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    • Hello everyone,  We are a young expat couple from  Lithuania, living proudly in Sydney for two months. We bought the house in Alexandria suburb, and we desperately need reliable plumber and electrician. Some guys tell us about Glenco electrician from our suburb, but I need a few more options and reasons why. Also, we need a good plumber to fix some broken pipes near our pool before winter comes   Please help us, as we don't know anybody here.  Thank you!!
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