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:
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:
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:
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?
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.
With a bit of luck, you can pull enough of the paper to grip to finish pulling the next sheet from the dispenser.
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.
Answered by Stan on September 1, 2021
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