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How to Hand Pollinate Passionfruit

How to Hand Pollinate PassionfruitIf you have passiflora (passion flowers) growing in your garden and wish for fruit, you may have to take some extra steps. Hand pollinating the flowers is easy and can increase the your passionfruit harvest.

 

Open Bag Garden Items Are 50% Off - slightly damaged bags of mulch

Open Bag Garden Items Are 50% OffOften nurseries and big box garden centers will sell open bags of garden soil, mulch, etc. at a discount. It can be as much as 50% off. So if the open bag is not marked, check with a sales associate. There is generally not a lot of product missing; it is another good way to save on gardening supplies.

 

A Dekay's brown snake.

DeKay's Snake PhotosThese common garden snakes are commonly known as DeKay's or brownsnake but the official name is Storeria dekayi. They can be found all along the Eastern side of the North American continent. They are harmless, eating slugs, snails and earthworms, and being eaten by larger snakes, birds and mammals.

 

The completed circle plant trellis.

Circle Plant TrellisDo you have plants that need a trellis? You can make 4 circle trellises for just ~ 25 cents each, versus paying over $10 for one. Here's a quick, easy & inexpensive tutorial on how to make a circle trellis (for my Hoya plant).

 

New Plantings and Garden Flowers - pink flowering mountain laurel

New Plantings and Garden FlowersLast year my grandson and I cut down several forsythia shrubs along the northern edge of the side yard. The stumps still need to dealt with. This year I have focused on planting two lilac bushes further into the yard to ultimately help reestablish a green border between my yard and my neighbor's. There will also be a native mock orange placed along this same line, soon.

 

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Ecological Ways to Drive Moles Out of the GardenAlthough moles don't eat plants, they can damage the roots of plants and lead to their decay by digging numerous canals in the ground. There are many natural ways you can drive moles out of your garden. These are some of them.

 

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Father's Day

Father's Day Handprint Keepsake Card - finished card

Making a Father's Day Handprint Keepsake CardTake your little one's hand to make this adorable Father's Day card that resembles a barbecue grill. The handprints are done in orange and red to resemble flames.

 

Father's Day Coffee Cup Greeting Card - card an a ceramic coffee cup

How to Make a Father's Day Coffee Cup Greeting CardThis handmade card is perfect for coffee loving dads. Decorate a paper coffee cup and cut in half. Once it is attached to the card, write your greeting and perhaps add some coffee themed small gifts to the cup.

 

#1 Dad Father's Day Card - # 1 Dad written with altered sticker letters

#1 Dad Father's Day CardHere is an easy and simple Father's Day card anyone could make. There is no excuse to have to buy a store bought card especially in the circumstances we are all in right now.

 

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Toddler Handprint Monkey Father's Day Card - finished card

How to Make a Toddler Handprint Monkey Father's Day CardHandprint crafts are a real hit with young children. Turn your toddler's handprint into this super cute monkey Father's Day card. We can show you how.

 

Father's Day Bow Tie Card

How to Make a Father's Day Bowtie CardMake a fun, personalized card to give to your dad this father's day. This is a page about how to make a father's day bowtie card.

 

Father's Day Favor Gift Jar - finished gift jar

Making a Father's Day Favor Gift JarFill a Mason jar with Dad's favorite treats (healthy or not so much) for a fun Father's Day gift jar. Add a paper tie and it's ready to gift.

 

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4th of July

Star Straw - star straw in a drink glass

Star StrawIf you're hosting a Fourth of July party, this would be a cute touch to add to your straws!

 

Historic Grant House Fort Vancouver WA

Fort Vancouver, WA Frugal Travel GuideThis page contains Fort Vancouver, WA frugal travel guide. This large national park near the mouth of the Columbia river has a wealth of historic and archeological displays.

 

4th of July Fireworks

4th of July Party IdeasThis page contains 4th of July party ideas. Besides fireworks there are many ways to enjoy summertime fun on Independence Day.

 

American Flag

Maintaining a FlagThis is a page about maintaining a flag. Many citizens fly the national flag for holidays and others display it year round. One responsibility of flying the flag is to keep it in good repair.

