SBE Builders

Strong Built Establishments Builders

SBE Builders is a commercial and residential framing contractor located in Discovery Bay California. Dedicated to the art of Carpentery & Roof Framing. We are the professionals for the future of the craft of carpentry.

SBE Builders Commercial & Residential Framing

Systematic Construction Logic

With 35 plus years in the construction business SBE Builders can formulate coherent building procedures that optimize the entire structure, not just the rough frame of the building. The rough frame structural requirements for commercial and residential buildings in the San Francisco Bay Area, in seismic zones 3 and 4, require a good understanding of the construction sequences that effect the entire structure. With the current structural requirements of the IBC, UBC & CBC & San Francisco Bay Area Structural Engineers we are always researching new types of engineered wood products like LSL, LVL, OSL, SPSL, TJI, RFPI, SSI, CDX, OSB, AOSB, FRBOSB, PSL, GLB, 24F-V4, 24F-V8, IJC, MSR, VGL, LPI to see if the engineered wood products live up to their manufactures claims and warranties. OSB is great for roof sheathing, but what about the panel thickness swelling and the nail pop in OSB structural shear walls. It seems to us that the nail pop in OSB structural shear walls should reduce the allowable shear force in pounds per foot. But once it is covered we'll have to wait for the next earthquake to see if the nail pop in OSB makes any real difference.

We stay on top of structural requirements in our plans so we don't end up using the wrong type of framing material. As an example, we use Pac-Bor borate .42 pressure treated mudsill plates that are Built It Green approved, but are also compatible with the types of anchor bolts and holdowns installed by the concrete subcontractors. By using Pac-Bor borate .42 pressure treated mudsill we still need to use hot dipped galvanized nails (G185) for all attachments to the mudsill, but the anchor bolts and holdowns don't need to be hot dipped galvanized. However, it wouldn't hurt if they were hot dipped galvanized.

General Contractors who work with us on one project return to SBE Builders for all their future commercial and residential framing needs. A lot of framing contractors will say they take pride in their work, but our rough frames speaks volumes. City Building inspectors have called our rough frames awesome. Special inspectors have said our rough frame and structural hardware was installed by very competent carpenters. Structural engineers have used our RFI detail drawings in their structural plans. While other building inspectors have said that we should give framing seminars.

Enough hype. Take a look around our web site and decide for yourself. If you decide we're right for your project give us a call and we'll give you a bid for your stick frame, timber frame, fire insurance projects, structural I-Beam WF joist-rafters (100 sq. ft. to 50,000 sq. ft.), Commercial Tenant Improvements (TI) or residential remodel .

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SBE Builders
SBE Builders
5305 Laguna Ct.
Discovery Bay, California 94505
(925) 634-6022 • Fax: (925) 634-6022
Commercial & Residential Framing Contractor
Build it Green Framing Contractor
American Carpenter and Builder
California Licensed General Building Contractor
CA LIC.#  546126
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Roof Framing Geometry

  • Roof framing geometry is empirical-type knowledge.
  • Information gained by means of observation, experience, or experiment.
  • From ground Line 0: Z1, Z2, Z3 etc...
  • To Roof Axis 0: A1, A2, A3 etc...
  • To the bring back line 0 for scribing: B1, B2, B3 etc...

Roof Framing Geometry Blog

Rafter Tools for Android
With Quad Tetrahedra Analytic Algorithm Technology.
Helping apprentice carpenters on their journey to becoming master carpenters with Certification in roof framing.

Rafter Tools+ for iPhone

Rafter Tools+ is a rafter calculator for complex roof framing angles that other roof framing calculators don't offer.


Crown Molding Tools

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Carpenters Of Steel

Canadian & American Geometric Roof Framing Development
using a Steel Framing Square

Geometric Roof Framing Development for Irregular Hip Roof Calculations
using a Steel Framing Square

Geometric Development of Tetrahedron
using a Steel Framing Square

Hip Rafter Backing Bevel Angles from 1565 to 2013

Applied Geometry and Euclidean GeometryA lesson in Applied Geometry and Euclidean Geometry

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We're a member of the Timber Framers Guild

Timber Framers Guild

American College of the Building Arts, carpentry and timber framing programs.

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