How to Install a Cheap Easy Board and Batten

So this project has taken a little bit of time more than most projects I have done in the past.  In this post, I am going to show you how my husband and I installed our board and batten as cheap and as easy as we could. I am loving every day that goes by how pretty it looks. When I decided I wanted to get this late last year I prepped our wall when I painted it so it was ready for the boards. The way I did this is different then getting the actual boards for a true board and batten look. I used MDF Preprimed boards they were 49 inches long and 3 1/2 inches wide.

Installing your Board and Batten

Fill any holes

This is your chance to fill any holes you have in the wall or any dings. We have removed a security system from our wall and had to fix a small hole. We also filled in the dings in the wall from kids and our crazy cat that attacks our walls lol. I swear she gets so wound up and then leaves marks on our walls.

Prep With White Paint

To get started you will want to paint the bottom half of your walls where the white will be. I measure up the wall when I painted it to the point where the top board would lay. Then I masked it off painting the bottom of the wall white and the top the grey-blue.  When I pulled the masking tape off the wall I had a line marking where the top board will go. This was left for months. When I painted the wall last fall it started snowing and raining a lot. With MDF Board you don’t want it to get wet or have too much moisture it will ruin the boards completely. So after like 6 months of bad weather we finally had a weekday we could run over and get the boards to start the project.

 

BaseBoards

Our baseboards a the regular thin baseboards. I wanted to beef up our baseboards and also have a flat area to stick the boards on. We decided to buy trim and use it for the baseboards it was .84 cents a foot so not bad. Although we found with the cheaper trim it did fall apart easier if you put the nail in the wrong spot.

Getting regular baseboards can get expensive and right now nothing is wrong with our current ones so getting the trim was the better option for us.If you do get baseboards get ones with a flat top that the boards can easily fit on.

We took the trim and a board to space the baseboard and trim. Next, Nail the boards down with the nail gun keeping it flat. Please use a level to keep everything straight. If you get one board off it can mess up the whole thing so keep that in mind. We were always measuring to make sure it stayed right.

Top boards

Once we did the baseboards and cut the corners a hundred times we were finally ready for the top boards. We measured out everything on spacing and realized the boards needed to be placed at 49 1/4 inches from the top of our baseboard trim.

Placing the top ledge piece to the side of the top board. After our experience on our test wall in the hall, we realized we needed to place the top ledge piece on first before we stuck it on the wall. Last time we had placed the top piece on the wall then tried to nail the top ledge to it while on the wall. We first found out that the nail gun was too fat to fit in the little space and the nails wouldn’t go all the way down. we were forced to hammer the nails into the board which then scuffed the walls then I was forced to paint the wall to get the marks gone 🙁

The way we put the piece on was one of us held the two boards so the were both flat on the back side that goes to the wall. The other person nailed the ledge down to the side of the top board.  Just be careful at this point you don’t do it too close to either edge of the top board piece nails can end up ruining the board then you have to start over 🙁

Verticle boards

We had to decide how far away from the corner to start the first board. Once we did that then we measured 16 inches between boards to make this easy we used the level to keep the spacing. Our level was 16 inches long so we would measure the top spacing, middle, and bottom to keep everything 16 inches apart. It just so happens on our last board the level fell and broke 🙁 So now we need to buy a new level. I never thought we would use our level as much as we had. If it was on a required list of tools it would probably be on our top ten list with a hammer and screwdrivers.

How long we cut our boards

So we had previously done board and batten in our hallway. We called it our test wall! We wanted to make sure we could actually do the board and batten without it looking horrible. My husband and I are fairly new to the DIYing. Our last house we really didn’t do much other than things that had to be done. I think we replaced the toilet seal, upgraded some pipes, lawn care, and gutter repair in almost 10 years we lived there. Our new house we are constantly updating to the look and feel to make it more us.

Ok ok so enough on our test wall. After measuring it we had to cut all our boards to just under 49 1/4 inches long.

Filling Holes

So once all the boards are up you will need to go and fill in all your nail holes. I used spackle to fill in my holes. I fill in the hole and take a wet sponge and then wiped off the excess.

