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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Pull Together an Interior Design Team Jul 12, 2018

Dear James: I just bought a beautiful older home, but it is badly in need of redecorating and perhaps even moving some interior walls. My budget is not tight. What are the proper steps to modernize it? — Brooke A. Dear Brooke: Many older homes ... Read More

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A Rotten Mudsill Jul 05, 2018

Dear James: There were some drainage problems around my home (has siding) and the mudsill on top of the foundation is rotting. How can I repair the bad lumber so my house remains stable? — Jodi A. Dear Jodi: It sounds as though you have correct... Read More

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How to Properly Level a Patio or Walkway Jun 28, 2018

Dear James: I am going to build a brick patio adjacent to a small fish pond in my backyard. I plan to use a gravel and sand base for the bricks. What is the easiest way to get them properly leveled? — Charlie R. Dear Charlie: A brick patio and ... Read More