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57CommentsAude, FranceJoined January 4th, 2016
In France, although English, for 30 years, now living in an old stone house, with a big garden, and lots of scope for DIY projects! I like doing as much as possible without using professionals, and learn on the way. A Linux freak & now getting stuck into home automation, it should be fun! I need to live close to the nature, long from towns and their hussle & bustle.
  • Starlyte commented on solmstea's instructable Backyard Planter and Seating7 weeks ago
    Backyard Planter and Seating

    There is heat steam pressure treated wood. I don't think it contains chemicals but please correct me if I'm wrong (before I go out and buy some!).

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  • Starlyte commented on Chitlange Sahas's instructable Biogas at Home- Cheap and Easy2 months ago
    Biogas at Home- Cheap and Easy

    The top bucket NEEDS to expand/move as it recuperates the gas.I guess you could find a way to put a rubber seal round its' "path", between the muck bucket and the expansion bucket.I was thinking about that too. Unless you are lucky enough to find 2 buckets, one that fits upside down in the other PERFECTLY, then I suppose you need a seal. Some one said he built a cage on the top of the gas bucket to stop it taking off, which seems to me a doable idea.I love this project, it's the final touch for an autonom house!

    I don't know what is cheap or free in Uganda, but it might be good if you could use clay or cement or plaster to line the hole. Or mud and straw well mixed.All is pretty solid, it makes houses, so to keep a hole air and water proof... no problem.Then use the plastic bag on top for the gas.Though I find your idea pretty good as it is.My suggestions are just ideas in case it may help.Good luck, and keep it going :D

    As you have internet try Youtube "Biogas converter DIY". Loads of videos on the same idea.And what is left as liquid is great fertilizer, not toxic, and probably will need diluting or it will burn the plants, as it must be condensed.Good luck, it's a great project!

    The liquid left is amazing fertilizer, you could put in a drain off at a higher level than the working rest, and recuperate it.I think it would maybe need diluting before direct plant application, as it must be pretty strong.Gas and fertilizer in one go! Who could want more from their waste?

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  • Starlyte commented on nrepak's instructable LED Water Purifier4 months ago
    LED Water Purifier

    You can get, for example, Phillips UVC (germicide UV) bulbs and a quartz tube to put it in for about 25 euros, and do this sort of water purifying set-up, with some joints and ingenuity, much cheaper than buying one. I suppose it could go in a water purifier unit, Or something similar. It works quite fast, and would make a perfect end of the line in a purifying circuit. They use from 5 - 11 watts, which is reasonable.When I get round to it, I'll post my result on here... when I get round to water works!

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  • Starlyte commented on bennelson's instructable DIY Solar Garage5 months ago
    DIY Solar Garage

    This is one of the best Solar Panel lessons I ever read, and I've done a LOT of reading. We have panels on the roof, bought 3 years ago. Mounted, unmounted as it rained (heavy) for the 1st time in the 18 months we were here, to repair the roof, which behaved like a shower. Now re-mounted, but since then it hasn't stopped rain/snow/ice, which is off for roof work. We already have a regulator, inverter and battery bank, plus a wind charger to make up for Winter. At the time we bought all that here in France, or rather Europe, Micro Inverters were new and much too expensive, more than the panels. But my crystal ball was out of action. Not grid tied, as here you can only be grid tied, and get Gov. aids if the system is installed by an Authorized company... the quotes were between 13000&euro...

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    This is one of the best Solar Panel lessons I ever read, and I've done a LOT of reading. We have panels on the roof, bought 3 years ago. Mounted, unmounted as it rained (heavy) for the 1st time in the 18 months we were here, to repair the roof, which behaved like a shower. Now re-mounted, but since then it hasn't stopped rain/snow/ice, which is off for roof work. We already have a regulator, inverter and battery bank, plus a wind charger to make up for Winter. At the time we bought all that here in France, or rather Europe, Micro Inverters were new and much too expensive, more than the panels. But my crystal ball was out of action. Not grid tied, as here you can only be grid tied, and get Gov. aids if the system is installed by an Authorized company... the quotes were between 13000€ and the double, for 3000wh. So far for 2600wh plus the windmill, and all the bits and pieces we are at around 4000€. Not counting the roof, which would have been necessary any how! As we use about 10kw a day, it should cover our use. We also have solar water heating panels, which will largely cover our hot water needs. All is now blocked by a filthy and ice cold Winter.If we knew now what we didn't know then, well, Micro Inverters are great! But we'll have to make do with by-pass diodes. One reason we decided to try and cut ourselves off the grid is because almost 50% of the bill is tax, use of lines and other stuff, other than the electricity we use. Not encouraging grid-tie here!Later, once the house side is up and working, we too need to rebuild the garage which has fallen so low as to be an ex-chicken coop. Electric cars are cheaper now 2nd hand, and the Quad for gardening could well go electric. But once again we are limited here by Regulations and no way could we change a car to electric without paying more than the price of a new one, for controls and authorizations. But in a limited way we can stop having a stinking gas lawnmower, quad and the like, if the garage will pick up enough sun (I think it will).I'll send an account of our system on here, once it's running, but in a much less pro fashion than you have.Thanks for all the valuable details you give here, in a superbly compressed, all-in-one-place manner.

