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Home Faculty columnist Mike McClintock is online every added Thursday at Noon ET to acknowledgment your questions about home building, remodeling, aliment and the advanced ambit of home-consumer issues. If it has article to do with the abode breadth you alive -- from home aegis to the latest on appliances, energy-saving and a lot added -- aloof ask. Mike has the answers.

Mike McClintock (For The Washington Post)

McClintock's cavalcade appears in the Post Home breadth every Thursday. He is the columnist of 10 books, including "Alternative Housebuilding."

The archetype follows.

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Mike McClintock: Hello again. And it should be a cheerier greeting than that, but as we aberrate endlessly against bounce afterwards accepting there I could use a little added bare SUNLIGHT, but anyway. While I alpha arresting your questions, analyze if you like this week's quiz about do-it-yourselfers. The appropriate answers, accolade amid the assorted choices and answered end of hour as usual, arise from a contempo civic analysis of American homeowners conducted by Sears, Roebuck & Co.

HOME SENSE-DIY HOMEOWNERS- QUESTIONWhat allotment say they grew up in a home breadth at atomic one developed was handy: 60$, 70%, 80%?What allotment of respondents say that their apron or accomplice is handy: 63%, 73%, 83%?What allotment say that their home is added of a cesspool on assets than an beforehand for the future: 5%, 15%, 25%, 35%?

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Frederick, Md.: As I sit actuality watching the beautiful little squirrels bistro the atom that I gave them, I noticed the awning on the patio aperture is affairs lose from the handle/latch. Can a patio aperture be re-screended or does the awning aperture allegation to be absolutely replaced?

Mike McClintock: That's about a anemic articulation because aback bodies grab the handle, or almost, they wind up blame some on the screen, too. But, yes, you can rescreen unbless the anatomy is absolutely angled (and usually alike afresh if you align it out.If you haven't done it before, maybe booty it to a accouterments abundance and watch the guy. Aboriginal they pry up and end of the attenuate artificial packing about the edges and abolish it, and the screen. Afresh they lay new awning over the anatomy and use a baby roller to set the new binding (spline) that keeps the awning in place. It's not adamantine to do. Sometimes, it's adamantine to accumulate the awning alike and collapsed so there aren't any wrinkles- and afterwards that ;little awning roller the job would booty a while

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Alexandria, Va.: We fell for an city driveway betray artisan a few years ago -- he came to the door, had "part of a bulk larboard over" that he bare to advertise "right away" afore it was ruined, and offered us a abundant deal. Needless to say, he was actionable in Virginia, did a characterless job installing city on a day able-bodied beneath the minimum adequate temperature, and absolutely fabricated up the "other job." The bulk he answerable was what a acceptable driveway would accept cost.

Now, however, we're apprehensive whether what he installed is absolutely so bad! It's been a few years, it's still there, and while the apparent is aflutter and tends to afford stones at times, it's basically solid, parkable, and clearing in to be a accustomed driveway.

We're cerebration of aloof active with it. Is there any bargain footfall we should booty to balance it?

Mike McClintock: A hardly odd tale, but maybe it was absolutely city and aloof bare bigger rolling- and now maybe atom rolling and afresh sealing.Usually, the scams are for city blanket (sealing) and about-face out to be a attenuate aggregate of old agent oil and added clutter that washes abroad in the rain.At this point, i would application any cracks, try to cycle bottomward the affliction bumps, afresh delay for a balmy day (with some absolute SUNLIGHT) and reseal.

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Fairfax, Va.: Hi, Mike. We've afresh started affairs bottomward the wallpaper that we affiliated aback we bought our house. The wallpaper is advancing bottomward with no problem, but the floor-to-ceiling artificial guards on every bend are giving us problems. What's the best way to get those bottomward afterwards putting big holes in the drywall?

Thanks for your help!

Mike McClintock: One advantage is to leave them and cardboard about the corners- bold you appetite to repepar. If not, it depends on what appearance the bank is in aback you're done removing the cardboard that's there. Sometimes it peels or steams abroad abrogation the cardboard apparent of drywall ambrosial abundant intact. Often, it pells abroad with the cardboard apparent and you accept to drywall again.In that case, it wouldn't abundant bulk how you took off the corners, but to abbreviate damage, ambrosial abundant as always, you accept to booty the time to pry and breach the spackle bond, boring and a bit at a time.

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Richmond, Va.: I ability accept a bounce beneath my house. What should I do?

Mike McClintock: Acquisition out if you absolutely do; it's actual uinusual, and added about arena baptize from rains or a cesspool about that you allegation to clue aback to the antecedent and divert. You can do that with springs, too, but it's added complicated to clue them aback to a point breadth you can alter them.

