Introduction: Getting More Paper Towel From That Automatic Paper Towel Dispenser

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Learn how to get more than just a little bit of paper towel from an automatic paper towel dispenser.
I know that this works on the Georgia Pacific enMotion, but it might work on others too.

Step 1: Things Needed

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You will need to be in a bathroom that has an automatic paper towel dispenser
And you will need to be in need of more paper towel than it dispenses

You will also need a hand.

Step 2: Tug on the Paper Towel

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This step assumes that you have already waved your hand over the sensor to get paper towel.
The red light should be on.

If you wave your hand over it again, nothing happens.
But if you gently tug on the paper towel, the machine thinks that you ripped the towel off, and the light should blink.

Step 3: Wave Your Hand Again

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Wave your hand over the sensor, and the dispenser dispenses more paper towel.

You can go back to step 2 if you want even more paper towel, but you would only be killing more trees.
Also, if the bathroom had a choice between paper towels and a air dryer, just use the air dryer.

Comments

tonydoc (author)2008-09-11

you can get these to feed paper towels by placing a walkie talkie next to the sensor and keying it up it will feed until you release

LawrenceH4 (author)tonydoc2016-01-21

Ewoks cant reach the sensors :-(

pcairic (author)tonydoc2011-06-26

A wake-talkie with wet hands?

Aburame Shino (author)2008-02-18

As Peter Griffin says (about those air dryers):

"These things never get 'em completely dry."

And right he his! =P I'll try this next time I go to O'Charlie's!

hintss (author)Aburame Shino2009-06-27

ever tried a dyson airblade. Those rule and get it completely dry.

Derin (author)2008-10-17

i already knew this trick

Ben.land101 (author)2008-03-13

you should add that when you pull on it it will make a click noise then the light blinks.

jpmartineau (author)2008-02-17

Interesting - but do you really need more paper to wipe your hands dry?

GorillazMiko (author)2008-02-16

I do this all the time at Costco or whatever. Pull it really slowly, and it doesn't rip. Thanks for showing it here. Nice job.

abzman2000 (author)2008-02-16

yeah, I thought your instructable would be about the small slider switches, like dacker said

dacker (author)2008-02-16

...or you could do what I've done at work. Just about any small flathead screwdriver can be used to open-up the dispenser. I've used a small one on my Leatherman Wave. Once you open the dispenser, there is a small switch marked, "Short, Medium, and Long" (or S, M, and L.) Set the switch to medium (or long), then close the cover. No more wet hands!

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