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  • Lights out on Halogen and Incandescent Light Bulbs

    As of January 1, 2023, legislation has changed regarding the sale and production of halogen and incandescent light bulbs. This is an important change that will affect consumers and businesses alike. At Bay to Bay Ace Hardware, we want to keep our customers informed about this change and how it will affect them. The new legislation is designed to promote energy efficiency and reduce the carbon footprint of lighting. The new standard requires that light bulbs must use less energy to produce the same amount of light. This means that halogen and incandescent bulbs will no longer be produced or sold in the United States. Instead, consumers will have to choose from a variety of more energy-efficient options, such as LED and CFL bulbs. This may be a significant change for many people, but there are a number of benefits to switching to more energy-efficient bulbs. For one, they use less electricity, which means lower energy bills. They also last longer, which means less maintenance and fewer replacements. Additionally, they produce less heat, which can help to reduce the load on air conditioning systems during hot summer months. At Bay to Bay Ace Hardware, we are committed to helping our customers make the transition to energy-efficient lighting. We offer a wide variety of LED and CFL bulbs in different shapes, sizes, and colors to fit any need. Our knowledgeable staff can help you find the right bulbs for your home or business and answer any questions you may have about the new legislation. We understand that change can be difficult, but we believe that the new legislation will ultimately be a positive step towards a more sustainable future. By making the switch to energy-efficient lighting, we can all do our part to reduce our carbon footprint and help protect the environment for future generations. In conclusion, the legislation change regarding the sale and production of halogen and incandescent light bulbs is an important step towards promoting energy efficiency and reducing carbon emissions. At Bay to Bay Ace Hardware, we are committed to helping our customers make the transition to more energy-efficient lighting and we are ready to assist you in any way we can. We hope that this change will be a positive step towards a more sustainable future for all of us.

  • 10 DIY home improvement projects you can do this weekend!

    Are you looking to make some changes around your home this weekend but don't want to spend a lot of money? There are many DIY home improvement projects that you can do without breaking the bank, and the team at Bay to Bay Ace Hardware is here to help! Here are 10 DIY home improvement projects you can do this weekend with the supplies from our store. Paint a room: A fresh coat of paint can make a huge difference in a room's appearance. Choose a new color or touch up the existing one for a quick and easy update. Install a new light fixture: Replacing an outdated light fixture can instantly modernize a room. Ace Hardware carries a variety of styles to fit any budget. Create an accent wall: Add a pop of color or pattern to a room by creating an accent wall. Use wallpaper or paint to achieve the look you want. Hang new curtains or blinds: New window treatments can change the look and feel of a room. Ace Hardware offers a variety of options to choose from. Install shelving: Add extra storage and display space to a room by installing shelving. Ace Hardware carries a variety of options, including floating shelves and bookshelves. Install a new faucet: Upgrade your bathroom or kitchen by installing a new faucet. Ace Hardware offers a variety of styles to choose from. Create a gallery wall: Add personality to a room by creating a gallery wall of photos, artwork, and other decor. Ace Hardware carries a variety of frames and hanging supplies to make the job easy. Refinish cabinets: Give your kitchen or bathroom a new look by refinishing your cabinets. Ace Hardware carries all the supplies you need to get the job done. Replace door hardware: Upgrade your home's appearance by replacing outdated door hardware. Ace Hardware carries a variety of styles to choose from. Create a DIY headboard: Give your bedroom a new focal point by creating a DIY headboard. Ace Hardware carries all the supplies you need, including lumber, paint, and hardware. These are just a few of the many DIY home improvement projects you can do this weekend with the supplies from Bay to Bay Ace Hardware. Don't be afraid to get creative and tackle a project that will make your home feel new and refreshed. And remember, our knowledgeable staff is always here to help with any questions or concerns you may have. Happy DIYing!

  • Lighting strikes twice in Tampa

    Monday the Tampa Bay Lighting celebration their second Stanley Cup win with another boat parade in Tampa. Fans lined the side of the boat route down the Hillsborough River to cheer on the Bolts and catch a glimpse of the Stanley Cup trophy. The real trophy is kept at the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto, where it’s has resided since 1970. This is good news follow the mishap that occurred during the celebration festivities on Monday. Photos of Pat Maroon holding a dented trophy. Fortunately the one damaged during Monday’s celebration is the "Presentation Cup," according to the Tampa Bay Times. Ironically, the Cup returned to Montreal for repairs less than a week after the Canadiens lost the five-game series to the Lightning. All good, going in for a tune-up," Cup keeper Phil Pritchard of the Hockey Hall of Fame said. But the fun did not end there, following the boat parade the team joined fans at Julian B. Lane Riverfront park. Shortly after the Lighting rolled into the park so did the storm, and the celebration was called off early as severe storms pounded the park with dangerous lightning and heavy rain. All in all the Tampa Bay is thrilled to celebrate with the team for the second year. Now that the hockey season has end sport fan are eager to see if the Buccaneers can keep the Champa Bay name in Tampa.

