Toilet paper dispenser

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Project by Tinnocker posted 08-04-2010 09:41 PM 2539 views 7 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have 3 grown adult children, 2 girls and 1 boy living at home. They range in ages from 18 to 24. I must have failed in their toilet training when they were little because none of them know how to change the toilet roll! My wife and I have 3 bathrooms in our house the kids use 2 of them and every time my wife or I venture into or past them we notice that the roll of paper is sitting on the floor or the edge of the tub or on the sink. One time it was in the sink soaked with water! This has been a source of aggravation for the wife and I since they were potty trained (I use that term loosely). One day a couple of months ago I printed out a detailed illustrated instruction sheet explaining how to properly change the roll, even that didn’t get the message across.
A couple of weeks ago I saw one of the other Lumber Jocks posted pictures of a TP dispenser he made, and I shamelessly copied it. I finished it the other day and I’m going to install it tomorrow when my little darlings are at work. I can’t wait to see the look on their faces when they see it, (it’ll be sort of like a calf looking at a new gate!)
The principal of it is exactly the same as the one the other guy made ( I am so sorry I can’t remember your name to give you credit for your wonderful idea!) It holds 4 rolls and when the roll is empty it drops into the garbage can and a neww one takes it’s place. My wife and I still have to load it every week but at least we know that they aren’t going to end up in the sink or tub and the empties are not going to wind up on the floor like they do now.

-- Ted, Browns Mills, NJ Darn! I cut it 3 times and it's still too short! I get ideas for things that I can make to make things easier for me to make!

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#1 posted 08-04-2010 10:03 PM

You are more understanding than my Dad probably would have been, I am sure we would have had no TP until we learned how to care for it. Anyway, I like the story and the project.

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#2 posted 08-04-2010 10:16 PM

VERY COOL IDEA! I may copy your copy…

-- If you don't work, you don't eat!.....Garland, TX

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#3 posted 08-05-2010 01:48 AM

Isn’t the opening a bit large for corncobs?;)

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#4 posted 08-05-2010 02:33 AM

Thanks for the comments guys! Hey Knothead62, I would have tried the corncobs on the kids but the law says that’d be too rough! “8^)

-- Ted, Browns Mills, NJ Darn! I cut it 3 times and it's still too short! I get ideas for things that I can make to make things easier for me to make!

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#5 posted 08-05-2010 02:40 AM

so you liked my idea eh? lol go ahead and enjoy it…i wasted a few rolls just playing with it…works great

-- M.K.

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#6 posted 08-05-2010 02:41 AM

you did a much better job then what i whipped up

-- M.K.

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#7 posted 08-05-2010 02:48 AM

Thats very cool! and a great story to boot.
I read about freecycle from one of your tool gloats and I just went and filled out to be a member.
Thanks for sharing.

-- Robert B. Sabina, Ohio.....

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#8 posted 08-05-2010 02:52 AM

Thats a cool project.

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#9 posted 08-05-2010 02:53 AM

I gotta say one of my pet peaves is when someone doesn’t change the roll, espescially when they just let the new one rest on top of an empty on. Nice job.

-- Praise God in all things, especially the bad things because they make the best learning experiences.

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#10 posted 08-05-2010 03:25 AM

no problem…i’m glad you like the idea…i just have to upgrade it a little bit to make it function easier. it wont be long before I post another lol. any problems with yours by any chance?

-- M.K.

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#11 posted 08-05-2010 08:32 AM

I know…I know…I know…..

-- Bob Kenosha Wi.

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#12 posted 08-05-2010 03:52 PM

That is so cool I will have to try it out my self thanks for sharing!

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#13 posted 08-08-2010 08:28 AM

This might very well be the Answer to ….

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-- LIFE is what happens when you're planning on doing Other Things!

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#14 posted 08-17-2014 06:23 PM

Don’t buy or put any toilet paper in those 2 bathrooms anymore. They can buy it and install the new toilet paper themselves.

-- Leonard H.

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