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. | 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 20 May ’12

We’ve managed to survive Bay to Breakers and a solar eclipse in the same day, so this week’s schedule of work should be a piece of cake, right?

Optimistically, we hope so. As it stands right now, we’ve got a slough of work on the books for this week — much of it is existing stuff that involves a fair amount of sourcing-and-purchasing of some obscure home repair parts. As always, we’re eager to get you on the calendar as quickly as possible, and we will definitely continue to reply to all inquiries by the close of business on the day that they’re received. If we need a few days to get you scheduled, however, please understand it’s because we are trying to complete other projects before starting yours — extending you the same professional commitment as the customers for whom we’re currently working.

Thanks for visiting us, and we hope that we can be of service to you!

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. | 5 Apr. ’12

5 April 2012

While we await the cease-and-desist letter from the Mental Assassin’s people for using his likeness on our site to celebrate Opening Day (the Giants are traveling today for their upcoming start of the season — tomorrow — against the D-Backs in Phoenix, where I hear it is a dry heat), I do want to credit Kelley Cox for the above photo, which is reproduced without his permission, but for no personal gain — other than to source gigs from fellow Giants fans in and around Russian Hill.

I was at the final exhibition game against the As yesterday and had a difficult time dealing with the fact that it’s been 12 years since I sat in the park for the first game ever played adjacent to McCovey Cove, an exhibition tilt against the Yankees in 2000. One All-Star Game, two World Series, and one Championship Trophy later, it’s safe to say that I lead the city in all-time Sheboygan Brats consumed per inning (min. 20 games) by a right hander.

It’s a safe bet that no one really cares about any of that, so let’s get to the skinny — the schedule is FULLY BOOKED through the week of the 9th, which means that we are currently booking appointments for the week of April 16th and beyond. We do have occasional cancellations that make appointments available before those dates, so please send us your information via our Contact Page and we’ll be happy to put you into our “first available” cancellations queue if you’re looking for a date next week.

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. | 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.