Ready For Paint

Now you can paint! I painted the baseboard and trim first then painted the top piece and the edge. Then painted in each square around the edge. You will then want to take a mini roller and roll the paint in the middle of each square and paint the verticle boards.

Caulking

The last thing you will want to do is fill the holes lines etc with caulking this gives it a clean seamless look to the boards. I still need to do this but it will get done you can’t skip this step.

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Things you will need

Your MDF Board or lumber of choice

 

Finished Look!

 

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3 in 1 Outdoor Game Golf, Bean Bag, and Football

We are having so much fun at our house lately. Winter blues have finally passed now its time to have a blast! So I wanted a fun game we could take camping with us. I have seen the toss game, a golf game etc. I thought Why can’t I make a fun game that could do all 3. So I came up with this 3 in 1 outdoor game that incorporates them all. With a few simple moves of a hinge, you are ready for the next game.  Read below on how to make this 3 in 1 outdoor game. I made two boards for this post you could make one and be fine to play all the games. You would only need to do 2 peice of mdf board instead of 3

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Items you will need

 

Making your 3 in 1 Outdoor Game 

Cut Down MDF/Wood Board

So you will want to get one board of MDF and cut off the end I cut off about 11 inches and felt that was a good place for my middle board to be. If you want yours longer or shorter adjust to your liking. At first, I used my circular saw and it was ok but I had troubles it was my first time using it. I ended up  I used a jigsaw to cut my piece off it wasn’t super straight but I don’t have a table saw believe me it’s to-get list. So I had to sand down the end of my board to make it flatter.

Place and Cut Out Circles

You will want to place and cut out your circle. I used plates to help with the sizes it helped get the circle I was looking for with not much effort 🙂 The plates I used is the smaller cake plate and a larger regular plate.I just eyeballed the placement but you can measure if you want to get it just right. Once your circles are in place take a pencil and draw on your circle to the board.  Now you can cut out the circle.

Cutting out the Circles

First, make sure your board is propped up I used my saw horses to hold my boards.I took a drill bit and cut a hole in the middle of the circle. Then I took my hole cutting attachment piece and cut a big hole out of the middle of each circle. Next, I took my jigsaw and cut from the middle to the edge of the drawn circle I cut it 3 times from middle to edge close togeather so I could put the jigsaw in just right. Now you will want to follow the outline of the circle with your jigsaw to cut out the circle. I tried to stay in the line but my holes aren’t perfect 🙂 They work for what I need I’ll get better with the time that’s all that counts right!

Also, watch your feet once the circle is cut out it will fall out onto the ground. Sand your holes so they are smooth you don’t want to reach into a pokey hole. I used 220 grit sandpaper. You do have to hand sand the holes I tried to do it with my orbital sander it was a no go 🙁 Times this by 2 if you want to have a back and forth game. You could easily just make one board and play on it too.

Cutting Your Ends

Take your 3rd board and cut it into 4 pieces I cut mine at 12 inches apart.(this would be for 2 game boards for the 4 pieces) This is for the ends that are attached with hinges. 2 for each game board.

 

Attaching your Hinges

Now you can attach your hinges. You will need 8 hinges 4 for each game board. The hinges I bought the screws ended up being too long so I bought 1 inch nut and bolts to go through it. They poke out but it keeps the board sturdy like you need.  Also when attaching your hinges make sure you are able to have it open at an angle or it won’t work that well. I marked and predrilled the hole then put in the nut and bolts to attach the hinges to the board. Make sure you put your hinges on right too. I kept testing mine so they would fold in nice when you put it up.

Adding mesh

I added mesh to the circle so when you throw something into it, you don’t lose it behind the board somewhere. Plus if you have ever been camping by a hill you know that things tend to go down the hill and I don’t want to keep climbing up and down like crazy. You will take the laundry mesh bag and cut it in half. Sew the  end shut on the one peice

You will take the laundry mesh bag and cut it in half. Sew the  end shut on the one peice

Take the staple gun and staple the edge of the mesh as I went on the wider mesh bags I folded and stapled so it would fit. I’m not a perfectionist on these types of things so if you wanted you could make the bag to fit well and you wouldn’t have to fold it as you staple.

