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  • Rex
    Hi there, Slightly off topic, but SWMBO insists that I investigate leaf blower/vac and buy one. Personally, I think they are a waste of money (use a rake) but
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      Hi there,

      Slightly off topic, but SWMBO insists that I investigate leaf blower/vac and buy one.

      Personally, I think they are a waste of money (use a rake) but what is recommended as a
      reasonable model? I figure the best are the petrol powered, but she will not carry one
      around, so am left with electric.

      Any recommendations and/or suggests gratefully received.

      Thanks,

      Rex
    • Nigel Giddings
      Rex, We have a leaf blower / Vacuum. The biggest problem I think is that the British weather is very different from ‘New England’ that we see on the telly
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        Rex,



        We have a leaf blower / Vacuum. The biggest problem I think is that the
        British weather is very different from �New England� that we see on the
        telly all the time�



        The vacuum works well, used it a few days ago, but once the leaves are wet
        it will not cope. The weather has been pretty dry here for the last few
        weeks so no problem. In the past I have been frustrated by being inundated
        by leaves that have got wet and then it is not much better than useless.



        Pro�s it mulches the leaves as it collects them and collects a lot quickly
        (subject to them being dry)

        Con�s Limited window of opportunity to use, gets heavy pretty quickly as you
        carry the leaves with you if using as a vacuum.



        Probably depends on size of garden, we have a few acres. I am not anti this
        type of thing I think a petrol strimmers are great..



        HTH



        Nigel



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        *Sent:* 01 November 2010 08:15
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        *Subject:* UK_Selfbuild Leaf vac





        Hi there,

        Slightly off topic, but SWMBO insists that I investigate leaf blower/vac and
        buy one.

        Personally, I think they are a waste of money (use a rake) but what is
        recommended as a
        reasonable model? I figure the best are the petrol powered, but she will not
        carry one
        around, so am left with electric.

        Any recommendations and/or suggests gratefully received.

        Thanks,

        Rex




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      • Nick Laurie
        We have HUGE walnut tree on the back lawn. I might run over the leaves with the ride-on if the grass starts to get a bit long and the weather looks right -
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          We have HUGE walnut tree on the back lawn.
          I might run over the leaves with the ride-on if the grass starts to get a bit long and the weather looks right - equally I might not.
          I DO know that all the leaves will vanish of their own accord (earthworms, apparently) long before the winter's over.
          Nick

          Nick Laurie PC Repairs
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          On 1 Nov 2010, at 08:14, Rex wrote:

          > Hi there,
          >
          > Slightly off topic, but SWMBO insists that I investigate leaf blower/vac and buy one.
          >
          > Personally, I think they are a waste of money (use a rake) but what is recommended as a
          > reasonable model? I figure the best are the petrol powered, but she will not carry one
          > around, so am left with electric.
          >
          > Any recommendations and/or suggests gratefully received.
          >
          > Thanks,
          >
          > Rex
          >
          >
          >
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        • Christopher George
          For her or for you? If the former, swallow hard and pay up on the off chance she will use it (and ignore the fact that it is a waste of energy and money) and
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            For her or for you?
            If the former, swallow hard and pay up on the off chance she will use
            it (and ignore the fact that it is a waste of energy and money) and
            state you will never be sullying your hands with it
            or
            if the latter, put your foot down, tell her you would rather do the
            the job the proper way and get some exercise in peace and quiet!
            chris
            Marriage Guidance Specialist extraordinaire!
            On 1 Nov 2010, at 08:14, Rex wrote:

            > Hi there,
            >
            > Slightly off topic, but SWMBO insists that I investigate leaf blower/
            > vac and buy one.
            >
            > Personally, I think they are a waste of money (use a rake) but what
            > is recommended as a
            > reasonable model? I figure the best are the petrol powered, but she
            > will not carry one
            > around, so am left with electric.
            >
            > Any recommendations and/or suggests gratefully received.
            >
            > Thanks,
            >
            > Rex
            >
            >
            >

            Dr CJD George
            Director
            020 8874 2013 (Answer 'phone/office)
            07804 801149 Mob (only for current contracts please)
            mail@...