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  • Uuni 2S Portable Pizza Oven Glass Door Modification

    I really adore the oven, which I've never seen here in France, and your window, which makes it perfect! Also that self adhesive joint is great, I'll be getting some as I have to change the joints on the wood stove at least once a winter, and their glue, apart from being messy, sticks so badly!

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  • Starlyte commented on Woodness Goodness's instructable DIY Butchers Block Chest10 months ago
    DIY Butchers Block Chest

    Thank you, it's lovely and solid enough to let your grand kids inherit it ;) I adore your centralized dust collector for your hand tools too, what mark is it, please, if you have a moment.

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  • Starlyte commented on noahw's instructable Waterproof Solar Powered Boom Box1 year ago
    Waterproof Solar Powered Boom Box

    Same here, although in smaller scale, around the French southern mountains, especially where there are very few people (e.g. where I live!) and there's really bad telephone reception too. I did see somewhere a DIY satellite weather station catcher, but quite a time back, useful for treks. I use SD cards for my music now, as they are accepted by nearly all new devices, so I'd skip the CD, and use a mini amp. Maybe a Banana Pi and SATA, I'm not sure. I'm very solar minded, and the alternative sources are very useful. It's a super Instructable, really detailed, and a great idea well planned. Thank you for sharing this.

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  • Starlyte commented on WearGenius's instructable Setting Up Static IP on Raspberry Pi1 year ago
    Setting Up Static IP on Raspberry Pi

    err... thankyou?

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  • Starlyte commented on logant3030's instructable Reclaimed Whiskey Barrel Coffee Table1 year ago
    Reclaimed Whiskey Barrel Coffee Table

    Really lovely. There are often old oak barrels around junk sales here(although they are getting more pricey!) of all sizes, and this is a very nice project for them. Thank you for such a detailed instructable.

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  • Starlyte commented on NathanSellers's instructable Glowing River Desktop1 year ago
    Glowing River Desktop

    Beautiful! I already love the GlowTable idea, and the crushed glass is just the perfect addition to make a river. Thank you very much for this Instructable.

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  • Starlyte commented on mikeasaurus's instructable Lumberjack Table1 year ago
    Lumberjack Table

    I linked here from a Glow Table instructable, as I really love "natural" wood. They need to cut some trees here that are ill, so I thought of getting hold of some (I do have an enormous pine that fell over in my garden, about 3ft across at the base, but I don't know if we can cut "slices"...). That's a really super table, and as a Glow table it could go great next to our stove. Thanks for the ideas on legs, which are always a hassle. A great rough looking table with a super smooth top.

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  • Starlyte commented on mikeasaurus's instructable Glow Table1 year ago
    Glow Table

    I just LOVE it! Although you have some super woodworking gear (I'm just jealous ^^ ), I'm sure it's possible with a cheapo router, and a sander of equal quality. The glow powder is only visible the night, I suppose, when it's been in the light (like those fluo stars that stick on walls?), so it's a beautiful surprise when the night comes. And if you can't or don't want naturelly fungus eaten wood, you can engrave/sculpt designs in the wood. It's such a super idea for a table, thank you so much. When I can make one (time's in short supply for now), I'll post a picture. So nice this :D

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  • Starlyte commented on tinkerme's instructable DIY Wood Stove Fan for Under $501 year ago
    DIY Wood Stove Fan for Under $50

    It is. I have one on my computer, it's for the CPU, the processor. Ebay or any computer component sales, but watch out for the prices, as some are quite expensive! For this you don't need one that breaks the bank!

