You’re invited to our Builders EXPO+BBQ next Friday, May 17th. With over two dozen reps at the event, it’s a great way to talk a little shop, demo some tools and have a great BBQ lunch on us.

Serving Bay Area Building Professionals Since 1935

Ticket for Builders EXPO+BBQ

Our Builders EXPO+BBQ showcases over two dozen suppliers representing a range of products from sheathing and finishes to professional tools. It’s a great way to talk a little shop with the reps, demo some tools and have a great barbeque lunch on us.


Friday, May 17th

8am to 1pm
Lunch served 11:30 to 1pm


Builders EXPO+BBQ


FastenMaster - ProDriven Fasteners

Johnson Level & Tool Mfg.

Bosch Power Tools

Atlantis Rail Systems

Simpson Strong-Tie

OrePac Building Products - Tyvek

Messmers Natural Wood Finishes

Milwaukee Tools

Stiletto Tools

Imperial Saw Blades

Huber Engineered Wood

ZIP System Sheathing & Tape

Senco Pneumatics

BMD - Building Material Distributors

Makita Power Tools

Weyerhaeuser Rexwrap

Christiansen Fasteners

Max Pneumatic Tools

Paslode Pneumatic Tools


Penofin Wood Finishes

Sure Drive USA - Fasteners

Huttig – Fortifiber

Lippincott Fasteners

Signature Elete Nylon Carpenter Apron

Pro Framer’s ballistic nylon combo system


Crafted from super tough, double layered 1680D ballistic nylon fabric and heavy-duty top grain leather. Gusset design front pockets for easy access to nails and fasteners. Heavy-duty leather belt fits waist sizes 29 to 46 inches.


CLC 54531

Signature Elete Nylon Carpenter Apron


Get Two Free Hand Tools with purchase at the Builders EXPO+BBQ

Signature Elete Leather Carpenter Apron

Pro Framer’s heavy-duty leather combo system


Crafted from heavy-duty top grain leather with easy handle design for adjustment, storage, and carrying. Seven main pockets and nine smaller pockets provide complete versatility for carrying nails, fasteners and hand tools. Heavy-duty 3 inch wide leather belt fits waist sizes 29 to 46 inches.


CLC 21453

Signature Elete Leather Carpenter Apron


Get Two Free Hand Tools with purchase at the Builders EXPO+BBQ

7" Johnny Square

Buy an Apron, Get Two Free Tools


Purchase a CLC 54531 or CLC 21453 Carpenter Apron on Friday, May 17th and get two free tools to fill your pouch.


That’s right, we’re starting you off with two legendary tools — the 7" Johnny Square® from Johnson Level & Tool and the Da Bar 11" Nail Puller from Dalluge.

Dalluge Da Bar 11" Nail Puller
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Makita 18V LXT® Lithium‑Ion Brushless Cordless 1" Rotary Hammer

Cordless drilling in concrete with ergonomic design and user friendly functions


Powered by an energy efficient brushless motor delivering 50% longer run time with increased power and speed when you need it most. Convenient oversized trigger for two-fingers and four mode operation switch — rotation, hammering with rotation, chisel angle settings and hammering. Rotary hammer; 0-950 RPM, 4,700 BPM and 1.7 ft lbs of impact energy. 1" capacity, accepts SDS‑PLUS bits.


Makita XRH01Z (Tool only)

18V LXT® Lithium‑Ion Brushless Cordless 1" Rotary Hammer


Experience the world’s largest cordless tool system


From cabinet screws to lag bolts

Makita 18V LXT® Lithium‑Ion Brushless Cordless 3‑Speed Impact Driver

Tackle a variety of fastening applications with this compact impact driver from Makita. Electronic controls balance the brushless motors speed and torque for each application for more efficient fastening. Features include T-mode, which downshifts, reducing rotation and impact speed prior to driving the screw into place, minimizing screw thread stripping, breakage and damage to work. 3-speed power settings provide more control over a wide range of fastening tasks. Lightweight, ergonomic design, comfort grip and a pair of LED lights illuminate the work area.


Makita XDT14Z (Tool only)

18V LXT® Lithium‑Ion Brushless Cordless 3‑Speed Impact Driver


Learn more at our Builders EXPO+BBQ

Makita oscillating multi-tool (tool only)

Remodelers, carpenters and wood floor installers


This oscillating multi-tool from Makita delivers corded speed without the cord for a range of applications, including cutting, sanding, scraping, grout removal, and more. Features include a small diameter barrel grip for improved handling, a large on/off slide switch with lock-on button and engineered for reduced vibration and lower noise output. Variable speed control dial (6,000-20,000 OPM) enables user to match the speed to the application.


Makita XMT03Z (Tool only)

18V LXT® Lithium‑Ion Cordless Multi-tool

Makita HM1307CB 35 lb Demolition Hammer

Hard hitting power with a soft start and variable speed


This demo hammer delivers the most efficient transfer of energy for more power and longer tool life. Applications include breaking up concrete and heavy structural demolition, landscape and trench work, trench and footing compaction with tamper plate, asphalt removal, driving ground rod and tent stakes. Includes bull point, tool case with wheels and accepts 1-1/8” bits.


Makita HM1307CB

35 lb Demolition Hammer

Makita HM1307CB 35 lb Demolition Hammer on the job site
Milwaukee bandsaw blades

We now carry Milwaukee Band Saw Blades


Milwaukee portable band saw blades are designed to maximize performance of any portable band saw that takes a 44-7/8" blade. Milwaukee Standard and Deep Cut Band Saw Blades deliver long tooth life and exceptional durability in metal-cutting applications, including strut, conduit, angle iron, copper tube, threaded rod, and pipe. The Milwaukee rep will be on hand to answer your questions at the Builders EXPO+BBQ.


New Products


ZIP System Sheathing and Tape


An easy-to-install sheathing solution designed with an integrated water- and air-resistive barrier that streamlines the weatherization process.

Sealing window opening in a ZIP System building
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We are starting to carry a revolutionary structural sheathing system that streamlines the weatherization process with an integrated air- and water-resistive barrier. The ZIP System is a revolutionary approach to building envelopes; one that offers durable structural performance combined with moisture and air protection in an easy-to-install sheathing system.


Two-step installation eliminates the need for housewraps and felt for an energy-efficient building envelope.


See for yourself, check out the ZIP System at our Builders EXPO+BBQ and meet Jeremy Wright of Huber Engineered Woods who will show you just how easy this product is to install.

Single family home showing ZIP System
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San Francisco Cable Car

Finally as we climb halfway to the stars in those little cable cars, did you ever wonder how do they stop?


When engaged with the cable, San Francisco’s famed Cable Cars travel at 9.5 mph whether it’s uphill or downhill. And besides relying on the cable for downhill braking, cable cars have three braking systems; metal wheel brakes, track brakes and the emergency brake.


You know the track brakes are simple fir blocks situated between the wheel sets. When the gripman pulls back on the brake lever these 2' long softwood blocks are pressed into the cable car track and produce enough friction to stop the car and smoke from the heat and pine resin grease. They wear out quickly since they are made of wood and need to be replaced every three days.


Track brakes are milled out of high quality Monterey fir without any moisture, knots or defects, and each car requires four brakes. With over two dozen cable cars in service on any one day, we’ll let you do the math. Hope to see you at the Builders EXPO+BBQ.

Wood cable car track brake
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Serving Bay Area Building Professionals Since 1935


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