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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Add a Simple, Dry-Type, In-Floor Heating System Sep 24, 2020

Dear James: We are remodeling a bedroom for my mother to live here. I would like a radiant floor-heating system under hardwood. Is a wet- or dry-type system best? — Johnny G. Dear Johnny: Radiant floor-heating systems are some of the most effic... Read More

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What Is the Best Type of Nail for Various Projects? Sep 17, 2020

Dear James: I got a new tool set and plan on doing some repair projects. I went to buy some nails, but the selection is overwhelming. What types of nails are best for various projects? — Alison R. Dear Alison: Selecting among the tremendous num... Read More

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Build a Garage Door for Odd-Sized Garage Sep 10, 2020

Dear James: I had a detached garage built with a somewhat rustic exterior decor and blew past my budget. I plan to make a sandwich-design garage myself. Is this a good DIY choice? — Michael T. Dear Michael: You can save a lot of money building ... Read More

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Make Old Tarnished Brass Bathroom Fixtures Look Like New Sep 03, 2020

Dear James: My master bathroom has some beautiful antique brass fixtures that have gotten tarnished over the years. What is the best way to clean them and maintain them tarnish-free? — Shari R. Dear Shari: Hopefully, you will be able to clean a... Read More