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 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.

 

RUSSIAN HILL HANDYMAN Co. | 10 May ’12

10 May 2012

photo credit: Bob Horowitz via Flickr and check out his photostream

Phew! It’s been a terrifically busy week around here, but we’ve met some really terrific customers who’ve kept us as entertained as we’ve tried to keep their homes and businesses running smoothly.

There are a few appointments left on the calendar next week, beginning after Wednesday, but we’re completely booked up to the 16th at this point. Let us know what you’ve got in mind, and we’ll get back to you with available dates and times.

RUSSIAN HILL HANDYMAN Co. | Week of 1 April ’12

1 April 2012

I was tempted to make an April Fool’s joke about my driving, but this is quite obviously a still from last month’s Alcatraz shoot on Russian and Nob Hills, reflecting an almost-universal desire among 94109/133 residents either to catch air on Taylor or Filbert at some point in their lives, or to permanently ban stunt filming on The Seven Hills.

Currently, I’ve still got a few slots open this week — spread throughout the week. The recent snows in Tahoe are calling my name, too, so if I manage to block out a day mid-week, I’ll be up there using my Squaw/Alpine/Homewood pass for the last month of the season. So, if you’re hoping for a “can you stop by today/tomorrow?” appointment, be forewarned that a day of no appointments is going to be looked at as a day of epic skiing this week.

In the meantime, given a few day’s notice, we can get you on the calendar for nearly anything you need done in early April.

 

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. | Week of 2 jan ’12

Site Update Continues. Beta-Testing Ongoing.

Your patience is — as always — appreciated.

Just the good ol’ boys, never meanin’ no harm. Beats all you’ve ever saw, been in trouble with the law since the day they was born. Straight’nin’ the curve, flat’nin’ the hills. Someday the mountain might get ’em, but the law never will. Makin’ their way, the only way they know how, that’s just a little bit more than the law will allow. Just good ol’ boys, wouldn’t change if they could, fightin’ the system like a true modern day Robin Hood.

I never spend much time in school but I taught ladies plenty. It’s true I hire my body out for pay, hey hey. I’ve gotten burned over Cheryl Tiegs, blown up for Raquel Welch. But when I end up in the hay it’s only hay, hey hey. I might jump an open drawbridge, or Tarzan from a vine. ‘Cause I’m the unknown stuntman that makes Eastwood look so fine.

Ulysses, Ulysses – Soaring through all the galaxies. In search of Earth, flying in to the night. Ulysses, Ulysses – Fighting evil and tyranny, with all his power, and with all of his might. Ulysses – no-one else can do the things you do. Ulysses – like a bolt of thunder from the blue. Ulysses – always fighting all the evil forces bringing peace and justice to all.