Category : Plumber’s Voice

iPhone Connected Bathroom And Kitchen Fixtures From Kohler?

Kohler, one of our recommended manufacturers of faucets and bathroom fixtures, has released a new high tech innovation we are very keen to see in action.

Kohler launches Kohler Konnect smart home range of iPhone-configurable bathroom and kitchen fixtures


The new line of connected devices using Kohler Konnect mostly centers around the bathroom experience, with each including some element that users can fine tune to their preference. The Kohler Konnect companion app can be used to alter presets, such as temperatures and lighting, and in some cases, to remotely turn on elements.

A key aspect is the inclusion of voice control, allowing for the user to operate a kitchen faucet or intelligent toilet, change the lighting in a bathroom mirror, run a shower, or automatically fill a bath to a specified depth and temperature, all through vocal commands.

While the system runs on Microsoft’s Azure cloud platform, and has a greater focus on using Amazon’s Alexa for automation and commands, a number of items from within the range are also able to support Apple’s HomeKit, along with the Google Assistant. In theory, this means that some of the announced items could be automated in HomeKit scenes, or for features to be remotely triggered by Siri commands.

The main featured item in Kohler’s new product range is the Verdera Voice Lighted Mirror, which is claimed to be an industry first with Amazon’s Alexa built into the unit. Containing dual microphones and hermetically sealed stereo speakers, the mirror offers LED lights for illuminating the user, a motion-activated wayfinding nightlight, and the ability to access thousands of Alexa skills.

So how does all this technology make life easier?  In our mobile device, Google Assistant, Amazon Alex connected world, it means with this sort of plumbing technology installed in your home, voice activation is now possible:

Away from the bathroom, the Sensate Kitchen Faucet offers motion-based and vocal control for water dispensing. Commands can be used to turn the water flow on or off, or to dispense water to a measured volume, for example the vocal command “Pour eight ounces.”

These are nice quality of life improvements for just about everyone.  Not mentioned here is how these voice activated innovations can make homes more liveable and convenient for our friends and family who have physical limitations.  Anyone out there in Los Angeles, Santa Monica, Redondo Beach, or Venice who has physical limitations where these voice activated controls would help greatly, we would love to  be your preferred plumber on the spot to install the Kohler Konnect system here and check up with you after of few weeks of use to see how it works out for you.  Give us a call at (323) 992-6477, we would love to hear from you.


Industry Watch 12-18-17

Rheem opens Innovation Learning Center near Dallas

The center is the fourth of five Rheem training facilities to open across the U.S. and Canada

Rheem, a leading manufacturer of water heaters, is celebrating the grand opening of its newest Innovation Learning Center outside of Dallas. The Center is part of an extensive renovation and expansion of Rheem’s divisional offices, warehouse and distribution facilities at 1875 Waters Ridge Drive in Lewisville, Texas.

The grand opening event kicked off with a ribbon cutting attended by Rheem executives and employees along with Mayor Pro Tem Brent Daniels, Rachel Bagley of the Lewisville Chamber of Commerce, and Erik With, district director from Congressman Michael Burgess’ office. The newly refurbished office and training spaces are home to Rheem’s regional HVAC division office a distribution center, which opened in Lewisville in 2006.

Rheem’s new Innovation Learning Center in Lewisville is the fourth of five training facilities to open across the U.S. and Canada. The digitally forward training facility will be used to educate HVAC contractors and plumbers from around the southwest and Midwest. It is a high-tech, hands-on center that includes interactive classrooms, a live demonstration lab where equipment can be broken down and reassembled, virtual reality labs for diagnostic training, as well as a product showroom that showcases the company’s latest energy efficient HVAC equipment, water heaters, pool heaters and boilers for both residential and commercial applications.
Source: Rheem

100, 000 Houston Air Conditioners May Be At Risk Of Failure

Houston-area homeowners and businesses with properties damaged by the recent historical flooding caused by Hurricane Harvey are potentially facing looming problems with their climate control systems that may not be obvious to the untrained eye.

The Air-Conditioning, Heating & Refrigeration Institute, a trade association representing the heating, ventilating and air conditioning warns standing water associated with flooding can result in system failure well after the water has receded.

