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Snow Cable Chains


Veteran Tahoe travelers know that tire chains, also known as tire cables, are sometimes necessary when crossing the mountain passes in winter. These are sold by the pair and help car or truck tires get more traction in conditions where snow and/or ice have accumulated on the road. Four-wheel-drive and all-wheel-drive vehicles with snow tires used to be exempt from chain controls, but no longer. All vehicles must now carry chains to enter a chain control area.

Our Cobra™ cable chains feature tough carbon-steel rollers that provide traction and long wear. The low-profile steel rollers allow increased tire-to-road contact, resulting in better stability, plus a considerable reduction in noise and vibration, and they are galvanized for rust prevention.

All Cole Hardware locations stock four of the most popular size cables for cars (Skus 818818–21, $46.99–$49.99) and a popular truck size (Sku 818822, $99.99). Just bring in your specific tire size as set forth by the ISO metric tire code. Virtually all tires have this information molded into the sidewalls, or you can refer to the factory specs for tires if the tires have not been changed on your car since you purchased it.


What if we don’t carry your size? No worries! We can special order the chains for you. Just come in with your tire size by Monday, and if we don’t have the size you need, we’ll order them and have them in our store for you by Thursday of that week.

IMPORTANT! If you buy a pair of Cobra cable chains, you must use a pair of tensioners with them. These are essentially six small, rubber, bungee-type cords bound by a circular rubber piece in the center, and come two to a bag. (Sku 818823, $12.99) This is an integral part of the Cobra system and cannot be omitted.

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Dyson® Pure Cool Link™ Air Purifier and Fan

Dust is a part of City living, unfortunately, and dusting can be a difficult task to stay on top of. Get some help with the sleek Dyson Pure Cool Link, which removes 99.97% of allergens and pollutants as small as 0.3 microns. A 360° glass HEPA filter captures ultra fine particles from the air, including pollen, bacteria, and pet dander. The Pure Cool Link automatically monitors, reacts, and purifies air. It then reports to your Dyson Link app, so you can remotely control your environment. Increase the airflow speed for cooling in warmer weather. Safe and easy to clean with no fast-spinning blades or awkward grills, and it oscillates to project and circulate purified air across the room. Engineered for night-long purification, the built-in sleep timer can be set for up to 9 hours. (Sku 624003, $499.99)

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Benjamin Moore® 2017 Color of the Year

Influenced by fashion, home furnishings, and fine art across the globe, the color researchers at Benjamin Moore have named Shadow as their color of the year for 2017. The royal amethyst hue hints at allusiveness and has an aura of mystery. Shadow can be used to create a dramatic room or as a standalone shade for a stunning accent wall. Pick up a copy of Color Trends 2017 at any Cole Hardware paint department, a corresponding palette of 23 sophisticated hues, ranging from muted pales to saturated deep tones that celebrate the impact of light on color.



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Meet Andrew: Master Electrician and More!

Master electrician Andrew earned his title through the old-school tradition of apprenticeship. In 1985, he began pursuing his fascination with all things electrical by signing on with master electrician Jon. Under Jon’s tutelage, Andrew learned theatrical lighting, both residential and commercial electrical, and the special ins and outs of knob and tube wiring in San Francisco’s famous Victorians. To this day, Andrew lives and breathes knob and tube, claiming “if the system hasn’t been ‘remuddled,’ it has a proven track record of being a very safe wiring method.”

In addition to providing general electrical services, Andrew is skilled at troubleshooting electrical quandaries. He brings a highly developed sense of esthetics to lighting design, which is informed by his background in theater. Creativity comes naturally to Andrew, and his lifelong pursuit of music took him all over the world as a founding member of ROVA, the Bay Area–based saxophone quartet with whom he has toured extensively and has recorded more than a dozen albums.

Andrew’s current musical activities include live music for film (Reel Change) and playing with the improvisational music ensemble Howling Ray and the Bent Tones, which he also records in 7.1 surround sound. Which brings us to another of Andrew’s passions and talents: audio/visual and surround sound. He loves bringing his expertise into people’s homes via designing, installing, and calibrating a whole-house sound or theater system. As well as being licensed as an electrician, Andrew is a Denon trained and certified custom installer. Whatever the size of your space, it can always sound more fabulous!

Andrew is an avid bird watcher, and he volunteers his electrical services at the San Francisco Charlotte Maxwell Clinic, which provides free cancer treatment for low income women. He is delighted to have joined forces with Cole Hardware, a business model he truly admires and believes in—one  that’s committed to enhancing the well-being of the neighborhoods it serves.

