireplaces that are never being used anymore. It costs more to run a fireplace then pay for conventional heating in many urban areas. There is a certain amount of maintenance required on a fireplace for safety and cleanliness. This is the reason why people do away with the use of fireplace. But since the fireplace is there what do you do with it?

Some people disassemble them, take them apart and then re-drywall the area it was in. Some other situations where they are dressed up and covered with wood architecture to make the fireplace look different than it was.

But if you decide that you want to paint the fireplace instead it can be done. Some brickwork or stonework on fireplaces have deep mortar joints that have to be accessed with either a brush or thick piled roller or even a paint sprayer.

As a residential painting contractor in Toronto there is a point where we decide we are going to use the paint sprayer instead.

 painting brick fireplace

To start with the first thing is to cover the entire area where the painting will be done. Make sure that there is nowhere that the paint can sprinkle onto and destroy floors or furniture. Once you feel comfortable that everything is covered properly assess what you have to do first with the fireplace. Check to make sure that there are no loose pieces of brick or stone or mortar that should come out before painting. There’s lots of times when there are cracks in the mortar or voids. The obvious ones you can immediately repair by filling them with either mortar or you can use a paintable latex caulking. Also make sure that your brick/stone fireplace is clean enough to paint using cleaning agents if necessary or wire brush. Vacuum off the fireplace getting rid of any loose debris that will mix in with the primer.

Next you can start priming with a combination of roller and brush if you’re doing this manually. We generally uses a heavy pile roller used for exterior brick painting these are usually over three-quarter inch pile nap or more these are the big fluffy rollers you see at the paint store.

3/4″ to 1 1/2″ Rough surfaces like brick, concrete, stucco, textured ceilings or walls, Spanish plaster, cement block, corrugated metal, rough wood.

via WOOSTER BRUSH (painting tips).

This roller has to be handled with care because it holds a lot of paint and can cause a very sloppy job. It should only be used on very coarse surfaces where you have to get into grooves and crevices. Be careful not to leave huge globs and deposits of paint with this roller it has to be gone over a second or third time with a dry roller to pick up any excess hanging and running paint.

When all the rolling is done and you are comfortable with the surface finish of the roller work on the fireplace inspect to see where you have missed out because the roller would not reach an, and this you can fix up with a brush. When the fireplace priming is done you can continue with the first and second coats of finish coat. A good quality acrylic latex paint should be used because it is more cleanable and durable.

via How to Paint a Brick Fireplace.

7 Fabulous Front Doors

7 Fabulous Front Door Ideas

7 Fabulous Front Doors and Why They Work

There are all kinds of front doors, entry doors, patio doors, sliding doors steel doors fiberglass doors and wood doors. Your basic single entry front door, which basically is a single regular size 32 inch or 34 inch wood or steel door. These doors are big enough for the homeowner to be able to move their larger items into the home such as fridges and living room furniture such as the couch or Chesterfield which are large items. And even so in some cases these doors have to be removed to maximize the opening for moving.

  Entry doors get the most abuse because they are continually used daily. Since the doorway is the first thing that basically a person sees when they look at your home, it should look neat and tidy and welcoming which reflects the type of person you are. Keeping your entrance wayr in tip top good-looking shape, really shows who you are as a homeowner.

   Main doors can be a serious financial investment depending on the type of door and style. Obviously the least expensive would be the single entry door. Then there are double opening doors that can be spruced up with additional accessories such as sidelights on both sides of the door or a single side light and then of course there can be a decorated glass window, in the door either covering the first top half third,or more or a total window insert in the center of the door with some type of tinted or

smoked glass glaze covering for privacy.

One can purchase a totally prefinished front door that requires nothing except installation. These are the best types of doors because they need the least amount of maintenance and the finish on them when not damaged last the longest. The finish on these doors are factory applied with high technology application methods and have the most weather resistant coatings on them.

Then there are doors that come ready to be stained and finished to suit your design and tastes.

