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These Are the Best Privacy Options for Your Bathroom Windows

by Jennifer Farley

Bathroom windows are unique, both in form and function. They need to let light into a small space, while at the same time, afford you privacy. Here's how to get the best of both worlds.  

Bathroom Windows Privacy Solutions For Every Budget

Every bathroom in my home has a window, some of them quite large. Our current master bathroom even has one in the shower. That doesn't seem so bad (hooray, natural light!), except the window looks directly out onto the porch right next to our front door. 
Hello Mr. UPS man, don't mind me, I am just standing here taking a shower...

Obviously, we had to remedy these problems. Bathroom windows are a good thing! They let in light and help ventilate the bathroom when needed, but they can be inconvenient when you need to go about your bathroom business. Here is a wide variety of solutions for your bathroom privacy that fit a variety of budget needs.       

   

Options Under $25

Rustoluem frosted glass spray paint

 

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1. Frosted spray paint for privacy in bathroom windows

Grab some painters tape and this can of frosted glass spray paint for less than $4 and you have got a pretty easy privacy fix.

 

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2. Frosted contact paper window treatments

You can use the contact paper "as is" or you could use a cut out to make a fun pattern like this tutorial over at Thrifty Fun. This would be a great fix for a rental but my guess is the humidity from your bathroom would cause peeling. This might not be the best permanent solution but a great inexpensive temporary solution costing less than $10.

 

3. Privacy window vinyl static film

A more permanent option would be to spend a little more to purchase vinyl cling film for your bathroom windows. The cost depends on the size of the window but a 17 X 78 inch piece from Amazon costs around $14.

 

4. DIY privacy screen using lace or sheer fabric

A creative option would be to make a privacy screen to place in front of the panes of your bathroom windows. All you need is a wood frame and a remnant of lace. Check out how to make this lace window screen here. If you need a little more privacy use a more patterned lace or a sheer piece of fabric.

To make the frame you could use an old window with no glass or canvas frame found at a craft store.

5. Hang thrifted art over part or all of your bathroom window.

Many people hang art in their bathroom, so why not use that art to cover a window? I know the photo is not a bathroom but a piece of art could cover a lot of window. For a smaller window positioned high, a small piece could cover the bottom window pane. If you want to keep it budget friendly head to the thrift store to find a treasure.

 

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6. Install inexpensive bathroom window curtains

A short cafe-style curtain can create bathroom window privacy and still let in light from above. These bathroom window curtains fit perfectly in humid environments, as they actually repel water. Find them on Amazon for under $14.

 

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7. Sew your own bathroom window curtains 

Can't find any bathroom window curtains that fit your style or size? All you need to make your own is a tension rod, a bit of fabric, and some needle and thread. Check out this easy tutorial for the step-by-step instructions. 

Want to make your own bathroom window curtains, but don't want to sew them? Find out how to make no-sew curtains by following this tutorial.

 

Options Under $50

1. A simple bathroom window curtain panel

Why over-think it when simple bathroom window curtains will create usable and durable privacy. This is what we use for my master bathroom window.

 

2. Custom cafe curtains

If you have a larger window use thicker drapery panels to cover the bottom part of the window. You would need to buy a curtain panel and a curtain rod putting this project over the $25 mark, unless you have a small window and can use a tension or cafe rod. Another budget friendly option is using kitchen towels for curtain panels.

 

3. Small faux wood shutters

This is such a great fix for smaller bathroom windows. You can find these at Lowes or other home improvement stores. If you have a standard size window you can often find paintable wood versions at local salvage stores or Habitat for Humanity Re-stores.

 

4. Double-sided mirror privacy window film

Turn your window into a tinted mirror with two-way window film. You will be able to see outside but they will not be able to see into your bathroom. The cost of this depends on the size of your window but a small window can definitely be covered for under $50.

 

5. DIY a roman shade with shower curtain fabric

You can use a tutorial like this one to make a roman shade using a fabric shower curtain.

For windows in the shower, you can protect your wood trim by painting the trim with boat paint (Also called marine paint).

 

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6. Cordless bathroom window shades

These simple shades go up and down without the use of cords, meaning they're ideal for homes with pets or small children. Let light in as you please for under $50.

 

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7. Hang a macrame wall hanging in the window

Privacy is key when you're in the bathroom, but it's also important to let as much natural light in as possible. Hanging a macrame wall hanging in the window (especially one in a light color), adds beauty and privacy. We love this one from Amazon!

