Marble And Granite Countertop Installation

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Un-sanded grout or latex caulk can be used to fill the grout lines between the marble tile. Just be sure to push the grout/caulk deep into the joints so they root well or eventually they will come out. Installing marble tile will be a lot cheaper than a marble slab countertop. Fabricating and installing a marble slab (or any stone slab) is typically the most expensive part of the job. However, installing marble tile countertops could be done by a handyman or do-it-yourselfer. Marble tile will scratch since it is softer than granite. It is impossible to stop etching in the kitchen on countertops. Applying a sealer will control staining on honed marble, however repairing etch marks on honed marble is a bit more difficult. Used to be people didn’t care that the marble patina changed and aged with use. Only people who don’t care if the marble etches or even stains should ever install marble as a kitchen countertop. Sealing marble or any stone is an easy job, but you may not have to do it at all. The conflict is that applying a sealer is an absolute no-brainer must do. If there was no harm in applying a sealer to a surface that didn’t need it, then no worries (except lost time and money!)… So, all you need to do is test your marble tile to see if sealing is necessary. Neither marble slab nor marble tile is the greatest choice for a kitchen countertop, due to the etching issue and the constant ongoing maintenance that results from it. Installing a marble tile countertop is certainly a lot less expensive than a marble slab countertop. A marble slab countertop would have to be purchased, fabricated (cut) and installed by a professional stone fabricator and the installation is the most expensive part. The main difference here is the grout, which could crack or crumble and get dirty. So, if you are handy and want to install a marble tile bathroom countertop you’ll likely save a few to several hundred dollars, then again depending on the size the savings may not be enough to pass on a slab. Also , if you are installing polished (shiny) marble tiles they won’t stay that way for long. This is fine really since honed or more rough finished marble is still a beautiful countertop and why fight an uphill battle. Granite is much harder and will keep its polish far longer than marble and granite does not etch. Or go ahead with the marble countertop, but don’t fuss about the etch marks or any stains, etc. The sun and rain will eventually bleach out and wash away stains and etch marks aren’t nearly as noticeable on honed or more raw finished marble. Is there a recommended width for the grout line between marble tiles? Sanded grout is for wider grout joints typically used only with more rustic looking finishes like tumbled marble tile. It takes expensive machines to cut the marble slab and considerable skill, knowledge, experience and several pairs of hands to successfully install a marble slab. Another “pro” is that many consider marble to be the most elegant, beautiful and luxurious stone. But the confusion here is due to a different problem (etching: see below) that many mistakenly confuse for “staining”. The primary drawback to marble tile or slab countertops in the kitchen (bathrooms and floors aren’t a problem) is that cleaning and maintenance will be more involved than with a granite or quartz countertop. It could absorb an impact as well as most other surfaces though. Etching isn’t as noticeable on a honed surface, but a honed surface is more absorbent than polished. Over the years these marks all fade and blend to create that rustic look, but you’ll pull your hair out in frustration if you want it to remain pristine. I know you often read or hear that “marble tile stains easy” and that “marble must be sealed”. While the real story is that many stones (including marble tile) need sealing, but many do not (including some marble tile), so a blanket statement does not work. But you should also read above about the wisdom of installing marble tile as a kitchen countertop in the first place. Marble tiles are much cheaper for the same surface area and a reasonably competent handyman could install a marble tile countertop. Either way it’s still marble so there is no difference in marble cleaning and maintenance requirements. A tile expert could make the grout last a very long time and you can keep it clean, but a marble slab will easily outlive the house. If you just “butt joint” the marble tile edge to edge water will get into the seams, get trapped under the marble, rotting the marble tile, the tiki bar until the whole thing falls apart.

Install Marble Tile Countertops With Ease. | Duration 1 Minutes 29 Seconds Weather and the elements will wear away the shiny layer leaving a more honed or matte finish to the marble. To keep the shine you’d have to periodically hire a professional to come in and re-polish the tile. Granite is really the hands down winner for an outdoor kitchen or tiki bar countertop.