On houses at that have those insulated steel doors that need painting from general wear and tear, there are different ways and approaches to paint these doors. But there is no door that can be painted and closed shut immediately after painting. These doors have to stay open for quite a lengthy period of time for the paint to set and dry. Ultimately the best situation would be to remove the door and put a temporary door in there while the paint job is being done. But since most people can’t do this the next best thing we suggest is to keep the door open all day slightly cracked to keep the weather stripping from touching the door. On complicated passage sets with deadbolt and handle require the items to be removed. Then the entire thing has to be sanded smooth with a fine sandpaper take care not to put scratch marks on. When the entire surface is nice and smooth than a thin coat of finish can be applied. In most cases a second coat could be applied a few hours later. This is the reason why to remove unit and put a temporary door in its place sometimes something as simple as a plywood.

Once the entire door has been painted and has to be closed and locked for the evening it is best to place some wax paper around the edges where the door gets in contact with the weather stripping. This still has to be done though when the paint is dry to the touch. Paint it does not dry enough that it will transfer to another surface under compression until it has cured.

via 7 Fabulous Front Door Ideas.

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Paint Peeling Off Plaster Ceiling

Paint Peeling Off Plaster Ceiling

paint peeling off plaster
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There could be many reasons for your paint job to be separating away from your plaster ceiling. Ceiling painting is not one of the better things that people enjoy doing. It is a long slow process if there’s lots of ceilings.

Mechanical issues

there could be moisture problems in the air causing the paint to separate from the ceiling. If there are a few spots here and there where the paint is peeling away from the ceiling possibly there could be something make in that area moist. Check to make sure that there’s nothing behind the drywall ceiling that could make that part of the ceiling moist and when the scene gets moist and the other side has he done its it will make the paint bubble away from the ceiling because the moisture has to escape somewhere and it will escape lifting the paint. To repair these areas obviously one has to scrape the loose paint off and make sure that the situation that is causing the peeling has been solved.

 paint peeling off plaster ceiling repair plaster compound
plaster for repairing drywall and ceilings

If necessary apply some dry mix clustering compound such as “sheet rock 90”or “sheetrock 45”and then sanded smooth, apply primer over this area and then repaint. You might have to repeat the entire ceiling because patches show up in many cases and it will look like a touched up ceiling.

The person painting the ceiling might decide to make his job easier and hurrying it up. If it is an old ceiling that has had years of use especially in areas in kitchens and places where hot humid greasy vapor can attach to causing a barrier like a wax paper type of coating which will not allow anything to adhere to. Once this situation has been identified care has to be taken to ensure that paint will stick to the surface.

Washing the ceiling

can be done on a flat ceiling that has had no stucco popcorn sprayed on it. Usually a nice flat smooth ceiling can be washed with a mild detergent such as dishwasher soap or a clear from Canadian tire called “spray 9”which dissolves grease and dirt easily or you can use a little stronger cleaner called sodium phosphate which you need rubber gloves to use. After the ceiling has been washed down it should be rinsed.

Priming the ceiling

with a high quality paint primer that is designed to prime over existing paint. It’s quality should be high adhesion and a sealer to prevent stain bleed through. This is important because if you put a regular primer on a ceiling that has stains on it that cannot be washed off by regular means than the stain will bleed through the topcoat of your ceiling paint.

Ceiling paint

has been specially formulated for just that reason. Wall paint has a tendency to sprinkle more than specialty ceiling paint. The ceiling paint has more body and has a thicker consistency to prevent paint sprinkle. No one likes to have their face and arms covered in paint sprinkle not to mention the floor covered with wet paint particles. It is also wise not to water down the paint with water to make it spread quicker because you will lose the properties of the specialized paint to prevent it from sprinkling. Additional info:

  Paint Peeling Off Plaster Ceiling | Your Toughest Paint Questions Answered | This Old House.

Removing Paint from Doors

Removing Paint from Doors

 stripping paint off doors with scraper
stripping paint off doors with scraper
 paint stripping raises paint off door
the paint stripper raised the paint off the door

Can and should be done in different ways depending on the type of door. If it is a flat steel door or if it is a varnished stained oak door different procedures apply to removing the paint off these.

