How to Remove Rusted Nuts and Bolts

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How to Remove Rusted Nuts and Bolts You may just thank us one day for sharing this little secret, If SHTF and you need to remove rusted nuts or bolts, remember this! This is an old secret that a lot of us don’t know or forget! There are hundreds and hundreds of lotions and potions …

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Don’t Know if That Battery Is Any Good? Here’s a Great Little Test That Really Works!

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Don’t Know if That Battery Is Any Good? Here’s a Great Little Test That Really Works! AAs, AAAs, Cs, and Ds, this simple test will tell the good from the bad! There’s nothing more frustrating than having a battery sitting around and not knowing if it’s good or not. If you have a junk drawer …

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6 Everyday Uses for Powdered Milk

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6 Everyday Uses for Powdered Milk You might be saying to your self right now, powdered milk… NEVER! I used to say that, now though, I am so glad I am stockpiling it. I found a great article that goes over 6 ways to use powdered milk, some say dry milk but they are both …

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How You Can Start A Fire From A Portable Cell Phone Power Bank

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How You Can Start A Fire From A Portable Cell Phone Power Bank

We have all seen videos around the internet on starting a fire with steel wool and a cell phone battery. That is  a great way to start a fire in an emergency. The issue is that many phones now have sealed batteries. So I wondered Can Start A Fire From A Portable Cell Phone Power Bank? With phones dying so fast many people carry these portable charging devices. 

 

How You Can Start A Fire From A Portable Cell Phone Power Bank

How You Can Start A Fire From A Portable Cell Phone Power Bank

The Parts

For this build, I bought the cheapest power bank I could get. It was $4.88 for a 2,000 mah battery bank. Which should, it states, provide you with one charge. For our needs, this will be plenty of juice. The usb battery pack came with a tiny usb cable. also we will need steel and tinder. I used some charcloth and a cotton ball. Note do not get the steel wool with soap in it. It was all I could find and it

Note do not get the steel wool with soap in it. It was all I could find and it doesn’t work well. I had to wash it off and let it dry all day. 

We will need to cut the end that plugs into your phone all of the mobile battery pack. Mine only had to wires. Strip off a little of the wire to expose the bare wires. 

Starting The Fire

I tried several times with just the cotton ball with no luck. I added a piece of charcloth under the steel wool and got it to work right away. Once the charcloth caught I started slowly blowing it to get it to burst into flames. It took just a few minutes to work. 

Can Start A Fire From A Portable Cell Phone Power Bank? The answer is yes. Save your phone and just 

 

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Why You Need To Stockpile Coconut Oil

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Why You Need To Stockpile Coconut Oil Unless you have been living under a rock for the last year, you will have read that coconut oil is the current rave amongst survivalist and prepper types.  The reasons are many.  Coconut oil has a long shelf life, is extremely good for you health-wise, and can multitask.  …

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41 Creative DIY Hacks To Improve Your Home

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41 Creative DIY Hacks To Improve Your Home If you have been following us for a while you will know we like life hacks, especially DIY hacks. Hacks are just amazing if you want to save money when doing DIY projects and in an emergency up-cycling items will help you in everyday life. In the article …

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The Skivvy Roll – How to Pack Like a Pro

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The Skivvy Roll – How to Pack Like a Pro Having spares of the bare essentials is always a good idea. A good shirt, a clean pair of undergarments, and some dry socks can always be clutch whether you are contending with a simple mishap or an extreme survival situation. The skivvy roll is a …

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524 Ways to Reuse Things You’d Normally Throw Away

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524 Ways to Reuse Things You’d Normally Throw Away Although you probably wouldn’t, you could easily find out what a household has been using and getting rid of by a simple peek at their trash bins. More often than not we toss old coffee grounds, uneaten food products, un-recyclable bottles and cans – and the …

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How To Make Color Fire For Your Fire Pit

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How To Make Color Fire For Your Fire Pit “Have you ever gone to a bonfire and when someone tossed a log on, the fire turned colors? Most of us have seen fires that burn in blues, greens, or even bright flashes of light in the movies but most don’t realize is these chemical reactions …

