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American Cocker Spaniel
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Contemplating the Future of Pet Grooming
$15 Minimum Wage: What If?
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American Cocker Spaniel
by Jodi Murphy
The American Cocker Spaniel is the
smallest of the sporting dogs. It is a
happy merry dog with a tail that never
seems to stop wagging. Capturing its
expression is very important as in any
breed. It can be difficult to maintain
without the coat matting due to their
heavy coat and undercoat. For this
reason recommend owners to have
them groomed on a regular 4, 5 or 6
week grooming schedule. The length of
this trim can be modified based on the
condition of the coat when the dog
returns for its next grooming
appointment. It is important to find the
right length based on the client’s
lifestyle and grooming schedule. If the
client agrees to have their dog groomed
on a 4-6 week schedule, then you can
leave more coat than a dog that only
gets groomed every 2-3 months.
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THE HEAD
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Starting with the ears,
clip the ear leather
either against the grain
with a 10 blade or with
the grain with a 15
blade. A 10 blade
against the grain gives a
nice clean look. The
sensitivity of the skin
will determine which
blade to use.
Start your clipper work
at the bottom of the ear leather fold. A
good point of reference as to where the
clipper work should go down to on the
ear is at the jaw line. If the dog has a
high ear set the leather fold will be
above the jaw line.
In this case it may be necessary to
lower the clipped area to the jaw line to
give the illusion of a longer ear and
better ear set. The bottom of the clipped
area can be either in a “V” shape which
really elongates the ear or a “U” shape.
Both of these are acceptable and a
matter of personal preference.
Clip the ear leather to the top of the ear
approximately one finger width into the
skull. Whichever pattern is clipped on
the outside of the ear should also be
done the same way on the inside of the
ear leather. Clip the inside of the ear
with a 15 blade against the grain.
THE MUZZLE, NECK & CHEEKS
Clip the cheek from the ear toward the
eye with a 10 blade clipping against the
grain. The clipped line should be from
the outside corner of the top of the ear
to the outside corner of the eye.
Clip the throat from two fingers above
the breastbone against the grain up to
the chin with a 10 blade. On sensitive
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skin a 15 or 10 blade can be used with
the grain.
Clip from under the ear down to where
the neck meets the scapula blending off
over the scapula. The entire throat
should be clipped very clean with a 10
blade.
Clip between the eyes in the stop area
creating an inverted “V” with a 10 blade.
Using a 15 blade, clip under the eyes to
create chiseling.
Clip the muzzle with a 10 blade lightly
to give a plush appearance. A 7F or
thinning shears may be used on a dog
that has a snippy muzzle to give a fuller
appearance. Clipping the muzzle too
close will make the dog look cheeky
and the muzzle snippy.
Clip the flews with a 15 blade. The
muzzle should be the same width as the
side skull.
Using a 7F blade against the grain clip
from where the 10 blade work stops at
the top of the ear up into the skull to
blend the 10 blade work into the crown.
Use thinning shears to remove all hair
on the eyebrows. This is an important
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step to capturing the breed’s
expression. This is also the hair that
falls in the eyes which is why most pet
owners do not like the crown.
Once the brow hair is removed the
crown will stay back out of the eyes.
Brush the entire crown over to one side
and use thinning shears to blend into
the clipped area of the side skull.
Repeat for the opposite side.
Never comb the crown forward and trim
the long hair as this will flatten the top
of the skull. The sides of the skull
should be very tight and should be the
same width as the muzzle. Leaving too
much coat on the side skull will make
the muzzle look narrow.
The crown area consists of a semi-circle
from the outside corner of the eye, over
the top of the skull to the opposite
outside corner of the eye. Some dogs
may need more crown than others
depending on their skull and what is
needed to create the dome. The top of
the skull, between the ears, should be
tight and well-blended with no obvious
clipper lines. The back skull should be
thinned tight to the occiput.
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THE BACK
THE TAIL
This breed should be hand stripped,
however, most pet trims are clipped.
When clipping the back coat, a 4F, 5F or
7F blade can be used.
Clip the underside of the tail with a 10
blade. Clip the top side of the tail with
the same blade used on the back.
Blend off with your clipper into the
longer side coat so no clipped lines are
seen. Never clip the back coat shorter
than a 7F as it is not healthy for the skin
and does not look natural. It is very
difficult to blend the transition line from
the back coat into the furnishings when
a short blade is used. Go over the entire
clipped area with a stripping knife to
remove undercoat. This will give a
natural appearance and will keep the
back coat looking nice and shiny.
Thinning shears may be used to blend in
the clipped area to longer side coat and
leg furnishings giving a natural
appearance. When clipping the hip area
create a subtle “V” to show the hip
muscle. To determine how much of the
hip should be clipped, open your hand
and place it over the hip, with your
thumb on the dog’s pin bone (or point of
rump). The area between your thumb
and index finger will create a “V” shape.
The area within the “V” of your fingers
should be set tight.
Use a snap-on comb to set the length of
the legs and skirt. Clip the back legs
following the shape of the leg. Using the
same comb clip the side coat following
the shape of the rib cage. Clip the back,
the inside and outside of the front legs
with the same comb. Leave the front of
the front legs to scissor later. The size of
the snap-on comb that you use will be
determined by what the pet owner
prefers. It will also depend on how often
the dog is being groomed. If the dog is
groomed on a four to five week
schedule a ¾” or 1” comb may be used.
However, if the dog is not on a good
grooming schedule it may be necessary
to use a ½” comb.