“Standing water in a yard or house can damage a home’s heating and cooling system in ways that are not always readily apparent, ” said Stephen Yurek, president and CEO of AHRI. “We advise homeowners to play it safe and replace, rather than repair, flood-damaged heating, cooling, and water heating equipment.”

More than 134, 500 residences in the ten-county Houston area have been damaged or destroyed by Hurricane Harvey, according to a report from the Texas Division of Emergency Management. Any air conditioning unit that has taken on water is potentially damaged. Most water-damaged units may need to be replaced, according to AHRI. A flooded home comfort system is similar to a flooded car. It may appear to operate normally, but may be prone to suffer serious problems due to the long-term impact of the water damage.

While AHRI recommends replacing a water-damaged HVAC system, the timing of when to replace is important, according to Houston-area dealers: “The vast majority of damaged homes and businesses are having drywall work done plus hardwood floors sanded, ” said Corey Boyer, owner of Air Aide, a Houston HVAC service company. “In these cases consider whether it is best to wait to run the new system until the drywall work and floors are finished because you don’t want to circulate dust and debris through a new system. It will likely contaminate it.”  Source:

Central Brass Pre-Rinse Faucet

Central Brass Company introduces a new Pre-Rinse Faucet, designed to help reduce water usage in commercial kitchens while providing exceptional durability and performance. The faucet’s water-saving 1.1 gallons per minute flow rate meets the EPA’s WaterSense guidelines, and the rugged brass construction is designed to last 1M+ cycles – four times the requirement for WaterSense certification.

The Central Brass Pre-Rinse Faucet is comfortable to handle and easy to use. The chrome-plated brass handle has an integrated clip to hold it in the open position for easy operation. A spring-style pre-rinse fitting offers 12-inch clearance from the mounting surface for superior maneuverability. An overhead swivel arm with extended horizontal reach is also available.

Options include an add-on faucet for pot filling that attaches near the base and can be fitted with numerous Central Brass spouts. A retrofit riser kit is available so the Pre-Rinse can be attached to existing Central Brass or other brand faucets. Additional options include an ADA-compliant lever handle, color-coded indicators and vandal-proof screws.  Source:


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Los Angeles adds more public toilets to help homeless on Skid Row

Los Angeles officials are attempting to help homeless on Skid Row in downtown L.A. with the addition of the new Skid Row Community ReFresh Spot hygiene center, a structure to serve homeless with showers, toilets and staff offering referrals to housing and services.

The restrooms also are a response to the fight against a statewide hepatitis A outbreak spread by poor hygiene in homeless camps that has killed more than a dozen people in San Diego.

They will have full-time attendants, called “ambassadors,” to monitor the restrooms and make people feel welcome.

The latest $450,000 facility will have eight toilets and six showers, operating four days a week, in a trailer on a city-owned parking lot between two homeless housing and service agencies. In addition to attendants, the toilets will be monitored by a maintenance crew and security.

Gas Pipe Repair and why it matters to you

A natural gas leak is a potentially hazardous situation. The most obvious sign that you will need to call Rocket Plumbing for a Gas Pipe Repair is by smell. We recommend you immediately go to to a safe location and immediately call us, at anytime day or night.

Some plumbers even specialize in the natural gas line engineering, and specialize in only installing natural gas lines for a variety of home projects. We can install or repair water heaters, HVAC systems, fireplaces, stoves and even outdoor grills, all things that are susceptible to gas leaks. All our plumbing contractors are licensed and are preselected before being hired at Rocket Plumbing to be fully capable of tackling any gas repair problems.

What to Do if You Suspect a Natural Gas Leak? If you smell a natural gas odor, and trust us, it should be OBVIOUS it’s gas by that smell, or maybe you hear the hissing sound of gas escaping or see other signs of a leak: IMMEDIATELY EVACUATE the area. Treat it like a Plumbing EMERGENCY, not a routine repair.  And please, definitely DON’T smoke, or light a match, candle or other flame.

What you can expect to pay for various gas leak repairs? Repairing or replacing a gas line to a single appliance usually costs anywhere from about $150 to $650. That includes labor and materials. Replacing the gas line running to the house costs $3,000 to $7,000 in most cases (labor and materials). Keep in mind, we offer the Best Los Angeles Plumber Coupon which will take $49 off the top of any project that exceeds the $200 minimum, which is well under typical gas leak repair jobs.