Decorating your boards

I added fake grass to my boards I bought a big thing of fake grass the type you can take camping and put out.  You could also spray paint it, paint it, sticker it, tape it, etc to make it your own. If you used fake grass cut it out before you add the mesh. I cut it to fit the board then lay it on top of the board and cut it out with a razor blade box cutter.

Adding the fake grass I cut out and nail glued it to the board I also stapled it to the board

Adding Velcro

You might want to add velcro to keep your sides from falling one way or the other when carrying it.  I added my velcro to the back of the pieces and back of the board. I used a fatter piece and cut it down the middle.

Making your Bean  Bags

Take a piece of fabric and cut out squares I cut out 6 in by 6 in squares. I cut out 6 total. I used Batman fabric for all of my bags. You may want to do 3 of one color and 3 of another color. I know my boys wouldn’t be happy if one was Batman and one was a plain color since I don’t have other cute fabric 🙂

After you have the squares cut out you will sew it inside out all around the edges except a little bit.

Now you will want to flip it inside out so the right side is out. then fill it halfway full with beans.

Fold in the edges of the open part and sew shut.

How to play 3 in 1 outdoor game

 

How We Play Golf Chip Game 

So the golf chip game you will lay the board down and pop it up on one side. This is where you can switch it up and pop up either side to make it more or less difficult. You can make up your own points if you want. We do 5 points for the small ones and 3 points for the big one up to 25 points.

 

How We Play Bean Bag Game

Prop up one end of the board just like the golf game. Take 4 bean bags per person taking turns the first to 50 points wins! 3 points for big one hole and 5 points for small holes. you could also prop up the board with both sides up and toss it in that way too. This goes for the golf game too.

How We Play Football Toss Game

Take the board and set it on its side with both ends holding it up. We use a table to put the board on then toss the football into the holes. I would use a smaller football to toss. We did our points as 100 for the large hole and 300 points for the small holes. The first one to 1000 wins. My boys love throwing balls so this game was so fun for them.

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Chalk Bombs Make Your Own

Make your own Chalk Bombs

So I am so excited to share with you how to make your own Chalk bombs. So my friend got these cute little chalk bombs from the store. I thought they were neat but the outside color of the bomb easily got lost in the tall mountain grass and they were sold out pretty fast at the store. I don’t know if they came in any other colors but green, yellow, and purple either. So I decided we could make these and it would be pretty cool we could choose the colors we wanted and make the outside bag more findable.  So off the store, I went to get the supplies. Below are the things I bought for the project.

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You will need

Making Your own Chalk Bombs

Cut out Square Pieces  of Fabric

I took the white fabric we bought and cut out a  8 -inch by 8-inch piece. Once these were cut we could move to the next step.

Grate The Chalk

This is something a mommy or daddy will want to do. I would be worried a child might cut their fingers grating. Grate the chalk and put it in bowls for the next steps this can take a while to do. My little helper watching by my side as I did this. Another way you could do this is put the chalk in a plastic bag and take outside and hammer it till it’s all powdered.

Another way you could powder the chalk is put the chalk in a plastic bag, take outside and hammer it till it’s all powdered.

 

Cut Nylon String

Cut some of your nylon string into 5-inch strips this will be used to make your bomb easier to throw.

Now You Can Assemble The Chalk Bomb

Take a square of fabric and scoop the grated chalk on to it. Place one of the nylon strings in it.  Now you can grab the edges of the fabric and make it into a ball. You will want to take the zip tie and tie around the top of it to close it. If you want you can add some more nylon string to the top to cover the zip tie.

Play With Your Chalk Bomb

So this, of course, is an outside toy.  It’s messy but fun! Take your chalk bombs outside and started playing with it. You will get circle chalk marks on your clothes it easily wipes off. If your kids wear a white shirt it makes it a little more fun cause you will really see the colors on your shirt. You can also color bomb the sidewalk too. These provide hours of fun for my active boys. I hope you enjoy them too!

