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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Minimize Risk From Lead Paint When Remodeling Jan 17, 2019

Dear James: I am planning to remodel a 50-year-old house, but want to retain as much original character as possible. Most of the woodwork needs refinishing. It may have some old lead paint. What should I do? — Joe D. Dear Joe: As your house is ... Read More

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Hang Your Own Kitchen Cabinets Jan 10, 2019

Dear James: I want to install new upper kitchen cabinets. I bet a friend I could do all the work myself, but now I am not sure. Is it possible for a medium-sized woman to handle this type of project herself? — Mary S. Dear Mary: Many projects s... Read More

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Keep Your Gutters Flowing With Regular Maintenance Jan 03, 2019

Dear James: From the ground, the gutters don't look dirty, but when it rains, water overflows and runs down the walls. I think it may discolor the siding. What is causing them to overflow and how can I fix it? — Karen J. Dear Karen: There are s... Read More