Toilet paper re-roller


I'd like to build something like this:
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can't justify $1195.00 plus tax, titles, shipping, etc. Can buy a
lot of TP for twelve c'notes, and not have to worry about the machine
breaking.
How would I build something like this at home?
Reply to
Stormin Mormon
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how about modifying the skimmer belt design - perhaps add a hands free option while you are at it:
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You could then do away without buying any more toilet paper ever, ever again.
Reply to
Dennis
Give 'em a squirt gun and a blow dryer...
Reply to
Don Foreman
Modify an old tape or video recorder. Karl
Reply to
kfvorwerk
Yeah, beats the expense of a bidet.
As far as I've ever seen, companies with large TP bills use self-ending TP containers. You pull paper off until it runs completely out and then the next roll drops down for attempted use. Is this company serious? Small company employees set the nearly empty rolls on the back of the toilet tank and they're used by employees until they're gone, too. Wut up wi dis?
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Reply to
Larry Jaques
"Employees will wipe & wash their hands before leaving!!!"
Reply to
Michael A. Terrell
This is not for the freeway rest stop or for the employee's can. It's for hotels & the like which usually place a fresh roll when a guest checks out. I can imagine a larger hotel saving significant money with something like this.
Reply to
rangerssuck
You don't have a lathe?
jsw
Reply to
Jim Wilkins
I guessed it was for a federal government cost savings program...
Reply to
CaveLamb
I think it's aimed at hotels and the like, where they have a lot of toilet paper in circulation at any given time, even if no particular roll gets used up with any rapidity.
Reply to
J. Clarke
Sheesh! I've heard, "reduce, re-use, recycle", but this is ridiculous!
After I use my toilet paper, I flush it.
Maybe you should look into corncobs. ;-P
Good Luck! Rich
Reply to
Rich Grise
I read an item which is more up Mr. Language Person's alley - some guy wrote that there was a sign in the restroom: "Employees must wash your hands."
He said that he waited almost 45 minutes in the restroom until some employee showed up to wash his hands. ;-)
Cheers! Rich
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Rich Grise
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How America Convinced the World to Wipe
Since the dawn of time, people have found nifty ways to clean up after the bathroom act. The most common solution was simply to grab what was at hand: coconuts, shells, snow, moss, hay, leaves, grass, corncobs, sheep?s wool?and, later, thanks to the printing press?newspapers, magazines, and pages of books. The ancient Greeks used clay and stone. The Romans, sponges and salt water. But the idea of a commercial product designed solely to wipe one?s bum? That started about 150 years ago, right here in the U.S.A. In less than a century, Uncle Sam?s marketing genius turned something disposable into something indispensable.
How Toilet Paper Got on a Roll
The first products designed specifically to wipe one?s nethers were aloe-infused sheets of manila hemp dispensed from Kleenex-like boxes. They were invented in 1857 by a New York entrepreneur named Joseph Gayetty, who claimed his sheets prevented hemorrhoids. Gayetty was so proud of his therapeutic bathroom paper that he had his name printed on each sheet. But his success was limited. Americans soon grew accustomed to wiping with the Sears Roebuck catalog, and they saw no need to spend money on something that came in the mail for free.
Toilet paper took its next leap forward in 1890, when two brothers named Clarence and E. Irvin Scott popularized the concept of toilet paper on a roll. The Scotts? brand became more successful than Gayetty?s medicated wipes, in part because they built a steady trade selling toilet paper to hotels and drugstores. But it was still an uphill battle to get the public to openly buy the product, largely because Americans remained embarrassed by bodily functions. In fact, the Scott brothers were so ashamed of the nature of their work that they didn?t take proper credit for their innovation until 1902.
?No one wanted to ask for it by name,? says Dave Praeger, author of Poop Culture: How America Is Shaped by Its Grossest National Product. ?It was so taboo that you couldn?t even talk about the product.? By 1930, the German paper company Hakle began using the tag line, ?Ask for a roll of Hakle and you won?t have to say toilet paper!?
