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Ace is the place.

For many years we’ve been saying that, and for many years it’s been true. Hi, Brad Nale here to tell you that no less than ten times a day we here this in our stores: “I’ve been all over town looking for this, can’t believe you guys have it.”

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Got Radon?

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Here in the rocky mountain region, you probably do. Our area generally runs in the moderate to high potential when it comes to Radon gas.

What is Radon? I hear about it, but why should I care?

Radon is a colorless, odorless, naturally occurring gas which seeps out of the earth. Radon has been around, well basically, forever, but it’s only been in the last 25 years or so that we’ve come to really know a lot or care a lot about it. Why do we care about it? Because it causes lung cancer. In fact, it is the second leading cause of lung cancer and is responsible for thousands of deaths per year.

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What You Need to Know About Plumbing

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Got an older home? A mid-century modern that still has original plumbing? An early seventies tri-level? You may have a possible nightmare on your hands.

What I had is what you may have in your older home: A possible catastrophe caused by poor plumbing when they built the house.

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A Chip Off the Old Key Fob!

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Fob. What an odd word. In all my years of working in Ace Hardware stores I always wondered just why the little, often decorative, thing that goes on your key ring was called a fob. Well, I still do. There’s not a real direct origin for this word. So I guess I’ll just keep wondering. You may say, who cares, Brad? Well, think of this: You may well use a fob multiple times each day, and not even know it. This particular fob is the one that unlocks your car doors. Oh you mean the car door remote thingy! Yes, that thingy is the fob, and chances are you’re going to want a new one someday.

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This Winter is for the Birds!

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This Winter is for the Birds!

But the bird feeders at your local Ace Hardware store are not. Well, okay, actually the feeders are for the birds. I mean, what good would a bird feeder be if it wasn’t for the birds? Anyway, whether you’re trying to attract Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers, Clark’s Nutcrackers, Hoary Redpolls, Dickcissels, or Bananaquits, Ace is the place for the birds!

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Five More Projects for February

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Five MoreThings to do in February

It’s the middle of winter. The days are still short. You’re tired of cold & snow. Well, here are some simple projects that can make you feel better about your home.

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    Ring Smart Doorbell Now at Ace!

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    Knock, knock. Who's there?

    No, that’s not the start of a joke, but a real question.

    With all due respect to Paul McCartney, I think we may need to update his idea: Someone’s knocking at the door, someone’s ringing the bell, do me a favor, open the door and let ‘em in. In today’s world, I want to know who’s on the other side of my door before I open it and let them in.

    Okay, Brad, how should I do this?

    It’s easy, Ring.

    Yeah, I get it, ring the bell, but how does that tell me anything.

    No, not ring, Ring, the new smart doorbell!

    You’ve probably seen the ads for Ring by now. Someone comes to the door, rings your doorbell, and you can see and talk to them from your smart phone. Pretty cool! There are battery powered units or wired in units available. Both are easy to install, and they work with your home WiFi to connect to your phone. They really are a great idea. They’re way better than the old peepholes to tell who’s on the other side of your door. And you can tell who’s at your door, even if you’re not there.

    Your local Ace Hardware store also has a wide variety of other smart devices available.  

    Thermostats: We’ve got Nest, Honeywell and Lux available in a variety of styles and price ranges.

    Smoke & CO detectors: Nest & First Alert units alert your phone when there’s an emergency. Talk about adding peace of mind if you’ve got kids or pets at home, or travel a lot.

    Security Cameras: Several models that connect to your phone and let you see what’s going on when you’re not around.

    Switches, Timers & Power Strips: Connect electrical devices and lights to these devices from wion and turn them on from afar. Not only secure, but nice to come home to a well-lit home too!

    Light Bulbs: Smart bulbs than can be controlled from far away.

    Padlocks: No need for a key or a combo when you’ve got the new Master Lock smart padlock. Great for gyms or work lockers too.

    What good are smart devices if you feel you’re too dumb to figure them out? No problem, just come in and ask our helpful hardware folks for answers to your questions on these devices.

    These many devices are just the start of making your home smart. Check in to you Ace Hardware store from time to time and see what they’ve added. Thanks, and tell them Brad Nale sent you!

    Sorry if you’ve got that song stuck in your head now.    
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    How to Beat Cabin Fever

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    Happy winter everyone!

    Cabin fever setting in yet?

    Are you spending a lot of time on Pinterest, then decorating web sites, then choosing paint colors from websites?Next thing you know, you're heading out the door and buying paint.

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