Tip: If your chalk bomb gets wet to take a hammer and loosen it all up after its dry. 

Chalk Bomb Video With the DIY Steps

 

 

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Gak Slime Make Your Own

My little boys had so much fun making their own Gak Slime. This is one of the easiest play projects we have done. My son is having and end of year school party and we wanted to give his friends a little something they can play with and enjoy. I think the fun part about this was making the Gak Slime.  I guess I will find out how they like playing with it soon. During my childhood we loved this stuff I think if we would of know how to make our own then we would have had some of our own. My parents never had a ton of money growing up so we never got the actual Gak. It was always dollar store putty.

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Things you will need to make it

Warning! Do not eat the Slime it can be harmful if you ingest a lot of it.  There have been people claiming to get burns from borax I personally have not experienced this with myself or my children. We used a small amount of it in this recipe you might want to try and use less and see if it still works. Or you can go with the Sta flo liquid starch and see if that works better for you. If you do experience any burning please wash it off and go to the Dr. for professional help. You should wash your hands after using it anyway!  If you use this recipe use it at your own risk.

Mix the Borax

The first thing you will want to do is put 1 tsp or less of Borax in 1 cup of water you will want it to dissolve as much as possible. My little onE loved doing this part I think it’s because I let him scoop it and put it in the cut to mix. Yes, this part was messy but it made my little guy happy.  My cats got on the counter and had to check it out they did stay far enough away no kitties were hurt in the making of the Gak Slime. We washed our hands after playing with the Gak and after each color so we didn’t mix colors. I would suggest you have them play in a non-carpeted area 🙂

Add Color to Your Glue

Next, you will want to mix the 4 oz glue with just a little bit of water and your food coloring of choice. I did about 4 drops of food coloring to get our colors you can mix more if you want a darker color.

Make your globs 

Now you can add the borax water mix to the bowl it will make globs. Now, you can get the globs out with your hands and start playing.

Playing with your Gak Slime

This was such a fun easy project and what boy or girl doesn’t love playing with this stuff. If you have a boy like I do they will learn how to make it fart lol. So enjoy it!  Wash hands when done!

 

Do not ingest the slime if you do please call American Association of Poison Control at 800-222-1222 immediately. Use at your own risk!

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Whats This? Make Your Own Life Size Nightmare Before Christmas Jack Skellington

What’s this theirs magic in the air! What’s this build your own Jack Skellington! At our house we love The Nightmare Before Christmas, Jack Skellington is our favorite character. I wanted to share it with everyone. My hope is to have a few charters from the Nightmare Before Christmas throughout our Halloween decorations. In the future I would like to make Oogie boogie, Sally, zero etc. This project is very time-consuming. It took me a few months to work on it spreading it out over the weekends mainly. You could finish it maybe in a few days if you have the time to dedicate to it. I would estimate I spent close to $100 to make him.

Here is the DIY on each thing  to make the full Jack Skellington.

Jack’s Head

live size jack skellington nightmare before christmasTo start the project I started working on the pumpkin kings head, it’s made of paper mache, paper paste, spray paint, acrylic paint, wall joint compound, and PVC pipe

I used a punching balloon for the base. A 20-inch beach ball might work better to make his head. With the balloon or beach ball inflated start covering it with your newspaper cut into strips 1-2 inch strips wide and 5-8 inches long. Use this mixture Elmer’s glue 1/2 cup to 1/2 cup of water ratio to cover the strips in. dip a paintbrush in the mixture, painting some glue onto the balloon stick the strip down and then painted the strip on. Cover the whole thing until the balloon or beach ball is no longer showing. Repeat this process 2-3 times so you have a total of 3-4 layers. I allowed each layer to dry before adding the next layer.