Once you set the length you can now
begin to scissor everything in. Starting
with the back feet, scissor the base of
the foot in round. Using curved shears
scissor the rear angulation. The tightest
point of the angulation is where the
back leg bends at the stifle.
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Scissor from the bend of the
back leg to the hock. Comb
the coat up on the leg and
scissor from the hip down to
the feet creating parallel
lines. Follow the bend of the
thigh muscle and stifle.
Scissor the feet so they are
nice and round. Comb up the
inside of the rear leg and
scissor it in the same manner
creating a parallel line.
Comb the side coat down and
scissor in the underline
leaving a tuck up. Comb up
the side coat. Using curved
shears neaten the side coat
following the roundness of
the rib cage.
Scissor the base of the front
feet in so they are also round
in appearance. Comb up the
coat on the entire front leg.
Scissor the back of the front leg straight
from the elbow down to the back pad.
straight from the armpit to the feet.
Scissor the outside of the front leg
straight from the shoulder down to the
feet. Scissor the inside of the front leg
Comb up the front of the front leg and
scissor a straight line down to the front
toes. This will create a nice column look.
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Jodi Murphy is a
two-time Master
Pet Stylist, a
NCMG (National
Certified Master
Groomer) through
the National Dog
Groomers Association of America, as well as
MPS Meritus (Master Pet Stylist Meritus)
through the International Society of Canine
Cosmetology. She is a multiple Best All
Around and Best in Show competitor. These
titles allow Jodi to certify groomers to their
master pet stylist status throughout the USA.
She was a GroomTeam USA team member
for four years and ranked within the top four
pet stylists of the United States. Her popular
web site JodiMurphy.net offers competitively
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select grooming tools and equipment.
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Comb up the coat on the chest and
scissor it in to blend into the shoulders.
Lift up the front leg and scissor the
chest to meet the underline.
Use thinning shears to neaten all of the
lines where the clipped back meets the
longer coat. Trim the ears so they are
curved from the back of the ear to the
front of the ear. The ears should never
fall lower than the point of shoulder.
The finished trim is very flattering to this
breed and is easy to maintain if you
select the right length.
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THE FIELD TRIM
For dogs that have problems matting, especially in the body furnishings, clip the
entire body with the same blade that was used for the back coat. Leave the legs
the same length as the previous trim. Clip the entire front chest as well. Leave a
little coat in the tuck up area to transition the body into the rear legs. This is a
stylish trim that is very easy to maintain and looks very attractive. ▀
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Contemplating the Future of Pet Grooming
Where Mindfulness & Innovative Technology Meet
by Dave Campanella, Best Shot Pet Products
Over twenty-five years ago I met my best friend and wife, Tracy. Those of you who
know us understand how I owe my passion for the pet industry and career to her.
That’s because behind every good man is a loving woman, and in my case talented
pet groomer. She introduced me to the joys of
dog companionship, pet
grooming as a profession,
and ultimately my job at
Best Shot Pet Products.
Together we’ve witnessed
grooming evolve, and
each of us along with it.
You could say everything
leading up to now was
history in the making.
So how will professional
grooming evolve over the
next twenty-five years?
I’ve often pondered what
the future beholds for us?
Take a look into my crystal ball.
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Mindfulness Guides Our Path
“What is Mindfulness?” you ask. Some
may associate it with Yoga, but the art
of Mindful Practice goes way beyond
that! While its roots can be traced back
many thousands of years to Buddha’s
teaching, its modern-age renaissance
into mainstream life is a movement
many believe will shape the world’s future. Mindful practice is being embraced by corporate culture, internal
medicine, and therapy treatments, in
our schools and by environmental
groups.
Noted psychologist and author Dr.
Stephen McKenzie, in his book entitled,
“Mindfulness at Work: How to Avoid
Stress, Achieve More and Enjoy Life”
sums up mindfulness as, “Focusing
one’s attention on what is, rather than
being distracted by what isn’t.”
We live in a fast-paced world full of clutter and distractions. No doubt the pet
grooming community certainly faces its’
fair share. Just look at all the opinions
and misinformation one has to dodge
on social media as evidence today.
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We need to let go of the belief that we
know what’s best, and the only way to
work through a challenge. We must
learn to see each new situation clearly.
Try seeking out credible fact-based resources when questioning something
and put aside all assumptions.
For instance, some time ago what
started off as genuine consumer concern for safe wholesome ingredients
somehow got perverted into false notions that “Science is bad” and “If you
can’t grow it, or pronounce its name, it’s
a toxic chemical.”
Somewhere along the line, non-mindful
companies eager to comply may have
jumped the gun. In my opinion, they
chose not to take the necessary time to
educate consumers responsibly on why
their ingredient choices were safe or
healthy. Instead they eagerly overemphasized and exaggerated their products to fit demand, consequently redefining what “more natural” meant by the
enticement of misleading claims and
deceptive imagery leading to what’s
now an out of control “all natural” bubble ready to burst. The ambiguity of
what “natural” is has rampantly become
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status quo for many industries and apparent in ours. Perhaps companies assumed the public couldn’t handle the
complexity of the matter, and took the
easy way out?
Fortunately mindfulness and science
work very well together. So in our future
I envision managing a pet salon will encompass a more mindful fact-based
grooming process at its very core; where
each of its fundamental elements
seamlessly interrelates to each other.