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Marble is mainly composed of calcium carbonate and is sensitive to acidic cleaners. Now, grab the soft sponge or cloth of choice and begin to gently scrub down the natural stone surface. It is very helpful to identify the initial cause of said stains on your counters. The sooner you tend to the stain the easier it will be to remove it. You also want to be sure to use the right clothing like protective eyewear, gloves, and be in a well-ventilated area. Take the spray bottle and spray the countertop surface thoroughly & repeat until the stain is gone. Using the cotton swab, apply the acetone directly onto the countertop surface. Take flour poultice and apply it to the area with a spoon or plastic spatula. Take a toothpick and poke a few holes in the plastic wrap and let the poultice dry up for about 24 hours. After it is completely dry you can remove it and discard of it. You will also need a soft sponge or cloth dampened in water. Take a plastic or wood spatula and spread the paste evenly over the stain. After the poultice has dried to the touch, you can remove it with the plastic or wood scraper and then rinse off the area using distilled water. This common kitchen and bath countertop option can be quite pricey. This is the reason why it is important to protect this investment by taking care of your marble tops the right way. Any liquid that is acidic such as lemon juice, lime juice, vinegar etc. Many people see etches as a part of the countertop’s character and others want the top layer to get grinded down anytime that too many etches occur. Below you will find a small list of products you are going to need before you start to clean your marble counters.

How To Install Granite Countertop Part 1 Removing Old Counter And Set A New Granite Counter | Duration 13 Minutes 14 Seconds Take this soapy water mix and begin to spray down the marble countertop surface generously. Continue repeating this process until the soapy residue is completely gone. This enables you to find the right cleaner to use for that type of stain. You should never mix chemicals or other cleaning agents with each other. If you have lighter countertops, then you’ll want to use a 20 % hydrogen peroxide solution. Take anywhere between 1/4 – 1/2 of a cup of flour in a bowl and mix it with either acetone (dark colored stone) or twenty percent hydrogen peroxide (light stone) to form a paste. Now cover the area with some plastic wrap and press down firmly. Remove & discard the wrap & let the poultice to continue drying. If you still see any marks left then all you have to do is repeat the process. Clean off the area where the soap was & remove any leftover residue. For large paint stains, you will need to use commercial paint stripper which may cause etching & require the need for repolishing after the removal. Regardless of whether you own your own condominium or your own house, countertops can get dirty throughout time so make sure you know how to properly clean them! This particular pad may potentially do the trick for any small scratches and nicks you may find. You can prevent such damages by using trivets and coasters. Take the mix and apply it over the stain to a thickness of about 1/4 to 1/2 of an inch. You can cover the metal stain with plastic wrap & secure the sides all around using painter’s tape. Take off the plastic wrap and let the poultice dry as to pull the stain off of the natural stone countertop.

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But there was just something that kept drawing me back to marble. My countertops are gorgeous — both from a distance and up close, down to that gray-blue vein and the hint of gold sparkle. While a solid concrete countertop might be virtually scratch-proof and quartz is known to be easily buffed and corrected, marble is more porous. Even when wiped away quickly, those acidic cleaning solutions will leave deep and narrow scratches across the surface. If you opted for another kind of stone, sealing could be done much less often with the same results. But if your marble isn’t in pristine condition, you’ll likely need to hire a pro to buff out the blemishes before you sell your home. Even then, a restoration job might not give your marble that first-day sheen. For example, many professionals consider quartz almost foolproof. Still though, there’s just something undeniably gorgeous about this milky white stone. And then there was the bowl of tomato soup, which left a permanent, bright red circle in the middle of my countertop. They can also eat away at the protective coating, making everything more prone to staining. It’s resistant to both stains and damage, and holds up for years. And even if cooking isn’t your jam, consider the things that can go wrong — for instance, if you have young kids or are just kind of lazy about home maintenance (we get it).

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Marble tiles install in much the same fashion as any other tiles. Attach wooden shims to the tops of the cabinets in any spots that are not level, using finishing nails or wood glue. Add up to 1inch to allow for an overhang along the front edge of the cabinet, if desired. Drill pilot holes along the upright walls of the base cabinet 8 to 10 inches apart. Mix thinset mortar as directed and apply an even layer to the plywood surface using a 1/4″ notched trowel.