 

A collection of craft supplies for making patriotic decorations.

Fourth Of July CraftsIndependence Day is July 4th in the U.S and is are a great time to make special crafts for decorating and celebrating the day. Banners, table centerpieces, wreaths and more can be made in the flag's colors of red, white and blue.

 

finished wreath

Making a 4th of July Mesh WreathThis is a page about making a 4th of July mesh wreath. Use rolls of red, white, and blue mesh to make a seasonal wreath for the 4th.

 

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Hibiscus flowers made from gum paste.

Hibiscus GumpasteEverybody wants to have the best looking cake. Since it's summer season in my country, I get a few demands of tropical or summer themed cakes. Today I'm gonna show you how to make realistic hibiscus flower gumpaste, beginner level.

 

The completed men's tie.

Handmade Men's TieThis was my first attempt at making a man's tie. I made it out of fabric that matched my daughter's homemade Easter skirt. Her boyfriend wore this tie for Easter to go with her skirt. Turned out great!

 

The clipboard gallery wall.

Clipboard Gallery WallIf your kid is anything like mine, there is a slew of artwork being made each day. I wanted a way to display my child's art in a way that could be easily changed. This is the solution I came up with. I wanted to be able to have both verticle and horizontal pieces of art, so I got two sizes of clipboards so that art would be contained within the parameters of the clipboard. I added some patterned contact paper to some of the clipboards to add interest and also painted the clips black to match. In retrospect, I don't think the contact paper was needed, as I am sure these will always be full.

 

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The finished Rope Trivet

Rope TrivetI needed a trivet to go with a lot of my placemats and dishes and found this idea.

 

A fabric drawstring backpack.

Drawstring BackpacksI made these for a charity who gives backpacks filled with various items to cancer patients who are children.

 

The completed foam bunnies.

Foam Dice BunniesCover and decorate foam dice with balloons to make a cute and easy bunny. In winter, use white balloons and make them into snowmen.

 

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Swimming Snail

Swimming SnailThe other day as I was walking past our bog pond I noticed something moving. Upon closer observation I realized it was one of the resident snails swimming in the water. I just had to get a video so that I could show my 6 year old. He loved it and I hope you do too!

 

A man applying hand sanitizer to his bare hands.

Make Your Own Hand SanitizerLearn the step by step process of making your own hand sanitizer in this short video. This recipe makes a strong enough sanitizer to kill of the coronavirus. This is based off of the World Health Organizations' recommendations. This recipe uses rubbing alcohol, hydrogen peroxide and glycerine.

 

Someone laying down roofing tar paper.

Removing Roof Tar from Skin with Olive OilRoof tar and other sticky substances can be gently removed from skin by using regular olive oil from the kitchen. Learn how to do it in this short video.

 

A mantle pennant made in Halloween patterned fabric.

Halloween Mantel PennantsDress up a boring fireplace mantle with this decorative pennant made from Halloween themed fabric triangles. Learn how to make it in this short video.

 

A fluffy Japanese style pancake in a snowflake shape with syrup.

Japanese Style Puff PancakesThese fluffy pancakes are a delicious alternative to traditional pancakes. Learn how to make them in this short video.

 

A small jar of butterscotch pudding.

Butterscotch PuddingCreamy butterscotch pudding is easy to make at home with ingredients you probably already have on hand. Learn how to make it in this short video.

 

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The finished money bouquet.

Money BouquetMy mom's birthday is like a double celebration since Mother's Day is approaching next to it. My siblings and I had decided to double the surprise, so I made another money craft for her. I gathered scrap materials since my prep time has almost ran out.

 

The completed plant trellis.

Upcycle Above Ground Pool Post into Plant TrellisDo you have an old above ground pool you're taking down? Or see someone tossing theirs out? Keep the posts! Here's another idea you could do with them for inexpensive - we made this plant trellis for our dragonfruit.

