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  • Common water pressure issues and how to solve them

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    Throughout the UK, homeowners are affected by low water pressure. Faulty boilers, closed stop valves, frozen pipes and internal plumbing are just a few of many guilty parties. With so many potential candidates at fault, it can be overwhelming to sift through them all in search of the one (or few) that actually need addressing. To accelerate this process and make it altogether easier for our readers, we have put together this guide that covers all of the main water pressure issues that are likely to affect homeowners in the UK and how to resolve them

    It is worth noting that all of the issues we have presented in this list are all actually easily explained - and just as easily resolved. If, you don’t encounter the problem that is plaguing your own home in this list, it may be that it is a less-easily diagnosed and more complex internal plumbing issue. If you think you fall into this category, you should get in touch with a plumber.

    Identifying an internal plumbing issue

    Before you can explore potential fixes for your water pressure problem, it is important to first identify the source of the issue. Normally, your main water supply will enter your home through the cold tap in your kitchen or utility room. If this tap is working, whilst others throughout the home are not, you have an internal plumbing problem on your hands and you need to get in touch with a plumber.

    Checking for a closed stop valve

    Sometimes the most seemingly drastic problems can have the most straight-forward solutions - and that is certainly true when it comes to a closed stop valve. Your water nightmare could have been resolved a long time ago with a cursory glance under the kitchen sink (where the vast majority of indoor stop valves are housed) and a simple anti-clockwise motion twist. As simple as it sounds, you’d be surprised just how often plumbers travel to a home just to conduct a bewilderingly simple fix.

    Preventing and fixing frozen pipes

    Unfortunately, once temperatures drop low enough, frozen pipes are an ever-present threat. And in the colder months, this threat lingers in the background like a bad smell. There are however, a number of preventative measures you can take. An unoccupied home acts as a breeding ground for frozen pipes. With the heating turned off, pipes filled with water can very easily freeze over. To combat this, it is imperative to set your thermostat to at least 5°C to stave off the advance of the cold.

    If your home’s pipes have already been affected by low temperatures, you have to prioritise remedial rather than preventative measures. The first, and most vital, step you have to take is to shut off your water supply using your stop valve. This will prevent any more water from entering your home and potentially exacerbating the problem. From there, turning on all the cold taps in the house will allow the water that has accumulated in your pipes as ice to escape. To speed up this process, you can use a hairdryer or hot water bottle to heat up the pipes nearest to the taps. If, however, there is a leak, it is unavoidable that you will have to contact a plumber to amend the leak and repair any damage.

    With an understanding of the most widespread water pressure issues, you should be well placed to identify and resolve any issues that may come to affect your own home in the future. Rather than dealing with a fundamental flaw in your water system, there are homes that just do unfortunately suffer from weak water pressure. A home booster pump can rectify this with ease. At Pump Sales Direct, we have a range of the highest quality home booster pumps that are fit to service any scenario. If the issue is confined to your the water flow of your shower, you may instead benefit from a new shower pump. If you require any more information, simply call or email us - we are more than happy to help.

  • How to Replicate the Spa Experience at Home

    Before you even get started, it is vitally important to cultivate the kind of atmosphere that will allow you to really relax. Central to establishing a positive mood is appealing to two of your so-called secondary senses - your sense of smell and your hearing.

    Picking the right music

    Don’t be hasty to dismiss the choice of music as inconsequential ‘background noise;' numerous studies have verified the correlation between music and relaxation. One particular study conducted by Mindlab International demonstrated how a particular set of sounds in music can culminate in one very calming experience. A sustaining rhythm that slows over time is mirrored by the heart rate, which in turn, reduces blood pressure and the release of cortisol (the body’s stress hormone).

    Selecting a scent

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    Similarly, used correctly, smell has also been scientifically shown to evoke a positive response. Smells trigger a response from the limbic system - the area of the brain responsible for processing emotions and memories. When a soothing lavender fragrance (for example) is present, the brain responds in kind, making it imperative to invest in a suitable scent for your home spa.