Marble Kitchen Countertop Installation | Duration 6 Minutes 56 Seconds Install the backerboard edge strips in the same way, so that the top edges are flush with the horizontal backerboard surface. Smooth the thinset over the tape with a flat trowel or drywall knife. Lay the marble tiles along the front edge of the countertop to work out your spacing. Plan the tile placement so any cut tiles are at the back of the countertop as well. Cut just a small amount of tile at a time with the nippers to avoid breaking the tile. Mix thinset mortar with water to the consistency of mashed potatoes. Place the tiles on top, pulling the front edge of the tile over the front edge of the countertop to the depth of the edge tile. Use spacers if you feel you need them to help you keep the joints an even width, but they usually aren’t necessary with the narrow joints created when you set marble tiles. Set the tiles along the front edge first by working from one side to the other, then set the next row of tiles behind them. Alternatively, tap a tile lightly with a rubber mallet to level it in the thinset. Place thinset on the back of the edge tiles as well as on the edging. Hold the edge tiles in place by wrapping painter’s or masking tape around the front edge. Remove any grout haze that remains after the grout dries, using a soft cloth. Apply a sealer to the marble tiles and grout according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Allow the sealer to remain on the marble tile for at least one hour before wiping off the excess with a clean towel. Serpentine-class marble is formed in much the same way as granite and has many of the same easy-care qualities. Consider getting a darker shade of marble tile to help minimize the appearance of any stains that might occur on the surface. Keeping your marble tile countertop sealed will also protect it from staining. Check that the base cabinets are level from front to back and side to side, using a carpenter’s level. Cut 3/4-inch plywood to those dimensions, using a circular saw. Secure the plywood to the base cabinets with 1 5/8-inch deck screws. Cut 1/4- or 1/2-inch cement backerboard to the countertop’s dimensions. Cut backerboard along its cutting line by scoring it with a carbide-tipped scoring tool. Lay the backerboard onto the thinset and fasten it to the plywood with 1 1/4-inch backerboard screws. Fill and cover all backerboard joints with thinset and embed mesh tape into the mortar. You want any cut edges to be along the outside edges. Cut the tiles, using a tile cutter if the marble tiles are thin. Spread a small section of mortar along the front corner of one end of the countertop, using a notched trowel. Set a carpenter’s level on the tiles as you work to ensure they are all level with each other. Add or remove thinset to level it and put it back into position. Set the tiles in place, aligning the grout joints with those of the tile on top of the counter. Wipe grout from the marble tiles before it dries, using a clean, damp sponge. Some products recommend a second application to finish the protective seal on the tiles.

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To determine how much tile you’ll need, use a tape measure to determine the length and height of all areas to be tiled and jot down these measurements in feet. Also, call around to local tool rental shops to compare prices and place a reserve on a wet tile saw for the weekend you plan on tiling. Simply divide the manufacturer’s measurements for mortar and water in halves or quarters to ensure a proper ratio. As you apply sheets of tile, slide spacers under the bottom row of tile to create a gap that later will be filled with caulk. Grasp the clips at the top and bottom, and gently pull the box out far enough that tile can fit under the clips. Back-butter and position your cut tiles around outlet, sliding them under the outlet’s metal clips. Stir until the mix is smooth and is the consistency of toothpaste. Working quickly, apply grout from multiple angles to minimize gaps in grout and ensure even coverage. Check manufacturer’s instructions and, after the recommended cure time, seal tile and grout using a soft cotton cloth and the same stone sealer you used before grouting. To calculate square footage, multiply length by height, then add 10 percent to your total to allow for waste. Remove switch plates and attach screws to plate backs with a piece of painter’s tape so they won’t become lost. If not, note where it dips or rises so you can accommodate with a wider caulk line where needed between the tile and countertop. Dip notched trowel into mortar, then spread an even layer onto a small section of wall. It’s better to caulk, rather than grout, this bottom line to allow for cabinets shifting with normal floorboard movement. Using a screwdriver, loosen up screws holding outlets in electrical boxes. Tile slid under the clips will bring the boxes flush with the surrounding tile, eliminating the need for box extenders. Using a razor blade or scissors, cut tiles away from the mesh backing. Position tile so the blade will hit on your marked line and slowly move tile through the saw. If you force the tile through too quickly, your cut will not be smooth. This is especially important in any areas that aren’t resting on the countertop, like behind the stove. Using damp paper towels, meticulously clean surface of tile to remove any bits of mortar or dust. Be sure to check manufacturer’s suggested cure time of the product you use. Just rub the tile’s surface with a soft cotton rag that’s damp with stone sealer. Before applying grout to the tile, allow it to “slake,” or rest, for five to 10 minutes (check manufacturer’s recommended time) so the chemicals can properly bond. Dip one end of the grout float into bucket and apply to the wall, using enough pressure to work grout into the spaces between tiles.