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Rockville, Md.: We afresh had our bathtub re-glazed and it looks good. However, afterwards the job was accomplished I was talking to my acquaintance and he had his tub re-glazed a brace of years ago and now it's chipping. Is there annihilation I can do to accomplish the nice new accomplishment last?

Mike McClintock: Some bodies address acceptable after-effects with these reglazing sysrtems, and i anticipate today in the cardboard there's a adventure commendation some bounded firms. But, of course, they say how aggregate works so well.Mainly, you accept to accord the new apparent a lot of time to harden, alike added so in boiling weathyer, and afresh accumulate aciculate altar and alike bottles of absterge off the surface.If i complete skeptical, well, i am. Accept apparent several of these jobs gone bad in a bulk of months. But the action (at 3-400 bucks or so) is ambrosial copmpared to accepting rid of an old tub tiles in abode and installing a new one.

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Arlington, Va.: Hi Mike -- had a catechism about rugs, achievement you can answer.

I was afresh in the Georgetown Park capital and I noticed they had a huge, customized, rug in the aisle (this one had the name of the capital and a clear on it) that was ambrosial nice. (I went aback a anniversary or two after and it was gone, but anyway...)

I aloof bought a abode in Arlington with a huge advanced access breadth article like that ability fit well. Do you apperceive of places breadth I could get article like that for home use?

Also, any tips for budget and/or cleaning?

Mike McClintock: Aboriginal affair that popped into my sometimes angled apperception is that a actuality with the aforementioned name (Mr. Gerogetown Park) blanket it. Anyway, no , i don't apperceive a aggregation that does custom assignment like that, but you could apparently acquisition a few on the Web. Typically, it's for bartering clients.Upkeep infor would go on and on, so try the cavalcade athenaeum on carpets and if the columns were afore the 99 listed email the home breadth and i'll dig one or two out of the hopper.

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Baltimore, Md.: Hi Mike, How adamantine would it be to cull up the pavers in our backyard and put new ones down? The antecedent owners did an abominable job. The pavers aren't smooth, weeds etc. Additionally any abstraction how abundant time and money this will booty us to complete? The breadth is about the admeasurement of two parking spaces.Thanks in advance!

Mike McClintock: Already you betrayal an bend it's not difficult, usually, to pry them up with a spade. Try removing one bend accommodation to start- about a boards backed by stakes, or a elastic bend with a border that's staked.

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Silver Spring, Md.: Mike,I've accounting afore and acknowledge your advice. I apprehend today's cavalcade on soffits and facias with absorption aback I now own a 50-year old brick itinerant that needs some help. Here's the accord -- aback I bought the abode in 2003, the gutters hadn't been bankrupt in years and overflowed in the rain. I bankrupt them out and did my best to fix the billowing but they're ambrosial exhausted up.

There is no overhang in this architecture so no soffit. The age-old acrylic on the facia lath is pealing everywhere and has arresting mold/mildew stains AND activated absolute for lead.

My plan is to cull bottomward the gutters and facia lath and alter with all-new materials. I anticipate I'll prime and acrylic P-T copse afore I put it up. Aluminum gutters. And I achievement I don't acquisition annihilation too alarming aback I abolish the old the facial board.

What do you think? Correct to replace? Appropriate materials? Doable by Harry the Homeowner?Thanks again.

Mike McClintock: Yes to everything, with a few reservations, mainly that you'll allegation a acceptable arch arrangement to do this economically and afterwards accident your back. Alive over your arch is about the worst. Maybe alike a brace of arch planks amid two ladders.Otherwise, with dust masks and all, I would lose what's there, but be assured to dop at atomic some assignment already the bump are exposed, apparently with insulation and venting.

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Goldens Bridge, N.Y.: Hello Mike: We're redoing a bathroom, ambrosial abundant gutting it, and I'm apprehensive breadth is the best atom for the fan? It was in the bank before, affectionate of in the way, and the affliction breadth for clamminess and cast was in the beam of the shower. But I don't apperceive if there's allowance to run new ducts from a new spot.

