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We hired
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with high
hopes. We asked for a complete remodeled bathroom (extremely small bathroom)
and we were having 1.5 closets removed to extend the bathroom slightly. She was
enthusiastic and agreed that she could do all that we were requested within our
budget and within our time frame. Original contract stated that she would be
fully gutting the bathroom (including all walls and ceiling), adding new
drywall, new sub floor, reinforce the flooring (there had been water damage
from a previous home owner), new bathtub, sink, and toilet. We were also
knocking out a small hall closet and half of anther room’s closet to extend the
bathroom a couple feet. The bathroom is incredibly tiny so this was a pretty
basic project. The contract didn’t reflect her verbal agreements on time and
cost but we figured things were still reasonable so we went with it. We
originally agreed 2 weeks, we would pay the labor costs to
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, and we
would buy all the materials (this was so we didn’t have to come up with as much
cash up front for materials). The job ended up taking 3.5 weeks and we finally
gave up with an incomplete bathroom. We ended up having to pay separate for a
plumber which was not noted to us prior to starting the project. Some of the
many problems we had: (1) They did not put up plastic or put down sheets when
they were painting, sanding, ripping out walls. Our whole house was covered in
dust, our floors had paint and plaster all over them, there was paint dripped
on one of our tvs, there was stain on our basement floor and on our front porch.
She scratched up our wood floors and blamed our animals. There was paint and
plaster on walls and doorways throughout the whole house (hallways, kitchen,
basement stairs, ect.). To make matters worse
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wrote on our basement
stares and then was chewing on sunflower seeds the whole time and leaving the
shells all over the house including a mass of them in our bathtub without
cleaning it up. We had to ask them to clean up and even then our house was
still left a mess. We have spent many hours trying to clean things up. I ended
up putting some sheets up but it was really too late and they were pulled down
as they worked. (2)
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did not rip out all the walls as agreed upon. She
struggled with the lath and plaster removal (she was notified it was lath and
plaster underneath before starting). She took many shortcuts and this left us
with a half new/half old bathroom. (3) There
was leveling cement in the floor and we originally agreed to take it out, once
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got to that point she said she was not taking it out because it was too
hard to do. This unfortunately caused problems with the leveling of the floor
and they ended up having to take it. In taking it out they dropped it into the
basement breaking a light and breaking some of the plumbing the plumber had
already installed. They did end up fixing the light they broke but the plumber
had to come fix the plumbing. She did a poor job reinforcing the floor and we
had to have her fix it. Even then she put two random posts in our basement and
drilled into our cement floor so we cannot move them. (4) Tiling was poorly
done and inconsistent.
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bragged about how good she was at tiling the
whole project and unfortunately we are very disappointed in her work. The tiles
are not level (some sticking out about .25 inches) or and definitely not evenly
spaced. We had them redo some of the tiles but there are so many more problems.
There are gaps of grout .5 inch wide in spots. When standing in the shower it
looks like some of the ones at the top are falling in. The grout looks like it
was too dry when put in and is cracking. The caulking that was done is smeared
about .5 inch wide. Broken tiles were put into place instead of cutting new
ones, we had plenty left over. She put in miss-cut tiles in several places. There
are areas that are not grouted or caulked that we have to go back and do. (5) The
drywall they did put up was done poorly. She made the comment that “nobody is
good at dry walling”. The sanding was done poorly and there are several areas
we will have to re do. As mentioned above, there were walls and the ceiling
that were not redone as originally agreed upon. The walls they did do appear to
be curved so we have had to put in filler between the walls and the base board because
there were gaps. (6) The paint job done was poor. The walls were two toned
because they did not do two layers all the way around. For example all around
the edges, ceiling, and above the shower there are sections that no second coat
was put so it is lighter. It looks like a dirty or wet brush was used in
places. Also as mentioned above, paint was splattered everywhere. I have had to
scrape paint off our new tub, sink. and toilet, off floors throughout the
house, and we will have to repaint several walls because paint was on them. They
