Thursday, January 29, 2009

A frivolous invention

One can live forever with no toilet-paper holder, but we are striving to be a civilized household. Though we deemed “heat system” and “ceilings” more urgent projects, we still gave toilet-paper holder a place on our big list of things to do. (This is notwithstanding John’s claim that the back of the toilet made a fine toilet-paper holder.)

I got an idea a couple weeks ago to use the last of the four wooden drawer pulls to fashion the TPH. (The other three found various spots as part of our trim.) I liked how well the dark wood of the drawer pull matched our sink cabinet, and it seemed that if we cut the pull in half, it would make two arms perfect for holding the plastic springy thing that goes inside the roll.

And it did. The cutting was a death-defying double-operator miter-saw trick, and we made it through sans injury. Then John skillfully drilled depressions (not holes) into the ends of these arms, into which the springy thing would fit. Then we cut a scrap of oak trim to be the “plate,” sanded it, and forstenered two holes in for screws.

We glued the arms onto the plate, and we put two drywall anchor screws into the bathroom wall.

Glue dried, plate went onto wall, roll went onto springy thing, and voila! Civilization.

1 comment:

Chris said...

I am a fervent supporter of a roll holder-free bathroom. At the risk of going into too much detail, I've always found holding the roll in my left hand to supply my right is so much quicker and more convenient than using a holder.

There's the inevitable indecisiveness encountered when deciding where to place a holder too -- should it be further away, a little higher? You won't please everyone with its placement.

And then the final insult: every toilet roll holder will, without fail, eventually fall off.