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 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 30 Jan. ’12

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“Enough of symbolism and these escapist themes of purity and innocence.”

Site Update Continues. Beta-Testing Ongoing.

Your patience is — as always — appreciated.

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Hey there where ya goin’, not exactly knowin’, who says you have to call just one place home. He’s goin’ everywhere, B.J. McKay and his best friend Bear. He just keeps on movin’, ladies keep improvin’, every day is better than the last. New dreams and better scenes, and best of all I don’t pay property tax. Rollin’ down to Dallas, who’s providin’ my palace, off to New Orleans or who knows where. Places new and ladies, too, I’m B.J. McKay and this is my best friend Bear.

Ten years ago a crack commando unit was sent to prison by a military court for a crime they didn’t commit. These men promptly escaped from a maximum security stockade to the Los Angeles underground. Today, still wanted by the government, they survive as soldiers of fortune. If you have a problem and no one else can help, and if you can find them, maybe you can hire the A-team.

Children of the sun, see your time has just begun, searching for your ways, through adventures every day. Every day and night, with the condor in flight, with all your friends in tow, you search for the Cities of Gold. Ah-ah-ah-ah-ah… wishing for The Cities of Gold. Ah-ah-ah-ah-ah… some day we will find The Cities of Gold. Do-do-do-do ah-ah-ah, do-do-do-do, Cities of Gold. Do-do-do-do, Cities of Gold. Ah-ah-ah-ah-ah… some day we will find The Cities of Gold.

RUSSIAN HILL HANDYMAN Co. | Week of 23 Jan. ’12

Someone may ask the question, why are you blogging? Why not just have a website. At this point, I’m beginning to ask myself the same question.

One reason I’m doing this is because as long as the business is open and thriving, and as long as I’m the sole proprietor, it’s going to be a business that reflects me as much as I reflect it. The ease of the blogging platform should allow me to create and copy a stock post from which to copy a top-level, non-date-relevant post that I can use when I don’t feel like updating the site, but need to keep the top content relevant.

It should also remind me to TAKE PICTURES of our jobs. Or steal Hoppers off the internet. Or animated .gifs.

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that creep can roll, man.

Barnaby The Bear’s my name, never call me Jack or James, I will sing my way to fame, Barnaby the Bear’s my name. Birds taught me to sing, when they took me to their king, first I had to fly, in the sky so high so high, so high so high so high, so – if you want to sing this way, think of what you’d like to say, add a tune and you will see, just how easy it can be. Treacle pudding, fish and chips, fizzy drinks and liquorice, flowers, rivers, sand and sea, snowflakes and the stars are free. La la la la la, la la la la la la la, la la la la la la la, la la la la la la la la la la la la la, so – Barnaby The Bear’s my name, never call me Jack or James, I will sing my way to fame, Barnaby the Bear’s my name.

Hong Kong Phooey, number one super guy. Hong Kong Phooey, quicker than the human eye. He’s got style, a groovy style, and a car that just won’t stop. When the going gets tough, he’s really rough, with a Hong Kong Phooey chop (Hi-Ya!). Hong Kong Phooey, number one super guy. Hong Kong Phooey, quicker than the human eye. Hong Kong Phooey, he’s fan-riffic!

Knight Rider, a shadowy flight into the dangerous world of a man who does not exist. Michael Knight, a young loner on a crusade to champion the cause of the innocent, the helpless in a world of criminals who operate above the law.

RUSSIAN HILL HANDYMAN Co. | Week of 16 jan. ’12

Weekly updates should feature things like…

  • “Hey, last week we did THIS thing for the first time…”
  • We served new customers in THESE neighborhoods…
  • Cool products from So-and-so were fun to install
  • We’re completely book this week — or —
  • We’ve got appointments available on Wednesday and Friday. If it’s Wednesday and you’re reading this, we probably book appointments and were too busy to update the blog.

In addition to sharing photos of things we snapped with the iPhone. iPhone; the official smartphone of RUSSIAN HILL HANDYMAN Co.

Children of the sun, see your time has just begun, searching for your ways, through adventures every day. Every day and night, with the condor in flight, with all your friends in tow, you search for the Cities of Gold. Ah-ah-ah-ah-ah… wishing for The Cities of Gold. Ah-ah-ah-ah-ah… some day we will find The Cities of Gold. Do-do-do-do ah-ah-ah, do-do-do-do, Cities of Gold. Do-do-do-do, Cities of Gold. Ah-ah-ah-ah-ah… some day we will find The Cities of Gold.

Hey there where ya goin’, not exactly knowin’, who says you have to call just one place home. He’s goin’ everywhere, B.J. McKay and his best friend Bear. He just keeps on movin’, ladies keep improvin’, every day is better than the last. New dreams and better scenes, and best of all I don’t pay property tax. Rollin’ down to Dallas, who’s providin’ my palace, off to New Orleans or who knows where. Places new and ladies, too, I’m B.J. McKay and this is my best friend Bear.

This is my boss, Jonathan Hart, a self-made millionaire, he’s quite a guy. This is Mrs H., she’s gorgeous, she’s one lady who knows how to take care of herself. By the way, my name is Max. I take care of both of them, which ain’t easy, ’cause when they met it was MURDER!

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.