    Drinks please

    A glass of champagne is standard fare for spas the world over and your home spa is no exception - if you are so inclined anyway. Herbal teas are equally effective. Whatever you decide, the result should be the same - a feeling of calm before the spa experience gets into full flow. Whilst the spa process is underway, you may benefit from staying hydrated with some so-called spa water. If you were wondering, it is essentially just water with a few slices of cucumber, strawberry or lemon thrown in.

    Treat your skin with a face mask

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    A face mask is probably the first thing that comes to mind when you think of a typical spa experience. In order to live up to that stereotype, here’s how you can construct your own face mask with things you have lying around the house. Ingredients actually vary wildly, but the online consensus appears to favour the inclusion of honey. As well as smelling superb, honey is a natural acne remedy thanks to its antibiotic properties.

    Healthy and simple food

    No spa experience would be complete without some kind of physical nourishment. The most popular spas across the globe owe their stellar reputation, in part at least, to their food. And you should aim to consume something equally delightful in the comfort of your own home. Of course, it is best to prepare this beforehand to prevent any frantic food preparation from ruining an otherwise serene day. It is worth noting that, as a spa day is an exercise in health, wellness and relaxation, this food should also be healthy.

    Taking a bath

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    Without the need for any fancy facial scrubs or the tiny Middle Eastern fish that are popular for pedicures, a simple steaming bath can have a profound effect - especially when used in collaboration with other inexpensive products. Warm water relaxes the muscles and helps to alleviate any pre-existing pains or aches. It is also great for the skin - researchers at Stanford University found that a hot bath can kill bacteria on the skin and minimise the body’s inflammatory response. To ensure your bath (and all other water-using outlets in your home) have adequate water pressure; it is well worth considering the installation of a booster pump from the Stuart Turner Monsoon range.

  • What You Need to Know About Adding a New Bathroom

    Before you even decide to add an extension to your home, a number of different factors have to be taken into consideration. From planning permission to site insurance, the scope for potential missteps is huge, which can amount to one very stressful experience. If you have at least managed to narrow it down to a bathroom, here are the things that you have left to worry about.

    Layout

    While there isn’t a law forbidding the construction of a bathroom without a lobby preceding it anymore, it is still a decent guideline to follow. Ideally, a bathroom should be separated from the other rooms of the house by some kind of circulation space - either a hallway or a utility room. Regardless of whether you choose to follow this advice or not, there are very few laws restricting the positioning of a bathroom and for that reason, you more or less have free reign. The Party Wall Act of 1996 means you can build all the way up to the border with your neighbour, even if it requires access to their land in the process.

    Size

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    In keeping with the relatively lax restrictions governing the layout of a bathroom extension, restrictions involving the size of a bathroom are similarly slack. If you so desire, you can create a new WC that measures just 1.3m² in size. If you want to combine a bathroom and a toilet, the minimum area you can occupy is 3.6 m². Whether investing in an extension just to make a bathroom of this size makes financial sense is an altogether different matter.

    Water supply

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    One unavoidable consequence of extending the size of your home to include a bathroom is renewed demand on the infrastructure that supplies your baths, showers and sinks with water. It is just one of those things you have to deal with. The best way to meet this demand involves two steps. The first is something that will boost the water storage capability of your home. The second involves the addition of a water pressure pump that will bolster the water pressure to all of the outlets throughout your home. If you want convenience, a packaged pumping system is ideal for you - it combines the two.

    Design

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    Once you’ve blitzed through all of the red tape, you can finally get round to designing your new bathroom. Before you start it is important to keep in mind how this latest addition is going to fit in with the rest of your home. Cohesion is important to creating a well-designed home. Instead of completely contrasting the other spaces in your home, attempt to retain some semblance of theme - it might be a material or a colour. Aside from maintaining visual continuity, durability is also important, so don’t skimp on quality if you want your bathroom to function properly for the foreseeable future.