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What if pet groomer licensing became
reality in our future? That would mean
core curriculum standards and mandatory testing. Is it such a terrible thing to
consider? Essential knowledge of “coat
and skin physiology” and “how grooming liquids work” would be required of
us as it is for many human cosmetologists today.
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hill struggle of trial and error for many
groomers. This may have even lead to
some of the recent inexcusable pet
grooming fatalities we’ve heard about in
national news reports. Being accountable for established trade knowledge
and guidelines can lead groomers to
mastering their tools and equipment,
methods and techniques, as well as
overlooked health and safety standards.
Think about how many problematic issues could have been avoided by recognizing a more standardized grooming
process.
Recently the PPGSA (Professional Pet
Groomers and Stylists Association) established its “Standards of Care for
Safety and Sanitation” guidelines. It’s
a fabulous example of one step towards
a more mindful future in grooming.
Starting to get the picture? Our future is
dependant upon more structure and accountability. Keep an eye out for further
evolving developments. What can you
do to be more accountable?
Embracing Technological Innovation
“Progressive Grooming Logic” is a Mindful concept I profess in my seminars
that’s worth noting here. It acknowledges how each phase of the grooming
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process interrelates with each other,
and specifically what correlating methods work best for optimal effect. I see
us merging certain tools, methods and
concepts for greater efficiency in our salons in the future.
By letting the creative flow of fact-based
consciousness blossom, fresh new innovations begin to emerge. We’ve all
dreamed of the “magic wand” that miraculously releases mats and tangles,
erases stains, eradicates foul odors, or
would fix stupid. We’ve envisioned carwash type contraptions for dogs that
would save time and effort. Have you
longed for a lightweight dryer that wasn’t so loud, wouldn’t blow fuses, never
broke down, and dried in half the time?
What new computer marvels or smart
apps can you imagine in our future?
We can all bear witness that some of
these not so far-fetched ideas may have
already been attempted or are brewing.
Regardless of their degree of success or
failure in the past, I’m encouraged by
the abundant inventiveness within the
grooming community. I’ve seen a lot of
re-purposing of existing technology
adapted to fit our industry. However in
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my opinion, there’s also been a lack of
fresh genuine innovation. Until now!
Here are a few examples of technology
worth following:
Extraordinary Grooming Liquids
Today humanity has welcomed technology into day-to-day life, so I foresee a
day when groomers eagerly embrace
the science and chemistry responsible
for their liquid products. Product performance will notably improve.
Groomers will come to rely confidently
upon future shampoo and conditioners
that “actually work” to quickly release
shedding undercoat; annihilate foul
odors, and many other challenging
situations.
Advancements in chemistry will enable
bathing without tedious pre-brushing;
safely releasing more hair in the tub
and with a blow dryer rather than pulling and ripping with a brush beforehand. These will also enable force dryers to act as a virtual brush; harnessing
water and air to do much of the hard
work.
Coats treated with these formulas will
smell fresh longer; stay cleaner and
more manageable for weeks. All
thanks to science!
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Futuristic Bathing Systems
Now imagine these advanced formulas
simply sprayed directly into a dry coat.
No pre-soaking needed. The bather
quickly sprays the entire animal with
shampoo, rinses after a few minutes,
and applies a light non-oily conditioner
or final leave-in spray before drying.
Voila!
Such an innovation would be a must for
any mobile groomer with limited water
supply onboard. Perhaps everyone in
the future will have to conserve water,
and could benefit from such a Mindful
device. Did I mention this futuristic
bathing unit will defy any shampoo dilution rate quandaries by conserving
shampoo usage beyond fathoming?
Well it will!
Hi-Efficiency Hair Dryers
Close your eyes and picture a much quieter force dryer that doesn’t routinely
set-off your shops electrical breakers.
With just the flick of switch, this dryer
engages a pulsating stream of negative
ions that disperses water molecules at
an accelerated rate enabling 50% faster
drying time. All this while smoothing
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cuticles on every hair, adding shine, with
zero static and no alarmingly hot air.
Since the coat was pretreated with advanced liquid technology, you now brush
with this dryer, waving it as if the magic
wand once dreamed of!
Final Thoughts
Imagine doing more with less; less
shampoo, less water, less energy, less
effort, less time, etc. What if you didn’t
have to wait too long for the future to
come? How long must we wait? What
if I said these dreams are within your
grasp? These breakthrough innovations
in technology are out there just waiting
to be discovered.
Come and step through a virtual time
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what I’m talking about. Throughout
America and abroad there’s a thriving
pet grooming industry beckoning you to
come and discover its’ future. Your future!
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and bright. Be mindful. You deserve
more, so start enjoying your grooming
career today. The future is now! ▀
About the Author: Dave Campanella is
an informative and entertaining seminar speaker, contributing trade columnist, and genuine grooming enthusiast.
He is Best Shot Pet Products sales and
marketing director and has over 25
years of pet industry knowledge and experience. He and his wife Tracy coowned a full service pet salon and selfwash in Ohio prior to relocating to Kentucky. They enjoy exhibiting at grooming
shows, being industry ambassadors,
and showing their Kerry Blue Terrier and
Samoyed dogs.
Put aside any hesitation and assumptions. Register today for that seminar or
workshop. Explore up and down every
aisle of a grooming trade show. Reach
out to vendors, manufacturers and experts. Your future can be so amazing
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HIGH Pressure Groomer
GroomFit by Vera Needham
What would happen if you turned your
it silent? We can’t see it. Many people
garden hose to the highest water pres-
have no idea they have it until a major
sure with the nozzle closed? What if
event occurs. Just like the hose we for-
you left it running for months or even
get to turn off there is no visible signs of
years? Eventually something is going to
strain until it bursts. When this hap-
give. This is happening to one in three
pens it can take the form of a heart at-
pet groomers living with high blood
tack or stroke.
pressure. Hypertension is one of the
most prevalent diseases in our society
with as many as 50 million Americans
suffering from it.