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          • Rick
            A couple of pigs will eat the lot, dig & and fertilize the ground as they work. Rick
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              A couple of pigs will eat the lot, dig & and fertilize the ground as
              they work.

              Rick

              On Mon, 2010-11-01 at 08:14 +0000, Rex wrote:
              >
              > Hi there,
              >
              > Slightly off topic, but SWMBO insists that I investigate leaf
              > blower/vac and buy one.
              >
              > Personally, I think they are a waste of money (use a rake) but what is
              > recommended as a
              > reasonable model? I figure the best are the petrol powered, but she
              > will not carry one
              > around, so am left with electric.
              >
              > Any recommendations and/or suggests gratefully received.
              >
              > Thanks,
              >
              > Rex
              >
              >
              >
              >
              >
            • Peter Church
              I agree with Chris first point. If it is for her, let her choose it, and if she doesn t use it then you can bring it up next time she complains about your
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                I agree with Chris' first point. If it is for her, let her choose it, and
                if she doesn't use it then you can bring it up next time she complains about
                your need for another power tool for the next bit of the job. Guilt is a
                powerful tool itself.

                On blowers/vacs we have an electric Bosch one which works best as a blower,
                but really is limited by the cable - we don't have a very big garden and it
                struggles to get to the end without an extension lead. I'd go for petrol
                next time.

                I find blowing works OK with wet leaves, and although slower keeps them
                closer to the ground and easier to herd if it is a windy day. I only use
                the Vac attachment as a last resort around the edges and in the flower beds
                - the design of our one sucks the leaves around the fan and into a bag, and
                if anything other than leaves get up there (gravel drive, earth, sticks)
                then the fan takes a battering and won't last long. I'm sure there must be
                better designs.

                HTH

                Pete

                -----Original Message-----
                From: UK_Selfbuild@... [mailto:UK_Selfbuild@...]
                On Behalf Of Christopher George
                Sent: 01 November 2010 08:53
                To: UK_Selfbuild@...
                Subject: Re: UK_Selfbuild Leaf vac

                For her or for you?
                If the former, swallow hard and pay up on the off chance she will use
                it (and ignore the fact that it is a waste of energy and money) and
                state you will never be sullying your hands with it
                or
                if the latter, put your foot down, tell her you would rather do the
                the job the proper way and get some exercise in peace and quiet!
                chris
                Marriage Guidance Specialist extraordinaire!
                On 1 Nov 2010, at 08:14, Rex wrote:

                > Hi there,
                >
                > Slightly off topic, but SWMBO insists that I investigate leaf blower/
                > vac and buy one.
                >
                > Personally, I think they are a waste of money (use a rake) but what
                > is recommended as a
                > reasonable model? I figure the best are the petrol powered, but she
                > will not carry one
                > around, so am left with electric.
                >
                > Any recommendations and/or suggests gratefully received.
                >
                > Thanks,
                >
                > Rex
                >
                >
                >

                Dr CJD George
                Director
                020 8874 2013 (Answer 'phone/office)
                07804 801149 Mob (only for current contracts please)
                mail@...






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              • Christopher Hunter
                ... sounds like a good reason not to buy a leaf vac - it would stop natural processes improve the lawn ! we were thinking of getting at least a blower, to
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                  >earthworms ...

                  sounds like a good reason not to buy a leaf vac' - it would stop natural processes improve the lawn !

                  we were thinking of getting at least a blower, to help get leaves (hawthorne & beach, mostly, in our case) out from corners of patio & steps, from between pots, and other awkward spots, from under the hedge, and atop gravel ... wonder if it would work with damp leaves ?

                  BTW, we use a couple of short pieces of floorboard for picking-up leaves - would we better to buy a pair of those made-for-the-purpose plastic things we see in magazines around this time of year ?

