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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Repair Potholes in an Asphalt Driveway Yourself Jun 13, 2019

Dear James: My asphalt driveway need some serious repairs. There are several potholes and dents in it. I know professional heated repairs are best, but what is the best way to repair it myself? — Tom K. Dear Tom: Asphalt driveways do require ma... Read More

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Design a Mudroom for Your Garage or Back Door Jun 06, 2019

Dear James: We are designing a new house. We have two children and think a mudroom between the garage and the kitchen would be nice. What is the best size to build, and what features should we consider for it? — Colin G. Dear Colin: A mudroom i... Read More

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Tile a Kitchen Countertop Backsplash May 30, 2019

Dear James: The area of the wall behind the countertop always gets messy, and the paint gets stained. I have seen some decorative tiled ones. Will tile hold up well there, and is this a simple do-it-yourself project? — Randi H. Dear Randi: The ... Read More