  • How hydrotherapy has a found a home in professional sports

    Increased investment into sport, accompanied by developments in science and technology, have dramatically changed the way elite level athletes are being treated for their injuries. Some of the newer treatments that had previously been reserved only for full-blown injuries have now been incorporated into the everyday routine of many professional athletes, as part of a strategy to enhance rest and recovery. And no treatment has benefitted more from changing attitudes than hydrotherapy.

    Whole Body Cryotherapy

    An exercise that started as a treatment for rheumatism in Japan in 1989 has since become standard practice the world over. By plunging the body into startling temperatures of -160°C, the brain reacts by stimulating the process of vasoconstriction - causing the arteries and the veins that carry blood to narrow. Because of this, less blood, and therefore fewer white blood cells, reaches the inflamed areas of the body, resulting in a reduction in swelling. Other rumoured effects include a feeling of well-being, increase in mood, and better quality sleep. The scientific basis is, at best, sketchy, but that hasn’t stopped the likes of Leicester City and the Welsh rugby team from undergoing whole body cryotherapy on a regular basis.

    Cold water immersion

    While human nature explains why whole body cryotherapy has superseded the popularity of ice baths (people would rather be colder for a shorter period of time) the evidence actually suggests that the less popular (and harder to endure) practice is actually a more effective one. Research published in June declared that undergoing cold water immersion at 8°C for ten minutes produced a greater decline in tissue temperature and blood flow than those who underwent whole body cryotherapy at -110°C for just two minutes.

    Traditional hydrotherapy

    Hydrotherapy in its truest sense is used throughout professional sports. Typically in a heated, rectangular pool, athletes benefit from the reduced load environment offered by the water. For this reason, traditional hydrotherapy is particularly popular for early forays into rehabilitation. Because of the variety of depths, underwater exercises can be accomplished by players with different injuries at different stages of their injuries.

    Standard hot shower

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    As much as it seems that wince-inducing cold is the only way to go when it comes to hydrotherapy, a standard warm shower can also be beneficial. Because hot water encourages vasodilation, blood flow is increased - meaning muscles are relaxed and lactic acid is flushed out - making a warm shower the perfect way to recover from anaerobic exercise. And, as with any hydrotherapy treatment, you want to make it as easy as possible to endure, so investing in a shower booster pump that can provide you with the perfect water pressure is a must.

    In summary, hydrotherapy is far from a perfect way to address recovery, but it is nevertheless a helpful one. The effects may be minimal, but that can be the difference between success and failure. And nowhere are these margins more critical than in the world of elite professional sports, which is probably why they have been more widely adopted in this arena than anywhere else.

  • Six things to keep in mind when designing a bathroom

    Designing a new bathroom can be a real headache. More often than not, bathrooms are already one of the smaller sized rooms in the house. When you add showers, sinks and toilets to it, it can make planning your new bathroom very tricky indeed. Juggling these space constraints whilst simultaneously worrying about functionality, visual appeal and durability, can lead to a muddled approach, and a disappointing, sub-par bathroom. To walk you through this process, and point out what you should be prioritising, we have put together this quick guide to designing a new bathroom.

    Functionality

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    At the end of the day, a bathroom’s functionality is of utmost importance. If your shower doesn’t work and your toilet doesn’t flush, you’re going to run into some problems. With this in mind, you want to be certain that all of your appliances, regardless of appearance, will function the way you need them to. And Grundfos pumps UK are a manufacturer you can rely on. From home booster units that can resolve low water levels to central heating circulators that can single-handedly improve efficiency across an entire system;  Grundfos can help you sculpt a superbly functioning bathroom.

    Durability

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    When you are investing money into anything, one of the very first questions you should ask is: how long is it going to last? And this ethos is definitely applicable to bathrooms. While wallpaper might be an attractive short term investment, it is exactly that - short-term - it might be visually appealing, but it won’t last a fraction of the time that tiles will. Tiles are far better suited to tolerate splashes of water and clouds of steam, offering you superior value for money.

