RUSSIAN HILL HANDYMAN Co. | Wk of 24 Feb ’14

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Well, we made it through 3/5ths of our week of Jury Duty without being called to serve — and we’re pretty sure that we’re not getting called at this point, so it’s time to lift the “CLOSED” sign off the home page and welcome new customer inquiries.

The week of March 2nd is already fully booked at this point, so any new customer requests are going to have to involve the flexibility and patience of a no-earlier-than March 10th start date — MARCH! how did that happen? — but we’ll certainly respond to any new inquiries by the end of the same day that they’re submitted to us.

Thanks to “Jewel Brown Photography” for that amazing sunset shot of nearby Coit Tower for this week’s cover photo.

RUSSIAN HILL HANDYMAN Co. | Wk of 17 Feb ’14

RUSSIAN HILL HANDYMAN Co. | Wk of 17 Feb '14

Local photographer, Toby Harriman, captured some amazing aerial photos over San Francisco last month, and we’re pleased to share one on the blog this week, along with this link to a video of the acrophobia-inducing endeavor. Why, there are literally hundreds of our customers’ homes and businesses captured in this frame — and if your home or business is visible in it, then we’ll serve yours, too.

Currently, the job calendar is almost entirely booked through next week, the week beginning on Sunday, 23 February. With some limited exceptions for work that’s specifically on Russian Hill and flexible on scheduling, we’ll be scheduling any new-customer work that follows this update during the first week of March. MARCH! My goodness, how did it get to be March 2014 already.

Thanks to SFist for hipping us to Toby’s work, and — please — don’t hesitate to let us know if use of your work (and links to your site) from ours violates your Fair Usage principles. We’re happy to take them down and post old Andy Capp cartoons instead.

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

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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. | Happy 2013

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The Oracle Racing AC45 catamarans practice near the Golden Gate Bridge.
(Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

There aren’t many jobs that afford you views like this one in the middle of the work day — and while no one on the staff took this photo, there were a number of times where one of us was passing from Pacific Heights to the Marina through the Presidio, and we grabbed a cup of coffee near West Beach and caught Larry Ellison’s guys on the water, getting set for last fall’s America’s Cup World Series races.

In addition to being pretty skilled at hanging televisions, repairing drywall and upgrading light fixtures, a few of us are pretty good sailors (at least we used to be), but racing isn’t really our strongest suit. That said, we’re all looking forward to the AC72 finals this summer while loathing the inevitable traffic, glitter and general mayhem that’s sure to accompany it. For the moment, we’re just relishing a decent Sierra snowpack and the fall-off in our temporary tourist population that comes with January’s wet weather.

This update — concluding the work week of December 31st — lets you know that we’re completely booked for the upcoming week of January 7th, but that we are taking new customer requests for the following week of the 14th, during which there are a “smattering” of available appointments from which to choose. Please drop us a line on the “Request Service” page, and we’ll let you know when and if we can help you with your Handyman-type Projects.

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

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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.