 

A plate of Stir Fried Beet Greens

Stir Fried Beet GreensMy neighbor gave us some beets from her garden, with some beautiful greens attached. We love beets but I was not sure about the beet greens. They were so pretty that I did not want to waste them so I tried stir frying them with onions. They were great! I'm ready to do this again.

 

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The completed reverse stained glass window.

Reverse Stained Glass WindowFor those of you who can't paint, here is a simple technique.

 

A small dog in a stroller.

In Memory of Vodka (Bichon Frise/Chihuahua)She was born in my house from her mother who I also had. <3

 

The finished origami twirly-copter.

How to Fold an Easy Origami Twirly-CopterIf you're looking for a fun and easy origami project, look no further than the origami twirly-copter! This project is perfect for kids of all ages, and it's a great way to teach them about geometry and aerodynamics. Plus, it's a lot of fun to fly!

 

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A set of silver cutlery.

Information About Silver Cutlery?Hi can you give me an age and price for this please?

 

A wooden stereo console cabinet.

Value of Magnavox Console Stereo?I was wondering what the value for this Magnavox dry sink entertainment device model no# PG6564 only the radio works on it

 

A stuffed toy resembling a fly.

Identifying a Stuffed Bug?I had this when l was a baby (about 25 years ago) l know this a weird toy

 

A cast iron frying pan.

Information on Griswold No 5 Skillet?Looking for information on this Griswold No. 5 skillet. All I really know is that it predates 1960 because it is not marked "Made in USA". I've not seen any like it on the WEB

 

A figurine of a baby.

Baby Figurine with 939 Stamp?Looking for information on this figurine with marking of 939 on bottom.

 

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Repairing a 1985 Coleman Sun Valley?Hello! We just bought this trailer and was able to open and close before leaving the sellers property. I have NO idea what happened but it is now stuck in an UP position. The crank will not turn.

 

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Man sitting on couch looking through phone book in flooded room with water up past his ankles

Finding Plumbing Repair Assistance for...This is a page about finding plumbing repair assistance for low income homeowners. Having working plumbing is a necessity. However, some families can not afford the cost of hiring a tradesperson to make the necessary repairs.

 

Roof with damaged shingles.

Roof Repair for Low Income Homeowners?Low income homeowners often can not afford the cost of roof repairs. Searching for agencies or organizations that might help with the costs may be their only solution. This is a page about roof repair for low income homeowners.

 

Close up of a roof being installed

Finding Roof Repair Assistance for Seniors?Many senior citizens are living on fixed incomes that often are insufficient to meet the maintenance needs of their homes. This is a page about finding roof repair assistance for seniors.

 

A repair man fixing a leaky roof.

Finding Home Repair Help for Low Income FamiliesThere are times when household repairs just can not wait until you have the money to complete the project. This page is about finding home repair help for low income families.

 

A woman reading books in the summer.

Starting a Summer Book Club and Book SwapKeep your kids entertained and reading over the summer by organizing a book club and book swap. Consider one for yourself as well. This is a page about starting a summer book club and book swap.

 

A man performing roof repairs.

Getting Financial Assistance for Roof...When your roof is starting to fail it is important to get it fixed as soon as possible. This page is about getting financial assistance for roof repairs.

 

A bunch of ants on a white background.

Identifying Small Black BugsHaving unidentified insects infesting your home can be annoying. It helps to know what kind they are when determining the best way to be rid of them. This is a page about identifying small black bugs.

 

Dental tools in open mouth

Getting Dental Work w/o InsuranceFor the many people without dental insurance, there are sometimes affordable ways to get the needed work done. This is a page about getting dental work done without insurance.

 

Smashed bugs on front of car

Cleaning Love Bugs from CarsLove bugs can destroy your cars paint finish, obscure vision and overheat your car if not clean off in a timely manner. This is a page about cleaning love bugs from cars.

 

Small black bugs smaller than the tip of a match.

Getting Rid of Tiny Biting Black BugsMany types of bugs are small and black, if they are biting bugs they can be annoying and a health hazard. This is a page about getting rid of tiny biting black bugs.

 

Tiny black bugs next to a penny for scale.

