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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Create a Dining Area Within Another Room Jul 02, 2020

Dear James: For our starter home, we are considering a dining area instead of a dining room to save money and floor space. What are some good design ideas for this concept? — Rick B. Dear Rick: With today's lifestyles and high building costs, e... Read More

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Select Proper Joint Design for Wood Projects Jun 25, 2020

Dear James: I am pretty handy with DIY projects around my house, so I want to make kitchen cabinets. What types of wood joints are good for cabinets and other projects? — Cathy J. Dear Cathy: Making your own kitchen cabinet can be a real money-... Read More

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Replace an Outdoor Faucet Yourself Jun 18, 2020

Dear James: Last winter, I forgot to turn off the water to an outdoor faucet, and the pipe split. How do I install one of the freeze-safe ones, and do they work? — Kerri J. Dear Kerri: I think everyone has forgotten to shut off the water to an ... Read More

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Outfit Your Toolbox With the Most Useful Hand Tools Jun 11, 2020

Dear James: I just bought my first house, and it needs some light repairs, but I don't have any tools. I am a petite build. What are some of the must-have hand tools for my new toolbox? — Tina D. Dear Tina: No matter how many hand tools you get... Read More