for Cold Climate Housing and much more

Welcome to Jon

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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.

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“Ask Jon Eakes” for short but educational video clips.

Latest Database Entries

Updated at Sunday, January 16th, 2022

Why do plumbing washers have letters and numbers on them?

I don't really have an answer to the question, but I can help you to understand what they mean. We could find no plumber, nor plumbing manufacturer who could actually tell us the origin of the plumbing code for rubber washers. My guess is that it probably had something to do with the inside diam...

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.

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.