HBP is the leading cause of death and
disability in the world and is defined by
a resting blood pressure above 140/90.
Being proactive is extremely important
It is considered the silent killer. Why is
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especially since most of the risk factors
women with waistlines over 35 inches
are controllable. The good news is pet
are at higher risk.
stylists can create positive change.
Part of your pressure-lowering treat-
Chronic heart and circulatory disorders
ment plan should involve exercise. Many
are linked to prolonged standing at
studies have shown that regular aerobic
work. Simple changes to grooming
exercise like a brisk walk may modestly
workstations can make it possible to re-
lower blood pressure.
duce the requirement to stand all day.
Ironically the highest risk factor is for
groomers who sit for over eight hours.
The key to success is changing positions
often throughout the day.
Since beta blockers or other medications may lower your heart rate you
should consider helpful self-monitoring
such as rate of perceived exertion. Ask
yourself how hard you are working on a
If your blood pressure is above 160/100
scale of one to ten. We should be work-
ask your doctor about precautions or
ing at a five or six during the ten min-
special considerations with lifting. Lift-
utes between the warm up and the cool
ing a heavy dog can cause a temporary
down. Ideally we should start with thirty
increase in blood pressure. This in-
minute walk at least three times a
crease can be dramatic, depending on
week.
how much weight you lift. Your physician may put weight restrictions on the
dogs you groom. Remember to breathe
when lifting. Holding your breath during
exertion can cause dangerous spikes in
blood pressure.
Imagine the constant pressure on the
garden hose being comparable to the
vessels that carry our blood. With this
type of pressure eventually the hose
may become wider. When this happens
the stretching creates little crevices in
Men with waists over 40 inches and
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Start by holding The BarberStick in the right hand just hard enough that it doesn't slide
down in your hand as you hold it. A water bottle can also be used at about 30 percent of
your maximum grip. Hold for 120 seconds. Take a 60 second rest while you switch hands.
Hold in the left hand two minutes then 60 second rest to switch. Complete this movement
6x total or 12 minutes of hold time. This cycle should be performed once a day, five days-a
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the rubber inside the hose. The same
The American Heart Association re-
thing can happen to the conduits carry-
cently released a report recommending
ing blood in our bodies. Little cracks
exercise as the most effective non-
may start to appear.
medicinal approach to reducing blood
Platelets are a component of blood
whose job is to stop bleeding. These
platelets think the cracks and crevices
are cuts. They stick to rough surfaces.
pressure. The big surprise was the considerable blood pressure lowering effect
of isometric handgrip exercises (see previous page).
Why I’m telling you this is because it is
Research indicated that four weeks of
important to wind down properly. After a
isometric handgrip exercises resulted in
strenuous day, or right after a long walk
some of the most impressive improve-
or exercise session, it is important not
ments of up to a ten percent drop in
to lie down until your blood pressure re-
drop in blood pressure. The report
turns to its normal rate.
warns, “Handgrip exercises should be
Take ample time to cool down gently
moving in an upright position. If we lay
down too quickly we can get a reaction
avoided by patients with severely uncontrolled high blood pressure (180/110
mm Hg or higher).”
that is similar to sugar in coffee. Like
Stylists must practice the exercises con-
the sugar, platelets may settle into the
sistently for five to eight weeks before
crevices and cause clotting. Clotting ac-
any changes are apparent. Also, the ex-
counts for about seventy percent of
ercises must be practiced regularly or
strokes. The other thirty percent of
you may find your blood pressure rates
strokes arise from the hose or blood
sneaking back up again. For alternate
vessel bursting from the long term ef-
handgrip therapy there are many op-
fects of constant pressure.
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tions including a tennis ball, water bot-
have a really aggressive dog? Fight or
tle or special devices you can buy. You
flight immediately sets in. When my ap-
can hold your clippers if you like. I prefer
pointments are booked close together I
the BarberStick. First step is to squeeze
immediately feel increased tension.
about 30 percent of your hardest grip. If
Stress is another somewhat controllable
we grip tightly it will actually increase
factor for groomers. Try to book ample
blood pressure. I like to imagine I’m
time for appointments when possible.
holding a bird in my hand. We do not
Stay out of the pressure cooker when
want to hurt the bird yet we don’t want
you can. ▀
it to get away.
Vera Needham
Breathing is also extremely important
when squeezing with special attention
paid to the exhalation. Squeeze the
Barberstick for two minutes with one
hand, then rest for a minute. Next do
the same with your other hand; and repeat the steps for 12 minutes a day. It is
important to keep this device below the
level of your heart. Do this routine at
least five times a week. If you have hypertension there is no harm in trying
handgrip exercise as a compliment to
aerobic activity if your physician approves.
When you feel very stressed your blood
pressure and heart rate goes up. Ever
Vera Needham is a Medical Exercise Specialist, Pilates Pro Trainer and has been a professional Dog Groomer for over 30 years.
Physiotherapy uses exercise to prevent injury.
The same type of exercise can be used to prevent injury. Who better than a dog groomer
to know the vulnerabilities of the trade? We
seem to accept pain as a way of life. Often it
doesn’t have to be. Vera’s mission is to educate fellow groomers on injury prevention
through exercise. Groom Fit is the result of
twenty years of extensive study.
