RUSSIAN HILL HANDYMAN Co. | Wk. of 5 May ’13

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Wednesday, May 15th. (Updated: Mon., 5 May 2013)

Note: RUSSIAN HILL HANDYMAN Co. will be CLOSED from Tues. 21 May to Tues. 28 May.

“Me, I don’t talk much … I just cut the hair.”

The Man Who Wasn’t There (2001)

RUSSIAN HILL HANDYMAN Co. | Wk of 21 Jan ’13

San Francisco Tarts Up Coit Tower for the NFC Champion 49ers : Photos by David Yu Photography

Local photographer, David Yu, captured this amazing shot of Coit Tower from the Marin Headlands during the 49ers run-up to the NFC Championship. I’m not sure how afoul I’m running of the Creative Commons License, since this may be considered a commercial use, but — for the purposes of sharing David’s photography and crediting him properly — I’m going to characterize this as more of a personal blog update than a company status update.

Having said that, however, it bears mentioning that if you’ve come here for some reason other than to appreciate and share my taste in local photography, that the week of January 21 is completely booked with customer appointments already, and that we’re scheduling new customer appointments for the week of the 28th — a few appointments remain available next week, and the following week — beginning February 4th — still has a few appointments available as well. Let us know what you need done, and we’ll let you know how soon we can get to it.

While we’re through-and-through Giants fans, which means that I got to celebrate a Super Bowl win last February, followed by a World Series celebration in October, we would be fools not to jump on the bandwagon at this point and cheer for the 49ers — if for no other reason than drunken 49ers fans celebrating a Super Bowl win is bound to yield no fewer than a dozen calls on Monday, February 4th, requesting repair assistance with doors kicked off hinges in the Marina and holes punched in walls on Polk Street. We’ve been at this for a few years, and we can bank on the intoxicated manliness of our neighbors turning into small-yet-urgent fix-it opportunities you can set your watch by. — so GO NINERS!

I hope everyone enjoys a football-free weekend before we all start losing our minds on February 3rd.

RUSSIAN HILL HANDYMAN Co. | Unavail. ’til Wk of 11/19

Voges was pretty sick last night, wasn’t he? And that, after Barack Hussein Zito went positively Rain Man over the Birds in their own nest. How much do we love this team, Russian Hill?

Phew! Well, we are open again after a very quick four day trip to the (mother and) fatherland, which in our case is the Great State of New Jersey and the home of the 15th-ranked Rutgers Scarlet Knights. The trip was a joy, and the weather was something out of the first half of a Peter Weir film. While my bi-annual trips to the Garden State are always a day too short and leave me wishing I spent more time there, they serve as a constant reminder of why it is that I make my home and my career in San Francisco. As I like to say, “New Jersey is a great place to be from.”

In spite of the “Closed Until 10/18” sign that most recently hung on our storefront, there’s been a steady stream of job requests trickling over the threshold since before I left town to watch the Scarlet demolish the Orange. Given the demands of the still-pending work that remained prior to my departure and the list of new work that’s awaiting placement on our calendar, I’d like to preempt any New Customer Requests for work that needs to be scheduled prior to the week of November 19th. Unfortunately, absent some additions to our staff, all of our tradesmen are already looking at full calendars through the 2nd full week of the next month.

Once again, we can not accept any new work requests until after the 18th of November. If this changes, and if we complete our existing backlog of work prior to that date, we will immediately update our website with new information.

Gawking Tourists Ascend Powell next to The Fairmont. Judging by the shorts and lack of fleece, I’d wager that this photo was taken in mid-October.

If you’re taking a more long-term approach to hiring a handyman service provider, then please don’t hesitate to visit our Contact Us page and submit to us your online request for a consultation. If you’re hoping to schedule a job prior to the November 19th, however, we are very regretfully unavailable.

RUSSIAN HILL HANDYMAN Co. | Closed thru 10/18

Photo Courtesy Angelo DeSantis

With the Blues in town this weekend, Hardly Strictly happening in the park, Syracuse’s last visit to Piscataway the following weekend, and a use-it-or-lose it ticket to New York on United burning a hole in my pocket, I’m closing up shop for a week in October and getting some much needed rest. The only reason I mention it here is to let you know that we won’t be responding to any new customer inquiries until after we reopen on Thursday, October 18th. Our Contact Us page remains active, however new customer inquiries during our absence will go without replies or response; if you want to get a hold of us, we ask that you contact us after our return. I sincerely apologize for the not being able to provide service or referrals for the next two weeks, but hope that your work can await our return closer to the end of the month.

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.



As a fellow small business owner and self-styled commercial art & design wonk, I love stuff like this. Great job, DRSF.

So, the blog has been taking a bit of a hit lately, as we’ve been completely swamped with work, trying to get to as many of our customers’ projects as possible. We realize that 98% of the people actually reading this post are either A) my father or B) not really interested in the musings of a local tradesman, but just trying to get someone to stop their toilet from making that noise after it flushes, but the only thing worse than never hearing from you is having you fill out an online request form then telling you that we can’t get to your project for two weeks.

… and so, we come to the point of today’s update; it is with regret that I announce that we’re completely sold-out until the last week of the month — the week of August 26th. From a “sales and marketing” perspective, it’s sheer lunacy to tell you this and put you off contacting us for work instead of just overbooking our schedule and postponing your job at the last minute, but from a “customer service” perspective, it’s the right thing to do. If you’re in search of same-day or next-day service over the next two weeks, there’s no chance we’d be able to satisfy your expectations. BUT, if you have a project that can wait until the week of the 26th — or later — or if you’re interested in discussing some longer-term engagements for property management and scheduled maintenance, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us, here.

RUSSIAN HILL HANDYMAN Co. | Week of 9 July ’12

9 July 2012

With summer upon us, blossoming full in every way except for this incredible spate of excellent weather that’s followed us past the solstice and into the midst of July’s double-digits, everyone seems to have a lot of things on their “to-do” list to keep us busy. Please don’t be too disappointed if we’re not available to help you out with a service request until the third week of July — I assure you that we’re working as hard as we can to clear all of the current work off of our calendar in order to open up room for more new customers in our job queue. Drop us a request via our “Contact Us” page and we’ll let you know how quickly we can get to your job within hours of your submission.

— and be sure to let us know how you found us; we always like to know whom to thank for your inquiry.