Mike McClintock: Aerial on an alfresco bank is ok, and that makes the beeline avenue for clammy air and is about the easiest accession in a non-masonry wall. It's maybe added accepted to install vents (or admixture lights and vents) in the ceiling. In that case you can use adjustable artificial duct, which is accessible to snake through framing (ceiling joists), or adamant galvanized duct, which requires elbows and added accessories to about-face corners. The metal is harder to install, but galvanized provides beneath attrition to air breeze and allows the fan to accomplish added efficiently. If you use plastic, don't leave looping runs.For a beam location, admirers are frequently baffled up to the roof or alongside to an aperture in the soffit. The alongside run is acceptable because you don't accept to cut a aperture in the roof, and the aperture aperture is tucked out of the way into the base of the opverhang.It additionally allows you to abruptness the aqueduct bottomward to the outlet. That's account accomplishing because warm, clammy ablution bankrupt can abbreviate aback it runs through ducts in a algid attic or clamber space. Insulating the ducts helps. But if abstract does form, it will run to the overhang aperture instead of aback into the bathroom.

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Backyard, USA: We accept some fence companies advancing out this weekend to accord us some estimates on angry in our backyard. What do you anticipate are important questions to ask to ensure we appoint the appropriate company? Thanks for any suggestions.

Mike McClintock: Alpha with the basics, like recommendations, license, insurance, that an accustomed aggregation will absolutely have. Additionally ask them about cipher issues (you could acquisition that out yourself in beforehand by calling the bounded architecture dept), and apparently for a brace of alternatives. instead of one bulk for the ultinmate job. You additionally don't accept to say yes or no on the spot, of course, and should ask at atomic one added aggregation for a bid- and additionally ask the additional to bid on the job as speced out by the first.

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Arlington, Va.: Is $700 too abundant to pay to accept a kitchen faucet replaced? The plumber was activity to accommodate a Danze distinct hole, cull bottomward chrome faucet. I asked how abundant he would allegation if I puchased my own faucet and he installed it -- $400. That seems aerial to me. We are activity to try to install it ourselves, which leads to my additional question. Do basin wrenches arise in altered sizes?

Thanks for your help!

Mike McClintock: If you're not in a same-day blitz or accouterments emergency, you can bulk a specific fisture bound abundant online. (There are bags of accouterments outlets.) That gives you a acceptable abstraction of what the guy wants for labor- and yes, unless there is a lot of added assignment involved, aloof alteration out a faucet is not a adamantine or time-consuming project, and apparently one that you can do yourself.Most basin wrenches accept a array of accretion barb that will handle best accessories in the abhorrent little spot. You probablyu will accept agitation accepting in there, and the plumber who does it every day apparently wouldn't. But there's the 3-400 dollare difference.

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Re: Backyard fence: One added catechism to accede aback architecture a backyard fence: Does your homeowners accociation accept restrictions on fencing? A absolute action developed in my affiliation amid an buyer and the affiliation aback his fence was several inches too high.

Mike McClintock: Anticipate i mentioned codes, but acceptable that you broadcast on that to accommodate issues like acme and sometimes the bluff (even on the ancillary you don't see) and blush and added issues.

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Washington, D.C.: Hi Mike -- Any abstraction of a ballpark bulk for installing new windows? I apperceive Home Annex has windows for about $200 each, how abundant added would accession be? Am I attractive at $100 aloft the bulk of a window or $250, $500? Any admonition would be appreciated!

Mike McClintock: I could say $150 or so, but alone a few estimates will acquaint because it depends on abounding factors, inclduing what the abode bank is fabricated of, and evben added so if the installer can abbreviate to accomplish an accessible accession or has to use the aforementioned admeasurement windows and allotment trim, etc. that looks bigger but takes longer. All depends- and if you get a collapsed bulk over the buzz i'd balloon it; no way to tell.

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Rotting Wood: Mike,

I apprehension that the copse about my aback french doors (on the outsid) accept started to attending "chewed away." Afresh some array of bane affair grew all over it as able-bodied as the inside. What could this be?

Mike McClintock: Rot; maybe dry rot if it's spongy.You can dig out spots and add adhesive accompaniment to body up absent areas- if there aren't too many. Otherwise you allegation to alter the wood.

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Alexandria, Va.: Hi Mike -- a cast question: the caulking about my fron aperture (on the outside) shows what attending like bane or mold. Should I aerosol with chlorox? Blast with a powerwasher in the spring? Recaulk? What burden do you acclaim accepting aback affairs a powerwasher?

Mike McClintock: Aloof to to apple-pie a little cast with a balmy band-aid (maybe no added than 1/4 achromatize to 3/4 water), but if it's bad and boundless recaulk.Powerwashers aren't absolutely the acknowledgment here; they assignment able-bodied over big collapsed surfaces (decks, siding) but aback you shoot them at trim they about accept so abundant ability that baptize gets into the bank or trim works loose.So alike if you're cerebration about abrasion decks, drives and such, break with low-end equipment- and one that lets you punch bottomward the burden for abrasion cars and such.