 

Options under $100

1. Hang a mirror over your window

Block the view through your bathroom window with a large mirror. It works even if its not over your sink as well. It can be a great dressing or make-up mirror.

 

2. Hang vintage stained glass over your window

You can find vintage stained glass for under $100 at flea markets and antique stores. Hello, architectural detail!

 

3. Install Leaded Glass Window Film

I am actually not sure if the window above is window film but I have always wanted to try this leaded glass window film from Wall Paper for Windows. I also like the tudor style leaded glass. They have the blurred glass and the privacy frosted glass as well. The cost depends on your window size but its pricier and more durable than the less expensive window cling.

 

4. Hang a Bamboo Shade In your Bathroom

Bamboo shades are great options for privacy while also allowing light to filter through. Bamboo can also hold up to humidity pretty well as well. You can find many options under $50 at home decor stores or department stores.

 

Options Over $100

1. Install Plantation Shutters

These plantation shutters can be custom made to fit any window. You can order then at most home improvement stores in their special order area.

 

2. Install a leaded glass, stained glass or frosted glass replacement window

If you are remodeling this might be a good fix but it will be the most expensive.

 

3. Install Shower Grade Plantation shutters in your shower.

There are companies, like Hunter Douglas, that make shower grade plantation shutters and trim to install over existing bathroom windows in your shower.

4. Install Privacy Window Inserts

Indow Window is a window insert company that has a wide variety of uses for their window inserts. This is much less expensive than installing a new window. They have frosted privacy options that can be easily installed by any homeowner like the pictures shows above.

 

5. Install Bottom-Up Top-Down Roman Shades

Most custom blind stores sell bottom-up/ top down roman shades. By just using the cord attached they can work like roman shades or they can raise up from the bottom to shade the lower part of your bathroom windows.


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In conclusion, there's no need to expose yourself. Hopefully one of these bathroom windows solutions will work for you!

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Before and After: How to Transform a Rusty Metal Cabinet to a Modern Statement Piece

by Jeran McConnel
Before and After: How to Transform a Rusty Metal Cabinet to a Modern Statement Piece
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Okay, confession time.  I have a lot of random junk in my garage.  I love to thrift, so when I come across furniture that has "potential", I buy it and save it for a rainy day.  This ugly little metal drawer cabinet has been in my garage for a couple years now collecting dust.  I bought it at the Pasadena Flea Market and paid about $20 for it.  It was very rusty and had a lot of holes and chipped layers of paint.      

        

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Make a Macrame Wrapped Wall Light in Less than an Hour

by Holly Wade

Make a Macrame Wrapped Wall Light in Less than an Hour

I've been practicing macrame a lot recently and even though I'm still a beginner, I love creating unique projects with this basic twisted macrame pattern (as you may have seen in my DIY twisted macrame keychains earlier this week). Because I have a love for Edison light bulbs, I'd planned to create my own dangling wall light in our living room for months, and this simple macrame wrapped wall light DIY was the perfect solution.

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How to Organize Your Linen Closet Like a Boss

by M.E. Gray

Linen Closet Organization

Ah, the linen closet. The junk drawer of the closet world. The gateway to a lesser Narnia. What should be a place for organized towels and blankets can so easily become pure chaos! If you're the type who wads up their sheets and shuts the door, you're not alone! Fortunately, linen closet organization can be achieved with just a little change in routine and some prep work. Read on to learn how to make the best use of the space in your home, and tame that linen or bathroom closet once and for all.               

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15 IKEA Bedroom Hacks to Try this Season

by Holly Wade
15 IKEA Bedroom Hacks to Try this Season

IKEA is always a good choice for inexpensive furniture, and many of its furniture and home decor accessories make great bases for DIY projects. Are you planning to revamp your bedroom this season? Even if you're not, you're going to love these IKEA bedroom hacks that make basic products look like brand new, unique pieces!

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Cushy, Comfy, and Definitely Not Lumpy: Our Favorite DIY Pillows from the Curbly Archives

by M.E. Gray

Curbly's favorite pillow projects from the archives

If you're ever looking to change up a room in a way that doesn't cost a lot of money and doesn't require a lot of commitment, then pillows are certainly the way to go. They're interchangeable, they immediately add something to the room (whether it's color, texture, or both), and they're snuggly. So what's not to love? We're looking back at some of our own favorite pillow projects from the archives; because while store-bought is fine, it doesn't require a lot of effort or previous experience to create a one-of-a-kind cushy masterpiece. Now, on with the pillow talk!              

