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How to Measure Your Carpeting Costs before Choosing the Right Carpet

In this article we will talk about how you can do the work yourself and save big money.

Home Remedies - How To Remove Stains from Your Carpet

Maybe we can pick up a tid bit or 2 that will help us out as well. So without further growling let's get on with it and see what they are.

Miter Saw Reviews: Read My Review of the DeWalt 713 Compound Miter Saw

Enter now my review for the master craftsman carpenter in your home. My review of the Compound Miter Saw.

See Practical Ways to Furniture Upholstery Cleaning and Upholstery Fabrics

In this article I want to give you some practical ways to keeping your upholstery clean.

Discover Variations of Outdoor Carpeting on Your Deck or Patio

In this article we'll take a look at the different variations of outdoor carpeting that is available to you. This will be a benefit to you, if you are thinking of covering your:

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Miter Saw Reviews: Read My Review of the Dewalt 713 Compound Miter Saw

the dewalt 713 compound miter saw
I don't know about you, but when it comes to woodwork I'm no master at it. Although, I love good quality woodwork and finished woodwork just like most everybody else. Fortunately there are many good quality woodworking tools that are available today to the person who is adventurous in this endeavor.

Some of those tools that make this job much easier and that produce real nice results are:

  • Planers
  • Routers
  • Sanders
  • Heat Guns
  • Laminate Trimmers
To name just a few. These tools give the woodworking entrepreneur and hobbiest lots of power over his/her creation. All woodworking falls under the category of creative artwork. Anyone who has an interest in woodworking can create masterpieces of work with all the tools available to them.

But there is one area of woodwork that is tedious and takes a good steady hand to do. That is finishing woodworking. Finish woodwork requires precision in the cuts that are made to cover the flaws to make it look perfect to the eyes. Creating perfect finish carpentry.

Enter now my review for the master craftsman carpenter in your home. My review of the Compound Miter Saw. As usual, after spending many hours researching the myriads of miter saws, I decided on the best quality saw for this review is the DeWalt DW713 10-inch Compound Miter Saw.

This saw meets or exceeds all the other saws in its class in quality, features and price for quality. DeWalt saws are known for their durability, power, and engineering. Let's dive into the fruits of this power saw and see how well it makes the cut!

The Extraordinary Features
  • Powerful Motor
To start, this DeWALT Miter Saw has a powerful 15 amp electric motor that delivers a speedy 5000 rpm to make your cuts as crisp and clean as a hot knife through butter. Which is what your looking for especially when doing miter saw cuts at angles which we'll get into in a minute.
  • Stainless Steel Detent Plate
This DeWALT has a built in stainless steel 11 inch detent plate for those larger pieces of wood your working on. so you can get those perfect angles no matter the size of your cut. this plate also helps ensure you don't have kickback from the blade and the wood and possibly get hurt. If you ever had that happen when cutting wood you know it doesn't feel good.
  • Tall Sliding Fences
This is support for your crown molding vertically at 4-1/2" and it easily slides out of the way to make those quality bevel cuts you like. A very nice feature.
  • Machined Base Fence
This support maintains the fence perpendicularity for added blade cutting accuracy. A quality feature that some of the miter saws I looked at didn't have. Nice!
  • Cam Miter Lock
This is used for quick and accurate miter saw table positioning, further helping with your cutting accuracy.

  • Miter Deterent Override
This is used for your fine adjustment and precise angles to get that just perfect cut. No more guessing here. Nice feature.
  • Greater Versatility
This saw has a 0-50 degree left and right miter adjustment capacity for greater versatility and accuracy in those important cuts your looking to get.
  • Bevels
dewalt racing matt kensethIt also has a 3-48 degree bevels for greater increased cutting capacity.

These are some of the more prominent features to this outstanding miter saw. But the one feature that caught my attention was that this saw is compatible with the DeWALT adjustable Miter Saw Laser System. This laser system although sold separately, is the ultimate for getting the perfect cut. If you want the most accuracy in your cuts then this is the way to go.

But this DeWALT Saw has accuracy written all over it even without the laser system in my opinion. You can't go wrong either way.

More Attractiveness

This DeWALT Compound Miter Saw comes with a powerful carbide blade that'll make cutting your crown molding and baseboards a sinch to do. With its powerful design for quick, accurate cuts angles are no problem for this saw.