If your door assuming at the front door you want to remove the paint is a flat door and depending on how much paint has already been applied in previous jobs to the door. If you have a thick layer of paint from many years of painting on a flat slab door then what Toronto painters would do is to lay the door flat on its back either outdoors or in a well ventilated area and apply a thick coat of paint stripper on it. Let the paint stripper do its work depending on the strength of the paint stripper might take anywhere from 10 minutes to an hour and a half. If you are using an eco-friendly paint stripper you’ll be closer to an hour and a half or a couple of hours or even more. The only nice thing about using these eco-paint strippers is that they are of course environmentally friendly and less harmful. By the way you can also if you are wearing rubber gloves put a coat of the stripper on the one side turn the door upside down and apply the stripper to the second side. Don’t worry about the first side which you put the stripper on by turning it upside down it will only help it do its job faster.

Take a scraper like a putty knife and start scraping the paint off since it is soft and malleable and should come off easily you might have to do this process a couple times and to you got the paint only removed.

 paint stripped off open doors
paint stripped off one open door
 finished oak doors after doors stripping
oak doors completely paint stripped and finished


If you have a contoured wood door that has panels it might be a little bit more difficult to be able to remove the varnishes or paints. Obviously care must be taken to any kind of molding that is on the door. This process if trying to do it accurately and carefully will take much more time to do. Attention must be taken to any scraping or scratching and even hitting not to damage the wood. All this is what we’re looking for here is a new look to the door and if we start damaging the door with nicks and scratches we had defeated the purpose. Again our procedure would be to lay the door flat apply a liberal amount of paint stripper onto the door let it do its work. Again this time with a series of contoured scraping tools and steel wall you can sculpture at the removal of the softened paint off the door. And hard to get spots that are soft enough the steel wool to remove it use a one or zero steel wall of course wearing gloves to protect the skin on your hands. And the small places where still won’t get into you have to use a very sharp pointed scraper to move those lines where the paint is stuck.

When all the paint has been removed from the wood door it most likely needs a good thorough sanding. Usually when wood gets wet it will raise the fibers of the wood making it necessary to sand. After the door has been sanded check for any damages that might have been done in the process of stripping the paint off. If the door has natural clear finish or stain finish thence necessary to get a sustainable wood filler for patching any errors. They again have to be sanded smooth. Finally the door has to be dusted off.

 for more info on removing paint from doors check the link below,

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Painting Stucco Ceiling | Repair Stucco Ceiling

Painting Stucco Ceilings

 can be quite a difficult and strenuous task to do. There is a lot of things involved when it comes to painting a stucco ceiling. Most the time when we get called in for painting a stucco ceiling is because it has gotten dirty over time and needs to be freshened up. There is nothing nicer than a pure white ceiling.

When the homeowner called to have their stucco ceiling repair done due to water damages from leaking or overflowing toilets or bathtubs in the upstairs washroom we have to come out and assess the damage and the work required.

In simple cases were the ceiling just needs to be repainted we check to see whether or not it has already been painted before. If it has already been painted then the bare stucco is protected from dissolving when water is applied to it . The problem with painting stucco ceilings is that when latex paint comes in contact with stucco it dissolves the stucco the wetter it gets. This has caused a lot of homeowners problems when they tried to paint the stucco ceiling themselves and discovered that as they were going over the ceiling with a full roller of latex paint it moved the stucco around ruining the stucco texture and in even some cases removing the stucco leaving bare spots. And this is why that we suggest to use oil-based white ceiling paint.

There are specially formulated ceiling paints that don’t sprinkle as much and you don’t get as much paint on your face and your floor.

Painting Stucco Ceiling
Painting Stucco Ceiling is our number one choice

when attempting to paint a stucco ceiling these are the observations you should take:

Stipple, Knock-down, and Popcorn Texture, these are porous and crumbly type textures and require special care.

Determine if it has ever been painted before, or assume that it has not.

If it has been painted, you can usually safely use a low-shine latex paint.