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More often, however, two or more marble slabs are joined together with epoxy to make a countertop surface. Make sure all cabinets are level, flush and securely fastened to both the floor and the wall. Some marble kitchen countertops do not require any underlayment – the cabinet frames are strong enough to support the slabs. Precisely mark any openings for sinks, cook tops or any other cuts that will have to be made in the marble slab. This will allow you to make any necessary alterations to the cabinets to ensure a perfect fit. Shim the front edges to make sure they are flat and level along the entire edge. If your installation doesn’t require a substrate, place smaller beads on top of the cabinet frames so that excess silicone does not ooze out from under the slab. Be careful not to slide or push the slabs around, which would smear the silicone and result in a less-than-ideal seal. Install backsplashes after the slabs have been set and clamped. Apply as close to the edge as possible to prevent excess epoxy from oozing onto the marble surface. Mix the pigment in slowly until the desired color is achieved and then pour the mixture over the seams and use a putty knife to force it into the joints. Mix slightly more epoxy than you think you will need and make sure you completely fill the seams, as any gaps or cracks can be difficult to re-fill and color matching another batch of epoxy can be tricky. Once everything is completely dry, remove the tape and sand or carefully scrape away or remove any excess epoxy and/or silicone adhesive. The enhancer will make the colors more vivid and the sealer will protect the stone. Marble kitchen countertops usually come in slab form, with one slab sometimes covering an entire countertop surface. Carefully remove any existing countertop materials and disconnect all gas and plumbing lines before removing appliances. To avoid excessive shimming and wide gaps that call for a lot of filler material, make sure that the cabinets are within ⅛ inch of level over a 10-foot span and the walls are within ⅛-inch of a true plane (plumb and without excessive curves). Use kraft paper or something stiffer yet still lightweight to create an exact template of the countertop and other surfaces to be covered with marble, including backsplashes. If you’re installing a new sink, be sure it will fit in the sink cabinet and is in the right position before creating the template. If the new countertop will need more than one slab, the supplier will be able to advise you on the best locations for seams. Place shims at solid points on the cabinet tops – not in the middle of a long trim or filler piece. Place quarter-size dollops every 6 inches over a plywood substrate. Clamp the slab down in several places to hold the entire assembly in position. Most epoxies need pigment mixed in to match or complement the marble color. Advise your customer to re-apply the enhancer-sealer about every year or two, or when they notice spills do not wipe away easily.

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This type of top is a good idea as you only have the 1 installation to complete. They usually are installed with bolts under the top which can be loosened, then the grouting around the top can be loosened with a hammer. Ensure that it fits snugly; otherwise, you might have to trim other excess marble with a sander to do this. Make sure the area is clean of any dust or dirt before applying the glue. They are fairly easy to install, and you will be very happy with the result. Make sure the marble countertop is level with no gaps before proceeding. These silicone adhesives come in different colors to match the color of the marble. Use a specialty cleaner to avoid causing scratches or other damage.