                  Chris


                  On 1 Nov 2010, at 08:32, Nick Laurie wrote:

                  > We have HUGE walnut tree on the back lawn.
                  > I might run over the leaves with the ride-on if the grass starts to get a bit long and the weather looks right - equally I might not.
                  > I DO know that all the leaves will vanish of their own accord (earthworms, apparently) long before the winter's over.
                  > Nick
                  >
                  > Nick Laurie PC Repairs
                  > nwlaurie@...
                  > Skype: nicklaurie
                  > 01458 250834
                  > 07941 731056
                  >
                  > On 1 Nov 2010, at 08:14, Rex wrote:
                  >
                  > > Hi there,
                  > >
                  > > Slightly off topic, but SWMBO insists that I investigate leaf blower/vac and buy one.
                  > >
                  > > Personally, I think they are a waste of money (use a rake) but what is recommended as a
                  > > reasonable model? I figure the best are the petrol powered, but she will not carry one
                  > > around, so am left with electric.
                  > >
                  > > Any recommendations and/or suggests gratefully received.
                  > >
                  > > Thanks,
                  > >
                  > > Rex
                  > >
                  > >
                  > >
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                  > >
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                • Christopher Hunter
                  ... maybe we ve been unlucky, but Bosch are getting to be don t buy for us - two hammer drills failed in no time, the circular saw sends dust everywhere
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                    >Bosch ...

                    maybe we've been unlucky, but Bosch are getting to be don't buy for us - two hammer drills failed in no time, the circular saw sends dust everywhere (despite vacuum arrangement) ... the list goes on, and the strimmer we bought was replaced after not a dozen outings because it was useless (better than the Flymo it replaced, but that's not saying much - the Viking we bought instead is brilliant, gets the job done in a jiff, with no hassle) - maybe they're too price-driven these days ? Our lawnmower's OK, though, bought two years ago (new model at the time, and also replaced a Flymo that took far too long to do anything properly) ...

                    Chris


                    On 1 Nov 2010, at 09:53, Peter Church wrote:

                    > I agree with Chris' first point. If it is for her, let her choose it, and
                    > if she doesn't use it then you can bring it up next time she complains about
                    > your need for another power tool for the next bit of the job. Guilt is a
                    > powerful tool itself.
                    >
                    > On blowers/vacs we have an electric Bosch one which works best as a blower,
                    > but really is limited by the cable - we don't have a very big garden and it
                    > struggles to get to the end without an extension lead. I'd go for petrol
                    > next time.
                    >
                    > I find blowing works OK with wet leaves, and although slower keeps them
                    > closer to the ground and easier to herd if it is a windy day. I only use
                    > the Vac attachment as a last resort around the edges and in the flower beds
                    > - the design of our one sucks the leaves around the fan and into a bag, and
                    > if anything other than leaves get up there (gravel drive, earth, sticks)
                    > then the fan takes a battering and won't last long. I'm sure there must be
                    > better designs.
                    >
                    > HTH
                    >
                    > Pete
                    >
                    > -----Original Message-----
                    > From: UK_Selfbuild@... [mailto:UK_Selfbuild@...]
                    > On Behalf Of Christopher George
                    > Sent: 01 November 2010 08:53
                    > To: UK_Selfbuild@...
                    > Subject: Re: UK_Selfbuild Leaf vac
                    >
                    > For her or for you?
                    > If the former, swallow hard and pay up on the off chance she will use
                    > it (and ignore the fact that it is a waste of energy and money) and
                    > state you will never be sullying your hands with it
                    > or
                    > if the latter, put your foot down, tell her you would rather do the
                    > the job the proper way and get some exercise in peace and quiet!
                    > chris
                    > Marriage Guidance Specialist extraordinaire!
                    > On 1 Nov 2010, at 08:14, Rex wrote:
                    >
                    > > Hi there,
                    > >
                    > > Slightly off topic, but SWMBO insists that I investigate leaf blower/
                    > > vac and buy one.
                    > >
                    > > Personally, I think they are a waste of money (use a rake) but what
                    > > is recommended as a
                    > > reasonable model? I figure the best are the petrol powered, but she
                    > > will not carry one
                    > > around, so am left with electric.
                    > >
                    > > Any recommendations and/or suggests gratefully received.
                    > >
                    > > Thanks,
                    > >
                    > > Rex
                    > >
                    > >
                    > >
                    >
                    > Dr CJD George
                    > Director
                    > 020 8874 2013 (Answer 'phone/office)
                    > 07804 801149 Mob (only for current contracts please)
                    > mail@...
                    >
                    > [Non-text portions of this message have been removed]
                    >
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                  • Neil Ball
                    I find the Bosch professional (Blue) kit very good - I use a number of their lithium-ion screwdriver & drills plus a 230v SDS machine and have not had any
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                      I find the Bosch professional (Blue) kit very good - I use a number of their
                      lithium-ion screwdriver & drills plus a 230v SDS machine and have not had
                      any issues. I only buy the pro-range as it has a decent multi-year warranty
                      (provided you remember to register online after purchase) and I put them
                      through their paces in my day job. The SDS machine had to deal with cutting
                      out nearly 200 back boxes in mostly dense block using an electrical
                      box-cutting kit in my build, this killed the other two SDS machines I tried
                      first within hours whereas the Bosch worked continuously without complaining
                      for upto 8 hours a day.