Most people will assign a plumber to two categories, commercial and residential plumbers, and will limit their options to calling one or the other. Our plumbers are all licensed in both categories, precisely because gas leak repair is so crucial, sometimes even life saving, service.

Plumbing Systems that we service

Any utility consisting of the pipes and fixtures for the distribution of water or gas in a building and for the disposal of sewage counts as a Plumbing System. Modern engineering innovations have added further specificity and specialization such that they deserve special attention from every plumber worth their salt.  Plumbing in the state of California is regulated and all licensed plumbers should be informed on the latest technology and standards about these important systems.

Water Supply System

A home’s water supply system routes municipal water from the street to the building, where it then is routed to faucets, showers, toilets, bathtubs, and other appliances such as the water heater, dishwasher, and washing machine.

This is done mostly with water pipes, fittings, service valves, and faucets. Plastic, copper, or galvanized iron are the materials used for these pipes. Lead, although used in ancient times and the root word that lead to the word Plumber, is no longer used because of it’s toxicity. Modern pipes range in diameter anywhere from 1/2 inch to 4 inches or even more.

Drain-Waste-Vent System

What are the typical Vents & Drains in Home Plumbing?

The most important system is the drain-waste-vent (DWV) system. The important task the drain-waste part of the system handles is carrying away the waste water and sewage from the sinks, bathtubs, showers, toilets, and water-using appliances into the septic tank or public sewer.

Key to the plumbing systems working correctly is venting sewage gases properly to keep the correct pressure on fluids and gases so that drianage is correct and dependable.

The most common problem that comes up with the Drain-Waste-Vent System are clogged drains. Because the system resides in the walls, beneath floors and/or in attics, they are often overlooked by property owners. Routine inspections are necessary to stay on top of the health of the system.

Kitchen Plumbing System

Key to most property owners’ kitchens include the accessibility of hot and cold water flowing to the faucets, with a properly functioning waste line for the sinks. Many of these kitchen sinks are also connected to the dishwasher, garbage disposals, icemakers in refrigerators. These connected systems elevate the need for constant inspection of the Kitchen Plumbing systems to ensure cooking and cleaning is trouble free and maybe most important of all, FAST!

If you ever have a plumbing emergency, Rocket Plumbing is happy to get there right away and repair it to your satisfaction.

Home Plumbing

Home plumbing emergencies by nature catch you off-guard. They are difficult to be prepared for at all times. The need for these Home plumbing repairs are almost always at the most inconvenient moments, aren’t they?

Rocket Plumbing California is here to help!

Maybe you arrived at this page because you have guests coming over and find yourself with an overflowing toilet or a clogged sink drain that needs urgent repair? We handle these issues every day!

We specialize in handling whatever plumbing issues arising at home so that you don’t have to worry at all because we got your back!

Do you need a new bathtub or shower installed in and around West Los Angeles, Santa Monica, Redondo Beach or Venice? Then contact us and we will be there in no time!

At our company, we understand that plumbing troubleshooting is quite an integral part of making successful repairs — in fact, it is the first step in the entire process of finding a solution for your plumbing issues. If the correct cause is not identified from the very beginning, then you might end up spending a lot of time, money and effort on a process that will go nowhere.

And this is where we come in!

By finding the symptoms early enough, we diagnose the right causal factor of your plumbing problems and quickly get to work on your home plumbing repair or replacement. Once we are done with this part, we assure you that your problem is as good as finished. We will have it fixed in no time!

Our company has offered these services for years; we are fully aware of our art!

We specialize in offering you all the home plumbing services you may be in need of. We have a team of honest and reliable plumbers that will handle all your plumbing needs in the most professional way.

With our company, rest assured that your home plumbing needs will be accomplished to the highest of professional standards just like you would expect from a highly reputable plumbing company of our caliber.

But in case you have any complaint at all, then don’t hesitate to raise your issue with us and we will be glad to help. We go for nothing less than absolute customer satisfaction for all our clients!

Don’t fret over your home plumbing problems anymore, just call us and we will be there in no time to take care of all of them!

Among our company’s specializations also include the installation of new home plumbing elements in and around the Los Angeles area. So, in case you are searching for a plumbing firm to upgrade your current faucets, toilets, sinks, bathtubs and/or showers or you have been frustrated by your past plumbers, then here we are for that task!