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How To Make a Powerful Modern DIY HDTV Antenna

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How To Make a Powerful Modern DIY HDTV Antenna Are you paying hundreds of dollars a month for cable or satellite TV? Chances are you probably are. Or, are you struggling to pay for TV and can’t afford to buy a HDTV Ariel?  Sit back and think about this… do you really watch all of …

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6 Uses For Egg Shell Membrane

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6 Uses For Egg Shell Membrane You Never Thought Of For something that is normally thrown out as rubbish, the membrane lining in an egg shell has some surprising uses. That’s right, crack that egg and use it as normal. Then, instead of throwing the shell away, peel that thin white skin or membrane out …

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10 Survival Uses for Zip Ties

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10 Survival Uses for Zip Ties I normally use zip ties to keep my chicken coop wire together, it works great and I can cut them off when I want to make the coop bigger, Easy and less hassle than using metal wire. Zip ties were primarily used for electric cables or wires. Because of …

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30+ Duct Tape Projects

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30+ Duct Tape Projects Duct tape is the first aid kit of the gear world! See how it can change your life in so many ways today! I found a collection of over 30 projects that you can make out of duct tape. Some are just for fun or to keep the kids quiet for …

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How To Build A Tin Can WiFi Antenna

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How To Build A Tin Can WiFi Antenna Are you looking to extend the range of your current WIFI network? See How To Build A Tin Can WiFi Antenna for around 5 bucks! This is so frugal it may just put Belkin out of business if we all made one of these bad boys! Use an old …

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13 Alternative Uses For Your Old Garden Hoses

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13 Alternative Uses For Your Old Garden Hoses Most people have some kind of hose lying around, or their parents do, or you’ll see them at garage sales and the local gardening nursery. Coiled and shoved into a corner somewhere to be used ‘just in case.’  With the overwhelming surge of people who are into reusing …

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Ten Cent Modification You Can Do to Double Your Radio’s Range

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Ten Cent Modification You Can Do to Double Your Radio’s Range Just like anything in the world, radios only reach so far. Their frequencies can extend across vast spaces, depending on the transmitters and receivers that come with your radio. Obviously, when they reach farther, you can broadcast to a much larger audience, and when …

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MacGyver-Style Camping Hacks

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MacGyver-Style Camping Hacks Ah, good old MacGyver strikes again. He was famous for troubleshooting and coming up with solutions to problems with everyday things. One of his famous quotes is “If you had some duct tape, I could fix that.” With that in mind I found a great collection of camping hacks that could make …

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10 Must-Read Cleaning Tips & Tricks

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10 Must-Read Cleaning Tips & Tricks Have you got the spring cleaning bug yet? I know for sure I have. My wife, not so much.. lol. Well, that being said I wanted to go hunting for some great time saving and best of all money saving cleaning tips / hacks. I know people don’t like …

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30 Cheap And Brilliant Dollar Store Hacks

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30 Cheap And Brilliant Dollar Store Hacks I think I am safe to say that we all like to save money where ever possible. I am the biggest penny pincher you can find, seriously, I love to save money! I love to search the internet to brink you all new and awesome ways to discover new and …

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Camping Hack – How to Make Fire With a Lemon

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Camping Hack – How to Make Fire With a Lemon When SHTF, sometimes we need to get creative. While you may not have all of these items on hand, I just wanted to show you what you can do with items you may be able to scavenge and a little ingenuity (MacGyver anyone?). After watching …

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18 Amazing Uses For Cornstarch You Never Thought Of

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18 Amazing Uses For Cornstarch You Never Thought Of Cornstarch usually comes out of the pantry only when you’re cooking — it’s a great way to thicken soups, stocks and sauces. But that’s not all it’s good for. Indeed, there’s a wide array of practical uses for cornstarch outside the kitchen. From untangling knots to …

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7 MacGyver Tricks People Have Learned in Prison

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7 MacGyver Tricks People Have Learned in Prison Prison is definitely not a happy place. Given the fact that you are locked up in a facility with plenty of others doing time, who have all committed some type of crime that might just rival yours, it is obviously not somewhere you want to land yourself. …