    Sends the heat which rises off the stove out towards you, and round the room, or which ever direction you point the fan, instead of going up to heat the ceiling first before getting down to heat you, comfy in your chair in front of your stove. They're used a lot by people who heat just by wood stoves.

    The wiring is explain on Wiki, "Thermoelectric generator", which is a great help, and easy to understand, as well as with pictures. You can put a few together, as described there, and do lots of things with the power they produce, quite fascinating.

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  • Starlyte commented on layla juma's instructable Circuits Cloud1 year ago
    Circuits Cloud

    Thanks. I just registered :D

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  • Starlyte commented on layla juma's instructable Electronic-circuits Simulators1 year ago
    Electronic-circuits Simulators

    Thank you, as the simulators on a browser are not OS dependent, me being Linux dependent! Mostly tutos are Windows targeted, and I'm left out (along with lots of other Linuxians), so I really appreciated this.

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  • Exploratory Design and Fabrication for Custom Devices

    Wow, great details, wish I was as well equipped as you are. With a Dremel in the hand it must be difficult, so the minimum is necessary. The prototyping is the part I was fascinated with, great details. Thanks.

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  • Breadboard Tutorial- What Is Inside the Board!

    Nice! It's much easier to understand how it works when it's in bits :D Glad you took it to pieces, as I tend to make things "unremountable" when I take them apart. It needs patience, and mine's thin at times... :D

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  • Starlyte commented on bobby sissom's instructable Redneck Outdoor Tub1 year ago
    Redneck Outdoor Tub

    This is the best idea I've seen, and beleive me I've searched, for a rapide hot jacuzzi DIY project :D I'm going to get searching for a stock tub, to be mt tub, right now. Thankyou. :D

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  • Starlyte commented on RishiH's instructable The Winkel Board1 year ago
    The Winkel Board

    Thank you for sharing this great new combination of systems and constructing a new, easy to use all-in-one board. I think this will be a great help to me, for instance, and also many others when it's out and about. It's going to make IoT much easier, and hopefully cheaper (?) and more compact. I've a reasonable sized collection of different shields and bits and bobs which could (and will, in the long run) be put together, and you've done it all on one board. Congrats !

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  • DIY Carving Knifes from Hacksaw Blades + Custom Box

    These are lovely. It has never come to mind, even though I've made a few knives with wood or leather handles. And with those hand saw blades with their 2 holes in, you can do 2 blades and keep them in place with a soft metal hammered rivet (copper or brass) as well as epoxy. Or wind the blade entry part of the handle with stretched phone wire (w/o the plastic!) to stop it splitting/coming out, and it's pretty.Or both...What a genial utilisation for all those blades I break with lack of patience, and usually throw out. Now I'll keep them along with all the other "to do" stuff, which is patiently waiting till I have time "to do" whatever it is... Now all I need is a BIG "waiting" box for all these little bits and bobs I hope I'll have time to use in my older ...

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    These are lovely. It has never come to mind, even though I've made a few knives with wood or leather handles. And with those hand saw blades with their 2 holes in, you can do 2 blades and keep them in place with a soft metal hammered rivet (copper or brass) as well as epoxy. Or wind the blade entry part of the handle with stretched phone wire (w/o the plastic!) to stop it splitting/coming out, and it's pretty.Or both...What a genial utilisation for all those blades I break with lack of patience, and usually throw out. Now I'll keep them along with all the other "to do" stuff, which is patiently waiting till I have time "to do" whatever it is... Now all I need is a BIG "waiting" box for all these little bits and bobs I hope I'll have time to use in my older age (I'm already in the "old age" stage, I think! lol ) spare time... Dream on... :D

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  • Making a Free Website without the ABC of HTML

    Thank you, this is great and concise aid for web site construction, for free too.As we all know, nothing in this life comes for free, and a web site for simply using some gray matter is a pretty good deal. So all we do is work out a name or pay 3$ (a year? Pretty cheap at that!) if we're fussy, like me, maybe. And the free hosting, with easy set up, which is not always the case if we home host a site, as well as needing permanent Internet and electricity (very little with Arm or similar) for a server, is nice. I'm not sure how long we can leave the site with out visits or signing in, as my last one was closed after a few months, too busy to use it at the time! So I'm waiting to be sure I have the time before setting up a site using your instructions, but I will soon. Great all in one pl...