Home Plumbing Services

If you look around your house right now, you may be surprised to find that you have a plumbing disaster or two waiting to happen anytime. It could be a toilet that isn’t always working as it should; maybe some slow drains; or perhaps a slight leak under the kitchen sink; or another kind of plumbing issue that you could be ignoring without knowing how bad it can turn out to be in a few days or weeks. All these are warning signs that you shouldn’t ignore. Just make a call to us today and book for an appointment. Avoid last minute repairs that could cost you a dime.

We will offer you all the home plumbing services you need to prevent any major plumbing problem from happening in your home. Being an expert plumbing company, we have gathered together a professional team that is trained and has experience in troubleshooting any plumbing problems you may be experiencing at home. We will fix all your issues in a timely manner with as little inconvenience as is humanly possible.

Our expert plumbing contractors are available 24/7 for services that include:

– Kitchen plumbing repair

– Bathroom plumbing repair

– Trenchless sewer line repair

– Shower installation

– Replace bathtubs

– Backflow prevention

– Unclogging drains

– Re-piping

– Re-locating lines

Choosing us as your preferred Los Angeles home plumbing company guarantees you peace of mind since our staffed contractors make use of top-notch and updated technology when diagnosing and troubleshooting any plumbing problems you may be having at home. We fix all your drains, toilets, tubs, showers and kitchen plumbing issues without any hassle. We use a camera diagnostics system to detect and determine the exact location of leaks in your plumbing lines, in the end getting everything fixed with the least disruption to your property.

This technology saves you both time and money because we locate any trouble areas in record time, repair or replace them before they can cause major leaks or flood your house and disrupt everything. Our team of plumbers is competent, professional and reliable. We will provide you with state-of-the-art service for any plumbing job you give us.

Home plumbing company you can depend on?

Have any leaking faucets? It could be leading to the loss of up to 20 gallons of your water every day, water that you pay for! Don’t postpone getting that small drip fixed. Just get an appointment with one of our plumbing contractors and we will be there in no time to have it handled. After all, why lose money to pay for water being wasted via a leaky faucet yet you could spend it in better ways?

Being one of the highest rated and reviewed home plumbing companies in the Los Angeles area as well as the country at large, we fully understand the concept of hard work and value quite well. We will ensure that no money goes out of your pocket and down the drain for no reason at all!

It doesn’t matter the time you realize that you have a plumbing problem in your house, just call us and book an appointment with our technicians — any time — in the evening, over the weekend, on a holiday, 24/7!

Allow us to be that Los Angeles plumbing company that puts a smile on your face. Our plumbers will take the burden of bad home plumbing off your shoulders in no time: diagnosing for any plumbing issues in your home plumbing system, doing any necessary repairs, replacements and installations and any other task that concerns your home plumbing needs and services!

Rocket Plumbing… we actually pick up when you call!


Residential Plumbing Services For Los Angeles

Rocket Plumbing is proud to offer the complete and full range of plumbing services from sewer inspection, drain cleaning, toilet repair and replacement to even cutting edge leak detection. Recent water shortages here in California in general, and Los Angeles specifically, mean sprinkler systems and their maintenance are more important than ever. Don’t overlook sump pumps and the appliances in your bathroom and kitchen that are attached to your plumbing systems to.  The most common issue in both the bathroom and the kitchen?  A leaky or busted faucet.

Our team of expert plumbers who drive out fleet of smartly branded plumbing vans arrive equipped with all of the necessary parts for the job. All our vans are restocked at least nightly, so that we can be prepared to fix your plumbing emergency then and there upon arrival.

If you’re in Los Angeles and you have a a leak, an annoying clog, or you’ve got no hot water for showering or cooking or even a big problem like a burst main, we can and will repair it. You can even call us 24/7!

We have tailored our plumbing service to cater to convenience and personable service. All our plumbers are licensed to California’s highest standards, as well as being screened by the owner Brian McMahon.

Rocket Plumbing… we actually pick up when you call!

Do you need to replace your hot water heater?

Rocket Plumbing in Los Angeles as all of your home’s pipes, drains, and water heaters covered. Our experienced plumbers handle everything from drain repairs to garbage disposal fixes. Or, if your faucets are continuously shooting out cold water, we can take care of that, too! Call a Los Angeles emergency plumber that you can depend on (If your in Los Angeles, call (323) 992-6477)!

