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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Upgrade Your Windows and Doors With New Wood Trim Jun 24, 2021

Dear James: Our window and door trim are looking dull, worn and scratched. They are beyond just refinishing. What are the steps to removing and replacing the old wood trim myself? — Colleen W. Dear Colleen: It is surprising how much window and ... Read More

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Match the Color and Profile of New Cabinets to Old Ones Jun 17, 2021

Dear James: We remodeled our kitchen, but we love our stained wood cabinets and some need new doors. How can we match the color and edge detail on the new doors with the old ones? — Ted G. Dear Ted: The detailing and stained natural wood on som... Read More

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Add a Softer Layer Over Your Patio and Deck for Comfort Jun 10, 2021

Dear James: My old deck and patio have gotten worn and rough over the years. Instead of having expensive repairs done, are there comfortable, durable coverings I can put over them? — Cheryl T. Dear Cheryl: Deteriorated deck and patio surfaces c... Read More

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Use Box Ceiling Beams for Accents When Opening Up a Floor Plan Jun 03, 2021

Dear James: We are empty-nesters and plan to combine rooms for a more open floor plan. Box beans would look nice for some separation. What are some tips for adding box beams to the ceiling? — Nick K. Dear Nick: Most modern homes have more open ... Read More