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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Install a New Toilet in Place of an Old-Fashioned One May 28, 2020

Dear James: I want a quieter, more modern toilet for my master bathroom. These toilets are more expensive, so I must install it myself. Is this a difficult DIY project? — Donna M. Dear Donna: Installing a new toilet is a do-it-yourself project ... Read More

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Replace Interlocking Weatherstripping for Airtight Seal May 21, 2020

Dear James: My front door needs new weatherstripping. Years ago, our doors had more durable interlocking seals. Can I install this type of seal on the wood doors of my house? — Ted N. Dear Ted: Most of the weatherstripping on wood doors today i... Read More

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Adding a Dormer Can Brighten Up a Small Attic Room May 14, 2020

Dear James: I use my dark attic just for storage, but the underside of the gable roof is low. I think adding a dormer would help a lot. What is a good plan to build one? — Steph T. Dear Steph: In addition to providing more headroom, dormers can... Read More

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Consider What Might Be Needed Years From Now When Planning Wiring May 07, 2020

Dear James: We have computer and electronic cables everywhere. When we build our new house, how should we plan the cables inside the walls to avoid this mess? — Bret H. Dear Bret: It is very difficult to plan exactly when new electronics are co... Read More