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    Thank you, this is great and concise aid for web site construction, for free too.As we all know, nothing in this life comes for free, and a web site for simply using some gray matter is a pretty good deal. So all we do is work out a name or pay 3$ (a year? Pretty cheap at that!) if we're fussy, like me, maybe. And the free hosting, with easy set up, which is not always the case if we home host a site, as well as needing permanent Internet and electricity (very little with Arm or similar) for a server, is nice. I'm not sure how long we can leave the site with out visits or signing in, as my last one was closed after a few months, too busy to use it at the time! So I'm waiting to be sure I have the time before setting up a site using your instructions, but I will soon. Great all in one place :D

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  • Starlyte commented on AUGUSTO VJ's instructable EMERGENCY PHONE CHARGING HACK1 year ago
    EMERGENCY PHONE CHARGING HACK

    This is just great, didn't know I could put a boost in my phone with a little loads of bats, nor with a 9v one! Genial, wish I'd known this a month ago when my car charger gave up a couple of hundred miles from home!Thank you, and keep up with inventing, it's really cool :D

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  • Starlyte commented on AUGUSTO VJ's instructable MUST KNOW DORM HACKS1 year ago
    MUST KNOW DORM HACKS

    You really have some great ideas here, although I presume Sugru is easily available on internet, I never heard of it (I do live in the mountains in France, explains a lot!), but I'm going to source some, as it sounds invaluable, especially for connections electric. Tank you, sincerely, for yoKeep up the inventions, you could be our next Einstein ;)

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  • Part 1 openHAB and Zwave - Getting Started

    Yes, but that's the fun part... there's also septic tank, walls to put up or knock down, and a boiler that weighs a ton, stuck on a pallet in the kitchen, waiting for mind-over-matter movement, or lifting gear if it doesn't work.

    It is, as we have, almost finished, PV and hot water solar panels, a heat exchanger ventilation system, and a pellet boiler (incidentally stuck on a pallet, till we find the appropriate lifting gear!), as well as a distant gate, all of which won't work without being branched to various Arduino type, and Raspi systems. It's an electronic hell hole TBH, but great fun (when I forget the plumbing, wall isolation, septic tank and other harder parts!).

    It's the ventilation that's crying out "I work on KNX!"

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  • Starlyte commented on CraigDubya's instructable Home Automation with Arduino1 year ago
    Home Automation with Arduino

    That's good to know, but I doubt I'll go over 5amps. I have now bought a helping hands" so I can read the tiny print! I'll have a heating pump on 1, and I think it's well under that... I'll look, thank you.

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  • Starlyte commented on ambercollective's instructable How to Buy an Ex-Ambulance1 year ago
    How to Buy an Ex-Ambulance

    This is getting funnier and funnier... :D

    I don't think that the biggest problem with ex ambulances is the infection risk... as greenmtnman seems to have a thing about! Most blood born viruses, which I guess is what's getting him parano (although being a "pro" I'd think he knew better than scaremongering!), are well dead and without risk, after exposure to air, and the blood's DRY even if it ever had the chance to pass the seals that are fit in most ambulances. Even so, medical staff clean blood spills!Infectious blood carried viruses are dead after an hour or less, so look at the mileage, more than fictitious health risks. Ambulances are often isolated, electrically apt and with windows, so it's a perfect traveling home for a week or a year or whatever.Tomorrow we're going to look at a Ford Transit Mk.1 1976, which l...

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    I don't think that the biggest problem with ex ambulances is the infection risk... as greenmtnman seems to have a thing about! Most blood born viruses, which I guess is what's getting him parano (although being a "pro" I'd think he knew better than scaremongering!), are well dead and without risk, after exposure to air, and the blood's DRY even if it ever had the chance to pass the seals that are fit in most ambulances. Even so, medical staff clean blood spills!Infectious blood carried viruses are dead after an hour or less, so look at the mileage, more than fictitious health risks. Ambulances are often isolated, electrically apt and with windows, so it's a perfect traveling home for a week or a year or whatever.Tomorrow we're going to look at a Ford Transit Mk.1 1976, which looks great in the photos, and I even found a stockist of every spare you can imagine, new, but in Germany so cheapish. Cross your fingers for me, please ;)And go for it with the ex-Gov vehicles. Here too they're often a really good deal (France - sales in "Domain") if you can get the right one, and the access.

    LOL! Not scared of hauntings?

