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Two Water Heater Straps Are Enough

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Residential

LeDuc & Dexter's residential department recently installed this water heater with the two-strap QS-50 Holdrite bracing system, which is approved by the DSA.

Close-up of the Holdrite QS-50 bracing system with two galvanized steel straps and steel bolts.

LeDuc & Dexter's residential department
recently installed this water heater with the two-strap QS-50 Holdrite bracing system,
which is approved by the DSA.
(click image to enlarge)
 

Close-up of the Holdrite QS-50 bracing
system with two galvanized steel straps
and steel bolts.
(click image to enlarge)

Buying or selling a home is exciting for the new homeowner, the builder, the real estate broker and the seller, but there are always details, hurdles and sometimes glitches that can slow down the process and take some of the excitement out of the experience.

One of those details is the hot water heater or more specifically the straps that hold the hot water heater. "We have some home inspectors insisting on three water heater straps on all water heaters," says Jim Kempers, Residential Manager at LeDuc & Dexter, "they show the homeowner the state architecture book that says three straps, but the plumbing code book says two straps, which is what we go by for the 50 and 75 gallon hot water heaters that we install in just about every home we work on."

LeDuc & Dexter use Hubbard Holdrite QS-50 metal straps for their hot water heater installations. Neil Ross, sales representative for Hubbard Holdrite says, "Los Angeles, which is one of the toughest areas in California for codes and home inspections, has approved our QS-50 metal straps for water heaters up to 80 gallons. Two straps are required for the assembly and Los Angeles has approved the assembly ."

Ross also acknowledges that the Division of State Architects (DSA) has also approved this bracing system with two straps, "Holdrite was the first company to get approval for our metal straps from the DSA."

This issue has been a frustration for homeowners and LeDuc & Dexter because their residential department is installing the approved Holdrite bracing system with two straps and later being told by a home inspector that it needs three straps, "even when it's out of warranty," adds Jim Kempers.

Hopefully this article will shed some light on the approval of the Holdrite two-strap hot water heater bracing assembly used by LeDuc & Dexter and approved by the DSA.

 

Moshin Vineyards Ready For First Crush

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Wineries

Moshin Vineyards tasting room has barn wood siding.

Moshin Vineyards tasting room has barn wood siding.
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Technically speaking this is not the first crush for Moshin Vineyards, which has been making highly regarded premium wines for years. It is, however, the first crush at their new hillside facility that is being completed just in time to start checking the sugars in their new lab, which is part of the four-tier winery on Westside Road in Healdsburg.
 

Rick Moshin (pronounced m-ocean), winemaker and owner of the winery is overseeing the final stages of construction along with Cary & Associates Builders, Inc. , the general contractor on this design/build project. With the crush looming Moshin feels he has about a month before the grapes start coming in.

It always seems to come down to the wire on all winery construction projects that have a crush deadline and Moshin Vineyards, like all the others will definitely be ready to crush when the time comes. A few other wineries are also going to be crushing grapes at the facility. Custom crushing has been around for a long time and it seems to have been taken to an art form by newly built boutique wineries.
 

LeDuc & Dexter installed gas, water and air lines along wall, which are now behind wine tanks.

LeDuc & Dexter installed gas, water and
air lines along wall, which are now
behind wine tanks.
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Overhead piping and brackets designed and installed by LeDuc & Dexter.

Overhead piping and brackets designed and installed by LeDuc & Dexter.
(click image to enlarge)
 

Other recently built family or boutique wineries, such as Mauritson Family Winery, have custom crushed at other facilities until they built their own winery and then custom crushed for other small wineries at their facility. The former process allows growers to make wine without owning a winery and the latter process creates immediate cash flow without wine sales, which can help pay the construction and equipment costs.

Moshin Vineyards has invested in a top of the line mechanical area installed by LeDuc & Dexter's commercial department consisting of the boiler, hot water storage tank and combination air compressor/air dryer. LeDuc & Dexter built 6 hose stations with air, CO2 gas and water piping. The waste lines were installed at the beginning stages of what Bill Zeeb, LeDuc & Dexter Commercial Manager, describes as "a lengthy and tricky construction project".

