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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Repair Unsightly Drywall Nail Pops Jun 21, 2018

Dear James: My house seems to be well-built, but the heads on the drywall nails are popping out and they look terrible. How can I fix them and avoid them in a new room addition I am planning? — Rick H. Dear Rick: Nail pops can be particularly n... Read More

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A Safe, Strong House Jun 14, 2018

Dear James: I am making the beginning plans for a new house. I want a conventional house, but I want it to be extra strong for safety during storms. What are some building tips my builder should consider? — Ellen D. Dear Ellen: There are quite ... Read More

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Hardwood Floors Jun 07, 2018

Dear James: I installed some hardwood flooring several years ago in the foyer and now it has gaps between the pieces. I want to install it in the kitchen now. What should I do this time to avoid gaps? — Larry M. Dear Larry: Hardwood flooring ca... Read More