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. | 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 9 July ’12

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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 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.