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Maintenance Suggestions for
Your Andis Clippers
By Jeff Andrews, Northern Tails Sharpening
There are no maintenance-free clippers. All clipper require regular maintenance
and inspection for parts wearing out. Whether you choose to do the maintenance
or you use the services of a technician, it is best to know more about your clippers
than they cut hair.
Regular maintenance will prevent failures that may happen during the work day
when you depend on them the most. This advisory is for all brands of clippers. But
this article will start with Andis because they are the most popular brand for American groomers, vets and trainers.
Andis clipper maintenance regardless of model is very straightforward. There is no
such thing as a “tune-up.” Parts need to checked and changed along with a general
cleaning. Many of the tasks can and should be done by the user. Without regular
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and grooming video's and articles. They are for groomers
who want to make their equipment last longer and save
money on their sharpening costs. These videos and articles
are on his website free to download and keep for reference.
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maintenance the performance of the
clipper is significantly reduced. Start
maintenance by inspecting the head of
the clipper. Check to see if the latch has
a hook on it.
Next check the hinge screws. If they are
loose by even one-quarter turn it can
cause drag and corn rows in the cut.
Frequent use of comb attachment can
loosen hinges. Continue your inspection
by looking at the black part of the blade
drive. Is it chewed up from being in the
blades? If so, it can cause a loose fit of
the top blade in the blade set. When
this happens you might get drag and
corn rows. Worse yet blades could snag
when using comb attachments.
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stood part of an Andis clipper, and yet
the heart of the clipper. When the blade
drive is weak or bad the clipper will not
perform correctly. The blade drive is
made of plastic with scored ribs and
connects to the tip which inserts into
the top of your blade. Plastics fail with
continued use and become soft. The
blade drive shown in the picture is 4
weeks old, and it is completely worn
out. This drive is discolored from spray
coolants being sprayed on running
blades. The
metal bar across
the front is lifting
off the drive at
the ends.
When a blade
drive is worn out
completely like
this one, your clipper will not perform.
The reason is simple. The plastic of the
scored ribs is now so soft the drive bearing pushes the blade drive to one side
of the clipper. It then hesitates before
the drive bearing can pull it back the
other direction. Thus you can have drag,
corn rows, hair stuck in blades with
The blade drive is the most misunder-
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combs and other issues.
Change the blade drive and symptoms
should go away. Andis clipper instructions state that users need to routinely
change blade drives. A bad blade drive
makes the clipper useless, so you
should always have extra blade drives
on hand.
Hair Issues
Hair is the enemy
of any clipper. If it
is not cleaned out
there will be problems with the cutting system. The
Andis clipper can
have a big problem
when hair is impacted around the drive
bearing where it fits into the back of the
blade drive. This can shorten the back
and forth stroke of the blade considerably, which may cause performance
problems with very thick coats or when
using comb attachments.
When changing your blade drive dig out
any impacted hair very carefully. Clear
the impact from around the drive bearing and also behind the hinge. If there is
hair impacted behind the hinge the
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blade will not lock on tight and the result is drag.
Andis clippers need to breathe. There is
a hole that goes completely around the
drive bearing. The airflow, even though
it may look small, keeps the armature
on the inside
cool. It also
provides a way
for carbon dust
from the
brushes to get
away from the
commentator.
It is extremely
important to keep impacted hair from
getting inside your blade drive and stopping its airflow. The clippers will get
warm and copper windings of the armature could start to burn. Clipper life will
shorten. Avoid spraying coolants on
blades running on your clipper. I have
seen this same warning on Andis operating instructions under DANGER heading #7.
Coolants are nothing more than alcohol
and propane gas used as a propellant.
They cool by evaporation only. Clipper
instructions advise users not to use
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spray coolants for the purpose of lubrication because there is no lube in the
spray. It lubes only while it is wet on the
blade. This explains why blades heat
faster when you use spray coolants in
this manner.
Coolants pose serious health risks. The
M.S.D.S. information warns of the potential dangers to body organs and respiratory systems. User instructions
clearly state you should wear an appropriate safety mask when using them.
Regular unprotected breathing of spray
coolants can make you feel tired and
give you headaches.
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Andis uses two clipper body halves to
hold the cord at the
back of the clipper.
As you walk around
your grooming table the cord can bend
in different directions. The body halves
can bite down on the cord and over
time it may short out.
You can help prevent this cord problem
from happening with a simple “plastic
zip tie.” Zip tie your cord to the hanger
as shown. This will make the cord bend
out away from the clipper and not
cause wear and tear leading to shorts.
Ultra Edge users need to to first
straighten the bend in the hanger with
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$15 Minimum Wage: What If?
By Grooming Business in a Box®
The movement toward phasing in a
$15 hour minimum wage has
gained some ground. We are not
predicting it soon, and it would
phase in over several years.
Talk of a $15 minimum wage
reminded us of the wage disparity
issues in our industry. Groomer
wages is the most misunderstood
financial aspect of grooming. In
fact, we wrote an entire book on
groomer wages!
Most of us know wages are the
highest operating expense of
staffed grooming businesses. But
what about the anomalies of wage
systems? One anomaly alone may
be a solution for the impact of a
$15 minimum wage. Bear with us.
Imagine two grooming businesses
in the same town nearly identical in
every way. Assume they charge
identical grooming prices, and their
wage rates are identical.