With it's 10 inch carbide blade it makes quick work for cutting framing or molding and other cross-cutting miter jobs. It is a durable sturdy saw designed to allow precise cuts and versatile setups required for miter job applications. It's adjustable stainless steel miter detent plate has 11 positive stops for easy setup and improved efficiency.

It has an easy to adjust cam-lock miter handle to make those quick and accurate miter saw angles. Also features an easy detent override to allow you to adjust the miter setting without the saw slipping into the other miter detents. With big miter capacity of 0-50 degrees to the left and right adding more versatility. As you can see this saw has it all!

In addition, a tall fence supports 4-1/2-inch crown molding nested vertically, as well as 6-inch base molding set vertically against the fence. The fence slides out of the way easily when it's time to make bevel cuts. Let's talk more about the bevel ability of this awesome saw for a minute.

This woodworking saw is engineered to deliver quick and accurate bevel cuts. Easily setup bevel cuts that measure between 0 and 48 degrees on the left and bevel cuts that measure between 0 and 3 degrees to the right. This setup makes the capacity for those big jobs easy. We like this feature!

Plus, it has positive bevel stops at 0 and 45 degrees which makes finding and setting the most common bevel angles a swift and smooth process. This DeWALT saw can also deliver clean 45 degree bevel cuts through dimensional lumber with measurements all the way up to 2 by 6 inches. Nice!

lady using dewalt toolsEasily Portable

The lightweight DeWALT Compound Miter Saw weighs just 35 lbs and has a built in carry handle, making it comfortable to move around from place to place and store it at the end of the day. Nice!

Safety Feature

This miter saw also comes with a full blade cover for maximum safety as well as a saw dust bag to catch all the dust. Making safety even more prominent with this DeWALT miter saw. And we really like this feature!!

The Imitable Specs
  • Blade Diameter- 10"
  • Amps - 15Amps
  • No Load Speed - 5000rpm
  • Arbor Size - 5/8"
  • Vertical Capacity: Baseboard Against Fence - 3-1/2"
  • Vertical Capacity: Crown Molding Vertically Nested - 4-1/2"
  • Horizontal Capacity: Baseboard Lying Flat - 6"
  • Horizontal Capacity: Crown Molding Lying Flat - 5-1/4"
  • 45° Bevel Cut Capacity (dimensional lumber) - 2x6
  • 90° Cross-Cut Capacity (dimensional lumber) - 4x4"
  • 90° Cross-Cut Capacity (Max Width) - 2x6 dimensional lumber
  • 45° Miter Cut Capacity (Max Height) - 2x4
  • Tool Weight - 35lbs
  • Shipping Weight - 38lbs
Ok, Ok Kev You've Impressed Me Enough With This Awesome Saw, Let Me Ask You, What Comes In The Box?

You've had enough have you?...Well there's more I could tell you about this great piece of equipment, but I think I've made my point.

What comes in the box.....
  • DW713 DeWALT 10-Inch Single-Bevel Compound Miter Saw, one carbide blade, blade wrench, and dust bag.

Cool, Now Does It Have A Warranty?
Well this was one of the most attractive things about the DeWALT saw that really caught my attention for you. Check this out.....
  • This DeWALT® High Performance Tool comes with a warranty package that includes:
  • 3 Year Limited Warranty
  • 1 Year Free Service Contract
  • 90 Day Money Back Guarantee
Now thats what I call exceptional outstanding stuff there. Where do you go wrong here? You are covered!

Wow That Is Awesome Stuff There Kevin, Can I See Some Pro's and Con's?.....I gotch you!