  • Renovations begin for a new Helpful Place in South Tampa

    June has been a month of big changes at Bay to Bay Ace Hardware. We have completed clear our the store and construction teams are beginning their pre-work for our exciting renovations in the store. If you have swung by recently you will see we have proudly hung the Ace Hardware coming soon signage. As a reminder Bay to Bay Pool Service is still open but Bay to Bay Hardware store is currently closed. Stay tuned and be sure to follow us on Facebook and Instagram to stay up to date on all the progress.

  • Get Casting: 2021 Red Snapper Season

    On Friday, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis announced the popular 2021 Gulf red snapper recreational season will open June 4 and run through July 28, with a possible fall reopening if quota is available. DeSantis says this will be the longest summer season anglers will have since the beginning of the set season by the FWC for fishing in the state and federal waters off Florida. With the coming opening of the season, we have some tips to help you get your fish. Use the right bait for the job: Cigar minnows and pilchards ( basically larger sardines, so buy them specifically for bigger fish) are great for bigger fish like red snapper due to their shiny, eye-catching features. Know where the fish are: Red snappers are both shallow and deep water dwellers. They usually huddle near protective structures and hang out at depths between 30 - 200 ft. Get Chummy: Your opportunities get much better If you can pinpoint a red snapper feeding grounds in more shallow waters. Try to whip them into a feed frenzy and use a wide-area chumming strategy. Take a nice bunch of chunked fish and start chumming around the perimeter. Get Jigging with it: No live bait? Try your luck with some shiny metal lures. Vertical jigs help emulate an easy bite to red snappers. This will require a bit of finessing, but vertical jigs will work when needed. Line and Sinker: Use a heavy-duty pole and Drop these live baits deep down and you may be able to coax some heavy hitters out of holes and deep covered areas. Stay Current: A quiet vessel is a key, the type of boat you use can determine the overall success of your voyage. If your boat creates too much noise or stirs up the water it could risk causing a mass exodus from favored hiding spots. Red snappers prefer bait that stays in one place against the current and the ocean current will take anything that is not secured. Stronger currents also call for heavier tackle and no mistakes when hooking live bait. Double Bite: Wait for the second hit on the line and then pull the hook in. Snapper test on the first hit and usually won't fulling bite. When you get that hit on the line, don’t yank it in immediately. Wait for the second hit on the line and then pull the hook in. * TIP: A good hook for this type of fish is the circle hook. This hook doesn’t require any of that jerking action. It requires a steady hand and patience, but the circle hook is full-proof here. Just reel it in slowly and you won’t need to play tug-of-war too much.

  • Fox 13's Tribute to the legacy of our South Tampa Hardware Store

    Our very own Fox 13 news recently did a heartwarming tribute to the history and legacy of Bay to Bay Hardware. Thank you South Tampa for all your support during our transition and we look forward to reopening our door and see all our neighbors real soon.

  • Don't Get Bit

    It is a beautiful afternoon and you are enjoying some time out on the patio grilling up some burgers for the family. Unfortunately your family is not the only ones that are eager to grab a bite. Mosquitoes are a common backyard pest that can make anyone into an indoors man. Do not let these tiny bugs keep you from enjoy what you love. Mosquito Prevention Tips: 1. Treat or remove any standing water near your home. Mosquitos have a 14 day breeding cycle and standing water provides mosquito with the best breeding environment. Keep outside areas like flower pots, rain gutters and garden beds dry. Not providing them with the environment they needed for breeding will help to decrease the amount of Mosquitos near your home and outdoor space. 2. Keep mosquitoes outside. Mosquitos will find any way in they can. To keep them outside where they belong remember to keeps door and window with out a screen closed. Using a screen in your doors and windows can be the best way to enjoy the outdoor while keep your home pest free. Just make sure that those screens are free of holes or tears because mosquitoes will find their way in. 3. Use mosquito repellent. The most effect chemical repellents are products that contain DEET, picaridin, PMD, or IR3535 insecticide, . When choosing a product check to make sure that it contains one of these ingredients. Always make sure to read and follow the product instructions for use and only use them as directed. Jonathan Day, a mosquito researcher at the University of Florida, says to concentrate the repellant on your ankles, feet, lower legs and wrists — thin-skinned spots mosquitoes love to bite. 4. Make yourself less appealing. Scientists have done many studies on why some people get more mosquito bites than others. While no study can directly associate a cause for this occurrence they have determined there are certain things that may contribute to increasing your chance of getting bit. Drinking a 12-ounce beer makes some people more appealing, so does emitting more C02 or increased levels of bacteria on your skin, which leads to more body odor. While people with type O blood — a mosquito favorite in one study — can’t change it, they can try wearing a scent that mosquitoes dislike. While DEET has been found to be the most effective repellant, researchers at New Mexico State University found Victoria’s Secret Bombshell perfume effectively reduced mosquito bites for two hours , even more so than some mosquito repellents and Avon’s Skin So Soft Bath Oil, a popular mom’s remedy. 5. Try a natural repellent. There are countless number of plants that natural repel insect that also smell and look good. Marigolds are a great addition they will add a pop of color and chase way mosquitos. Another fan favorite is sweet basil. Not only will it prevent pest but is also great in your dinner recipes. Citronella and Lemongrass are commonly used in mosquito repellant product which is why they are a great choice to add to your landscaping. Thermacell Tip: There are also many products available today that will eliminate and repel mosquitos while add to you patio décor. Such as the Thermacell, this device uses butane fuel to heat a repellent pad filled with allethrin. The heat evaporates the repellent into the air, creating a sphere of protection around you and your family.

