The Rocky Mountain Ace Stores are approximately 150 Ace Hardware stores throughout Colorado, Wyoming and New Mexico that work together to enhance their helpful service and community involvement.

Tips from the Experts

Helpful advice from your neighbors at Ace


How to Cool Down Your AC

Fan blowing on dog

Hot enough for you? I don’t know about you, but I get tired of that question real fast in these summer months. You know who also gets tired of this? Your air conditioner. Okay, probably nobody really goes around talking to air conditioners, but if they did, your A/C unit may reply “It’s too hot!”

Why? It needs to be cleaned, that’s why!

This is a simple thing that you can do and it will save you money and keep your house more comfortable.

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Protect Your Flowers Today with these Tips!

beetle illustration

Your lawn & your roses are saying Help!

It’s summer, it’s been hot and dry and now you may have dead patches in your lawn. To make things worse, there are beetles all over your rose bushes. Ugh! But wait, there’s more. I’m going to tell you that these two problems are related. Yes, Pete Moss here to help you with two problems for the price of one!

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Don't Get Hosed This Summer!

Zero G Hose

How to Not Get Hosed This Summer

Are you tired of fighting your garden hose? Tired of kinks, leaks, knots, cracks, and bad fitting in your hose? Think this sound like the intro to a late-night TV commercial?

Actually, it does sound that way. None the less, there are a lot of garden hoses out there and it seems like all of them can be a pain. Have no fear, Pete Moss is here to help you decide which is the right hose for you.

Quality matters when buying a garden hose and you’re going to have to pay a bit more for this quality. Nobody likes to hear that, but you get what you pay for, and that’s really true with hoses. Stay away from the $9.99 special, ½” hoses. They’ll frustrate you more than you can imagine. At the same time, paying $79.99 for a ¾” hose may be overkill.

Look for a very flexible hose that says non-kink. My favorite in this type is the Flexogen. It’s not new or necessarily innovative, but they work very well, aren’t too heavy and last a long time. There’s a new-ish hose out there named Flexzilla similar, but even better. You either love or hate is neon-green color, though.

Contractor-grade rubber hoses are good, but they can be a pain. They’re very strong, resist kinks, have great connections, but they weigh a ton and can be quite the chore to roll up. If you’ve got a ranch-ette, or a mountain property, these may work well for you, but they’re not for the “little-old-lady” gardener.

So how about these as-seen-on-tv hoses? They are actually not bad. Not as perfect as they advertise, but they do work. The expanding hoses are very lightweight, work very well for a small in-town size lot, store easily and tend to not kink. They don’t magically retract themselves like they show on tv, but they do shrink up nicely. The metal garden hoses are too new to tell just how long they’ll last, but they also work well. Think they look like your hand-held shower hose? Yep, same idea.

The Zero-G garden hose is a new favorite of mine. It’s very light, but full sized. Its connectors are very nice and it handles well in the garden, though it can kink. Easy to store, easy to move around it is a very good deal.

The Perfect Garden Hose is another new-ish design that’s pretty amazing. You cannot kink it. Period. It’s very tough on the outside, very lightweight. It would be my favorite if it only worked a little better in hose reels and the connectors were better.

Basically, you’ve got to figure out where and how you’re going to use your hose, and what you need it for. No hose will fit all needs, but there are many to choose from at your local Ace Hardware. Need a specialty hose, like a 1” x 100’ heavy-duty hose for your ranch or farm, we can get it. Need a 10’ hose for a little container garden, we can help you with that too. Our helpful folks will keep you from getting hosed this summer, so come on in to Ace and tell them Pete Moss sent you!

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Take These Steps for the Best Lawn

Lawn careThe Lazy Guide to Summer Lawn Care

Hey guys, It’s Pete Moss here. I don’t know about you, but I’m pooped. I’m tired of working in the yard every weekend. It’s summer, can’t I just enjoy my yard without being a slave to it?

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Why Buy a Grill at Ace?

Traeger Pro Series 22 Grill

The Top Five Reasons to Buy a Grill at Ace Hardware.

Hey, It’s Pete Moss here, letting you know why you should get your next grill from the helpful folks at Ace Hardware.

One: Selection. Ace Hardware stocks grills from multiple manufacturers and can special order grills in a matter of days. Many other stores make deals with one or two grill makers and that’s all you can choose from. At Ace, you can choose from over a dozen different grill makers and order just what you want. Yes, it’s true that we tend to showcase Weber, Traeger & Big Green Egg, but many more brands are readily there for us to get for you.

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Get Rid of Wasps on your First Try

Rescue Brand Wasp Trap

Wasps. Hornets. Yellowjackets. Why are there so many of these pests flying around?

What can I do about them?

For the sake of simplicity, I am going to call any stinging, flying insect that’s yellow and black, and attacks people a wasp. There are subtle differences between the three, but most people just call them all wasps.

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Why Use Rain Barrels

Rain Barrel

Rain, rain, go away.

Away from my foundation, that is. I like rain, but I also like my house to stay where it should be.

Hi, Pete Moss here reminding you that this can be a  problem across Colorado. Our soils are such that you really do need to watch how water coming off your house drains away. I found out the hard way.

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The Right Way to Light Charcoal

Come on baby light my fire!

You know that it would be untrue. You know that I would be a liar. If I were to say to you, I’m tired of lighting my charcoal fire. With apologies to The Doors, I honestly cannot say that I am tired of lighting my fire. In my grill, of course.

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How to Pick the Right Chainsaw

Ace Hardware Logo

How to choose a chain saw.

The late spring snow came. Heavy, wet snow on the branches, and now you’ve got some trees to trim and storm damage to cut up and haul off.  You may even have a tree or two to take out entirely. You want to do the work yourself, but you don’t own a chainsaw. How are you going to choose which saw to get?

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