left the walls in the hallway and the second room where the closets were
removed unpainted so that is something we will have to do on our own. (7) The trim
they put in in the hall and second room was poorly done and didn’t match was
what was already there. Instead of replacing a whole piece they did patch work
which looks awful (there was plenty of trim that they could have replaced a
whole piece). Like mentioned above there were gaps between the trim and the
walls. (8) We had ordered a dumpster for all of the old materials and the
garbage. We notified
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that the company was coming to take the dumpster
and everything had to be in it. A lot of materials were left on our front porch
and in our back yard.
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told my husband that I wanted them???? Why would
I want old used construction materials? We told her that she needed to haul the
materials away and instead she put them in our garage and in our garbage can
which the city does not allow. (9) Poor communication.
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often told me
different things than my husband. She would not respond to my husband’s calls
and he had to become firm with her at times. She failed to tell us when there
were problems or they broke something (happened several times). She had poor
communication with the plumber. The plumber needed certain things done before
he could finish his work and she kept putting things off saying that the plumber
needed to do his stuff first. My husband had to finally step in and sort it all
out. She gave us a different quote than what the plumber actually wanted and
then said she would pay the difference which she did not after talking to the plumber.
He sucked up the difference. She struggled with some aspects of the project and
did not tell us. Throughout the process she complained about other customers,
swore, spoke inappropriately, etc. (10)
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was sick for several of the
days and did not show up, we were still charged full price for her helper to
show up and do minimal tasks. She moved slow, did not put in 8 hour days, and
took a lot of time not actually doing work (there were some days I was home
that I monitored her work and found it to be minimal). I can understand being sick but
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’t charge
me for that time. (11) After 3.5 weeks
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called and said she was
finished. I got home to a bathroom with no ceiling vent, caulking and grouting unfinished,
house a mess, no door on the bathroom(!!!!), no switch plate covers, unpainted
and poorly painted walls, poor tiling job, etc. My husband called her and
complained. She did say she would come back (not for free) but we were not
going to pay her any more money and needed our house back. She did take some
money off the final bill (she required a partial payment every week so we were
already out a lot of money) but it is not enough money to pay someone to come
and fix all the problems and mistakes. Over all the job costs us 33% more than
the original estimate (just in labor costs and after the reduction) and the
bathroom was incomplete and poorly done. One minor thing I did notice that I
didn’t feel comfortable with is that she altered one of the checks I wrote so
that the money went into her personal account and not the business account. It
didn’t make me feel good about her when I saw it. There are so many more little
issues but those are the big ones. I have pictures if anyone is interested.
Unfortunately this project turned out to be incredibly disappointing for us. We
are having a baby soon and the money that we will have to use to fix all the
problems should be going to fixing a nursery up. I feel
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took advantage
of us and am disappointed in the job that was done.
- Carrie B.
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I have pictures of him loading the shingles onto his truck. He never did come back for a walk through, had many mistakes. We are still battling with roof leaks. There is a ridge that was supposed to have a vent, doesn't have one. we've had to have people finish up the railing. Multiple leaks, drainage wasn't done correct and has taken on water. He didn't finish up closet areas or drywalling and we had to do some of this. He wasn't there, didn't finish things or do them how they were supposed to be. Flashing wasn't done right. They put holes in the chimney, which a contractor has told us is causing leaks. It's a mess! I've spent about 1/3 of the cost to build the house correcting his mistakes. The good part is that the plumber and electric gentleman have came back to correct issues. Someone else didn't come back because they told us they didn't get paid for the work. we've written him a bunch of letters. It ended up costing more than originally estimated, too.
- NANCY W.
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First project: While talking it seemed like he was trying to add a lot to the project. Did not hire him for that project.