Cut eye holes and mouth

Once it’s all dry you will want to cut the holes for the eyes and nose also mark the mouth. What I did was draw on the eyes nose and mouth with a pencil until it was where I wanted it. Then I took a kitchen knife to cut out the eyes and nose holes, this did break the balloon in the middle. I then carefully pulled all the balloon pieces from my eye holes.

This picture is my first attempt at the face but it’s the only pic I had of the newspaper part. The next step you will need to take strips of newspaper dipped in the paste to make the eye sockets you lay it across the eye and let it slide to the depth you want. Then fill it in until the hole is no longer a hole.
paper mache jack skellington

Next step is to fill the whole outside and eye sockets with paper paste this makes it stronger and more filled out for details. I used the following recipe for the paste.

1 Roll of inexpensive toilet paper. Do not use Costco or an expensive brand it doesn’t break down as well
2 tbs of Mineral Oil (baby oil)
1 cup of regular, all-purpose joint compound
3/4 cup of flour
3/4 cup of Paper Mache Paste Source

 

 

 

 

Paper clay

Take the paper clay and start placing it all over the head. I put it fairly thin on the whole head. Around the eyes, nose and mouth I built it up to and edge to help bring out the features more. On the mouth, I left the line in the middle open and just built up around the line.

 

At this point, you can add the pipe or an attachment piece. If you do the pipe you connect the head directly onto the shoulders. If you do the attachment piece you would attach it to a neck

Cut Teeth

Once this is all dry take a Dremel tool and cut out the slits for the teeth. Then take sanding paper or a sander and sand it down I used 220 grit piece. The paper clay I had was pretty lumpy you might be able to get yours less lumpy then I did when you make the paper clay. Once I had it all sanded down I took the joint compound and filled in all the holes and lumps etc. I had to make it more smooth it was bugging me. Sanded it to get it more smooth using the joint compound. Make sure it’s dry before you sand. This picture below is before I filled it in with joint compound

After it is all smooth to your liking take something to wipe the excess powder off with a towel, compressor hose, etc will do the trick. Now you can add spray paint it I used Rust-Oleum white. After it is coated well and dried you can take your black acrylic paint and paint in the black for the eyes, nose, and mouth.

The last step for the head seal it with clear spray paint.

paper mache and paper mache jack skellington

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jack’s Bones

You may want to make yours a little shorter or different. Currently, I have mine leaning against the wall till I find a better solution. When I find one I will update this post.

I took the current lengths and put them together.1 inch PVC pipe cut to shoulder to elbow 13 inches, elbow to hand 14 inches, the neck is 5 inches, shoulders and hips are cut to 3 1/2 inches each, middle body 23 Inches, thighs 15 inches, knee to foot 13 inches.

Start with a board for the base with floor flanges attached. To get the distance of where I needed the floor flanges I put his legs and hips together then drilled the flanges onto the board.

4 90 degree connectors, 4 45 degree connectors (you could do two more to adjust arms differently), 4 connector piece, 3 connector piece

 

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Jack’s Shoes

You will want to build shoes for him. I took a box of soda cut it up and made it look like shoes by taped it with masking tape, then I added some paper clay, and spray painted it black I used Rust-Oleum black spray paint.

Leave holes so the PVC pipe can fit in it.

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Jack’s Clothes

After you put it all together put the white shirt on it then stuff it with filling. Sew the bottom and leave a hole for the PVC pipe to fit. I used safety pins to hold the top part together you could sew this too I find it easier to adjust things when I need to just have safety pins.

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Fit the jacket

Take a thrift store cotton sports jacket and fitted it to the arms. I added black fabric to lengthen it( his arms are really long) and add tails. The picture with my son shows how long the arms are, they reach his feet.

 

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Pants

Next, I took black yoga pants and I fitted them to the legs. After you’ve got it to where its all fitted you can start painting the puffy paint stripes on it to turn it into the black pin-striped suit. The white stripes are made from white and glow in the dark puffy paint together to give it an extra pow. It ended up taking 2 white and 1 glow in the dark paint to get it all stripped. I took the paint and mixed it all then poured it back in the bottles. Lay the clothes on a table and started painting the stripes on. Let it dry overnight before turning it over to add it to the back side.20150903_175621

Now you can dress him I added filling to the crotch part of the pants to make it more filled.

