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Toilet paper is stuck in the dispenser, any way to reach it?

Lifehacks Asked by Shadow Wizard Wearing Mask V2 on September 1, 2021

Few months ago, a toilet paper dispenser was installed at my work place. It looks nice, and usually functioning well, here is how it looks like normally:

dispenser when it's working fine

As you can see, there is a big toilet paper roll inside the dispenser, and one can just pull the paper out of a small hole in the middle.

However, sometimes when taking the paper out, it gets stuck right in the exit, and it’s impossible to pull it out in such situation:

Toilet paper stuck in dispenser

I can see there is paper, it’s just stuck there inside the dispenser.

I also can’t open the dispenser itself since it’s locked:

dispenser is locked

The workplace does have a janitor who fix this when seeing it or when someone tells him, but this can take a while, and he’s not always around, so it’s better if I’ll have alternative.

Is there any way to reach the paper?

2 Answers

Hack: If the tissue is packed tightly enough, try twisting a cork-screw into the centre of the packed opening. Then, after it has become seated, pull gently.

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With a bit of luck, you can pull enough of the paper to grip to finish pulling the next sheet from the dispenser.

Good Luck

Correct answer by Stan on September 1, 2021

Hack: You could make a key to fit the lock in the centre on the dispenser.
Any flat scrap of stiff material should work.
While you are sitting there, you could use a small file to make one if you have the materials handy. Alternately, bending stiff wire to make the '+' shape could also work with some practice, too.

A Universal Paper Dispenser key looks like this: It is 1cm wide.
Universal Paper Dispenser key

Good Luck!

Answered by Stan on September 1, 2021

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