The Beacon Guide

This is a guide for residents of the Beacon apartment building (its official site) in San Francisco.

Referral List

Harp - Thumbtack profile - (415) 304-1559
I used Harp to install a medicine cabinet in the bathroom, move some towel racks, and paint some walls. He did a great job and charged a reasonable rate.

Bay City Plumbing - Porch profile
The employee Chet, at Bay City frequently comes to the Beacon. This company is also used by the management office for some building issues. He helped fix my toilet. Some plumbers won't work in the building because it is a high-rise apartment.

Advanced Plumbing and Drain - Website
This company is run by Nick, and he helped fix a weak flush and replace a toilet in the Beacon.

Heat / Temperature / Air Flow

  • The units can get hot in the summer months. There has been extensive HOA discussion and lawsuits about the problem. Solutions residents have taken:
    • Portable Air Conditioner - popular models include Sharp CV-P12PX, Honeywell MN10CESWW, and Haier.
    • Portable Evaporative Cooler - I purchased a Hessaire MC37 that works reasonably well but is noisy. Its main advantage is no hoses going in and out of your window.
    • Ceiling fans
    • Apply for central building AC - contact the management office about this program. It requires proof, via temperature readings, that you unit is particularly affected.
  • There is good information about what people have tried on the Yahoo mailing list (see link below). Try searches for "heat gain" and "air conditioner".


  • We have what are known as awning (or sometimes "top hung") windows. A single screw (photo) can be easily removed to allow them to open more fully.
  • To keep them propped open, the best method is to tighten a small screw called the "window tensioner". See this photo of the window joint. To see these screws, the window must be opened very wide. Make sure to tighten the screws on both sides.


  • The Beacon office took a picture of a paint can that has been used in units. They no longer have the can in this photo.
  • Interior Unit Flat
    Manufacturer - Frazee
    Grade/Number- 0020001
    Color/Number- Whisper White DE SP 114
    Interior Unit Semi Gloss
    Manufacturer - Frazee
    Grade/Number- 1240001
    Color/Number- Whisper White DE SP 114
  • It appears Frazee is a company that has gone out of business and acquired by Sherman-Williams. If anyone is able to locate a currently available comparable match, please contact me and I will post it to this page.

Garbage Disposal

George T. reports that this garbage disposal fits and works well in Beacon kitchens: Whirlpool GC2000PE 1/2 hp in Sink Disposer, Black


  • Yahoo Group Mailing List - ~400 members, started 2007
  • Each unit and every hallway has an air vent that is connected to a central fan system (sometimes called "Reznor fans"). When the vents for this system open and close each day, you may hear something that sounds like drilling in your ceiling for about 5 seconds.

Feel free to send feedback, questions, or comments to my email address at

Updated: Feb 10, 2018
Jonathan Berger
San Francisco, California