I just joined this forum within that last couple weeks and I will say this reoccurring thread with 800+ posts was one I was avoiding. But, today I took the chance and started reading it. I did a lot of skimming, but read each of your posts. Feel like I have been right there with you. Good luck getting these final last detail resolved!
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