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The Best Way to Put Calcium in Garden Soil | Home Guides

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If your plants are showing signs of calcium deficiency, a soil additive can supply the missing nutrient. However, sometimes low levels of calcium in the soil aren’t to blame for plants’ deficiency symptoms. Your soil could contain plenty of calcium, but it isn’t available to the plants. A soil test can indicate whether your soil would benefit from additional calcium and which additive is best. Dig the additive into the soil before planting your plants.

How to Add Calcium to Garden Soil

Limestone or gypsum supply your garden soil with calcium. If your soil is acidic, adding limestone helps boost most vegetable crops by increasing alkalinity. For example, if your soil pH is below 5.5, add 2 to 3 pounds of dolomitic lime per 100 square feet to raise the pH. Apply to your local cooperative extension office for a soil test to determine its pH. Add the lime two

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Building a Handicapped Bathroom | Home Guides

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ADA requirements define preferred placement of items for comfort and ease of access.

ADA requirements define preferred placement of items for comfort and ease of access.

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One of the benefits of building a custom bathroom is that you can make it handicap accessible while using the Americans With Disabilities Act’s required minimum specifications as a guideline. This includes ADA guidelines for placement of the sink and toilet, doorway dimensions, clearance guidelines, and information for the location of grab bars and towel rails. Private residences do not have to adhere to the ADA guidelines, but you still may use them as a reference point when designing and building.

Rotating Space

Any area of the bathroom, from the main floor to the shower, should have at least 60 inches of clearance in all directions so the wheelchair and its user can move around freely. This is 60 inches off the face of finish components such as the sink edge, grab bars, the toilet,

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Examples of Capital Improvements | Home Guides

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Capital improvements are capital! Whenever you make improvements to your home that increase its value you are adding to the ledger of capital gains tax deductions you can make when you sell. The IRS considers a capital improvement something that not only adds to the home’s value, it prolongs the dwelling’s useful life or allows adaptation for new uses. The capital improvement is attached to the property. That means the installation of central air conditioning is considered a capital improvement, but interior decoration is not.

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Capital improvements are a balancing act. If you’ve owned your home for ten years and replaced the carpet 8 years ago that’s a capital improvement. But – if you removed that carpet and installed wood floors, only the wood floors count as a capital improvement. The improvement must transfer upon the sale of the house.

Making Repairs Vs. Capital Improvements

It’s essential to distinguish

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