Tiny Black Bugs in the KitchenThe key to getting rid of tiny black bugs on kitchen floor is first identifying what they are. Check out what has worked for others in this page.

 

Itching from a bug bite.

Identifying Little Black Biting Bugs?Identifying biting bugs is the first step in trying to eliminate them from your home or to repel them when outdoors. This is a page about identifying little black biting bugs.

 

A man cutting down a tree.

Selling Trees on Your Land for LumberIf you own acres or even a larger residential lot you may have trees that you would like to have removed and be able to sell for the lumber. This is a page about selling trees on your land for lumber.

 

A vet giving a cat a vaccination.

ASPCA Pet Vaccination Truck ScheduleIn some places like New York City, the ASPCA has mobile vaccination trucks that service neighborhoods on a set schedule. This page has links and information about the ASPCA's mobile vaccination truck schedules.

 

A painting a wood table using a roller.

Painting Over Varnish Without SandingIt is often recommend that you sand any surface thoroughly prior to painting it. Painting over varnish without sanding is not a best practice but it can be done.

 

Woman Pulling up Baby Wipe from Container

Turn Baby Wipes Into Sanitizing WipesThis is a page about turning baby wipes into sanitizing wipes. Normal baby wipes do not have sanitizing ingredients. Adding alcohol to your container of baby wipes, turns them into sanitizing wipes.

 

Two wood dressers.

Organizations That Help Low Income Families Get Free Furniture?Buying furniture is an expensive undertaking. Families struggling on low incomes often are unable to buy or replace their furniture without some type of assistance. This is a page about organizations that assist low income families get free furniture.

 

Buy now pay later button on a computer keyboard.

Buy Now, Pay Later WebsitesBuy now, pay later websites offer an alternative to shopping using a credit or debit card. This is a page about buy now, pay later websites.

 

Squirrel in clay pot.

Keeping Squirrels from Digging in PlantsSquirrels can cause a lot of damage in plant containers and the garden. This page is about keeping squirrels from digging in plants.

 

Modern scandinavian living room with grey sofa

Carpet Color to Coordinate With a Grey Couch?Frequently you decide to change your carpet after you have already purchased a couch. Finding just the right coordinating color is fun and occasionally frustrating. This is a page about carpet color to coordinate with a grey couch.

 

Denture Fitting

Shaving the Bone to Fit Dentures?If your dentures to not fit right it can not only be irritating and uncomfortable but painful as well. Getting a proper fit may require shaving the bone to fit your dentures by the dentist.

 

A woman holding a blue fly swatter.

Tiny Flying Insects in Your House?There is nothing more frustrating than having tiny flying insects in your house. Identifying what type of insect they are will help you get rid of them. This page contains tips for getting rid of tiny flying bugs in your house.

 

Locating for a Half Sibling

Locating a Half Sibling?Finding long lost relatives can be a challenge and often requires professional help. This is a page about locating a half sibling.

 

Multimeter

Troubleshooting Electrical Circuit ProblemsWhen the breaker is not tripped, but your circuit is not working, it can be a serious problem. It may be best to consult an electrician. This page is about troubleshooting electrical circuit problems.

 

A woman holding her nose.

Locating the Source of a Foul Smell in HouseIt is not always easy to determine where a bad smell is coming from in your home. This page is about locating the source of a foul smell in the house.

 

$500 bills

Cashing an Old Money Order?This page is about cashing an old money order. A financial instrument often has an expiration date.

 

Drop of tree sap on bark

Removing Tree SapTree sap can get on anything from clothing to your car. This is a page about removing tree sap.

 

House Fire

Finding Agencies to Help After a House FireA house or apartment fire is devastating. Coping with the aftermath can be easier if you have assistance. This is a page about finding agencies to help after a house fire.

 

Veterinarian taking a blood sample from a cat.

Finding a Veterinarian That Accepts PaymentsIt is very stressful to have a pet in need of veterinary treatment and not have the cash for the visit. Finding a practice that will accept payments can be difficult. This is a page about finding a veterinarian that accepts payments.

 

Three vintage appliances in white.