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14 Essential Tools That Can Fix and Clean Almost Anything

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14 Essential Tools That Can Fix and Clean Almost Anything No matter what kind of life you live, there are things that need fixing and there are things that need to be cleaned. It’s just a fact of life. Another fact is there are multiple products designed to clean or repair and it can be …

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5 More Things To Stop Buying at the Store

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5 More Things To Stop Buying at the Store It seems everyone is looking for ways to save money, get back to their roots, and do more for themselves. Instead of buying everything they need and use pre-made at the store, they are looking into ways they can get what they need by making it …

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How To Whiten Your Teeth With Fruit

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How To Whiten Your Teeth With Fruit People spend hundreds if not thousands of dollars on whitening their teeth. I am guilty too, I have spend obscene amounts of teeth whitening products over the years. Did you know that the big corporations don’t want you to know about what I am going to share with …

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20 Ways To Benefit From Clove Essential Oil

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20 Ways To Benefit From Clove Essential Oil Essential oils seem to be everywhere these days and it can be very confusing to figure out the uses for them. With the invention and regulations of the Food and Drug Administration and going back even further to the discouragement of using traditional, natural remedies by the …

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10 Surprising Uses For Diatomaceous Earth

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10 Surprising Uses For Diatomaceous Earth Diatomaceous earth is made from the fossilized remains of tiny, aquatic organisms called diatoms. Their skeletons are made of a natural substance called silica. Over a long period of time, diatoms accumulated in the sediment of rivers, streams, lakes, and oceans. Today, silica deposits are mined from these areas. Diatomaceous …

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50 Ways to Use Duct Tape for Survival

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50 Ways to Use Duct Tape for Survival The uses for duct tape seem to be endless and can be applied, literally, across all types of people, jobs, and cultures. It would take volumes of space to put all of the ideas and uses for this incredibly versatile product! When it comes to using it …

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How to Sterilize and Disinfect Medical Tools After SHTF

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How to Sterilize and Disinfect Medical Tools After SHTF Let’s say you have the most robust first aid kit ever. There are more bandages, ointments, pills, and medical instruments in there than an Army medic’s bag. They are tucked away safely in their packaging, sterile and ready to be used. Then, the need arises to …

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20 Ways of Reusing Silica Gel Packets You Never Thought Of

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20 Ways of Reusing Silica Gel Packets You Never Thought Of Since I was a kid, I have been throwing these little silica gel packets away. If I knew back then what I know now about silica gel, I would have a whole house full of these babies! In layman’s terms silica gel soaks up …

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How-To Make A Multi Key Utility-Key 18-in-1 Tool

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How To Make A Multi Key Utility-Key 18-in-1 Tool We all have old keys laying around the house and if you don’t they only cost around 2 bucks. The key to survival (no pun intended) is to adapt and to re-use what you already have around you. For example, an old milk jug can be …

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7 Survival Life Hacks That Could Save Your Life

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7 Survival Life Hacks That Could Save Your Life We have 7 survival tips to get you out of a pinch. They are all low cost projects, anyone could do. This is a quick article to show you 7 really easy survival life hacks we all should keep on the back burner in case we …

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13 Redneck Hunting Fixes That Actually Work

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13 Redneck Hunting Fixes That Actually Work Rednecks have been the brunt of many jokes for years. I hate to admit it but I have told and laughed so hard at them as well. If you’re honest you probably have too. Even if you’re a “redneck”. Well, here are some more funny things that “rednecks” …

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23 Household Items That Can Double As (Effective) Camping Gear

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23 Household Items That Can Double As (Effective) Camping Gear I am all for spending big bucks on decent camping equipment, you get proven products that keep you warm and safe while camping in the wilderness, but save your money on the little stuff that adds up and can break your wallet if you’re not …

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33+ Genius Uses For Old Garden Hoses

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33+ Genius Uses For Old Garden Hoses Most people have some kind of hose lying around, or their parents do, or you’ll see them at garage sales and the local gardening nursery. Coiled and shoved into a corner somewhere to be used ‘just in case.’  With the overwhelming surge of people who are into reusing …