                      Neil B.

                      -----Original Message-----
                      From: UK_Selfbuild@... [mailto:UK_Selfbuild@...]
                      On Behalf Of Christopher Hunter
                      Sent: 01 November 2010 10:10
                      To: UK_Selfbuild@...
                      Subject: Re: UK_Selfbuild Leaf vac

                      >Bosch ...

                      maybe we've been unlucky, but Bosch are getting to be don't buy for us - two
                      hammer drills failed in no time, the circular saw sends dust everywhere
                      (despite vacuum arrangement) ... the list goes on, and the strimmer we
                      bought was replaced after not a dozen outings because it was useless (better
                      than the Flymo it replaced, but that's not saying much - the Viking we
                      bought instead is brilliant, gets the job done in a jiff, with no hassle) -
                      maybe they're too price-driven these days ? Our lawnmower's OK, though,
                      bought two years ago (new model at the time, and also replaced a Flymo that
                      took far too long to do anything properly) ...

                      Chris


                      On 1 Nov 2010, at 09:53, Peter Church wrote:

                      > I agree with Chris' first point. If it is for her, let her choose it,
                      > and if she doesn't use it then you can bring it up next time she
                      > complains about your need for another power tool for the next bit of
                      > the job. Guilt is a powerful tool itself.
                      >
                      > On blowers/vacs we have an electric Bosch one which works best as a
                      > blower, but really is limited by the cable - we don't have a very big
                      > garden and it struggles to get to the end without an extension lead.
                      > I'd go for petrol next time.
                      >
                      > I find blowing works OK with wet leaves, and although slower keeps
                      > them closer to the ground and easier to herd if it is a windy day. I
                      > only use the Vac attachment as a last resort around the edges and in
                      > the flower beds
                      > - the design of our one sucks the leaves around the fan and into a
                      > bag, and if anything other than leaves get up there (gravel drive,
                      > earth, sticks) then the fan takes a battering and won't last long. I'm
                      > sure there must be better designs.
                      >
                      > HTH
                      >
                      > Pete
                      >
                      > -----Original Message-----
                      > From: UK_Selfbuild@...
                      > [mailto:UK_Selfbuild@...]
                      > On Behalf Of Christopher George
                      > Sent: 01 November 2010 08:53
                      > To: UK_Selfbuild@...
                      > Subject: Re: UK_Selfbuild Leaf vac
                      >
                      > For her or for you?
                      > If the former, swallow hard and pay up on the off chance she will use
                      > it (and ignore the fact that it is a waste of energy and money) and
                      > state you will never be sullying your hands with it or if the latter,
                      > put your foot down, tell her you would rather do the the job the
                      > proper way and get some exercise in peace and quiet!
                      > chris
                      > Marriage Guidance Specialist extraordinaire!
                      > On 1 Nov 2010, at 08:14, Rex wrote:
                      >
                      > > Hi there,
                      > >
                      > > Slightly off topic, but SWMBO insists that I investigate leaf
                      > > blower/ vac and buy one.
                      > >
                      > > Personally, I think they are a waste of money (use a rake) but what
                      > > is recommended as a reasonable model? I figure the best are the
                      > > petrol powered, but she will not carry one around, so am left with
                      > > electric.
                      > >
                      > > Any recommendations and/or suggests gratefully received.
                      > >
                      > > Thanks,
                      > >
                      > > Rex
                      > >
                      > >
                      > >
                      >
                      > Dr CJD George
                      > Director
                      > 020 8874 2013 (Answer 'phone/office)
                      > 07804 801149 Mob (only for current contracts please) mail@...
                      >
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                    • Christopher Hunter
                      ah, good - our lawnmower s blue rather than green, too ! FWIW, the Telegraph reviewed garden tools for leaf-clearing a year ago (their Five of the Best
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                        ah, good - our lawnmower's blue rather than green, too !

                        FWIW, the 'Telegraph reviewed garden tools for leaf-clearing a year ago (their Five of the Best feature, that we've found reliable in the past) and recommended the Flymo XLB325 petrol vac' / blow / shredder with 45litre capacity (it was said to be good for wet leaves, too) ... they also recommended the Handy Hands scoopers, a Bosch impact-blade shredder (AXT Rapid 2000), a traditional Burgeon & Ball lawn rake, and some Harrod Horticultural leather gauntlets !

                        Chris


                        On 1 Nov 2010, at 10:32, Neil Ball wrote:

                        > I find the Bosch professional (Blue) kit very good - I use a number of their
                        > lithium-ion screwdriver & drills plus a 230v SDS machine and have not had
                        > any issues. I only buy the pro-range as it has a decent multi-year warranty
                        > (provided you remember to register online after purchase) and I put them
                        > through their paces in my day job. The SDS machine had to deal with cutting
                        > out nearly 200 back boxes in mostly dense block using an electrical
                        > box-cutting kit in my build, this killed the other two SDS machines I tried
                        > first within hours whereas the Bosch worked continuously without complaining
                        > for upto 8 hours a day.
                        >
                        > Neil B.
                        >
                        > -----Original Message-----
                        > From: UK_Selfbuild@... [mailto:UK_Selfbuild@...]
                        > On Behalf Of Christopher Hunter
                        > Sent: 01 November 2010 10:10
                        > To: UK_Selfbuild@...
                        > Subject: Re: UK_Selfbuild Leaf vac
                        >
                        > >Bosch ...
                        >
                        > maybe we've been unlucky, but Bosch are getting to be don't buy for us - two
                        > hammer drills failed in no time, the circular saw sends dust everywhere
                        > (despite vacuum arrangement) ... the list goes on, and the strimmer we
                        > bought was replaced after not a dozen outings because it was useless (better
                        > than the Flymo it replaced, but that's not saying much - the Viking we
                        > bought instead is brilliant, gets the job done in a jiff, with no hassle) -
                        > maybe they're too price-driven these days ? Our lawnmower's OK, though,
                        > bought two years ago (new model at the time, and also replaced a Flymo that
                        > took far too long to do anything properly) ...
                        >
                        > Chris
                        >
                        > On 1 Nov 2010, at 09:53, Peter Church wrote:
                        >
                        > > I agree with Chris' first point. If it is for her, let her choose it,
                        > > and if she doesn't use it then you can bring it up next time she
                        > > complains about your need for another power tool for the next bit of
                        > > the job. Guilt is a powerful tool itself.
                        > >
                        > > On blowers/vacs we have an electric Bosch one which works best as a
                        > > blower, but really is limited by the cable - we don't have a very big
                        > > garden and it struggles to get to the end without an extension lead.
                        > > I'd go for petrol next time.
                        > >
                        > > I find blowing works OK with wet leaves, and although slower keeps
                        > > them closer to the ground and easier to herd if it is a windy day. I
                        > > only use the Vac attachment as a last resort around the edges and in
                        > > the flower beds
                        > > - the design of our one sucks the leaves around the fan and into a
                        > > bag, and if anything other than leaves get up there (gravel drive,
                        > > earth, sticks) then the fan takes a battering and won't last long. I'm
                        > > sure there must be better designs.
                        > >
                        > > HTH
                        > >
                        > > Pete
                        > >
                        > > -----Original Message-----
                        > > From: UK_Selfbuild@...
                        > > [mailto:UK_Selfbuild@...]
                        > > On Behalf Of Christopher George