There can be several reasons as to why your hot water heater is not putting out the steamy water you expect. With a hot water heater’s average life expectancy at 8-12 years, you may be facing a repair or replacement depending on its age. At Rocket Plumbing, we can quickly diagnose your hot water heater problems as our licensed technicians are expertly trained to assess and repair or replace your hot water heater. Contact us today.

Commons Causes of a Faulty Hot Water Heater

  • Incorrect setting: Your hot water can be adjusted to put out a higher temperature of water. However, in some cases, this can be unsafe, such as when children will be turning on the faucets. Before you attempt to adjust your hot water heater settings, please set up an appointment with one of plumbing professionals to be certain you are keeping your family safe from scalding water.
  • Tripped breaker or blown fuse: If you suddenly run out of hot water, it may be caused by a tripped breaker or a blown fuse.Hot Water Heater Repair
  • Faulty thermostat: If your water is not as hot as you’d like it or suddenly feels a few degrees cooler, your hot water heater’s thermostat may be in need of replacement. This is a relatively simple and inexpensive repair when you contact Rocket Plumbing.
  • Defective heating element: Similar to what you will experience with a faulty thermostat, your water may not be as hot as it used to be, which can signal a defective heating element. This, too, is a fairly easy repair provided you choose a reliable, trustworthy plumbing company to service your hot water heater.
  • Pilot light unlit: If you have a gas hot water heater, your pilot light may not be lit. Always contact a plumbing professional when you are believe the pilot light needs to be relit as explosion can occur if you also have a faulty thermocoupler, which is a safety device that turns off the gas when the pilot light goes out.
  • Sediment buildup: Over time, sediment can build up in the bottom of your hot water heater causing damage. At Rocket Plumbing, we recommend having sediment removed twice a year to ensure that your hot water heater lasts as long as possible.
  • Wear and tear: It may be time to replace your hot water heater due to leaks or age. Trust your hot water heater needs to Rocket Plumbing and we’ll guide you to a unit perfect for your home or office within a budget that works for you.

NOTE: If you are in the greater Los Angeles area and require hot water heater servicing, contact the friendly staff of Rocket Plumbing Santa Monica today for superior service from dependable professionals. Whether you are having an emergency with your hot water heater or need another type of plumbing service, we are ready to assist you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, at a time that is most convenient for you. Call us today to discover why Rocket Plumbing is among the elite in the plumbing industry.

10 Things You Should Know About Your Home’s Plumbing

Plumbing emergencies can occur without warning, so you must be armed with information about how to tackle a tough situation when it arises. At Rocket Plumbing, we want to be certain our clients have the knowledge needed to protect their home from plumbing disasters. Contact Us in the event of emergency.

Here are 10 things you should know about your home’s plumbing:

  1. Your water bill can signal a problem. Know your average water bill and pay attention to any deviation from your average water cost that is not explainable.
  2. The meter on the side of your house can provide useful information. To check for leaks, turn off all the faucets in your house and check if the meter is still reading water usage.
  3. Excessive water pressure can cause leaks. Ask your utility company to check if your water pressure is at an optimal level.
  4. Behind your toilet is a shut off valve that you can turn off in the event of an overflow. Be sure you know where it is and how to turn it off.
  5. Underneath your sinks, there are shut off valves that you can turn off to stop a leak. Also, remember to shut off the water to the sink if you have unscrewed the u-joint underneath to avoid accidentally turning on the faucet and getting soaked.
  6. Your hot water heater has a water shut off valve that can be turned off to prevent flooding and cessation of water flow to the house in the event of a failure.
  7. Water can leak from multiple points within and around a washing machine. If the machine starts to leak, shut off the valve located on the wall.
  8. You can turn off the water going into your house. These shut off valves may be located in various spots, so be certain you know where they are and how to safely shut them off.
  9. Ignoring the warning signs of a plumbing problem is a big mistake. Be wary of the signs that hint it’s time to call a Rocket Plumbing professional, such as reoccurring clogs, flushing or dripping noises from toilets, water loss in the toilet bowl, screeching when turning on faucets, and malodorous smells from the floor drain or drain field.
  10. Regular inspection by a respected plumbing company, like Rocket Plumbing, can ensure that your home’s plumbing and septic system is working properly.