To reach Andrew for any electrical or sound projects in either San Francisco or Oakland, contact our Repair Referral Service at 415/753-2653 ext. 3  or

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Chinese New Year Happy Hour

Wednesday, January 25th
All Cole Hardware Locations
5:00 pm–8:00 pm

Join us as we ring in the Chinese New Year! Since it’s bad luck to clean on New Year’s Day according to Chinese lore, you can stock up on cleaning supplies to clean your home before January 28, the official New Year’s Day. Get all your cooking supplies for your fish and dumpling dinner. Or use your coupon toward ensuring good luck with a Mandarin orange tree.

We’ll be celebrating the Year of the Rooster with tea, fortune cookies, and of course our Cutting Edge wine! Please join us.


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Amy Howard at Home® Hands-On Workshop

Wednesday, January 18, 5:00 pm–7:00 pm
Russian Hill and Rockridge Locations • $10 (reimbursed with $10 gift card at class)

We’ve been raving about this paint for its ease of use and ability to transform furniture or cabinetry without stripping, sanding, or priming. Here’s your chance to see for yourself at our hands-on demonstration! Amy Howard at Home One Step Paint™  is a water-based paint that adheres to most any surface. Paint directly on old wood finishes, concrete, iron, stone, Formica, and more. It dries to the flat, chalky finish that we covet on antique pieces found at a Paris flea market or our favorite second-hand shops. Wax and dusting powder finish off the furniture for an authentic vintage look.

We will go through the painting, waxing, and dusting processes, and all materials will be provided. Register for the workshop at E-mail  or call 415/674-8913 ext. 4 with any questions.
We hope you join us for inspiration to take on a painting project at home!

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SOMA, We’ve Got You Covered!

With the opening of our new store on Ninth Street in western SOMA, we have the entire neighborhood covered for your convenience. Our legacy downtown store, formerly Fox Hardware, has been on Fourth Street between Mission and Market for close to one hundred years. And our new baby on Ninth Street will open its doors softly early this month.

Meet the Teams

Renato and Connie manage the downtown Fourth Street store. They are a great team keeping that store running smoothly and making it a neighborhood gem for locals, tourists, and the many businesses anchored in the area. In fact, just about every engineer working in the area shops at Cole Hardware, utilizing our special commercial sales desk in the back of the store. We have locksmith services here, too. Connie and Renato have been part of the Cole Hardware family for a combined 30 years. They began their careers with us when they were “kids.” Now, Connie has three of her own! Come in and say hello and experience the great customer service offered at our downtown store.





Chris and Jose are teaming up to manage our new store on Ninth Street. Chris, the new store manager, is moving to SOMA from our Cole Street store where he was the assistant manager. Jose was the assistant manager of the Mission Street store. Chris and Jose have been part of our Cole Hardware  family for a combined 15 years. The SOMA store will also house our commercial sales group, Cole Hardware Supplies . Cole Hardware Supplies  specializes in serving the needs of institutions, property management companies, and businesses all around the Bay Area. They will be a great addition to the store and the neighborhood, which is chock-full of businesses hungry for a convenient new hardware store!

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Weekend Tree Delivery!

Weekend Tree Delivery: $20

Tree Delivery

As always, our stores will have freshly cut trees available in a variety of sizes. We’re happy to deliver to your home for $20 on the weekends. Just arrange for delivery at the time of purchase, allowing for a two hour window.

We also have live potted trees, poinsettias, wreaths, garland, and other seasonal plants to make your home more festive.

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Ohh, Baby, Baby!

Cole Hardware Baby Onesies

Baby Onesie

What baby wouldn’t look adorable in a Cole Hardware onesie? These 100% cotton onesies are available in size 12–18 months. Send us your cherub’s picture donning one of our onesies, and we’ll feature it in the Hardware Hotline and send you a $5 gift card. (Sku 960690, $12.99)

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Wreath Workshop



Wednesday, December 14
5:00 pm and 6:00 pm Classes
All Locations • $10

Come and create a holiday wreath with us to adorn your door and warmly welcome guests! We will provide wire wreath forms and fresh Christmas tree branches to build the wreaths, along with a few accessories to customize your creation. We also offer a variety of lights and unique trinkets for sale to decorate your wreath with! The workshop is only $10 to register, which will be reimbursed to you after the class with a $10 Cole Hardware  gift card. We will have refreshments on hand, and children are welcome to attend with a parent. Please sign up at

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