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Our Story
Often I joke that my husband Rob is the type of guy that can take two sticks and a rock and build a space ship. When something malfunctions in our house he doesn’t call a repair company and we rarely replace it. Instead he rummages through his bins and boxes and somehow, from what appears like nothing more than clutter, plucks out the very thing needed to fix, or in some cases completely rebuild, the item.  He has never been to trade school nor is he a graduate from a prestigious engineering or technological university, yet it never ceases to amaze me just what he is capable of inventing or repurposing.
 
Early in our relationship he mystified me with what seemed like magical powers.  But now I understand this ability was born from a combination of high mechanical intelligence and his nagging personal interest in learning how stuff works.  In more recent years with the endless supply of people who actually have attended trade schools and prestigious universities on YouTube and other websites giving tutorials on virtually every subject a self-taught hack like my husband may ponder, he has become a regular student at “YT Tech” (YouTube Technical institute), and is even more proficient in what he does.
 
Of course, as beneficial as this is, it’s not always a picnic being married to a mad scientist. I’m a woman who likes a streamlined living space. I abhor the aesthetics of my home becoming muddied with what I commonly refer to as various whatnots.  Further, I live under the constant stress of having to keep track of important widgets my husband may later need.  For us it’s not uncommon to spend an afternoon searching for a crucial piece to his latest puzzle that I probably unwittingly disposed of with our kids’ snack wrappers and broken crayons in my last cleaning frenzy.  Due to my frustration my poor husband and all his various whatnots have been relegated to the garage.
At work he has earned a reputation for being a handyman and people often ask him to repair gadgets, or give him faulty or obsolete electronics they no longer want.  Because of this during his free time he’s often glued to his workbench fixing a phone for his buddy’s niece, creating a new contraption to satisfy his urge to actualize his latest vision, or rebuilding yet another TV; leaving me to wonder how many televisions one family of four actually needs.
 
This predicament has inspired many conversations regarding better ways we may make use of his interests.  It has occurred to us that some of his inventions might do well if brought to market.  We have also thought perhaps we could start a small repair business.  
 
What we perceived as our most interesting idea, however, involved using his skills to help our community.  We could offer discounted rates to repair electronics and low purchase prices for fixed, donated goods.  This was appealing because it was a way to capitalize on his talents and also do people a favor, an aspect of his hobby he always enjoyed. 
 
In time this concept has evolved, and much like he does with his cogs and sprockets Rob has morphed it into something infinitely more extraordinary than it originally was. We are quite proud of the idea and excited about its potential to benefit people personally, address multiple social issues, and provide us with an exciting adventure!