                        > > Sent: 01 November 2010 08:53
                        > > To: UK_Selfbuild@...
                        > > Subject: Re: UK_Selfbuild Leaf vac
                        > >
                        > > For her or for you?
                        > > If the former, swallow hard and pay up on the off chance she will use
                        > > it (and ignore the fact that it is a waste of energy and money) and
                        > > state you will never be sullying your hands with it or if the latter,
                        > > put your foot down, tell her you would rather do the the job the
                        > > proper way and get some exercise in peace and quiet!
                        > > chris
                        > > Marriage Guidance Specialist extraordinaire!
                        > > On 1 Nov 2010, at 08:14, Rex wrote:
                        > >
                        > > > Hi there,
                        > > >
                        > > > Slightly off topic, but SWMBO insists that I investigate leaf
                        > > > blower/ vac and buy one.
                        > > >
                        > > > Personally, I think they are a waste of money (use a rake) but what
                        > > > is recommended as a reasonable model? I figure the best are the
                        > > > petrol powered, but she will not carry one around, so am left with
                        > > > electric.
                        > > >
                        > > > Any recommendations and/or suggests gratefully received.
                        > > >
                        > > > Thanks,
                        > > >
                        > > > Rex
                        > > >
                        > > >
                        > > >
                        > >
                        > > Dr CJD George
                        > > Director
                        > > 020 8874 2013 (Answer 'phone/office)
                        > > 07804 801149 Mob (only for current contracts please) mail@...
                        > >
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                      • Graham Pye
                        Petrol ones will pick up leaves even when they are wet, and are the *only* thing to use if you have a gravel drive. Use the blow for sweeping lots of leaves
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                          Petrol ones will pick up leaves even when they are wet, and are the *only*
                          thing to use if you have a gravel drive. Use the blow for sweeping lots of
                          leaves into piles to bag manually, and the suck option to pick up small
                          numbers of leaves scattered around. I use mine all the year round to tidy
                          up odd leaves and bits of rubbish. The fan normally has a chopping blade on
                          the front of it so that the leaves take up less space in the bag, and will
                          compost faster. If you suck up wet leaves you will get a wet leg when the
                          water soaks through the bag :-)

                          If SWMBO thinks the petrol ones are too heavy, you can get back pack
                          versions which are more expensive but easier to carry. Really electric ones
                          are just not powerful enough, and a pain to trail the cable around behind
                          you.

                          Graham

                          -----Original Message-----
                          > > >
                          > > > Slightly off topic, but SWMBO insists that I investigate leaf
                          > > > blower/ vac and buy one.
                          > > >
                          > > > Personally, I think they are a waste of money (use a rake) but
                          > > > what is recommended as a reasonable model? I figure the best are
                          > > > the petrol powered, but she will not carry one around, so am left
                          > > > with electric.
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