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Vanex PEX Tubing Has Advantages

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Residential


 

With commodity prices soaring upward, the construction industry has seen big increases in materials. This is true for plumbing contractors like LeDuc & Dexter, Inc. The price of copper tubing is way up due to the escalating price of copper. "Over the past six to eight weeks we've seen an increase of 100% in the price of copper," says Jim Kempers, Residential Manager at LeDuc & Dexter.

Jim Kempers, LeDuc & Dexter Residential Manager

JIM KEMPERS
LeDuc & Dexter Residential Manager
 

PEX piping is color-coded, blue for cold water and red for hot water.

PEX piping is color-coded, blue for
cold water and red for hot water.
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On the upside there is a solution. Reasonably priced Vanex Cross-Linked Polyethylene (PEX) piping can be used instead of copper pipe. LeDuc & Dexter's residential department has been using PEX, which is a product of Vanguard, for the past few years on a number of their projects. PEX meets building codes throughout Sonoma and Marin counties, with the exception of Petaluma, which still requires copper piping.


The Vanguard system includes Manobloc, a distribution manifold that can deliver hot water to any area of a house in ten seconds. The piping is color-coded, red for hot water and blue for cold water, and requires fewer fittings because of its flexibility. PEX is also quieter than copper. And then there is the price. "With PEX we've been able to keep our bids competitive," says Jim Kempers, "with copper piping the price for one home can be $1,000 more."

Toby Anderson, Leduc & Dexter Foreman, attaches flexible PEX piping to wall studs.

Toby Anderson, Leduc & Dexter Foreman,
attaches flexible PEX piping to wall studs.
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This Manobloc can deliver hot water anywhere in the home in 10 seconds.

This Manobloc can deliver hot water
anywhere in the home in 10 seconds.
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LeDuc & Dexter has used PEX for projects with many of the top builders in the area, including Christopherson Homes, Cobblestone Homes and Rivendale Homes.

 

Merryvale Vineyards
New Winery Moving Forward

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Wineries


Merryvale Vineyards' new home on Stanley Ave. off Hwy. 121 near Hwy. 29 in Napa County.

Merryvale Vineyards' new home on Stanley Ave. off Hwy. 121 near Hwy. 29 in Napa County.
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Construction of Merryvale Vineyards' new winery is moving forward. After an extended rainy season the building frame is now up. "We worked through the rainy season on the underground as much as possible," says Bill Zeeb, Commercial Manager for LeDuc & Dexter, "It was a little slow going because of all the water, but now we're able to move forward at full speed."



Andrews & Thornley, Inc. is the general contractor on the project. The 65,000 square foot winery is one of the biggest LeDuc & Dexter has ever worked on, "I would compare it in size to LaCrema Winery, which we worked on for Kendall-Jackson," says Zeeb. The number of hose stations is somewhat staggering at 65. By comparison a small boutique winery might have anywhere from six to ten hose stations.

The fermentation room has catwalks and piping to complete before the tanks are moved into place.

The fermentation room has catwalks and piping to complete before the tanks are moved into place.
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LeDuc & Dexter installed these water, air and gas lines in the fermentation room.

LeDuc & Dexter installed these water, air and gas lines in the fermentation room.
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"Right now we are doing a lot of piping," says Zeeb. Piping for hot and cold water, compressed air, CO2 gas and the boiler system is currently being installed. The winery has a large lab with a very sophisticated plumbing set-up to support de-ionized and reverse osmosis water systems, gas turrets and a vacuum system.

 

The winery will feature a boiler with a capacity of two million B.T.U.'s per hour. The crush pad will have numerous hose stations and air piping that will get its first test on or around September 1st, which of course is the estimated time of completion for Merryvale Vineyards' new winery and the unofficial start date for the crush of 2006.

LeDuc & Dexter is installing the first of 65 hose stations for the winery on this overhead catwalk.

LeDuc & Dexter is installing the first of
65 hose stations for the winery
on this overhead catwalk.
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LeDuc & Dexter has roughed in this large restroom.

LeDuc & Dexter has roughed in
this large restroom.
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Jeff Shank, LeDuc & Dexter Foreman, is supervising the project. LeDuc & Dexter's Bianca Perez cuts pipe in the background.

Jeff Shank, LeDuc & Dexter Foreman, is supervising the project. LeDuc & Dexter's Bianca Perez cuts pipe in the background.
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Helping the Homeless

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The Community


The HomeAid apartment project at 623 Aston Ave. in Santa Rosa.

The HomeAid apartment project at 623 Aston Ave. in Santa Rosa.
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LeDuc & Dexter, Inc. has lent a helping hand to a formidable project for the homeless in Sonoma County. It's the first North Bay project for HomeAid, a national building industry program that brings volunteers together to create low-cost temporary housing for homeless families. HomeAid helps homeless families make the transition from shelters to residential living in an overall plan to get them back on their feet and become self-sufficient.
 

Christopherson Homes and Cobblestone Homes headed the effort to build a 2.2 million dollar, 10-unit apartment complex on Aston Ave. in Santa that will be the home for 10 homeless families for up to a two-year period. Residences of the apartments will pay a portion of their income as rent. The apartments will be owned and managed by Community Action Partnership of Sonoma County, a Santa Rosa non-profit agency that provides transitional housing for homeless families.

The rear of the building has a parking area for the 2, 3 and 4-bedroom apartments.

The rear of the building has a parking area for the 2, 3 and 4-bedroom apartments.
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Plumbing contractors like LeDuc & Dexter donated time and/or materials to furnish kitchens for the project.

Plumbing contractors like LeDuc & Dexter
donated time and/or materials to furnish kitchens for the project.
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Christopherson Homes and Cobblestone Homes were captains on the project that saw them bring together more than 120 subcontractors and suppliers to make the project possible. About half of the development's value is in donated labor, materials and services. Ray Ambrosio, a manager at Christopherson Homes coordinated the project. "There are a lot of people who gave and they don't want acknowledgement," says Ambrosio, "That's pretty cool."



HomeAid's Northern California chapter has built five projects in Contra Costa, Santa Clara and Alameda counties and has two more projects currently under construction in Fairfield and Novato.

Keith Christopherson, co-founder along with his wife Brenda of Christopherson Homes, said he was happy with the response of the volunteers from the construction industry and would do another HomeAid project if he got the chance. 

Depending on their size the apartments have 1, 2 or 3 bathrooms.

Depending on their size the apartments
have 1, 2 or 3 bathrooms.
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A Santa Rosa Boy Scout troop assembled this playground in the rear area for the children who will live in the apartments.

A Santa Rosa Boy Scout troop assembled this playground in the rear area for the children who will live in the apartments.
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A banner thanks the donors for the HomeAid apartment project.

A banner thanks the donors for the
HomeAid apartment project.
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Contents


JUNE 2006
Featured Stories

Residential
Vanex PEX Tubing
Has Advantages

Wineries
Merryvale Vineyards New Winery
Moving Forward

The Community
Helping the Homeless

Newsletter Archives
 

Credits


Editorial Credits
and
Contributors

Residential
LeDuc & Dexter Inc.
Jim Kempers, Residential Mgr.

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

The Community
LeDuc & Dexter Inc.
Tom LeDuc, President & CEO

Writer
Mark Dommer
Dommer & Associates

Editor
Tom LeDuc
LeDuc & Dexter Inc.
 

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