Someone wisely observed, “Everyone wants to change the world but nobody wants to change the toilet paper roll. Be the change.”
I could not agree more! Toilet paper is indeed one of life’s most necessary necessities. And, one of the kindest things any of us can do for others is to change the toilet paper roll.
Having recently completed our outdoor toilet and shower area at our off-grid property in Big Bend, I set off to purchase a toilet paper holder. I never realized how many different types of holders are available for purchase. They are pricier than I thought and none that I looked at seemed to have the sturdiness I want for our outdoor composting toilet area.
So, I decided to make a sturdy toilet paper holder using pipe fittings. This sturdy little holder should stand the test of time, especially in an outdoor area. Once I purchased all of the components it took me less than 5 minutes to assemble.
Here is a list of the basic pipe fitting components:
½ inch floor flange
½ inch x 6 inch pipe (threaded on each end)
½ inch x 2 inch nipple
½ inch end cap
½ inch 90-degree elbow
The cost of all of these items was a little more than $12.00, about the cost of the cheapest and flimsiest toilet paper holder you can buy.
Easy assembly steps:
• Clean pipe components with mineral spirits (highly recommended)
• Thread ½ inch nipple onto the floor flange
• Thread 90-degree elbow onto the nipple
• Thread 6-inch pipe onto other end of the 90-degree elbow
• Screw end cap onto the end of the 6 inch pipe
That’s it! You’re all done except for securing your new sturdy toilet paper holder to the wall.
If you need a sturdy toilet paper holder option, don’t wait too long to assemble it because as someone else wisely observed, “Life is like a roll of toilet paper. The closer you get to the end the faster it goes.”
Well done OG!
Thanks, DT 🙂
While I agree that it’s a thoughtful kindness to change the roll when you’re the one who finishes the old one, there can be an exception to that. During the Christmas holidays, anyone who chose to use the master bathroom at my house was met with an empty paper holder, and a new roll sitting on top of the toilet tank. Some thoughtful guest put the roll on the holder, not thinking about the 7 month old puppy who lives with me. A little later, I entered that bathroom and was met with a once-again-empty roller, and a huge pile of very soft, very fluffy confetti. It’s really true – no good deed goes unpunished!
Ha! Great story, Lanni. Thanks for sharing 🙂