Second project: He was suppose to provide an estimate and never did and never contacted me again.
- DUSTIN B.
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and his son
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came to our house for an estimate and were very understanding of what we wanted. We worked together to get the the system that we needed without causing a great disruption to our basement. They were very professional. The work was much less messy than we expected, and what mess there was, they cleaned up before they left. The work was done in just a few hours and the cost was actually a little less than was estimated. I have already told others of our experience and recommended their company.
- Jeffrey W.
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Premier built a two and a half car garage for us this spring. they did a wonderful job and I would highly recommend them to anyone. The work was done very quickly and in a clean manner.
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always returned phone calls and stayed in contact with us to let us know when people were coming to do work and in general the process. Super pleased and would use them again in minute!!!!!!! Amazingly quick.
- amy L.
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Every construction job has a life of its own. Overall everything went very well. There were a few things that needed to be done that we were not aware of when we started the job. For example we had a problem with our exiting roof and we also needed more insulation in the existing house. Our front porch was sagging as well.
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Contstruction identified all of these issues, discussed options with us, and took care of them for us. We are very happy that we went forward with our projcet and that we chose
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Contrsuction to do it.
- Donita F.
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02 Remodel

4304 98th Street
Urbandale, IA

3 C CARPENTRY

732 53RD ST
Des Moines, IA

AAA Painting contractors

529 W Roosevelt Rd
Wheaton, IL

ABC ROOFING CO

4101 COLFAX AVE
Des Moines, IA

ACCURATE DEVELOPMENT INC

12035 UNIVERSITY
Clive, IA

ACCURATE PAINTING CO

610 3RD ST
Waukee, IA

ACHESON CONSTRUCTION INC

1712 S 42ND ST
West Des Moines, IA

Action Roofing & Construction, Inc.

5485 NE 17th St
Des Moines, IA

Affinity Contractors

1406 Main Street
Norwalk, IA

Affordable Remodeling by John

1103 Brenda Ln
Humble, TX

AGEE PAINTING & DECORATING INC

6297 NE RISING SUN DR
Des Moines, IA

ALPHA HOMES LTD

4489 NW 2ND ST
Des Moines, IA

Amazed Design & Construction

PO Box 48
Saint Marys, IA

Amega Garage Door Openers Inc

2404 Martin Luther King Jr Pkwy
Des Moines, IA

american artisan & traditional homes, inc.

3711 franklin ave
Des Moines, ia

AMERICAN HOME SALES

108 3RD ST
Des Moines, IA

AOI OF DES MOINES INC

1520 2ND AVE
Des Moines, IA

Ark Construction LLC

PO Box 22237
Clive, IA

ARNOLD CONSTRUCTION INC

917 28th St
West Des Moines, IA

Assured Home Inspections, LLC.