    A great insight, cheers :-)

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  • Starlyte commented on jlana's instructable Make your Shower Handicapped Accessible1 year ago
    Make your Shower Handicapped Accessible

    Thank you. Apart from the practical side, I love the mosaic and wall tile match. But one question, why not have all the bathroom floor at one level, for easier cleaning, with the evac water to take the water from the shower and the floor washing?I'm thinking of doing that, which will make parquet impossible in the bathroom, as it doesn't like being soaked with too much water, but I need a shower (no one's getting younger, and no-way am I moving again!), and a single evacuation for shower and floor washing is one option. The other being a raised, separate shower and wood parquet in the rest. I'm between the 2. Walls come first, so I have time, but I'd like to know why you did your shower that way, if you have time...

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  • Starlyte commented on Jenniferjax's instructable Party of 5 with new-ish kitchen1 year ago
    Party of 5 with new-ish kitchen

    Nice! Great ideas, thank you. I'm living in a building site, more or less, from roof to foundations, and part of it is the kitchen. We hope, and I say hope, that we'll have finished refurbishing the house in 3 years, and 1 is passed. The kitchen is one of the biggest problems, as it's in constant use, and was "unhealthy". Also is the bathroom, although we have 2 WC's, thinking about it. Trouble is, when you re do plumbing and electricity you can't go room by room, so it's all, as opposed to nothing... but in the end, as your pictures show for you, I hope it'll be worth it!

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  • Starlyte commented on jlross61's instructable Kitchen stuck in the 80's !!1 year ago
    Kitchen stuck in the 80's !!

    Mine dates from 10-15 years earlier, and it's got fibre board which is mouldy, so I'm desperate too! Yours' looks like a palace in comparison, and as we've been knocking down walls and the like, it's got bigger (couldn't swing a cat!) but as it's an old house we don't have too many 90² corners to our rooms. I can't get ready made stuff (apart from them being expensive!), as well as 3 doors, one being glass, one an opening to the LR, and a 3rd to the boiler & co. I hope to find some good ideas here, and elsewhere on internet so I spend my nights pouring over kitchens, all perfect, but impossible for mine.Have you thought of paint for the cabinets, and mineral concrete paint on tiles/floors, and so on? There's lots of potentiel in your kitchen, but it does depend on tastes, money...

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    Mine dates from 10-15 years earlier, and it's got fibre board which is mouldy, so I'm desperate too! Yours' looks like a palace in comparison, and as we've been knocking down walls and the like, it's got bigger (couldn't swing a cat!) but as it's an old house we don't have too many 90² corners to our rooms. I can't get ready made stuff (apart from them being expensive!), as well as 3 doors, one being glass, one an opening to the LR, and a 3rd to the boiler & co. I hope to find some good ideas here, and elsewhere on internet so I spend my nights pouring over kitchens, all perfect, but impossible for mine.Have you thought of paint for the cabinets, and mineral concrete paint on tiles/floors, and so on? There's lots of potentiel in your kitchen, but it does depend on tastes, money, and use.Good luck

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  • Starlyte commented on YuKonstruct's instructable Simple Homopolar Motor1 year ago
    Simple Homopolar Motor

    Nice, and the prospective utilisations are flooding in ... :D

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  • Starlyte commented on mmarrington's instructable Reupholster Your Own Couch1 year ago
    Reupholster Your Own Couch

    Just put my zoom on, the different styles of furniture and the lengths needed for each is VERY useful, as we acquired some old style furniture with the house, which is in need of recovering, once the house is finished being "modernised". BIG thanks!

    I remember my Mum doing all the living room, sofa plus chairs, so thanks for showing me how to. I was too young to see anything but the result! When I have the time... ;)

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  • Starlyte commented on jaylabrosse's instructable Off grid propane powered hot tub 1 year ago
    Off grid propane powered hot tub

    Nice, as we just took a very pint size one out of the bathroom. I'm going to use the paint and summer sun for now, till our new bath is in, then I'll think about what to do with the tub... outside bathing's nice though, and the curtains are a great addition, against unexpected visitors!

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  • Starlyte commented on CraigDubya's instructable Home Automation with Arduino2 years ago
    Home Automation with Arduino

    Thanks for this really easy to follow subject, one which I will be using as "help!" for the solar diff controller, and all its' different "bits & bobs" I'm putting together. I am, however, for lazy reasons, using a Mega in place of a Nano, but as my house, hopefully, will eventually run on Arduino and Raspi, I intend using a Nano for a future project.You explain so well :D

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