About James Dulley

James Dulley

James Dulley

Columnist James Dulley answers readers' questions about building, remodeling or home-maintenance problems that range from paving a driveway to painting over wallpaper. Each column is accompanied by the related "Home How-To" graphic.

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How To Evaluate and Select a Building Lot Jan 23, 2020

Dear James: I am looking for a building lot. The nicest lots have already been taken in subdivisions. What should I look for in a lot, even if none of them appear to be perfect for my house? — Michael Y. Dear Michael: In many new subdivisions, ... Read More

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Keep Moisture out of Walls To Avoid Rotting Jan 16, 2020

Dear James: I am in the planning stage for a new home. My previous stucco home had serious damage for rotting lumber. What is the best way to avoid the same problems in the new home I am building? — Lynn R. Dear Lynn: By far, the majority of pr... Read More

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Refinish a Countertop to Look Like Real Granite Jan 09, 2020

Dear James: I have an old laminate kitchen countertop still in good shape. I want to refinish it myself so it looks like real granite. What options do I have? — Sandra N. Dear Sandra: There are several do-it-yourself refinishing kits you can bu... Read More

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Make a Room-Size Steam Room in Your Bathroom Jan 02, 2020

Dear James: I like sitting in the steam room after a workout at my health club. I know where to buy a small steam generator. Will I need to replace my bathtub, or can I just add some new glass doors? — Justin H. Dear Justin: A steam bath can be... Read More