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17 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Honey

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17 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Honey, But Should I thought I knew everything there was to know about honey. I say that because my father keeps bees and produces his own honey, which is delicious by the way. I was doing my usual prowl on the internet looking for interesting articles to share …

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14 Badass Bicycle Mods Anyone Can Do

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14 Badass Bicycle Mods Anyone Can Do I love my bicycle, I bought it from Walmart for $150 bucks about 3 years ago and it is still going strong. The only thing is I hardly use it anymore and when I do it just lacks awesomeness like it used to. That being said, I went looking …

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37 RV Hacks That Will Make You A Happy Camper

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37 RV Hacks That Will Make You A Happy Camper I LOVE RVing, don’t tell my wife, but I think I actually prefer to RV than camp out in a tent! I only say that because setting up a tent and making sure its all dry and clean before packing it away always causes me …

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30 Uses For Wood Ashes You Probably Never Thought Of

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30 Uses For Wood Ashes You Probably Never Thought Of Ever wondered what you can you do with all the ash from burning wood in your fireplace, wood stove or camp fire? Wood ash can be useful in home gardens, in your compost pile or as a pest repellent. The value of wood ash depends …

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How to Charge Your Phone With a 9V Battery

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How to Charge Your Phone With a 9V Battery I feel stupid for not even knowing or seeing this life hack until now. I have many of these batteries just laying around. I haven’t needed a 9v battery in years. This works well (I just tried it) my new iPhone 6 plus went from 2% to …

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11 Unusual Uses for Diapers Around The House

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11 Unusual Uses for Diapers Around The House This is an interesting article. Diapers, Unused, of course! can be worth their weight in gold in a survival situation. We bought a huge box of some generic diapers a while back, and found them to be completely unusable. So I went hunting for things we can do …

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How To Use Eggshells to Heal Your Cavities

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How To Use Eggshells to Heal Your Cavities I’ll start out by saying you should visit your dentist regularly if you can.  That being said, not everyone can has easy access to or can afford one (not to mention those too afraid to go!).  I’m always trolling the internet for natural alternatives and came across this …

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25 Life-Changing PVC Pipe Organizing and Storage Projects

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25 Life-Changing PVC Pipe Organizing and Storage Projects Those that visit SHTFPreparedness.com know that I love PVC and it’s many uses, and you should too. If you are an organized person, you will love these 25 tips for organizing and storage using PVC.  Check out the Clothing Organizer and Garden Tool Organizer, they are definitely …

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Survival Uses for Chapstick

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Survival Uses for Chapstick When packing up a survival kit, the design should contain necessary items within space-effective reasoning. One thing that many people try to include our items that are multi-purpose and, if possible, on the smaller side of the scale physically. Containers that can act as bowls, food holders, or even another survival …

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15 Uses For Bubble Wrap You Never Thought Of

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15 Uses For Bubble Wrap You Never Thought Of Bubble wrap is a pliable, transparent, plastic material commonly used for packing fragile items. I currently use bubble wrap on my windows to keep the cold out and the heat in. I do this every winter to save money on my heating bill. Check out this article …

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11 Good Reasons Why Coffee Grounds Are Worth Keeping

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11 Good Reasons Why Coffee Grounds Are Worth Keeping Coffee grounds have many other uses aside from producing coffee. They can be used for gardening, repelling insects, and even as pet grooming products. A lot of use have a Keurig coffee brewer, the Keurig k-cups cost a small fortune and I am going to bet we all …

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12 Old Wives Tales That Are Actually True

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12 Old Wives Tales That Are Actually True When you were young, did your mother run around the house draping sheets over mirrors when a thunderstorm was on the way, or yell at you for opening your umbrella inside? These are just two examples of old wives’ tales or superstitions that millions of people grew …

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$5 DIY HDTV Antenna! Get FREE TV!

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How To Make a $5 DIY HDTV Antenna! Get FREE TV! Are you paying hundreds of dollars a month for cable or satellite TV? Chances are you probably are. Or, are you struggling to pay for TV and can’t afford to buy a HDTV Ariel?  Sit back and think about this… do you really watch …

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