8855 Luin Drive
Clive, IA

B-Squared Construction

33 Country Club Dr
Eureka Springs, AR

BALL CONSTRUCTION SVC LLC

6601 Westown Pkwy Ste 240
West Des Moines, IA

Benchmark Construction LLC

1900 Cedar Street
Norwalk, IA

BERNING CONSTRUCTION LLC

1768 218th Ave
Osceola, IA

Blueprint Homes LLC

14212 Ridgemont Drive
Urbandale, IA

BMB Finishes

4525 77th St.
Urbandale, IA

Brenizer Builders

115 Elm Court
Norwalk, IA

BROTHERS CONSTRUCTION LTD

6611 NE RISING SUN DR
Des Moines, IA

Bryan Clark Homes

P.O. box 1230
Waukee, IA

Bryngelson Builders

9229 Timberwood Dr
Johnston, IA

BUCHANAN BUILDERS INC

1454 30TH ST
West Des Moines, IA

Bull West Design

4715 Devlin Dr
Norwalk, IA

Carpenter Construction Services

732 SE Shurfine Dr
Ankeny, IA

CASA CONSTRUCTION

1401 NE 56TH ST
Des Moines, IA

CENTRAL CONSTRUCTION

1300 LINCOLN ST
West Des Moines, IA

CENTRAL CONSTRUCTION

4764 NE 22ND ST
Des Moines, IA

CHARLES D LEONARD CONTRACTORS

13130 ADAMS ST
Des Moines, IA

CHS, LLC

545 Hwy 6
Waukee, IA

City Builders

2009 Center St
Cedar Falls, IA

Clean Living Services

9408 Lakewood Pointe Dr
Norwalk, IA

Cleary Building - DeSoto

901 Guthrie Street
De Soto, IA

Commercial and Home Services

545 Hwy 6
Waukee, IA

Complete Contruction

Winterset, IA

CONDOR RELIABILITY SVC

2801 MCKINLEY AVE
Des Moines, IA

CONSTRUCTION MATERIALS TESTING

1610 E Madison Ave
Des Moines, IA

COOPER HOMES INC

3805 WOLCOTT AVE
Des Moines, IA

Cornerstone Homes LTD

PO Box 1108
Waukee, IA

Cover's Construction LLC

21321 V Ave
Dallas Center, IA

Creating Spaces

528 36th St
Des Moines, IA

CREATIVE CUSTOM REMODELING

1927 NW 90TH ST
Clive, IA

Creekside Construction Services

4603 NE McDougal Ln
Ankeny, IA

DARRELL MILLER CONSTRUCTION

924 5TH ST
Ames, IA

DARYL ROCKEY CONSTRUCTION

PO BOX 25027
West Des Moines, IA

DENNIS ENTERPRISES

130 5TH ST
West Des Moines, IA

Des Moines Stucco, LLC

704 5th St.
West Des Moines, IA

deWit Construction and Roofing

20000 Wendover Place
Dallas Center, IA

DirectBuy of Indianapolis

8450 Westfield Blvd
Indianapolis, IN

DON MAREAN CONSTRUCTION

1910 S 9TH LN
West Des Moines, IA

Downing Construction Inc

2500 W. 2nd Ave.
Indianola, IA

DUANE VAN HEMERT

3409 CRESTMOOR PL
Des Moines, IA

Ducts In A Row

939 Main St
Pella, IA

EDMOND DEVELOPMENT CO INC

6900 FOREST CT
Des Moines, IA

Elite Renditions

Des Moines, Ia

Eric Eugene Woods

417 Wilson St.
Van Meter, IA

FAMILY HOMES DEVELOPMENT

5703 SW 3rd St
Des Moines, IA

FOX CONSTRUCTION SVC INC

PO Box 27166
West Des Moines, IA

FRONTIER CONSTRUCTION INC

2156 N RIVER SCHOOL RD
Winterset, IA

GEISLER PAINTING & CONSTR INC

5037 NE 38TH ST
Des Moines, IA

Giovanti

213 n. Ankeny blvd., ste 120
Ankeny, IA

GRA BUILDERS

4809 FLEMING AVE
Des Moines, IA

Guardian Contracting Partners LLC

2366 270th St
Ames, IA

Habitat Des Moines

PO Box 716
Des Moines, IA

Hammerhead Construction, LLC

6612 Sheridan AVE
Des Moines, IA

Harless Construction

4960 Ashley Park Dr
West Des Moines, IA

Hartman Remodeling & Constr

11761 Nw Beaver Dr
Granger, IA

HCI Marketing LLC

4343 16th Street
Moline, IL

HENRY BUILDERS INC

5200 CYPRESS DR
Des Moines, IA

herbert /stork construction

1073 35th St
Des Moines, IA

HERBERT STORK CONSTRUCTION

1073 35TH ST
Des Moines, IA

Hickory Construction Inc

PO Box 136
Ames, IA

HOFFMAN CONSTRUCTION

4629 WEBSTER ST
Ames, IA

Holst Construction

4665 North East 7th street
Des Moines, IA

Homes By Brill LLC

2894 106th St.
Urbandale, IA

HORIZON DEVELOPMENT LC

2429 REYNOLDS LN
Des Moines, IA

HUBBELL HOMES

6900 WESTOWN PKWY
West Des Moines, IA

HUBER'S HANDYMAN SVC

311 39TH ST
West Des Moines, IA

IOWA LANDSCAPING

1625 Tulip Tree Ln
West Des Moines, IA

Ironwood Homes, Inc.