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Jack’ s Hands

I took wire put a 12mm spray painted black bead on the end. If you can find black beads it’s better to use them then to spray painting some. Next, I molded air dry clay for the white parts on the hand and strung on the beads as I went. Once I had created the fingers I used duct tape and taped the wires together. Then I filled the top and bottom with air dry clay. The wires stuck out the back so then I attached it to a PVC coupling (one where you can connect two pipes), taping the wire and hand to it then added it to the arm. Make sure you use black tape it helps hide it better.

 

jack skellington hand clay and beads

 

Bat Tie

I drew on the foam paper in pencil then cut it out. It took 3 foam pages to make this tie, 2 pages for the wings and 1 for the bat head.jack skellington bat wing tie

Bat face

  • Cut out the shape then take the edges and cut slits in it and glue it together to make it more 3D.
  • Then take 2 flat pieces to cover the face and make it more smooth if you don’t do this then it doesn’t look as nice.
  • Next, draw the lines and eyes with the white puffy paint.

 

Jack skellington bat wing tie 2

Back of Bat

  • On the back, I laid out the wire and Put the duct tape over it to hold it on.
  • Add the elastic band onto the bat. I hot glued it to the back of the bat head.
  • Now you can add it around his neck and bend the wires on the back.

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The Total Look

life size jack skellington

Christmas Outfit

life size christmas jack skellington

I used 3 yards of red fleece fabric I think it might have been too much so I do have extra. I took the Halloween pants and cut out the red fabric the same length and width, I did this with the jacket too.  This way the legs and arms were to the correct length. Then added the white fluffy fabric around the neck hole, the base of pants, hat trim, nd beard. The white fluffy fur fabric is impossible to cut without getting the fluffy part all over so keep that in mind when cutting.

To make the boots I added black fabric around the bottom of the pants and used his shoes as the base.

For the hat, I measured his head and cut out the red fleece to fit. I double checked with the fabric around the head to make sure I cut it right. once Then I sewed the fabric and added the white fluffy fabric to the edge and a ball for the other end

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Items you will need for the project- 

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  1. Newspaper the black and white sections work the best (I used a lot of the ads but they tend to fall off easier)
  2. White Elmer’s glue or off brand (1/2 water to 1/2 Elmer’s glue ratio for paper mache paste)
  3. Toilet paper the cheap kind
  4. Cheap paint brush
  5. Joint compound I bought the premixed can.
  6. 1 inch PVC pipe 4 8 ft lengths
  7. beach ball
  8. 220 sand paper
  9. 1 Inch for all:2 PVC connectors to connect to the floor flanges, 4 90 degree connectors, 4 45 degree connectors (you could do two more to adjust arms), 4 sided connector piece cross style , 3 sided connector piece, 2 pipe couplings that will connect the hands to the body. (please note some of these links are for more then 1 peice)
  10. 2 Floor flanges plus 8 screws check your board so you don’t go through. The link isn’t the same as the one I used its more for a reference 🙂
  11. wood board
  12. Clear spray paint
  13. White spray paint
  14. black spray paint
  15. black acrylic paint
  16. thrift store pants, jacket, white shirt,
  17. puffy paint 2-3 white, glow in the dark if you want
  18. Air dry clay
  19. 12 mm beads
  20. 3 foam black paper sheets
  21. wire
  22. black tape ( I used gorilla glue duct tape)
  23. elastic 4 inches to be safe 🙂
  24. Black fabric 2 yards
  25. stuffing for body and hip filling
  26. Hot glue gun and a few glue sticks
  27. Red felt fabric 3 yards
  28. white fluffy fake fur fabric (Christmas outfit) 2 yards
  29. safety pins

I really enjoyed making this project it did take a lot of time. This will be something you can be used for years to come. If you make one post it in the comments!

I originally got this idea from a youtube video

Here is the source

Thanks!

Amberly

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