Buying Second Hand AppliancesThis is a page about buying second hand appliances. One way to save money on expensive home appliances is to shop for second hand ones in good repair.

 

Man Removing Wax From Laminate Flooring

Removing Floor Wax From Laminate FlooringFloor wax and some floor cleaning products leave a waxy residue on laminate flooring. This is a page about removing wax from laminate flooring.

 

Xpress Redi Set Go

GT Xpress 101 and Xpress Redi Set Go Cooker RecipesThis is a page about GT Xpress 101 and Xpress Redi Set Go cooker recipes. These appliances allow for easy fat free cooking with preheated wells and no turning.

 

Copperhead snake against a white background

Keeping Copperhead Snakes Out of Your YardThis is a page about keeping Copperhead snakes out of your yard. Finding venomous snakes in your yard can be very scary.

 

Spooning coffee ground into a plants soil.

Plants That Like Coffee GroundsMany plants thrive in soil rich in nitrogen. As they decompose, coffee grounds release nitrogen, potassium, phosphorus, and other minerals. This is a page about plants that like coffee grounds.

 

Finding a Lost Relative, Genealogy Study

Finding a Lost RelativeWhether you are trying to locate a relative you have never met or attempting to reconnect with some one you have lost track of, finding a lost relative can be a daunting task. This is a page to finding a lost relative.

 

Someone itching their skin from bug bites.

Getting Rid of Tiny White Biting Bugs?If you have small white biting bugs in your home, it would be best to exterminate them as soon as possible. This is a page about getting rid of tiny white biting bugs.

 

a smart girl reading

Using Online Accelerated Reading TestsAccelerated reading tests allow children to read grade level appropriate books, take tests on content, and receive feedback. This is a page about free online accelerated reading tests.

 

Bug Bites

Getting Rid of Invisible Biting BugsWhen you are having trouble identifying what insect is biting you, they can be difficult to get rid of. This is a page about getting rid of invisible biting bugs.

 

A woman in the middle of getting a perm at a salon.

Permed Hair Not Curly Enough?It can be confusing as to what to do to fix a perm that is not as curly as you wanted. This is a page about permed hair not curly enough.

 

A cat laying on orange carpet.

How to Get Rid of Fleas in CarpetIf your house has gotten fleas in the carpet, it can be a lot of work to remove all the fleas and their eggs. Here are some great ideas on how to get rid of fleas in carpet.

 

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How Do I Sanitize a Stainless Steel Bowl?I had a rat problem. The pantry was their favorite place, so we threw everything out and bleached it. I had a large KitchenAid mixer in there with numerous rat droppings in the mixing bowl. What would be the best way to sanitize a stainless bowl?

 

Refrigerator

Cleaning a Moldy RefrigeratorAfter a power outage or malfunction a refrigerator that had food in it is not a pretty site. Mold can grow rapidly in these conditions. This is a page about cleaning a moldy refrigerator.

 

Refrigerator

Deodorizing a Non-Removable Refrigerator Drip Pan?This is a page about deodorizing a non-removable refrigerator drip pan. When you can't remove and clean the drip pan in a refrigerator, you may need to get creative to remove the scum and goo.

 

Removing Smoke Odor After a House FireSmoke damage can be very difficult to remove even from a small house or kitchen fire. This is a page about removing smoke odors after a house fire.

 

Brown leather reclining sofa.

Slipcovers for Reclining CouchesFinding slipcovers for your reclining couch may be difficult. This is a page about slipcovers for reclining couches.

 

Dog tag saying Thank You Veterans

What is the difference between the American Legion and the VFW?This is a page about what is the difference between the American Legion and the VFW. The ability to join either the American Legion or VFW, is dependent on where and when you served in the military. Additionally, Merchant Marines can join the American Legion but not the VFW. Here is more detailed information about the criteria for joining both.

 

Crafts Using Old Jeans, Stack of jeans to use for crafts.

Crafts Using Old JeansWhether you are thinking of remaking them into other clothing items, decorations, rugs, or something completely different, there is a project just for you. This is a page about crafts using old jeans.

