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Easy Ways to Save Money

It seems like everyone is trying to tighten up on spending these days and it has gotten me to thinking about painless ways to save money.  You know, things that don’t really affect your life style.   Here are six random things I thought of: Fix Leaking Toilets It is...

Low water pressure

Ok.  I have another exciting home repair entry today.  My aim for this blog is to provide information that isn’t always readily available.  Things that we see all the time that aren’t always as clear as they seem to be.  Here is another one. One of our long time...

Christmas Light Fuses

I have had about six people come into the store today with Christmas light problems.  Most of them just had blown or missing bulbs but a few had blown fuses. Most modern light sets are “string to string” sets.  You can plug the next set of lights into the end of the...

Double Male Electrical Plug

Every year when people start decorating we get MANY requests for an electrical plug with male prongs on each end.  We don’t have them.  To my knowledge they don’t exist. Christmas lights have a male plug on one end and a female plug on the other.  They are made this...

Black Friday 2

I think maybe the bargain hunting went too far this year.

Black Friday – Rebates

Every year Ace Hardware promotes a big day after Thanksgiving sale. We call it the DATS.  This year is no different.  I enjoy these events.  It is great to see all of the customers.  It’s exciting to see long lines at the registers.  And I am always happy when we have...

The Squirrels Revenge

I have come to the conclusion that I hate squirrels.  I haven’t always felt that way.  I used to think of them as cute little animals scurrying around in a benevolent search for the perfect acorn.  Maybe it was from watching Chip & Dale (yes I realize Chip n Dale...


My name is Paul Betts. For the last 20 years I have worked in and eventually owned a Hardware store in suburban Birmingham Alabama. It has been an interesting experience. I’ve always said that we don’t really sell items we sell solutions. On any given day we answer...

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