White foam insulated hot water storage tank is flanked by boiler on right and air compressor/air dryer behind it with piping fastened to wall in mechanical area designed and installed by LeDuc & Dexter.

White foam insulated hot water storage tank is flanked by boiler on right and air compressor/air dryer behind it with piping fastened to wall in mechanical area designed and installed
by LeDuc & Dexter.
(click image to enlarge)
 

"Because of the narrow hillside building site it was tricky getting trucks and materials into the job and a lot of fill dirt was moved around to create a road around the winery. It took a lot of coordination by everyone to make it happen," added Zeeb. Just in time for the crush.

 

Rebuilding Together

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The Community

LeDuc & Dexter sponsored a home to repair with Sonoma National Bank for this Rebuilding Together project.

LeDuc & Dexter sponsored a home to repair with Sonoma National Bank for this
Rebuilding Together project.
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About five years ago Ron Marchand, the current President of Rebuilding Together in Santa Rosa, told Tom LeDuc about their non-profit organization that assists low-income residents with essential home repairs. "We've been involved ever since. We think it's a great idea – we're glad to be able to help out and be a part of it," says LeDuc, President of LeDuc & Dexter, Inc.
 

The homeowners look on amidst their belongings as their home is repaired.

The homeowners look on amidst their belongings as their home is repaired.
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LeDuc & Dexter along with 18 other companies sponsored homes this year that were in need of repair for low-income residents, who otherwise wouldn't be able to afford the repairs or do the work themselves. "Most of the people we help are also suffering from illnesses," says Diane Cox, Executive Director of Rebuilding Together in Santa Rosa.

LeDuc & Dexter sponsored a home along with Sonoma National Bank. "The wife was just returning home from the hospital after suffering a stroke when the house was completed," says Cox, "LeDuc & Dexter plumbers remodeled the bathroom with new fixtures and we had handicapped railings and grips installed in the bathroom also."

 

 

Not only did Sonoma National Bank sponsor the home, their staff members also volunteered to work on repairs.

Not only did Sonoma National Bank
sponsor the home, their staff members
also volunteered to work on repairs.
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This handicap-friendly ramp was added to assist entry to the home.

This handicap-friendly ramp was
added to assist entry to the home.
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The companies and volunteers that make Rebuilding Together successful are quite diverse. A number of banks are involved along with construction companies and organizations like the North Coast Builders Exchange, Lunardi Electric, Friedman Brothers, Simon & Brecht, Winslow & Kelly, and Adobe Associates. Mark Potter, an attorney, was the house captain on the home that LeDuc & Dexter worked on; he and other volunteers also participated in the repair project.


 

Rebuilding Together is a national organization with individually lead local chapters. The Santa Rosa Chapter repaired 12 homes last year, while the Petaluma Chapter repaired 43 homes last year. "The difference is, Petaluma gets funds from the city and we don't, so we have to rely on grants, volunteers and sponsors like the banks and companies like LeDuc & Dexter," says Cox.

"We are starting a sub-chapter in Sebastopol and we want to include the homes and families that live in the unincorporated areas of Sonoma County. With support from the community I'm confident that we will be able to do that," adds Cox.

Some areas in the interior of the home needed remodeling.

Some areas in the interior of the
home needed remodeling.
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Contents


AUGUST 2005
Featured Stories

Residential
Two Water Heater Straps Are Enough

Wineries
Moshin Vineyards Ready For First Crush

The Community
Rebuilding Together

Newsletter Archives
 

Credits


Editorial Credits
and
Contributors

Residential
LeDuc & Dexter Inc.
Jim Kempers, Residential Mgr.
Hubbard Holdrite, Inc.
Neil Ross, Sales
  Representative

Wineries
LeDuc & Dexter Inc.
Bill Zeeb, Commercial Mgr.

The Community
LeDuc & Dexter Inc.
Tom LeDuc, President & CEO
Rebuilding Together
Diane Cox, Executive Director

Writer
Mark Dommer
Dommer & Associates

Editor
Tom LeDuc
LeDuc & Dexter Inc.
 

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