The Pro's
  • When you buy this saw, I feel you get higher quality things you need, not a feature laden saw with mediocre components. You'll appreciate the tall fence, the blade guard, a dust bag that actually catches sawdust, a high quality miter table/gauge without stickers, a 15 amp motor, and a stout and sturdy frame.
  • This saw has adequate power and does not bog down unless you really try to rush it which is a bad idea to start with. I cut plenty of hardwood with it and have had no problems. The saw is very accurate, mine was perfect out of the box.
  • I purchased this saw after having to take back a craftsman 10 inch because it could not cut accurately. What a difference! This saw is just made better.
The Con's
  • The only problem is that the top edge of the bevel pointer is not on the same plane as the bevel scale, leaving you without a good point to read the bevel. This is a 10 cent part, which is not in keeping with the quality and features of the rest of the saw.
  • Great saw, but getting the listed accessories (DW7080 Work Support Extension and DW7084 Crown Molding Fence) is problematical.
  • I don't think there is a better saw on the market at this price, but next time I'll spend more to get a saw that has a soft-start and that's quieter.
These Pros and cons were taken from Amazon and you can read more of them there. Right here at this link. At the time of this writing there are 41 reviews of those that have used this saw. Out of 41 customer reviews 31 of them are 5 stars. This product has a 4.5 star rating overall.

Alright, Well How Much should I expect To Pay For Something This Nice?

the dewalt 713 in actionWell at the time of this writing the DeWALT DW713 10-inch Compound Miter Saw at Amazon is $219.00. I don't think you'll find it at a better price, especially when you consider that this dewalt miter saw also comes with Free Shipping from Amazon. So when you couple all that together it's a great deal.

So Then Where Should I Buy One At?

When you consider the deal that you're getting, with all the quality and features of this woodworking miter saw, and the free shipping, you might as well get it at Amazon. Unless you don't care to spend hours searching for a better deal on it, and then you might not even find one! Yeah, you can't go wrong, get it here at Amazon.

Heres to you creating your masterpiece of woodwork!!

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Tuesday, January 3, 2012

See Practical Ways to Furniture Upholstery Cleaning and Upholstery Fabrics

genuine leather upholstery fabric
Along with cleaning your carpets, rugs, and floors comes the furniture upholstery cleaning. Cleaning upholstery can be a much more tedious task depending on the size, shape of your furniture and where the stains your trying to remove are located on the piece your trying to clean.

There are all kinds of things that can destroy upholstery fabrics as well as stain them and cause unwanted odors. Some of those things that you're probably familiar with are..
  • Pet Stains
  • Food and Drink Spills and Stains
  • Cigarette Burns and Stains
  • Ink, Wine, Dirt, etc..
These are just a few.

Then you have the things like the cat scratching on the upholstery fabric that over time will destroy the upholstery. Other ways to destroy the upholstery are people who sit on the furniture with sharp objects in their pockets, long toenails on the dog will tear the upholstery over time, and using the furniture as a step ladder to get up high for whatever reason.

There are lots of ways our upholstery can get destroyed. But, in this article I want to give you some practical ways to keeping your upholstery clean. This article will not deal with upholstery repair.

What is Upholstery

woman relaxing on clean upholstery
There are lots of people who ask the question "what is upholstery?" Well quite simply, upholstery is the material that covers your furniture's padding and frame. Whatever that may be. Whether a sofa or couch, lounge chair, mattress, box springs for your bed to list a few.

In fact you can upholster any piece of furniture you can think of. There are 3 primary types of materials that are used as fabrics for upholstery. They are...
  • Cloth Materials
  • Leather Materials
  • Vinyl Materials
There are also different grades and thicknesses of these materials. Of course most furniture already comes with upholstery. But some people over time get tired of the original upholstery and like to change it. Upholstery fabrics come in all kinds of patterns and colors to choose from. These can be purchased on the internet and at your local upholstery fabric store or outlet.

Practical Upholstery Cleaning

Now, there are multitudes of upholstery and furniture cleaning products available on the market. But these furniture cleaners are fairly expensive and may not do what you want. As well as these chemicals may destroy the coloring in your fabrics.

You have to shop extensively to find the right cleaner product to fit the right cleaning situation that your trying to accomplish. What I'm going to give you here are some easy home furniture upholstery cleaning ideas that work very well on a multitude of stains and marks. Here they are...

Number one...
  • Soft Brush and Vacuum Weekly
Use your vacuum sweeper hose and a brush to loosen the dirt and suck up the dirt and dust from your furniture upholstery. In fact, if you have a carpet steam cleaner, such as the one I reviewed right here on the site, your a big step ahead of everybody else who doesn't have one. Why?

woman steam cleaning upholstery
Because these machines come already equipped with the upholstery cleaning tool. With the added advantage of hot steam to break down dirt, dust and stains and get them out easier. It is highly recommended that you obtain one of these easy, powerful cleaning tools!

