Introduction: How to Change the Toilet Paper Roll
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.
Step 1: What an Empty Roll Looks Like
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
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
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.)
Step 4: Determine the Direction of the New Roll
There are two schools of thought on toilet paper rolls. One is that the toilet paper should come over the TOP of the roll. This gives you space between the paper and the wall and makes it easy to grab the edge of the paper. Most hotels use this method (they also use a nifty "folding" method, which I would be willing to do on another instructable once everyone can get this one figured out.)
The other school of thought is that the paper should come down the back side of the roll, lying flat against the wall or back surface. This is particularly popular with people who don't like their toilet paper to get in the way of bathroom decor. It can occasionally be helpful in deterring toddlers who find unrolling the toilet paper to be a pasttime.
Step 5: Re-loading the Toilet Paper Holder
Once you've determined the direction you want your toilet paper to be, you simply push in the spring mechanism again, put one side in the solid holder while maintaining slight pressure on the other side to keep the mechanism contracted. With the side still contracted, push that side in place into the holder.
Release your finger and VOILA!! You've re-installed a fresh roll of toilet paper all by yourself.
Now go grab your wife, girlfriend, roommate, friend or whomever and tell them about this great feat you've achieved. You should probably go find the remote control, now.
Step 6: New Toilet Roll on the Holder
There it is!! You did it! If I was anyone else, I'd probably give you a trophy. Now you don't have to wait for the housecleaning elves to do this for you anymore!!! Hurray!