 

Mold from Growing on House Siding

Keeping Mold from Growing on House Siding?Humid climates and natural disasters can lead to mold growth on the siding of your home. This is a page about keeping mold from growing on house siding.

 

gravel driveway

Inexpensive Alternatives to Paving a Driveway?This page is about inexpensive alternatives to paving a driveway. Paving a driveway can cost more than you can afford.

 

Someone scratching their hand due to bug bites.

Identifying Small White Biting Bugs?If you are being bitten by small bugs, identifying them is the first step to getting rid of them. This page is full of tips for getting rid of tiny biting bugs.

 

Man Cutting Up Pine Tree

Selling Mature Pine Trees?If you have large pines trees that need to be removed, it may be possible to sell the timber if you have enough of them or a desirable variety of tree. Selling mature pine trees from your property can help clear some land and make some money.

 

A woman wearing cleaning gloves.

Removing Stains from a Composite Granite Sink?This is a page about removing stains from a composite granite sink. Cleaning stone sinks often requires specific methods and products to prevent damage.

 

Mold on Floor

Can Mold Grow Under Laminate Flooring on a Concrete Foundation?If moisture gets between your laminate floors and the concrete underneath, it can be easy for mold to grow. This is a page about can mold grow under laminate flooring on a concrete foundation?.

 

Faucet running in a kitchen that uses well water.

Removing Sulfur Smell from a Well Water System?Well water can be the best water you have ever tasted, but sometimes it can have a strong, unpleasant sulfur odor. This is a page about removing sulfur smell from a well water system.

 

Removing Mold from Boat Seats

Removing Mold from Boat SeatsIt is not uncommon for boat seats to develop mold. There are things you can do to not only remove the mold but prevent it too. This is a page about removing mold from boat seats.

 

Hand holding a home name disinfectant wipe

Make Your Own Disinfectant WipesYou can save money using coffee filters or paper towels to make your own handy disinfecting wipes. This is a page about making your own disinfectant wipes.

 

Moldy loaf of bread.

Preventing Mold on BreadIt isn't any fun to be making a sandwich and discover that your bread is moldy. There are a number of ways to prevent your bread from molding. This is a page about preventing mold on bread.

 

Cleaning checklist with cleaning supplies in the background.

How Much Does House Cleaning Cost?Whether you are looking for a cleaner or starting your own business, determining the average cleaning rates is a main consideration. This is a page about how much does house cleaning cost.

 

backyard swimming pool

Tiny Orange Biting Bugs Near Pool?If you have issues with tiny, orange bugs around your pool, you aren't alone. It isn't easy to enjoy your pool when you are being bitten by bugs. This is a page about tiny orange biting bugs near pool.

 

woman in wheelchair with afghan

Making a Wheelchair LapghanThis is a page about making a wheelchair lapghan. When mobility is assisted by a wheelchair, a cozy gift can be a perfectly sized blanket to help keep the occupant warm.

 

Make Steps From Cinder Blocks

Making Steps with Cinder BlocksThis page is about making steps with cinder blocks. Whether making temporary or permanent steps, cinder block can be a useful building material.

 

Previously house trained dog.

Previously House Trained Dog Peeing IndoorsYour dog could be reacting to changes in the household or possibly have a health problem. This page is about previously house trained dog peeing indoors.

 

Shower Power Cleaner

Buying Shower Power Cleaner?This is a page about buying Shower Power cleaner. Shower Power cleaner is a popular cleaner for removing soap scum in your shower. Find where to buy Shower Power near you.

 

closeup of clean railing and pan of soapy water

Cleaning Mildew off Vinyl Deck RailingsVinyl deck railings can get mildew build up, especially during the winter months. This is a page about
 

A man itching his head.

Tiny Black Bugs Making Head Itch?Fleas like humans almost as much as dogs, and can be the cause of your itchy head. This is a page about tiny black bugs making head itch.

 

An upset mom burying her face in her hands.

Collecting Back Child Support if Parent is Deceased?This is a page about collecting back child support if parent is deceased. When the obligated parent dies, there may still be ways that the parent with the child(ren) can collect some child support.

 

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