Commission groomers are paid
50%, and if they employ bathers
they are paid $10/hour.
Now pretend they can both groom
the same pets at the same prices.
It would seem their net operating
profit for this special day would be
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equal. But it isn’t. How is that
possible? The answer must be
wage rates. But no, we said they
were identical.
The answer is the staff structure.
One has few or no bathers. As a
result they pay 50% commission
groomers to do “bath-only” pets
that could be done with quality and
safety by very skilled pet bathers.
The payroll savings from hiring pet
bathers remains strong even when
you pay bathers above minimum
wage. Payroll and related taxes
savings can easily lower operating
expenses by 10% a day or more.
Realize these savings are not from
pay cuts, but smart staffing.
It is ironic that pet bathers
represent such a major contribution
to the profitability of the grooming
industry, but they earn the lowest
wages, and sometimes respect.
What does this have to do with the
$15 minimum wage? Quite a bit.
We asked 108 grooming business
owners with staff who would be
most affected in their operations if
they had to pay a $15 minimum
wage. The survey results were:
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Pet Bathers: 62%
Pet Groomers: 9%
Both Bathers and Groomers: 21%
Neither (already pay over $15 hr): 7%
Everyone (close business): 1%
It comes as no surprise that
bathers was the most popular
answer. They already earn the
lowest wage levels. However, there
are also groomers being paid less
than $15 an hour across the U.S.,
and they would have their wages
boosted too. Seven percent of
owners said both groomers and
bathers were making $15 an hour
or more, and actually $32 was the
highest rate.
Some owners make the mistake of
thinking that by paying by
commission they are relieved of the
$15 minimum wage issue. Not so.
Groomers paid by commission
should still be earning at least
federal and state minimum wage.
What would thousands of owners
not presently paying bathers (and
sometimes groomers) a $15
minimum wage do? The most
obvious answer is to raise prices.
They will have to reexamine
operating costs and look for
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reductions that do not affect safety
and quality. But do we have some
magical answer? We think so. It will
work for many and allow them to
maintain pricing competitiveness
by not having to raise prices more
than others. It involves bathers.
Staffed operations without bathers
can meet the increased payroll
costs of the $15 minimum wage by
establishing bathing departments.
Immediate savings will absorb the
impact. It must be executed
thoroughly. In our business no full
charge groomer ever did bathing.
Pro quality bathers making above
average wages did every bath, and
start-to-finish on bath-only pets.
For decades we have proved
something groomers may laugh at,
or snap! Owners can make
significantly more profit from pet
bathers compared to groomers. In
many staffed shops the profit boost
is in the tens of thousands of
dollars pet year, and it works even
when you pay top wages to bathers!
We need them both, but profit
levels are highest by pet bathers
doing bath-only services compared
to the profit derived from groomers
doing full grooms. Every bath-only
done by a full-charge drains profit.
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Why then is there such a disparity
in wage levels between groomers
and bathers across the entire
grooming industry? Certainly
groomers are justified in earning
more from expertise and lesser
available skills. Smart staffing
justifies better bather wages.
Grooming business owners need
not fear the $15 minimum wage.
Look how this company did it by
offering $15 wages now without
resorting to high grooming prices.
See the illustration on the next
page.
There are 12 bath-only pets to be
groomed. The business employs
highly-skilled pet bathers capable
of pre-bath needs, nails, ears,
bathing and drying. They have skills
to scissor perfectly around feet,
trim hairs between pads, Poodle
feet, and even do Poodle faces for
“touch up” baths. They can deshed
coats, and use thinning and
blending shears to touch-up.
Finishing touches including buns
and bows.
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PET GROOMER
SKILLED PET BATHER
Start-to-Finish Grooming, No Bather Help
Brush, Bath, Dry, Nails, Ears, Touch-Up
50% Commission
Same Grooms, Same Prices
$15.00 an Hour Minimum Wage
Same Grooms, Same Prices
12 Bath-Only Pets in 8 Hours
12 Bath-Only Pets in 8 Hours
Bath-Only Pet 1
$30
Bath-Only Pet 2
$28
Bath-Only Pet 1
$30
Bath-Only Pet 2
$28
Bath-Only Pet 3
$40
Bath-Only Pet 4
$36
Bath-Only Pet 3
$40
Bath-Only Pet 4
$36
Bath-Only Pet 5
$28
Bath-Only Pet 6
$65
Bath-Only Pet 5
$28
Bath-Only Pet 6
$65
Bath-Only Pet 7
$38
Bath-Only Pet 8
$36
Bath-Only Pet 7
$38
Bath-Only Pet 8
$36
Bath-Only Pet 9
$39
Bath-Only Pet 10
$28
Bath-Only Pet 9
$39
Bath-Only Pet 10
$28
Bath-Only Pet 11
$34
Bath-Only Pet 12
$30
Bath-Only Pet 11
$34
Bath-Only Pet 12
$30
TOTAL SALES OF GROOMING SERVICES
TOTAL SALES OF GROOMING SERVICES
$432
$432
TOTAL GROSS COMMISSION WAGES
TOTAL GROSS HOURLY WAGES
$216
$120
TOTAL ADJUSTED SALES
$216
+ $96
Difference
TOTAL ADJUSTED SALES
$312
Even Paying Bathers $15 Hour Minimum Wage
REDUCES Gross Payroll Wages $96 a Day
for Businesses Where Bath-only Pets
are Groomed by 50% Commission Groomers
Annual Payroll Reduction $24,960 *
Why not convert to this staff structure and bath-only
grooming assignment system now?
