RUSSIAN HILL HANDYMAN Co. | Week of 20 Aug. ’12

While we don’t do a ton of work near Levi’s Plaza, it’s one of our favorite places in the city to find ourselves in the middle of the work day. There’s a strong early-80’s vibe throughout the neighborhood, as though everyone working there is weighing whether to head out to Uncle Charlie’s that Friday to catch either The Tubes or Huey Lewis and the News after work. High powered textiles executives carrying 13-pound cell phones on shoulder straps are ducking beneath the gull-wing doors of their Deloreans to zoom through the Broadway Tunnel over to Henry Africa’s for cocktails and other mayhem.

— and the local architecture and signage bears out this fantasy when you shut out some of the more contemporary sensory clutter, like the overpowering smell of the Starbucks located directly behind me as I take this photo.

Many thanks to the good people at the Center for Culinary Development for asking us to upgrade their stainless steel kitchen shelves and bringing us over to The Plaza for work last week.

As stated in last week’s update and on our Contact Us page, we’re already completely booked up with work until after Labor Day — so we’re very happy to respond to inquiries before then, but we are regrettably unable to service any new customer inquiries until September.

Cheers!

RUSSIAN HILL HANDYMAN Co. | Week of 27 May ’12

28 May 2012

While it’s useless for us to try and hide our contempt for the folks who traipse into San Francisco during extended holiday weekend celebrations and treat The City like a sewer (not to mention the folks who live in San Francisco and treat it similarly), even our cold hearts of stone were melted into molten love of country and county when the fireworks started going off on the Golden Gate Bridge on Sunday night. — and while his lawyer may be fitting us for a 48-Long cease and desist letter for posting it on our site, we had to share Lance Iversen’s shot from the Chronicle, as shot from the Marin Headlands with something other than an iPhone or a disposable camera.

Photo: Lance Iversen / The Chronicle

We’d swear the Golden Gate Bridge didn’t look a day over 50, certainly not a year-and-a-half older than the proprietor of Russian Hill Handyman’s father (who bears a striking resemblance to Dick Van Dyke in spite of being 12+ years his junior). In fairness to RHH’s patriarch, both the Golden Gate Bridge and Rob Petrie have had legions of dedicated attendants fretting over their profiles since they made first appearances in the public spotlight — which is perhaps the reason why the Golden Gate Bridge is still such a breathtaking sight for us, as much today as the first time we ever laid eyes on it back in 1992. As such, we hope that the Bridge District will abandon its plans to try and depression-proof the structure (of course, if-and-only-if people will stop using it as a springboard to their eternal reward).

The odds favor the fact that you did not visit our site in order to hear us sound-off on the bridge, the weekend, the suicide barrier or my dad’s resemblance to Dick Van Dyke. With the abbreviated work week (and the extended weekend that preceded it), our calendar for the week of the 27th filled up even before we hoisted our first beers of the Friday happy hour. Generally speaking — though not absolutely — we don’t have the availability to offer you same-day or next-day service available to new customers because of the depth of our existing job queue, and this week is certainly one where we’re already overbooked from the start. We never want to miss a chance to serve a customer who needs our assistance, but please don’t be disappointed if we won’t be able to schedule your service until the weeks of either June 4th or June 11th.

Please use the form found here to contact us — with as little or as much extraneous information as you would like to share — and we promise to get back to you with the earliest available appointment date and cost estimate for your project in the home or office.

RUSSIAN HILL HANDYMAN Co. | Week of 26 Mar. ’12

26 March 2012

I want to give a shout out to Dave Glass, the photographer behind this week’s Featured Image on the RUSSIAN HILL HANDYMAN Co’s website, which came to our attention via the Facebook group for the Russian Hill Neighbors’ Association.

The entire week of the 26th has fully booked as of today — Monday. Barring a cancellation from an existing customer, we won’t have availability until the week of the April 3.

RUSSIAN HILL HANDYMAN Co. | 21 March 2012

21 March 2012

This faucet changed my life.

This is the IKEA Hjuvik, which at $239, retails for more than most sofas at the purveyor of Scandinavian domestic melancholy. I wrestled with this purchase for months because I live in a rented apartment on Russian Hill and the thought of dropping the price for a dinner for two at Harris’s on a faucet seemed ludicrous. Well, that was four years ago, and since I purchased this faucet and installed it in my home, I decided that I loved it so much, I should start a full-time residential/light commercial San Francisco handyman business. So, that’s what I did.

Seriously, I mean it when I say that this faucet changed my life.

Since then, I’ve installed no fewer than a dozen of these in San Francisco apartments — for tenants like myself who see themselves spending at least four years in their current homes and realize that a faucet like this one is the difference between tolerating and loving your kitchen.

Plus, you can always take it with you when you relocate, and who doesn’t love the idea of traveling with your own commercial-style sprayer/faucet among their belongings, almost instantly turning every strange, new apartment into “your home.”

As of today — Wednesday — the remainder of this week is booked, but we’re posting new appointments during the week of the 26th. Wow! April is almost here. Q2. How did THAT happen?

RUSSIAN HILL HANDYMAN Co. | Apartment Therapy

Don’t misunderstand us; we didn’t work for this customer. We’re just really big fans of her own handiness and/or the work of her Handyman. Hopefully, she’ll trackback to us once we’ve posted this link and use us for future painting and installation work — and let’s get that television off the table and onto the wall!

Throughout the week, we’ll post links to Apartment Therapy House Tours or Scavenger Sales or any other ideas we find online that we think might be of interest to our customers, particularly for renters who want to make minor adjustments to their home, but haven’t thought about all of the other things we can do while we’re there — particularly with new faucets, shower handles and light fixtures that can turn a rental into a home, tout-de-suite!

Kudos, Kirstyn — your home is an inspiration to us!

Kirstyn’s Peaceful Pacific Heights Hideaway House Tour | Apartment Therapy.

via Apartment Therapy.