If it has NOT been painted, or you are not sure, you MUST use OIL-BASED ceiling paint. Any water-based product may dissolve the texture and it could come down on your head like raining oat-meal!

Purchase enough paint for about 1 gallon per 250 square feet. Ceilings are difficult to predict quantities for because they soak up a LOT of paint.

Use either a 30mm nap lint-free roller or a ‘Slit-Foam’ roller.

MASK EVERYTHING!! Any area un-covered will somehow magically attract the paint to drip on it. It’s a quirk of nature.

STRETCH thoroughly if you have not warmed up. Painting ceilings is hard on the neck, shoulders, back and arms.

Begin painting

Fill your roller up VERY full, and start in a corner.

Roll all in one direction for about 10′ x 10′ square, filling the roller as needed – usually about 3 to 6 times, depending on the ceiling type.

If using oil, immediately turn 90 degrees and paint the same area (this is your second coat); if latex, your second coat will be done later.

Repeat the process maintaining a wet edge to avoid ‘lap-marks’.

If using latex, do a second coat when the whole area is dry for 4 or more hours.

When everything is done 2 coats, remove all your masking carefully – drips may still be wet.

via How to Paint Ceilings.

For more additional info check out the link below:

via Painting Stucco | Your Toughest Paint Questions Answered | This Old House.

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Removing Wallpaper From Plaster Walls

Removing Wallpaper From Plaster Walls

 removing wallpaper
removing wallpaper

 Wallpaper removal can be as laborious process and the best thing to do is to do it properly which will speed it up. Certain papers come off different ways. There are some wallpapers that come off very easily and there are some that are very stubborn and just won’t come off without a fight.

The easiest wallpapers to remove are sometimes the most expensive ones. These are the older pattern wallpapers that are basically a paper with glue on the back. When these wallpapers get wet they are porous and will get wet always through straight to the drywall.

The way to remove this wallpaper is to soak it twice. The first coat or application of water will start the process. When the paper is not soaking wet anymore just damp looking it is time to put a second layer of water on it. Quick note >put a little bit of soap/dishwashing detergent into the hot water <

also make sure that you have some type of cloth or bed sheet or tablecloth on the floor to catch all the dripping water. Do not push hard on the roller squeezing at the water let the roller apply the water gently moving upward on the wall applying the water evenly on the upstroke then lift the roller off-the-wall go to the bottom again and was an upward stroke apply more water.

When you are able to remove the paper easily with your fingernail it’s time. If you run across a spot that the wallpaper is not easily separating from the wall you should give it some additional water soaking. The whole idea here is to let the water do the work.

Sometimes you run into wallpapers that are plastic coated and this is a real hassle. This type of wallpaper you have to gently trying to move the top layer in one piece if you can. We have tried to use the Rotary perforator that you can buy paint store but that is still just as much work using this as it is to manually try to remove the top layer of plastic coating. This is a job of patients. Another method is that we occasionally use is a sharp window scraper that you clean the paint after Windows with scraping the plastic layer off carefully not to dig into the drywall. Once you have all the bits and pieces of vinyl part of the wallpaper removed you can continue with soaking the wall as in the previous section to finish the job.

Most probably under average situations and conditions there will be some plaster repair to do on the wall because of scraper gouges and cuts on the wall from when the paper was double cut by the wallpaper hanger.

Once your walls are totally dry and dry enough to sand, they need to be sanded smooth. Visually check any spots now for the plaster repairs. When applying the plaster make sure that you do not leave large buildups of plaster on the seemingly flat wall. Apply the plaster sparingly just to repair the damage because the more plaster you put on the wall the more you’ll have to sand off to make it smooth.

Now that all your walls have been plastered dried and sanded it is time to prime all the spots that were plastered this prevents the plaster from bleeding through the paint job. Make sure that your priming is nice and smooth and even with no roller marks.

You are now ready to put one or two coats of finish coat paint on the wall.

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via Removing Wallpaper From Plaster Walls | Your Toughest Paint Questions Answered | This Old House.


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