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 30 April ’12

29 April 2012

Wow, what a weekend. In spite of the closure of Doyle Drive, life in San Francisco (and Marin County for that matter) did not come to a screeching halt. We’re looking forward to seeing what Caltrans, the U.S. DOT and the Golden Gate Bridge District have wrought for us after all the dust has (literally) settled, but in the mean time we’re excited to kick off a very busy week of work that’s already on the calendar.

The week of April 30th is fully booked, barring cancellations or the quicker-than-expected completion of scheduled jobs that frees up time mid-week for some piece-work. As such, we hope that your inquiry this week — the week of April 30th — is for work or projects you’re hoping to have completed during the week of May 7th or later.



11 April 2012

First things first; all of our appointments for the remainder of this week AND next week – the week of the 16th — have been filled, so we’re booking new customer appointments for the week of the 23rd as of today. We are still managing a “cancellation queue” for the next two weeks, so feel free to get in touch with us about getting on that list if you need work done before the 23rd and are interested in picking up a date that might open up due to another customer’s cancellation.

We’re hoping that the current spate of rains means one final blast of snow in Lake Tahoe, because we haven’t had the chance to get up there as often as we would have liked this spring. Just because we’re unavailable a few days over the next two weeks doesn’t mean that we’re working each day over the next 14. While other tradesmen might want you to think that they do nothing but work, we prefer to be frank about the fact that part of the reason we quit our jobs and started the company was so that we could take advantage of non-existent lift lines at Alpine Meadows from Tuesday through Thursday.

In the meantime, we’re still building out the calendar for the remainder of April and we’re eager to fill up our remaining work dates with whatever you’ve got a need for in your home or office. Drop us a line via our contact page and we’ll get right on it.

— rick


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.