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Even in the higher end, the labor is still only a sixth of the cost of the material. Larger pieces, while heavier, take much less time to install. This of course adds time, which adds money to your final countertop bill. Simple shapes not only make it easier to cut, but easier to install. Doing anything more than the ordinary will raise your countertop project cost. Soundness is related to the appearance of the marble and how much of it was repaired at a factory before installation. B ratings mean few flaws overall, but the marble may contain fissures or visible pitting. D ratings come as a result of many factory repaired flaws, but may also have bright colors and dramatic veins and swirls. The second is honed marble, and this leaves the finish with more of an opaque, satin finish. Just like granite counters, both finishes should be sealed to protect it against staining. For one, it has a beautiful, natural appearance that goes with any decor and remains stylish no matter how trends change. Marble also brightens both bathrooms and kitchens with its shiny surface. Consumers who are unsure about marble for kitchen countertops will find that marble is a beautiful choice for bathroom countertops, where etching is less likely to be an issue. The primary issue with marble for kitchen countertops is etching. Etching will happen with marble and there is no way to prevent this. Etching is more visible on polished marble versus honed, but both are equally susceptible to the problem. They both will need regular re-sealing as both are very susceptible to etching. If you really want to be careful, avoid setting glasses directly on the marble. Also, wipe up acid spills immediately and wipe the surface with a wet cloth. Luckily, small scratches and stains are not difficult to remove, by a professional. While installing tile countertops is rather easy, installing marble is simply not the same. Add some adhesive caulk on the top of the counter base or island. Marble counters are simply timeless and have tremendous durability. Marble has been used for centuries as both a countertop and flooring material. The average amount of marble bought for countertops is 53sf. The time to install the countertops averages around 10 hours. Knowing each and every price factor will help you lower your marble cost per square foot. If you go with marble, the type of marble can affect the final cost. When it comes to counters, you have to consider removing the old countertops, sink cut-outs, finishes and backsplashes. Knowing the common characteristics, pros, cons and prices of each will surely help you determine the right type of marble for your counters. Carrara has more of an overall gray shade with softer veining. C ratings mean the material has some flaws that will be factory repaired, but the repaired areas may be visible. The thicker your marble, the more durable and expensive it is. Kneading and rolling dough are much easier activities on a shiny surface without residual stickiness. On the other hand, consumers who understand that marble is supposed to etch and age naturally will find that it works wonderfully in kitchens as well. Consumers often confuse this with staining and believe that if they seal the marble, it will not stain. Etching typically occurs through contact with acidic food or drinks, and obviously this is unavoidable if the marble is used for kitchen countertops. In addition, scratching and chipping can also be a problem in kitchens, due to the use of knives and heavy pots and pans. First and foremost, both types of marble finishes need to be treated similarly. Using non-abrasive cleaners and hotpads for hot dishes will help keep staining and etching to a minimum. However, larger cracks or heat-related damages will cost more. Marble slabs are much heavier and often require three or four strong individuals to install. If you’re ready to upgrade your kitchen or bathroom and install marble countertops, let us help you find a remodeling pro in your town!

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Houses having extensive marble finishing require regular cleaning to retain the rich gleaming texture that marble provides. This is because cleaning stains and dirt from the surface of a white marble floor is comparatively difficult. Marble countertops in kitchens are subject to a lot of harsh stains due to regular use, as is the case with marble floors. Fill a bucket with water and add a few teaspoons of dish washing liquid. The sponge like structure eliminates grease and food stains from marble surface when scrubbed over it. If the floor has been stained with dust, dirt and grime, then poultice is probably the best cleansing agent. Apply loose cornstarch powder in adequate amounts over the surface and scrub it with a brush having soft bristles. If traces have remained, then mop with hot water mixed with baking soda or dish washing detergent. Use vacuum cleaner regularly to get rid of dirt, to avoid scratches and marks. Above all, marble is a delicate material that requires immense care for a lasting shine and texture. You can get rid of the stains with the help of homemade or commercial cleaning products. Moreover, when the color is white, one has to be extra careful while exposing it to regular use. People who are not aware of how white marble is cleaned, must know the different kinds of techniques by which stains can be removed for making the original texture last long. All these processes take away the natural shine of the marble. The most common process for keeping marble clean is the mop and dry technique. There are also various commercial marble floor cleaners that can help get the desired effect. It’s the skin of a goat antelope that acts as a wonderful marble cleaning agent. You have to dampen the chamois in clean water and then rub it on the stains for quick cleaning. Poultice is an absorbent that sucks up the stains by means of capillary action. Apply a layer of poultice on stained marble for 15 minutes and then take it off. If your kitchen countertop has been tarnished by oil spills, grease and butter, then cornstarch is the best remedy for it. This will remove the stains as long as they are not very harsh. Use of moderate amounts of vinegar and ammonia also aids in getting rid of stains from marble flooring. People who are intensely fascinated by marble surfaces do polish them periodically. Polishing white marble is recommended because the color tends to fade away if proper care is not taken of. Use of harsh substances like wire wool and tough brushes are strictly not recommended.