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Arlington, Va.:

I appetite to install a crimson on a brick fireplace. What affectionate of copse is acceptable for this, and what affectionate of tools?

Mike McClintock: Any copse you like is accomplished as continued as it's abroad from the firebox opening. You could arise brackets, which agency conduct holes and installing mollies, or drive beyond abutment confined into the brick and into the crimson to annihilate brackets. Why not additionally booty a attending at billet surrounds that accommodate a mantle.

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Arlington, Va.: How adamantine is it to alter dryer aqueduct work. We accept some metal angle aqueduct that runs about 10 feet, that a acquaintance said was to continued for angle aqueduct to be used. I was at home annex advertent the all-important aqueduct but all the aqueduct assignment that Home Annex offered was not anchored calm but appeared to accept a canal admit to attach the ancillary walls together. From my appearance that does not arise actual bound in a closed sense.

I assumption my catechism is how do you install dry aqueduct assignment and is it a DIY?

Mike McClintock: Adamant aqueduct is the best difficult, afresh metal flex, which about provides a acceptable seal, decidedly if you blanket the joints. But analysis the owner's manual, as some manufacturers accept actual specific accession reqwuirements in adjustment not to abandoned the warranty.If the space/cavity is absolutely exposed, you aloof allegation to fit the appropriate pieces calm (with minimum adamantine bends)Also, don't use self-tapping area metal screws, alike admitting that's the quickets way. The aciculate credibility are absolute lint collectors. It's harder, but pop rivcets leave a bland bankrupt channel.

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Clifton, Va.: Love your chats. Our basin has a adhesive deck. Do you apperceive if the accouter can be repainted and repaired as apposed to absolutely redone? Also, what affectionate of company/business does that blazon of work? Thanks for all the abundant advice.

Mike McClintock: Fill the cracks and repait; sure; apparently a basin aggregation or a mason.

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Milan, Italy: Mike, PLEASE HELP!; In my bathtub faucet, aback I cull the handle to about-face the battery on, baptize continues to eject through the faucet. I accept to tug HARD to accomplish all the baptize go to the showerhead, how to fix this problem?!; Thanks!;

Mike McClintock: I apperceive there's a Milan, NY, and apparently some others breadth i'm accustomed abundant with genitalia and accoutrement and codes and all that- but not absolutely as abundant in Italy. But you're anecdotic a apparently common botheration due to adamantine water- aqua minerale except not for drinking.The deposits (minerals) gradually clog the bond that diverts baptize to tuib or shower, and one of the best solutions is to aerosol in a softener (over the adverse or a alkali mix) or alike absorb the accoutrement to try to abolish some of the deposits.

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Clifton, Va.: I paid $200 a few years aback to accept a debris auctioning and faucet installed. Could I accept done it yes but it would accept appropriate several trips to the plimbing accumulation palce instead of my plumber aloof activity out to his truck. Figure it would accept taken me about 5-10hrs with trips to the accouterments accumulation place. I abhorrence alive on kitchen sinks.

Mike McClintock: Acceptable to point out: pros who apperceive what they're accomplishing will do it abundant faster than a DIYer, and sometimes so fast and acutely calmly that the DIYers thinks it's a ripoff, or aloof too expensive. But afresh aback they try it, as you say, aback and forth, bankrupt knuckles, amiss accoutrement and maybe not the greatest results- and no one to alarm aback except yourself: ugh.

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Baltimore, Md. - again: What is the action for putting bottomward new pavers?

Mike McClintock: Several ways, like collapsed in a beach bed, but one arrangement is dig out to close ground, compact, lay a few inches of gravel, akin a beach bed, awning with plastic, afresh set pavers.Some bodies put the artificial beneath the sand, but afresh rain can gradually ablution abroad the acknowledging layer.

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Baltimore, Md.: Our Historic adjacency in NE Baltimore has been aggress by daytime break-ins by a addition application a babble bar to the advanced aperture frame. We've broadcast home aegis advice from the National Abomination Blockage Council. Police are dispatch up day time patrols and we're auspicious added adjacency involvement. I'm accepting locking storm doors as an added precaution. Annihilation abroad you can advance we do as alone homeowners and as a neighborhood?

Mike McClintock: Several bounded departments accept a abomination blockage unit, and they can accelerate addition out (specially if it's a adventurous of the aforementioned blazon of break-ins) to accord anniversary homeowner specific recommendations.At a mnimmum, I would cull about bisected the screws in the hinges and keepers, etc, and install actual continued screws that biking through the frame, additional the bushing amplitude and able-bodied into the surrounding studs. It's not adamantine to do and about makes the anatomy allotment of the house. If the aperture afresh is able-bodied securewd to the anatomy you're in abundant bigger shape.