Number two...
  • Make Your Own Foamy Detergent
You make this by mixing equal amounts of water and soap detergent. Do not use Laundry detergents. Some of these contain bleach and will ruin your colors in your fabrics. Use liquid soaps like Dawn detergent for dishes.

Simply mix these in equal amounts and then use an electric hand mixer and whip these together until its a nice creamy froth. Then use a sponge, brush or rag and scrub it into the stained areas and rinse. Works very well on most stains.

Will also remove most odors from the upholstery as well.

Number three...
  • Make a Shampoo Cleaner
No not with the carpet shampoo from the store. Save your money! Heres a better and just as good idea. Use the hair shampoo that you have already. Mix equal parts with water and agitate until foamy. Use a sponge, brush or rag.

Works well on greasy or oily stains on the upholstery. After all, it gets the oil out of your hair doesn't it? It's a perfect fit.

Number four...
  • Use 3% Hydrogen Peroxide
You probably have this item already in your bathroom or cupboard. This item is already known to clean, disinfect, and sterilize. Think it will work on fabrics as well? You bet'cha! Although when you use it, be sure to spot test an area to make sure it's not going to ruin any colors in the upholstery fabrics.

Stretching Out The Upholstery Conclusion

woman enjoying clean upholsteryThere are 4 practical solutions to furniture upholstery cleaning. Stay home! Save your money! And use what items you already have available to you to get the job done. Not only that, but you don't pollute the upholstery fabrics with possibly dangerous chemicals from the store.

Upholstery cleaning doesn't have to be hard. It just has to be done. When you do it, do it the easy way by creating your own solutions. You'll be very proud of what can accomplish and know the chemicals that were used to clean it with. That they are safe for you and your family.

Unless you haven't noticed, all these ways I've given you to furniture upholstery cleaning, are entirely non-toxic. And you already have most of these probably in your home. Thats my goal here at this blog, is to help you get the most for the least amount of your hard earned money.

I hope that is what you see here, and that it is a great benefit to you.

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Monday, December 26, 2011

Discover Variations of Outdoor Carpeting on Your Deck or Patio

outdoor carpeting luxury
Carpeting in your house is always a benefit, but sometimes it's just as much benefit to have it outdoors as well. Outdoor carpeting brings many luxuries to your patio besides the ordinary plush feeling to your feet as you walk outside on it. It can add a quality appearance and delicateness to your patio or deck.

Some years ago I remember seeing some neighbors of mine using what was known at that time as astroturf or synthetic grass on their decks and patios. In fact some of you may remember that the NFL used to use it on their stadium turfs. Until they realized that the players were getting hurt more easily on it during games.

Then they went back to the real grass turf with ground up tire rubber pieces underneath, to give a more softer landing for the players. Since then many carpet companies have come out with outdoor carpeting made especially for the purpose of patios and such. Astroturf or fake grass turf is more commonly found now in marine vehicles such as boats.

Learn Whats Available

In this article we'll take a look at the different variations of outdoor carpeting that is available to you. This will be a benefit to you, if you are thinking of covering your:
  • Patio
  • Wood Deck
  • Or Any Type Deck
Outdoor carpet comes in a few different variations of types and colors like with regular indoor carpeting. Depending on what your looking for, just like indoors, your choices are...
  • Throw Rugs
  • Area Rugs
  • Full Covering Carpets
  • Carpet Tiles

Again just like with indoor carpeting, outdoor carpets come in different piles (weavings). Let's take look at some of those types available to you.
  • Marine Carpet
beautiful woman on Indoor outdoor carpet
As mentioned before about marine carpet, synthetic carpet or grass carpet, has an absorbent top with a rubber backing on it. This carpeting is best for outdoor carpet where standing water is a problem. Because it is resistant to mold, stains and dirt.

Therefore this makes it one of the more desirable carpeting because of the low maintenance associated with it. This carpet also comes in short or long piles.
  • Cut-Pile
This carpet has natural fibers to it and has a smoother texture. It is best used as a compliment to your outdoor area. The drawback is that it is prone to dirt and can become moldy.
  • Loop Carpet
These outdoor carpets are more aesthetically pleasing to the eye. Because they come in many wonderful colors. The only drawback to these are the same with the Cut-Pile carpets. They hold water and can become dirty and moldy quicker.

