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

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

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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

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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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Ace is your LOCAL Hardware Store

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Hello Everyone,

Happy Memorial Day from your local Ace Hardware store.

Local? What do you mean, Brad? Isn’t Ace Hardware just another chain?

No, Ace Hardware stores are not chain stores.

Ace Hardware stores are all part of a dealer-owned cooperative buying group. Huh? Yes, it’s a bit confusing. You see, in 1924 a bunch of hardware stores in the Chicago area got together and formed a coop to help them source products. They all bought a bit of the company and named it Ace Hardware. They shared a warehouse, trucks to deliver goods and eventually the name on the store front. This helped them buy better, compete in the marketplace and gave them better customer support. Flash forward to 2017 and Ace Hardware has grown to be the world’s leading hardware wholesale coop, having just opened our 5000th store! Each store buys a small part of the company and the company works for the stores. The stores in your neighborhood are not corporate-owned chain stores or franchises. There’s nobody in a glass tower in some big city telling your neighborhood store what to do or when to do it.

Great, Brad, but what does that mean to me?

That means that your neighborhood store is owned and/or operated by your neighbors. That means that your store has the freedom to stock what they want and run their store the way they want. That’s why you’ll see so many differences from store to store. Each one is owned by a local entrepreneur who wanted to start a business in their back yard for their community. Each store is owned by someone who had an idea, a hobby, an interest and wanted to turn it in to a business and help others with the same passion.

Now, for the record, there are store owners who own multiple locations across the Rocky Mountain region. These really aren’t much different, just that these store owners had the opportunity to expand and felt like purchasing more stores.

So when you’re shopping at Ace Hardware you are shopping local. Your money stays local and supports local communities. Your friends and neighbors benefit directly from your shopping at Ace Hardware stores. The money you spend revolves around your community, helps support other local businesses, and likely comes back around and helps support yourself! So Ace is not only the helpful place, but the local place!

Is Ace the only coop that operates this way? No, there are others. In the Colorado area there are Do It Best and True Value stores that are similar. However, True Value and Ace Hardware are completely separate businesses. They operate much the same way, and over the years there has been ongoing confusion since some stores have converted back and forth. Just remember, if you want a true value, you have to shop at Ace Hardware!

Thanks for shopping locally, and next time you’re in, tell them Brad Nale sent you. 

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Do These Things Before Going to Ace

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There’s something that happens multiple times each day in an Ace Hardware store. Something that has happened for years and keeps on happening. Something that is preventable. This something is the event where you do something seemingly normal like go to Ace to get help on your project...or send your husband or wife to Ace to get help on their project.

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It's Tomato Mania at Ace!


Hey Tomato Maniacs! It’s Tomato Mania time at your local Ace Hardware store.

Um, Pete, what’s Tomato Mania? Glad you asked. Tomato Mania is the time to come in and get all your supplies for growing tomatoes! Including great deals on tomato plants themselves.

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Got Holes?

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Got holes?

In your window screen.

Now, I know you’re there sayin’, duh Brad, of course I have holes in my screens, lots of little square holes. That’s how the air gets through!

No, not those holes. I’m talking about the holes you may have in your screen from your pets, from hail or from your teenagers. The big holes that are letting in bugs as well as air. The holes you don’t want to have.

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Gadget or Tool?


Is it a gadget or is it a good tool?

Pete Moss here to talk about garden tools. Are powered garden tools really worth the money, or are they just gadgets that will cost you more money in time and maintenance? Let’s take a look:

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Tune Your Grill! YES, your grill!

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You can’t tuna fish but you can tune a grill!

And then you can grill a fish!

So you took the cover off your gas grill, cooked up some burgers two weeks ago, a steak last week and wow, what an adventure each one was. The near explosion on starting, the glowing red burners, the grease in the bottom flaming up. Your neighbors calling the fire department. Your wife wondering why your eyebrows were singed.

Okay, then admit it. It’s time to tune-up your grill. After all, how can you grill all summer with your grill in this shape. But how? Well, start with the basics and you’ll be amazed how much better your grill can be.

Clean it out: Get the grease, ash and grime out of it. No matter how you cook, this will build up over time. Take a plastic putty knife and scrape off the grime from the sides and bottom of the grill. Go to your local Ace Hardware, get a can of grill cleaner, we have many to choose from, spray it on and let it soak in to clean off the grease. Hose it out, or get your power washer to do a real good job on it. Be careful, don’t use too much pressure from a power washer or you’ll remove paint as well. Replace the drip pans as well.

Inspect your burners: These should be tubes with small holes, no big rusted-out holes. No bug or spider-web clogged holes, and no dents. You can clean out the small holes. If they’re too far gone, replacement burners are also readily available at, you guessed it, your local Ace Hardware.

Check the igniter: It should produce a spark easily visible, right near one burner. If it does not spark close enough to a burner, then it may take a bit too long for the gas to reach the spark causing a whoof when it ignites, which may scare the pants right off you. Then you’ll be standing on your patio with no pants and your neighbors will think you’ve lost it. So, adjust the igniter, or see about getting a new one at the helpful hardware place.

Clean the cooking grids: Heat them up, then scrape well with a grill cleaning brush. You may need to re-season cast iron grates. If your grate is too rusty, too far gone, they’re also replaceable. If you have porcelain grids, they may come clean in your dishwasher.

Look at your briquettes or Weber flavorizer bars. Briquettes or lava rock get clogged with grease and food droppings easily and will flame up like a volcano. Metal flavorizer bars rust away. Take both of these out, look them over and think about replacing them.

Sounds like a lot, but it’s really not that bad. A little bit of time, and not that much money can extend the life of your grill several years and make all your grilling safer and more enjoyable. Not to mention how much better that fish will taste on a tuned-up grill!

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