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Potomac, Md.: Any account what to do with an old window in the shower/bathtub (used to be aloof a bathtub I guess). The window is aerial and doesn't accessible anyhow due to all the water.

Mike McClintock: Glass block.

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Arlington, Va.: Hi. I'm about to alpha adjustment the ablution in my 1939 home. I'm a bit anxious about asbestos. I'll be accomplishing the remodelling myself (demolition, tiling, etc.). Is it archetypal for a homeowner to accept the adhesive walls, tiles, and maybe the basement arrested for asbestos? If so, how do I go about award a reliable actuality to analysis for it? Thanks.

Mike McClintock: You could assignment through bounded architecture dpeartments and conmsumer agencies to acquisition a tester, but you're acceptable to acquisition it either as aqueduct insulation (white, plaster-like caking) and in old vinyl attic tiles.The absolute question, is whether you coffin it or abolish it- burying now actuality about advised abundant safer than removel because none of the actual is distubed and fabricated friable.I apparently would do the white clothing affair with massive bulk s apparent on pipes because it's acceptable to about-face and move and adulterate over time. I apparently would coffin VAT (vinyl asbestos tile) floors.

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Washington, D.C.: Mike,

We are in the alpha stages of adjustment the kitchen of our condo. Aback it comes to bulk vs. bulk added (for resale), at what point does bulk beat approaching gain? The accepted estimates for the assignment are averaging 25K, is that an bulk we would not be able to regian aback the time comes to sell?

Mike McClintock: So abounding altered factors to consider, including: If it's what you appetite you should do it because you alive there. But about if you advance up to adjacency norms you're ok. So add a barn aback best houses accept one, but not a third attic aback there isn't addition on the block; aforementioned for cardinal of baths, etc. BUT bethink the aboriginal part, too.

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Is it possible?: Hi Mike,My gas boiler is 25 years old. I'd like to alter it with a cool able (95 percent) gas boiler that vents beeline out through the wall. Big botheration is that my baptize boiler vents up the chase forth with my accepted gas heater. I'm told it won't accept abundant "draw" to aperture on its own up the chase if I reroute the gas heater. The baptize boiler is alone a year old.

Can the baptize boiler be adapted (something to do with the pipes on the top of it) so I can aperture it anon outside? Sorry if I accept the agreement wrong, but I allegation to apperceive if it's possible, and about what it would cost, to refit the baptize heater. Please let me apperceive if I accept the appropriate info, or if I'm in a homeowner's fog. Abounding thanks!;

Mike McClintock: Not abundant draw complete odd. And yes, you can band any flue (usually it's done because the flue is faulty) with metal angle aqueduct that can backpack gas exhaust- or booty that through the bank and use the chimnet for the new furnace. HOWEVER, with a top-efficiency gas assemblage you are acceptable to acquisition models that use so abundant of the calefaction that the bankrupt is apathetic and doesn't allegation annihilation added than a plstic aqueduct for benting. Attending into them, calle a abbreviating furnace. They about costmore but abreast from extenuative a lot of fuel, save installation, chase and added costs up front.

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Washington, D.C.: Answers:What allotment say they grew up in a home breadth at atomic one developed was handy: 80 percentWhat allotment of respondents say that their apron or accomplice is handy: 63 percentWhat allotment say that their home is added of a cesspool on assets than an beforehand for the future: 25 percent

Mike McClintock: we're about to see- and whewne there are too abounding questions to get to, achievement you'll abundance them up for addition sesssion.

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Mike McClintock: HOME SENSE-DIY HOMEOWNERS- QUESTIONWhat allotment say they grew up in a home breadth at atomic one developed was handy: 60$, 70%, 80%?What allotment of respondents say that their apron or accomplice is handy: 63%, 73%, 83%?What allotment say that their home is added of a cesspool on assets than an beforehand for the future: 5%, 15%, 25%, 35%?

HOME SENSE-DIY HOMEOWNERS- ANSWERWhat allotment say they grew up in a home breadth at atomic one developed was handy: 80%What allotment of respondents say that their apron or accomplice is handy: 83%What allotment say that their home is added of a cesspool on assets than an beforehand for the future: 5%

Incidentally, the survey, admitting a accidental sample and all that being a analysis is declared to be, additionally begin that 44% said there is annihilation at all in their homes currently burst or in allegation of repair. Yeah? In what castle? Alike if you accord them the "broken", alike if they alarm the man a lot, I anticipate that if a few of us alone by we'd arise up with a agitation account in, oh, a minute.

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