    Visual appeal

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    Your primary concern should always be quality, but that does not mean you need to scrimp on the visual aspect of your bathroom. Brass fittings have experienced a resurgence as of late, mostly because of its warm tones that help to distinguish it from the  cold and clinical looking, albeit popular, chrome and nickel. A distinctive vanity cabinet can have a similarly drastic effect. By acting as the focal point of the bathroom, it can add a healthy amount of character. It is however, vitally important to consider how your own financial and space restrictions can dictate your ability to outfit your bathroom in the exact way you want it to.

    Space

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    One way of circumventing a space issue is to choose a floating vanity cabinet. Its ability to float far from voids the traditionally elegant nature of the vanity cabinet, and creates space that otherwise would not exist. As well as providing additional storage space, the floating vanity cabinet, more importantly, creates the perception of a larger bathroom. Equally deceptive but effective are large mirrors and glass panels, both of which are adept at creating the illusion of a bigger bathroom.

  • Maintenance tips: Preventing a plumbing disaster

    There are times when problems will occur with your plumbing and you will need to call out an engineer to check what the issue is and resolve it. This can often be costly and inconvenient, resulting in your having to take time off work and stay in the house. However, a number of plumbing issues can actually be avoided by taking some preventative measures.

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    By having a well-maintained plumbing system and being aware of the damage that you can cause, it is less likely that you will have an emergency and your pipes will continue to flow smoothly. Here we’ve put together some top tips on how you can look after the pipes and drains in your property and avoid the need to call an emergency plumber.

    1. Carry out checks

    It’s important to check around the toilet and underneath sinks on a regular basis to make sure there are no leaks or signs of moisture. If you get this sorted straight away, it can prevent any damage being caused and save you from wasting water.

    To see if the toilet is leaking, simply put a bit of food colouring in the tank and check after a few hours. You will be able to see if any is leaking from the tank if the water has turned a different colour, and replacing the tank ball can rectify this.

    2. Be winter ready

    Before the cold weather sets in, it’s a good idea to ensure that your plumbing system is protected. All the tanks and pipe work need to be properly insulated to prevent them from freezing and cracking.

    During the winter months, if it gets particularly cold, you can keep the loft hatch open for a bit to enable the warmer air to heat up the space and stop your cistern from getting too cold.

    Your boiler and heating system, including your booster pump, should be serviced every year so that you know everything is working as efficiently as it should be.

    3. Know how to isolate a booster pump and other appliances

    If an emergency occurs, it’s important that you know how to switch off the main water supply and all your appliances, including a booster pump. When you move into a property, familiarise yourself with the location of the outdoor and indoor isolation valves, and then check them every three months to make sure they work properly.

    Have a look at all your appliances and see if they have a way of isolating them and that you know how to do this. You also need to know where the emergency controls are for your fuel and electricity supply so that you can get to them quickly if necessary.

    4. Prevent the drains from clogging

    One of the most frequent plumbing issues can be a clogged drain, but this is fairly simple to avoid if you take more care of what you’re putting down the plug hole in the first place. You should avoid pouring cooking fats down the sink, as they harden once they’ve cooled and can soon block up the pipes. Put a strainer over your plug hole to catch any small items, such as hair and soap in the bathroom, so you can dispose of them in the rubbish and minimise costly repairs.

    If your drains do become blocked, try to use a pipe snake or another manual instrument first before resorting to chemicals, and when using any cleaning agents follow the instructions closely.

    We have a wide range of plumbing accessories available to help you keep your pipes properly maintained, including valves, hoses, pressure switches and a range of water pumps.

  • How to increase pump motor efficiency

    Motor efficiency is a key factor in making pumps more efficient overall and in saving energy when they’re running. Get this right, and you can save money over the whole life of the pump and its motor - this can add up to a significant cost saving over time. However, it’s difficult to put together a package that will perform at maximum efficiency, so you may want to look at packaged pump systems when you’re considering motor efficiency. With these kinds of systems, every component has been designed to work in harmony with the other components to deliver motor, and therefore pumping, efficiency.