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How to Make Abstract Art with Fluid Painting

by Holly Wade

How to make abstract art with fluid painting

Marbling is gorgeous on just about any surface. It's the perfect way to decorate your home, your clothes, your walls, your cakes, etc., so I decided to test out a new way to make beautiful marbled art with fluid painting. You can make abstract art with fluid painting techniques using any regular acrylic paint, glue and water, and each piece turns out completely unique. Grab your favorite colors that match your home decor, and you'll quickly have a piece of art to brighten your walls.        

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Organize It!: How to Make Two Types of Drawer Dividers

by M.E. Gray

How to make a wood drawer dividers

Whoever invented drawers was a genius. A compartment where you can throw your stuff inside, shut it, and forget about it? Sign me up. What the inventor of the drawer did forget to consider, however, was organization. Toss your stuff inside a drawer, and you're sure to have to dig to find it again. You can buy traditional drawer dividers and organizers from the store, but what if your drawers are too small (or too big)? You're in luck - DIY drawer dividers are really easy to make yourself.            

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How to Get Rid of Mice

Want to know how to get rid of mice? Here's our best list of techniques, everything from natural home remedies to store-bought live and kill traps.

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In their proper context, I actually like mice. They're admirable for their resiliency, hardiness, and resourcefulness. As fuzzy little mammals with squished-together facial features, they're adorable to the point of absurdity. And heck, they even provided inspiration to a certain cartoonist named Walt for the main mascot of one my favorite places on the planet.

Note, however, that context is everything. There's a strong line of demarcation between very cute and vermin, and that line is coterminous with the four walls of my house.

Read on for the full Curbly guide on how to get rid of mice!         

Nobody likes to cohabitate with mice. But whether you care to admit it or not, your home most likely has had a rodent visitor at one point or another. Since the weather turned chilly, you can practically see mice families unloading their little U-hauls and setting up housekeeping in the nooks, crannies and hollows of our walls. As long as a mouse can get his head through an opening, he can wriggle the rest of his body right on through. Not only do you have to catch them, you also need to deter and block them from entering.


Why Mice Are a Problem

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There's nothing newsworthy about how to get rid of mice in your home. But why, exactly, are they so dangerous to have scurrying between your walls?

Here are handful of reasons they're like little depth charges for your health:

1. Disease

Simply put, mice poop and peeA lot. And they don't hang out solo, so where one mouse decides to do its business, you can bet that many more will follow.

Direct contact with mouse droppings and urine can put you in contact with a whole slew of diseases like hantavirus—which at best, gives you flu like symptoms, and at worst, achieves its 38% mortality rate by filling your lungs with fluid (for some cheery off-hours reading, there's a longer list of diseases at CDC.gov). What's worse, it doesn't take much rustling around to crush up dried droppings and send the dust airborne straight into your nostrils.

2. Parasites

Mice aren't just bringing their toilets into your home, but also their parasites. Remember that little event called the Black Death that (conservative estimate) wiped out a quarter of the population of Europe in the Late Middle Ages? Yeah, that was a present from the fleas that rode the backs of rats. Rodent mites that give bedbug-style bitesticks that carry Lyme disease, and more. It ain't the Plague, but it ain't pleasant either.

3. Damage

Here's another thing mice do: they chew. Constantly, unceasingly, irrepressibly. In my research, I found there seems to be a bit of a debate on why they do it, whether because of sharpening their teeth or their search for nesting materials. Regardless, they macerate whatever comes in their path. In the wild, it's totally cool; but in your home, it can cause troubles, particularly of the chewed-wires-causing-electrical-fires variety.

 


How to Get Rid of Mice

There's a full spectrum of approaches toward dealing with how to get rid of mice that rises directly out of attitudes about animal welfare - from PETA on one end to pest control professional on the other. The purpose of this article isn't to convince you of either side, but to provide you with the most effective techniques and let you decide which ones you feel most comfortable with when deciding how to get rid of mice in your own home.

1. Prevention

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Keeping mice out of your home starts with minimizing their food sources. Mice will still show up uninvited to a spotless house, but a dirty kitchen is like leaving the door open, rolling out the red carpet and installing a fifty foot high sign stating MOUSE CONVENTION—ALL WELCOME—WE HAVE SNACKS in neon lettering.