3424 EP True Parkway
West Des Moines, IA

J & G Builders

1326 NW Shoreline Ct
Ankeny, IA

J C CEMENT

2657 INDIANAPOLIS AVE
Des Moines, IA

JD Homeowner Services

4807 160th Ave
Carlisle, IA

Jerry's Homes Inc

10430 New York Ave
Urbandale, IA

Jerry's Homes, Inc

10430 New York Ave, Ste C
Urbandale, IA

JOHN R GRUBB INC

475 S 50TH ST
West Des Moines, IA

JOHNSON CONCRETE CONSTRUCTION

107 ARTHUR AVE
Des Moines, IA

Juergens Property Development, LLC

222 Pine Ave
Norwalk, IA

K & V HOMES

2105 S.E. 37th. St.
Grimes, IA

LOWE CONSTRUCTION INC

4214 FLEUR DR
Des Moines, IA

MADDEN CONSTRUCTION

5909 GRAND AVE
Des Moines, IA

MAREAN CONSTRUCTION LC

1910 S 9TH LN
West Des Moines, IA

MARK III HOMES

2150 DELAVAN DR
West Des Moines, IA

MASTERCRAFT ESTATE HOMES

6600 WESTOWN PKWY
West Des Moines, IA

MC MURRAY HOMES INC

495 S 34TH CT
West Des Moines, IA

MERIDIAN HOMES

PO Box 42245
Urbandale, IA

MEYCON CONSTRUCTION LLC

1063 14TH PL
Des Moines, IA

Midwest Homes LLC

5300 Hickory Hills Dr
Ames, IA

Modern Touches

3291 230th st
Saint Charles, IA

Monkeys Auctions

69 Johns St
Indianola, IA

Moore Quality Construction

446 N Shadyview Blvd
Pleasant Hill, IA

Nelson Construction

218 6th Ave Ste 200
Des Moines, IA

NELSON CONSTRUCTION SVC

218 6th Ave Ste 200
Des Moines, IA

NETZEL CONSTRUCTION

PO Box 66057
West Des Moines, IA

NVR Inc

11700 Plaza American Dr
Reston, VA

Orton Homes

2208 Woodlands Pkwy
Clive, IA

PARTNERS CONSTRUCTION SVC

4830 MAPLE DR
Des Moines, IA

Patterson Homes & Remodeling

PO Box 498
Grimes, IA

Pender Construction

1423 56th St
Des Moines, IA

PERRY HOMEBUILDERS INC

904 52nd Ct
West Des Moines, IA

PETERS INC

1900 1/2 MCKINLEY AVE
Des Moines, IA

PETERSON BUILDERS

55418 310TH ST
Huxley, IA

Pfaff Construction

Des Moines, IA

PHOENIX C & D RECYCLING

4764 NE 22ND ST
Des Moines, IA

PINEAPPLE HOMES

219 5TH ST
West Des Moines, IA

Platinum Development Co

2538 73rd St
Urbandale, IA

Precision Painting & Services

525 2nd St
West Des Moines, IA

PREFERRED HOMES INC

1224 65TH ST
West Des Moines, IA

PREFERRED HOMES INC

5152 EP TRUE PKWY
West Des Moines, IA

Premier Construction Services

5461 Sandstone Dr
West Des Moines, IA

PRESIDENT HOMES INC

1228 8TH ST
West Des Moines, IA

PRESTON CONSTRUCTION INC

3620 54TH ST
Des Moines, IA

Pride Builders Construction

1600 E Watrous
Des Moines, IA

PURSCELL CO

3505 SW 9TH ST
Des Moines, IA

Rainbow International of Des Moines

2901 Willis Ave
Perry, IA

RASK CONSTRUCTION

339 58TH ST
Des Moines, IA