    How to Increase Pump Motor Efficiency: Packages pump systems

    There are four main issues which can have an effect on how efficient a motor is:

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    The motor should only be run at below 50% of its capacity for short periods. Because most pumps operate with a variable load, a key method of improving energy-efficiency is to make sure that the variable-load mechanism works effectively. Temperature, pressure, the required flow and a number of other factors may mean that the motor speed needs to be adjusted. There are various ways of doing this, and many of the newer motors can improve energy-efficiency by electronically monitoring and adjusting the load.

     

    Speed

    There’s a relationship between the speed of the motor and its efficiency, and it’s not always obvious - lower RPMs can be more efficient than higher RPMs, and the motors can last longer. Standard pumps are either off or on and running at full speed. The new “intelligent” pumps available in some packaged pump systems can control the speed of the motor to match the demand on it.

     

    Size

    Motors that are too big for the job they are doing, and therefore under-loaded, don’t run efficiently. A smaller motor that is being run at a higher load is operating more efficiently than a bigger motor that is running below capacity. The smaller motor therefore uses less energy. The larger the motor, the more it is going to cost to run, so you need to measure how much pump power you actually need. Decreasing hydraulic resistance in the circulation system of a swimming pool, for example, will mean that the pump doesn’t need to work so hard. Pipe and filter size can make a difference here.

     

    Class

    Motors rated as highly energy-efficient tend to run at a slightly higher speed for a given load. These motors take advantage of new materials that are available which can be used in improved designs to deliver greater efficiency. When a motor fails, it is generally more cost-effective to replace it with a high-efficiency model than to repair the existing motor, because the repair itself may reduce the efficiency of the existing motor.

     

    Packaged Pump Systems - Improved efficiency

    All of these factors interact, so one of the ways of running, say, a more efficient swimming pool pump, is to use a high-efficiency pump with a smaller motor and to run it less frequently. To find out more about how to take advantage of the efficiency features of the latest packaged pump solutions, contact our experts at Pump Sales Direct, who can talk you through the options that will best fit your installation.

  • What are Booster Pumps?

    If you live in an area where the water pressure is low or variable, the best way to get acceptable pressure in your home is to install a booster pump. These are fitted at the point where the water supply enters the property and can boost the water flow throughout the house.

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    Low water pressure is common, especially in rural areas where there may be a long distance from the main water supply to the property. It can also be a problem in urban areas, particularly if there is older pipework or the number of properties in an area has expanded.

     

    How water flow works

    When you turn on the tap, you expect water to come out; however, do you understand what makes this happen? Domestic water supplies operate using a closed loop - when you turn on a tap, the water, along with some air, is pulled up the pipe by vacuum pressure.

    Where there is poor water flow, it takes longer for sufficient pressure to build to pull the water up the pipe. This can mean a slow trickle of water and also an uneven flow, as there will be more air trapped in the pipe. Symptoms of poor pressure may be a slow or uneven flow of water from the taps or shower, taking a long time to fill the bath.

     

    Choosing a booster pump

    There are several types of booster pump that can be used to improve your water pressure and it is important to get the right one for your needs. You can boost individual outlets such as a shower using a pump; however, in most situations you will need to boost the whole domestic water supply so that all outlets benefit.

    A multi-stage pump is most commonly used to do this. These are electrically driven, have more than one impeller - a rotating device rather like a turbine - and make use of centrifugal force to actively pull water from the mains into the system and thus provide greater pressure where you need it.

     

    Reservoirs

    It is possible to obtain a pump as a standalone unit fitted to the water supply pipe; however, in some cases it may be better to have a packaged pumping system. These use a reservoir or break tank to hold a supply of water to even out the flow. This means the pump is connected to the tank rather than directly to the water company’s supply.

    For domestic supplies, pump installation is usually quite straightforward and a qualified plumber should be able to do it in less than a day. The latest types are compact and quiet in operation, meaning they won’t be intrusive.

     

    What to do next

    Pumps are quite specialised and you need to make sure that you get the right one for your needs. You also need to ensure that you comply with the regulations that govern domestic water supplies and that may affect the type of pump you can use. Here at Pump Sales Direct we’re happy to discuss your needs and we will help you to select the right booster pump for your requirements from the range available.