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Bathers in this illustration are paid $15 an hour, the scary potential
minimum wage of the future for thousands of today’s business owners.
The illustration proves that bathers properly assigned all of the bath-only
pets reduced gross wages by $96 a day. Otherwise the $96 would have
entirely gone to the 50% commission pet groomers. Did we cheat the
commission groomers? No! They got their 50%. We are simply saying
keep them busy with full groom pets.
Today we hear many owners fearful of a $15 minimum wage. They do not
know this information, or will not implement it thoroughly and
consistently? We repeat, the $96 a day savings, even when paying
bathers $15 an hour, results from not having 50% or more commission
groomers do bath-only pets. There is no other secret formula.
Leave full-groom assignments to the pet groomers. If you annualize daily
savings of $96 for a business open five days-a-week, total annual savings
is about $25,000 a year. The entire $25,000 belongs to the business
owner without cutting wage levels. No one is suffering from pay cuts to
create these savings. It is simply smart staffing and grooming
assignments. Train pro quality bathers. In this way, you may not even have
to raise to meet $15 minimum wage demands. The industry can easily
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HEAT!
What Difference Does it Make?
by Debi Hilley
I was asked to write an article for this
issue of PetGroomer.com Magazine
about heated dryer awareness. I admit I
have previously written on this topic
many times. So I pondered how do I
avoid redundancy? Two incidents happened this week that answered my
question. Saturday morning, Billy
Hodges, my groomer, arrived at the
shop frazzled from an incident the night
before. He is a professional handler and
has client dogs as well as his own dogs
he houses in a kennel building adjacent
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to his house. His building for the dogs is
air conditioned to maintain an interior
temperature of 72°F-74°F degrees
even during our hot as blue blazes summers in Southwest Georgia.
Recent high temperatures have not
fallen below 97°F for over two weeks.
Heat indexes have been 110°F or
higher during the hottest parts of the
day (2 to 6 p.m.).
Billy’s air conditioner quit working between noon (when his partner went to
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work) and 6 p.m. Upon arriving home
around 6 p.m. Billy went to let the dogs
outside. To his surprise the building
temperature was 104°F even with regular ventilation.
The dogs were generally overheated, lying on their sides trying to cool off.
Cockers in full coat were slobbery down
to their feet. The Toy Fox Terriers were
not bouncing as usual to greet Billy. He
immediately let them outside (where it
was cooler than inside by at least 10°
F). He wet them down with a chamois
soaked in cool water and forced them
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into pools of cool water to speed the
cooling process.
Thankfully his dogs quickly recovered.
There was no loss of life. The building
has a new air conditioner now. Billy is
researching heat detection alarms in
case the air conditioning should quit
again in the future.
Personally I had a similar situation at
my grooming shop three years ago
while I was vacationing at Disney with
my grandchildren. The young girl watching my dogs (we had moved them to the
shop for the ease of caring for them) entered the shop to find it had lost half of
its electricity because one meter pole
had burned up. She found a note from
the light company stating she had three
hours to make repairs or they would
shut off power. In the meantime there
had not been adequate power to run the
air conditioning. The shop temperature
was now in the upper 90’s. The heat detector in the kitchen was going off, and
so was the power outage alert. Not only
that the alarm company was calling.
We managed to get in touch with my
landlord and they got an electrician out
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to fix it after hours on a Saturday. No
one was injured but I was ever so grateful for Ashley handling this in a way that
prevented major problems. She went
out of her way to stay and make sure repairs were done and all the dogs were
in good care.
Unfortunately things do not always end
well when air conditioners break. This
past weekend there was a related tragedy at an AKC show in Roseland, Indiana. A handler’s air conditioning unit
failed and so the did her alarms. Thirteen Golden Retrievers and one German
Shorthair Pointer perished in her show
truck while she was (according to her)
taking a nap.
The related article in Dog Show Tragedy
reported the air conditioning circuit
breaker had tripped. As a result the
dogs died of heat exhaustion in a very
short period of time from the extreme
heat outside. This incident was an accident. It could have been avoided with
common sense safety measures most
professional handlers use daily. However, I am not going to debate the tragedy. What does all of this have to do
with grooming?
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Every day groomers have to take temperature into account in their grooming
environments. I regularly hear questions
like these on forums and in groups.
How hot is too hot to safely groom
dogs?
 What temperature justifies shutting down and calling owners to
pick up their pets?
 At what point is it too hot for a
mobile groomer to be on the
road?
The simple answer is, “If you are hot the
dogs are hot” (unless you are a woman
of a certain age who is hot all the time).
The simplicity of this answer may or
may not be practical. The Georgia State
Dept. of Agriculture (they monitor and
license grooming shops) states 85°F is
too hot for dogs not acclimated to this
temperature range. In my opinion that
is too hot. Corporate grooming salons
have orders to shut down if interior temperatures exceed 80°F.

My rule of thumb is, “If the dogs are
panting it is too hot.”
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tral air as well as two window units. We
can control the temperature in the bathing/drying room and the actual grooming room. My salon’s building was originally a house later converted to commercial use about 30 years ago. I realize many groomers may not have this
option, but when renting or buying property for their businesses, ensure the air
conditioning is adequate to maintain
safe temperatures. If possible add
some window air conditioner units. If
the system is not adequate, and you
choose to rent or buy, plan to upgrade
the system immediately before you go
into operation.
At this point while writing this article it
occurred to me that I could easily tie its
message into the original subject of
heated cage drying.