REGAL DEVELOPMENT

2019 S 41st Ct
West Des Moines, IA

REGENCY COMMERCIAL SVC

6600 WESTOWN PKWY
West Des Moines, IA

Remodeling Second Opinion

106 W Sunnybrook Dr
Royal Oak, MI

Renaissance Roofing Inc

2306 Lemp Ave
Saint Louis, MO

Reynolds General Construction, Inc.

1609 NORTHWEST DR
Des Moines, IA

Ridnour Construction

3811 Lincoln Place Dr
Des Moines, IA

RJ Builders

1423 56th St
Des Moines, IA

ROTTLUND CRAFTSMEN

7995 WISTFUL VISTA DR
West Des Moines, IA

ROTTLUND HOMES

3636 WESTOWN PKWY
West Des Moines, IA

Rowat Cut Stone and Marble

110 SE 7th Street
Des Moines, IA

ROYAL CONSTRUCTION SVC

1724 E BELL AVE
Des Moines, IA

RUPERTO CONSTRUCTION LC

1437 MAURY ST
Des Moines, IA

RYAN COMPANIES US INC

1401 50TH ST
West Des Moines, IA

SAVANNAH HOMES INC

800 S 50TH ST
West Des Moines, IA

Scandinavian Log Homes

1861 NE 146 Street
Miami, FL

SCHRODER CONSTRUCTION SVC

103 S 11TH ST
West Des Moines, IA

See It N 3D Design & Technical Illustrations

500 Los Faroles , Carr 861
Miami, FL

SILENT RIVERS

308 SE 8TH ST
Des Moines, IA

SILENT RIVERS DESIGN + BUILD

9205 SWANSON BLVD
Clive, IA

Smart Roofing LLC

2614 61St St
Des Moines, IA

STEADMAN CONTRACTING SVC

742 79th Pl
West Des Moines, IA

TAYLOR CONSTRUCTION GROUP

6100 THORNTON AVE
Des Moines, IA

Tazman Construction

4910 Urbandale Ave
Des Moines, IA

Teagle Construction

123 Stevens Dr
Iowa City, IA

TECK General Builders

1124 SW 50th St.
Ankeny, IA

The Carpenters Group

2009 Nature Trail
Winterset, IA

THOMAS FELICE CONSTRUCTION

4280 SE 15TH CT
Des Moines, IA

TIGGES CONSTRUCTION

PO Box 22178
Clive, IA

Total Drywall

1101 SW Ordnance Rd
Ankeny, IA

Trezac Construction

355 88th St
West Des Moines, IA

Triple R Builders Inc.

2000 NW Kelsey Lynn Circle
Grimes, IA

Umthun Construction

11651 NW 121st St
Granger, IA

UNIQUE HOMES INC

5125 WATERFRONT CT
Des Moines, IA

Veldkamp Construction Services LLC.

4532 Boulevard Place
Des Moines, IA

VENTURE HOMES

475 S 50TH ST
West Des Moines, IA

Vice Construction

1203 N 9th st.
Indianola, IA

WALNUT CREEK CONSTRUCTION

1258 8TH ST
West Des Moines, IA

warren home improvements

2512 SE 8th Ct
Des Moines, IA

WAUSAU HOMES-INDIANOLA

PO Box 316
Indianola, IA

WELSH CONSTRUCTION

4949 WESTOWN PKWY
West Des Moines, IA

Windsor Log Home Restorations

PO Box 1963
Ellijay, GA

Woodmaster Remodeling

885 NW Aurora
Des Moines, IA

XPRESS LUBES OF IOWA

319 7TH ST
Des Moines, IA

YONKER CONSTRUCTION

PO Box 3374
Des Moines, IA

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