On top of that, mice can squeeze into holes about the size of a dime, so make a careful inspection of your home's exterior and patch up all potential entry points. Look around the foundation of your house, and block all little cracks and crevices. Try blocking the holes with green scrubber pads, and stick steel wool in mouse holes. They have a hard time (and some hefty dental bills) if they try to chew through it.

There are a lot of deterrent ideas out there, from placement of uninviting smells like ammonia, cayenne pepper, and peppermint oil, but  their efficacy is dubious. If you want to give this method a try, douse cotton balls with peppermint oil or other obnoxiously-strong scents and place them around openings where  you suspect mice are entering.

Just remember, prevention is a supplement, so don't stress too hard about it. Mice are the colonists and homeowners are the redcoats. They're small, scrappy, and sneaky; you're big, slow, and blind. Their will to survive is greater than your will to push them away, and they'll run circles around you like Wesley fighting Fezzik.

 

2. No-kill elimination

So you've decided to let those little sinkers see another sunrise, just one away from the boundaries of your property. Your main objective: trapping and removal.

You have two basic options here for how to get rid of mice: 

  • DIY — Aluminum can covered in peanut butter, suspended on a coat hanger over a five gallon bucket, and you've got yourself an effective mouse trap like this dude.

A no-kill mouse trap

  • Store-bought — If the above is a little too reminiscent of the relatives who have vehicles on cinder blocks in the yard and wear camo to weddings, check out Havahart small mammal traps. They're inexpensive and come with good reviews.

(For my money, I like the look of the Havaharts, but I gotta say I'm intrigued by the peanut butter bucket.)

Just make sure you check your traps at least once daily, because mice have to eat constantly; otherwise, you're better off intentionally going for option #3. Also, once you've trapped your mouse, be sure to drop it off somewhere really far away from houses—like, drive it somewhere—or it's just going to pop right back in.

 

3. Humane extermination

If making a small dent in the world mouse population doesn't bother you, let's talk about the most humane way of dispatching your unwanted house guests. The main idea here is a quick kill—minimizing stress and avoiding suffering. 

That means NO glue traps. These cause a stressed-out mouse to struggle against the trap and eventually starve or suffocate to death, all while you have to listen to their tiny little screams of pain as they struggle to escape. It's agonizing and horrible. Just don't do it.

Additionally, avoid using poison when you ask yourself how get rid of mice. Why? Not because it doesn't work, but because it does. Here's what will happen: mouse ingests poison, mouse returns to home in the wall, mouse dies there, mouse rots there and your entire home smells like death in a way that you cannot eradicate. 

Here are two better alternatives:

How to get rid of mice: Use an old-fashioned snap trap

  • Snap traps—these old standbys are actually extremely effective because they quickly snap the mouse's neck just like your Great-Grandma took out chickens. Just make sure they're set correctly or they won't be effective.

A zapper trap for mice

  • Rodent zapper — For a little more money, you can buy a small box that gives mice and rats a quick, lethal electric shock that instantly stops their hearts. Afterward you can simply tip the trap and dispose of them. 

 

How to Get Rid of Mice: Out-of-the-Box Ways

Here are a few bonus methods for ridding your home of rodents. We haven't tested these out, so approach these methods with an open mind:

  • Place trays of used kitty litter around the outside of the house where you think they could enter. Cats and mice are mortal enemies, after all. The smell will send them back to their cabin in the woods
  • Dried snake poo (REALLY? Yuk.): This method ideally works like the kitty litter. You can obtain this from a reptile center, zoo or pet store.
  • Drive them crazy and drive them away using an electronic beeping unit
  • And finally: Get a cat! It really is an efficient way to keep mice at bay. Adopt a cat and make a difference today!
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Can Olive Oil Really Fix Scratched Leather Furniture?

by Joel Selby
How to fix scratched leather... with olive oil?
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There are a handful of substances that are darlings for us DIYers on the Internet—natural, ubiquitous, and amazing multi-taskers. You know what I'm talking about—baking soda, vinegar, kosher salt olive oil, coconut oil, etc. They can do anything we ask them to do: clean our homes, whiten our laundry, reduce blood pressure, pick up the kids from school...