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To protect your marble countertop, choose and test a sealer, apply your chosen sealer, and keep the countertop clean. There are many different counter sealers out there to choose from. Read the label carefully and make sure to go with a sealer that is an acid-resistant impregnator. Sealing your countertop is probably the best way to protect it, but before sealing it, you should make sure it needs to be sealed. If a dark spot or stain is left behind, then it’s time to seal your countertop. Clean the countertop using a clean, soft cloth, a mild soap, and warm water. Don’t clean your countertop with any harsh or acidic chemicals or products, such as bleach or lemon juice. Before applying the sealer, it’s important to read and understand the manufacturer’s directions on how to do so. Typically, the sealer label will instruct you to spray the entirety of your countertop with the sealer and then rub it in with a clean, soft cloth. If your countertop has a large surface area, you may want to treat small sections one at a time. Unless otherwise instructed, let the sealer soak in for about 5 minutes and then get a clean microfiber cloth to use to wipe up any excess. If this is the case, do a quick counter wipe with the microfiber cloth anyway. It’s common and often beneficial to do more than one coat when applying sealer, mostly because multiple coats ensure full coverage. Your marble countertop can stain easily and quickly, but with a strong sealer always on it, you’ll have a little more time to clean up any spills and prevent staining or etching. If you want to keep your marble countertop in pristine condition, it’s vital that you wipe up any spills as soon as they happen. As soon as a liquid comes in contact with your counter, wipe it up with a paper towel, sponge, or soft cloth. Different kinds of stains require different removal techniques. Remove an oil-based stain with a soft liquid cleanser, liquid detergent, ammonia, or mineral spirits. All of these items create a barrier between your countertop and potentially damaging substances. Remove the plastic after 24-48 hours, let the paste dry out, and then remove it with a wooden or plastic scraper. Ideally you should clean it every week, but with kids the counter may become messier, in which case you will have to clean it more often. Afterward, apply a marble sealer to avoid any further stains. What type of caulking may be used with marble counters? However, it’s easy to permanently damage marble, and tricky to it keep looking good if you aren’t sure how to protect it. However, depending on the ingredients, some will be effective and others may cause damage. Put a few drops of mineral oil or water on your counter and leave it for a few minutes (4 minutes for the water and 10 for the mineral oil). Don’t worry about the water or mineral oil leaving a spot behind; the liquid should evaporate within a half hour. Once you’ve determined that your countertop needs to be sealed, give it a good cleaning. Afterwards, dry the area thoroughly with a clean, dry cloth. Different manufacturers require using different application techniques and amounts of sealer, depending on the type of stone as well as the type of finish. If you’ve never sealed you countertop before with the product you’re using, consider treating a small area and checking it 24 hours later to make sure it had a positive effect on your countertop. If you happened to apply the perfect amount of sealer, then there may not be any left for you to remove. Make sure to wait at least 15 minutes so that the first coat can completely soak in, and then apply additional coats as needed and/or specified in your sealer’s directions. Marble is especially sensitive to acidic substances such as coffee, soda, fruit juices, and many common cleaning products. If you wipe up a spill and it has already created a stain, remove the stain right then and there. Remove an organic stain with a mixture of 12% hydrogen peroxide and a few drops of ammonia. This will prevent etches, scratches, and burn marks from permanently scarring your marble countertop. Cover it with plastic wrap and tape down the edges with painter’s tape. Get a cover or something to put the pot on, or, if you can, opt for a granite countertop. You could do it yourself with a hand polishing machine and the right polishing pads, though you may want to call a professional marble polishing company. Will the marble sealer spray damage my faucets if it comes in contact?


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