As time passed, toilet tissues slowly became an American staple. But widespread acceptance of the product didn?t officially occur until a new technology demanded it. At the end of the 19th century, more and more homes were being built with sit-down flush toilets tied to indoor plumbing systems. And because people required a product that could be flushed away with minimal damage to the pipes, corncobs and moss no longer cut it. In no time, toilet paper ads boasted that the product was recommended by both doctors and plumbers. The Strength of Going Soft
In the early 1900s, toilet paper was still being marketed as a medicinal item. But in 1928, the Hoberg Paper Company tried a different tack. On the advice of its ad men, the company introduced a brand called Charmin and fitted the product with a feminine logo that depicted a beautiful woman. The genius of the campaign was that by evincing softness and femininity, the company could avoid talking about toilet paper?s actual purpose. Charmin was enormously successful, and the tactic helped the brand survive the Great Depression. (It also helped that, in 1932, Charmin began marketing economy-size packs of four rolls.) Decades later, the dainty ladies were replaced with babies and bear cubs?advertising vehicles that still stock the aisles today.
By the 1970s, America could no longer conceive of life without toilet paper. Case in point: In December 1973, Tonight Show host Johnny Carson joked about a toilet paper shortage during his opening monologue. But America didn?t laugh. Instead, TV watchers across the country ran out to their local grocery stores and bought up as much of the stuff as they could. In 1978, a TV Guide poll named Mr. Whipple?the affable grocer who implored customers, ?Please don?t squeeze the Charmin??the third best-known man in America, behind former President Richard Nixon and the Rev. Billy Graham. Currently, the United States spends more than $6 billion a year on toilet tissue?more than any other nation in the world. Americans, on average, use 57 squares a day and 50 lbs. a year.
Even still, the toilet paper market in the United States has largely plateaued. The real growth in the industry is happening in developing countries. There, it?s booming. Toilet paper revenues in Brazil alone have more than doubled since 2004. The radical upswing in sales is believed to be driven by a combination of changing demographics, social expectations, and disposable income.
?The spread of globalization can kind of be measured by the spread of Western bathroom practices,? says Praeger. When average citizens in a country start buying toilet paper, wealth and consumerism have arrived. It signifies that people not only have extra cash to spend, but they?ve also come under the influence of Western marketing. America Without Toilet Paper
Even as the markets boom in developing nations, toilet paper manufacturers find themselves needing to charge more per roll to make a profit. That?s because production costs are rising. During the past few years, pulp has become more expensive, energy costs are rising, and even water is becoming scarce. Toilet paper companies may need to keep hiking up their prices. The question is, if toilet paper becomes a luxury item, can Americans live without it?
The truth is that we did live without it, for a very long time. And even now, a lot of people do. In Japan, the Washlet?a toilet that comes equipped with a bidet and an air-blower?is growing increasingly popular. And all over the world, water remains one of the most common methods of self-cleaning. Many places in India, the Middle East, and Asia, for instance, still depend on a bucket and a spigot. But as our economy continues to circle the drain, will Americans part with their beloved toilet paper in order to adopt more money-saving measures? Or will we keep flushing our cash away? Praeger, for one, believes a toilet-paper apocalypse is hardly likely. After all, the American marketing machine is a powerful thing.
Reply to
CaveLamb
I think that's correct. They like to leave a room with a full roll, so it means throwing out partialy used ones. They can save money by re-rolling partial rolls.
Nobody else seems to care. Most public restrooms use a big 'clip'. When one roll is expended, the next one drops into the chamber (sorry for the visual).
Reply to
Paul Hovnanian P.E.
My church has about 10 toilets, and each has a double paper roll. So, both rolls are available at all times. The paper runs down, and then there are only a couple sheets on one of the rolls. I'd like to be able to combine rolls, so none of the rolls looks really empty.
Reply to
Stormin Mormon
Some hotels have a single roll in the bathroom. And they prefer that single roll to be more full than empty.
Reply to
Stormin Mormon
With good reason for both. An extra roll in the bathroom is likely to get pilfered with the soap. And if the paper runs out then you have a guest who has to go to the phone with crap on his butt and wait with his pants down for room service to deliver another roll, a situation, which is generally unpleasant for all involved (the guest with crap on their butt and no pants is more likely to look like Halsey than Grable, so not even the guy who delivers the roll ends up having any fun).
Reply to
J. Clarke
Ah - never been in Europe. That is what a shower is for. They also have a pot without a top and a funny spray coming up.
Martin
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Reply to
Martin H. Eastburn
It's probably bad PR for a guest to have to take a dump, only to find no TP. I guess that's why they have the smaller towels on the rack of rings, by the sink. Can always tear up the paper floor mat in the bathroom, too.
I should market toilet paper with itchy powder. So the hotels could leave the itchy roll on top of the toilet, and use regular rolls. People who are a PIA could get what they deserve.
Reply to
Stormin Mormon
That's a Paul Revere crapper. One if by night, and two if bidet.
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Stormin Mormon

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