If your outdoor area or deck is covered with an awning or roof, then you'll not have the problem of that worry. Your Cut-Pile or Loop outdoor carpeting will last much longer and your color theme will stay pleasing to the eye.

If rain or water is a great concern for you then by all means go with the grass carpet, short pile. It is far more durable and holds it's color far longer. However as with all materials, another concern is the sun fading. Unless you have lots of shade from trees or awning, you'll need to keep this in mind when choosing your carpet outdoor.

Grass Carpet Properties

Choosing the grass carpeting has the extra benefit because it is made of Olefin on the top and rubber on the back. Olefin is a synthetic material which is also known as Polypropylene. This would be the best choice for your outdoor area if you don't have a cover over the area.

grass carpet is best for outdoor
This Olefin material is highly resistant to water, dirt, and mold. It will last for many years for you and still look almost as good as the day you installed it.

When installing the grass carpet be sure to use a marine glue. Marine glue is especially formulated to resist water. Thats why this carpet is usually used in boats and marine vehicles. With it's water resistance becoming greater, coupling it with the specially made glue.

One other thing to consider here, just like with indoor carpeting, is if you want padding underneath the carpet. So be sure to remember to consider this also in your purchasing.

Average Pricing

Here I will give you some average grass carpeting prices to help you in your decision making. These prices are not all inclusive, and are taken from one wholesale company, just to give you an idea. I'll use the company's names for their grass carpet, which just describes the different piles or types that they have.
  • Hump-N-Bump
    Outdoor Grass Carpet

    Wholesale Carpet Price

    Textured Loop Grass Carpet
    6ft & 12ft Wide - Action Back
    8 Colors Available
  • Grass Carpet Values
    Outdoor Grass Carpets

    Wholesale Carpet Price

    6ft & 12ft Wide - Rubber Back
    12ft Wide - Action Back
    8 Colors Available
  • Cape May
    Outdoor Grass Carpet

    Wholesale Carpet Price
    Roll: $0.79/sq.ft.
    Cut: $0.99/sq.ft.

    12oz Outdoor Grass Carpet
    12ft Wide Material
    6 Colors Available
    Action Back
    Outdoor Carpet Warranty
outdoor carpet rug
These are just a few of what this company has available. As you can see there are many types and piles to choose from.

To Sum It Up

If you're looking to put some pizazz to your patio or deck, you can't go wrong with outdoor carpeting. Remember though if you have a covering over your area, then you have quite a few choices for yourself. However, if theres no covering you should choose the grass carpet.

Even with the grass carpet you have many styles and colors to choose from. And no added worry of rain or weather of any type to destroy your carpet. Your family will have outdoor deck enjoyment for years to come. As well as it's much easier on the feet to.

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Tuesday, December 20, 2011

How to Measure Your Carpeting Costs before Choosing the Right Carpet

carpet installation cost
When your looking to add new or replace carpeting in your home, one of the first things you'll want to consider is should I do it my self or hire a professional. A professional carpet installer may charge you anywhere from $2.50 - $6.25 dollars and up per square yard depending on the type and quality of the carpet you choose.

Hiring a carpet professional is hardly feasible for many folks in todays economy. It just makes good sense to do the work yourself today. It's not hard to go through the process of measuring, purchasing and doing the work of installing the carpet yourself. Providing you are physically able to do so.

Save Your Money

If your on a limited budget and still would like to have good quality carpet in your home then doing it your self will be the best bet. If you don't mind a little elbow grease (work), then you can save a ton of money and get that perfect carpet that you've always wanted for your home.

In this article we will talk about how you can do the work yourself and save big money. I will tell you about 2 things associated with getting the job underway that are the most important parts. Those are:
  • How to Measure your Room(s)
  • Carpeting Costs
Get the Right Numbers

The most important of these being your carpet cost. When starting out the process use a measuring tape to measure your room(s). For this process I will use a simple 15' ft. by 20' ft. room for example. The process of measuring is the same for any size room(s). Let's get started:
  • Simply measure the width of the room and the length of it
  • Multiply the width by the length to get the total square footage of the room(s). 15' ft. x 20' ft. = 300
(Note that most carpet comes in 12' ft. wide rolls.) So for our example to get the total square yardage needed you divide by 9:
  • Divide the 300 total square footage by 9 which comes out to 33.33 square yards
For our example there would need to be a 3' ft. x 20' ft. seam along one of the walls in the room. The reason being is because as mentioned a moment ago, carpet comes from the factory in 12' ft. wide rolls. Of course if at all possible you would rather complete the job without having any seams. Makes less work.

carpeting costs
You should always add about 10% percent more square foot to the total to make up for any extra carpet needed to complete the work.