If the temperature of the salon can be
no higher than 80°F to avoid crabby,
uncomfortable groomers, or worrying
about the comfort and safety pets in
our care, then why on earth is it acceptable to leave a dog in a kennel dryer
with 80°F air blowing into it? Or how
about external heated dryers pointed at
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cages blowing air into them as high as
175°F? It does not make sense.
In my opinion it is not acceptable. Using
heated dryers also raises the temperature of grooming areas. You increase
the risk of overheating as the room gets
hotter, and there may be no other ventilation.
Every year I write about this heated
cage dryer awareness topic, and every
year pets die because dryers malfunction or safety measures are ignored.
The handler involved in the show truck
tragedy did not mean for her dogs to
die. NO ONE means for pet tragedies to
happen. But they can and do happen.
Why take a chance with a piece of
equipment that has proven over and
over again to be deadly for pets?
In a perfect world, kennel dryers would
only produce air under 90°F, and they
would only be used by trained professionals who completely understand the
dangers they pose. Also, professionals
would follow appropriate safety measures including constant monitoring.
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fortunately far from reaching these ideals.
I understand accidents happen. Malfunctioning equipment such as what
happened to Billy and myself do happen. We can be prepared, and I encourage you to be. The point is this. There
are potential accidents groomers can
significantly avoid. In particular, I point
out heated cage dryers. Not in my shop.
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About the Author
Debi Hilley has written articles for the GroomTeam USA newsletter, NEPGP newsletter, the
Groomer's Gazette and publishes her own
website, Grooming Smarter. Some of the topics she covers include wet clipping, dematting, using snap-on combs and grooming the
Cocker Spaniel. Debi has written a book on
CD for dematting and another for Teddy Bear
head styling. Currently she is writing another
book for every day pet grooming styles for
use in the salon. Click the banner below to
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Canine Clippers Grooming School (VA)
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Cindy’s Canine Companion Grooming Classes (PA)
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Clip Shoppe Dog Grooming School (NJ)
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Dapper Dawg School of Prof. Grooming (MA)
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Dog Grooming School of Pennsylvania
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Golden Paws Pet Styling Academy (FL)
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Golden Paws Pet Styling Academy (NY)
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Golden Paws Schools
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Groomadog Academy (SC)
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Groomer Training Center (PA)
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John Paul PetSchool (CA)
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Just Four Paws Academy of Pet Styling (PA)
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Michigan School of K9 Cosmetology
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Nanhall Professional School of Grooming (NC)
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O.C. Academy of Pet Styling (CA)
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Oregon Pet Grooming Academy
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Paragon Pet Grooming School (MI)
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Pets Playground Grooming School (FL)
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South Carolina School of Dog Grooming
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Texas Allbreed Grooming School
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blades fit any brand of A-5 clippers. What
blade sizes. MostPublications
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blades have similar sizes, but how they perform varies. Manufacturers must use design differences in order to avoid patent and copyright
infringement. The most common difference between brands is the blade thickness. Similar manufacturer sizes may cut at different heights. You could
be in for a surprise if you change brands of the same size blade only to discover the cut is different! For your convenience Jeff at Northern Tails
Sharpening prepared the multiple manufacturer reference charts below for blades and snap-ons. Be sure to check Jeff’s web site at
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Clipper Blade Cutting Heights by Manufacturer
BLADE
SIZE
BLADE
CUT
MASTER
GRM.TOOLS
LAUBE
WAHL
KLEAN
CUT
OSTER
ANDIS
#
Inches
MM
MM
MM
MM
MM
MM
50
1/125
0.2
0.2
0.5
0.2
0.2
0.2
40
1/100
0.3
0.3
0.6
0.1
0.3
0.3
35
3/50
—
—
—
—
—
0.4
30
1/50
0.5
0.5
0.8
0.2
0.5
0.5
15
3/64
1.2
1.0
1.3
1.0
1.2
1.2
10
1/16
1.6
1.5
1.8
1.5/1.6
1.0
1.5
10W
3/32
2.4
—
—
—
—
—
9
5/64
2.0
2.0
2.0
1.5
1.0/2.0
2.0
8.5
7/64
2.8
2.8
—
—
2.0
2.8
7
1/8
3.2
3.2
4.0
3.2
3.0
3.2
5
1/4
6.4
6.4
6.0
6.3
6.0
6.3
4
3/8
9.5
9.6
8.0
9.5
9.0
9.5
3
1/2
12.7
13.0
10.0
12.0
13.0
12.0
5/8HT
5/8
15.9
16.0
—
—
—
16.0
3/4HT
3/4
—
—
—
—
—
19.0
T-84
3/16
—
—
—
—
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Snap-On Comb Sizes & Cut Lengths by Manufacturer
COMB
SIZE
LAUBE SELF ADJ
& X-LARGE
WAHL
STAINLESS STEEL
MDC ROMANI
OSTER
UNIVERSAL
MILLERS
FORGE
#
Inches
MM
MM
MM
MM
1/16
1/16
1/8
1/8
1/4
1/4
1/2
3/4
9/16
1/2
3/4
3/4
0
7/8
5/8
5/8
1
5/8
1/2
1/2
1
5/8
1 1/4
1 1/4
1 1/2
1/2
2
3/8
3
5/16
4
3/16
3/8
3/8
7/16
1/2
3/8
3/8
5/16
5/16
1/4
3/16
5
1/16
1/8
1/16
A
1
3/4
B
1 1/4
C
1 1/2
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