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Other stories by Jon Eakes

  • Special Report: Chimney Wars

    Backdrafting can be dangerous and even deadly. So don’t make the furnace and fireplace fight over scarce air.

  • How Retrofitting Can Hurt Bricks

    Canadian correspondent Jon Eakes explains how adding insulation to a brick wall or masonry foundation can do more harm than good—unless you deal with moisture movement first.

  • Sound Advice on Renovations

    During renovation is an ideal time to improve sound control in a building. Author Jon Eakes explains simple, inexpensive techniques for keeping rooms quiet.

  • Backfill: Caulking, Canadian Style

    Caulking, Canadian style.

  • Recipe for Heating Comfort: Mix It Well Over a Low Flame

    Jon Eakes reviews the basics of indoor humidity, explains what makes a heating system healthy and comfortable, and pre- views a new gizmo on the Canadian market that promises to change the way we think about electric heat: the silicone- controlled r

  • Some Little Known Tools of the Trade

    There are some truly innovative and helpful gadgets out there to make our jo bs easier, and Jon Eakes shares the ones he's found work well.

  • Fresh Air, No Drafts

    How to build an energy-efficient house with electric baseboard heating and preserve indoor air quality? Jon Eakes and his crew came up with a solution to the ventilation problem.