  • It's Time: Hurricane Preparedness

    Hurricane season is coming are you ready? The official start to the hurricane season is June 1st and this year is calling for an active season. 2020's hurricane season had an incredible 30 named storms, 13 hurricanes and six hurricanes that reached Category 3 status or stronger. Colorado State University (CSU) hurricane researchers are predicting another above-average hurricane season for 2021. With the start of the hurricane season just around the corning it is important to start preparing now. Helpful Tips for Hurricane Preparedness When the unexpected strikes, will you be ready? By knowing what actions to take before, during and after a hurricane, you can reduce the chances of severe harm to your home, or worse, to you and your family. For the supplies and advice you’ll need to protect your home before a hurricane – and to start the cleanup process afterwards – your neighborhood Ace Hardware is here to help. Below are helpful tips to educate and properly prepare for hurricanes and severe, high-wind conditions. Hurricane Preparation: · Create an emergency kit: Stock up on essential supplies, including a First Aid kit, battery-powered or crank-powered radio, flashlights and lanterns, fresh batteries, a manual can opener and a three-day supply of drinking water and non-perishable canned food. · Prepare for flooding: Block entryways with sandbags to prevent floodwaters from coming in. A single layer of sandbags along the door jams on the inside and outside of doors will help to prevent minor flooding and help brace the door during strong winds. Remove all of your valuable belongings and items that will be damaged by water from the basement. If you do not have time, simply elevate these items as much as you can. · Hurricane shelter: Most communities have designated hurricane shelters, such as schools, churches and municipal buildings. Check with your local community and have 2-3 of your nearest shelters identified and mapped, as you may not be able to access every shelter based on road closing or storm damage. If you have pets, make sure the hurricane shelters you identify are pet-friendly and be sure to also have pet supplies ready. · Gas up the car: During hurricane season, it’s smart to keep one car’s gas tank near full at all times. Storms can form quickly and if you need to evacuate your city, you want to be ready to go at a moment’s notice. · Designate a “safe” area in your home: If you remain in your home during the storm, gather the family in a safe place that’s protected from flying debris, such as a basement, hallway or interior room without windows. Do not open windows or go outside to check on the storm conditions, rely on a radio and/or TV for the latest report and safety updates. · Guard important documents: Secure important documents (insurance policies, birth certificates, etc.) in a safe and readily accessible place. Also, place them in a plastic, zip-top bag to keep them dry. · Protect your home: Teach family members how to turn off the gas, water and electricity supply to your home. Prepare to cover doors and windows with heavy plastic or plywood panels to protect against flying debris. · Get ready: Move furniture and other large belongings into the center of the room to protect them. If you are in an area frequently hit by hurricanes, consider having a standby generator at-the-ready. Should the power be down following the hurricane, you can use this to get your electricity started. But remember NEVER to operate a generator indoors, as the engine exhaust contains potentially fatal carbon monoxide. Operate the unit at least 20-feet away from your home with the exhaust pointed away from your home. Also, make sure you have working battery-operated smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. Hurricane Recovery: · Proof of damage: Document any damage with a camera before starting the clean-up process and submit along with any insurance claims. It is also a good idea to do this before the storm comes to make it easier in identifying the damage. · Be serious about safety: Before entering your home, assess any damage visually from the outside. If there is substantial structural damage, do not enter your home. If you’re not sure or aren’t comfortable making the decision what’s safe and what isn’t, hire a professional inspector or a contractor to make the assessment for you. · Temporary tarp: If your roof has holes or is missing sections, buy a house tarp that can cover these areas - or the entire roof - to keep your home dry until more permanent repairs can be made. For More Information or Media Interviews: If you are interested in additional hurricane-related information and would like to schedule an interview with your local Ace retailer or Ace’s Home Expert, Lou Manfredini, who is available to travel for on-site interviews, please contact: DBC PR+New Media, Jaclyn Gower, (202) 292-4574, Please visit for additional weather-related tips.

  • Making Way for a Fresh New Look!

    Bay to Bay Hardware begins renovation/liquidation sale 5/1 Bay to Bay Ace Hardware is excited to begin the process of clearing out and making room for a fresh new look. Over the next few months, we will be working hard to renovate the store and bring in a modernized shopping experience while retaining the old-time hardware store feel that you have always known. We are excited as a locally owned and operated business to be a part of the community that we live in and be your neighborhood helpful hardware store. #Baytobayacehardware #TampaBay

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