When you have a problem with your plumbing system, trust the experts of Rocket Plumbing to fix the plumbing in your home. We are a fully licensed and insured plumbing company ready at a moment’s notice to help get your home back in order. If you are in the greater Los Angeles area and need top quality workmanship at an affordable rate, contact Rocket Plumbing today.

Preventing and Thawing Frozen Pipes

Being prepared and informed may help you to avoid the messy and often expensive issue of frozen pipes. Rocket Plumbing provides information and suggestions around how to prevent water pipes in the home from freezing, and how to thaw them if they do freeze.


Why Pipe Freezing is a Problem

Water has a unique property in that it expands as it freezes. This expansion puts tremendous pressure on whatever is containing it, including metal or plastic pipes. No matter the “strength” of a container, expanding water can cause pipes to break. Pipes that freeze most frequently are those that are exposed to severe cold, like outdoor hose bibs, swimming pool supply lines, water sprinkler lines, and water supply pipes in unheated interior areas like basements and crawl spaces, attics, garages, or kitchen cabinets. Pipes that run against exterior walls that have little or no insulation are also subject to freezing.
Preventing Frozen Pipes

Before the onset of cold weather, prevent freezing of these water supply lines and pipes by following these recommendations:

Drain water from swimming pool and water sprinkler supply lines following manufacturer’s or installer’s directions. Do not put antifreeze in these lines unless directed. Antifreeze is environmentally harmful, and is dangerous to humans, pets, wildlife, and landscaping.
Remove, drain, and store hoses used outdoors. Close inside valves supplying outdoor hose bibs. Open the outside hose bibs to allow water to drain. Keep the outside valve open so that any water remaining in the pipe can expand without causing the pipe to break.
Check around the home for other areas where water supply lines are located in unheated areas. Look in the basement, crawl space, attic, garage, and under kitchen and bathroom cabinets. Both hot and cold water pipes in these areas should be insulated.
Consider installing specific products made to insulate water pipes like a “pipe sleeve” or installing UL-listed “heat tape,” “heat cable,” or similar materials on exposed water pipes. Newspaper can provide some degree of insulation and protection to exposed pipes – even ¼” of newspaper can provide significant protection in areas that usually do not have frequent or prolonged temperatures below freezing.

During Cold Weather, Take Preventative Action

Keep garage doors closed if there are water supply lines in the garage.
Open kitchen and bathroom cabinet doors to allow warmer air to circulate around the plumbing. Be sure to move any harmful cleaners and household chemicals up out of the reach of children.
When the weather is very cold outside, let the cold water drip from the faucet served by exposed pipes. Running water through the pipe – even at a trickle – helps prevent pipes from freezing.
Keep the thermostat set to the same temperature both during the day and at night. By temporarily suspending the use of lower nighttime temperatures, you may incur a higher heating bill, but you can prevent a much more costly repair job if pipes freeze and burst.
If you will be going away during cold weather, leave the heat on in your home, set to a temperature no lower than 55° F.

To Thaw Frozen Pipes

If you turn on a faucet and only a trickle comes out, suspect a frozen pipe. Likely places for frozen pipes include against exterior walls or where your water service enters your home through the foundation.
Keep the faucet open. As you treat the frozen pipe and the frozen area begins to melt, water will begin to flow through the frozen area. Running water through the pipe will help melt ice in the pipe.
Apply heat to the section of pipe using an electric heating pad wrapped around the pipe, an electric hair dryer, a portable space heater (kept away from flammable materials), or by wrapping pipes with towels soaked in hot water. Do not use a blowtorch, kerosene or propane heater, charcoal stove, or other open flame device.
Apply heat until full water pressure is restored. If you are unable to locate the frozen area, if the frozen area is not accessible, or if you can not thaw the pipe, call a licensed plumber.
Check all other faucets in your home to find out if you have additional frozen pipes. If one pipe freezes, others may freeze, too.

Future Protection

Consider relocating exposed pipes to provide increased protection from freezing.
Pipes can be relocated by a professional if the home is remodeled.
Add insulation to attics, basements and crawl spaces. Insulation will maintain higher temperatures in these areas.
For more information, please contact a licensed plumber or building professional.

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