  • The top 5 home booster pumps on the market

    If your shower is more of a dribble or it takes ages to fill the bath, it’s likely you have a problem with low water pressure. At Pump Sales Direct, we offer a range of home booster pumps. Here we have carefully selected the top five on the market to help you solve your low pressure issues.

     

    1. Stuart Turner Flomate Home Booster Pump

    The Stuart Turner Flomate home booster pump can be connected directly to the mains without the need for a cold water tank. It offers 3 bar pressure, is suitable for use with combi boilers and is fully compliant with UK water regulations.

    Top 5 Home Booster Pumps on the market

    2. Salamander Home Boost 1.5 Bar Mains Water Pressure Booster Pump

    For smaller properties or to boost demand at peak times, the 1.5 bar Salamander Home Boost is a compact unit and is available from Pump Sales Direct at a competitive price and with fast delivery.

    Top 5 Home Booster Pumps on the market

    3. Dab e.sybox Electronic Water Pressure System

    The Dab e.sybox is more than just a home booster pump: it’s an electronic water pressure system. It has a water-cooled pump and anti-vibration feet for quiet operation and electronics that match the pump speed to demand in order to save energy. Note that this system needs a break tank and can’t be connected directly to the water supply.

    Top 5 Home Booster Pumps on the market

    4 & 5. Grundfos Home Booster packaged pumping system (3 bar / 4.5 bar)

    Grundfos offer both 3 bar and 4.5 bar versions of their home booster pump, both of which are available from Pump Sales Direct. These are self-contained systems with an integrated 200-litre storage tank and a stainless-steel pump that delivers efficient, quiet operation and a long life. For properties with high water demand or where the mains pressure is very low, an additional slave tank is available to increase the water storage capacity.

    Top 5 Home Booster Pumps on the market

    Shop the Pump Sales Direct range of home booster pumps now.

  • Salamander HomeBoost Pump: In-pack upgrades mean added value

    Salamander HomeBoost Pump

    The Salamander HomeBoost Pump is the quick and easy solution to problems caused by low water pressure or poor flow rates. From baths that fill too slowly and showers that deliver only a trickle of water to ineffective combi boilers and kitchen taps that do little more than dribble, the HomeBoost will increase your water pressure by up to 1.5 bar for a maximum flow rate of up to 12 litres per minute. With a Salamander HomeBoost pump in place, your upstairs shower won't suddenly lose pressure if someone runs a tap downstairs, so every member of your household will be able to enjoy consistent flow rates all day, every day.

     

    Salamander HomeBoost Pump Activates When Needed

     

    Compact, discreet and extremely quiet while in operation, the HomeBoost pump can solve all of your water-flow issues in one simple installation. Intelligent electronics built into each pump allow it to detect when flow rates or the level of water pressure are too low, and only then is the boost automatically applied. This feature means the pump only operates when needed, providing a high level of energy-efficiency. Operating at 46dB, the HomeBoost emits less noise than a typical electric kettle, so while you'll be able to feel it working every time you turn on a tap, you'll hardly know it's there.

     

    Two-year Manufacturer’s Guarantee

     

    Thanks to its small size and streamlined design, the Salamander HomeBoost can usually be fitted by a plumber in less than an hour, and now, thanks to our added-value upgrades, installation is easier and more cost-effective than ever. The HomeBoost now comes complete with everything you need included in the pack at no extra cost. In addition to the outlet strainer and inlet washer, you'll also get a set of adapters to enable it to be fitted to either a 15mm or 22mm pipe, along with a straight connector and isolation valve connector. Manufactured in the UK from top-quality components, the HomeBoost pump is fully compliant with all water-fittings regulations and is WRAS approved and IPX4 rated. It comes with a two-year manufacturer's guarantee.

     

    The unit can be plumbed directly into the mains pipework. For best plumbing practice and to facilitate removal of the unit for future servicing, the fitting of full-bore isolating valves is highly recommended, so ensure you choose an installation site with sufficient room.

     

    Shop our Salamander HomeBoost Pump here.

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