for Cold Climate Housing and much more

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.

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.

Latest Database Entries

Updated at Monday, December 17th, 2018

A draft free mail slot - a counter top garbage trap - a central vac sweep door:

Three of the most useful SLOTS you have ever seen.

  Slots are simply small passageways through something. In this segment we looked at three very nifty Slots -- all completely different.   THE INSULATED MAIL SLOT   How about a through the door mail slot that does not give you cold drafts? The Draft Dodger has two gasketed and spring load...

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.

Live interactive web broadcasting

For two years Jon has broadcast live from his own studio answering your questions.  You can see the archives of those shows at

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.

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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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.

This site looks simple, but scratch the surface and you will find the most extensive home improvement encyclopedia on the web with a special emphasis on cold climate housing. Want more about who is Jon Eakes? Click here.