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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Replace Your Old Kitchen Countertops with Solid Surface Ones Sep 20, 2018

Dear James: My old kitchen countertops are scratched and discolored. I want to replace them with new synthetic solid surface countertops. Are these very durable and should I try to install them myself? — Melanie Y. Dear Melanie: If you like glo... Read More

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Install the Proper Type of Vapor Barrier Sep 13, 2018

Dear James: I am having a house built partially on a slab and on a crawl space. Is it necessary to install a vapor barrier under the concrete, and is this something I can do myself to save some money? — Eileen G. Dear Eileen: Even though concre... Read More

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Install Track Lights on the Ceiling for Better Lighting Sep 06, 2018

Dear James: I have some recessed lights in my living room ceiling. I would like to replace them with more contemporary track lights. Is this something I can do myself, and if so, how do I do it? — Ron H. Dear Ron: Track lighting is attractive a... Read More