Jon Eakes

Welcome to Jon

The banner head photo above is what the seasons usually look like in the Montreal area, starting six months back from today. Weather defines housing. Click the photo and it will play again.


Live interactive web broadcasting

Join Jon in his interactive web studio for an hour of live chat and demonstration about your home improvement questions.  These broadcasts complement the regular radio shows by concentrating on visuals – your photos, real products, resources on the web, videos.   People join Jon live on the web by chat, by phone or even through video conference visits to their project sites to discuss solving their problems.  Check the broadcast schedule for the next live broadcast, or watch the last broadcast in replay anytime at

Live hotline radio

You can ask Jon your questions directly, or just listen to Jon on the radio every Saturday morning 9-10am Eastern time on  You can listen to archives of all the radio shows by clicking ON RADIO in the column to the left.  Here you will also find hotlinks to more information about the questions you raised on the radio.

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Learning Curve Videos

See in-depth detailed videos on specific tools or techniques by clicking on the Learning Curve tab at the top of the page.

How Does The Weather Affect Your Project?

Check the Weather tab at the top of the page to see weather restrictions related to using renovation and maintenance products.

A Real Search Section

Use any of several search functions to quickly locate the details you need buried within the thousands of pages and hundreds of videos on this site. Just click on the Search tab above and choose the way you like to search.

Who Is Jon Eakes?

New to this site? Then let me introduce you to Jon Eakes.

After over 38 years as a prime mover in the field of home renovation — from hosting the first national home renovation TV show in North America, to a diverse career in radio and TV broadcasting, to his industry-leading work with regulatory, corporate and government agencies — Jon Eakes is still most interested in spreading knowledge about ‘the important basics’ — the fine details (and sometimes extended discussion!) the other guys leave out. Jon helps homeowners and trains contractors.

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