One such popular cure-all life hack is how to fix scratched leather using that lovely golden Mediterranean export, olive oil. But does it really remove scratches from leather?         

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Conquer Clutter with 44 DIY Jewelry Organizers and Displays You Can Make Yourself

by Rachel Jacks

Display your jewelry with these DIY jewelry organizers and storage ideas you can make yourself. #DIY #jewelry #jewelrystorage #organization

As fun as jewelry is to collect and wear, it can be tricky to figure out how to store all your pieces. If you're not careful, it can too easily turn into clutter. Home organization stores would love to convince you to run out and spend tons of money on jewelry organizers and storage. But if you're willing to get a bit crafty, you can easily make your own DIY jewelry organizer or holder to store your jewelry in style.               

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DIY Upholstered Outdoor Dog Bed

by Faith Provencher
DIY Upholstered Outdoor Dog Bed
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My dog Charlie loves to sit outside just as much as I do, but he's a bit too big to lay comfortably on a chair or ottoman. So, I thought it would be fun to make an outdoor daybed for him. Click through to find out how to make an upholstered bed for your own furry friend!   

 

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Begin by staining your wood. Put on a pair of protective rubber gloves and wipe the stain and sealer across all of the wood pieces with a rag. Be sure to do this in a well ventilated area, and protect your work surface because the stain will do just that – stain!

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Once the stain dries, take some measurements for the leg placement. Find the center of the diagonal line from one corner to the opposite corner on the largest piece of wood. Flip it over and find the center point in the same manner on the back side.

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Glue one of the legs on that center point, and place the other four in the outer corners. Make sure to place those four half an inch in from the edges.

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While those are drying, begin cutting your fabric. Cut two pieces of outdoor fabric to 20 x 8, one that is 30 x 8 and one that is 32 x 22. Cut the exact same size pieces from the clear vinyl fabric.

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Lay the 20 x 8 piece of outdoor fabric right side down on the 20 x 8 wood, and lay the clear fabric on top of that. Staple across the top edge, 3/8 inch from the edge. Place a staple every two inches, stopping half an inch from each end.

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Fold the edge over by half an inch as shown above. Do the same on the other edge. Feel free to use Scotch tape to keep them folded.

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Flip the wood and fabric over and place stuffing on the surface of the wood.

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Pull the fabric taut over the stuffing and staple it down as close to the edge as possible. Staple every two inches, and staple the sides down as well so there are no spots for the stuffing to escape.

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Trim off the excess. Repeat steps 4 through 8 on the other 20 x 8 piece as well. Do the same for the 28.5 x 8 piece too, but staple the fabric all the way to the edges on this one.

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Now that your legs should be securely glued to the wooden base, reinforce the legs with screws. This is why you made that mark on both sides of the base. Screw through that middle mark from the top side, and it should go directly through the wooden leg below. Do the same for the four corner legs, placing the screw one inch from the edges so they go right through the center of the legs below.

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Place the edge of the large remaining piece of fabric face down as shown above, with the matching clear piece on top. Make sure it is face down so that when you flip it up, you won't see the staples on this front edge where they would be most noticeable. Staple every two inches, 3/8 inch from the edge.

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Place stuffing on the whole surface of the base and then stretch the fabric across the top and staple all the way around, an inch from the edge. Cut off the excess fabric... this should leave 3/4 of an inch open for you to glue the three side pieces down. Once the glue has dried thoroughly, reinforce them with screws in the back corners.


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And you're finished! Your pooch will love his new comfy outdoor bed... my dog Charlie can't get enough of it.

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I would recommend bringing it inside when not in use so it lasts longer, but it will stand up to the elements thanks to the durable fabric and Thompson's WaterSeal.

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Your furry friend will want to stay outside all day, now that he has a stylish new daybed!

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How to Give Your Laptop the Deep Cleaning It Deserves

by M.E. Gray

How to clean your laptop

If you're sitting at your laptop right now, I want you to look down at your keyboard. Get really close. Close enough so you can take a peek under the keys. Now look at the screen. Move from side to side to get different angles. How's it looking? If your computer is like mine was before I cleaned it, then you're probably noticing a bunch of greasy fingerprints mixed with crumbs from lunches past. Real talk: When was the last time you actually cleaned your laptop? There's no shame if the answer is "never," and luckily it's a pretty quick clean. If your QWERTY is crusty, keep reading to learn how to clean your laptop at practically no cost.

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