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With this instructable, I hope to show those people who seem to be toilet-paper-roll-changing-challenged a way that they, too, can easily change the toilet paper roll.
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Step 1: What an empty roll looks like

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Now, when you go to wipe after using the bathroom and there's no paper on the roll, that is an indication that there is no toilet paper. Normally, you would find a roll (maybe) and just lay it on the back of the stool or put it on the floor or put it on a counter. What we're going to teach you today is HOW TO LOAD THE TOILET ROLL PAPER HOLDER all by yourself!!!

You may be wondering to yourself, "How will I know for sure that there's no toilet paper?" The answer is that there will be a carboard tube on the holder with no toilet paper attached. You can be assured that there is no toilet paper there. This is what it will look like when the roll is empty. If it looks like this, then proceed to the next step!

Step 2: How the Toilet Roll Mechanism Works

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The thing that holds most toilet paper rolls on the toilet roll paper holder is a wonderful invention that uses a spring mechanism. If you push in on the ends of the toilet roll paper holder, you will find that it contracts in size--it's kind of like MAGIC.

Step 3: Removing the Empty Roll

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This can be kind of tricky, so make sure you follow along here. Along the edge of the empty roll, you will find the place where the spring mechanism meets the solid part that is connected to the wall or cabinet or what have you. You simply pinch the spring mechanism with two of your fingers and push in. This should release the spring mechanism from the solid holder, effectively freeing the empty cardboard tube. (See picture.)

The next part is apparently quite difficult, too, so bear with me. Find the nearest trash can or recycle bin and toss the empty cardboard container in there. (Again, see picture.)
Gubia2 years ago

Sweet and acid sense of humor ...then I realized A GIRL helping?! ...can't be serious!
pigsnfish (author)  Gubia2 years ago
We homeschool. At this point, I can still force my kids to help me around the house. As you've discovered, however, I have to march them through the steps I'm not so much a parent as I am a drill instructor. That's why my daughter was helping. Coercion is a viable tool in our home.
pigsnfish (author) 3 years ago
Oh, yes. By all means tear off the roll if you are in danger of hurting yourself. If this has been the reason that you've had to leave the empty cardboard tube on the holder all this time, then rest assured that the end result will be the same if you tear the roll off.
derekns745 years ago
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pigsnfish (author)  derekns745 years ago
Trust me, you don't want me to share my abilities in the crafting and home improvement department....I'd rather staple when I should be sewing. The quilt I made last year was rather uncomfortable because of that, so I gave it to my mom for Christmas because everyone knows your mom will take whatever it is that you have made with your blessed hands and pretend like she's glad you gave it to her. That being said, I do want to say that I LOVE this site and spend a lot of time here getting ideas (because I lack that ability) and then even implementing some of them. I did not mean any harm by posting this instructable, but I thought perhaps those of us who can't seem to get this concept through others' heads might be able to send them to this link and give them another "positive reinforcement" on how to do this particular task!! Thanks!
Right Onnnnn Man, I am with you and not so Cause you have it down a lot better than I do. You placed a Kool message. Thank you. Yours in Christ, Dorien
This isn't spam or trolling or anything else. It is just plain hilarious. I'm looking forward to the Instructable on lowering the toilet seat.
No, reading an entire instructable and then feeling so strongly against it that you should leave a negative comment towards it is a waste of time If pigsnfish wants to practice the art of a well written ible and is still teaching (for those who dont know) then let her seeing how the staff and the feature team liked it...
best passive aggressive 'ible ever
Hey man, I was on the same think tank that you were. Then when I read your comment I literally fell out with choking laughter. My wife was concerned with the sounds until I showed her the cause. Kicker comment and Instructable. Whoa, my laughter head is still vibrating. In Christ, Dorien
JohnJY4 years ago
I have mastered the technique like a hitman, reloading in under two seconds flat. XD
Fieldownage4 years ago
Teaching, entertaining, but incorrect. How can you honestly say that unrolling the paper is for toddlers only a way to entertain one?
xXnicOliXx5 years ago
love it, nice work.
wisk7785 years ago
I would like to point out that this particular type of dispenser is often attached to the wall with the individual wooden arms to close together to get your fingers around the cardboard. If this is the case at your house as it is at mine (and you don't want to ruin the wall to move the arm either) find where the cardboard seam reaches the edge of the roll AND TEAR IT OFF. :-) wisk778
uguy5 years ago
What's toilet paper?
jmr17605 years ago
wife likes to leave just a few squares on the roll so it's not officially empty...diabolical....
I thought the toilet paper fairy did this?! Next your going to tell me there isn't a soap fairy.
keonetics5 years ago
how do you unroll the toilet paper its stuck all around plz help
f3rg5 years ago
Genius. Next up: how to rinse dishes off and place them in the dishwasher.
yztay5 years ago
I don't have that type of toiletpaper holder so it didnt help me
This is amazing I have a list of people who I'm gonna send this link to!!!
srhadaham5 years ago
Ausm5 years ago
I'm still having trouble with step one, on how to determine that the toilet paper roll is empty? Lawl, this is an instructable done right
Skyfinity5 years ago
I'm sure that if toilet-paper-roll-changing-challenged people really existed, they would be very greatful
Bongmaster5 years ago
you tell him XD
randofo5 years ago
Oh wow! So that is what my girlfriend is always talking about! Thank you for this informative Instructable.