There are other widths that may be available other than 12' ft. wide. Such as 13'.6" and 15' ft. Depending on the size of course of the room your doing. Check with your carpet store where you are planning on purchasing from.

Count Your Pennies

Thats a fairly simple process of coming to the conclusion on the amount of carpet needed to get your carpeting job completed. Now, let's move to the important part in my opinion, understanding the carpeting cost. Carpet costs can range anywhere from $7.00 dollars a square yard to $50 dollars per square yard depending on the quality.

So what are the advantages and disadvantages of the different qualities of carpets. Simply just, wear ability. For example the cheap carpet will most likely look just as good to the eye as the expensive, but in terms of longevity is where you'll see the difference.

Then theres the cost of the padding if you want that cushy feeling under your feet when you lay or walk on it. Padding cost can run anywhere from $1.75 to $5.50 per square yard. So thats something also to consider when figuring in your carpet costs. Measure it the same way as before.

measuring for carpet costs and installation
Ok, let's have a look at some examples to help you when considering carpet costs and the price of carpet.

Cheap Carpet or Low Grade Carpet

       Average Lasting or Longevity:
  • Low Traffic - ~ 4 years
  • Medium Traffic - ~ 3 years
  • High Traffic - ~ 2 years
Carpet Cost $7.00 to 10.00 per sq. yd.

Average Cost per square yard installed - $12.00 to $15.00 per yard

Professional installation costs - $2.50 to 3.00 per sq. yd.

Medium Grade Carpet

       Average Lasting or Longevity
  • Low Traffic - ~ 12 years
  • Medium Traffic - ~ 9 years
  • Heavy Traffic - ~ 7 years
Carpet Cost $15.00 to 20.00 per sq. yd.

Average cost per square yard installed - $23 to $30 per yard

Professional Installation Costs - $3.75 to 6.25 per sq. yd.

High Grade or High Quality Carpet

       Average Lasting or Longevity
  • Low Traffic - ~ 20 years
  • Medium Traffic - ~ 15 years
  • Heavy Traffic - ~ 12 years
Carpet Cost $20.00 to 50.00 per sq. yd.

Average cost per square yard installed - $28 to $55 per yard

Professional Installation Costs - $5.75 to $8.25 per sq. yd.

There you have some of the primary costs associated with purchasing carpeting. To show you how much money you can save by doing the installation yourself we will use our example above. In our example we came to a total square yards needed of roughly 36.33. Remember, we added 10% more to make sure we have enough to complete the work.

Feast on the Savings!

Now, let me lay out for you the savings by doing the work yourself in all 3 categories we talked about above, for carpet costs. Using just a rough average of the professional installation costs mentioned in each.
  • Cheap Carpet or Low Grade - 36.33 x $2.75 per Sq.Yd. = $99.91 or 100 dollars saved!
  • Medium Grade Carpet - 36.33 x $5.00 per Sq.Yd. = $181.65 dollars saved!
  • High Grade, High Quality - 36.33 x $7.00 per Sq.Yd. = $254.31 dollars saved!
lady measuring for carpeting installationPretty significant isn't it? Thats money in your pocket by doing the work yourself. Installing or laying carpet isn't hard. Specially if you have someone helping you do it. You'll want to also remember to figure in your carpet padding as well to your purchase if you choose to have that.

The Conclusion

You certainly can have the carpet you want and save a significant amount of money in the process. I highly recommend if your physically able, to do it this way. Especially if your on a tight budget and have need for or want new carpet in your home.

If you have any questions about how to lay or install the carpet, just leave them in the comments section and I can help you with that. If there is enough questions asked and interest, I may just write an article on how to do it.

Hope this article brings good ideas and benefit to you...

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